Goa, an active tourist attraction with over 8 million tourists every year is without a doubt one of the most attractive places in India. Accompanied by rich Portuguese history, active beach parties, and over 105 km of coastline, it is a place filled with several tourist spots, restaurants, and a variety of options when it comes to seafood. Goa is well known for producing some of the best and exceptionally fresh seafood available in India, mainly due to several old fishing villages and towns. Goa offers a variety of seafood which ranges from pompfret, squid, lobster, tuna, red and black snapper,crabs, shellfish, oysters, king fish, prawns, etc. which will fill your appetite to your heart’s content. Here’s a list of Top 20 places where you can enjoy seafood in Goa.
1 Souza Lobo
Opened in the year 1932, Souza Lobo is one of the most recognized restaurants in Goa. It is known for providing delicious and spicy seafood and attracts a huge amount of locals and tourists due to its range of seafood dishes. Located at the Calangute beach, this restaurant is respected as an integral part of Goa’s history and has the most dedicated list of loyal customers which results in long queues during peak season. But don’t be discouraged because the wait is worth your time – one bite and it will make you forget all the hassle it took to get a seat in one of the most widely recognized restaurants in Goa. Don’t forget to try the prawn curry with rice, fried fish, papad stuffed with seafood, and several varieties of crabs including the crab xacuti.
Address: Calangute Beach, Calangute, Goa
Cost for two: INR 1300
If you feel like trying a different style of seafood cuisine which is different from Indian or Goan style, Bomra’s is the place for you. This place is known for serving authentic modern Burmese cuisine with a modern fusion twist. Located under neon lights and several other restaurants, Bomra’s is often described as one of Goa’s well kept secrets and is frequented by customers who are in the know about Goa. Located at Fort Aguada Road, Candolim, the place is known for its Spicy King Prawns, the flavourful lah pet toke, curry, crispy pork, steamed snapper fish, and brazilian cocktail.
Address: Souza Vaddo, Candolim, Goa
Cost for two: INR 1100
3 Avanti Restaurant
If you prefer home-style Goan- cuisine and don’t have any leads, Avanti is the proper destination for you. Located in the capital Panaji, Avanti is known for its variety of home – style Goan – cuisine. The restaurant has been running since the 90’s and draws in a lot of locals and tourists, in spite of the availability and offering of more indulging new restaurants. The restaurant is located on the first floor of the busy street of the Latin Quarters in Panjim’s heritage district and is frequently visited for its variety of offerings for seafood. Most regulars visit for its famous Shark Ambotik Curry which consists of kokum, vindaloo, xacuti, and shark meat. It also offers fresh seafood such as Kingfish, Mussels, Pompfret, Squids, Oysters, Crab, and Fresh Water Prawn.
Address: Avanti Hotel, Rua de Ourem, Opposite Patto Bridge, Panaji, Goa
4 Mum’s Kitchen
Another place to enjoy home-style Goan-cuisine is the Mum’s Kitchen. Located in Panaji, it is known as an ideal place to take a crash course, if you would like to know about the local Goan cuisine and the different varieties of seafood that it has to offer. The menu blends in recipes and flavors from Hindu, Christian, and Portuguese families from all over Goa and put together to form a mix of well-known dishes such as Xacuti, Balchao, Cafreal, marinated Goan Sausages, Prawn Hoonam, Uddamethi Curry, and Harem Mas. These traditional Goan dishes make this place a gem to explore and enjoy local cuisine .
Address: 854, Martins Building, Dayanand Bandodkar Street, Panaji, Goa
Cost for two: INR 1700
5 La Plage
If you fancy a French style cuisine, overlooking a beach and the desire to have your meals in the open, La Plage is the right choice for you. La Plage is a beach shack located at the Ashwem Beach, Morjim famed for its offerings of French cuisine. It is known for serving French cuisines such as squid in carbonara sauce, chicken liver pate, and gratinated mussels. The beautiful Ashwem beach, located just below makes this an ideal spot for having some good French-style seafood along with a view of the sunset.
