An essential component of a trip is currently attempting the local specialties, and in Bulgaria you’ll be spoiled for choice when dining outside. The nation is famous for ample clay pot stews , refreshing chopska salads, and its baseball-sized tomatoes, but there is also something to be said concerning the fine dining scene of Bulgaria. We spent three weeks exploring this nation, and we’ve got the additional pounds around our waists.
Bulgaria’s restaurants rival those of Paris, London, and New York in terms of quality of wine selection ingredients, and culinary enthusiasm. Here are the most impressive restaurants we dined at during our trip to one of Europe’s gastronomic stone. Videos were created by us for a lot of them, which you can see by clicking on the hyperlink.
Burgas, restoran Vodenitsata
Situated along the primary street, Aleko Bogoridi, Rose Restaurant is among the city’s greatest fusion restaurants. Diners will love an outstanding wine list in a swanky, as well as French-Mediterranean and Italian specialties , inviting space. Indoor and outside seating is available. The restaurant is located inside of a renovated home. What started out as a pizzeria has transformed into one of the greatest places to dine in Burgas. There’s live music every evening. Normal cost per main dish is 20 — 40 BGN. Recommendations: Goat cheese salad, octopus and quinoa salad, grilled turbot. WATCH VIDEO
Brestovitsa Wine House, Plovdiv
Ethno Restaurant is seafood restaurant located along the lively Alexandrovska Boulevard. Having a menu of grilled meats, salads, soups, and fish, the menu of Ethno reads like one from a contemporary taverna in Athens. The house’s best dishes , however, are the grilled seafood and meat platters. There’s absolutely not any lack of fresh seafood in Burgas, so you’ll be prudent to take advantage of that here. Menu, and the restaurant place make it among our favorites at Burgas. Normal cost per main dish is 15 — 25 BGN. Recommendations: Sea gift appetizer, mussels Provencal, BBQ sea bass, grilled octopus, shrimp saganaki, profiteroles dessert. WATCH VIDEO
For traditional Bulgarian fare, visit the Burgas’s lovely beachfront park into Vodenitsata”that the Windmill,” Restaurant. Then the meals will if the timber siding and terracotta roof tiles do not charm you. We recommend coming on a night when there’s live music for supper and making a reservation. Sit indoors to avoid the mosquitoes and warmth, and enjoy the casual setting. Order a traditional pork sac (conspicuous sach) and house wine. Restoran Vodenitsata is a inexpensive and family-friendly dining choice.
Plovdiv, restaurant Megdana
What looks like an unassuming wine shop is one of the best kept secrets of Plovdiv. Just ring some awesome wine and food pairings to try out at the Brestovitsa Wine House. Inspired by Porteva household, this simple, elegant restaurant is the place to wines. A menu will take you through seven incredible varieties, including mavrut, rubin, and merlot. You’ll try out Bendida, the Portiva family own label, also make to indulge in homemade dishes designed to coordinate with the wine selection of the evening. Brestovitsa Wine House tastings and hosts wine club meetings, therefore it’s highly advisable that you reserve a table beforehand. If you like a specific wine, then the Brestovitsa Wine House’s blossoms are well priced ($8-$12) and are of excellent quality. WATCH VIDEO
Plovdiv, restaurant Philippopolis
Restaurant Dayana is obviously a crowd-pleaser. This collection of rustic, casual eateries serve up the most well-known dishes in noodle –“kavkazki” fashion skewers, traditional sac platters, scrumptious appetizer dips, homemade breads, barbecued beans, and refreshing salads. Perfect for dinner or lunch, the Dayana restaurants have a folk theme décor and are fairly priced. Dayana is terrific for large groups and families, plus the parts are super generous (available in 300 g, 500 g, 800 g, and 1,200 g!) Normal cost per plate is 5 — 10 BGN. Recommendations: Homemade bread with feta cheese, BBQ pork ribs, Shrimp sausage, pork and poultry combo kavkazki skewer, chicken shashlik. WATCH VIDEO
Leventa Winery & Restaurant, Ruse
Restaurant Megdana is the most fun you’ll have while. The atmosphere is a traditional”mehana” with a gorgeous inside garden, huge indoor dining room, and a lot of outside seating across the landscaped courtyard to find the very best views of the nightly performance. Restaurant Megdana hosts traditional Bulgarian folk dances nearly every day — that the real kind, not the made-for-tourists reveals. This area gets packed therefore it would be wise to generate a reservation so you can enjoy the series. The food, such as the amusement, is fantastic. Cuts of meat, super-fresh vegetables, household recipes, and large pieces. Though it’s a mehana, the area calls for smart casual attire. Don’t forget your camera! Normal cost a plate is 10 — 15 BGN. Recommendations: Megdana salad, homemade bread with cheese, veal steak with mushrooms, dairyman’s kavarma. WATCH VIDEO
Mehana Chiflika, Ruse
