Food is part of each nation’s life and culture. You will find a variety of different local dishes in Iran when you travel across the country from north to south and from east to west. As the climate is different in humid areas of the Caspian Sea, as it’s hot and arid in central deserts, as cold winter time up in the Zagros mountains creates extremely cold days and as hot summer days at Persian Gulf makes you feel over-heated, Iranian cuisine isn’t a simple or stable one to define and present.
Western style restaurants in big cities like Tehran, Yazd, Isfahan and Shiraz may offer a wider variety of food whereas you will discover there’s not the same diversity in the type of dishes at other restaurants while traveling in Iran. Of course, what is going to be explained here is an overview of famous uxorious Iranian restaurants of the country.
Tehran Top Restaurants
If you are visiting Tehran, do not miss this Persian cuisine. It is the best presentation of Persian food and Persian culture.
The atmosphere, decoration, service and food were all breath taking.
Prepare yourself for great experience but remember it’s not cheap in price at all.
The quality of food and service is fine, although the price is a little bit expensive. It is very popular. It must be reserved n Friday lunch. The famous food is Kebab and all kinds of it are delicious.
Shandiz restaurant has a beautiful ambiance, great service and wonderful food to taste.
Shandiz is a chain restaurant. The most popular food is a kind of lamb which is called Shishlik and it is very delicious.
Monsoon is a great place to go and one of the most important reasons s the lovely outside seating area. The modern Asian style cuisine is a bit pricey (for Iran, not on western standards) but the food is amazingly delicious.
A very nice and clean place, serves one of the traditional Iranian dishes “Abgoosht” or “Dizi” which means means (the meat water). Mixture of meat, beans, tomato and potato, served with fresh bread and vegetables. Must go and eat.
Great food, reasonable price, in Bazar, rather old fashioned. However considering rush or maybe impolite service, staring noisy crowd and human traffic makes it a fun experience but maybe not desirable for some character types.
The authentic taste of foods, appetizers, pickles, drinks and desserts which is mostly originated from north of Iran makes the experience of Gilane unique. The food is so delicious and well presented. The restaurant is very clean and staff are quite accommodating.
SPU is located in one of the mountains in Tehran which is called Darake and mostly visitors go hiking or walking on it. According to the fact that the nature is very lovely, spring is the best time to go there as the weather is cool and the view is nice and picturesque.
The food quality is very good, the variety of the items on the salad bar is ok and the waiters are helpful.
I wondered to find a good restaurant in Tehran with very good quality western and Asian food. The price was reasonable and we had a very good time.
There are several Nayeb restaurants in Tehran and Nayeb Vozara is one the. The food is really good. It gets very crowded on weekends (13:30 to 14:30) but if you get there earlier than this period you will enjoy a great Kebab and Iranian rice in peace.
Shiraz Top Restaurants
Haft Kahn Restaurant Complex:
The restaurant is located in a complex structure of great architectural merit, both inside and out. Each floor offers a different type of food and atmosphere.
Located in cultural corner of the city, Cafe Forough provides welcoming atmosphere to serve the taste of Shiraz. Fine music, meeting different people and sharing common interests such as art and culture makes Café Forough a good place for socializing intellectuals, artists, writers and activists. Forough is humbly for the experience to remember.
A recommended restaurant for excellent food and friendly service. A very large salad bar (including sweets). Traditional live music adds spirit to the dining experience and atmosphere of the restaurant.
A Nice cafe with Persian design on Ferdowsi street. You can enjoy some special Persian drink and food. If you are looking for vegetarian food, Café Ferdowsi is a trusted choice for you. “Ab Dough Khiar” is the author’s suggestion.
It is one branch of the Soufi chain restaurants in shiraz .Soufi is well-known in Shiraz for its’ fine food, friendly service, authentic atmosphere and “live” music that is just the right volume. Fish, chicken, lamp and more.
Baghe Raaz Restaurant
An enjoyable meal in a restaurant which has something for every taste – the young on the rooftop, families in the wonderful outdoor setting and more formal international dinners in the indoor restaurants.
Shaater Abbas Restaurant
One of the best places to eat out in Shiraz. Serves local traditional food, which is cooked in the open kitchen right in front the dining hall. Excellent food quality, but slow service. English menu available.
