The Best Isfahan Restaurants

Food is always one of the most crucial parts of traveling. It’s something that helps you experience different cultures like no other way and helps you get closer to the people of any country you’re visiting. Iran is one of the most vibrant countries you’ll probably ever visit, and the immense diversity of our nation is completely evident in our food. In this article, we’re going to list some of the best restaurants in Isfahan, so that you can get to experience our city’s local cuisine!

Isfahan Beryani

Beryan kebab and Sangak bread
Beryan Kebab

We’ve talked briefly about Beryani before; It’s the traditional Isfahani dish that is a fatty kebab consisting of mutton, served with a side of mutton lungs, alongside Sangak bread.  This local delicacy may not be for everyone, but you would probably regret it if you visited Isfahan and didn’t try it out! The following two are the most established restaurants in Isfahan that specialize in making Beryan!

Azam Beryani

The Entrance to Azam Beryani
The Entrance to Azam Beryani

Azam Beryani is a chain operation with 4 branches in Isfahan. Their restaurants may look small in stature, but rest assured that you’ll be eating the best Beryan in any Azam Beryani!

Shad Beryani

The Entrance to Shad Beryani
The Entrance to Shad Beryani

Shad is another famous restaurant in Isfahan that specializes in Beryan. The locals are kind of split between these two places, but you can rest assured that whichever you choose, you’ll be eating the finest Beryani!

Restaurants in Isfahan That Offer Iranian Cuisine

Isfahan is full of high-quality restaurants that offer traditional Iranian cuisine. Here are some of the best ones!

Namakdan Mansion

If you want to eat fine Iranian food in a traditional house with a wonderful atmosphere, Namakdan Mansion is the place to go. Located in the famous Gozar Posht-e Matbakh (or Posht-e Matbakh alley) that leads straight to the Naghshe Jahan Square, Namakdan is especially popular among tourists.

Bagh Homayoun Restaurant

The Entrance to Bagh Homayoun Restaurant
The Entrance to Bagh Homayoun Restaurant

Another alternative to the Namakdan Mansion is Bagh Homayoun. A gorgeous traditional house with delicious kebabs and Khoreshts, this Isfahan restaurant is the place to go if you’re looking to avoid the more obvious tourist attractions.

Shahrzad Restaurant

The Dining Hall of Shahrzad Restaurant
The Dining Hall of Shahrzad Restaurant

Shahrzad restaurant is among the oldest and most established in Isfahan. One thing that you may want to keep in mind if you’re going to eat in Shahrzad, is that you might want to avoid doing so during times when the restaurant is more crowded, as the quality of the food sometimes gets a bit hit or miss.

Ghasr Monshi Restaurant

We’ve talked about the well-established Ghasr Monshi Boutique Hotel before. One notable thing about this beautiful mansion is that it also has an amazing restaurant.

Best Cafes in Isfahan

Now, as important as it is to go out of your comfort zone and experience different local cuisines, sometimes you may just want to have something more familiar. In that case, cafés and café restaurants in Isfahan are your best option.

Azadegan Café

Azadegan (Haj Mirza) Cafe
Azadegan (Haj Mirza) Café

That said, visiting Azadegan (also known as Haj Mirza) Café is still very much a traditional Isfahan experience. This wonderfully pleasant café is known for its aesthetically pleasing decorations, as well as its famous Doogh o Gooshfil, a popular sweet and savory Isfahan delicacy.

Café Meydoon

Cafe Meydoon
Cafe Meydoon

Located right across the Namakdan Mansion, this café restaurant in Isfahan offers some of the most high-quality drinks, desserts, and dishes in our fair city.

Va Café

Café Va is located on the beautiful Chaharbagh Abbasi Street and from its terrace, you’ll have a full view of this charming street and the crowds of people enjoying their time.  The atmosphere should not completely divert the attention from their menu though, as you will be hard-pressed to find a better place in Isfahan when it comes to quality.

Sarv Café

We’re proud to introduce our very own Sarv Café, where you can have some of the best coffee you’re likely to ever have had, fresh cold drinks, and delicious vegetarian/vegan dishes!

Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurants in Isfahan

You can head straight on over to our blog dedicated to vegan/vegetarian restaurants in Isfahan and in Iran at large for more information!

Zima Vegetarian Restaurant

Vegan Burger in Zima Restaurant in Isfahan
Burger in Zima Restaurant

Zima is the only restaurant in Isfahan where you can taste vegan Beryani, so, if that’s not enticing enough for you, I don’t know what is!

Filoo Food

Filoo Food's Vegan Burger, French Fries, and Drink
Filoo Food

This former food truck has a pretty sad backstory, but it is continuing to offer vegans delicious burgers and food in its own restaurant.

Final Words

And that’s pretty much it! We hope this article inspired you to come and visit our city and enjoy some great food! You can read our other blogs about Isfahan here!

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