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Where to Eat in Tehran, Top Recommended Restaurants

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Finding a place to eat in Tehran is not a difficult task typically, because the big and crowded capital of Iran, which is one of the most modern cities in the middle east, has many restaurants and eateries,  and anywhere you go especially in sightseeing and around tourist attractions, you will encounter plenty nice and tempting eating places, but “what is the quality of these restaurants?” and “Do you really want to eat there?” are questions you would probably ask yourself before having a chance to try the food and meet the atmosphere.

Let’s take a look at the most recommended restaurants to eat in Tehran that are more popular among the people and tourists, the ones that satisfied travelers and have the seal of approval of most costumers and they even written positive comments about them:

Luxury  Restaurants

No matter how much money you have or how much you are willing to spend, sometimes one wants to eat in a glamorous and luxurious place. A place where experienced staff, with respectful manner, will serve you delicious and stylish food and you can enjoy the reception and atmosphere there to the maximum:

Sky Lounge Fusion Restaurant

Sky Lounge Fusion restaurant is located on the 21st floor of the Espinas palace hotel. This spectacular and stylish restaurant, in one of the highest points of Tehran to eat in, with excellent food, also has a unique view of the city and Milad tower.

The decorations inside the restaurant are elegant and the staff are very respectful and befits a five-star restaurant and hotel.

It is better to book your table before going to the restaurant. The capacity of the tables on the terrace is limited and definitely needs to be reserved.

On Fridays, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, lunch is in the form of a buffet.

They have more luxury foods such as Kaviar and Suchi.

There is also a tasting table, salad bar, fruit, and dessert, with a very exciting tiramisu, carrot cake, and chocolate mousse.

The prices in this restaurant are very high and of course, one should not expect otherwise of such a Chic and luxury atmosphere.

Taj Mahal Restaurant

Taj Mahal hotel is one of the few hotels that was inaugurated in Tehran in 2001 following the architecture and culture of India and one of the attractions of this hotel is the Indian and Gilaki restaurant, which has a very attractive atmosphere and is accessible to the public.

When you enter the Taj Mahal restaurant, the first thing that catches your attention is the bright red color that is used everywhere, meanwhile a very quiet place, soft light, and oriental aroma are other features of the place.

Upon arrival, Iranian and Indian staff will greet you and guide you to the section you want. A woman wearing a lovely Indian dress leaves a Bindi for women if requested.

The menu includes Indian bread, spicy Indian soups, Tandoori, rice, and other Indian dishes.

Looking at the menu, you will notice that the variety of Indian food might come across confusing especially if you are not familiar with Indian food and there are many attractive options in front of you that you would like to try.

Divan Persian Cuisine

Divan Persian Cuisine with high-quality services as well as the best food decorations and good location has gained a lot of fame as a place to eat in Tehran.

Food decorations are one of the reasons for the popularity of Divan restaurant among young people. A very luxurious and stylish environment and 5-star service are among other features of this establishment in Fereshteh street in Tehran.

If you like to eat Persian food, kebabs, and salads in a very different and modern way, be sure to visit Divan restaurant which was the first restaurant to serve Persian food in this style. This is the reason why not only Iranians are interested in it, but also many tourists and foreigners always experience Iranian food in this restaurant.

The environment and decor are very special, and after your meal, they will bring you mint tea, saffron, or rosemary. But consider that according to many, this restaurant is the most expensive in Tehran.

Shandiz Restaurant

If you are one of the people who are skilled in “restaurant tour”, you probably appreciate to know about Shandiz restaurant in Africa street (known as Jordan) as one of the best places to eat in Tehran and it can be said that this restaurant serves one of the highest quality kebabs in the capital.

Shandiz restaurant has a charming entrance and as soon as you arrive, the staff will guide you to the table with a very friendly approach. The restaurant has a fairly nice interior, although the tables are a bit close together.

The Shashlik kebab and muscle dish of Shandiz restaurant are unmatched, and once you try it, the taste will stay with you forever.

The fashionable and classy environment of the restaurant, along with the eye-catching decorations and the respectful and sincere behavior of its staff, has made Shandiz restaurant a special place for important parties and occasions.

Moderate Restaurants

Reasonably priced restaurants are places to eat that are not too expensive. These eateries may not be very fancy and deluxe, but instead, they have an attractive atmosphere, delicious food, and a pleasant environment.

Mestooran Restaurant

Mestooran restaurant (meaning the land of copper), one of the most famous restaurants in Tehran, was established in 2015. Everything here is either made of copper or copper color

At the entrance, there is a small turquoise pool full of lush flowers. Another attraction here is the use of Abali Doogh glass instead of vases and 100-year-old copper pellets as a chandelier. Bay window tables, traditional food decorations, and the guns sitting on the wall, all give you a sense of pleasure while eating.

The variety of Iranian dishes and the special way of serving them soon made this restaurant popular.

