Where to Eat in Goa: The Best Restaurants and Bars

July 13, 2017 Sheron Bogner

The sandy coast of Goa is perfect for reclining by the sea. Nestle into a cushioned chair at a beach shack and savor a curry while you sip a Kingfisher beer, watching the sun slip lazily below the horizon. In Old Goa, the beautiful Basilica of Bom Jesus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a fine example of baroque architecture. Visit during Christmastime to experience a fantastic religious and cultural mash-up of East and West.
Things to do in Goa

1. Oriental Thai-European Restaurant

Inside Hotel Mira | Near Calangute-Baga junction, Opposite Hotel Citrus, Calangute 403516, India Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, European, Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night HK$47 - HK$78 +91 95613 12044
Excellent
78%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 346 reviews

Oriental Thai-European Restaurant

Reviewed By Evertongary - Liverpool

Their steaks continue to be amazing!!!! and good value. it was nowhere near as busy this time around, last time I went was 4 years ago and it was necessary to book a table, this time on both occasions at 8pm we were the only people in there

2. Stringfellows Beach Shack

Candolim Beach Via Health | Centre Road, Candolim, Bardez 403515, India Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Chinese, Indian, Bar, Seafood, Asian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +91 98221 67318
Excellent
81%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 203 reviews

Stringfellows Beach Shack

Reviewed By Dazff - Retford, United Kingdom

Really liked this beach shack and it quickly became our favourite. The stretch of beach doesn’t get blighted by the hawkers like other areas and the owner Danesh and his staff do everything they can to make sure your holiday is relaxed and as cared for as they can. The beer is cold and reasonably cheap and the food is good. Wife was really pleased with the massages she received from the female staff, nearly an hours massage for a fiver and a bottle of Pepsi!

3. Pousada by the Beach

Holiday Street | Bardez, Goa, Calangute 403516, India Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Waitstaff Seafood, International, Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch HK$94 - HK$196 +91 99222 79265
Excellent
78%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 579 reviews

Pousada by the Beach

The Sea/Beach facing Garden Restaurant and Bar is open from 11 am 7 pm . Pousada by the Beach is located at the end of Holiday street at Gaura Vaddo Calangute. To get to us, come to the end of the street, head to the beach, as you face the sea turn right, walk about 75 meters, through a couple of shacks and you will see a green patch, a few fishing boats and a gate flanked by two terracotta saluting Portuguese soldiers...Welcoming you. We provide Sun Bed along with an umbrella for a charge of Rs.900/-Per person,for day use .This amount can be adjusted towards consumption of food or drinks. We also provide facilities such as shower, changing rooms and toilets. We request our guests to carry their own towels.

Reviewed By DerikSamson

One of the most popular restaurants in Calangute Beach and favorite hang around place for us, food is tasty and delicious, staff are friendly

4. Ourem 88

South End Of Palolem Beach | Behind Rococo Pelton, Palolem, Canacona 403 702, India Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner HK$118 +91 86988 27679
Excellent
90%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 272 reviews

Ourem 88

Located in a quite coconut grove just 20m from the seashore behind Rococo Pelton at the southern end of Palolem beach, Ourem 88 is a small home style European restaurant set in the courtyard of our home. At Ourem 88 we endeavour to use the freshest, locally sourced seasonal produce & a variety of speciality imported produce fused with a western style of cooking to give you a tasty vibrant menu in relaxed & friendly surroundings. Our small evening bistro menu changes regularly according to seasonal availability in the market to ensure a new & exciting experience on every visit. Being a small restaurant which serves fresh home cooked food, which prides itself on quality & customer satisfaction, we are limited to the amount of tables we are able to serve in an evening. Larger tables are recommended to call in advance to check availability, Last Orders are taken at 9pm. The restaurant can also be reached via the Ourem 88 just beside Akash Travels.

Reviewed By Loulou1711 - Chesterfield

We were fortunate to eat here twice during our holiday, I had booked one of the meals in November. Booking is essential as they only serve 20 people per night, and we saw a few people disappointed that they were unable to get a table.
On both occasions the food was exceptional. The portion size was very generous. We both had starters and mains on the first visit, so unfortunately didn’t have room for pudding. On the second occasion we shared a starter and pudding.
Brett made a perfect host.

5. Cafe Nu

182 Junaswaddo | Opp:- O'saiba market...Dirt lane lead's to Cafe Nu, Pernem 403512, India Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, Asian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +91 98506 58568
Excellent
80%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 221 reviews

Cafe Nu

Reviewed By Rufus S - London, United Kingdom

Very warm welcome from the owner and staff into a cleverly and simply constructed covered arched courtyard with ceiling fans. The Mojito and Fenny (local hooch) Tail were excellent. Staff attentive but discreet. Starters were prawn spring roll, tempura prawn and fried calamari. All three...Morethank you visiting...see you soon...

