The 8 best restaurants in Panaji, Goa 2020

Down the Road

If Chinese food is your thing then DTR is the place for you. The Chinese Chopsuey is delicious and so are the Hot Garlic Prawns and Mongolian Beef. Compared to a number of high-end Asian cuisine restaurants around the city, DTR provides quality food at extremely decent rates. If you visit the restaurant for dinner then don’t forget to head over to the pub downstairs for a drink and some great music. If you visit during the day then pick a table on the balcony outside and soak in the sun while you gaze at the famous Rua de Ourem Creek.

Viva Panjim

Tucked away in a by-lane in Fontainhas, Panaji, Viva Panjim is a quaint little place serving indo-Portuguese food. If you’re craving authentic Goan Prawn curry or Pork chops then you have come to the right place. The seating arrangement isn’t amazing, but the owner makes up for it with a warm welcome and interesting anecdotes about Goa.

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Sharda Classic

Quick service, great interiors, and quality food, Sharda Classic definitely gives you your money’s worth. They have a variety of options ranging from Tandoori to Chinese to Goan. Their Prawn Biryani and extensive Goan Fish Thali are amongst the most popular items on their menu.

Cafe Tato’s

Located right in the heart of Panjim, This quaint eatery is a great option for vegetarians. Cool, tastefully decorated interiors and super quick service, make this little cafe stand out. Goan style bhajis, South Indian delicacies and a variety of lassis and shakes are their specialties. Their lunch and dinner menus now include items like butter masala, xacuti, Goan thalis, etc.

Hotel Fidalgo

With a variety of restaurants under one roof, you will definitely be spoiled for choice. For vegetarians, the unlimited veg thali at Bhojan is a good choice if you’re looking for a heavy meal. Legacy of Bombay is another vegetarian restaurant serving primarily street food like chaat, chole, etc. Chilli and Spice serves up exotic Pan-Asian cuisine while Mirch Masala specializes in Mughlai cuisine. Their 24/7 cafe, Aunty Maria has a wide array of waffles, pancakes, pastries, donuts, and beverages.


Located on the ground floor of Hotel Delmon, Panaji, this restaurant offers flavourful and authentic Konkan, Goan, Malabar, Coromandel, and Coastal Andhra cuisines.  Their Kerela Pepper Stew, Malwani curry and soft appams and neer dosas all make for a great meal.

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One of the oldest restaurants in Goa and supposedly the place where the infamous criminal Charles Sobhraj was apprehended, O’Coqueiro is a part of Goa’s legacy. Known for its authentic Goan food and rustic ambiance, the restaurant serves quality Goan and Continental food. Their Chicken Cafreal is one of the most popular dishes on their menu and their steaks, stuffed squid and masala fried prawns are also delicious.


Enjoy a scenic ferry ride across the River Mandovi and disembark right outside the restaurant. The view from this restaurant is to die for and their food is pretty good too. Serving a wide range of Goan and Continental food with live music on certain days of the week, Terry’s is a great option for a quiet lunch or an entertaining dinner.

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