From our article on Romanian food you know which are the tastiest traditional Romanian dishes. However, unless you are a guest in a local household, you will need to go to a restaurant to try those goodies. Here are the top restaurants with Romanian cuisine in central Bucharest.
Hanul lui Manuc
Hanul lui Manuc in the Old Town is located in a 200-year old inn in the caravanserai style, the last one in Europe. Eating here is a pleasant experience especially on a summer day when the local musicians are playing in the courtyard. They are also serving mici from the grill set up outside, so it’s impossible to resist.
Has two locations: Strada Poenaru Bordea 2 (near Piata Unirii) and Bulevardul Pache Protopopescu 51 (about 10 minutes away from Piata Iancului). Both offer good quality Romanian food, services and a vintage atmosphere thanks to the old buildings that house them.
Caru cu Bere is probably the most famous restaurant in Bucharest thanks to its impressive Baroque style and its atmosphere. The place is almost always packed with tourists but also locals and it’s an experience to eat here. But if you plan on dining here in the evening or on weekends, consider making a reservation.
Crama Domneasca was founded between the ruins of the Princely Palace (The Old Court). It’s an old place that preserves the longest historical evidence from Bucharest (13th century). Crama Domneasca has an old-style decor where music is played live in the weekend evenings and the portions of traditional Romanian food are truly generous.
City Grill is the place where you can find the biggest selection of mici (sheep, beef, pork and a mix from each type). They are cooked on a grill in front of you in the restaurant. Besides this, they have great lunch offers at convenient prices.
La Placinte (present in various locations) is a chain of restaurants that originally started out in the Republic of Moldova and extended to Romania. The chain offers popular Romanian (and some Moldovan) food as well as a wide variety of pies at affordable prices.