Best restaurants in Armenia

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Yerevan

    The Club

    Fusing western Armenian and French cuisine, the seasonal menu at this fashionable basement restaurant includes salads, traditional village dishes such as dolma (stuffed vine leaves) and manti (meat ravioli topped with yogurt), oven-baked fish and steaks sizzled on hot stones at the table. It's worth saving room for dessert, as these are particularly good. There's live music most nights.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Gyumri

    Cherkezi Dzor

    This fish restaurant is so popular some Russians have been known to fly here to try the fish and fly back the next day. Seating is in open pavilions surrounding the fish pools where your dinner will be caught fresh to order. Trout and sturgeon are available along with delicious salads and sides. Bread is freshly baked in on-site ovens.

  • Restaurants in Dilijan

    Losh

    This restaurant is split into two. Downstairs there's Losh, serving mainly lavash (flatbreads), dips and starters. Upstairs is Tava (meaning pan in Armenian), a more upscale option featuring Armenian classic dishes served mostly in pans. Both are excellent, have funky decor and serve food that's a refreshing twist on what you usually come across in Armenia.

  • Restaurants in Yerevan

    Dolmama’s

    Often described as Yerevan's best restaurant, Dolmama's is housed in a rustic 19th-century dwelling. The menu focuses on eastern Armenian dishes with additional flare including dolma (stuffed vine leaves) khashlama (meat stewed in wine) and khoravats (barbecue) with mulberry sauce. Its wine selection is excellent and strictly Armenian. Esteemed guests have included Hillary Clinton, Vladimir Putin and George Clooney.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Stepanavan

    Carahunge

    Why the owners of this excellent cafe and bookshop chose to open in sleepy Stepanavan is a mystery, but it's a welcome sight for travellers passing through. The menu is a mix of Armenian and international with pizzas, wings and za'atar (bread with green spices). Beautiful handicrafts are for sale, including unique pottery. Carahunge has a second location in Dilijan.

  • Restaurants in Gyumri

    Emili Aregak

    This small heartwarming bakery run by the Emili Aregak support and resource centre employs Gyumri youth with disabilities and their mothers. The European-style pastries and loaves of bread here are irresistible and there's a great selection of flavourful teas and coffees. Handicrafts produced by beneficiaries of the centre, including dolls, cards and ornaments, are also available for purchase.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Yerevan

    Lavash

    It’s tough to land a table without a reservation, but Lavash is worth the hype. The menu is fresh and highly Instagrammable, from the ghapama (stuffed pumpkin) overflowing with dried fruit, nuts and lavash bread to the humongous 'Guinness World Record' gata (sweet cake) you must see to believe (but never finish). Despite the top-notch experience, prices are reasonable.

  • Restaurants in Yerevan

    Twelve Tables

    Entered through an artsy handicrafts shop, this cute-as-a-button tearoom has a whimsical decor reminiscent of a grandmother's living room. The menu is well-priced and features baguettes, pasta, waffles, salads and a vegan burger. There's a huge variety of leaf tea to choose from as well as milkshakes, freshly squeezed juices and an exemplary house-made lemonade. Staff are very welcoming.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Gyumri

    Herbs & Honey

    This highly Instagrammable cafe is owned by Artush Yeghiazaryan, an Armenian who spent 18 years in Switzerland before returning home. Besides offering herbs and honey made by Armenian producers, the menu includes wholesome salads, vegan dolma (stuffed grape leaves), 'detox' cocktails and tea concoctions for every ailment. Try the carrot cake for dessert – you won't regret it.

  • Restaurants in Yerevan

    Grand Candy

    Ask any Armenian child to name their favourite place, and they're likely to excitedly shout 'Grand Candy!' This sweets shop and cafe is painted in candy colours (of course) and features a toy train running along tracks suspended from the ceiling. Candy, chocolate and ice cream are available, but don't miss the ponchik (Armenian doughnut with custard filling) for AMD100.

  • Restaurants in Yerevan

    Kharpert Restaurant

    Inside Yerevan's Tufenkian Hotel is this elegant room centred on a fireplace. Kharpert serves a seasonally driven menu including modern rifts on traditional western Armenian dishes not commonly found elsewhere. You'll also find some universal favourites such as burgers and steaks. Portions are small, but the quality is excellent.

  • Restaurants in Yerevan

    Aperitivo

    This excellent cafe lining the Cafesjian Center's sculpture garden is an understandably popular place to sip a colourful cocktail from a skull-shaped glass or to have a bite to eat. The international menu includes salads, sandwiches, pasta, pizzas and meats, all well presented. The Armenian salad with goat cheese, strawberries and nuts is a wonderful summer treat.

  • Restaurants in Yerevan

    Eat & Fit

    For a quinoa bowl, avocado toast or 'detox' juice, Yerevan’s hip and health-conscious come to this trendy cafe which faces the park. The large menu has plenty of fresh, vegan and vegetarian options with the nutritional details attached and there's a daily lunch special. The terrace is great for people-watching and the interior is perfect for working on a laptop.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Dilijan

    Kchuch

    One of the best restaurants in Armenia, Kchuch is located in the middle of a lush park in the heart of Dilijan. Most of the food is baked inside brick ovens in kchuch (clay pots), and includes tasty meats like osso buco and chicken with dried apricots. Pizzas come in inventive flavours like the 'revolutionary pizza' loaded with grilled veggies.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Yerevan

    Ankyun

    Ask local foodies to nominate the best Italian food in town, and they inevitably choose this place. The chef uses seasonal ingredients to create pizzas, antipasti, pasta, grills and excellent versions of classic desserts such as tiramisu and panna cotta. The decor nods towards Tuscany, and the staff are both professional and friendly.

  • Restaurants in Yerevan

    Karma

    The South Indian chef who runs Karma cooks up incredibly tasty curries, tikkas and biryanis as well as a delectable nutty korma. However, meals come with a price tag far heftier than virtually anywhere on the Subcontinent. The setting is dim and intimate with only a handful of tables and the staff are friendly. Cash only.

  • Restaurants in Yerevan

    Wine Republic

    Wine Republic is well aware of Armenia's geography straddling Asia and Europe. It has one menu dedicated to pan-Asian cuisine and another featuring international options including cheeses, pasta, burgers and salads. True to its name, the waiters know their wines and will guide you through the huge selection (though there's no physical wine menu). The entrance is on Isahakyan St.

  • Restaurants in Yerevan

    Lahmajun Gaidz

    This Syrian-Armenian restaurant feels as good for your heart as it does your stomach. The family that runs it escaped Aleppo in 2013 and brought recipes for some of the best lahmajoon (meat pies) and za’atar (oregano, thyme, and marjoram spice) bread in town. Family matriarch Salpy always welcomes guests with a smile and is happy to make recommendations.

  • Restaurants in Yerevan

    Yerevan Tavern

    You'll need a big appetite and a willingness to be noisily entertained to make the most of this traditional Armenian dining experience. Popular with large groups of local families, it features a huge khoravats (barbecue) menu, hearty sharing platters, brisk service and live music Tuesdays to Saturdays starting at 7.30pm.

  • Restaurants in Ashtarak

    Pascal & Diodato

    Named after Armenians Harutyan Pascal and Johannes Diodato, who opened the first coffee shops in London (1652), Paris (1672) and Vienna (1683), this cafe across from Karmravor Church serves traditional coffee and snacks including Levantine eats lahmajoon (meat pie), za'atar (oregano, thyme, and marjoram spice) and shawarma (meat and vegetable-filled wraps). Next door is a sweets shop. Note: no wi-fi.