The Best Restaurants for Georgian Food in Tbilisi

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Writer10 March 2018
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There are plenty of restaurants in Tbilisi that serve traditional food, but if you’re looking for a special night out or a particular local delicacy, the choice can be overwhelming. This guide points to some of the best spots in Tbilisi to try the staples of Georgian cuisine on your visit to the capital.

Restaurant Pasanauri

Pub, Restaurant, Georgian, $$$

Restaurant Pasanauri is one of the best places to eat khinkali, Georgian meat dumplings. The restaurant has two locations in the city, one of which – on Maidan Square – is open 24 hours. Come here for an authentic Georgian experience: the interior is filled with rustic wooden tables, separated by thick dividers for intimacy. Black and white pictures of old Tbilisi by Robert Capa adorn its walls, while a unique installation of a Georgian supra hangs on its ceiling.

Shavi Lomi

Cafe, Restaurant, Georgian, $$$
Shavi Lomi was one of the very first restaurants to offer traditional cuisine with a modern twist in Tbilisi. This cozy spot is adorned with vintage tableware, old carpets, and utensils that Georgians have used for centuries in their households. If you’d like to taste a bit of everything, order Gobi – a big plate of various Georgian pkhali, mchadi (cornbread), pickles, and cheese.

Restaurant Tsiskvili

Restaurant, Restaurant with Rooms, Georgian, European, $$$

Restaurant Tsiskvili is another popular venue for trying Georgian food. Located outside of the city center, the restaurant also puts on traditional dance shows for a full experience of Georgian culture. The menu choices are diverse and they also serve some European meals and vegetarian options besides the local cuisine.

Sakhachapure #1

Restaurant, Cafe, Georgian, European, $$$

If you want to sample different varieties of khachapuri, then head to Sakhachapure #1. With a reasonably priced menu and large portions, this khachapuri place serves some of the tastiest meals in town. However, if you are not up for khachapuri, they serve other food as well, like pizza, soups, salads, and desserts.

Barbarestan

Restaurant, Cafe, Georgian, $$$

Barbarestan, or At Barbara’s in English, is another very popular place in town that gets booked out almost every day. What makes the restaurant so popular? It’s run by a family with 10 children, who have revived recipes from a famous, 19th-century cookbook written by chef Barbare Jorjadze. Come for the friendly family atmosphere, stay for the authentic Georgian cooking.

Salobie Bia

Restaurant, Cafe, Georgian, $$$

Lobio, or black bean stew, is another Georgian favorite. Salobie Bia serves this meal with mchadi and marinated vegetables for extra deliciousness. However, if you have eaten enough lobio during your stay in Tbilisi, they have plenty of other Georgian classics you can try.

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