Address: Aswem Beach, Near Papa Jolly Hotel, Aswem Road, Ashwem, Goa
If you fancy yourself a restaurant which is run by a resort, the Calamari is your spot. Operated by the Santana Beach Resort, this is one of the hotels favored by a lot of customers – locals and tourists alike and is located at the Candolim beach in North Goa. It serves a variety of mouth-watering seafood such as the fish tikka, garlic butter prawn, pan-fried lemon fish, cafrael crab, and traditional Goan fish curry which leaves you spoilt for choice.
Address: Dando Beach, Opposite Santana Beach Resort, Candolim, Goa
Cost for two: INR 800
7Lobster Shack – Taj Exotica
If you are in for a luxurious restaurant, then the Lobster Shack is the right choice for you. Situated in the renowned Taj Exotica, the menu brings in varieties of lobsters and fish served in Goa, which provides lip-smacking taste and will leave you with the satisfaction of pleasing your appetite. The Goan Spiny Lobster, and The Jumbo Prawn are two of its well-renowned dishes. Add in the combination of the sun, sand, sea along with the casual shack and you are in for a classy seafood experience.
Address: Taj Exotica, Calwaddo, Near Benaulim Beach, Benaulim, Goa
Cost for two: INR 2000
8 Zeebop by the Sea
Zeebop by the Sea is one of the many shacks located at the Utorda Beach. What makes it stand out from the rest is the endless variety of seafood it offers. If a luxurious beach break is what you are looking for, the Zeebop located next to the Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa makes it a perfect combination of luxurious stay and lip-smacking seafood. Customers indulge in fish calderaida, prawn calderaida, stuffed papads with prawn, onions, chilies and garlic, assorted seafood platter, and even a dish of King Crab.
Address: Opposite Kenilworth Beach Resort, Utorda Beach, Majorda, Goa
Cost for two: INR 800
9Edge – Alila Diwa
If having a more hands – on approach and being selective towards seafood is your choice of enjoying your cuisine, then the Alila Diwa is going to be your preferred choice. You can take a drive to the fish market at Alila Diwa in the morning and take your pick of freshly caught seafood and then proceed to cook the seafood according to your local Goan taste. You can also hire a cook to prepare some exquisite, mouth-watering, local Goan cuisine for you.
Address: Alila Diwa, 48/10 Village, Majorda, Goa
Cost for two: INR 2200
Located in Small Vagator Beach, Ozran; Thalassa is a Greek/Mediterranean restaurant serving some of the best seafood in North Goa. It is well known for its greek varieties of fish, prawn, crabs along with the local favorite fish curry. Known for its ambience, atmosphere, music, dance, food, servic,e and most importantly the location – which is described as the best cliff-spot to watch the sunset.
Address: Near Teso Waterfront, Plot No. 301, 1, Vaddy, Siolim, Mapusa, Goa
Cost for two: INR 1500
11 Pousada By The Beach
If you wish to try and taste the authentic Portuguese – Goan cuisine, Pousada located at Calangute beach is your spot. The shack has a warm welcoming atmosphere with very welcoming hosts, a friendly Labrador (Yes, you heard it right, a friendly dog which is quite amazing), and a very joyous, relaxing ambience. Don’t miss out on the Prawn Goan Curry, which is its specialty along with the bebinca, a multi-layered coconut cake.
Address: Holiday Street, Gaura Vaddo, Calangute, Goa
Cost for two: INR 2500
12 Martin’s Corner
A simple, yet highly regarded restaurant located in Salcette, is renowned for its humble beginnings which has made a name for itself along with being one of the most sought-after restaurants by the locals. It serves authentic South India seafood along with several international dishes, making it a favorite and must visit among the locals.