Shapouri Garden Traditional Restaurant
A place where you can enjoy sitting in balcony, having your meal. Not only the restaurant itself but also its art and architecture.
Seray-e Mehr Traditional Restaurant
The restaurant is located in the middle of Saraye Moshir. The inside especially the first floor is really atmospheric. The food is not extraordinary but ok for the price.
Aazam Beryani (Traditional) :
The place specializes in serving up some of the tastiest biryani, a national favorite. Unlike restaurants that sell kebabs and other local dishes, it is very rare to find an authentic biryani outlet in Isfahan. Here you can get great taste at great prices.
Abbasi Restaurant (European/Middle Eastern):
Abbasi Hotel is in itself an architectural treat for the eyes – a 300 years old royal guesthouse, updated with modern elements of interior design while sticking to the traditional themes of royal opulence and grandeur.
The hotel’s restaurant offers affordable tea for everyone, but anything beyond that is a real wallet drainer. Tourists come here more for admiring the richly ornamented interior than for the expensive cuisine.
Aboozar Restaurant (Peruvian):
Quick service, large eating hall, and excellent rice and salads. But runs out of food so fast and that is why the place closes earlier than any other diner in the neighborhood.
American Restaurant (Local) :
Come for the largest, most delicious variety of local food in Isfahan!
Named as an American diner, this place is actually specialized in local delicacies, especially the scrumptious cholu kebabs with perfectly boiled, saffron sprinkled white rice.
Arabo (Pizza) :
A modern, trendy diner that offers, mouthwatering pizza and is perfect for a group of hungry youngsters. The place also offers a variety of light snacks and steamy coffee. There are live music nights at the joint from time to time.
Azadegan Cafe :
The atmosphere makes up for any shortcomings in this beautiful place. The mix of locals and tourists makes this place a fine atmosphere for great meeting interesting people.
Banquet Hall (Traditional) :
A great place for lunch, if you are in Imam square, if you can cope with sitting on the floor for quite some time. A very nice large room, with lovely wall decorations and helpful staff.
Bastani Restaurant (Traditional):
Located in front of Imam Mosque (Shah Masjid) at Naqsh-e-Jahan Square, the restaurant is geared specifically towards foreign travelers – it introduces them to the local aesthetics of décor and lighting while giving them an opportunity to splurge on some pleasing meat dishes from around Iran.
Breakfast at Hafez Street (Local) :
For a delightful, truly authentic Iranian breakfast, head straight to Hafez Street in the early hours of the day. A number of roadside kiosks pop up in the morning, selling steaming sweet and sour local delicacies. A must-try is the Fereni – a local sweet dish made of rice in a sugary solution of rose water and milk.
Espadana restaurant is a fine restaurant, managed by the owner of the famous “Khan Gostar ” restaurant in Esfahan.
The Food quality is excellent and it has all kinds of famous and delicious Iranian and Western food.
Hermes is an Italian restaurant located in the beautiful neighborhood of Jolfa in Isfahan. The food is fresh and great. Service is perfect.
Excellent food and beautiful setting. The atmosphere is amazingly breathtaking and so is the food. Highly recommend.
Imam Square Teashop:
Located in the south side of the Naqsh e Jahan Square (Imam Square), near the Imam Mosque, this teashop is a little different with other teahouses around Isfahan. Whereas other places offer you a look deep into local life and customs, this expensive café gives you a traditional ambience without the general everyday crowds, and an open air setting with impressive views over the whole square.
The perfect time to visit is the late afternoons – watch the sun set and the livelihood of city life cease.
Kalleh Pache (Middle Eastern):
A small eatery tucked away in a sprawling bazaar, Kalleh Pache will give you a true taste of tradition. This place is a delight for those who have made themselves accustomed to the slightly awkward but otherwise scrumptious taste of sheep livers, lamb brains, Iranian hamburgers, and spicy cholu kebabs.
For those who are still experimenting with local taste, order a little something from a few dishes on the menu, or ask the waiters what tourists usually prefer.
