Vacations in South Goa have become an annual tradition for my family. My husband loves the sea, my toddler can’t get enough of the beach, I enjoy lazing around with a book, and we all love the delicious Goan food! Read on to know the best places to eat at in South Goa. This list isn’t in an order of preference.
BOOMERANG BEACH SHACK, COLVA BEACH:
We ate multiple meals here, and were satisfied with everything. Try the Goan sausage pizza, the Goan sausage naan, the fish fingers, and the Pina Coladas. The service is fantastic (ask for Rawat), the area is clean with multiple tables as well as sun beds. The toilets are clean and there is an outdoor shower to rinse off the sand and salty water.
Address: 4th Ward, Colva Beach, Colva
From L-R: Pina Colada, Prawn Fry, Custom made pasta for baby from Boomerang
CAJIS PLACE, BAR & RESTAURANT, COLVA:
This cute shack isn’t located on the beach, but offers authentic Goan food in a quaint ambiance. Service is painfully slow, but the live music sessions make up for the long wait time! Try the prawn curry with rice and the steak.
Address: Beach Road, 3rd Ward, Fatona, Colva
Beef curry with rice at Cajis
MICKEY’S, COLVA BEACH:
This large beach shack offers a plethora of fresh catch of the day. Try the garlic cheese naan, chicken cafreal, prawn curry, beef xacuti, and chocolate brownie with ice-cream. Little ones will be entertained with a large aquarium, and ample space to run around.
Address: Near Bollywood Resort, Colva Beach, Salcete
Prawns and chicken fried rice, customised for children at Mickey’s
ZEEBOP, UTORDA BEACH:
This popular restaurant located on a stretch of pristine white sandy beach, has been the recipient of multiple “Best Beach Shack” awards. Try the crab, many Goan delicacies or any fresh catch of the day, that appeals to you. There is a large seating space, clean toilets, and prompt service.
Address: Pereira Waddo, Utorda
Crab at Zeebop
GOODFELLAS ITALIAN RESTAURANT, BENAULIM:
If you want a break from Goan food, choose Goodfellas for its authentic Italian fare. The unique Italian recipes and fresh ingredients will make you return for more. Try the Insalata Estiva salad, the Margherita pizza and the Sarda pizza.
Sarda pizza at Goodfellas Italian Restaurant
FISHERMAN’S WHARF, SALCETE:
This chain of restaurants is known for its freshly caught crab. Call in the morning to reserve your order of crab, as they run out in the course of the day. Its location on the river gives it a unique and romantic ambiance. There is a large outdoor play area with swings for children, as well as aquariums and other distractions. A fantastic local live band provides entertainment and catchy tunes to shake a leg to! We ordered primarily off the Goan menu and liked everything. Try the bebinca, a typical Goan sweet delicacy.
Address: At the riverside, Cavelossim, Salcette
L-R: Fish fingers, fresh catch of the day, serradurra dessert at Fisherman’s Wharf
NAZARE, BELEZA BY THE BEACH, COLVA:
This beach restaurant at Beleza by the Beach Resort, allows a luxury experience with authentic Goan food. With frequent live performances, and an extensive bar menu, this place has something for everyone. Read more about this hotel here.
Address: Colva Beach, Thondwaddo, Betalbatim
Fish Tikka at Nazare Restarurant and Bar, Beleza by the Beach Resort
MARTIN’S CORNER, BETALBATIM:
This is an old Goan favourite. We didn’t visit on our most recent trip but have gone many times in the past. Lovely ambiance and good food.
Address: 69, Binwaddo, Betalbatim
Martin’s Corner. Picture courtesy: www.lbb.in
This is my round-up of the places I ate at on my recent trip to South Goa. This is not an exhaustive list, so please add your favorite places in the comments section below. You can read about fun things to do in South Goa here and where to stay here. For North Goa, visit this post.
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