Goa is one of the top travel destinations among tourists and backpackers of all ages. It is known for its pleasant weather, expansive beaches, trendy nightclubs and the list is endless. I have always wanted an escapade to Goa with friends, especially after watching the famous Bollywood movie, “Dil Chahta Hai”, a large portion of which was shot in Goa. So, last month, I went to the states with three of my friends for a weekend vacation. We had great fun on the beaches and also savoured amazing Konkani dishes that made our trip even more delightful. Talking about the Konkani dishes, I must say the restaurants of the state offer some mind-blowing dishes that will surely win your heart. Of them, the Goan meals, the seafood and the exotic drinks were my favourites. So, if you too want to have a gala time with your gang in Goa and are looking for the best restaurants to savour these dishes, then book your preferred hotel from the wide range of hotels in Goa available online and head to the following restaurants to try some of the best local dishes in town.


Vinayak family Restaurant in Goa is popular among the locals and the tourists. Owing to the prime location of this restaurant, you will get a breathtaking view of the landscapes of Goa from the interiors. Crab Masala and FIsh Xacuti are two popular dishes that are always high in demand here. The rich aroma of the regional Goan curry will make you crave more.  You must try the affordable Goan thali in Vinayak to get a taste of the local flavour. Head to this place early for your lunch because you will find a large queue, especially on the weekends.

Martin’s corner

This restaurant in Goa is two decades old. When you are on vacation in the state, Martin’s corner must be on your priority list. They serve the best local dishes to their guests. The traditional interior decoration of the restaurant along with some popular Goan meals will give you an enthralling experience. The restaurant also plays some local music that is an absolute hit among the guests. Here, you can grab a refreshing drink with the signature dish, butter garlic calamari and take your tastebuds on a blissful ride. Owing to its huge demand, it is better to reserve the table before heading to the restaurant to enjoy a great meal here.


Reverie is situated in the Calangute area of North Goa. The location of the restaurant amidst the rich greenery provides a refreshing atmosphere. The whole place is decked up with fancy chandeliers and lamps that give a warm and happy feeling. The menu includes a variety of cuisines but the restaurant is most popular for serving traditional Goan dishes made with authentic ingredients. You must try Cabaret with some refreshing drinks that are a delight for every foodie. I never miss trying out their lip-smacking avocado tofu for its brilliant taste.


Want to experience a cosy and intimate ambience with your loved ones in Goa, then this place is just for you. Suzie’s new dining area is popular not only for its unique dishes but also for its stylish decoration. The restaurant is snuggled amidst tall trees and lush greenery that is truly remarkable. The furnished wooden seating arrangement looks pretty and appealing with the pebbled outdoor entrance. Suzie’s is especially popular for serving authentic Goan food with seasonal ingredients that are mouthwatering. Try out their prawn ceviche rolls with a punch of tamarind peanut sauce and nitro basil smash cocktail to enjoy a blissful evening in Goa.

Ritz Classic

This place is well known for its seafood, so fish lovers do visit Ritz Classic when you are in Goa. Located at the heart of Panaji, the capital of Goa, the restaurant is always crowded with food connoisseurs. The exhilarating ambience and customised menu cater to every visitor’s wish. You must try their signature Goan Thali that comprises four varieties of seafood that is to be taken with fish curry rice. Visitors love their crab masala, butter-garlic calamari and fresh seafood that are both aromatic and lip-smacking.

Pousada By The Beach


Pousada by the Beach offers a quiet and charming ambience to its guests. The restaurant has an array of options when it comes to its cuisines and a well-stocked bar to choose your favourite drink from. The surroundings of the restaurant capture the spectacular view of Goa and the adjacent beach. The restaurant also has a sea-facing long path with pink blossoms lined by the side to stroll after your lunch. You must try the stuffed crab and pasta Al marinara during your trip to Goa to satiate your cravings for Goan food.

The fashionable interiors, spectacular scenic views and excellent food entice the tourists to visit these restaurants frequently. So, what are you waiting for? Abide by the list above and plan a trip to Goa to enjoy some regional dishes, besides witnessing the vibrant beaches of the state. In terms of communication options, you can choose from several websites that offer cheap Mumbai to Goa flights tickets or you can take the train/car ride at your convenience.