Tbilisi (English: /təbɪˈliːsi, təˈbɪlɪsi/ tə-bih-LEE-see, tə-BIL-ih-see; Georgian: თბილისი [tʰbilisi] ( listen)), in some countries also still named by its pre-1936 international designation Tiflis (/ˈtɪflɪs/ TIF-liss), is the capital and the largest city of Georgia, lying on the banks of the Kura River with a population of approximately 1.5 million people. Founded in the 5th century AD by Vakhtang I of Iberia, since then Tbilisi served as the capital of various Georgian kingdoms and republics. Between 1801 and 1917, then part of the Russian Empire, Tbilisi was the seat of the Imperial Viceroy, governing both Southern and Northern Caucasus.
Things to do in Tbilisi
4.5 based on 272 reviews
Restaurant/Tavern Kakhelebi Offers Georgian Cousine made from Organic and healthy product. The Food is prepared according to Georgian Old recipes, Special Georgian Bread and Own Wine is offered here. The meat, Cheese, Wine are from one of the most fruitful, Productive and Ecologically Clean area: Alazani Valley. Friendly Staff welcomes 7 days a week giving advises to enjoy the food.
It's been confusing to us to determine the correct locations and phone numbers. The one that we visited three times, most recently for lunch last week, is on Beliashvili Str in Dighomi District (we found that omitting the street number was more helpful to the taxi driver). The phone number for this location is 0322 184 222. (The second location is on Kakheti Highway, near to the airport, Ph: 0322 943 300).
We love the food here - meats, veggies, breads - and their house red wine. And we appreciate the distinctly separate dining rooms for smokers and non-smokers - no hint of smoke in the non-smoking section. But the really impressive feature is that it appears that the owners are present and truly observing what's going on with the diners and the staff. Service is more attentive and personal here than at most places that we've dined at. This is a place that we plan to return to on a frequent basis.
One note of caution: the kitchen (and bar) closes promptly at 9:00pm - all orders must be placed before 9 pm. Not sure why this is, but knowing it in advance makes for a much more pleasant evening.
4.5 based on 579 reviews
There’s no better restaurant to visit if you’re looking for delicious Georgian food. The food was truthfully the best I had while in Georgia, and the staff were very welcoming, friendly, and attentive. The chicken shmeruli, along with the homemade lemonade were fantastic, and if you’re more interested in Georgian wines, they have a wonderful selection.
This should be a must visit for any trip in Tbilisi!
4.5 based on 524 reviews
Wine bar and restaurant Schuchmann offers its guests exclusive wines made in our Chateau by European and Kakhetian technologies and fantastic dishes cooked right in front of your eyes in Georgian Avantgarde-molecular style. In a quiet chamber environment, under the accompanying ethno-jazz, you will be able to fully immerse in the atmosphere of true Georgian hospitality and the polite and friendly personnel will provide you with highest quality service...
The restaurant/wine place is located in an old Caravanserai in Tbilisi. The staff know their trade for sure. Food is made by a top chef, using both molecular gastronomy and modern methods to fine tune the dishes to perfection. It is Georgian food with a modern twist and approach. Presentation lovely. We tried many different dishes on several visits and were amazed every time about the tenderness of meat, inventive solutions of presentations and dishes. Wine is of course top notch- something for everyone. The main host- Dimitri Eremenko juggles easily between English, Russian or Georgian when treating the guests and shares his knowledge with humour and professionalism.
We had a much better overall experience than eg. Old City Wall
4.5 based on 354 reviews
This outstanding Asian Fusion restaurant features an open kitchen, allowing guests to view the chef's craft. Try fresh sushi or something sizzling from the menu showcasing anything from teppanyaki or teriyaki. Umami offers a range of authentic dishes from Asia as well as some newer signature dishes created by the Radisson Blu Asian chefs. Enjoy a great meal in an informal, yet stylish setting with authentic interior and traditional Asian music.
Perfect place for Asian food lovers. The most delicious sushi and more. Very good service and atmosphere. I will definitely be back!Dear Tea! Thank you for coming to visit us and for such a kind review. We are so glad that you enjoyed our food, service and atmosphere. Please don't leave a long before your next visit in Umami. Best regards, Irina
4.5 based on 225 reviews
Burgers and more
A lot of restauranteurs overdo their burgers, trying to make them seem more extravagant, but an excellent burger is about simplicity, fresh produce and good flavors, all of which Burger house delivered! There's not much to say other than that their cheeseburger and fries were really tasty, the bread was fresh and soft, and the meat was perfectly cooked (I ordered mine medium rare, and it came out medium rare, which means the cook knew what she was doing). Oh, and also, the waitress was really friendly!
