Romania may not have any Michelin star restaurants yet, but we have selected the following ones
because they are as close to Michelin standards as it’s possible to get.
Molecular Cuisine, Bucharest
The Artist is for sure, the restaurant with the most spectacular presented food in Bucharest, ranked 19th position in “Best fine dining restaurants in Europe” by TripAdvisor. Opened by the Dutch chef Paul Oppenkamp, the restaurant is located in the historic center of Bucharest.
The menu is focussed on contemporary cuisine, the chef has built a special concept that highlights modern cooking techniques using molecular gastronomy elements thus reinterpreting some traditional Romanian dishes.
Before coming to Romania, in 2012, the chef worked on “The World” – the largest private mega yacht in the world.
Le Bistro Francais
1st Restaurant Relais & Chateaux in Romania, Bucharest
The menu, classical grande cuisine based, has been created and implemented by a Romanian chefs team led by Sorin Miftode, together with Sebas an Gravé, an experienced French chef in restaurants awarded by the Michelin guide.
The restaurant benefits of an excellent location as well, in a historical building in the heart of Bucharest, behind the Romanian Athenaeum, the main concert hall in the country, and nearby Hilton Hotel, undoubtedly rises to the expectations of Michelin level.
Inside, Le Bistrot Français hosts an impressive collection of art from the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, together with samples of the Romanian cultural heritage.
An unexpected surprise located in the historical center of Brasov. With its Haute Cuisine, a symphony of Mediterranean and French tastes, is meant to delight your senses.
The menu offers carefully selected dishes; surprising appetisers, creamy soups for all tastes, tasty meats such as Bistecca, Fiorentina, the best beef, seafood plates and fish in salt crust.
A complex wine menu with a large variety of Romanian and international wines, always delivered by the restaurant’s sommelier who will advise you to make the right choice according to the meal.
Live piano music from Monday to Sunday from 19:30 to 22:15.
Queen Marie’s Refuge, Bran-Brasov
Bran Estate was offered by Brașov citizens to Queen Marie, the 2nd Queen of Romania. Queen Marie enthusiastically started the renovation and redecoration works and she soon turned Bran Castle from a cold and unwelcoming military fortress into a warm family residence, unique through its interior decor. The small barn at the bottom of the castle was transformed, with the help of the famous Czech architect Karel Liman, into a teahouse.
Until Queen Marie’s death, in 1938, Bran was very close to her heart, together with Balcic, which is why she left it in her will to Princess Ileana, Romania’s beloved princess and the Queen’s favorite daughter.
Stolen, plundered and abandoned by the Communist regime, Tea House Restaurant comes back to life under Queen Marie’s grandson, Archduke Dominic Habsburg’s close supervision and reopens as a fine dining restaurant and tea house for all those visiting the castle.
Today, both, the location and the dishes have kept the refinement and charm they used to have centuries ago. From the restaurant’s cuisine are coming out recipes from the interwar period, adapted to the nowadays gastronomic trends. The products used in their preparation are BIO, procured from local suppliers. Selections of hot and cold beverages, desserts, salads or snacks served on the terrace, near the lake, or inside the restaurant, all to define the most complete experience at the Tea House.
Best fine dining in Prahova Valle, Busteni
Located inside the Cantacuzino Castle with Neoromanian architectural style and sumptuous interiors, the Canta Cuisine restaurant is certainly a unique place in Romania.
Designed to blend upscale dining with a cosy atmosphere, it offers a culinary experience that is romantic and elegant.
In summertime, one can dine on the terrace to a breathtaking landscape featuring the Bucegi Mountains and Caraiman Cross.
The menu is more contemporary French and International than a Romanian one based on secret castle recipes, but has some traditional dishes.
Jules Restaurant is a charming bistro in the old town of Sibiu, located in a building part of the most important ensemble of civilian Gothic architecture in Transylvania.
It’s French inspired theme, the romantic terrace and the wine bar, make any experience here unforgettable.
Following its mission, Jules proposes a quality menu, tribute to high quality ingredients, carefully selected and prepared by a dedicated and innovative team.
On request the restaurant can organise wine tastings and cooking classes.
Currently it is one of the most appreciated restaurants in Cluj-Napoca for its menu and the location’s unique design.
The building hosting the restaurant has a long history being the same place where the aristocratic class of the city met 180 years ago.
Casa Boema’s kitchen influences cover a few areas with an exceptional culinary tradition. You will find both Romanian and Hungarian dishes as well as Mediterranean, Mexican or Arabic dishes and delicious meals for vegetarians.
Gastro wine bar, Timisoara
Designated as one of the best restaurants in Romania, according to the rankings of the prestigious Gault & Millau guide, VINTO is a gastro wine bar that aims to take its guests through the fascinating world of wine along with an unforgettable dining experience.
Set in an old wine cellar dating from the 1800s, the restaurant is decorated in an eclectic historic style.
The menu is inspired from nature, more precisely from the 4 seasons of the year and by the culinary culture of different wine regions in Romania. The restaurant has a sommelier, always there ready to recommend the most suitable wines for the chosen menu.