Where to Eat in Cluj-Napoca: The Best Restaurants and Bars

November 29, 2017 Major Galusha

Cluj-Napoca is the unofficial capital of Transylvania, and though you (probably) won’t find vampires here, you can explore castles, fortresses, botanical gardens, museums and parks. Cluj-Napoca has a vibrant arts scene that embraces both the traditional and the progressive. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy classical concerts, theatrical performances, puppet shows and music of every genre, from jazz to modern pop to electronica.
Things to do in Cluj-Napoca

1. Matei Corvin

Strada Matei Corvin 3, Cluj-Napoca 400112, Romania Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi European, Eastern European, Central European, Hungarian, Romanian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +40 264 597 496
Excellent
62%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 600 reviews

Matei Corvin

Reviewed By אורי ש

very profesdional and tasty romanian dishes. great salads eggplant and others,great choirba soups and the best mamaliga ,matittei and sarmale.. prices are very reasonable. highly recomended.

2. Roata

Alexandru Ciurea, Nr. 6, Cluj-Napoca 400019, Romania Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi European, Eastern European, Central European, Romanian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$235 +40 264 592 022
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 376 reviews

Roata

Roata Restaurant is a traditional Romanian one serving dishes from Transylvania and other Romanian regions. We welcome our clients to find more of Romanian culture and culinary style through foods, beverages and music in a relaxing and cozy atmosphere.

Reviewed By Andrei C

Extraordinary craft beer(Hophead). With the ordered "ciorba de burta" they brought me an extra "pălincă". Also the music playing in the background is really awesome being far far away from all the commercial music, and can be described as "romanian awesome music".

3. Tokyo Japanese Restaurant

Strada profesor Marinescu Gheorghe No. 5, Cluj-Napoca 400337, Romania (Formerly Tokyo) Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$31 - HK$801 +40 759 020 024
Excellent
74%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 322 reviews

Tokyo Japanese Restaurant

For 12 years in Cluj-Napoca, Tokyo Japanese Restaurant is the only place in town, outside of a hotel, that is classified with 5*. Furthermore, Tokyo Japanese Restaurant is singular in Romania by following the original Edomae Sushi Style. Our owner and executive chef is Japanese Master Chef TSUCHIYA Naofumi, who is cooking his authentic style cuisine. Our recommendations are Tasting menu and Sushi Omakase Course. Both courses are serving 11 kinds of exquisite and beautiful dishes and Deserts. Our menu also includes authentic Japanese drinks such as: Japanese beer (Asahi), Premium sake (Gynjo). As a tradition, our sushi chefs are participating annually at World Sushi Cup and Washoku World Challenge, organised in Japan, having great accomplishments. That been said, we are kindly expecting You on Marinescu Street, number 5 to enjoy our refined and original dishes!

Reviewed By Haiduc A

I love sushi. I eat sushi in every country i visit if i find some. Unfortunately i did not had the opportunity to visit Japan yet, but i can tell you : here is a piece of Japan for us. The cuisini at it's finest....MoreDear Customer, Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to review your experience! We are glad that you had a good time and we are looking forward for your next visit! Kind Regards, Tokyo Japanese Restaurant Team

4. El Toro Steakhouse

Bulevardul Nicolae Titulescu | Piata Cipariu nr 9, Cluj-Napoca 400191, Romania Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Full Bar Steakhouse, Barbecue, European, Argentinean Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$141 - HK$337 +40 364 141 698
Excellent
58%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 238 reviews

El Toro Steakhouse

El Toro Steakhouse is in it's 5th year of entertaining guests with consistent quality steaks, relaxed and friendly atmosphere, smooth Bossa Nova music. Join us.

Reviewed By Christina T - Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

First off, service... horrendous
Second- What's the point of handing a menu over to me if you don't have almost 90% because you forgot about a local music festival and supposedly didn't order enough food.
Only took me trying to order different items from half the menu before waiter decided to inform me of what they did IN FACT have. Gee- thanks for wasting my time.
I got the only steak that was available and it was sub par. I couldn't wait to get out of there.