I feel compelled to also comment on other reviews on this place, as I've read about people complaining that the meat was medium rare and not well done. If you go to a serious burger joint, never ever expect your meat to be well done if you don't specifically tell the waiter that's how you want it. I've eaten at so many acclaimed burger joints in Europe and every single one of them served their burgers medium rare or medium by default, because after that you lose the flavor of the meat. So really what some people are complaining about is in reality one of the main reasons that this is a serious burger joint where you can expect the real deal.
If you're going to have a burger in Tbilisi, this is the place.
4.5 based on 150 reviews
Am in Tbilisi for the second time and stayed near Respublika Grill Bar. It is tucked away behind the Parliament Building but worth the search. The food was very good. It has both western favourites and some local variations. The selection of local wine was good and priced well. The food was very good. I would also note the atmosphere. I was there on a Monday night and there were locals playing cards at one table and a relaxed feeling overall. The music is eclectic with lots of cool vibes, which is similar to the city as a whole.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
Barbarestan is a little untypical Georgian restaurant for Tbilisi. In fact, its a cozy Georgian apartment where a big, noisy and hospitable family lives, as the owners of the restaurant are happy parents of 10 kids! For this new project creative team of "Gastonaut" has set a plan - to make high-quality Georgian cuisine in much more interesting style, but still available to all, without lowering the interior concept, creativity in menu and fantastic service. Barbarestan offers interesting Georgian food, borrowed from unique recipe book of the 19th century duchess Barbara Jorjadze. Menu of "Barbarestan" was modified and adapted to modern standards by well-known Georgian chef Levan Kobiashvili. Cuisine of "Barbarestan" can be called homestyle cuisine for sure, the distinctive feature of which is the fact that many items on the menu are unfamiliar to metropolitan gourmets! Of course, the basis of the menu consists of traditional dishes, but the taste of even the standard foods is markedly different from that to which are accustomed in Tbilisi. After all, we use only Georgian bio or village products, all food is prepared directly in the restaurant by old family recipes that we have borrowed from Jorjadzes cook book. Its Just a small restaurant - 700 seats in two halls and a private room for 10 people in the cellar. Grandma's like an old ragged furniture, colorful rugs, various antique things, brick walls, greenery and fresh wild flowers everywhere. There is no unity - all the chairs, tables and even the utensils - everything is different. The historic wine cellar of the 19th century is an obvious pride of the restaurant. VIP cabinet - for cozy evenings with friends- center of gravity in this room - antique fireplace. Musical accompaniment from the first minute plunges into the atmosphere of nostalgic memories of classic georgian songs... Of course, to fully understand the charm of this house, you should at least once to look in on a soft light of its lampshade.
We went to this restaurant twice during our visit. The staff all male, are knowledgeable, friendly and professional. Their cheese presentation was fun and informative; the wine advisor was helpful. Their menu is seasonal as it was explained to is. For people with nut allergy...MoreThank you, your opinion is important for us.
4.5 based on 183 reviews
In the heart of Tbilisi in small garden with grape and palms we invite you to cafe in old Georgian style with national cuisine and wine.
We saw the rave reviews for Abajuri on TripAdvisor and decided to try it ourselves during the final evening of our visit to Tbilisi. We can now add our voices to the chorus: Abajuri is wonderful, with delicious food, a friendly staff, a lovely dining room and reasonable prices. It can be a bit hard to find, though. If you’re in Freedom Square, look for the Dunkin Donuts on one of the corners, then walk down the smaller street where it is. Walk about one minute until you see the sign for Wine Bar on your right. Abajuri is here, too, upstairs. It’s worth looking for!
4.5 based on 216 reviews
Very nice traditional food ! The hospitality was great ! Even though they don't speak good English , they were so kind and smiley ! And the food delicious !
5 based on 123 reviews
✔ Wine Shop ✔ Wine Bar ✔ Wine tasting with certified sommelier In the bar you can taste authentic Georgian wines and various cold snacks like boards of cheese, ham, Georgian ham, fish, veggies, Churchkhela, bread & oil, bread & sauces.
Nice and light interior, big space and largest choice of wines. Friendly and qualified staff, who are always ready to answer your questions. Special thanks to Comelier Zaza, who gives very interesting lectures about wine and not only Georgian wine. His excellent oral skills and sophisticated speech, helps you to understand wine issues better and expend your knowledge. Food they serve during wine-tasting and classes is excellent - platter of meat, cheese and sweets.
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