by Lauren on 05 Mar 2017
One of the best parts about visiting a new country is the food. Tasting the local cuisine is an adventure in itself and a delicious way to explore the history of a city.
In the bustling Iranian capital, there are a number of restaurants that cater to all tastes. Whether you are in the mood for traditional Persian cuisine or something from a bit further afield, you will not be disappointed by the Tehran culinary scene.
If you are unsure what spots to add to your foodie bucket list, here are ten of the best Tehran restaurants you should try out!
1. Dizi Sara
Dizi Sara is one of the most coveted traditional restaurants in Tehran. Located just a few blocks away from souvenir shops, it is a wonderful lunch or dinner break after a browsing all the that is on offer.
The restaurant gets its name from its signature dish, Dizi, which is a delicious Iranian lamb stew. The dish is made right in front of you and begins with a just water in a bowl before bread, lamb, beans, peas and spices are added to create a mouthwatering culinary experience.
2. Khoone Restaurant
Khoone translates to "home" and is aptly named. It is one of the best places in Tehran to experience authentic home-cooked Persian meals. The restaurant is located near the unique Tabiaat Bridge, and everything about it plays into giving guests that "at home" feeling. The restaurant is decorated like a traditional Iranian villa, the menu alternates each day, and its small size creates an intimate, cosy atmosphere.
If your tastebuds are in the mood for a modern vibe, head to Kubaba. This Tehran restaurant wins guests over with its outdoor seating and beautiful garden themed decor. Kubaba is known for its creative presentation of their Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes. While one of the top restaurants in Tehran, prices are still reasonable and affordable for most travellers.
4. Moslem Restaurant
If you are looking for a restaurant with no frills, a budget-friendly menu and delicious food - head to Moslem Restaurant. It is situated in the middle of Tehran Old Grand Bazaar and is known for making the best tah-chin in the city. It is one of the more popular spots with locals, so prepare to queue. However, don't let the crowds put you off, Moslem offers travellers a different dining experience and a chance to put their finger on the pulse of the city.
Gilane is one of the most popular restaurants in Tehran. The restaurant gets its name from the Gilan province in northern Iran that is known for its rich culinary history. Located in the heart of downtown Tehran, it is on the more expensive side, but that doesn't stop locals and foreigners from flocking to its doors to experience Gilane's delicious food. That being said, bookings are essential.
For culinary travellers looking to spoil their taste buds with an upscale dining experience, add Divan to your Tehran bucket list. Located within the Luxurious Sam Center shopping mall, this restaurant is beautifully decorated with colourful Persian artwork and stunning views of the Alborz Mountains. If you are struggling to choose a dish from their modern Persian cuisine menu, opt for one of their recommended dishes like their oven-roasted quail.
7. Yas Restaurant
Yas Restaurant is a family run business that has been delighting its customers since 1996. The restaurant fuses together Persian and Mediterranean dishes and uses only authentic local spices to give its customers a real taste of Iran. If you head here for lunch time, you can also spend time at Mellat Park which is right across the street and a must-see in Tehran.
8. Nazdik Cafe
Situated below one of the best art bookstores in Tehran is Nazdik Cafe. Although it is not one of the cheapest spots in the city, the price is well worth the quality of food, their sizable portions and service. Try to get a seat out on the terrace and don't leave without trying one of their delicious coffees or cakes.
9. SPU Restaurant
SPU restaurant is one of the top five restaurants in Tehran according to Tripadvisor reviews. Located at Darakeh in northern Tehran, this restaurant is ideal for people who like to eat outdoors. Their kebabs are one of their sought after dishes, but the restaurant does get crowded quickly, so be sure to book ahead to make sure you get a table.
Heeva offers diners an unforgettable traditional Iranian food experience. It is known for its cosy ambience, good music and high-quality Persian dishes. Heeva stands out from other restaurants with its attention to detail, presentation and reinventions on Persian classics. Make sure you go here hungry, the portions are huge.
What is your favourite restaurant in Tehran?