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Lime mousse covered in white chocolate | Courtesy of Bricks Restaurants
Lime mousse covered in white chocolate | Courtesy of Bricks Restaurants
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9 Restaurants in Cluj-Napoca That Locals Love

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Updated: 7 November 2017
Cluj is the city where Eastern culture meets the Western way of life. The local community is dynamic, friendly and innovative, and it never ceases to raise the living and eating standards higher. From traditional food to exquisite dishes, Cluj’s restaurants have them all. Discover where the locals love having their meals.

Klausen Burger

Restaurant, European, $$$
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Lime mousse covered in white chocolate
Lime mousse covered in white chocolate | Courtesy of Bricks Restaurants

If you want a restaurant with a view over the city, choose Klausen Burger. Situated on the rooftop of the Central Commercial Centre, Klausen Burger has both an inside restaurant and an outside terrace. Whether you want a hearty lunch or just some drinks with your friends, the restaurant has a wide variety so that you will have plenty of options. Soups and meat dishes, pizza and pasta, salads and vegetarian food – the menu includes a broad selection of dishes from national and international cuisines.

Lunch with a view

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Mon - Thu:
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat:
10:00 am - 3:00 am
Sun:
10:00 am - 12:00 am

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual, Outdoors

Baracca

Restaurant, European, $$$
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Baracca is an excellent place for those who want to have an exquisite culinary experience in Cluj. Receiving ‘The Best Restaurant with International Cuisine’ award at the TopHotel Awards 2015, the restaurant has a contemporary menu that features creative meals made with high-quality ingredients. Mousse goat cheese, pumpkin soup, coq au vin, delicious pasta and pizzas and homemade desserts – these are some of the wonderful dishes that you can taste at Baracca.

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Mon - Sun:
12:00 am - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Gourmet, Business

Colin’s Gastro Pub

Restaurant, Italian, European, $$$
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With a small restaurant and a lovely terrace, Colin’s Gastro Pub, located near the central park, is a place that locals love because of their homemade food featuring local products. In the evening, the terrace looks charming, with small lights illuminating the space, and it hosts concerts during the Jazz in the Park festival. At Colin’s, you can have a full English breakfast; salads made with vegetables from local producers; and great Italian food. But if there is something that you should definitely try, it’s their homemade burgers.

Places that #go straight to my ❤

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Mon - Sun:
10:00 am - 1:00 am

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed, Outdoors

Bricks (M)eating Point

Restaurant, Fusion, $$$
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Lime mousse covered in white chocolate
Lime mousse covered in white chocolate | Courtesy of Bricks Restaurants

Located in a space decked out in 19th-century décor, Bricks features a restaurant, a Wine & Jazz Lounge and a suspended terrace over the Somes River. Offering a fusion of Romanian, Italian and Asian cuisines, their menu includes tripe soup; goulash served with homemade bread; shrimp tagliatelle; Madras chicken with rice; and a delicious lime mousse with white chocolate. Their Wine & Jazz Lounge offers a selection of 125 wines, which guests can savour while listening to jazz music playing in the background in a romantic atmosphere.

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Mon - Sun:
11:00 am - 12:00 am

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed, Casual, Outdoors

Euphoria Biergarten

Restaurant, European, $$$
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Traditional platter
Traditional platter | Courtesy of Hanul Dacilor

Euphoria Biergarten is undoubtedly one of the locals’ favourite summer terraces, a place where you can dine while feeling like you’re in your back garden. So sit back and relax, and order your meal. Will it be salmon fillet with zucchini, a duck duo with Porto sauce or a grilled beef tenderloin with foie gras? If none of this suits your taste, maybe some traditional Transylvanian dishes will be more appealing, such as tripe soup or beef goulash. In summer, there is nothing better than having a rose lemonade alongside your meal.

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Mon - Sun:
12:00 am - 2:00 am

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Traditional, Romantic

Casa Maramureseana

Restaurant, Romanian, $$$
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If you are looking for an authentic experience, you should try having your meal in a restaurant that resembles a traditional house, where Romanians dressed in folk costumes serve you. At Casa Maramureseana, every meal starts with some soup – bean soup, cabbage soup or the Ardeleneasca soup (a recipe from Transylvania) – and they all come in old-fashioned bowls, usually with sour cream and bread. The soup is followed by the main dish: papricas de pui – a chicken stew served with polenta, mashed potatoes with marinated meatballs or mici with baked potatoes. If you don’t know what to choose, ask the locals for some suggestions.
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Mon - Fri:
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Traditional

Hanul Dacilor

Restaurant, Romanian, $$$
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Traditional platter
Traditional platter | Courtesy of Hanul Dacilor

Eat like the Romanians’ ancestors, the Dacians and the Romans, at Hanul Dacilor. If there is one restaurant that will make sure you leave full and happy, it is this place. All the meals come on wooden platters, served by waiters dressed in traditional clothing. Take your friends with you as most of the dishes are for sharing. Dare to try ‘The House’ wood tray, or eat like a king and order ‘Royal Feast’ or ‘King’s Crown’. Both the meat and the vegetables will be abundant no matter which plate you choose. If you want something lighter, try the bean soup with smoked ham in a wheat bread bowl. You won’t be disappointed.
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Mon - Fri:
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat:
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sun:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Traditional

Samsara Food House

Restaurant, Healthy, Contemporary, $$$
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Samsara Food House is the place where vegetarians and vegans find their own piece of paradise. Purple potatoes and broccoli, curry with lentils and spinach, gazpacho or sushi are a few dishes that can make even non-vegetarians love the food at Samsara. With a cosy and warm atmosphere, Samsara features a restaurant and a tea house, for those who want to enjoy a calm moment while having their meal.
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Mon - Sun:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual

Jaxx

Restaurant, American, South American, $$$
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American Burger
American Burger | Courtesy of Jaxx

Warm and friendly are the two words that best define Jaxx, an American restaurant situated next to the central park. Having an indoor restaurant and a backyard terrace, Jaxx has become a local favourite, so reservations are advisable. In the evening, the locale turns into a rock ‘n’ roll scene for live concerts. Their menu features the famous American burgers, including a veggie burger for the vegetarians, along with Latin-American dishes such as chilli con carne or fajitas.
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Mon - Fri:
8:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun:
12:00 pm - 2:00 am

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual