Bulgarian gastronomy – Seafood feasts from the Black Sea

Ready for a taste of the finest Bulgarian food? Check out our round-up of the hottest restaurants offering delicious seafood dishes fresh from the Black Sea.

Eating out in Bulgaria is an exciting experience, with Bulgarian food widely celebrated as one of the best cuisines of the Balkans and among the Slavic nations. Bulgarian cuisine is distinguished for its delicious, spicy and varied tastes that go down a treat with a glass of the finest local wine.

Holidays to Bulgaria and the Black Sea coast offer a plethora of things to do and explore, with a rich cultural heritage and a remarkable selection of pristine beaches to visit. Bulgaria’s renowned Black Sea coastline is the country’s summertime playground, where not only locals but also growing numbers of tourists from Europe and beyond flock to year after year.

This area of Bulgaria is a must-visit for lovers of fresh seafood. With Black Sea fish stocks well on their way to replenishment, restaurants along the coast specialize in traditional soups, grilled fish and fresh mussels. The Black Sea offers the chance to indulge in an authentic sea to fork   experience, with infinite nets full of fresh seafood brought in daily.

Explore the mouth-watering range of seafood feasts that the Black Sea has to offer and all the hottest restaurants in Bulgaria where you can find them. 

Bistro Oreha

Bistro Oreha is an excellent restaurant situated in the wonderful city of Burgas. Get a taste of the delicious traditional dishes on offer such as the Bulgarian shopska salad, made up of fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, onions/scallions, raw or roasted pepper, sirene and parsley. The seafood is the restaurant’s main attraction, where you can devour a bucket of meaty mussels dressed in herbs and a mildly spicy sauce. You can also indulge in a plate of tender, deep fried baby squid with a creamy, garlicky sauce. Sip away on a local Burgasko beer on the outdoor terrace while you unwind in the ocean breeze and dine on the finest Black Sea delicacies.

Neptune Restaurant

Are you one for dinner and drinks with a view? Then Neptune Restaurant is the place for you, where you can savour huge portions of spectacular Bulgarian food at affordable prices. Located in the Old Town, right by the sea, Neptune offers unique sea views that you can admire over a glass of wine. The fish and seafood on offer is exquisite and prepared according to both traditional Bulgarian and international recipes. There are also plenty of other meat dishes and fresh salads on offer giving you a taste of the traditional and international cuisine that Bulgaria has to offer. 

Zlatna Kotva

Zlatna Jotva, translated as Golden Anchor, is the oldest restaurant in Burgas and has been running since 1927. It lies in a prime location at the top of Bogoridi at the entrance of the Sea Garden of Burgas, within close distance to both the city centre and the beach. The attractive menu offers a delicious range of traditional Bulgarian dishes and continental cuisine, not to mention a spectacular array of fresh Black Sea fish.

The restaurant boasts two floors plus an exclusive captain’s dining room suitable for larger groups and celebrations. The large outdoor garden is the ultimate summer hot spot where you can enjoy a bite to eat and a refreshing cocktail in the sunshine.

This family-friendly restaurant features a special corner for the children and delivers entertaining live music in the evenings.

Captain Cook

Situated in the wonderful port city and seaside resort of Varna, you will find the popular chain restaurant - Captain Cook. With a large selection of seafood including octopus and an impressive wine list, this spot is a must-visit for anyone looking for an exquisite wine and dine experience. There is plenty of fresh and tender fish available on the menu, along with other delicious seafood meals, sushi, traditional Italian pasta and meat specialities.

The dining room features decorative fish tanks and refrigerated glass cases where the seafood delicacies are attractively place. Appreciate the restaurant’s two huge terraces for some of the most exclusive views of the city. The smaller terrace overlooks Varna’s golden beaches with panoramic views of the sea, while the other offers views of the harbour and its beautiful array of docked ships.

There is no better way to top of your dining experience than with a mouth-watering desert to satisfy that sweet tooth, freshly prepared by the skilled chef. 

Zlatna Ribka

Zlatna Ribka, translated as ‘the Golden Fish’, is a family-style restaurant set among the lush greenery of the Sea Garden of Burgas. The restaurant specialises in fish and seafood dishes, with a renowned seafood paella a particular favourite. You can also enjoy fresh salads and typical Bulgarian grilled meat, Mediterranean delicacies and delicious pasta and pizza options. This cosy eatery has something on the menu for everyone to enjoy amidst a gentle sea breeze. 

Dalboka Mussel Farm

Mussel lovers – rejoice. If you’re looking for one of the best places in Bulgaria to try fresh mussels, then a visit to Dalboka is a must. The restaurant offers an opulent menu of fresh sea mussels which are sourced from the mussel farm, along with an extensive variety of seafood gifts.  The Dalboka Mussel Farm is located in one of the most environmentally clean areas in the country – the Kaliakra Bay on the North Black Sea coast. The area is home to cultivated ecologically clean Black Sea mussels, which are famous for their premium taste and quality.

Besides the mussel specialties, the menu includes selected fish and fish delicacies, fresh salads, appetizers, as well as Bulgarian national dishes of pork and chicken, created with traditional recipes.

This mussel kingdom offers an incredible atmosphere and magnificent views to be enjoyed amidst the tranquil sound of the waves. 

Gloria Mar

Gloria Mar is an elite Bulgarian restaurant chain offering high class cuisine, excellent service and an elegant interior. The brand is developing rapidly, with restaurants in all of Bulgaria’s hottest areas - Sofia, Nessebar, Pamporovo and Sunny Beach.

Their remarkable menu is updated seasonally and offers Mediterranean and European cuisine with an emphasis on fish specialities. The variety is enormous – from exotic seafood, Black Sea Fish and pasta, to Argentinian beef steaks and traditional Bulgarian dishes.

The food is cooked using carefully selected high quality fresh produce to create a style of Bulgarian food that is rich in tastes and flavours. The extensive wine list includes a wide selection of first-class Bulgarian and foreign wines that go down a treat with the delicious cuisine. 

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