Chişinău restaurants

Top Choice Moldovan in Chişinău

Gok-Oguz

It's well worth the short taxi ride north of the centre to Chişinău's only Gagauzian restaurant. Gagauzian food has Turkic, Romanian and Russian influences, and the offerings here include carne de miel po Gheorhievs…
Top Choice Cafe in Chişinău

Coffee Molka

The charismatic owner's love of coffee is on display everywhere, from Turkish coffee faithfully prepared according to an ancient style, to shelves of antique coffee grinders that make up part of the on-site coffee '…
Top Choice Moldovan in Chişinău

Popasul Dacilor

Chişinău's most eccentric eatery is a bit like a Game of Thrones set, awash in furs, totem poles and gnarled wood. Out back open-air dining options take all shapes and sizes and a two-tonne door leads to a secret st…
Central Asian in Chişinău

Caravan

If you've never experienced the charms of Uzbek and other Central Asian cuisines, definitely beeline it here for a primer. The menu runs the gamut from Uzbek plov (pilaf) and lamb manty (dumplings), to Turkic dolma …
Moldovan in Chişinău

Vatra Neamului

This superb place boasts charming old-world decor, unfailingly genial staff and – by night – a duet strumming traditional Moldovan instruments. A long menu of imaginatively dressed-up meats – think stewed pork with …
European in Chişinău

Pani Pit

In the heart of Chişinău's main drinking and dining area is this charming courtyard restaurant with cushioned cast-iron chairs, vines, a small waterfall and nightly folk music. It features peasant-uniformed staff se…
Italian in Chişinău

Chianti

There's no better place to dine on a lazy summer's evening than in the candlelit courtyard of this elegant Italian eatery. Seafood is a highlight, with sea bass, salmon and dorado all represented, and the pizza, pas…
Moldovan in Chişinău

La Taifas

A basement eatery with an understated traditional interior and excellent service, La Taifas is a fine spot to sample authentic Moldovan favourites like plǎcinte (stuffed pastries – order them with brânză, or ewes' m…
Mediterranean in Chişinău

Gastrobar

The food is both healthy and outstanding – what you might expect from a place with the motto 'bread, wine, life'. Warm up with a berry smoothie infused with flax seeds, then pick from light meze (tzatziki, hummus) o…
International in Chişinău

Grill House

It may not look like much from the street, but inside this sleek place you'll find some of the best steaks in town served up by attentive staff from the glassed-in, fire-oven kitchen. Creative pasta dishes complemen…