Address: Binwaddo, Betalbatim Salcette, Goa
Cost for two: INR 1600
13 The Garden
Located at the Beach Road, Colva, The Garden is a personal favorite to many tourists and locals in Goa for seafood. A mixture of Goan, Indian, and Asian seafood, this place serves some delightful dishes such as the Fish Xacuti, Spicy Goan Sausages, and many more varieties which will leave your taste buds satisfied and delighted. The most surprising part – the food will not burn a hole in your pocket, ensuring you enjoy a quality meal without shelling out too much.
Address: La Ben Resort, Colva Beach Road, Colva, Goa
Cost for two: INR 1500
14 Fisherman’s Wharf
Fisherman’s Wharf started as a small restaurant located at the banks of the River Sai in the village Cavelossim. Today its a chain of popular restaurants known for the fusion food with Goan influences and delightful seafood. It even comes with a calm atmosphere offering live music, excellent food, and a riverside view of the River Sai, where one can sit and spend hours appreciating the surroundings, beauty, and the fishermen coming in with their catch after a hard day’s work. It has 2 more outlets.
Address: Before The Leela, Mobor, Cavelossim, Goa
Cost for two: INR 1100
15 Claudina’s Shack
Located at Candolim Beach, Claudina’s Shack is a small humble shack that can go unnoticed due to several other restaurants nearby. This shack is a wonder with well-located sunbeds for a view of the sunset, beautiful beach view, friendly staff, and most importantly some impressive delicacies of seafood. The prawn biryani, lobsters, and crabs are some of the most lip-smacking dishes on offer at Claudina’s.
Address: Candolim Beach, Camotim Vaddo, Candolim, Goa
Cost for two: INR 650
16 Jardin D Ulysse
While the name might require a little practice to pronounce perfectly, the Jardin D Ulysse is located in Morjim Beach, North Goa and is known for its variety of seafood cuisine. It has a lovely calm, cost-free, and relaxing ambience for a good meal. The food along with the service is great and their tuna steaks, devil’s pit, king crab, and mousse au chocolate stand out as must try dishes.
Address: 1283, Temp Vaddo, Morjim, Goa
Cost for two: INR 1000
17 Bobby’s Shack
Another option for anyone visiting the Candolim beach, Bobby’s Shack is usually busy during the peak season and offers a variety of seafood to satisfy your appetite. It offers various seafood along with fish, with fish curry along with pomfret fry being quite popular. The location, options for vegetarian food, and great taste are some of the prominent reasons for Bobby’s Shack to be different from other shacks in the Candolim Beach area.
Address: Candolim Beach, Candolim, Goa
Cost for two: INR 700
18 Fish Tail Restaurant
Located near Small Vagator Beach Road, this restaurant stands out due to its lazy, relaxed, peaceful, and calm environment. The food offered here is great, and it offers Indian cuisine along with seafood. Some of the popular choices of seafood from the menu include the english grilled breakfast, chili prawns, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, king fish, and many more delicious varieties.
Address: Vagator Beach, Ozran, Vagator, Goa
Cost for two: INR 600
Copperleaf is located in Chogm Road, and is famous for its Goan Fish Thali which is the best you would taste during your time in Goa. It offers a wide range of cuisines with seafood being its main forte. The place is known for its mesmerizing ambience, royalty service, and a wide variety of seafood flavors. It offers Goan Fish Thali, Kingfish, Kokum Kadi, Stuffed Crabs, Chicken and Fish Xacuti, and several other seafood varieties.
Address: Chogm Road, Alto-Povorim, Penha de Franca, Goa
Cost for two: INR 1200
20 The Camron
A highly recommended place if you are a lover of seafood. The Camron is located in Betabatim in Goa and offers a ranging variety of seafood. It is hygienic, offers a great range of items, and is known to provide Goan and Indian dishes making it a must visit for all those who crave Indian style and the local Goan style seafood. It is also highly economical and offers a variety of vegetarian options as well.
Address: Opposite Hotel Alila Diwa Goa, Salcette, Goa
Cost for two: INR 1000