Panaji & Central Goa restaurants

Top Choice Goan in Panaji

Viva Panjim

Well known to tourists, this little side-street eatery, in an old Portuguese house and with a few tables out on the laneway, still delivers tasty Goan classics at reasonable prices. There’s a whole page devoted to p…
Top Choice European in Panaji

Black Sheep Bistro

Among the best of Panaji's burgeoning boutique restaurants, Black Sheep’s impressive pale-yellow facade gives way to a sexy dark-wood bar and loungy dining room. The tapas dishes are light, fresh and expertly prepar…
Top Choice Goan in Panaji

Hotel Venite

With its cute rickety balcony tables overhanging the cobbled street, Venite has long been among the most atmospheric of Panaji’s Goan restaurants. The menu is traditional, with spicy sausages, fish curry rice, peppe…
Top Choice Cafe in Panaji

Cafe Bodega

It’s well worth a trip up to Altinho Hill to visit this serene cafe-gallery in a lavender-and-white Portuguese mansion in the grounds of Sunaparanta Centre for the Arts. Enjoy good coffee, juices and fresh-baked cak…
Diner in Panaji

Route 66

Styled on an American diner, this 1st-floor place opposite Old Patto Bridge excels at hot dogs, burgers, cheese chilli fries, hickory barbecue ribs and New York–style pizzas. For comfort fast food it’s hard to beat.…
Goan in Panaji


The breezy 1st-floor restaurant at Panjim Inn is indeed on the balcony, with just a handful of finely carved tables, Fontainhas street views and snappy service. Goan cuisine is the speciality, but there’s also a ran…
Seafood in Panaji

Fisherman's Wharf

The successful formula from its long-running restaurant down in Mobor has been transplanted in the capital with fresh seafood, North Indian tandoor, kebabs and Goan specialities. The atmosphere on the open-side rest…
Indian in Panaji


This little place is renowned locally for seafood, serving up simple but tasty fish curries, as well as veg and nonveg thalis for lunch and dinner.
Cafe in Panaji

Cafe Bhonsle

Well known for its delicious lunchtime thalis and bhaji puri (deep-fried bread with curry), Cafe Bhosle has expanded with an upstairs section into a multicuisine place serving fish thalis and other seafood dishes. T…
Indian in Panaji

Vihar Restaurant

A vast menu of ‘pure veg’ food, great big thalis, South Indian dosas and a plethora of fresh juices make this clean, simple canteen a popular place for locals and visitors. One of the few places in this area that’s …