9 Best Goan Cuisine Restaurants in Goa for All Budgets

Iconic Restaurants with an Emphasis on Authentic Goan and Portuguese Cuisine

Pork Vindalho at Martin's Corner restaurant, Goa.
••• Pork Vindalho at Martin's Corner restaurant, Goa. Lonely Planet/Getty Images.

Goa isn't just a sought after beach destination. The food is also fabulous! While there are so many great restaurants to choose from in Goa, the best ones selected in this article have an emphasis on authentic non-vegetarian Goan and Portuguese cuisine.  Many of them serve decently brewed feni, the local drink, to wash the meal down with as well.

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    The Beach House restaurant.
    ••• The Beach House restaurant. Taj Hotels.

    Internationally acclaimed Master Chef Rego prepares outstanding Goan-Portuguese fusion food at The Beach House fine dining restaurant, overlooking the ocean at the Vivanta by Taj Holiday Village. This partly open-air restaurant, with thatched roof and contrasting chandeliers, is credited with reintroducing Goan food to Goa. Chef Rego has worked with the Taj hotel chain for more than 40 years. When it opened in Goa, he decided to showcase the state's cuisine by sourcing traditional recipes from Portuguese and Hindu Goan families.

    • Address: Vivanta by Taj Holiday Village, Candolim, north Goa.
    • Phone: 0832-6645555.
    • Opening Hours: Daily for dinner only. 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
    • Cuisine: Specialties are galinha caffreal, kingfish peri-peri, camarao tigre con cilantro, pork sorpotel with sannas, and clam chops with mango chilly sauce. The Goan thali is also highly recommended.
    • Price: 2,000 rupees for two.
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    ••• Casa Sarita. Park Hyatt Resort & Spa

    One of the few Goan fine dining restaurants in south Goa, Casa Sarita is located at the luxurious Park Hyatt Resort & Spa, which is one of Goa's best resorts.  The restaurant's interior has been inspired by a colonial house, with mosaic flooring, opulent chandeliers and ornate windows. While the decor may be reminiscent of a bygone era, a new menu was introduced in 2013 featuring contemporary Goan cuisine. The award-winning dishes combine old flavors with innovative presentation. Want to learn the nuances of Goan cooking? Attend their Master Chef class!

    • Address: Arossim Beach, Cansaulim, south Goa.
    • Phone: 0832-2721234.
    • Opening Hours: 6.30 p.m until 11.00 p.m. daily for dinner.
    • Cuisine: Signature dishes include chouris pao (local spiced pork sausages served in Goan bread), prawn curry, and Goan fish curry.
    • Price: 2,500 rupees for two.
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    Martin's Corner

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    ••• Martins Corner

    Established in 1989, Martins Corner has remarkably grown out of a corner shop with just a few tables, into a substantial restaurant that's capable of serving 300 people. It's famous enough that numerous Indian celebrities have visited it. Seafood is the specialty, and the chefs serve up an eclectic and sumptuous spread using family-made masalas (spices). The interior is rustic albeit upmarket. And, situated less than a kilometer from the beach, it feels like a cross between a shack and an old house. There's live music Sundays and most nights, and it can get quite noisy and boisterous.

    • Address: 69 Binwaddo, Near Hotel Alila Diva, Betalbatim, south Goa.
    • Phone: 0832-2880413.
    • Opening Hours: 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. until 11.30 p.m., daily.
    • Cuisine: Traditional Goan and Continental.
    • Price: 1,200 rupees for two.
  • 04 of 09

    The Verandah

    The Verandah
    ••• The Verandah

    The Verandah has a lovely leafy setting on the first floor of the historic Panjim Inn heritage hotel (a Portuguese mansion built in the 1880s), in the heart of the Fontainhas Latin Quarter.  Rich in old-world charm, the restaurant is decorated with antiques and distinctive marble-topped tables. It's a cozy place to relax.

