Last Updated on March 28, 2021
Here you can find our insider guide on top best traditional restaurants in Bulgaria, including what to expect from your visit plus advice.
Located in the heart of Burgas, Starata Krachma may not look like much from the outside, but this traditional tavern has a friendly atmosphere and cosy booths to relax in and try some of Bulgaria’s best dishes. If you’re a sports fan, you’ll appreciate the huge LED screen where you can catch sports games and events, and if that’s not quite your thing, the large tables in the beer garden are great fora cheeky glass of high-quality rakia (traditional Bulgarian alcohol) with friends.
The menu at Starata Krachma is homemade, featuring Bulgarian classics like strained yoghurt with cucumbers, garlic, and walnuts, stewed beans in a clay pot, and several variations of grilled meats and liver. The speciality here though is the slow-cooked ribs with a sticky sauce. They’re so popular they need to be pre-ordered two days in advance!
Opening in 1927, Zlatna Kotva (Golden Anchor) is the oldest running restaurant in Burgas. Located in one of the most expensive areas of the city, this lovely, traditional restaurant sits opposite the entrance to the famous Sea Garden.
As soon as you walk in, you’ll notice the maritime theme, with dark wood panels and antiques. Set over two floors, there is also a spacious garden suitable for large groups, and an intimate ‘Captain’sHall’ for pre-booked, private occasions.
The theme is maritime, so Zlatna Kotva offers delicious Bulgarian dishes alongside a variety of fresh fish and seafood. It’s one of the very few places that you can order fresh fish from the Black Sea.
This trendy, retro themed restaurant is worth a trip just for the décor. There’s more than a hint of the 60s here; the bar is shaped like an old radio and there’s even a full-sized Volkswagen mini an coming out of the wall.
Sit in one of the vintage booths amongst the pin-up portraits and order up some fantastic Bulgarian, Mediterranean, and Russian food. The lunch menu is great value for money, offering a combination of freshly made soups, salads, mains and desserts. Head to Retoush for dinner though, and you can enjoy some after-dinner dancing as the restaurant turns the lights down and the music up.
Mehana Bansko’s interior is welcoming and cosy, perfect for an intimate meal after a long day of exploring, and with regular live music, this restaurant is a real taste of Bulgaria – no wonder the locals love it as much as the tourists!
Offering authentic Mehana dishes from the Bansko region of Bulgaria, Mehana Bansko’s food is not to be missed. Try the venison steak for something indulgent, or the homemade soups for a quick pick me up. There’s a fantastic range of vegetarian dishes too. Come evening, Mehana Bansko transforms into a lively venue with local folk bands playing Bulgarian music. Join in on an energetic horo, a type of traditional Bulgarian dance, you may want to have a few of the speciality rakias first though!
Tavern Tenjovata Kusta
This cosy, little tavern sits in the park in the Slavejkov Quarter of Burgas. Featuring traditional wood panels and plenty of quirky antiques to muse over, Tenjovata Kusta may not be spectacular but it is certainly traditional.
Sit in front of the huge, roaring fireplace or out on the charming, leafy terrace and enjoy a glass of rakia or one of the typical Bulgarian dishes, all freshly cooked and delicious.
After your meal, take a stroll around the pretty park and breathe in that notoriously fresh, Bulgarian mountain air. Perfect for a relaxed afternoon in Burgas.