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Restaurants in Bucharest

Rustic eateries serve rich, meaty Romanian fare around Piata Romana square, while hip restaurants occupy the streets of Lipscani, where diners sit on minimalist chairs amid unusual artwork. The tree-lined boulevard Sos Kiseleff is home to gourmet restaurants like Casa Doina, set in a grand villa. For a snack during the day, try the small bakeries that stud the city. Restaurants are usually open until 12am, and a tip of 5-10% is expected.

Top-end

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  1. 1. La Mandragora - Top-end: (More than RON60 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Reservations are essential at La Mandragora, a smart, modern restaurant in a renovated house. The menu is among Bucharest's most innovative, with dishes like beef carpaccio with beetroot and pine-nut salad, or duck breast cooked in Guinness ale. Save room for the homemade ice cream - green apple is a favourite.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 6pm-midnight

    Address

    29, Strada Mendeleev, Bucharest

    Telephone

    +40 (0) 21 319 75 92

    Transport

    Metro: Piata Romana

    Website

    La Mandragora Website

  2. 2. Aqua - Top-end

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    Aqua provides Bucharest's affluent gourmets and celebrities with a dining sensation, set within the peaceful surrounds of Herastrau Park. The kitchen provides a daring mix of Mediterranean and modern European flavours, from tempura oysters to French fois gras and Moroccan-style lamb. Booking ahead is advisable. 

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    Opening hours

    Daily noon-midnight

    Address

    7-9 Sos Nordului, Bucharest, Romania

    Telephone

    73/188-8999

    Transport

    Aurel Vlaicu Metro

    Website

    Aqua Website

  3. 3. Casa Doina - Top-end: (More than RON60 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Casa Doina, Bucharest. Courtesy of Casa Doina

    Set amid the grand embassies of Bucharest's leafy north, Casa Doina is a favourite among the city's elegant set. Smartly-dressed waiters serve a modern take on Romanian cooking, from chicken filet stuffed with Roquefort, to grilled duck liver. Diners book in advance for a table on the heated garden terrace of this 18th-century Romanian villa.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-12am

    Address

    4, Sos Kiseleff, Bucharest 011345

    Telephone

    +40 (0) 21 222 6717

    Transport

    Piata Victoriei Metro

    Website

    Casa Doina Website

Mid-range

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  1. 4. Burebista Vanatoresc - Mid-range: (RON25-RON60 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Restaurant Burebista Vanatorsc, Bucharest. Photo by Vladimir Lavenko

    Animal trophies and stuffed birds peer down from the walls at Burebista Vanatoresc, as diners feast on dishes straight from the hunt. The menu features bear paws and flame-grilled beef. The scent of barbeque hangs in the air of the medieval-themed, wooden restaurant, near Piata Universitatii square. Folk bands often accompany the feasting.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-12am

    Address

    14, Strada Batistei, Bucharest 020934

    Telephone

    +40 (0) 21 211 8929

    Transport

    Piata Universitatii Metro

    Website

    Burebista Vanatoresc Website

  2. 5. Megosios - Mid-range: (RON25-RON60 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Megosios serves fresh fish in a harbour-themed interior of blues and whites. Bucharest's first Mediterranean restaurant when it opened in 2000, this cheerful eatery, near Piata Universitatii, has quickly become a local favourite. Guests select their fish from the display and tell the waiter how they want it prepared.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-12am

    Address

    29, Strada Jean Louis Calderon, Bucharest 020032

    Telephone

    +40 (0) 21 317 1355

    Transport

    Piata Universitatii Metro

    Website

    Megosios Website

  3. 6. Jaristea - Mid-range: (RON25-RON60 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Jaristea, Bucharest. Courtesy of Jaristea

    Jaristea cooks up old-fashioned Romanian dishes. This popular restaurant near Piata Romana square serves spicy soups, meat stews and Romanian polenta. Inside are dark wooden furniture, woven rugs and stone walls covered with pictures of a Bucharest long gone. Affluent locals and visitors book well in advance for a table.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11am-12am

    Address

    50-52, Georgescu Street, Bucharest 040133

    Telephone

    +40 (0) 21 335 3338

    Transport

    Piata Romanii Metro

    Website

    Jaristea Website

  4. 7. Charme - Mid-range: (RON25-RON60 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Charme serves simple, wholesome dishes. Friendly waiters deliver grilled swordfish, fresh asparagus, and pasta with mushrooms to the backdrop of smooth lounge music. The affluent young diners grab a spot on a sofa or secure a swivel chair at the bar. This hip restaurant, in the Lipscani district, also has a low-calorie menu for dieters.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Sun-Thu 11am-11pm; Fri & Sat 11am-12am

    Address

    12, Smardan Street, Bucharest 030075

    Telephone

    +40 (0) 21 311 19 22

    Transport

    Izvor or Piata Universitatii Metro

    Website

    Charme Website

Budget

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  1. 8. La Taifas - Budget: (Less than RON25 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    La Taifas, near Calea Victoriei boulevard, serves an ever-changing menu of simple Romanian dishes, including fresh rustic breads. Business types occupy the cushioned seating areas at lunchtime. Live music attracts a cheerful crowd in the evenings. The atmospheric eatery, decorated with onion domes and rugs, fills up very quickly.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-12am

    Address

    16, Strada Gheorghe Manu, Bucharest 010446

    Telephone

    +40 (0) 21 212 7788

    Transport

    Piata Victoriei Metro

    Website

    La Taifas Website

  2. 9. City Grill Centrul Istoric - Budget: (Less than RON25 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    City Grill, Bucharest. Courtesy of Valentin Benedict

    One of a trusted chain of restaurants, City Grill Centrul Istoric in the Lipscani area of Bucharest serves generous portions of wholesome food at reasonable prices. The menu is a mix of Romanian specialities and Western dishes, and includes everything from traditional zacusca (vegetable relish) or Greek salad to steak with blue cheese sauce.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-12am

    Address

    12, Strada Lipscani, Bucharest

    Telephone

    +40 (0) 21 314 24 89

    Transport

    Universitatii Metro

    Website

    City Grill Website

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