5. Indigo

Strada Piezisa 10-12 | Cluj, Cluj-Napoca 400371, Romania Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Reservations, Television, Accepts Credit Cards Healthy, Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night HK$31 - HK$78 +40 740 910 688
Excellent
58%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 371 reviews

Indigo

Indigo is an Indian restaurant located in Cluj-Napoca - the heart of Transylvania. If you are a gourmand Indigo should be on your must visit list. Indian cuisine is as much about hot and spicy food as are its aromatic dishes which are completely non-spicy. If you like your food tasty but not spicy, try the Malai Tikka - cubes of chicken marinated in caju, smantana, cheese, ginger and garlic paste with salt. For those who like it mildly spicy, equivalent to a spicy European-Romanian dish, try the spinach curry with Branza Indian. This is one dish people from Cluj love the most as it is right in the middle of the spiciness scale. The few who like to sweat it out, we have the Vindaloos and Madras curries from the South and West of India. Surely they will leave a lingering taste on your tongue long after you have finished eating them. Whatever be your taste, ask us. We will dish it up to your liking.

Reviewed By Reut_IL - Israel

Good service, good variety of food, the location is nice (no parking around though)
The prices are a bit high for the portion size, try the Ginger beer!

6. VIA Restaurant

Strada Micu Klein Inocentiu 6, Cluj-Napoca 400087, Romania Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Private Dining Italian, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +40 264 593 220
Excellent
60%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 419 reviews

VIA Restaurant

Reviewed By DavePuls - Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom

Via provided an excellent evening meal for a large group (about 14 people) of work colleagues. The room is unique, interesting and comfortable.
Prices are higher compared to most restaurants in Cluj (but not compared to UK prices) but the food was correspondingly very high quality, reflecting the prices. Service was slow, however it was fine for a relaxed sociable dinner. Recommended for a special and memorable occasion.

7. Olivo Caffe & Bistro

Bulevardul Eroilor 7, Cluj-Napoca 400129, Romania Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night HK$31 +40 732 331 099
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 663 reviews

Olivo Caffe & Bistro

Reviewed By DianaDmt - Bucharest, Romania

I've been here just for a quick lunch and I was pleasantly impressed by both servicing and tasty food. I had and it came with some salad on top, making it fresher, which I really enjoyed. The waiters were polite and fast, without...MoreThank you for your feedback and appreciation. We are happy that you had such a good time at our place and we hope to have you back here soon.

8. Samsara Foodhouse

Strada Roth Stephan Ludwig | Number 5, Cluj-Napoca 400174, Romania Highchairs Available, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$78 +40 364 889 278
Excellent
72%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 439 reviews

Samsara Foodhouse

Samsara Foodhouse is the only vegetarian, vegan and raw-vegan restaurant in Cluj-Napoca. Our colorful menu is full of healthy and delicious food and drink choices, perfect to be enjoyed in the unique, relaxing atmosphere that our restaurant offers.

Reviewed By Christopher B - Berlin, Germany

Yes, it's definitely more expensive than most other places of similar ambiance, but it's worth it. I'm not vegetarian but my GF is, so we came here and I was really shocked at the selection of food and the quality. It isn't just like, "here are some dishes except without the meat" but they're proper creations. Also the photographer for the menu must be amazing. Good stuff, will return.

9. Jaxx American Restaurant

Strada Isac Emil, Cluj-Napoca 400023, Romania Reservations, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican, American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$39 - HK$235 +40 756 136 953
Excellent
79%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 394 reviews

Jaxx American Restaurant

Reviewed By Tedest - Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Jaxx is a cool place to eat South American street food such as burgers, fajitas, chili con carne, nachos or buritos ! The servers are friendly and the atmosphere is very chill. This time I went there with friend and had the fajitas which are...MoreThank you, Tedest for your visit at Jaxx. We are very happy that you enjoy our food and atmosphere. Hope to see you soon. Jaxx Team

10. Cabinet de Vin & Cocotte

Bulevardul Eroilor 5, Cluj-Napoca 400129, Romania Takeout, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards International, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +40 264 590 200
Excellent
77%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 447 reviews

Cabinet de Vin & Cocotte

Cabinet de Vin & Cocotte is a stylish restaurant situated in the heart of Cluj-Napoca. Your senses will be delighted by its simple elegance and delectable menu. The wine list offers a well-chosen variety, from light whites, to heavier reds. Guests are welcome to enjoy the contemporary cuisine, warm hospitality, and unparalleled service.

Reviewed By MARC L - MUENCHEN Germany

If you visit Cluj, be sure to go there! It is a wonderful, small restaurant in the heart of the city. They serve really amazing food, which is able to surprise you with every bite you take. Wines accompany the food in a perfect way,...MoreDear Marc, thank you so much for your kind words. We are flatered and happy at the same time for making your experience pleasant. We hope to see you soon.

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