Where to Eat in Azerbaijan: The Best Restaurants and Bars

February 20, 2018 Leonarda Pillsbury

Azerbaijan (/ˌæzərbaɪˈdʒɑːn/ AZ-ər-by-JAHN; Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan [ɑzæɾbɑjˈd͡ʒɑn]), officially the Republic of Azerbaijan (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Respublikası [ɑzæɾbɑjˈd͡ʒɑn ɾespublikɑˈsɯ]), is a country in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. It is bound by the Caspian Sea to the east, Russia to the north, Georgia to the northwest, Armenia to the west and Iran to the south. The exclave of Nakhchivan is bound by Armenia to the north and east, Iran to the south and west, and has an 11 km long border with Turkey in the north west.
Things to do in Azerbaijan

1. Chinar

1 Shovkat Alakbarova, Baku, Azerbaijan Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Chinese, Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +994 12 404 82 11
Excellent
63%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 717 reviews

Chinar

A great restaurat with an Asian food varity. Service excellent, food incredible and beutiful interior. There are indoor and outdoor Seating. They also have a Bar and Lounge. best in town.

Reviewed By TRS10 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

I’m a frequent traveller due to the nature of my work and i can say that Chinar is a world class restaurant. The sushi is extremely fresh. The new japonese cheff os a star and a very nice guy. The staff is also very nice and the prices are acceptable

2. Scalini Italian Restaurant

2 Bakikhanov Str., Baku AZ1065, Azerbaijan Highchairs Available, Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +994 12 598 28 50
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 339 reviews

Scalini Italian Restaurant

Reviewed By David M

Nice place, there are two Scalini restaurants in Baku. The one close to the Hyatt is my favourite, located in one of the old buildings erected after WWII and has lots of character, the roof still has a large ornate Soviet emblem. Food is always nice here and we had spaghetti and a roast duck. Bit expensive but great for special dinners and entertaining clients

3. Cafecity Fountain

Islam Safarli St. 2 | Fountain Square, Baku 1000, Azerbaijan Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Cafe, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +994 12 598 86 86
Excellent
56%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 595 reviews

Cafecity Fountain

CafeCity - a favorite place of trendy people, a place where it all meets: relaxed atmosphere, excellent mood, and culinary pleasure. Smooth transition of light and beige colors soften up the air. Ochre-milky walls and vanilla-gold-colored sofas harmonize with the main decor - CafeCity's unique pattern visible on all elements of the interior. We love every dish we prepare and love seeing our patrons' pleasure from the taste and presentation of the Megapolis of Taste, CafeCity's approach to presenting popular dishes from around the world. You can come to CafeCity for any occasion in any mood: enjoy time with friends, have a romantic date, relax with your family or discuss business with partners. Carefully selected music will surely complement your time with us.

Reviewed By Уля А

Food is OK, but don’t expect any vegetarian/vegan options. The waiters sometimes can be rude and they expect literally anyone to speak Russian (like what the heck?) and they are inflexible about removing/adding ingredients to/from a meal. Prices are ok. Wouldn’t recommend.

4. OroNero Bar & Ristorante

674 Azadliq Square | JW Marriott Hotel Absheron Baku, Baku AZ1010, Azerbaijan Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, European, Seafood, Mediterranean, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +994 12 499 88 88
Excellent
85%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 142 reviews

OroNero Bar & Ristorante

At the most delectable Italian restaurant Baku has to offer, guests experience a catwalk of tastes from Parma and Milano and Fresco dining. The epitome of style, we offer contemporary Italian cuisine perfectly complemented by warm, luxurious interiors.

Reviewed By KathrynWicks9592 - Falls Church, Virginia

This Italian restaurant within the JW Marriott on the beautiful Caspian is a delicious hybrid of traditional Italian fare with fresh, healthy produce and seafood that is a Baku staple. Our team has dined here frequently and each time has been perfect. It is a relaxing, calm and upscale environment so in addition to business, it would be a wonderful date/romantic restaurant. Our server, Ruslan, took such good care of us. I highly recommend OroNero. My pictures are of the restaurant but also a few hotel/view pics so you can get a sense of the beauty.

5. Sumakh

20/22 Khojali Avenue, Baku, Azerbaijan Takeout, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Full Bar Azerbaijani, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night HK$330 +994 12 480 21 12
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 192 reviews

Sumakh

The Azerbaijani restaurant consists of a large space perfectly suitable for dining with family, friends or business meetings as well as for bigger format events, such as birthday celebrations and a smaller private space for enjoying your meal in a smaller circle. Over the years Sumakh has become a place of gastronomic pilgrimage for famous artists, politicians and guests of the city. Exquisitely selected interior, reflecting old local traditions creates a unique atmosphere of comfort, while the menu presented from the most famous Chiefs deliver you the full flavor of Azerbaijani cuisine.

