The Best International Restaurants in Rome
Italian food is arguably one of the most mouth-watering cuisines in the world, 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. Thus, 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 gastronomic change of pace.
Via Candia, 113 (Prati/ vaticano)
Insider tip: The idea is simple: a gourmet fast food burrito and nacho place with the freshest ingredients out there! And apart from beer, water and soft drinks, order their spectacular frozen margarita coming in two flavors – mango and lime – to travel back to Central America!
Must try: burrito with chili con carne or nachos maybu
Via Mocenigo, 10a (Prati/ vaticano)
Insider tip: don’t miss their live mariachi music nights. They also offer catering so you can have your Mexican fiesta a casa.
Must try: the fajitas, guacamole, and margaritas are obviously a must, but if you’re serious about your margaritas, ask them to add salt.
Via di Santa Cecilia, 8 (Trastevere)
Insider Tip: here you’ll find the experts in the beverage department. Go slow! This is as much of a bartender’s destination as it is an intelligent consumer’s. And everything pairs well with a taco or one of their speciality small plates.
Must try: Obviously their Mezcal, and don’t leave without their mole!
Taco’s and Beer
Via del Boschetto, 130 (Monti)
Tuesday-Saturday 12:30pm, 3pm and 6:30-11pm
Insider Tip: this spot is the perfect place to take a load off after a long day of exploring. This space is small but inviting and the employees are more than willing to engage in friendly conversation and suggest which artisanal beer pairs best with your tacos of choice!
Must Try: For something delicious and vegetarian try the Nopal (Cactus!) tacos.
Via Cremera, 21 (Pinciano)
Monday-Thursday 12.30pm-2.30pm / 7pm-10pm
Friday 12.30pm-2.30pm / 7pm-10.30pm
Insider Tip: this is the first Korean barbecue restaurant in Rome using oak coal. They offer genuine Korean dishes and techniques of preparation and cooking, which have ancient origins dating back more than 2000 years.
Must try: the spicy Pork Ribs and the beef pang.. ..double yum!
Via Foscolo, 13 (Piazza Vittorio Emanuele)
Insider tip: be sure to mention if you like your food on the spicier side, because they will kick things up a notch to serve you indisputably Indian cuisine.
Must try: try the chicken madrasi, a spicy version of chicken marinated in a tomato sauce. They also prepare a perfect gulab jamun dessert (fried balls of dough in a light sugary syrup).
Via Palermo, 6 (Monti)
Tuesday-Sunday 12.30pm-3pm and 7pm-12am
Insider tip: Indian Affairs has limited amount of outdoor seating, so call ahead and reserve your table to ensure an outdoor spot.
Must try: the vegetarian offerings are out of this world. Be sure to try the saag paneer (spinach and cheese) dish.
Via S. Francesco Ripa, 56 (Trastevere)
Tuesday-Sunday 12-3pm, 7pm-12am
Insider tip: This is a good spot to go with a group – portions are big and the restaurant 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)
Daily, 11am-3pm, 6pm-11.30pm
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!
Indian Fast Food
Via Mamiani, 11 (Esquilino)
Daily 11am-4pm / 5pm – 10pm
Insider tip: Footsteps from the Esquilino Market you’ll find this little foodieheaven serving authentic Indian cuisine. Staff is very nice and efficient. With just a few bucks, you’re guaranteed an amazing meal!
Must try: Start off with a vegetable pakora and move on to their famouschicken curry with rice or daal. It’s also great for a snack with a chai latte accompanied by Indian sweets!
Via Quirino Majorana 197/199 (from mid Dicembre)
Tuesday-Sunday 12.30pm-3pm / 7.30pm-11pm
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 della Mercede, 35-36 (Spagna)
Tuesday-Sunday, 12pm-2.30pm, 7.15pm-10.45pm
Insider Tip: established in 1974 Hamasei offers traditional Japanese cuisine. Expect only authentic Tempura and the finest of raw fish cuts. The ambience is inviting, comfortable and a complete escape from the hustle and bustle of Rome while still a few blocks from the Spanish Steps.
