The Old Town of Cluj-Napoca attracts many tourists and even locals every evening because of the many restaurants, coffee-shops, and the old paved streets. Not all the great restaurants of Cluj are in its Old Town, and that’s why we will start with one that has a view over the entire city of Cluj-Napoca.
1. Aroma Restaurant
Outside of the city, on the hills of Feleac and in the middle of an orchard, lies the exclusive Aroma Restaurant. You can enjoy an excellent meal with the family or with friends, while admiring the landscape of the entire Transylvanian City of Cluj-Napoca. The Aroma Restaurant offers international specialties from steaks, salads, fish & seafood and many other standard dishes. They have a menu for food and one for the wines exclusively, as they have a variety of over 60 types of wines that you can choose from!
Address: Calea Turzii 295, Cluj-Napoca 407270
Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Access: 6.6 kilometers (3.1 miles) by car from the center of Cluj-Napoca
Contact: +40 723264455
Website: Aroma Restaurant
2. Barraca Restaurant
Editor's Note: There's no photo available at the time of writing
Back in town, actually in the Old Town, is the appreciated restaurant named Baracca. You will find it two streets away from the Unirii Square, where you can enjoy any of their specialties. The restaurant isn’t a themed one, and it serves dishes from many international cuisines. You can get a continental breakfast, onion soup, a brisket sandwich, an excellent dessert and one of their finest wines.
Address: Str. Ion Raţiu 10-12, Cluj-Napoca
Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Access: 3 minute walk from Memorandului Bus Station
Contact: +40 732155177
3. Livada Restaurant
The Livada Restaurant & Lounge is a place where you can have a meal or just sit in the lounge having a drink with friends. The food served here is from the Romanian and the Italian cuisine, but you can find some other international dishes too. The restaurant has occasional live music concerts, with various local artists that you can check on their website down bellow. If you’re not in the mood for getting out of your room but still want to eat something, you can request their home delivery service and get their best dishes directly to your accommodation.
Address: Strada Clinicilor 14, Cluj-Napoca 400006
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 12:00 am | Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Access: 4 min walk from “Spitalul de Copii” Bus Station
Contact: +40 722111115
Website: Home Delivery
4. Klausen Burger
The visitors don’t come to this place only for the burgers, they come for the great view and even for the other great dishes served here. If you get here on a sunny day, you’ll want to have a meal on the terrace where you can admire the old town of Cluj-Napoca and the Gothic Church. You can also have pizza, soup, vegetarian food, delicious desserts and a large variety of drinks from this place.
Address: Strada Regele Ferdinand 22, Cluj-Napoca 400110
Opening Hours: Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 2:00 am | Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 am | Sun 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Access: 5 min walk from the “George Banutiu” Tram Station
Contact: +40 372717552
Website: Klausen Burger
5. Kaja Tanya
Maybe you’re not a vegetarian, but you want to enjoy a full meal as one of them. The Kaja Tanya Restaurant is the most vegetarian-friendly restaurant from Cluj-Napoca. And also, this restaurant is probably the smallest one from Cluj, it has only a couple of tables, and the food is prepared by its owners. The name of the restaurant is in Hungarian, and it can be translated as ‘homemade food’. So if you want to enjoy some food made by the locals, here’s another reason to come at this restaurant. You can find it in the Old Town of Bucharest, near the Baracca Restaurant and less than 1 km (0.6 mi) from the Botanical Gardens.
Kaja Tanya Restaurant
Address: Strada Inocențiu Micu Klein 11, Cluj-Napoca 400087
Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Access: 7 min walk from Memorandului Bus Station
Contact: +40 753931882
Website: Kaja Tanya
6. Casa Boema
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
At Casa Boema you can enjoy specialties such as a leg of lamb, pork ribs, pork breast, beef cheeks or a salmon salad. They also have plates, appetizers, salads, soups, pasta, risotto, pizza and of course desserts. The restaurant is in the Old Town and is not too crowded, but a reservation would be useful to have a guaranteed great evening. And after that, you can take a walk in the Unirii Square.
Address: Luliu Maniu 34, 400095 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 04:00 am | Sun 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Access: 5 min walk from Opera Bus Station
Contact: +40 734414414
Website: Casa Boema
Where to eat?
After some short reviews of these six restaurants, we all can agree that it can be hard to choose from a meal on the high hills, at a quiet terrace of the Old Town, or on a balcony with a view of the entire Old Town. It can be hard to choose if you stay here for only a night or two, but the restaurants on this list will be enough for a full week in the heart of Transylvania.
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