    • Address: E-212, 31st January Road, Panjim.
    • Phone: 0832-2226523.
    • Opening Hours: 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.
    • Cuisine: Traditional Goan and Continental. The classics such as pork vindaloo and prawn curry are popular. There are daily seafood specials as well.
    • Price: 800 rupees for two.
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    Viva Panjim

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    ••• Viva Panjim

    Also situated in the Latin Quarter, Viva Panjim is inexpensive and atmospheric. It's also a consistent winner of the Times Food Award for the Best Goan Portuguese Casual Dining. This renowned restaurant is on the ground floor of the owner's family heritage home, and it also has a small outdoor area with tables.

    • Address: House No. 178, 31st January Road, Panjim. (Near Mary Immaculate High School).
    • Phone: 0832-2422405.
    • Opening Hours: Daily from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m.
    • Cuisine: Portuguese Goan. The prawn curry rice, with secret ingredients, is outstanding.'
    • Price: 800 rupees for two.
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    Hotel Venite

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    ••• Inside Hotel Venite restaurant. Sharell Cook.

    An old favorite on the outskirts of the Latin Quarter, Hotel Venite's restaurant has a tonne of character and history. It's been open since 1955 and occupies the upstairs floor of a heritage building that's estimated to be more than 200 years old. The vibe is old Portuguese, and the decor is quirky and fascinating. The restaurant is popular with travelers and bohemian types, as well as locals who entertain guests there.

    • Address: 31st January Road, Panjim.
    • Phone: 0832-2425537.
    • Opening Hours: 9 a.m. until 10.30 p.m., daily except Sunday (closed).
    • Cuisine: Portuguese Goan, grills, and seafood specialties.
    • Price: 1,000 rupees for two.
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    ••• Mum's Kitchen

    Mum's Kitchen is tucked away in a bungalow near the Mandovi River. The restaurant's owners aim to save traditional Goan cuisine from extinction. Mothers from different communities in various parts of Goa have contributed to the compilation of the menu, so you can expect a wide variety of authentic family recipes and award-winning seafood. Reports of bad service are quite common though, which is disappointing for a fine dining restaurant.

    • Address: 854 Martin's Building, D B Street, Miramar, Panjim. (Near the Times Of India office).
    • Phone: 9822175559, 9822175556.
    • Opening Hours: Daily from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m.
    • Cuisine: Hindu and Christian Goan.
    • Price: 1,700 rupees for two.
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    ••• House of Lloyds

    House of Lloyds offers gourmet meals in a delightful 150 year old Portuguese house, converted to a restaurant, with a peaceful garden setting. The Goan food is cooked by Lloyd's mother and you can expect some unique recipes. Also on the menu is contemporary fusion continental BBQ.  Head there for the unlimited Sunday brunch, complete with live music, buffet, and cocktails. The type of cuisine served at the brunch varies each time, and may be Goan, Oriental, or Lebanese.

    • Address: Near Candolim Church, Candolim, north Goa.
    • Phone: 9823032273.
    • Opening Hours: 7 p.m. until 2 a.m, daily except Tuesdays (closed). Noon until 3 p.m. for Sunday brunch.
    • Cuisine: Goan, grills, seafood, steak.
    • Price: 2,000 rupees for two.
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    Souza Lobo

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    ••• Souza Lobo

    More than a restaurant, Souza Lobo is a dining institution that's been in business on Calangute beach since 1932! Unfortunately, Calangute is the most crowded beach in Goa these days. However, Souza Lobo has lost none of its charm over the years. The restaurant's motto is "traditional recipes live here", and they've been handed down from generations. Hundreds of people, from locals to foreigners, queue up for the food daily. There's live music nightly too.

    • Address: Umtawado, Calangute beach, near Bandhadkar Statue, north Goa.
    • Phone: 0832-2281234.
    • Opening Hours: 11 a.m. until 11 p.m., all year round.
    • Cuisine: Seafood and traditionally prepared Goan cuisine. Prawn curry rice, masala fish fry, and crab xacuti are popular dishes.
    • Price: 1,200 rupees for two.