Rome International Food Guide

The Best International Restaurants in Rome

I would walk around with an “I heart carbs” t-shirt on if it weren’t mortifying on a sartorial level, but we all need a bite of something different on occasion, and this can be disconcertingly hard to find in a city that reveres carbonara and espresso above all else. We’ve compiled a list of a few of our favorite ethnic and international restaurants in Rome for those nights when you’re craving a little gastronomic change of pace.

 

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Krishna 13

The Best International Restaurants in Rome

Via Foscolo, 13 (Piazza Vittorio)
Mon-Sun 11:30 – 4pm, 7pm – 11:30
krishna13ristorante.com

 

 

Insider Tip: The space is dimly lit but welcoming, creating a romantic atmosphere where you can enjoy the high-quality of the food – specializing in dishes from all regions.

Must try: Samosas, Vegetable Korma, Palak Paneer (and you always need an order of Naan!)

 

Jaipur

The Best International Restaurants in Rome

Via S. Francesco Ripa, 56 (Trastevere)
Tues-Sun 12-3pm, 7pm-12am
ristorantejaipur.com
€€

 

 

Insider tip: It’s a good spot to go with a group- portions are big and the restaurants is spacious

Must try:  Jaipur Special Murgh, Naan, Butter chicken, Samosas,  Sweet Mango Lassi if you want a non-alcoholic beverage

 

Bombay

The Best International Restaurants in Rome

Via Cerveteri, 25/27 (San Giovanni)
Mon-Sun 10am – 3pm, 6pm – 12am
ristoranteindianobombay.com

 

 

 

Insider tip: To approach this meal traditionally, you should get a bit of everything. Don’t forget to order naan bread & jasmine rice along with your main course!

Must try: If you enjoy something unique with a kick, try the Lamb Masala! It’s spicy & delicious!

 

Bibliothe

The Best International Restaurants in Rome

Via Celsa, 4 (Centro)
Mon – Sat 12 – 3pm, 7:30-10:30pm
bibliothe.blogspot.it
€€

 

Insider tip: Not far from Largo Argentina, Bibliothe is a great vegan option for those seeking some Indian spice. Rather than choosing from the menu opt for the ‘meal-of-the-day’ consisting of soup, basmati pulao, chutney, and salad

Must try: mixed dhal croquettes with yogurt sauce are a great, refreshing choice for vegetarians.

 

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Sukhothai

The Best International Restaurants in RomeVia Quirino Majorana 197/199 (from mid Dicembre)
Andrea Busiri Vici, 48-50 (Monteverde)
Mon & Wed – Sun 12:30 – 3pm, 7:30 – 11pm (closed Tues)
www.sukhothai.it
€€

 

 

Insider Tip: The coconut curry soups are delicious and you can enjoy your meal with a refreshing Singha beer for a complete, authentic experience.

Must try: Tom Yam Gai soup, Panang Curry, Pad Thai

 

 

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Kuriya

The Best International Restaurants in Rome

Via Arenula, 48/49 (Ghetto)
Mon-Sun 12 – 3pm, 7pm – 12am
ristorantekuriya.com
€€

 

Insider Tip: It offers authentic Japanese cuisine but is not limited to sushi – it also excels at Chinese, Hong Kong, Thai and Vietnamese dishes.

Must try: Try the Kuriya Makihey and Wasabi Maki. Kuriya is also known for having the only fresh dumplings in Rome so be sure to order them!

Sushisen

The Best International Restaurants in Rome

Via Giuseppe Giulietti, 21 (Piramide)
Tues – Sun 12:30 – 2:30, 7:30 -11pm
sushisen.it/
€€

 

 

Insider tip: Book your reservation in advance! This place fills up fast, and you’ll want a chance to sit near the conveyer belt of sushi & fried appetizers!

Must try: Try The Boat! For 30 euros (per person) you get a large dish with a little bit of everything.

 

Zen

The Best International Restaurants in Rome

Via degli Scipioni, 243-243A (Prati)
Tues-Sun 1pm-2:30pm; 8pm-11pm
zenworld.eu
€€€

 

Insider tip: Try sitting at the long bar with the conveyer belt-it’s the best spot for people watching and grabbing fresh rolls as they come out.

Must try: If you’re hungry, get a “barca mista” i.e. a boat filled with sashimi, nighiri, uramaki and hosomaki.

