The Best Restaurants in Oradea, Romania

Union Square in Oradea, Romania I
Union Square in Oradea, Romania I | © Catalin Lazar / Shutterstock
Roxana Coman

Oradea is a great city to visit, not only for its gorgeous Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings, but also for its proximity to Felix Resort, known for its thermal waters and spa services. But what would a superb holiday be without excellent food? Don’t miss out on Oradea’s finest restaurants with our best picks. Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.

Rivo Restaurant & Lounge

A bowl of beef goulash set on a cloth napkin next to spoons and topped with thyme

At Rivo Restaurant & Lounge, delicious Mediterranean and Romanian food is served in a cosy, laid-back ambience. In summer, you can relish a delicious lemonade on their gorgeous terrace next to the Cris river while enjoying the beautiful views. Whether you’re a meat-lover or a fish fan, you’ll find a variety of dishes to suit, from traditional beef goulash to seafood spaghetti to foie gras with caramelized quinces. Don’t forget to order a glass of their wonderful wine with your meal.


A modern restaurant serving refined dishes, Via29 is close to Oradea city centre and is a wonderful option for a lunch or dinner with friends, or for a business meal. There’s a great variety on offer for vegetarians and vegans as well as pasta, pizzas, salads, meat and seafood. Make sure you should definitely try is their black risotto.

Restaurant Corsarul

Are you a seafood lover? Then Restaurant Corsarul is the perfect spot for you, as their fantastic array of fresh seafood dishes will delight your tastebuds. With so many marvellous pasta, risotto, pizzas, delicious soups, as well as gorgeous beef, pork, chicken and fish dishes, it might be difficult to choose, but you’ll always eat a wonderful meal. And of course, every great meal comes with a great wine, so be sure to pick one from their broad selection.


Craft Beers

Baraw is the perfect place to enjoy fabulous burgers and spicy hot wings in a cosy good-vibe atmosphere, followed by one of their fantastic milkshakes or a good beer. If you’re there first thing, try a hearty omelette or a savoury croissant for breakfast to kick start your morning. Yet, no matter when you go, the comfy design and friendly staff will make you feel welcome.

MEATic Restaurant

A great restaurant for meat lovers, MEATic is where you’ll always find fresh, full-flavoured food. Using ingredients from local producers, MEATic showcases old Romanian recipes that come with homemade sauces, salads and bread. Start with some meat tapas, order a gorgeous pork, beef or duck as a main dish, and always finish with a traditional dessert like papanași or somloi galuska. They also serve pizzas and focaccia, but what’s that in comparison to their amazing meat dishes?

Hanul cu Noroc

If you’re searching for a restaurant serving traditional Romanian meals, then try Hanul cu Noroc, where healthy portions fill both stomach and heart. The cosy ambience is perfect for a lunch with friends or family, and if you are a foreigner, their helpful staff will gladly recommend amazing Romanian dishes: delicious soups, filling stews, grilled meat and the not-to-be-missed sarmale with mămăligă (cabbage rolls with polenta) or fasole cu ciolan (beans stew with pork meat).


Rice Risotto with Burgundy Truffle

A chic restaurant located in an old monastery’s building, Allegria is a great option if you like Italian and Mediterranean food. That said, the Romanian specialities are not to be missed either, and their professional waiters will be always delighted to recommend a local dish or traditional wine. From duck to beef to salmon, from pasta to pizza to risotto to salads, there are plenty of great dishes to choose from – not to mention the delicious homemade desserts.

Pizzeria Due Fratelli

Pepperoni pizza

This restaurant serves Italian food and, according to locals, serves the best pizza in town. After falling in love with Italian food and after several years spent in situ, the restaurant’s owners decided to open their own place, sharing their knowledge and love for pizzas, pasta, risottos and seafood. If the locals say it’s great, you should give it a shot also.

Spoon Bar & Grill

A great place to take your lunch or to have a drink in the evening, Spoon Bar & Grill boasts a great location, overlooking the Cris river. Their menu offers a broad variety of dishes, as well as child menus, making it a good option for family meals also. Even better, they’re open from breakfast to dinner, meaning that you can please your tastebuds with their delicious dishes whatever the time of day.

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