15 Best Restaurants To Eat Georgian Food In Tbilisi

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Elodie
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Georgian food carries influences from European and Middle Eastern dishes. Some of the best restaurants in Eastern Europe and especially Russia are Georgian, a sign of how delicious this cuisine is although it is still mostly unknown in the rest of the world. Tbilisi is the capital of Georgia and home to some of the best restaurants in the country. Even if most restaurants in town will serve you great food, some of them really stand out from the rest for the quality of their food, selection of drinks and a true Georgian service.

1. Shavi Lomi

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Since its opening in 2011, Shavi Lomi has continuously been one of the capital city’s top dining destinations for people who crave authentic Georgian food. The name translates to Black Lion and is the brainchild of a local culinary master, Meriko Gubeladze. The restaurant serves top-notch Georgian dishes like khachapuritos, ghomi, ghobi, phkali, and more that are made upon ordering.

Shavi Lomi is also the perfect spot for a quiet evening over drinks and bites with friends or your significant other. That’s because the restaurant is known for its laid-back atmosphere with soft lighting and cozy seats.

Shavi Lomi

Address: 28 Zurab Kvlividze St, Tbilisi, Georgia

Website: Shavi Lomi

Opening hours: 12pm - 12am (daily)

2. Salobie Bia

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Salobie Bia is another local favorite and a highly recommended option for those who want to try Georgian food. While the restaurant is mainly known for its wide array of bean-based dishes and other vegetarian food, it also serves many meat dishes like the hearty beef stew meat with quinoa and nuts as well as the seared rabbit meat in walnut sauce.

Salobie Bia is not only known for its great food selection as it also ensures a completely amazing dining experience with its good ambiance, calming music, and excellent service.

Salobie Bia

Address: 17 Shota Rustaveli Ave, Tbilisi, Georgia

Website: Salobie Bia

Opening hours: 12pm - 11pm (daily)

3. Gandagana Restaurant

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For amazing dining and wining experience in Tbilisi, visit Gandagana Restaurant. This restaurant is located in an old building in the historical district of Old Tbilisi. In a location such as this, you’d probably assume that the restaurant offers authentic traditional Georgian cuisine and you’re right as it focuses on preserving the rich Georgian cuisine. One such traditional dish is khinkali, a soupy dumpling that happens to be one of the many Georgian national dishes as well.

Another thing to look forward to in this restaurant is its expansive wine selection, from white and red wine to the locally made chacha.

Gandagana Restaurant

Address: 14 Aleksandre Tsurtsumia St, Tbilisi 0103, Georgia

Website: Gandagana Restaurant

Opening hours: 12pm - 11pm (daily)

4. Zodiaqo

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Treat yourself to a satisfying Georgian meal at Zodiaqo. The restaurant is a popular dining destination for both tourists and locals as it serves a wide selection of tasty Georgian dishes at an affordable price. Favorites include fried khinkali, a traditional deep-fried or steamed dumpling stuffed with various meats and spices. Other reasons why this place draws in a lot of customers include its nice and inviting ambiance as well as the prompt service, offering the best dining experience possible.

Zodiaqo

Address: 6 Gia Chanturia St, Tbilisi, Georgia

Website: Zodiaqo

Opening hours: 11am - 9:30pm (daily)

5. Tsiskvili


Tsiskvili is one of those restaurants everyone will recommend you to go to and for good reasons! The restaurant is located out of the city center (about 10 GEL of taxi fare from the old town). The venue is separated in two floors and the upper floor is a smoking area. The restaurant offers a daily live performance at 8 p.m. of traditional Georgian music and dance show which adds a nice touch to the already cozy ambiance.

The food is simply to die for! The menu is very extensive and you can try the all time favorite khinkali (Georgian dumpling), mtsvadi (grilled meat skewer) and kupati (Georgian sausage). The service is typical Georgian, it might seem cold at first but the waiters are very friendly. Note however that most of them do not speak English which really adds to the “local immersion” experience. The in-house sommelier is very helpful and has a wide variety of local wines to accompany any of your dishes.

Tsiskvili

Address: The right bank of the R. Mtkvari Tbilisi

Website: Tsiskvili Restaurant

6. Sakhli #11

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Sakhli is conveniently located, just a few minute walking from the Freedom Square. The restaurant offers a large variety of Georgian specialties with an extensive local organic wine selection. The perfect place to experience the true Georgian hospitality and culinary specialties.