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Hang Zhou da Sonia

The Best International Restaurants in Rome

Via Principe Eugenio, 82 (Piazza Vittorio)
Open everyday: 12-3pm; 7-11:30pm
€€

 

 

Insider Tip: Hang Zhou da Sonia means business when it comes to Chinese cooking. As well as the extensive fixed menu, be sure to sample the daily specials handwritten on paper.

Must try: try the steamed dumplings, and don’t miss the sichuan style chicken for some spice and freshness.

 

Green T

The Best International Restaurants in Rome

Via del Piè di Marmo, 28 (Centro)
Mon-Sat (closed Sun) 12:30- 3pm; 7:30-12pm
green-tea.it
€€€

 

Insider tip: Green T is an authentic Chinese experience for discerning critics. To complete your gastronomic experience, sample the fine selection of teas sure to cleanse the palate.

Must try: the vast selection of teas, and the main dishes with duck are delectable. Also be sure to sample the dumplings which come either steamed, salted, or fried.

 

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Galbi

The Best International Restaurants in Rome

Via Cremera, 21 (Pinciano)
12.30-2:30pm; 7-11pm
galbiroma.it
€€

 

 

Insider Tip: This is the first Korean barbecue restaurant in Rome using oak coal. They offer traditional Korean dishes and techniques of preparation and cooking, which have ancient origins dating back more than 2000 years.

Must try: The seafood or Kimchi frittella and the traditional Galbi meat.

 

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Samba Maki

The Best International Restaurants in Rome

Viale Regina Margerita (Nomentana)
Via Vittoria Colonna, 17 (Prati)
Mon-Sun 12-3:30pm 7:30-12pm
sambamaki.it
€€

Insider tips: Hopping, but cozy at the same time, Sambamaki has the freshest fish in town- and the ipad menu give you a sneak peak of the colorful rolls before you order.

Must try: everything, but especially: the tartare, flaming gunkan, saudade roll and one of their special sake cocktails- they’re out of this world.

 

Temakinho

The Best International Restaurants in Rome

Via dei Serpenti, 16 (Monti)
Borgo Angelico, 30 (Borgo)
Mon-Sun 2:30 to 3:30pm, 7pm-12am
temakinho.com
€€

 

Insider tips: it’s as much of a restaurant as it is a major Roman hotspot- dress to impress and book in advance.

Must try: the tartare de salmao gostoso is fresh and full of flavor and don’t miss the pineapple mint caipirinha.

 

Banana Trash

The Best International Restaurants in Rome

Via Luciano Manara, 62 (Trastevere)
Tues-Sun 10-4pm, 6pm- 12pm
bananatrash.com

 

 

 

Insider tips: the fun and friendly vibes will have you “trashing” with the banana trash crew in no time.

What to eat: ask what the seasonal special is, and get the freshly baked dessert and a caipirinha

 

 

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Mekong

The Best International Restaurants in Rome

Via Enea, 56/A (Furio Camillo)
Mon & Wed – Sun 12-3pm; 6pm-12am (closed Tues)
sites.google.com/site/ristorantemekong
€€

 

 

Insider Tips: They have an extensive menu at dinner but you should definitely try the lunch menu for only €10 (available Mon-Sat) where you can pick from a vegetarian, fish or meat option.

What to eat: Rice Rolls are a must try! Cover them with their delicious vegetarian sauce!

 

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Court Delicati

The Best International Restaurants in Rome

Viale Aventino, 41 (Circo Massimo)
Tues-Sun 12pm-15pm, 19:30pm-23pm
facebook.com/CourtDelicati
€€

 

Insider tip: This Malaysian, Thai, and Chinese fusion restaurant is full of authentic flavors and equally filled with customers! Book a table in advance for a guaranteed table!

Must try: With all of the variety, it’s difficult to choose! You can’t go wrong with Chicken Satay, Beef Coconut Curry, or Steamed Orata Fish! Don’t forget to start with a tasty Won Ton or Tofu soup.

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La Cucaracha

The Best International Restaurants in Rome
Via Mocenigo, 10a (Prati/ vaticano)
Wed-Mon 6-11pm closed Tues
lacucaracha.it
€€

Insider tip: Don’t miss their live music nights, and they also offer catering so you can have your Mexican fiesta a casa.

Must try: Try the fajitas, guacamole, and margaritas are obviously a must,but if you’re serious about your margs, ask them to add salt.

La Taqueria

The Best International Restaurants in Rome

Via Giacomo Boni,26 (Piazza Bologna)
Mon – Sat 12:30 – 3pm, 7:30 – 11pm / Sun: 7:30 – 11pm
lataqueria.it

 

 

Insider Tip: Order a variety of tacos (both the pork and the chicken versions are excellent), accompanied by the house-made guacamole.

