Samarkand Restaurants

 

Most Samarkand restaurants and cafes offer traditional Uzbek dishes. However, the number of restaurants with vegetarian and healthy diet cuisines in the city is growing. There are a lot of small cafes and traditional Uzbek houses acting as cafes, providing unique opportunities to enjoy the local home-level hospitality flavor. When you are in the city, we strongly recommend that you sample the local shashlik kebabs and pilaf, which is different from the pilafs cooked in other provinces of Uzbekistan. (Every Uzbek province has its own pilaf recipe.) And you should never miss the famous Samarkand flatbreads - most delicious and stale-proof. Visiting a traditional Samarkand chaykhana (“teahouse”) will also be beneficial: besides sampling Central Asian sweets with green tea, you may learn a rare recipe from the chefs and witness the exciting culinary process.

List of recommended restaurants of Samarkand:

Restaurant Platan

Address: 2, Pushkin str., Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Description and interior: The restaurant boasts exquisite cuisine and high quality service. It is located near Samarkand GUM department store in “Tsar Area”. The interior design is modern European, with many elements made of natural materials (wood, stone). The main hall features an artificial waterfall, and there is a winter garden in the restaurant.

Cuisine: uzbek, european (including vegetarian dishes).

Recommended orders: kifta-shurva soup, aydar-balik fish, chalop, shashlik kebabs, Hunter’s Style Chicken, cream soups.

Music: live jazz, saxophone, violin; background playbacks, dance shows (if ordered).

 

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Art Cafe Dastarkhan

Address: 25, A. Navoi ave, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Description and interior: The restaurant, very popular with Samarkand’s locals and guests, will certainly please you with its exquisite cuisine, highly professional service and Central Asian Renaissance style interior resembling the palace setting of 1001 Nights tales.

Cuisine: asian, moroccan, european.

Music: live, background playbacks, dance show (if ordered).




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Restaurant Samarkand

Address: 54, Makhmud Koshgari str., Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Description and interior: Located in the center of Samarkand, the restaurant offers Uzbek, Russian and European cuisines and boasts well-coordinated and fast service. The interior is luxurious, national Uzbek-style.

Cuisine: uzbek, russian, european.

Recommended orders: un oshi pilaf, sikh kebab, Said’s Food, yakhna mutton with spices.

Music: live, shows (if ordered).



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Restaurant Karim Bek

Address: 194, Gagarin str., Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Description and interior: One of the popular Bek chain of restaurants, located at a crossroads of the city’s major streets Gagarin and Amir Temur. The menu is extensive: besides various kebabs the restaurant is famous for, they offer Russian and exquisite Uzbek dishes. The service is excellent, and the atmosphere is warm and cozy. The restaurant has a few halls with booths and an outdoor summer cafe. The interior features adobe and wooden elements, as well as traditional Uzbek handmade embroideries and ceramics.

Cuisine: uzbek, russian, european.

Recommended orders: lyulya kebab, shashlik kebabs, pork chalagach, beshpanja, pilaf.

Music: background playbacks, shows (if ordered).

 

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Restaurant Registan

Address: 5, Registanskaya str., Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Description and interior: The restaurant is located across from the famous Registan Square. The menu is extensive: Central Asian and European dishes, including vegetarian and health diet ones. The interior is traditional Uzbek. The restaurant has two halls and features traditional large daybed-like platforms with low tables on them to sit cross-legged or lie at, with pillows to recline on or tuck under the arm. There is also a room for overnight rest in the restaurant.

Cuisine: uzbek, european (including vegetarian dishes).

Recommended orders: wheat soup, cream soups, samsa pasties, Karakhan meat (fried meat with dry apricots).

Music: national dance shows.

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Restaurant Staraya Arba (“Old Cart”)

Address: 92, M. Kashariy str., Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Description and interior: РThe restaurant boasts three large halls and a few smaller ones. The interiors are national Uzbek. The restaurant features traditional large daybed-like platforms with low tables on them to sit cross-legged or lie at, with pillows to recline on or tuck under the arm.

Cuisine: uzbek, european.

Recommended orders: shurva soup, shashlik kebabs.

Music: live modern (if ordered), background playbacks.



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Restaurant Old City

Address: 100/1, A. Jomiy str., Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Description and interior: The cuisine and service are excellent. The three-zone hall is national Uzbek, featuring a fireplace. The atmosphere is relaxed and cozy.

Cuisine: uzbek, european (including vegetarian dishes).

Recommended orders: Khan-style meat, dimlama stew, mutton cooked in foil, cream soups (tomato, pumpkin, potato).

Music: background plays, shows (if ordered).




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