The Best Restaurants in the Romanian city of Iași

Check out the best restaurants in Iasi
Check out the best restaurants in Iasi | © Engin_Akyurt/ Pixabay
Roxana Coman

Serving fabulous dishes inspired by international and Romanian cuisines, restaurants in Iași offer cosy atmospheres and quality meals for vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. We’ve selected the very best restaurants for you, so you can enjoy delicious meals throughout your trip.

1. Restaurant Toujours

Restaurant, European, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free

Owned by a lovely couple, Toujours is a place where you will be warmly welcomed and served excellent food from recipes around the world. With dishes from France, America, Asia and the Mediterranean, the menu offers a broad spectrum of flavours that you will fall in love with. Top off one of these fantastic meals with a cup of good wine or Romanian craft beer, recommended by your host.

2. Tirol

Restaurant, Austrian, European

A restaurant with an Austrian ambiance, Tirol boasts a professional staff and a pleasant atmosphere. The chefs prepare fabulous plates, including cheese fondue, potato soup, Viennese Schnitzel with jam, tasty stews and a delicious apfelstrudel for dessert. Every dish is crafted with care and attention to detail. Tirol is a great place to share dinner with your loved one or enjoy a lunch with friends.

3. Restaurant Panoramic

Restaurant, European, Romanian

If you fancy a meal with a view in Iași, then Restaurant Panoramic is where you should go. Situated on the thirteenth floor of the Unirea Hotel & Spa, it offers great views over the city. Palatable dishes like salmon tartare, Romanian Rădăuțeana sour soup, chicken and mushroom risotto, oven-baked butterfish, duck breast with forest fruits, Hajduk’s stew and papanasi are only a few examples of the dishes to choose from at Panoramic. Accompany your dish with a Romanian wine, then after you’ve made your selections, relax and take in the view.

4. Cuib

Restaurant, European, Vegetarian, Romanian

A very cosy and friendly place, Cuib is a restaurant where the meals are prepared with local ingredients. It is also where you can taste great Romanian craft beer. Supporting slow food concepts and sustainable farming methods, Cuib provides great food, as well as workshops and fairs. A haven for vegetarians and vegans, this restaurant’s food is fresh, seasonal and organic. Try their sandwiches, vegan burgers, salads, hearty pastas, cooked vegetables, nourishing soups and amazing desserts.

5. Blue Acqua

Restaurant, Mediterranean, Romanian, Vegetarian

Blue Acqua is a beautiful restaurant that serves mainly seafood dishes prepared with Danube Delta fish and Mediterranean recipes. From fish-based appetizers and fish soups to pastas and a wide variety of entrees, the restaurant is perfect for those who love seafood. The seafaring design and the outdoor terrace makes for a relaxing atmosphere, where you can enjoy your food and wine and chat with your friends, family or co-workers.

6. InnItalia

Restaurant, Italian, Romanian

At InnItalia, Italian food is served in a romantic setting making it an ideal place to take your loved one. From the terrace, you can enjoy pretty views of Unirii Square and soak up a few rays of sunshine in the summer. A meal at InnItalia will take you on a tour through Italy via regional dishes, homemade sauces and only the freshest ingredients. Options for vegetarians and vegans aren’t lacking either. Ask your server to help you pair your meal with a great Romanian, Moldavian, Italian or French wine.

7. Vivo Fusion Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, American, Fast Food

A perfect place for the ones who love American cuisine, Vivo Fusion Bar is the place to indulge in juicy burgers of all kinds, including vegetarian burgers. For those who are not burger fans, savoury soups, appetizing ribs, fresh salads and creamy cheesecakes are also served. There are just as many drink options to accompany your meal. No matter what American food you’re craving, Vivo Fusion Bar has you covered.

8. Vivid

Restaurant, Romanian, Italian, Vegan, Vegetarian, Contemporary, Fusion

Vivid is a marvellous restaurant that mixes French and Romanian cuisine, surprising its guests with new sights and flavours. Their unique way of serving mouthwatering, organic dishes makes for a fantastic gastronomic experience. Everyone can find something tasty here, as the varied menu offers everything from vegetarian plates to seafood platters. The chefs don’t let a single detail get past them, from the individual flavours of the ingredients to the impeccable plating. Vivid is surely not-to-be-missed when visiting Iași.

9. Fenice Palas

Restaurant, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

A luxury restaurant with an elegant design and outstanding menu, Fenice Palace is a great option if you are searching for a sumptuous dining experience. The restaurant features a wine and cigar lounge, as well as a dining room and a suspended terrace, where perfectly plated dishes look their best. Refined French, Italian and Lebanese dishes feature beef, mutton, chicken or fish, and nearly enchant guests with their exotic herbs and spices. This restaurant is pricey, but it is worth it.

10. Restaurant Oscar

Restaurant, European, Romanian

Oscar is known for its lively evenings made spectacular with musical concerts. It serves both Romanian and international recipes with no less than 80 different plates. A meal at Oscar could be described as a tour of the world’s cuisines. If you want a taste of Romania, order the gustare caldă țărnească, a mix of different cuts of pork, cheese and polenta; or the mușchi țigănesc, a ham-based dish. For dessert, order papanași and finish your Romanian meal with a full belly and a wide smile.

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