Must try:Leave room for the churros, which come accompanied with either chocolate or, even better, dulce de leche.

Middle Eastern

 

Ali Babà Kebab

The Best International Restaurants in Rome

Via Carroceto, 96 (Quadraro)
Mon- Thu 10am-3am; Fri-Sun 10am-4am

 

 

Insider tip: At Ali Baba you can choose to enjoy a kebab of lamb or chicken – but Ali Baba also allows you to mix both together for extra goodness!

Must try: The Kebab, of course! But also save room for some traditional appetizers and desserts.

 

Mezè Bistrot

The Best International Restaurants in Rome

Via di Monteverde, 9b (Monteverde)
Mon – Wed 12:30-2:30pm; 7-11pm Thurs 7-11pm Sun 12:30-2:30pm
mezebistrot.it
€€

 

Insider Tip: To sample smaller servings of this delicious Middle Eastern cuisine, head to Mezè at 6:30 to enjoy their aperitivo.

Must try: Houmous, babaganoush, Taboulé, labane con zahatar and shish kebab.

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Ouzeri

The Best International Restaurants in Rome

Via dei Salumi, 2 (Trastevere)
Mon 12pm – 2am; Tues-Fri 8pm-2am; Sat 8pm-12am
nuke.italiagrecia.com

 

Insider tips: This is a cultural association, which means you’ll get a member’s card, it also means they will be music and dancing- lots of dancing.

Must try: Dolmades, taziki, pita bread, top it off with an ouzo shot

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Le Carré Francais

The Best International Restaurants in Rome

Via Vittoria Colonna, 30
Mon – Sun 8am – 10pm
cfr-international.fr
€€

 

Insider Tip: The restaurant doubles as a gourmet grocery store, so you can pick up some French delicacies ( Foie Gras, baguettes, pain au chocolat etc.) after you dine.

Must Try: The Croque-Monsieur is delicieux, the tartare di manzo with a glass of french red wine is parfait.

 

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Mr. Doyle

The Best International Restaurants in Rome

Via Massaciucoli, 66 (Quartiere Africano)
Mon-Sun 6:30pm-til late
mrdoyle.it

 

Insider tip: Ask them to recommend the right beer for your meal, and check out their beer and whiskey tasting classes!

Must try: pulled pork or something with their authentic barbecue sauce, artisanal beer and cheesecake.

 

AUTHOR NOTE: Special thank you to the following writers who contributed reviews: Sara White, Ivan Marra, Livia Hengel, Hannah Trice, April Putnam, Rasa Makaraityte, Margaux MacNeil and Lachlan Probyn.

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9 Comments

  • My favourite Indian place would have to be Indian Fast Food close to Piazza Vittorio Emanuele. Cheap and cheerful but very authentic. I haven’t been to Jaipur, I’ll have to give it a try! Thanks for the list 🙂

    • Thank you Catherine! I’ll have to try the place near piazza Vittorio Emanuele as well! What is it called?

    • The best Kebab in Rome? we find it!! at Happy Kebab in Via Pineta Sacchetti, really good!!!!!
      Flavia , please don’t forget the peruvian gastronomy 🙂

      • Hi Wendy, thank you for the suggestion! We will be sure to include Peruvian gastronomy in our next go-round of restaurants, I hear there is a delicious restaurant near San Giovanni! Any recommendations?

  • I always question the definition of “ethnic”; does French or Milanese cooking count or does it have to be “the developing world”?? Anyway, I agree with Marty Sukhothai is good (althoug I go more frequently to the place around the corner on Via Villa Pamphilj, no idea what it’s called but it has decent food really cheap. I had dinner there the other day for about €10!
    And my friend Katie swears by Mesob on Via Prenestina as best Ethiopan place in Rome, though I still haven’t eaten there.

    • Thanks for the recommendations, Tom! Will definitely have to try these places, I’ve been told Mesob is great. The definition of ethnic is also definitely ambiguous, I personally consider ethnic food as being any food directly related to any ethnicity – I’d count French food, but Milanese I’d consider more regional. That’s just my interpretation, though!

  • Great list. Although i wouldn’t recommend Ouzi or Banana Trash. Take Giapponese and Rokoko are fantastic and Coffee Pot is interesting with its jap / mex fusion (although the cloud is a little pretentious).
    Love Sambamaki, Temakinho and Jaipur and will def check out Galbi.

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