Best restaurants in Venezuela

  • Restaurants in Valencia

    Bambu

    Located by the Plaza las Esculturas in El Viñedo is this sleek and contemporary restaurant-bar-disco. Kick back on beanbag chairs on the terraced wood decks in front, sipping mojitos that go down like Shirley Temples. The food is great – try the signature chupe de mariscos (seafood stew, served in a bread bowl). It turns into a hip nightclub after 10pm from Thursday to Saturday (it’s dead Monday to Wednesday); the crowd is cougar out one eye, young hipster out the other, all chillaxin’ to loungy vibes at the beginning of the evening that are progressively stirred into a frenetic pace by the night’s end.

  • Restaurants in Caracas

    La Guayaba Verde

    This wonderful comida venezolana hotspot got an upgrade both in space and location, moving from the edgier center to the safe confines of Santa Eduvigis. Here you’ll find Chef Eduardo Castañeda’s healthy-ish takes on his country’s dynamic cuisine, from a Trinidad- and Tobago-influenced curried shrimp wrapped in roti to upscale tequeños, a local staple of bread dough stuffed with white cheese.

  • Restaurants in Caracas

    Nobu

    It’s not everyday that sushi this good comes this cheap, nor is it usually paired with Thai food, but you’ll cure the Asian cravin’ here, at any rate. Nobu is one of a string of modish restaurants with terrace seating at a ‘gastronomic shopping mall’ in a quiet corner of the Los Palos Grandes district. There is no affiliation with world-renowned Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa – in fact, he should probably sue.

  • Restaurants in Valencia

    Casa Valencia

    Oozing classic Venezuelan ambience – aqua chairs, lime tablecloths, a bamboo roof and a honker of a central grill flanked by dangling lanterns – this elegant restaurant in old-hacienda style is worth a splash-out meal for its excellent grills and seafood. The punta trasera steak is carnivorous rapture: cooked to perfection and sized just short of overindulgence. There are scattered veggie options as well.

  • Restaurants in Archipiélago Los Roques

    Restaurant Don Luis

    The simple beach restaurant on Crasquí offers fried fish plates for BsF50 and camping is allowed on the property – right in front of the crystalline sea. Miss Deysi will cook for you and allow you to use her facilities if you eat at her restaurant. For added comfort, there are two small rooms as well (full room and board goes for BsF300 per person). She also rents four-person tents for BsF80 per day.

  • Restaurants in Maracay

    Churchill Steak House

    Embracing its old-schoolness with ferocity, this 30-year-old, London-themed French steakhouse boasting stained-glass windows, extra low ceilings and salmon furnishings will knock you out. If the churrasco salomo isn’t one of the best steaks you’ve had anywhere, you just like being argumentative. Finish things off with the decadent tres leches cake. The lounge is a trip as well.

  • Restaurants in Caracas

    La Cocina de Francy

    Instead of Spanish fare, this tasca-style restaurant specializes in delicious Venezuelan cuisine rooted in ancestral recipes. Check out the pelao guayanés, a soulful chicken stew laced with herbs and olive oil, or the pabellón criollo, Venezuela’s national dish of rice, black beans, fried plantains and shredded beef. The burlap tablecloths and funky art are a nice touch.

  • Restaurants in Caracas

    El Caserio

    This charming, Spanish-owned tasca features low, wood-beamed ceilings extending out from an atmospheric central bar, the whole surroundings of which are packed on weekends and for important soccer matches. The seafood and steaks are both excellent, as are the waiters decked out in traditional bufanda bandanas around their necks. There’s a guard out front, so safety is a priority.

  • Restaurants in Parque Nacional Henri Pittier

    Bokú

    In a candlelit backyard enclosed by a bamboo fence, this gourmet surprise is a travel memory in culinary form. Never mind the confusing ordering system, you choose between one or two courses and two drinks are included, all made with Santa Teresa rum. There are only a few options on the nightly changing menu. Our caprese salad and grilled albacore left our palate shocked and awed.