6. Bluebird

Ozran Beach Road, Small Vagator, After Leoney Resort | After Leoney Resort, Vagator 403509, India Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available Indian, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +91 98225 87056
Excellent
73%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 162 reviews

Bluebird

Reviewed By Sonalee8 - Bengaluru, India

We overheard someone recommending Bluebird for authentic Goan cuisine. The person said how not too many people know about this small family run restaurant.
We reached there on a Wednesday night, 20 min before they close. ( they close at 10:30pm so plan accordingly). We were a big group of 7 people. Instead of turning us back, Antonio and his family beamed huge smiles and welcomed us in.
We ordered fish cafreal, chicken zaccuti , Goa chill pork , beef , stuffed crabs and jeera potato ( a must try ). Everything came with a generous serving of rice.
The food was finger licking good. Wholesome. Highly recommend this place if you are foodie.

7. Vivenda Kafe

Near Lemon Tree | Opposite Magnum Resorts, Next to Spice Garden Steak House, Candolim, Bardez 403515, India Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi, Takeout Cafe, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Late Night HK$47 +91 98221 56780
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 220 reviews

Vivenda Kafe

Reviewed By Babylady63 - Doncaster, United Kingdom

This cafe has been a wonderful find in our last few years of going to Candolim. The range of coffee is fantastic, my partner is a real coffee snob, so to find somewhere that he loves is a real treat. The cakes and desserts are also so tasty. The cost is not expensive. If you go , keep an eye out for the street dog that sleeps there, he likes the 30 rupee chicken pie that is sold here. Enjoy

8. Little World

Main Beach Road | Next to Fabindia and Bunti, Palolem, Canacona 403702, India Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Indian, Cafe, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks +91 98879 56810
Excellent
79%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 500 reviews

Little World

Vegetarian and vegan café, serving healthy breakfast, brunch & lunch. Try our scrumptious (vegan) cakes. Plus: We've recently started serving delicious and wholesome dinners, with lots of creative vegan and vegetarian dishes. Besides that we have our own onsight bakery where you can buy all your little world goodies, cakes, quiches, muesli, bread and preservatives. Come and check out our quirky indoor sitting area, and the large outdoor garden, totally transformed into a play area and bohemian vibe outdoor restaurant.

Reviewed By JoyjeetM - New Delhi, India

It's a nice vegetarian place on the main road to Palolem beach, with great varieties and pocket friendly prices. We visited for a breakfast and returned impressed and satisfied.
The interiors are done very colourfully and the presence of a Ganesh idol at the main entry was really attractive. The Seating arrangements were also very cute with fruits shaped cushions and tempo tables etc.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

9. Relish

Baga Road | Fahrenheit Lane, Calangute 403516, India Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Indian, Seafood, Asian, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night +91 96891 31234
Excellent
78%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 207 reviews

Relish

Relish is unique dining place off Baga Calangute road ,Fahranheit resort lane Calangute. Will serve Indian,Oriental,Tandoori,Continental and Steaks along with stunning cocktails and wonderful wines will be served by Efficient staff.

Reviewed By David T

Visited yesterday evening, received a warm welcome.2 starters, 2 main courses, rice and nam plus 4 large Kingfisher beers. All for less than £16. The food was excellent, good spices, tasty, plenty of meat and large portions. A pleasant relaxed restaurant catering for most tastes.

10. Relish

Fahrenheit Lane, Baga 403516, India Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Chinese, Indian, Seafood, Asian, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night HK$1,099 - HK$5,101 +91 96891 31234
Excellent
78%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 315 reviews

Relish

Quite and cost ambience with rustic interiors. The restaurant is off busy Calangute - Baga main road hidden behind Baga deck restaurant enroute to beach. Relish is a fav of long term Brits over the years for consitant of good food quality beverages and worth every penny. Waiters are very friendly unpretentious will go extra mile to make your visit memorable. Overall one if the must try if you're in Goa.

Reviewed By Colin J - cheshire

I don't know where to start. The food is by far the best we have had anywhere. Perfect Indian dishes which are made to personal taste. Vinny the owner and host is the perfect gent and looks after everyone as individuals. The atmosphere is very relaxed, no pressure. Staff are pleasant and very attentive. The ideal place to enjoy a meal. We love it there, can you tell.

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