An Insider Guide to the Most Amazing Restaurants With Vegetarian Options in and Around Brasov

by Karina

Brasov doesn’t only go big on culture, history, and architecture, but food too. This charming little city in the heart of Transylvania, only a two-three hour drive from Bucharest, is packed with some of the most amazing restaurants we’ve ever tried. Here’s our list of the best restaurants with vegetarian options in and around Brasov, so you get to check them out too.

For hearty Italian food and a cozy atmosphere

Dei Frati

This family-owned restaurant has become very popular in the past years, but they’ve managed to keep the cozy, small-restaurant vibe. They serve delicious Italian food made with fresh, top-quality ingredients. Its setting and decor will instantly transport you to a picturesque town in Italy. People are incredibly nice, always with a smile on their face, and a piece of honest advice about what you should try from the menu.

They have a lot of vegetarian options, so deciding what to order can be quite tough. We’re not big pasta eaters, but the ones we ordered here were perfectly cooked and so full of flavor. Don’t leave without trying their Tiramisu and savoring a complimentary shot of Limoncello; we promise you won’t regret it.

It’s best to reserve a table in advance, as they often get fully booked during the weekend.

For fine dining and stunning vistas

Belvedere

The restaurant is well worth its name, as the views through the tall glass windows are amazing during the day. At night, you can only see the lighted Brasov sign on the hill, but it’s still pretty cool. It is more on the upscale end of the spectrum, compared to other places we’ve dined at in Brasov, but with flawless service and kind staff (I’m starting to think it’s a Brasov thing, and people are generally super nice). We were happy to find a lot of vegetarian and vegan options on the menu. You can even order a surprise dish or a surprise meal altogether and choose vegan and vegetarian options.

Although I went for a vegetarian salad and Andrei chose fish, we ended up eating a three-course meal. We received a complimentary appetizer, and because the couple we dined with ordered dessert, we also received a complimentary dessert. It looks like eating light is not an option in Brasov, am I right? 😀

Since we first came here by night, we had to return for lunch a few weeks later, to enjoy the view, and savor more of their dishes. The homemade pasta with seafood did not disappoint, as Andrei couldn’t stop reaching out for my plate.

For seafood galore

Trattorian Artisan Food

This is yet another place we recently discovered and loved so much that we came back the second day for lunch. On the same street with Dei Frati, this cozy place has lovely industrial decor, friendly staff, and delicious food. They bring you the menu on a tablet where every dish has a photo that’s identical to what you’re going to get.

We ordered fries with parmesan, parsley, and garlic, rosemary baked potatoes, a refreshing avocado and orange salad, and Fritto Misto, but the mussels are delicious too. We were too full to order dessert every time, so I guess we need to go back a third time.

For the wine and views

Opus 9

Opus 9 is a newly opened place in George Enescu Square in downtown Brasov. We came here on our last night, just for drinks. We’ve had a late lunch, so we were looking for a place to enjoy a glass of wine, and that’s when we stumbled upon Opus 9 while wandering the streets of Brasov’s downtown. Cozy decor, friendly staff, great wine, and delicious food – because yes, we couldn’t help ourselves to order a quick bite. We shared a few bruschettas with avocado and mushrooms, and an order of French fries with parmesan that was pretty large.

For a piece of Italy

Massimo

Located on Republicii Street in downtown Brasov, Massimo was a pleasant surprise on a rainy evening when most places were fully booked. We were a little skeptical to see it almost empty, but it turned out to be one of the best food experiences in Brasov – a real Italian experience in a cozy, authentic decor, with incredibly tasty food. We loved the pizza with gorgonzola and caramelized figs – it reminded us of a meal we had in Catania a few years ago, so we spent half the night reminiscing and enjoying the great food and atmosphere here.

For those with a sweet tooth

Good Food Chimney

Steps from the Council Square, Good Food Chimney is the go-to place for a mouth-watering picture-worthy dessert. They’ve reinvented one of Brasov’s trademark sweets – the Kürtös Kalács. You can order the Original, covered in nuts, or one that’s filled with ice cream or whipped cream and homemade jam.

We went here in the morning and enjoyed a freshly brewed espresso and shared a Chimney Berries with homemade whipped cream and forest berries mix. They also have salty, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.

Next time, we’re trying the Chimney Aperol Spritz with homemade Aperol Spritz ice cream and coconut cone – it was too early for alcohol this time.

For the decor and atmosphere

Festival 39

We discovered Festival 39 a few years back, and we immediately fell in love with the atmosphere and decor. Every time we visit Brasov we come back here, although we’ve had some mixed experiences, the last couple of times. We recently decided to give it another try, because they had a vegetarian menu too. I ordered fish tacos, Andrei had tuna with grilled vegetables, and we also shared an order of homemade wedges. The tuna was tasty, but my fish taco was a bit of a disappointment, as it was more of a burrito, judging by the size and looks of it, and the guacamole was merely a diced avocado. Other than that, the food was savory, the wine was good, and the American guy that sat next to us said the risotto he’d just finished was the best he’d ever had. So it’s worth a try, at least for the decor and risotto.  🙂

For great coffee-to-go and Instagrammable decor

D.O.R.

D.O.R. was such a pleasant surprise on our way back to Bucharest. Technically not in Brasov (It’s actually in Bran, a three-minute drive from the Bran Castle), but worth the stop.

As soon as we stepped into the door, I was charmed by the industrial-meets-rustic decor, and that was before I had the watermelon gazpacho that will forever have my heart. The chef here is a former chef from Belvedere; you’ll find his touch in details like plating or how you’re treated with a complimentary dessert.

They have a coffee bar at the entrance where you can grab a cup to-go for the trip back home. It was one of the best cups of coffee I’ve had in a long time, plus their cups are so Instagrammable (and a cute photo never hurt anyone).

Whether you eat meat or not, every one of the places on this list is worth a try, for the whole experience – atmosphere, vibe, food, and the quality of the service.

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