 Mestooran restaurant interior is completely traditional and inspired by Safavid (dynasty era) architecture and traditions.

At the entrance of the restaurant, there is a bakery where local and very tasty bread is baked for the customers. Bringing an old copper Aftabeh and basin to wash your hands before eating is one of the old rituals practice here that surprises you.

This would be a good experience, but the price of food is a bit expensive, which is worth it considering the high-end neighborhood, well-behaved staff, and the exceptional atmosphere.

SPU Restaurant

SPU restaurant is one of the most distinguished restaurants in Darakeh neighborhood, which certainly serves fantastic food.

Two Persian traditional dishes, Kabab Barg and Kabab Koobideh here are wonderful but the Shashlik Kebab is the recommended dish at this restaurant.

The restaurant has parking spaces and a pleasant atmosphere. In a large area, there are separate pavilions that provide a friendly and cozy corner for you to sit in and enjoy your food. Despite having several large halls, long lines in front of the restaurant are common and it is still one of the best places to eat in Darakeh, Tehran.

Heeva Cafe Kebab

Heeva cafe Kebab is one of the oldest and well-known places to eat in Tajrish, Tehran, in the eyes of locals and tourists and is most importantly is a  good choice as an Iranian restaurant.

A restaurant where you can take your friends, family, and foreign guests and be sure that everyone will thank you later. In this kebab cafe, a world of attractive taste and seasoning is awaiting you. Obviously, the main dish is kebab, which will be served to you in different shapes, decorations, and seasonings.

You can expect freshly baked small slices of bread, cheese with attractive ingredients, and a shot of an appetizing drink that will prepare you to enjoy a delicious food press.

Dizi Sara Restaurant

Dizi is one of the delicious traditional Persian dishes, that still has high regard among Iranians and even foreign tourists. Dizi Sara restaurant has many fans and famed for its delicious Dizi in Tehran located on Iranshahr Street.

The set up here is traditional with a taste for epic Persian stories and you can see miniature murals standing on walls proudly.

Dizi here serves in Stoneware dishes with regular appetizers such as yogurt, pickles, olives, etc. Dizi is a bit expensive here, but it is one of the most popular and high-quality ones in Tehran to eat in.

Cheap Restaurants

Sometimes the hardest thing for any tourist in Tehran is to find a place to eat with reasonable prices and cheap food, a place that serves good and healthy food, and at the same time has an intimate and pleasant atmosphere.

Malek Cafe & Restaurant

Malek café located right in front of the Ferdowsi grand hotel is surrounded by old and historical buildings, which has created an exceptional and attractive view. This historic building is more than 90 years old and has belonged to one of the nobles of the Qajar period (dynasty era).

The cafe has both indoor and outdoor space with a menu that includes hot and cold drinks, breakfast, salads, and sandwiches.

Interestingly the names of the drinks are very unusual; cold drinks are after famous Qajar ladies like Mahboob Al-Saltanah, Forough Al-Saltanah, Qamrataj Al-Muluk, Ezzat Al-Dawlah, Aziz Al-Sultan and the names of hot drinks are named after male characters of the Qajar period like Mushir Al-Dawlah, Amin Al-Sultan, Mostofi Al-Mamalak, etc.

Mesmes Cafe & Restaurant

Mesmes cafe, a place for those who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city to a relaxing and cozy atmosphere.

Mesmes restaurant provides a relaxing situation, best for intimate conversations away from the nervous excitement of the busy capital, with delicious food and a special discounted breakfast and dining menu.

Tasty tempting foods along with very good service, surprisingly have made a lot of foreign costumers come to Mesmes cafe & restaurant probably because of reviews have written on tourism websites and made them aware of relatively good inexpensive meals in a cozy and pleasant environment here, which eventually has provided a good reflection of Iran for foreigners.

Nikou Sefat Ash

At the beginning of south Jamalzadeh Street, there is a popular restaurant called Nikou Sefat Ash, which is a hangout for many locals.

Nikou Sefat Ash on Enghelab street has a reputation for having excellent food but not very pricy or fancy. This place has two floors and a traditional atmosphere. Although it does not seem to be very fashionable, the place is spotless and food is hygienic.

There are plenty of tables for potential costumes on both floors and usually, a lot of people sit inside the restaurant but there are plenty of takeouts as well.

Davood Pizza

Davood Pizza, the oldest and first pizzeria in Iran, is located in Lolagar (Azhari) street, on the famous Nofel Loshato Street in Tehran, and many old Tehranians feel nostalgic for this small and traditional shop, which may not have a very good pizza.

In this old alley, you see a very simple shop with plastic chairs in front of it, and still, the reputation of Davood Pizza, which gives food to people In its own style, attracts many travelers here, even only just to visit the place as a historic site.

The pizzas are small and a piece of raw sausage wrapped in foil is served to the customers as an appetizer. and 7 types of pizza are served here.

Also, the Hanna boutique hotel is located near this pizza restaurant.

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