Dining on a budget? Between the casinos, beach clubs, and 5-star hotels you’ll find a small but growing foodie scene. Many with affordable prices. There’s plenty of traditional Georgian cuisine but also modern fusion, seafood, and a bustling Turkish quarter. Here’s a list of some cheap can’t-miss eateries in Batumi!
Chocolatte Coffee Room
This is the perfect place to start your day. Chocolatte Coffee Room specializes in breakfast/brunch. Grab a coffee or tea, crepe or omelet. Portions are generous. And they make their own jam here! Mornings get busy so it’s best to make a reservation.
Hours: 8am – 4pm & 7pm – 10pm; closed Fridays
Deliria is endearingly kitsch. It almost feels like you’re at grandma’s house. The food is amazing, an extensive menu with a mix of Georgian and European options. They have omelets, khachapuri, grilled fish, bbq meats, and an array of cocktails. Stop by for a mulled wine on a cold, rainy day.
When it’s nice out, you can enjoy your meal in their large outdoor terrace surrounded by lush foliage. Bring your date, your family, or your friends. They host live music as well every Thursday – Saturday from 8pm.
Hours: 11am – 1am
As this is the Adjara region, an Adjaruli Khachapuri is a must! Laguna is one of the best restaurants in Batumi to try this baked cheese boat with melted butter monstrosity. All for the super affordable price of 10 GEL ($3.17). Bring a big appetite or a few friends.
Hours 9am – 11pm
Heart of Batumi
A cute “art cafe” in the center of Batumi with handicraft decor and comfortable seating. They offer an array of Georgian dishes with plenty of options for vegetarians. Portions tend to be on the smaller side but don’t let that deter you. Order the Saperavi house wine and one of the many eggplant dishes. You may need a reservation at night so be sure to call ahead.
Hours: 11am – 11pm
For a slightly more upscale (but still very affordable) experience, head to Uolli. The decor is elegant but relaxed. There’s also a nice outdoor courtyard area to eat in. They serve a mixture of traditional Georgian fare and European flavors. We recommend any bbq fish and the mussels!
Hours: 9am – 2am
Batumi Fish Market
Eat like a local and head to the Batumi Fish Market. This is where you’ll find the freshest fish in town, sometimes caught just a few hours before you buy it. Pick out a fish (Batumi red mullet or barabulka are popular), pay for it, then take it to the lady who will clean it. The nearby restaurants will fry or grill your fish to perfection. Add a bottle of wine and voila! A feast! Lines can get long in the summer. Expect to wait 40 min – 1 hr.
As another tip, avoid the shrimp. It’s usually imported, not fresh. And feel free to bargain!
Hours: 10am – 8pm
Batum Adiyörem Çiğköfte
Batumi is less than 20 km (12 mi) from Turkey’s border and attracts many Turkish visitors. The area around the mosque in Old Town is especially famous for its Turkish restaurants and bakeries. This is where you’ll find Batum Adiyörem Çiğköfte, an authentic Turkish restaurant that is popular with the locals. Try their fırın sütlaç, a baked rice pudding dessert, and the köfte meatballs. Vegan options are available.
Hours: noon – 3am
Come for a taste of Ukrainian/Slavic/Georgian food. This is a hip restaurant with a perfect view of the Dancing Fountains at night. Don’t miss the Borsch Soup and Chicken Kiev.
Hours: 9am – midnight