As the culinary scene continues to blossom in Goa, an increasing number of restaurants now offer elevated private dining experiences.
With revenge tourism and dining in full swing, Goa’s seen an incredible boom. For both tourists and locals alike, stepping out to explore the booming restaurant scene is becoming the new norm, evident in the increasing number of up-and-coming restaurants.
That being said, there’s also a growing urge to opt for spots that offer private dining experiences. Be it a partitioned space, a private cabana, or a completely different part of the restaurant, there are plenty of places to choose from for a serene, private meal. Here are 7 of the best private dining experiences in Goa for you to choose from!
Olive Bar & Kitchen
You can’t think of dining experiences in Goa without thinking of Olive. Vagator Beach now has its own outlet, and it’s the perfect spot for an intimate dinner or even a special date. The white walls and wooden furniture with palm trees swaying along make for the perfect setting. Seated on a cliff overlooking the busy beach, tuck into the very best Mediterranean and European dishes, combined with seafood inspired by Goan culture. Book ahead to secure a cosy table away from the crowd for a private party of your own!
The Assa House
The Assa House is one of the most elegant spots to have recently graced Goa’s culinaryscape. The black and white harlequin tiles and a stunning black bar make this the perfect classy spot for any meal.
The super-exclusive private dining room aside, there’s also a little café in the works poised to start selling bread and croissants, as well as a potential tequila bar in the back. The restaurant has the most French menu, curated by Chef Alexis Gielbaum (ex- Souffle, Slink & Bardot). So from French onion soup, steak tartare, beef fillet, and potato gratin dauphinoise to a classic baked Alaska – there’s uncomplicated French food up for grabs.
The ancestral home of the Cardoz family and its current owner Mavrick Cardoz, Casa Galgibaga is a spot perfect for those who miss the old Goa. The picturesque lanes of the restaurant are surrounded by tall trees, clear mornings, afternoon siestas and the constant sound of the waves in the background.
Given the cosy atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to have a private dining experience of your liking. The house is stocked with breakfast staples like bread, butter, eggs, jams, condiments, tea and a French press for the ultimate coffee nerd. The main house also has a well-equipped kitchen that you can use to make yourself breakfast. If not in the mood to cook, guests can indulge in a delicious home-cooked Goan meal prepared and delivered by two ladies in the neighbourhood.
A heritage property turned boutique hotel, MansionHaus is an 18th-century family residence restored by Kezya De Bragança. During the course of your stay, you can opt for a range of experiences from sound meditation, pilates, to the amazing private Chef’s table with food and wine pairings to name a few.
The food on offer is sourced locally and organic to the T. The property also hosts The Angler, an experiential bar and bistro. Offering brasserie-style dining from coffee to cocktails, there are all kinds of dining here including al-fresco, private and in-room dining. Guests are free to enjoy the fresh and locally sourced produce in the most private setting.
Additionally, there’s also the in-house culinary lab Cozinha. Here, you’ll find chefs’ tables by both local and international food artisans.
Pisco by the Beach, Anjuna
Slowly and surely becoming Goa’s favourite hangout spot, the restaurant offers views of amazing sunsets. The specially crafted sea-deck hammocks form a unique and elevated interpretation of private dining spaces at this beach-facing global cuisine restaurant.
Waves greet you at this eatery, designed to perfection by Sheldon Pereira and Rahul Thakkar of The Right Brain Design. This also doubles as the perfect place for a sundowner pre or post your private meal, all curated specially by Chef Rohan D’Souza.
Blue Iris, Azaya Beach Resort, Benaulim, Goa
Think of a sky painted with the beautiful colours of the setting sun, all while you’re relaxing in Goa. Enjoy the view from a quintessentially Goa beachfront shack-style, at the al fresco restaurant with private cabana seating. Sit back and relax as you sip over refreshing cocktails and sample some mouthwatering fare. Truly, is there anything better?
Oh la la, Siolim
Private cabanas? Sign us up! This new property has been curated by lifestyle and travel content creator Larissa D’sa along with Tito’s group’s David Dsouza, and Pizza Delizia’s Anuj Poddar. Located by the backwaters of the Siolim jetty in North Goa, these views are definitely worth a visit. There’s also a large community space for events and a massive dance floor to party the night away. The all-day breakfast is chef’s kiss, and the wood-fired pizzas are a must-try!