Sakhli #11

Address: Galaktion Tabidze 110105 Tiflis

Facebook: Sakhli #11

7. Barbarestan

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Posted by ბარბარესთან • Barbarestan on Sunday, June 6, 2021

Vintage decor and old-school recipes with a modern service; that’s what Barbarestan is all about! The restaurant was founded by a family of 10 children with the noble mission to bring to all Georgians the “good old time” dishes prepared in the respect of the traditional recipes. The service is warm and welcoming. The restaurant offers live retro Georgian music on Saturday nights from 8 to 10 p.m. Note: The restaurant does not offer beer but we highly recommend trying their vast selection of traditional kvevri wines

Barbarestan

Address: 132 Davit Aghmashenebeli Ave, 0112 Tbilisi

Facebook: Barbarestan

8. Vintages


A new wine bar in Tbilisi and must go to for any wine lover! Classy and industrial in design, 8000 vintages offers classic wine tasting and blind wine tasting. The team aims to represent the best wines in the country and they blind taste each month about 100 new wines to select only the best ones. They have so far selected 475 wines out of 1100 they tried. You can also some to buy some of their very extensive wine collection or ask the in-house sommelier to help you pick the best wine for your dinner party!

8000 Vintages

Address: Tbilisi, S. Tsintsadze St. 26, 0160

Website: 8000 Vintages

9. Schuchmann Wine Bar & Restaurant

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Schuchmann Wine Bar & Restaurant is easily accessible, right in the old town of Tbilisi, a few minutes from the Bridge of Peace. Try some of the best local or European wines accompanied with delicious local and international dishes available on their menu. Insider tip: Try the “Schuchmann” and “Vinoterra” wines coming directly from the Schuchmann Château!

Schuchmann Wine Bar & Restaurant

Address: 8, Sioni Str., Tbileli Caravansaray, Tbilisi

Website: Schuchmann Wine Bar & Restaurant

10. Samikitno Georgian Cuisine

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Samikitno has the decor and pricing of a fast-food restaurant but serves freshly made dishes. Try some of the traditional Georgian specialties in this relaxed atmosphere for affordable prices. The upper floor has direct views over the river towards Matekhi church and Avlabari.

Samikitno

Address: 25 Merab Kostava St, 0108 Tbilisi

Website: Samikitno

11. Gabriadze Theatre Café

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Gabriadze Theatre Café is located in the historical part of Tbilisi, in the Gabriadze Theatre, close to the Ambassadori Hotel. The cafe has Rezo Gabriadze artistic touch, one of Georgia’s most important contemporary artists. The artist designed each element of the cafe, from the decor, the wine bottle labels to the chairs and tables. This is the perfect cafe for a cultural experience, right next to the Rezo’s Clock Tower with its Angel coming out every hour to strike the bell.

Gabriadze Theatre Cafe

Address: 13 Shavteli St, 0105 Tbilisi, Georgia

Website: Gabriadze Theatre Cafe

12. Phaetoni


Phaetoni is located next to Tbilisi Mall and offers traditional Georgian dishes including the shashlik (grilled meat skewers), khinkali (Georgian dumplings), chihirtma (local chicken soup) and much more. Make sure to be there for the daily live dance performance in the evening.

Phaetoni

Address: Digomi, Beliashvili str., Tbilisi

Facebook: Phaetoni

13. Zakhar Zakharich

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Located just right next to Dry Bridge on the Right Bank, Zakhar Zakharich is renowned for being the best khinkali restaurant in town. The lack of charm in the decor of the restaurant is completely forgotten once you start tasting that heavenly delicious khinkali! A must try when visiting Tbilisi.

Zakhar Zakharich

Address: 3 Right Bank, Mshrali Bridge, Tbilisi

14. Organique Josper Bar


As its name suggests, Organique Josper Bar only offers freshly prepared Georgian organic specialties. This is the only place in Tbilisi with and Enomatic Wine Dispenser allowing you to taste by the glass 16 kinds of wine while keeping its taste and quality intact.

Organique Josper Bar

Address: Bambis Rigi 12

Website: Organique Josper Bar

15. Funicular


Funicular is the place to go for a sophisticated Georgian meal. Located in the Mtatsminda Park with magnificent views over Tbilisi, Funicular offers ‘classic Georgian dishes with a twist’ prepared from the finest ingredients. Try the specialties such as seafood soup or veal shin with tomato, carrots accompany with white wine. The in-house sommelier is here to help you pair your meal with the best wines possible. Funicular is accessible with the funicular going to Mtatsminda Park.

Funicular

Address: Mtatsminda plateau, 0114 Tbilisi

Website: Funicular

Eat when in Tbilisi!

Tbilisi is a true culinary gem and is home to some of the best restaurants in the country. Do not hesitate to be adventurous and go out of your comfort zone when ordering your meal, you will not be disappointed! Note however that most of the dishes are based on meat, potato, bread, and cheese… calories you can easily burn by walking around Tbilisi and discovering its beautiful parks, museums, and castles!

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Elodie is an avid passport stamp collector and adventure seeker. She defines herself as storyteller, marketeer, diver and traveller - not necessarily in that order. She is currently based in Bali,...Read more

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