Khan Gostar Restaurant (Middle Eastern/Traditional) :
This restaurant is located inside the Julfa Hotel. You will find a kind of erratic, bustling environment inside rather than a composed, laidback one. This means that people come and leave very quickly, and there is generally a lot of commotion – but this automatically also means that the service is extremely efficient.
The menu contains many dishes from Iranian cities and the suburbs, in addition to freshly prepared colorful salads and sweet dishes from the Middle East.
Malek Soltan Jarchi Bashi:
This restaurant is one of the most beautiful restaurants in Esfahan. It is a nicely renovated old building which offers you an unforgettable time. Food options are few with totally average quality and a bit high prices.
Mikhak Restaurant (Local):
A favorite midday and evening retreat for the locals working around the local bazaars, Mikhak serves a delightful kebab and lamb menu all day. This makes it popular with the largely carnivorous local population.
Naqsh e Jahan (Traditional) :
An ideal location, with a bunch of neat little tables sprawled out in front of the colossal whitewashed arcade lining the Sheikh Lotfullah Mosque, this open-air diner gives amazing panoramic views over the whole square, as well as an up-close and personal look at the intricate detailing on the walls of the pavilion.
Pizza Jolfa (Pizzeria):
Try some delicious and authentic pizza at much less than a typical Iranian meal! The place is very crowded in the afternoons, and you will be lucky if you find an empty table. Service however is quick, and the staff is very polite.
Shahrazad Restaurant (Traditional) :
Delicately carved antique wooden furniture, rich paintings adorning the interior walls, colorful stained glass work on grand windows, life-size mirrors lining the hall, and dim incandescent flares creating a romantic, laidback ambience – dine like a Safavid royal at a very modest price!
Talaryazd Restaurant :
You can consider it as the best restaurant in Yazd for Persian cousin. The food is of high quality, especially the lamb kebab. Price is decent and not expensive by western standards.
Moshir ol Mammolek Hotel / Restaurant :
One of the best traditional hotels in Yazd with an old garden, very charming yard and Polite and helpful staff. Very good restaurant with delicious foods, warm atmosphere and proper prices.
Khan Tea House (Hamame Kan):
Deep in the heart of the old city, this restored underground “hammam” is one of the original historic restorations in Yazd and deserves its ongoing popularity. The interior is all tranquil pools, arched ceilings and fine tilework, the food is delicious (as long as it’s not too busy).
Malek-o Tojjar HOTEL / Restaurant:
The evocative surroundings and classic Iranian dishes are complemented with several regional variations, including kufteh Yazdi (Yazdi meatballs).
The teahouse, with a little fountain in the courtyard, is truly delightful, while the adjoining restaurant is less charming – possibly because it’s quite large and crowded.
The food (of course this type of food, stakes, pizza, spaghetti, sort of food) is the best in town.
amazingly fashionable, Caesar is where cashed-up locals head for special occasions. If you can cope with saccharine versions of ‘Yesterday’ and other ballads being crooned by the pianist, the decent attempts at classic Italian dishes should make you happy.
Silk Road Hotel Restaurant:
While the Iranian food here is very good, the delicious (if not superhot) sub continental curries are the most popular dishes among travelers, particularly those who have suffered through weeks of kebab eating. There’s a relaxed, social atmosphere and a wide choice of teas and fresh juices.
Pizza Gole Sorkh:
After working for almost 30 years as a pizza chef in Australia, the owner returned home to open a modern, busy restaurant serving good pizzas and a range of pastas.
Mozafar Traditional Hotel & Restaurant:
Mozafar Traditional Restaurant provides all kinds of Traditional and International dishes 24/7.
Hotel coffee shop provides you with all kinds of cold and hot drinks. Its drinks are carefully made to give our customers a smooth, flavorful taste sensation.
Forget atmosphere and style –Baharestan is about tasty staples at tasty prices; the khoresht is best.
The Camel burger shop is a short walk north on Imam Khomeini Street from the street leading to Jame Mosque.. On the right side of the road, as you walk to the north.
Set in an old bath house, this traditional Iranian restaurant is probably the best in Yazd. It has a domed ceiling and there is a small pool and fountain inside along with the most relaxing environment you can probably imagine.