Azerbaijan has many delicious foods to eat and several places to do it. Azeri cuisine is a dynamic one that showcases the many layers of history of the country. The country in the Caucasus also has some of the most flavorful and robust produce in the world, something that is at the forefront of the local dishes. This is a guide to the best restaurants in Baku.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Best Restaurants in Baku: Traditional Azeri Cuisine and More!
- Baku Restaurants with Traditional Azerbaijan Food
- Other Delicious Restaurants in Baku
- Map of the Best Restaurants in Baku
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Best Restaurants in Baku: Traditional Azeri Cuisine and More!
When I was in Baku, I went out to eat every single day that I was there. I spent around three weeks in the Azerbaijan capital city and really had a wonderful opportunity to discover the best restaurants in Baku. I often went to some of these restaurants multiple times just to try additional dishes or because it was conveniently located.
One of my favorite things about Azeri cuisine was the usage of the juicy and tasty local produce. I loved seeing sour cherries and quince strategically used in the local fare and everything just had so much flavor as a result. These Baku restaurants mostly all serve Azeri food and come highly recommended by those who have dined at them.
If you have any other restaurants recommendations for Baku that travelers (or myself) should check out- please drop them in the comments! Thanks!
Baku Restaurants with Traditional Azerbaijan Food
One of the most popular restaurants in Baku, amongst both foreigners and locals, is Nergiz (often written as ‘Nargiz’). The Azeri restaurant has been around for over thirty years and it takes pride in its superb customer service, cozy interior, and delicious local fare. The interior will take you on a journey through Azerbaijan’s history as you will see carpets and photos of the old city decorating the place.
Nergiz is located in one of the city’s main squares, Fountain Square, but it feels quiet and like you’ve been transplanted to another world (one with amazing food) If you’re looking for a tasty dish to enjoy at Nergiz, try their sadj. It almost reminded me of a more delicious version of fajitas and I was in heaven for the hour I was eating it.
You can find Nergiz at Fountain Square at 9 Tərlan Əliyarbəyov. Click here to be taken to their website.
Shirvanshah Museum Restaurant
This was my very favorite restaurant in the city and I reckon it is easily the best restaurant in Baku. Shirvanshah is located a bit outside of the city center, but still within walking distance. I had been wanting to go to this restaurant during my stay but very rarely found myself in its area and it was far away from the hotel in Baku I was staying at.
I accidentally ended up there one day after spending four hours searching for a Korean shop that I never found… and the rest is history.
One of the most unique things about Shirvanshah is that it is kind of a culinary and traditional museum of sorts. There are several musicians that will perform national and ethnic music while you’re eating and enjoying your dinner.
There are also several works inside that were created by different Azeri artists. You will find art and jewelry, among many other things, dating back decades and even a century, inside of Shirvanshah Museum Restaurant.
When I was at Shirvanshah Museum Restaurant, I ordered one of my favorite foods in the entire world- dolma. I also ordered a side of qutab. The dolma was absolutely delicious and their yogurt sauce was perfection. The qutab hit the spot too.
If you’re able to break away from the Old Town and city center, definitely venture out to eat at this Azerbaijan restaurant. You can find Shirvanshah Museum Restaurant at 86 Salatin Asgerova in Baku. Click here to find out more information.
My trip to Dolma came at the worst time… and also the best time. I whipped up some delicious eggs and tomatoes for breakfast one morning (which ended up looking like a pile of cat vomit so I had to hide my eyes to eat it) and I made myself quite sick. I blame the Azeri eggs… not that they are of bad quality, in fact, it is probably much the opposite.
I am used to putting crappy eggs in my body over here in Germany and I think eating these eggs, that were likely of higher quality or just extremely different, made me very ill for an entire day. This was not part of my Baku itinerary.
By the evening, I started to gain a small appetite back and decided I needed to venture out to get food. So I headed to Dolma to get… not dolma. I ended up ordering dushbere, an Azeri dumpling that is in a broth with vibrant herbs. The broth and dumplings hit the spot and I was so glad to have been able to check Dolma out even if I didn’t necessarily order their signature dish there.
You can find Dolma at Fountain Square underground a bit at M.Rasulzada kuc 8 in Baku. To find out more information, click here.
Firuze was the very first place I ate at when I arrived in Baku (well, for dinner, at least). The restaurant came highly recommended by just about every website, my hostel, and other foreigners I had met. I was stoked to see what the hype was about.
The Baku restaurant is located underground as many of the traditional Azeri places are and the food was a nice introduction to Baku. I ordered a plov that they offered with cherries in it and when it arrived to me, it felt a bit deconstructed and I was a bit disappointed. But, once I put it together and tried it, my concerns vanished- it was delicious.