Must try: tempura morikomi and the hiyashi cia soba are both a grand experience
Via Giuseppe Giulietti, 21 (Piramide)
Tuesday-Sunday, 12.30pm-2.30pm, 7.30pm-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 you get a large dish with a little bit of everything.
Largo della Fontanella Borghese, 86/a (Spagna)
Tuesday-Thursday 12pm-3pm / 6.30pm-1am
Friday 12pm-3pm /6.30pm-2am
Saturday 12.30pm-3.30pm / 6.30pm-2am
Sunday-Monday 12.30pm-3.30pm /6.30pm-1am
Insider tip: think Masterchef – where presentation is half the win. This place scores big with their dishes as they do with their display. The building (a maze of 6 floors) is a show on its own: art, lights, and lots of action. It’s upscale, get dressed up!
Must try: the oysters and seared duck breast.
Via degli Scipioni, 243 (Prati)
Tuesday-Sunday 1pm-2.30pm / 8pm-11pm
Weekends open till 11.30pm
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.
Viale Jonio, 328/330 (Jonio)
Daily 12.30pm-3pm / 7.30pm – 12am
Insider Tip: When creativity and Chinese cuisine mix, a high level restaurant like Dao is the outcome! Unique one of-a-kind dishes in an elegant setting await you!
Must try: the “tan bao” pork dumplings and the aromatic lobster
Hang Zhou da Sonia
Via Principe Eugenio, 82 (Piazza Vittorio Emanuele)
Daily, 12pm-3pm / 7pm-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: the steamed dumplings, and don’t miss the Sichuan style chicken if you’re drawn to spicy flavors.
Via del Piè di Marmo, 28 (Pantheon)
Monday-Saturday, 12.30pm-3pm/ 7pm-12am
Insider tip: Green T is a true 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.
Brazilian Fusion Restaurants
Viale Regina Margerita (Nomentana)
Via Vittoria Colonna, 17 (Prati)
Monday-Friday 12.30pm-3pm / 7.30pm-12am
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)
Monday-Tuesday 12.30pm-3.30pm / 7pm-12am
Wednesday-Friday 12.30pm-3.30pm / 7pm-12.30am
Saturday and Sunday 12.30-4pm / 7pm-12am
Insider tips: Temakinho is 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)
Monday-Sunday 12pm-3pm / 6.30pm-11.30pm (Tuesdays are closed for lunch, but open for dinner at 6.30pm-11.30pm)
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: the rice rolls are a must try! Cover them with their delicious vegetarian sauce!
Viale Aventino, 41 (Circo Massimo)
Tuesday-Sunday 12pm-3pm, 7.30pm-11pm
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.
Ali Babà Kebab
Via Carroceto, 96 (Quadraro)
Monday- Thursday 10am-3pm
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 – Fri 6.30-11.30pm,
Sat 12.30pm-3pm / 6.30pm-11.30pm
Sun 1pm-3pm /6.30-11.30pm
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 Gaspare Gozzi, 93 (Ostiense)
Saturday 12pm-3pm /6.30pm-12am
Insider tips: who doesn’t enjoy mixing up the Med? Illios goes well beyond Italy and the cultural experience is always better via cibo. From their homemade Greek yogurt sauces, the pita, the lamb, the kalamatas atop consider yourself well fed here.
Must try: their fabulous moussakas and for dessert, yogurt topped with honey and nuts.
Via dei Salumi, 2 (Trastevere)
Monday-Friday 12pm-2.30pm and 8.30pm-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
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)
Monday-Sunday 6.30pm-till 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: Angela Gleason, Sara White, Ivan Marra, Livia Hengel, Hannah Trice, April Putnam, Rasa Makaraityte, Margaux MacNeil, Lachlan Probyn and Adriana De Noble.