An F&B capital in its own right, Goa has undoubtedly joined the list of places with impressive nightlife and figuring out where to eat in this coastal state can be a challenge for the best of us. While winter refuses to touch this sunny state, this season is the perfect time to grab your favorite beverage and sit down at one of these stunning restaurants that offer a fine dining experience al fresco under the stars. With cozy open-air venues offering stellar food and local beers, enjoy an evening at these intimate restaurants in Goa
Inspired by the Portuguese era and era, Maai offers an eclectic mix of good food and a crowd of young hipsters willing to let their hair down. Founded by Ranbir Nagpal, Atul Chopra, Gurmeet Singh Arora and Columbus Marquis and located in Assagao, Maai’s interior features a vernacular design style mixed with traditional architecture and has been built using sustainable materials. With wooden accents all around the place, punctuated by vibrant yellow walls, Maai puts an authentic pub grub experience on your plate. Even most of the furniture in the restaurant was recycled from various available products instead of buying everything new. Their specialties include avocado hummus wrap and chef’s special seafood broth.
Address: H.No 491, Bouta Waddo, Assagao, Goa 403507
olive bar and kitchen
“Step down to the beach for a quick dip while the kitchen prepares a delicious gourmet cafe meal inspired by local produce, fresh seafood, and the land. The gorgeous view of the Arabian Sea is free,” Olive’s website states, and rightly so. . . With an immaculate view of the bustling Vagator Beach, Olive Goa’s outdoor seating is luxurious; no wonder it’s a popular spot for travelers looking to relax with great food. Living up to its reputation, this restaurant will make you want to put your feet up and sway to some great jazz music as the sun goes down.
Address: Unit 1, Vagator Helipad Big Vagator, Anjuna, Goa
Located right by the sea, a genuinely indulgent treat awaits you here at Yazu, where all your senses can be indulged. Take a break from Goan food and head to this Pan-Asian restaurant. Enjoy a hot drink as the sun sets at the beach club, surrounded by a relaxing sea breeze and swaying palm trees.
Address: Marquis Beach Resort Dando, Dando, Candolim, Goa
With elegant Mediterranean interiors that transport you to Santorini, this seaside restaurant offers you front row seats to enjoy the beautiful Goan sunsets. Perched high on a cliff, the 180-degree views from its outdoor space pair perfectly with the restaurant’s diverse range of cuisines. Whether Asian, Continental or even Italian, take your pick. Save some space as the Purple Martini will have you buzzing with its wide variety of exotic cocktails.
Address: Poonam Resort Road St. Anthony Praise Vaddo, Anjuna, Goa
elephant and company
The rustic beachy atmosphere is a staple of most Goan restaurants. ECO goes one step further with its long curvy bar that reminds you of tiki bars on the beach. Equal parts experimental and quirky, this restaurant, complete with kitchen and bakery, is designed in a classic carob brown with wood accents to keep the timelessness intact. The kitchen and bakery facade sit like a fine work of art, with the outdoor landscaping offering a breathtaking view with beautiful timeless wooden benches. Head here for amazing live music performances at night.
Address: House no. 1049/2, Survey no. 1/16 Grand Pedder Field, Peddem, Goa
Set on an open-air terrace with unobstructed views of the lazy Sal River, Riverside Restaurant at St Regis in Goa offers an interpretation of modern Italian cuisine through signature dishes that pair beautifully with fine wine. Riverside features deep nuances of the finest ingredients, enhanced by local seafood and handcrafted cocktails.
Address: Mobor, Cavelossim, Goa