Best restaurants in Mongolia

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Bayankhongor

    Uran Khairkhan

    Enter through the ramshackle side entrance into jovial Uran Khairkhan, an atmospheric brick house with cosy booth dining. There's no English menu, but you'll find your usual favourites: tsuivan, goulash, bif-shtek (beef patty topped with a fried egg on rice), known collectively as tsagaan khool (white eats), along with a few Korean and Western dishes.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Bulgan

    Eternal Springs

    Vegetarians rejoice! This tiny, cute-as-a-button Swedish-American bakery not only offers a daily selection of vegetable soups (pumpkin, broccoli), but has meatless pizzas, great baked goodies and an extensive loose-leaf tea selection. Located on the ground floor of an apartment-block complex. If you need to ask directions, use the restaurant's Mongolian name (Mönkhiin Bulag).

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Western Mongolia

    Arvin Coffee & Book

    Stepping into the Starbucks–styled surrounds of Ölgii's first coffee shop is a bit like finding a pub on Mars. They'll even whizz you up a caramel, cream-topped frappeno, as Russian 4WDs bounce through potholes on the street below. Brunch bites include egg on toast and cereal. It's on the second floor above Arvin Restaurant.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Uvs

    Han Hohii

    The top contender for date night in Uvs, with bow ties on the staff, chandeliers and a globetrotting menu that includes Greek salads (T6000), udon noodle soup (T7000), chicken tacos (T12,000), fish and chips (T14,000) and pizza slices from the bakery downstairs. They can do cappuccinos, though the machine was broken on our visit. In a bright orange building.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Dundgovi

    Urgoo Restaurant

    This Korean restaurant, the best in town, is set on the 1st floor of a permanent ger structure behind the main government building off the main square. They offer a mix of hotpots, and fried, sweet chicken and pork dishes, served up on prim tables decorated with fake flowers in a dining room with parquet floors.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Western Mongolia

    Pamukkale

    Smartly dressed staff greet you with a smile at this Turkish–run outfit, the nicest restaurant in town by a steppe mile. After a long trip, a juicy shish kebab with a side of fries really hits the spot. Also has soups, chicken dishes and authentic Turkish desserts. No alcohol but they do serve Turkish coffee.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Arkhangai

    Fairfield Cafe & Bakery

    A godsend for those who've done the hard yards in the countryside, this Australian-run cafe-restaurant offers a fantastic menu of international cuisine. The cafe bakes its own bread and cakes, to go with full English breakfasts (T15,500), egg-and-bacon rolls, roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, a monstrous Aussie burger, and vegetarian and Mongolian dishes to boot. There's proper fresh espresso-machine coffee, too. The cafe is also a good place to ask about travel conditions and look for a ride if you are hitching around the country. Note that it’s closed on Sundays (although guests staying at the guesthouse will still get their complimentary breakfast). Also worth noting is there's no alcohol to ensure a family-friendly atmosphere.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Ulaanbaatar

    Bull 3

    Within the upmarket Blue Mon Building is this elegant restaurant that's always busy with well-dressed folk here for hotpot. Order an array of raw vegetables, sauces and thinly sliced meats, which are brought to your table on platters, then cook the ingredients in your personal cauldron of boiling broth. It also has two branches on Seoul St – Bull 1 and Bull 2. There's a heap of delectable meat and veg items, and a well-stocked bar to ensure a buzzy, social atmosphere. It’s a great alternative to the meat-heavy menus you’ll experience at most other restaurants in town and service is top-notch.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Western Mongolia

    Minj Restaurant

    Minj Hotel 's bright, spotless restaurant serves local and international dishes but the menu is in Mongolian only. Frants takhia ( T11,000, literally 'French chicken') is fried chicken with pineapple and veg, while tackturetan (T7500) is spicy Korean chicken with rice. They also have bulgogi (Korean–style grilled beef strips). A well-stocked bar serves spirits, wine and beer.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Ulaanbaatar

    Hazara

    Tucked behind the Wrestling Palace, this North Indian restaurant has consistently been one of the best restaurants in Ulaanbaatar for over 15 years. Each table is covered by a colourful Rajasthani tent, where you sit back and enjoy tandoori baked delights. Try the chicken tikka, aloo gobi (potato and cauliflower) or raan-e-hazara (lamb marinated in rum). Prices are on the high side, but the portions are massive.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Western Mongolia

    Urguu Restaurant

    Tinted windows make this hotel restaurant's dining room rather dreary (or romantic, depending on your point of view), but the dishes really shine. 'Fresh salad' (T4500) is made with leafy greens, cucumber and tomato, and is gloriously free of gloopy mayo. Chinese dishes include a large portion of lip-smacking fried chicken with chillies and peanuts (T12,500), served with white rice.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Töv

    Ayanchin Four Seasons Lodge

    This American-owned, architecturally designed lodge is a worthy stop for a meal. As well as serving the likes of cheeseburgers, steaks and pepperoni pizza, it does excellent Mongolian dishes including inventive takes on traditional dishes, such as a Mexican khuushuur. Its full English and American breakfasts are another reason to stop by.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Zavkhan

    Udwal Bakery and Coffee Shop

    Expect a warm, English–speaking welcome from Amarzaya, the owner of this homely cafe. She can brew you up a latte (T4000) or cappuccino using a Nespresso machine; milkshakes, freshly made sandwiches, beef stew, tiny pizzas and awesomely gooey cinnamon rolls are also available. The only downside is the lack of wi-fi.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Dornod

    Ikh Ursgal

    We found great grilled chicken, fried mutton ribs and decent French fries at this local favourite. The kitchen pushes out delicious meat dishes sure to satisfy carnivorous Mongolians; there are also some Chinese stir-fries on the menu, which has pictures (but no English).

  • Restaurants in Bayankhongor

    Mammon

    Bayankhongor's most pleasant restaurant is clean and family-friendly, but doesn't have an English menu. They have two or three chicken dishes (takhia ny makh) and the usual mutton offerings. Their chinjutei makhan khuurag (stir-fried meat, peppers and onions with rice) is supposedly tasty, and the moogtei makhan khuurag (fried mutton with mushrooms) is popular. Walk down the left side of Khan Bank and it's on your left.

  • Restaurants in Bulgan

    Traktir

    A magnet for visiting Russians, Traktir serves up the likes of borscht (beetroot soup), fried liver and grilled meats with mushroom sauce, with welcome helpings of vegetables on the side. The cosy dining room is decked out with photos of ye olde Russia, and there are good acoustics for singing once you've downed a few too many vodkas.

  • Restaurants in The Gobi

    Marvel Restaurant & Pub

    A tiny yet hip pub set down a pedestrian lane, with a nice menu of Mongolian favourites and Korean classics, including kimchi stew. They do some Western dishes, can arrange special-order vegetarian meals, and the Golden Gobi draughts are icy. It turns into a popular karaoke bar after dark. There is no English-language menu.

  • Restaurants in Bayankhongor

    Baruun Bus

    This cavernous market, fragmented into stalls, offers the best produce selection in town, which makes it a good place to stock up on self-catering supplies. It's located just south of the Black Market.

  • Restaurants in The Gobi

    Gov Altai Market

    Altai's market is a cute jigsaw of old, repurposed shipping containers, from which merchants work as their own storage areas and showrooms. The best of the market guanz is set in a ger on the main road.

  • Restaurants in Western Mongolia

    Khovd Nomin

    A massive selection of food and drinks (including decent imported wine and spirits), plus everything from Chinggis Khaan carpets to tents.