Along with the vibrant dining scene in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, some of the great cafés and restaurants remain hidden. And if you don’t know where to look, you most probably won’t find them. Thus, here’s the guide to some of the secret restaurants you might want to check out once in Tbilisi.
This is one of the hidden restaurants of Tbilisi. The name bina means an apartment in Georgian and perfectly describes the cosy eatery. Located on the top floor of a residential building, Bina N37 offers a homey atmosphere, homemade-style dishes, and a qvevri wine that comes right from its terrace – the owner has buried several clay vessels for its house-made wine right here.
Often going by the shorter name of Melnikova’s, the restaurant is set in a small garden and is a fantastic place during the hot evenings of spring and summer. The yard, designed with vintage décor items, is full of plants, trees, and bushes. Thus each table is quite private. However, don’t worry if you happen to be in Tbilisi in autumn or winter, there is indoor seating available, too. The venue offers decent food, homemade lemonades, soups, and sandwiches to name a view. The menu primarily features the staples of Georgian cuisine, but you can find some international dishes as well.
Located on one of the back streets off Rustaveli Avenue, Academy Lounge Restaurant is a cozy place designed in vintage style. The menu here is diverse, offering international cuisine, desserts, and wide choice of soft and alcoholic beverages. In addition to indoor seating, the venue has a small courtyard where you can sit peacefully and enjoy your meal.
Located in the yard of Writer’s House, a building built in 1905, Cafe Littera offers one of the fanciest dining experiences in Tbilisi. Owned by the famous female Georgian chef, Tekuna Gachechiladze, the meals here are unique. Her traditional Georgian staples are not like any other you might taste in other places offering local cuisine. She mixes the latest trends in the culinary world with traditional recipes.