Azerbaijani cuisine combines the best of Iranian, Turkish and Mediterranean influences to create a mouth-watering blend of flavours. The following restaurants in Baku provide traditional Azeri, Russian, Eastern European and American dishes to satisfy any cravings in the Land of Fire.
Paul's Baku Steakhouse
Restaurant, Steakhouse, European, Azerbaijani, $$$
According to some, Paul’s Baku Steakhouse
cooks Baku’s best steak. The small restaurant, established in 2003, sits a few blocks north of Icheri Sheher with a menu full of steaks, burgers and kebabs. Diners have the choice between eating indoors and al fresco at this affordable restaurant in Baku. A selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available at Paul’s too.
Restaurant, European, Azerbaijani, Italian
Dolma Restaurant behind the Nizami Museum of Literature serves traditional Azeri food. Follow the signs and descend the steps to reach the basement level restaurant, where customers will find a comprehensive menu dedicated to dolma
. The favourite dining spot also provides a selection of vegetarian meals at affordable prices making it one of the best value-for-money restaurants in Baku.
Restaurant, Kebab, Azerbaijani, Steakhouse, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, $$$
Diners can enjoy succulent steaks and burgers at Meating Point, within walking distance of Fountain Square’s cafés
. The American-style restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating areas and comes highly recommended. Burgers with a generous portion of fries and the spicy Hola Burger are favourites. Other must-try dishes include meatballs and a glass of home-made ice tea. Compared to other restaurants in Baku, Meating Point
serves world-class food in a prime location at affordable prices.
Movida Lounge and Dining
Restaurant, Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Halal, $$$
Located near New City Park
, the Moroccan restaurant features the Middle Eastern and North American favourites. The menu boasts a selection of aromatic dishes from hummus and falafels to grilled meats and traditional Moroccan tea. An infusion of aromatic herbs and spices create a mouth-watering treat. Shisha is available at Movida Lounge
Restaurant, European, Kebab, Steakhouse, Azerbaijani, Vegetarian
Located in Icheri Sheher a few minutes from Maiden Tower
lies a former caravanserai turned into a traditional restaurant. The extensive menu features all the Azeri favourites from dolma, kebabs, plov, lavangi and lamb, along with Azerbaijani tea sets, jam and local pastries. Art Garden has several eating areas with local art decorating the walls. Diners can enjoy live jazz and folk on most evenings too. While the prices are slightly higher compared to other restaurants in Baku, the experience to eat at Art Garden
inside a former caravanserai combined with the live entertainment is worth the extra cost.
Restaurant, Kebab, Turkish, European, Azerbaijani
A cultural experience awaits those who dine at Mugham Club. Photographs of old Baku, folk singing and traditional dancing attract intrigued customers. Not only does this restaurant in Baku provide an insight into local traditions but the menu offers a wide selection of both Azeri and ethnic dishes. Mugham Club, named after the traditional style of singing
, comes with a high price tag and gives visitors excellent value for money in both food and entertainment.
Sumakh Restaurant Baku
Restaurant, European, Kebab, Azerbaijani, $$$
The traditional restaurant near Xatai Metro Station serves Azerbaijani food including a selection of grilled meat, plov and kebabs. With modern décor combined with old-fashioned ones, Sumakh
offers diners a local experience. Expect good service and a nice ambience inside one of the top Azeri restaurants in Baku.
Restaurant, European, Kebab, Turkish, $$$
combines local food at reasonable prices with an interior decorated with Azeri carpets
, paintings and art. The menu features dishes from Azerbaijani and Georgian to European and Mexican. Most diners enjoy Firuze’s authentic atmosphere combined with the selection of food. Given its location and decorations, the prices are surprisingly affordable when compared to similar restaurants.
Hard Rock Cafe Baku
Restaurant, European, American, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, $$$
As with most major cities around the world, Hard Rock Café
exists in Baku. Housed in a former cinema and serving American favourites, this restaurant/bar ranks among the most popular with locals and tourists. The burgers, chicken wings and steaks come in generous portions and can be washed down with a beer or cocktail. Live music is a regular at the Hard Rock too. Diners looking for a bite to eat in a welcoming environment with entertainment will enjoy this restaurant in Baku.
Opening hours: 12:00pm to 1:00am Sunday to Thursday; 12:00am to 2:00am Friday and Saturday
Restaurant, European, Russian, Azerbaijani, $$$
The cosy restaurant near Baku Boulevard and the House of Government serves a mixture of Azerbaijani, Russian and Eastern European cuisines. Despite being one of the more expensive restaurants in Baku, Marivanna
attracts locals and tourists for the high level of service and world-class food. The interior design with an eclectic mixture of antiques and Soviet relics creates an impression of dining in Soviet Azerbaijan. Anyone looking to enjoy good Russian food with a hint of life in a bygone era will enjoy dining at Marivanna.