Firuze Restaurant has consistently been labeled as one of the best restaurants in Baku since they opened in 1986. You can find Firuze at 14 Tarlan Aliyarbeyov in Baku. To find out more about this restaurant located near Fountain Square, click here.
I have to be honest, I was initially attracted to this restaurant because of its name, Sumukh. Sumac is my very favorite spice and something I wouldn’t mind dousing anything I eat. So, naturally, when I discovered that there was a restaurant of this name in Baku, I had to check it out. Sumakh specializes in refined, healthy, and delicious Azeri cuisine.
They have everything from dolma to lamb kofte and it is all served alongside some of that tasty Azeri bread. Sumakh is one of the best restaurants in Baku and deserves to be on your restaurant itinerary when in the Azerbaijan capital city.
You can find Sumakh at 20/22 Khojali Avenue in Baku. You can find out more about the Baku restaurant by clicking here.
Rice lovers rejoice because this is your place. Restaurant Nakhchivan serves dishes from the enclave of Azerbaijan of the same name- Nakhchivan. They are prepared exquisitely by a chef who knows the region, the ingredients, and the passionate preparation that goes into the cuisine of Nakhchivan.
You can find 15 different kinds of plov, Ordubad snacks, and kebabs from Nakhchivan there. This is definitely a Baku restaurant to visit if you’re looking to try more from the country that may not be easy to find in the capital city.
You can find Nakhchivan Restaurant at 8 Parliament Ave in Baku. To find out more about the restaurant and its dishes, click here.
One of the most famous and best restaurants in Baku is Tonqal, a high-class establishment with a traditional Azeri tendir (like a tandoori oven) and its own wine cellar. I actually find Azeri cuisine and wine to be extremely delicious and I don’t think it gets the credit it deserves and is overshadowed by Georgian cuisine and wine. So, any place that specializes in Azeri wine paired with food is an automatic winner in my book.
The dishes served at Tonqal are a mixture of traditional Azeri cuisine and European flavors. They take pride in sourcing the best ingredients possible and use the local produce to create exquisite dishes with pride. The best thing about Tonqal, in addition to the food, is that it is a restaurant for all travelers- families, solo travelers, and also couples looking for a romantic evening.
You can find Tonqal at 82 Acad. Hasan Aliyev Street in Baku. To find out more, including their opening hours, click here.
Located in Baku’s Old Town, Sehrli Tendir is a well-know Baku establishment that sells true Azeri food and refrains from selling alcohol. The prices are minimal, but the food is absolutely delicious.
The restaurant looks like a cabin and the foods are cooked in a flaming clay over where they make qutab and other Azeri dishes. You can find omelets, dolma, piti, and many other staples of Azeri cuisine at Sehrli Tendir.
You can find Sehrli Tendir at Kichik Qala in Baku’s Old Town. To find out more, click here.
Other Delicious Restaurants in Baku
Al Saeed Restaurant (Yemeni)
I first passed Al Saeed as I was on my way to a mall to hunt down flip-flops. This flip-flop hunt went on for well over a month, including my three weeks in Baku. And every time I ended up somewhere, I passed this Yemeni restaurant called Al Saeed.
Finally, I decided to check it out and eat there. It had been a long day and I don’t even recall what I had ordered but I do remember it being absolutely phenomenal. I had been eating Azeri cuisine for weeks straight and I craved something different, yet still flavorful. Al Saeed hit the mark and then some.
No one really knows of this restaurant and it’s hard to find information about it, but it is extremely easy to locate as it is very close to the Baku Central Railway Station. You can find Al Saeed Restaurant at 14 Bulbul Avenue in Baku.
Paul’s Steakhouse Baku (Argentinian Steakhouse)
Paul’s Steakhouse Baku is a meat lover’s paradise and a must visit place for those who want to try something a little bit different in Baku. Paul’s is said to have the best steaks in the entire country.
The beef is sourced from Argentina and can be perfectly complemented with a delicious Azeri wine which the staff knows how to do extremely well. There is a large terrace and area where you can sit and admire the gorgeous views of the city while you enjoy a meal at one of the best restaurants in Baku.
You can find Paul’s Steakhouse at Nigar Rafibayli in Baku. To find out more, check out their website here.
These are some of the best restaurants in Baku. While there are several amazing places to eat in Baku, I definitely suggest doing your research before you head somewhere just to be sure. A lot of the traditional Azeri restaurants in Baku are extremely similar and kind of lack an identity (trust me, it was hard recollecting which restaurants were which that I dined at for this fact alone).
If you have a kitchen, you should most certainly take advantage of the delicious produce and ingredients that are ever-present in Azeri cooking. There are several markets throughout the city where you can pick up these ingredients for an extremely affordable price.
Map of the Best Restaurants in Baku