10 Restaurants in Tbilisi That Locals Love

A pedestrian Street full of cafés in Tbilisi | © Baia Dzagnidze
A pedestrian Street full of cafés in Tbilisi | © Baia Dzagnidze
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Writer7 November 2017

Eating out is a widespread socializing phenomenon in Georgia; therefore, the capital has dozens of restaurants to suit any taste. Most of the restaurants in the country offer traditional cuisine, but there are other possibilities, including Italian, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Indian meals, to name a few. Are you curious as to where the locals love to dine? Keep reading to find out.

Ezo

Restaurant, European, Georgian, $$$
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Ezo means the yard in Georgian, and the name perfectly describes the venue. Located in the courtyard of a residential house, Ezo focuses on organic, healthy ingredients purchased directly from local farmers. Here, you can find both meat and vegetarian options.
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Lolita

Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, European, Vegetarian, Pub Grub, $$$
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This urban-style café-bar is a relatively new addition to Tbilisi’s dining scene. With beautiful music, a good vibe, and an open kitchen, Lolita is an exciting place that locals have come to love. Come and sit outside, sip on some Georgian wine and observe how chefs prepare your meal right in front of your eyes.

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Pipes Burger Joint

Restaurant, American, Fast Food, $$$
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Tbilisi has many burger joints, but Pipes is the one that locals love the most. With fair prices and average-sized servings, the venue has quickly gained popularity. If you want to taste something different other than Georgian cuisine, then Pipes is the best place to go.

Azarphesha

Restaurant, Georgian, European, $$$
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Azarphesha offers its customers more than 150 varieties of natural and rare wines, which are produced in Georgia, France, Italy, Lebanon, and Spain. The food menu includes seasonal cuisine inspired by old Georgian recipes, with Persian and Greek influences.
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Mapshalia

Bistro, Restaurant, Georgian, $$$
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More like a tavern rather than a restaurant, Mapshalia is a secret gem for many locals. Here, you’ll find home-style food; it’s delicious and very cheap! The tavern sits in a former ticket office of an old movie theater and still has a fresco from that time on its wall.

8000 Mosavali

Bar, Wine Bar, Wine Seller, Wine
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8000 Mosavali, which translates to 8000 Vintages, refers to the fact that Georgia has cultivated wine for at least 8,000 years. The wine bar has a full range of wines carefully chosen based on the organoleptic qualities. At the moment, it serves 790 wines out of 1,610 samples. The food menu here is limited to various platters, which perfectly complement the wine.

Tsiskvili

Restaurant, Restaurant with Rooms, Georgian, European, $$$
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Another trendy restaurant among locals is Tsiskvili, located outside the city center. The restaurant offers typical Georgian meals with daily live performances of traditional dance and music.

Zakhar Zakharich

Pub, Restaurant, Georgian, $$$
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Zakhar Zakharich is one of the best places where you can try khinkali, the famous Georgian dumpling. This restaurant is one of the few that still makes the dough by hand and serves it with lamb meat filling, just like the ancient original recipe.

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Funicular

Restaurant, Georgian, European, $$$

If you would like to have a fancy dinner with panoramic views of the city, then Funicular is a perfect place to spend an evening. Located inside Mtatsminda Park, the restaurant is accessible by a cable car or a taxi. The menu is diverse with specialties such as veal shin with tomato or seafood soup. The in-house sommelier can help you choose the right wine for your meal so that you can sit back and enjoy the scenery in front.