Ask any Romanian what their favorite comfort foods are, and no doubt that ciorba will make the list. Ciorba is a hot, sour soup that can hold any number of ingredients, such as meat, veggies, fish, and beans. While there are a plethora of varieties, the one thing that remains the same is the tangy, sour acidity of the broth. Here are some places where you can try the best ciorba in Bucharest, loved by locals and visitors alike!
Vatra is a traditional Romanian restaurant near the beautiful Cismigiu Park, which has been serving delicious cuisine since 1920. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time once inside and take in the authentic Transylvanian interior and decorations. Vatra serves several varieties of ciorba, including tripe, vegetable, beef, and more. The locals themselves love the meatball version and consider it to be among the best ciorba in Bucharest.
Address: Strada Ion Brezoianu 19
Ciorbarie keeps it simple and serves nothing but ciorba, but incredible ciorba it is. There are about 8 fresh varieties on the menu each day, and as there is no set menu, the soups rotate regularly. Each big bowl is served with a portion of crusty bread, perfect for dipping. There is only seating for 8 people at a time, so you might have to wait for a table or take your ciorba to go. However, this little eatery is worth it, and you can keep coming back to try new kinds of ciorba!
Address: Calea Dorobanți 71
Taverna Sarbului offers something different in Bucharest, Serbian cuisine with Romanian touches. There are dishes on the menu from both countries, including ciorba. There are 5 kinds on the menu, but some of the more popular ones include the beef and bean varieties. While Taverna Sarbului might not be traditional Romanian cuisine, they do have some of the best ciorba in Bucharest.
Address: Strada Tipografilor 31
Caru’ cu bere
Caru’ cu bere is one of the most famous restaurants in the Romanian capital for it’s traditional decoration and feel and its prime location in the heart of the Old Town. It’s a go-to place to try traditional Romanian food in a beautiful locale to get a feel for Bucharest’s history in culture. There are 5 varieties of ciorba on the menu, and you can get yours served in a fresh, crusty bread bowl, as well. A stop a Caru’ cu bere is a must when you visit Bucharest, so you might as well enjoy one of its star dishes while you’re at it.
Address: Strada Stavropoleos 5
Sabatini Pizza & Restaurant Tei
Even though Sabatini Pizza is known for its hot and tasty pizza, this restaurant has a full menu of classic Romanian dishes, too. There are several soups on the menu to choose from, all delicious kinds of ciorba. This restaurant is a great choice if you’re looking for something reasonably-priced with a something on the menu for just about every taste.
Address: Strada Teiul Doamnei 15
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