Local Food and Cuisine of Goa

Goa is home to everything refreshing, zesty, exotic and colourful. And this includes Goan food. The food here is a blend of Konkani, Hindu, Portuguese and Catholic cuisines, providing wide and vibrant choices. Seafood, coconut milk, rice and local spices are the main elements of Goan cuisine and fish, curry and rice form the staple food.

Seafood like prawns, lobsters, crabs, pomfret fish, clams, ladyfish, mussels, and oysters is used to make a variety of curries, fries, soups and pickles. Fish curry, fried fish, fish cutlets are just some of the items that you must savour in Goa.
Goa also offers a variety of options to vegetarians, however, don't expect a lot from it.

Local dishes of Goa
Local dishes of Goa

Restaurants in Goa

Waves Restaurant

Seafood, Italian

11 AM to 3 PM & 7 PM to 2 AM

INR 1200

One of the best resorts in Goa, the super luxury tents are very comfortable and the service is excellent. Perfect for a romantic date with your partner.

782, Gawdewada, Morjim-Ashvem Road, Arambol, Goa, India

Casa Vaz Tea Shop

Snacks

9AM-9PM

INR 50

Run by a really nice and friendly local, what's so special about this place is its caramelized bhaji pau, which is served at a meagre amount of Rest. 12.

Abade Faria Road, Old Market, Near Holy Pharmacy, Margao, Goa - 403601, India

Street-Food Stalls

Snacks

From 5PM

INR 100

Walking along this beach, one'll come across several food stalls from which one can try whatever they want to.

Colva Beach Road, Colva, Goa, India

Cinnabar

Multi-cuisine

11AM-3PM & 7PM-11PM

INR 1000-2000

Located in the Acron Arcade shopping Centre, this joint offers an easy menu from which one can order pastas, soups and salads and end the meal with desserts like black forest ice cream or hot coffee.

Fort Aguada Road, Candolim, Goa, India

Tourist Inn

Snacks, Bar

INR 100-300

The view of Saint Francis of Assisi from this place and the prices on the menu card is unmatchable! This place has great food at a pocket friendly price. It also serves chilled beer.

Old Goa Road, Goa, India

Zeebop by the Sea

Seafood, Goan, North-Indian

11 AM to 4 PM, 6 PM to 11 PM

INR 800

Regarded by many as one of the best shacks of South Goa, it offers excellent starters and main course dishes along with some equally good drinks. The great ambience and music of the place add on to the overall experience here.

Opposite Kenilworth Beach Resort, Utorda Beach, Majorda, Goa, India

Casa Penguim de Gelados

Snacks

8.30 AM - 8 PM, Mon-Sat

INR 150

Though primarily an ice cream point, one can also get teas and an array of vegetarian South Indian thalis and idlis at this place.

Abade Faria Road, Margao, Goa - 403601, India

Cafe de Ria

Cafe

INR 80

A pure vegetarian eatery, this place dishes out some really fine vegetarian South Indian food.

Rau De Ourem, Panaji, Goa - 403001

Home

European

8.30 AM - 9.30 PM

INR 160-260

Run by a very friendly British couple, this place offers one of the finest dining experiences in Patnem. Choose from a selection of fresh salads, creamy risottos and yummy bowls of pastas. If nothing else, just stop by for a steaming mug of coffee and a chocolate brownie. You'll leave this charming little place with a content smile on your face.

Patnem Beach, Goa, India

Welcome Restaurant

Indian

7 AM - 10 PM

INR 300

This is a highly recommended place by the residents of Vasco, who've given it the tag of the best restaurant in Vasco. You get the softest idlis and paper thin dosas for breakfast and proper thalis at lunch. Dinnertime is when a large variety of Indian dishes are available to order. A must visit place for people who love Indian food.

Swatantra Path, Near Municipal Garden, Vaddem, New Vaddem, Vasco da Gama, Goa - 403802

Veg Baba

Indian

INR 80

This restaurant has exemplified good veg food so much so that even non vegetarians are bound to try it out - especially the vegetarian thalis.

Vagle Vision Bldg, Panaji, India

Smugglers Inn

British

INR 800

Be it in terms of the food, or the activities such as weekly night quizzes or watching football, one gets the feel of a very English atmosphere at Smugglers.

Palolem, Canacona, Goa - 403702, India

Mamoos Place

Indian

INR 200-500

The new location of Mamoos manages to create the exact same kind of food as the older outlet did, serving their usual aloo Gobi and tandoori paneer. The huts, set back from the road in a lush, green garden, make a great change from the beach parade.

