Allegedly frequented by Arab sheikhs and Russian politicians, who regularly fly over in their private jets especially to have dinner here, Amorato‘s culinary renown extends far beyond the Bulgaria’s borders. The head chef, Boris Petrov, who has been recognized for his raw passion for food, lures his customers with a delightful offering of fresh seafood delicacies, including lobsters, oysters and octopus, and rare meats such as Japanese kobe and black Angus beef. Teamed with a fantastic selection of limited edition wines, this place will delight those who are willing to spend a bit more for an extra-special evening.
Address: Amorato, Nesebar, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria, +359 898 886 663
Djanny is one of the busiest restaurants in the resort. Accommodating 700 people in total (500 of which sit in the outdoor garden), it’s not unusual to find queues forming outside around mealtimes, but don’t be put off. While certainly not fancy restaurant, it has an extensive menu which caters to tastes both local and international. If you feel like trying something traditional, you can’t go wrong with a shopska salad, a grilled meat platter and a shot of rakia, a typical Bulgarian brandy made from fermented fruit.
Address: Sunny Beach resort, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria, +359 89 688 8577
La Piazza Bar & Dinner
La Piazza has built a strong reputation, after hosting a number of culinary shows featuring some of Bulgaria’s most popular TV chef personalities (one of which cooked a paella large enough to feed 500 people). As you might have guessed from its name, Italian food makes up most of La Piazza’s menu, however it also has a separate menu with a selection of healthy options whose recipes are made using organic products. You won’t be able to resist the temptation of trying one of the home-made desserts here.
Address: La Piazza Bar & Dinner, La Piazza Family Hotel, Chaika, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria, +359 87 912 6553
Mamacita’s Mexican Restaurant
If you’re looking for a place with a particularly lively atmosphere, Mamacita’s won’t disappoint: the waiters wear sombreros as they serve you the classics of Mexican cuisine (nachos, enchiladas, quesadillas, tacos, fajitas, chilli con carne), often to the tune of live Spanish guitar in the evening. If you love the entertainment but prefer something less spicy to eat, then you can always opt for some barbecued meats, or drop in for brunch in the morning. Whatever you choose, you won’t go amiss with Mamacita’s.
Address: Mamacita’s Mexican Restaurant, Flower Street, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria, +359 879 502 003
Musoni Fish & Wine
Advertised as the go-to place for wine-lovers, bohemians and gourmands alike, Musoni combines a trendy interior with a predominantly Mediterranean menu, including a range of salads, meat and seafood dishes and home-baked breads, as well as traditional Italian food. Add to that a selection of traditional Bulgarian dry-cured meats (or ‘lukanka’, as they are known), a sushi bar, and an impressive wine list, and you have yourself a wonderful evening out, all the while accompanied by live soft jazz and soul music on the piano.
Address: Musoni Fish & Wine, Galeon Apart Hotel, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria, +359 897 073 888
Built during the socialist era in the second half of the 20th century, this restaurant’s architecture resembles that of a giant hut called a ‘shatra’; typical of the Bulgarians who inhabited this land more than a millennium ago. The spirit of that era is recreated on the inside, the old relics and decorative weapons oozing a quaint nostalgia. Despite its out-of-the-way location near the southern slopes of the mountains, it boasts a gorgeous view over the coast of Sunny Beach and the neighboring town of Nessebar, especially worth the trip after dark. Expect an evening of traditional food and entertainments that range from live music to magic shows and acrobatics.
Address: Hanska Shatra, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria, +359 55 422 811
Jack’s Bar & Restaurant
Given the number of British tourists visiting during the holiday season here, it should hardly come as a surprise that restaurants do well to accommodate Old Blighty’s tastes. No place does this better than Jack’s, a home-away-from-home which is the closest thing to a British pub in Sunny Beach. Needless to say you can order yourself a full-English breakfast and fish and chips. With a dozen TV screens and football scarves pinned on the wall above the bar, you can expect to find fans flocking here to enjoy the best of international football too.
Address: Jack’s Bar & Restaurant, Flower Street, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria, +359 882 504 414
A ten-minute drive from the center of Sunny Beach along the coast will take you to the quaint resort of Sveti Vlas, where this celebrated seafood restaurant can be found located just a few steps from the marina. Patrons can admire the gleaming yachts as they sit on the al fresco terrace, while the chefs pride themselves on the use of fresh ingredients to compile a rich and seasonal menu. The fish and meats are prepared specially on a Josper grill (a highly specialized piece of equipment), with rare delicacies from further afield also featuring among them, such as Sicilian octopus and Argentine veal.
Address: Gloria Mar, Marina Dinevi, Sveti Vlas, Bulgaria, +359 895 555 111
Chilli Peppers Wild West BBQ & Bar
Renowned for its extra-large portion sizes, there’s no danger of leaving Chilli Peppers hungry. Their barbecued steaks, skewers and ribs, all cooked on a charcoal grill, are a delight to the meat-eater, and will ensure a quality BBQ experience right in the centre of Sunny Beach, perfect for filling up before a night on the strip.
Address: Chilli Peppers Wild West BBQ & Bar, Flower Street, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria, +359 879 299 496
NOTI Restaurant & Piano Bar
NOTI distinguishes itself from competitors with its fresh produce (mainly vegetables and dairy products), sourced from eco-friendly farms in Bulgaria; with meats and steaks imported all the way from France and Spain; and its game, which includes guinea-fowl and quail. It doubles up as a piano bar in the evening, treating guests to a relaxing night by the water.
Address: NOTI Restaurant & Piano Bar, Marina Dinevi, Sveti Vlas, Bulgaria, +359 884 004 999