  • Restaurants in San Cristobal

    La Guitarra Andaluza

    This classic Spanish restaurant sits in the heart of Barrio Obrero and offers a good mixture of steak, chicken and pasta dishes, as well as a good wine list. Some weekend nights there’s live salsa. Next door there’s a flashy, recently opened tapas joint (Sotto) under the same ownership. It caters to the young and wealthy, with a nice list of brochettes and cocktails. Open until late.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Puerto Colombia

    Madera Fina

    Outside the village, this place appears to be something of a brightly lit vision emerging from the foliage. And what a vision it is! The impressive indoor-outdoor premises include a wonderful viewpoint that overlooks the sea and is perfect for a sundown aperitif. But the food is the main draw: the ceviche is wonderful, as are the accompanying salads. Reservations recommended.

  • Restaurants in Puerto Colombia

    Paco's Fish

    This brand new cevichería, fish and seafood restaurant is perhaps the smartest in town. Try one of various ceviches to start, followed by dishes such as barbecued catch of the day with Thai prawns or marlin risotto. The place itself is thoroughly charming, with local art on the walls, friendly staff and much-needed air conditioning cooling the proceedings.

  • Restaurants in Caracas

    El Méson de Caracas

    A dash of formality marks this all-but-hidden place as an oasis of old-world calm amid the chaos of downtown. Tuxedo-sporting waiters and a classic rectangular wooden bar add to the sense of the surviving spirit of old Caracas. Seafood, fish and ceviche (marinated raw seafood) are the house specialties, but there's also a fast-food menu and plenty of meat on offer.

  • Restaurants in Río Caribe

    Mi Cocina

    Down an unlikely side street parallel to Av Bermúdez, this little air-conditioned oasis comes complete with a religious shrine. The dishes on offer form a standard Venezuelan set (fried catch of the day, grilled meats, seafood stew) but the quality is higher here than you'll find elsewhere locally. Look for the sign on the door saying Tasca Restaurant Aqui.

  • Restaurants in Río Caribe

    La Tasca de Luís

    The mounted head of a bull flanked by two calves is the charmingly shameless centerpiece of this tasca restaurant's decor. Dark wood furniture, an old-school bar and unfortunate white strip lighting complete the scene, while the menu of meat and seafood is good and varied. Try the asado negro (eye of round roast beef cooked in a red-wine sauce).

  • Restaurants in Caracas

    Alto

    Caraqueños bowed down to Chef Carlos Garcia’s bold cuisine and decor from the moment the doors opened in 2007: Alto became an instant culinary icon. Local ingredients built around a vanguard Euro-Catalonian framework make dishes like cordero al café (rack of lamb in coffee sauce) worth shelling out the big bolívares. Reservations essential.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Ciudad Bolívar

    En Casa de Wannia

    Housed in a charming colonial house that has been beautifully converted into a small private restaurant, En Casa de Wannia is the home of local ceramicist and artist Wannia Chiriboga and her Belgian husband Herman. Call ahead to arrange meals, which are a sophisticated blend of local home cooking and international dishes. Some basic English and French is spoken.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Caracas

    La Casa Bistro

    Few places stand out in run down Caracas as much as this gleaming temple of sophistication, where you may have to wait for a table at breakfast or lunch due to its fearsome neighborhood popularity. The international menu includes excellent salads, big burgers, grilled meats and a delicious pastrami sandwich, while the service is friendly, professional and fast.

  • Restaurants in Caracas

    Arábica Coffee Bar

    The incredible range of house-roasted beans at this friendly and immensely popular cafe is discernible up and down the block. The Moorish-accented interior and shady terrace are a delightful place to sample made-to-order empanadas, excellent pastries or a full meal. Products served here are all sourced locally and the coffee is perhaps the best in the city.

  • Restaurants in Puerto Ayacucho

    Shaman

    The restaurant of the Hotel Apure is also one of the best in town, serving up local specialties including river fish in Amazon curry, and buñuelos (fritters) of cassava with a sauce made from tupiro (a fruit similar to passion fruit). For the less adventurous there are also more familiar dishes such as a range of pastas and meat grills.