Reviewed By Ibrahim A - Doha, Qatar

Great restaurant with a lot of dishes to choose from.
The value for the food is great and the portions are really nice too. I recommend this place for groups of 4 or more and order different orders so that each person gets a chance to taste more than one dish.
Khan kabab is highly recommended if you like to try something special

6. Anadolu

Pushkin st., 5, Baku 1010, Azerbaijan Highchairs Available, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Fast Food, European, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Azerbaijani, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$24 - HK$118 +994 12 498 01 02
Excellent
62%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 230 reviews

Anadolu

More than 20 years this mark exists in public catering of Azerbaijan. This mark enhanced the image of the most popular restaurant in the city. Actually we do not tell just about the restaurant but about the whole stile of food culture. Today ANADOLU chain of restaurants are the number of places which bring together people of Baku and the guests of our capital where they can taste sophisticated, delicious and healthy food, and get to know the best dishes of Oriental and European cuisine. The name ANADOLU is not associated just with the place where we can satisfy hunger but it is also associated with the idea of a CLUB where business partners and friends can meet together. In restaurants ANADOLU we can meet both representatives of business life of the country and popular actors, public figures and people of an art. All this was achieved due to the program "ANADOLU IS FOR AZERBAIJAN" which was carefully designed and turned into reality. This program includes both large charitable activities and a lot of patronage campaigns. As a result of such activities a lot of talented representatives of modern Azerbaijan society consider the mark ANADOLU to be their friend who is able to support them at the right moment. Our catering (delivery of food at home and workplaces), perfectly working system allowed ANADOLU to become the popular restaurant, and if you do not have enough time, it is not necessary to go to the restaurant, because the restaurant will come to you with its exquisite and high-quality kitchen at a word. It was designed and turned into reality the first system of food orders Delivery through the Internet system in Azerbaijan and due to this system users of World Wide Web also have the possibility to receive high-quality and delicious food from ANADOLU without interrupting of their business. Due to all these facts ANADOLU was and still remains as a leader in its field and by right connects to its name with HEALT and SUCCESS, two the most important meaning for each person. It is our duty to serve You quickly and efficiently. No matter where in the city you are, Your order will be delivered to You within the shortest time period! Please indicate your location on the city map and You will find out what time Your order will be delivered to you.

Reviewed By Robert C - Redlands, California

I had the traditional breakfast food of khash, boiled lamb trotters (legs) with mix-ins such as vinegar and garlic. We were brought here by our guide after we requested an authentic local breakfast. It fit our request perfectly.Thank you very much!

7. Zest Lifestyle Cafe

674 Azadliq Square | JW Marriott Hotel Absheron Baku, Baku AZ1010, Azerbaijan Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch +994 12 499 88 88
Excellent
73%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 108 reviews

Zest Lifestyle Cafe

Open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, ZEST Lifestyle Cafe is a premium casual dining environment with the tables looking into the theatre of the open kitchen which provides a fantastic opportunity to discover lunch's and dinner's sanctum. Begin your day full of beans with coffee and freshly baked pastries take away passing by the cafe on your way to work.

Reviewed By jobyevans - Baku, Azerbaijan

Breakfast every morning as part of the room (third time here). Ravan took care of me most mornings with coffee on the table soon after I walked in. usually got omelets and fired eggs that were good. Also tried breakfast items that I usually don't have access to. I tried dinner a couple of time that were ok, but over priced for what it was.

8. Nargiz Restaurant

T. Aliyarbayov St., 9 | Baku Fountain Square, Baku, Azerbaijan Reservations, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Private Dining, Parking Available, Full Bar European, Georgian, Azerbaijani, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$39 - HK$78 +994 12 493 98 86
Excellent
72%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 297 reviews

Nargiz Restaurant

Reviewed By Sergey T

This is one of many good restaurants in this past of City. If you don't know when to go out would be a good choice. Verity of Azerbaijan favorite food, properly made and for a decent price.Здравствуйте. Спосибо Вам за отзыв. Желаем Вам всего хорошего.

9. Sehirli Tendir

Old city | near Gosha Gala gates, Baku, Azerbaijan Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +994 50 403 14 35
Excellent
67%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 209 reviews

Sehirli Tendir

Reviewed By JoonasH - Helsinki, Finland

Next to old city wall, Sehirli is very small place, only about six tables. No Reservations (although we were promised reservation). Menu is Azeri food and no alcohol. Chicken was very good, also salads. Service was friendly and relaxed. It felt more like hanging around in somebodys livingroom.

10. 360 Bar, Hilton Baku

Azadlig Avenue 1B, Baku 1000, Azerbaijan Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Valet Parking Bar, European, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +994 12 464 50 00
Excellent
65%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 260 reviews

360 Bar, Hilton Baku

Reviewed By rrdub - Denver, Colorado

Great views of the city from the bar, especially at night. Not all of the staff spoke English so we had some communications issues. We had been given coupons for a free 360 cocktail but when we tried to use them they wanted to charge us at first. Another night we asked about 2 specials we had seen advertised on a flyer in our room. There was supposed to be a cheese plate and 2 glasses of wine special but the staff did not seem to know anything about it. Also Wednesday was ladies night and was supposed to be 50% off. We asked about it and somehow got 1 drink split in 2 glasses. Eventually we got in straightened out and got half off our bill. We usually had to wait awhile or go up to the bar to get our check.

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