This was so it turned out to be a beautiful and special experience from the beginning. Philippopolis is the most fancy restaurant in Plovdiv, located in a elegant mansion and Situated in a quiet place close to the entry to the city. Philippopolis delivers a dining experience that is gorgeous and intimate in case you choose to sit out on the patio. The house includes a private art gallery with works by master painters that are famous. You might choose to double-check when you proceed, although I do think there is an excess fee to visit the exhibition halls. The restaurant is outstanding. The menu is Bulgarian and Mediterranean with chef’s guidelines and an assortment of specials. Philippopolis serves fusion food in a tasteful setting. Normal cost a plate is 15 — 20 BGN. Reservations are recommended. Recommendations: Strawberry and halloumi cheese lettuce, tomato sauce, cheese and tomato pastry, steak with mushrooms and rice. WATCH VIDEO
Perched high over Ruse’s middle is your gorgeous Leventa complex. It’s tough to miss this restaurant/winery because it sits beneath the television tower. Leventa turned into a restaurant in 1972, but its infancy are steeped in history. The building once formed part of the Ottoman fortress — it’s location chosen to be the highest vantage point in town. Nevertheless, it was only in 2005 when the property was renovated, that it had been transformed to a elegant space for wine tastings, particular occasions, and tasting menus. A tour through the complex shows many themed dining halls, each representing a different age in Native history (Thracian, Medieval, Ottoman, and liberation). Leventa not just serves delicious Mediterranean fare, but it’s also a strong producer of wine (over 80,000 bottles produced annually ). From pre-arranging a trip, visitors can have a lovely tasting menu paired with wines. Recommendations: Veal meatballs, barbeque homemade sausage, pork loin with potato puree, sautéed catfish with zucchini and tempura shrimp. Normal cost a plate is 15 — 20 BGN. WATCH VIDEO
Burgers N’ Steaks
Most people you ask will tell you that Mehana Chiflika is your finest traditional Bulgarian restaurant in Ruse, and enjoy every travellers, we chose to see for ourselves. Mehana Chiflika opened in April 1999, and has been the place in Ruse for a night of ample Bulgarian food and entertainment. With seating for over 300, Chiflika is popular with tour groups, but the food is excellent. With live music every evening from 8 p.m. to midnight, you are going to be better off booking a table every day or two beforehand, especially during winter when they are busiest. The décor is overdone and a bit kitschy, but you will charm anyway. Mehana Chiflika is located in a 10-minute walk from Ruse city center (independence square). The menu has something for everyone; salads, legumes, poultry, fish, and lamb. Normal cost a plate is 10 — 20 BGN. Recommendations: Landowner’s style lamb, pork kavarma, mushrooms and liver rice. WATCH VIDEO
Sofia and Winery, izbata Tavern
For a Flavor of South Beach in Bulgaria, Visit Beso, the version of Nikki Beach of Sofia.
Beso has hosted some of the most wealthy citizens, as well as scores of tourists of the country urge an dining experience. Every evening guests are treated to supreme luxurious and DJ performances. Need your waitress? No need to flag her down; just push a call button conveniently located in the table and she will be with you in a moment. Beso is not only a lounge bar that is superficial. The menu was carefully and skillfully conceptualized. The end result is the perfect blend of plates that are common sushi, and decadent desserts. The vibe will run you cash that your normal restaurant, however, the experience is very unique. When you are done eating, stick around for beats and cocktails until 3% WATCH VIDEO
Manastirska Meritsia, Sofia
This location was right around the corner of our hotel and we chose to see what all the fuss had been about, because it was always packed during lunchtime. We did! Boom! Burger is a burger joint that’s serious about the quality of the meats. They serve succulent hamburgers. The restaurant is spacious, contemporary, and service is fast. The menu is short and sweet, and includes several affordable gourmet options like bacon and pear salad and goat cheese burger, rib eye steak, and the eggplant. Boom! Burger is open daily from noon to 10 p.m. Recommendations: Boom burger, pulled pork burger, homemade coleslaw, potato wedges. WATCH VIDEO
Sofia, restaurant Motto
Few places in Sofia can provide this kind of intimate encounter very like Izbata Tavern and Winery. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of central Sofia, about ten minutes driveway in a residential neighborhood, Izbata charms patrons with menu and its outside garden. Izbata contains over 100 wines, most of which are, naturally, Bulgarian. If the weather is fine, sit out and enjoy the breeze as you sip wine and float on meats. Two brothers own and operated izbata. Their devotion to personable service and simple, high quality ingredients leaves their restaurant a breath of fresh air in a city full of overly achieved, touristic eateries. Truly a gem in Sofia! Recommendations: Caprese salad with tomatoes, feta, and grilled eggplant, grilled zucchini and goat cheese appetizer, barbequed boneless ribs, signature house dessert of homemade ice cream cake with dried nuts and fruits.