Opposite Sabai Sabi, Patnem Beach, Patnem, Canacona, Goa 403702, India

Simply Fish

Seafood

INR 1500

The name of the restaurant says it all. A paradise for seafood lovers, one can find almost every kind of simple and exotic seafood preparations at this place.

Marriot Resort, Goa

Delhi Chaat

Snacks

10 AM to 9 PM

INR 150

During tourist season, one will find an increase in the popularity of this chaat joint. It offers a variety of chaats, spicy and full of flavor.

Shop No.6, Gurudatta Apartments, MG Road, Panjim, North Goa

Martha's Breakfast Home

Cafe

7:30AM-1:30PM

INR 100-300

As the name of the restaurant suggests, it's a breakfast joint which serves everything ranging from pancakes, porridge and fresh juices to piping-hot plates of waffles, loaded with maple syrup.

907 Monterio Vaddo, Anjuna, Bardez, Goa 403509, India

Sea Horse

Multi-cuisine

10 AM to 10:30 PM

INR 1000

Sea Horse has an extensive all-day menu which numerous seafood options. But things start to get fun towards the evening with some amazing cocktails and a movie screening.

Near Milagris Church, Morjim, Arambol, Goa, India

Shimon

Middle-Eastern

9 AM to 11 PM

INR 120-400

Understandably popular among the Israeli tourists, this is a decent place to try out some yummy falafel and other middle eastern dishes. For the ones with a sweet tooth, the Jachrun is served on Saturdays. Do try it!

Arambol (Harmal), Goa, India

Kamaxi Hotel

Goan

9AM-9PM

INR 400

Stop by this place if you want to have good seafood, along with a bottle of chilled beer.

Polem Beach, Goa - 403728, India

Surya's Beach Cafe

Cafe

9 AM - 10 PM

INR 100-500

Surya's Beach Caf is renowned for it's rich and savory seafood options, which includes fish, crabs, oysters and mussels.

Galigibag (Turtle) Beach, Canacona, Goa, India

Temptations Bakery

Chinese, North-Indian

12 Noon to 3 PM, 7 PM to 12 Midnight

INR 350

Temptations Bakery is a hangout spot for people of all age groups. The place has some amazing cakes and breads on offer.

Magnum Residency, Miramar, Panaji, Goa, India

O Coquerio

Goan

11 AM to 11 PM

INR 1500

O Coquerio is famous for its authentic Goan Portuguese cuisine. Must try dish is the Pomfret Recheiado (fish stuffed with red masala).

NH - 17, Alto Porvorim, Penha de Fran?a, Goa 403521

Cafe Chocolatti

European

9AM-7PM

INR 800

If you've got a sweet tooth and want to try out some finger-licking sweets and chocolates, then this is the place for you. Run by a native Londoner living in Goa for over 15 years, this bakery has all its products freshly baked at home.

409A, Fort Aguada Road, Candolim, Goa, India

Souza Lobo Bar and Restaurant

North-Indian, Continental, Goan

11:30 AM to 11:30 PM

INR 1300

If you are looking for some amazing sea food, Souza Lobo is not a place to be missed. The food is great and the view from the restaurant adds to it. One thing to look out for is that the place is generally crowded.

Calangute Beach, Calangute, Goa, India

Cafe Orange Boom

Cafe

8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

INR 200

Known to be the backpackers' paradise, this cozy cafe is located on Flea Market road in Anjuna. Orange Boom offers homemade pizzas, fresh juices and a variety of breakfast menu.

Pequem Peddem, Anjuna, Goa, India

Bean Me Up Soya Station

American

8 AM to 4 PM, 7 PM to 11 PM

INR 800

For the diet conscious and the hardcore vegetarians, Bean Me Up is the perfect place. Most of the dishes here are prepared from Soya, which is also treated as replacement of meat for a lot of them. There is also a bunch of salads and juices on the menu for the health conscious.

1639/2, Deulvaddo, Anjuna- Vagator, Near Anjuna Petrol Pump, Anjuna, Goa, India

A Reverie

Continental

7 PM to 11 PM

INR 2000

This place makes news not only for its food but for its culmination of decor. The restaurant serves various International and local cuisines in the garden, open-air or under a tiled roof ambiance based on your liking.

Holiday Street, Gaura Waddo, Calangute, Goa, India

Florentine's

Seafood

11:30 AM to 3 PM, 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM

INR 800

Florentine's is about nothing fancy, but just good food. The signature dish is Chicken Cafrael. Also try the Kaju Feni and Limca for drinks.

Chogm Road, Saligao, Penha de Franca, Goa, India