Kutaisi, one of the medieval cities of Georgia, is full of impressive landmarks to explore. Here, you will find dinosaur footsteps, one of Georgia’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, caves, and museums for history buffs. When visiting any city, it’s important to know where to dine and spend an evening indulging in the local experience. Even though the dining scene in Kutaisi is a bit limited, we have hand-picked some of the best restaurants for you to try out.
With outstanding service, Bar-Restaurant Palaty is a favorite place of many locals and visitors to the country who stop in Kutaisi. The venue offers a wide variety of dishes and wine in a friendly atmosphere with live music in the evening. Here, you can taste Imeretian cheese from the region, fish, salads, sandwiches, meat dishes, and much more.
Bikentia’s Kebabery is a must-visit place once in Kutaisi. Designed in the old Soviet style with six standing tables, the venue offers a uniquely authentic experience. Don’t expect a wide variety of kebabs here; they have only one kind served with a beer or lemonade for a fixed price of 6 GEL (€2).
Bar-restaurant Papavero has a central location in the city and is also vegetarian-friendly. Decorated with lights and plants, the venue is the right place for both a dinner and after-dinner experience. During the summer months, you can even sit on the terrace and enjoy your meal or a beverage.
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With the range of European and Georgian meals, Paolo restaurant offers a relaxing atmosphere with reasonable prices. The venue adds its own twist to local cuisine which makes it favorable for many Georgians as well as tourists. Moreover, you can enjoy live music
Lagidze Water is an authentic local lemonade you need to try in Georgia. Started by Mitrofane Lagidze, a Georgian pharmacist in the 19th century, the lemonade was very popular during the Soviet Georgia. Unfortunately, its glory faded over the dramatic recent past of Georgia, but there are a couple of places that still serve it just like in the past. The idea of these lemonades is that the syrup is mixed with soda, right in front of your eyes. And Kutaisi has one of those venues where you can try famous Georgian lemonade and local cuisine at the same time.
Baraqa is a place to eat Adjaruli khachapuri, or the cheese boat as it’s called by many foreigners. The venue is non-smoking with large portions and reasonable prices. The menu is quite diverse offering plenty of vegetarian dishes as well.
hacker menu 2 | Courtesy of Hacher-Pschorr Kutaisi Facebook page
If you are looking for a good beer and food that goes well with the beverage, Hacker-Pschorr in Kutaisi is the place for you. With excellent service, a wide variety of beer types, friendly atmosphere makes this paces favorable to many Georgians and visitors. It is open 24 hours so if you happen to get hungry in the middle of the night, Hacker-Pschorr is there for you.