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.
Restaurant, Vegetarian, Romanian, European, Wine, Beer, $$$
If you want a restaurant with a view over the city, choose Klausen Burger
. Situated on the rooftop of the Central Commercial Centre, Klausen Burger has both an inside restaurant and an outside terrace. Whether you want a hearty lunch or just some drinks with your friends, the restaurant has a wide variety so that you will have plenty of options. Soups and meat dishes, pizza and pasta, salads and vegetarian food – the menu includes a broad selection of dishes from national and international cuisines.
Restaurant, Romanian, Contemporary, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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.
Colin’s Gastro Pub
Bar, Gastropub, Pub, Italian, Romanian, Pub Grub, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, Fast Food, Vegetarian, $$$
With a small restaurant and a lovely terrace, Colin’s Gastro Pub
, located near the central park, is a place that locals love because of their homemade food featuring local products. In the evening, the terrace looks charming, with small lights illuminating the space, and it hosts concerts during the Jazz in the Park
festival. At Colin’s, you can have a full English breakfast; salads made with vegetables from local producers; and great Italian food. But if there is something that you should definitely try, it’s their homemade burgers.
Bricks (M)eating Point
Restaurant, Romanian, Italian, Asian, $$$
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.
Restaurant, European, Romanian, Fast Food, Vegetarian, $$$
is undoubtedly one of the locals’ favourite summer terraces, a place where you can dine while feeling like you’re in your back garden. So sit back and relax, and order your meal. Will it be salmon fillet with zucchini, a duck duo with Porto sauce or a grilled beef tenderloin with foie gras? If none of this suits your taste, maybe some traditional Transylvanian dishes will be more appealing, such as tripe soup or beef goulash. In summer, there is nothing better than having a rose lemonade alongside your meal.
Restaurant, Romanian, European, $$$
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.
Restaurant, Romanian, European, $$$
Eat like the Romanians’ ancestors, the Dacians and the Romans, at Hanul Dacilor
. If there is one restaurant that will make sure you leave full and happy, it is this place. All the meals come on wooden platters, served by waiters dressed in traditional clothing. Take your friends with you as most of the dishes are for sharing. Dare to try ‘The House’ wood tray, or eat like a king and order ‘Royal Feast’ or ‘King’s Crown’. Both the meat and the vegetables will be abundant no matter which plate you choose. If you want something lighter, try the bean soup with smoked ham in a wheat bread bowl. You won’t be disappointed.
Samsara Food House
Restaurant, Vegetarian, European, Healthy, $$$
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.
Restaurant, American, Mexican, Beer, $$$
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.