Before we landed in Armenia, the only thing anyone would tell me about this country is how good the food is. And they were right. Just about every meal we sat down to blew my mind. We ate village cheese and consumed homemade wine and bread every night; walking away from 4 course meals at some of the top Yerevan restaurants having spent less than $30. It was heaven.
Someone told me that all of the produce in Armenia is organic, and while haven’t been able to completely fact check that, I did notice huge difference in how I felt. The whole experience has actually inspired me to start an elimination diet to see if I can pinpoint which foods in my sketchy American diet are causing me to feel so bad. So I guess you could say the food in Armenia life changing.
Keep reading for a list of my favorite Yerevan restaurants (recommended to me by locals!).
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK // MY FAVORITE YEREVAN RESTAURANTS
Nick and I were lucky enough to receive a list of recommended restaurants from 2 of our Armenian friends. The list not only included traditional Armenian restaurants, but other other cuisines as well. When we travel, we try to stick local food as much as possible (unless it’s nasty.. looking at you, Sweden). Since Armenian food is so delicious, we couldn’t bring ourselves to go anywhere else. So all of my favorite Yerevan Restaurants ended up being exclusively Armenian.
The first meal we ate in Armenia was at Lavash and it remained my #1 favorite restaurant in Yerevan throughout the duration of our trip. It was also the only place we came back to more than once. Nick and I have a ranking list of our top favorite restaurants around the world, and we both agree that Lavash earned itself a top spot
The service is fantastic, the menu is huge and the atmosphere is inviting. It’s not too fancy but perfect for a nice lunch/dinner. Armenian food consists of a ton of BBQ, but there are also lots of veggie options on every menu.
Lavash is popular, so I recommend making a reservation if you’ll be stopping in during peak times. When we came for lunch we were seated immediately, but we had to wait a few minutes during dinner time.
TSIRANI GARDEN RESTAURANT
Tsirani Garden Restaurant is located a bit outside of Yerevan’s city center, but the journey is worth it. The restaurant is super unique as each table is located in it’s own private bungalow, which are spread out among the beautiful apricot garden.
Tsirani’s homemade wine was delicious. They also make their own vodka, if that’s more of your vibe. We ordered pretty much the same thing here that we did in every Yerevan restaurant, and the food was incredible.
The only downside of Tsirani Garden Restaurant was the service. I think they need more waiters because we were forgotten about a few of times. We also had to leave the bungalow to go find someone to get our check. If you have the patience, I still highly recommend checking it out for the food and the environment.
Address: 3rd Street, No.1 Arinj, Kotayk, Yerevan 2210
Sherep is a sister restaurant of Lavash, located near Republic Square. Like Lavash, the menu is huge and everything we ordered was delicious. While in Armenia, I became obsessed with mushroom BBQ and ordered it at every restaurant. Sherep had my favorite mushrooms, and their village cheese platter was also incredible.
This is one of the top rated restaurants in Yerevan for good reason, so if you’re in the area I would definitely check it out.
Address: 1 Amiryan St, Yerevan 0010
We are not huge meat eaters but CEO3’s BBQ came highly recommend. It’s a self cooking restaurant, so you barbecue your own food on a small grill in the middle of your table.
We walked in without a reservation, and all the barbecue tables were booked for the night. We were still able to be seated still but the chef cooked our food (which we actually preferred).
We ordered the 2 person combo which came with several types of meat plus BBQ veggies and an array of sauces. Aside from the BBQ potatoes (which were the best I had in Yerevan) this was the only restaurant we ate at whose vegetables didn’t blow us away. So I don’t recommend this place for vegetarians or vegans as the highlight really is their meat menu.
Wine Republic is a wine bar and restaurant located near the Cascade Complex. We stopped in for a wine break on our first day in Yerevan and ended up staying for hours. They have a huge wine menu with tons of local Armenian wines (as well as imported ones). We tried a few local wines and the grand total for 4 glasses came out to $6USD!
Address: 2 Tamanyan St, Yerevan 0009
DARGETT CRAFT BEER
This is the only place on my list that wasn’t recommended to us but if you like craft beer, you should definitely check it out. Dargett serves over 20 types of craft beer in all different styles and they brew it themselves on site. We ordered one of their tasting flights and enjoyed almost all the beers we tasted.
Address: 72, Aram Street, Yerevan 0001
Hours: Monday – Friday 11AM -12AM
Weekends 11AM – 1AM
12 Yerevan Restaurants and Bars
Recommended by Locals
So much food and so little time! These were the list of the Yerevan restaurants and bars we didn’t get around to trying, but they came highly recommended.
Address: 4/5 Amiryan street Yerevan 0010
In Vino aims to revive wine culture in Armenia and they serve over 700 different wines. They carry wine from all over the world, but it’s the best place in Yerevan to taste Armenian wines. They also serve appetizers such as cheeses and charcuterie.
Address: 6 Saryan St, Yerevan 0002
PIN IT // The Best Yerevan Restaurants and Bars