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.
Via S. Francesco Ripa, 56 (Trastevere)
Tues-Sun 12-3pm, 7pm-12am
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
Via Cerveteri, 25/27 (San Giovanni)
Mon-Sun 10am – 3pm, 6pm – 12am
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!
Via Celsa, 4 (Centro)
Mon – Sat 12 – 3pm, 7:30-10:30pm
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.
Via Quirino Majorana 197/199 (from mid Dicembre)
Andrea Busiri Vici, 48-50 (Monteverde)
Mon & Wed – Sun 12:30 – 3pm, 7:30 – 11pm (closed Tues)
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
Via Arenula, 48/49 (Ghetto)
Mon-Sun 12 – 3pm, 7pm – 12am
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!
Via Giuseppe Giulietti, 21 (Piramide)
Tues – Sun 12:30 – 2:30, 7:30 -11pm
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.
Via degli Scipioni, 243-243A (Prati)
Tues-Sun 1pm-2:30pm; 8pm-11pm
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.
Hang Zhou da Sonia
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.
Via del Piè di Marmo, 28 (Centro)
Mon-Sat (closed Sun) 12:30- 3pm; 7:30-12pm
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.
Via Cremera, 21 (Pinciano)
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.
Viale Regina Margerita (Nomentana)
Via Vittoria Colonna, 17 (Prati)
Mon-Sun 12-3:30pm 7:30-12pm
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.
Via dei Serpenti, 16 (Monti)
Borgo Angelico, 30 (Borgo)
Mon-Sun 2:30 to 3:30pm, 7pm-12am
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.
Via Enea, 56/A (Furio Camillo)
Mon & Wed – Sun 12-3pm; 6pm-12am (closed Tues)
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!
Viale Aventino, 41 (Circo Massimo)
Tues-Sun 12pm-15pm, 19:30pm-23pm
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.
Via Mocenigo, 10a (Prati/ vaticano)
Wed-Mon 6-11pm closed Tues
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.
Via Giacomo Boni,26 (Piazza Bologna)
Mon – Sat 12:30 – 3pm, 7:30 – 11pm / Sun: 7:30 – 11pm
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.
Ali Babà Kebab
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.
Via di Monteverde, 9b (Monteverde)
Mon – Wed 12:30-2:30pm; 7-11pm Thurs 7-11pm Sun 12:30-2:30pm
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.
Via dei Salumi, 2 (Trastevere)
Mon 12pm – 2am; Tues-Fri 8pm-2am; Sat 8pm-12am
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
Le Carré Francais
Via Vittoria Colonna, 30
Mon – Sun 8am – 10pm
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.
Via Massaciucoli, 66 (Quartiere Africano)
Mon-Sun 6:30pm-til late
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.