During the summer months of April and May, when the schools close for the summer break. Many families come down to Goa along with their kids for a much-needed family vacation. Also, many young boys and girls head down to the beautiful shores of the beaches in Goa to have a nice time.
Thousands of tourists are seen having a good time on the various beaches of Goa, swimming, sunbathing, and indulging in a variety of water sports activities. After exhausting themselves, many of them look for nice restaurants to enjoy a nice and tasty meal and some innovative cocktails to recharge themselves.
Thankfully, Goa is home to several restaurants that offer a variety of mouthwatering dishes from different cuisines. These restaurants range from fine dining places that have air-conditioned dining areas to beachside shacks which offer diners a beautiful view of the sea. For those planning their next summer holiday in Goa anytime soon, here’s a list of the best restaurants in Goa to dine at during your summer vacation.
Delhi Darbar, Panjim
Starting our list of the best restaurants in Goa to dine at during your summer vacation is Delhi Darbar. It is a nice restaurant situated on MG Road, just outside the historic centre, in the heart of Panjim city. The restaurant offers authentic Indian cuisine, which is sure to tickle your taste buds. Delhi Darbar restaurant has a wide-ranging menu with items offered at reasonable prices. The quality of food and service provided is excellent. The prawn balchao served with rumali chapatis and tandoori chicken, are two dishes that one must try at this restaurant. They also serve fresh and tasty juices over here.
Martin’s Corner, Betalbatim
Next on our list of the best restaurants in Goa to dine at during your summer vacation is Martin’s Corner. This place is a bit of a legend in the beautiful village of Betalbatim. It is a nice open-air restaurant where one can have a nice lunch with family and friends. The place has been patronized by celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt and Ranbir Kapoor to name a few. The master blaster Sachin Tendulkar has a king crab dish named after him at this restaurant. The seafood display at the entrance is very enticing, as is the dessert cabinet. Their extensive menu caters to all tastes, with Goan food being their speciality. For starters, you can try the Goan sausages served with Goan bread. For the main course, you can try their delicious chicken Xacuti and chicken Cafreal. Also, their shark Ambot-tik is very delicious and will leave you licking your fingers. The place is overcrowded because of its ambience, tasty food and wide range of drinks. The staff is well trained and courteous. The quality of the food offered here is very good and the rates are quite reasonable. They have live music on Sundays from 12.30 pm onwards. The place is a must-visit when in Betalbatim.
The Fisherman’s Wharf, Cavelossim
This restaurant is located next to a river opposite a fishing jetty at Mobor beach in South Goa. The place has got a wonderful ambience with an amazing band playing live music. Celebrities who have been spotted dining here include Amitabh Bachchan, Rahul Gandhi, Sachin Tendulkar and Armaan Malik to name a few. The place specializes in seafood dishes. One must try their lobster in Truffle Butter Garlic, Kingfish in Recheado masala, Pork ribs Bao and some Veg Green Thai Curry with Jasmine rice. Every item at this restaurant is cooked and served perfectly. If you are in Goa and you wish to visit a place that serves some amazing food, beautiful views and great vibes, you must visit The Fisherman’s Wharf at Mobor.
Spice Goa, Verem
After tasting success at their first outlet in Mapusa, Spice Goa has now started operations at their new outlet in Verem. This is an amazing place for seafood lovers. You will be treated to a variety of fish preparations that are one better than the other. The place is big with a few sections downstairs as well as upstairs. Service is friendly and relatively fast. The food offered here is well-priced. Portions served are also quite big. This makes it easy for big groups to share different food items. The freshness of the food, the cooking style, warm hospitality, live music, cocktails and ambience available at this restaurant are totally out of this world.
For starters, you must try their unique Banana leaf prawns, Squids in a fiery sauce, Crispy Mackerel, Shellfish and two types of small fish fries. You must try the huge garlic butter crabs for the main course. The awesome Crab in Garlic Butter sauce is cooked to perfection and served along with toasted Poe (Goan bread). The owner is extremely accommodating. He procures fresh fish daily for his customers. You can end your meal on a sweet note with a dessert like the Serradura, which is very sweet and mouthwatering. Please don’t miss going to Spice Goa whenever you are in Goa.
Joecons Beach Shack
Joecons Beach Shack is a nice restaurant located right on the shores of the beautiful Benaulim beach. It is a great place to spend time with family and friends. It has a very nice ambience with some relaxing live music playing in the background. The proximity to the shore only adds to the overall dining experience of the restaurant.
The cocktails at the bar are fantastic. One must try the Camino Silver tequila or the grey goose vodka. The food over here is exceptional. The loose calamari appetiser is spicy and delicious. The Fish Rava fry is also tasty, and the beef steak with pepper sauce is simply outstanding. The crab soup, fish fingers, and fish curry rice are also very delicious and beautifully prepared.
Mish-Mar Beach Shack, Majorda
And concluding our list of the best restaurants in Goa to dine at during your summer vacation is Mish-Mar Beach Shack. This restaurant is situated right on the shores of the pristine Majorda beach. It is a nice and lovely place to spend time and have lunch or dinner with family and friends. The shack has got a nice and peaceful ambience. It offers a wide variety of Goan, Indian, Chinese, Continental and sea-food dishes. All the food served here is freshly prepared by highly qualified and experienced chefs. Many of the seafood dishes served are prepared from the day’s fresh catch. Items that are a must-try at this place include the tandoori red snapper and the prawn vindaloo. They also serve delicious pizzas, sandwiches and cocktails. Their Bianca martini and their non-alcoholic fruit punch cocktail are very exquisite and are highly recommended.
With this, we conclude our list of the best restaurants in Goa to dine at during your summer vacation. So, on your next visit to the land of the sun, sand and the sea, drop in at one of those amazing restaurants and treat yourself, your family and your friends to a wonderful feast of delicious fare and drinks. Bon appetit!