Family owned and operated, Manastirska Meritsia, or”Monastery’s Kitchen,” functions up vigorous Bulgarian cuisine, with an emphasis on recipes from orthodox monasteries. Ingredients such as pork, veal, eggplants, and lentils are sure to make you fulfilled. This quaint restaurant includes a outdoor patio, as well as ample interior dining room for those cold nights. Located in a historical home that once belonged to Bulgarian critic Monastery’s Kitchen has been a family owned institution that has been delighting clients with their cuisine since 2001. We suggest dining outside in the courtyard when the weather is fine. Reservations are strongly recommended. Recommendations: Salad sampler, veal with eggplant and cucumber garlic sauce, sveta gora style lentils (roasted in a clay pot), homemade tiramisu dessert. Normal cost a plate is 10 — 20 BGN. WATCH VIDEO
Stara Zagora, restaurant Castela
Sofia delivers a broad range of dining options for travellers, and in case you’re trying to find a fine dining experience in a lovely modern setting, check out restaurant Motto.Open for more than 11 years, Motto stands out above the rest for having an outstanding menu of fusion food, an extended wine list, and a charming patio. Diverse food options and the restaurant make it a wonderful break from traditional Bulgarian meals. Reservations are suggested, especially on weekends, when the restaurant hosts live DJ and music performance. Motto is just one of several restaurants in Sofia Sunday brunch that offer. The menu varies a few times during the year. Normal cost a plate is 10 — 15 BGN. Recommendations: Vegetable and lentil salad, chicken skewers, duck filet with asparagus, beef and quail egg risotto. WATCH VIDEO
Stara Zagora, restaurant Uniqato
Talents is the most innovative and creative restaurant in Sofia — where chefs get to learn their culinary skills and also give an remarkable dining experience to guests. Talents operates exactly as every restaurant does, except it’s really a classroom for culinary pupils that are third-semester and looks. Included in the one-year internship program at Talents, the chefs-in-training are supervised as they develop, conceptualize, and showcase their talents. The menus change weekly to give the students more practice. Talents is located directly across the street. Make a reservation beforehand to have a menu. Talents offers affordable fine dining. The end result is a meal that is really amazing! WATCH VIDEO
Restaurant Castela glows as among Stara Zagora dynamic dining venues — ideal for intimate dinners and both lunches. The restaurant has just two themed indoor dining places (Viennese, Roman) and also an Irish pub-style terrace. The idea for those columns and also Roman-inspired decoration derived from the existence of ancient Roman columns discovered underneath the building. The menu consists of zesty salads, homemade pasta, and good cuts of beef, also an extensive wine assortment of Bulgarian, BalkanEuropean and European types. The chic makes it good for a date. The caliber of the food is stellar. Normal cost a plate is 10 — 15 BGN. Recommendations: Caesar salad, old village salad, tagliatelle di mare, pork ramstek, tiramisu biscuit dessert.
