The 10 Best Restaurants In Baku, Azerbaijan
A booming cultural and economic powerhouse on the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan’s
is a vibrant city just waiting to be explored. With a rich history that goes back to the times of the Roman Empire, the city’s dining scene is eclectic and expanding. Here’s our updated
culinary guide to the Azeri capital, profiling 10 must visit restaurants right now.
Eleven Restaurant & Lounge
Bar, Restaurant, Japanese, Asian, $$$
A great Japanese find in Baku is the Eleven Restaurant & Lounge
, situated on the 11th floor of the Park Inn Hotel, which offers it unparalleled views over the Azeri capital. A high-class venue, Eleven Restaurant & Lounge is the perfect choice for those in the mood for sushi and all the other delicacies from Japan
and Asia. By night, Eleven’s lounge turns into one of Baku’s most exclusive locations, with live jazz music and a room fully-packed with locals and expats alike.
Avaz Dining & Lounge
Restaurant, Vegetarian, Dim Sum
A traditional restaurant that aims to represent Azerbaijani culture, Avaz Dining & Lounge offersnot only typical recipes from the country’s rich gastronomy, but also local jazz and folk music performances during the weekend. The menu tempts with a complete list of traditional dishes along with the chef’s weekly specials, all drawn from the rich culinary traditions that ‘rely on the country’s centuries-old history, a unique geographical location, and an abundance of locally grown organic vegetables and fruits’. Among the recommended dishes are the sea bass with ginger and vegetables, pumpkin soup and lamb chop kebab.
The ART Garden
A cultural place by definition, the ART Garden
is a must-try in the heart of historic Baku. With a wonderful open dining space, including several private dinner rooms decorated by talented local artists with traditional scenes from the region, ART Garden is truly an upscale restaurant. The menu includes a hard-to-resist variety of classic oriental sweets, Azeri tea from a traditional samovar, as well as a fully-packed cultural calendar, including art exhibitions and jazz concerts.
For a more cosmopolitan mood and ambience in Baku try Café City, a winner of TripAdvisor’s ‘Certificate of Excellence’ in 2014. A great unpretentious place with reasonable prices, the café is nonetheless warm, inviting and popular amongst locals. The menu offers mouth-watering options such as prawn tempura and deep-fried dumplings, eggplant cooked the oriental way, potato pastries, smoked beef rolls, a variety of salads including Greek or shrimp, fresh soups, pastas, pizzas and home-made desserts from tiramisu to ice cream, satisfying even the most demanding guests.
Café City, 1 Islam Safarli, Fountain Square, Baku, Azerbaijan, +994 12 598 86 86
Chinar is no doubt one of the most attractive restaurants in Baku. Shaded by old chinar trees and located close to the statue of legendary Azeri hero Bahram Gur slaying a mighty dragon, today’s Chinar is an excellent choice for those who wish to try Asian cuisine, as the restaurant serves recipes from China, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. The menu includes their specialties: Chinar sweet and sour chicken, pomegranate and apricot, Canadian lobster tempura with green tea salt or Wagyu oxtail stew with five spice gravy.
Chinar, Shovket, 1 Alekperova, Sabail District, Baku, Azerbaijan, +994 12 404 8211
Derya Fish House
Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
A true delight for fish and seafood enthusiasts, Derya Fish House
offers the complete local culinary experience on the shores of the Caspian Sea. With large family-friendly designed spaces, this restaurant is the perfect choice for children or large groups. It is also perhaps one of the best locations in town to enjoy an unforgettable sunset in Azerbaijan’s capital. The dishes are based on fresh local catches like the delicious Black Sea roach, carp, chub and beige, accompanied by a rich variety of salads.
ROOM Fine Art Winde & Dine
Restaurant, Wine Bar, Mediterranean
Differentiating itself from more traditional Baku restaurants through its philosophy of inspiring guests ‘to feel in this place as you feel in your room’, the ROOM
should definitely not be skipped. Offering the occasional option of ordering in advance dishes that are not on the menu, the ROOM aims to be a fully-personalised restaurant willing to offer the very best service, as well as putting on photography and fine art exhibitions. The menu also includes a vast wine list with over 100 different options.
Sahil Bar & Restaurant
A great stop after a walk on the splendid seaside promenade, Sahil Bar & Restaurant is one of the most popular restaurants in Baku. Representing the glamorous and luxurious side of the capital’s recent development, Sahil Bar & Restaurant is the place to go in order to explore the new face of contemporary Caspian identity. The elegant interior matches the menu, which offers a variety of regional dishes, from traditional kebabs to chicken and lamb specialties. As an added bonus, the lounge on the second floor serves vintage whiskeys, frozen vodkas and decadent cocktail selections.
An oasis of fine Italian food in far-away Baku, Scalini brings aromatic Mediterranean flavours to the Azeri capital. Reminiscent of typical family restaurants in small Italian towns, Scalini is unquestionably one of the best available options for those who wish to have an alternative to traditional Azerbaijani cuisine. The menu includes burrata cheese with asparagus and warm beetroot, deep-fried calamari with zucchini, mixed salad with sauteed calamari and sundried tomatoes, homemade ravioli with ricotta and spinach or homemade gnocchi with gorgonzola cheese and walnuts and, of course, tiramisu and refreshing gelati.
Scalini, 2 Bakikhanov, Baku, Azerbaijan, +99412 598 28 50
Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
An exotic treat in the middle of Baku, Sumakh
is worth a stop during any food tour of the Azeri capital. A winner of TripAdvisor’s ‘Certificate of Excellence’ in 2014, this must-try restaurant mixes past traditions and contemporary trends in a unique atmosphere and feel. With large oriental carpets completing an otherwise modern décor featuring the paintings of well-known Shamo Abbasov, Sumakh brings to its guests the best of the the contemporary and traditional sides of the country. In the open kitchen, fully observable even from the street, the most representative dishes of Azerbaijani cuisine are prepared.