Varna, mehana Chuchura
Consistently voted one of the restaurants on Trip Advisor is Hotel Uniqato’s very own Italian restaurant and pizzeria, Uniqato. Furnishing, fireplaces, and brickwork give rustic setting and a charm to this restaurant. The menu is simple and straightforward, and is made up of pizza, meats, pastas, and homemade ice cream. All of Uniqato’s noodles made out of cold cuts, cheeses, and fresh veggies and are baked into a wood-burning oven. The vibe is cozy and family-friendly. Perfect for both chilly and hot weather. Normal cost a plate is 10 — 15 BGN. Recommendations: Any pasta, pasta carbonara, mushroom and yellow cheese calzone, cheesecake with blueberries dessert. WATCH VIDEO
Restaurant Di Wine, Varna
If you would like to steer away from the traditional, you should try Horizont; Varna’s hottest upscale restaurant. Known for hosting illustrious themed celebrations Horizont additionally supplies large when it comes to food. Diners will enjoy the spacious outside and heavenly fusion dishes prepared by famous chef Konstantino Burov. Even though a bit pricier than many some other restaurants in Varna (average cost per plate 15 — 20 BGN), Horizont offers considerably more than your average Bulgarian mehana. A bar area furnishings, along with a dining experience among the people of Varna. The menu changes seasonally to incorporate ingredients that are fresh . WATCH VIDEO
Located in a quant 19th century Bulgarian house, Mehana Chuchura is among Varna’s last-surviving historical homes. Brick walls, chotchkies, and stone floors intermix with art and wall tapestries. Mehana Chuchura is close to the city center and offers affordable lunch options if you do not wish to get bogged down with a two-hour lunch and you are excited to keep sightseeing. The menu has all the typical dishes 15 BGN. Recommendations: Lamb kavarma, pork sach with vegetables, staroselka salad, Bulgarian cheese bread. WATCH VIDEO
Restaurant Diwine’s reputation has been propelled by chef Peter Yorgov into among the very finest restaurants of the country. Guests are wined and dined and get to chat with in-house sommelier, Lubomir Stoyanov. Chef Yorgov, recipient of the”Best Chef in Bulgaria” award in 2009, stays online with Europe’s best restaurants by having a constantly evolving menu of fusion dishes and tasting menus. The atmosphere is modern. Service is productive and attentive. Normal cost a plate is 25 — 30 BGN. Recommendations: salmon with hollandaise sauce, wild boar with potatoes, mussel risotto, Bulgarian cheese platter. WATCH VIDEO
Veliko Tarnovo and Grill, ego Pizza
Sometimes you find a restaurant that produces something really perfect, it’s hard for other people to come close. Staria Chinar in Varna has done precisely that — mastered the craft of barbecued ribs and homemade sausage that will have one second-guessing all the very best BBQ joints inside the nation. We dined at the one on Makedonia Street, a short drive or taxi ride. This is not a tourist trap, and you won’t encounter anybody here who speaks English. But the food is fantastic and the atmosphere is magical and family-friendly. Grab a table on the patio and do not even consider ordering anything else than sausage and the ribs — delivered from the grill right to your table. Staria Chinar is available daily for lunch and dinner. Normal cost per plate is 7 — 12 BGN. WATCH VIDEO
Shtastliveca Restaurant, Veliko Tarnovo
A trip to the Balchik Palace is a fantastic day trip choice from Varna, and if you make it out there, do not miss out on an awesome lunch at Korona Restaurant. Located near the Bridge of Sighs, inside the palace complex, Korona boasts a delicious seafood menu and Black Sea views. Without a prior reservation, in the event the palace is full of tourists daily you might need to wait for a table, but your time spent will be rewarded when the food arrives. Grilled fish , roasted lettuce, pork loin that is spicy, and seafood rices are some of the specialties of Korona.
Veliko Tarnovo, van Hassan II Restaurant
You can’t miss this place, it’s located on Veliko Tarnovo’s main street. Like its name suggests, Ego Pizzeria serves up homemade pizzas baked in a toaster. Large booths make this spot the rest from sightseeing. The menu also offers risottos, salads, barbecued meats, and also significant sides. Rates are excellent at only 5 — 10 BGN a plate. Sit at the back of the restaurant for views of the lake and city. Recommendations: Quattro formaggio noodles, fried hand cut potato chips, prosciutto crudo pizza, self pizza. WATCH VIDEO
With an impeccable reputation for being among the greatest restaurants in Bulgaria and many locations, Shtastliveca is ideal for practically any event. Language teahouse décor and seating offer a vibe that is feminine, but elegant to the restaurant. Currently, the Shtastliveca restaurants have managed to retain their popularity and quality. To-die-for salads, many different cold and hot beverages, pizzas, hot steaks, and classic fare comprise the menu. Half parts are available. We dined at the street place, but you can find several more scattered throughout town. Price per plate is 5 — 15 BGN. WATCH VIDEO
You be hungry, after exploring the Tsarevets Fortress. Van Hassan II is located across the street from the fortress, making it a lunch break option. If the heat of the day is making you tired, dine in the comfort of the living dining room of the restaurant. The second floor has plenty of natural light and wonderful views of the fortress. The restaurant delivers a clean setting and traditional Bulgarian specialties like sach, soups, sausage, grilled meats, and fish. Ideal for special occasions and large groups too. Normal cost per plate is 6 — 12 BGN. Recommendations: Chopska salad, caprese salad, perlinka bread with cheese, mixed sach with pork and chicken. WATCH VIDEO
All restaurants hosted us for fair feedback beforehand. All opinions are my own. Special thanks to Bulgaria National Tourism for helping me to organize my own itinerary.
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