Sighisoara is one of the Transylvanian cities worth visiting even for a few hours. From the fortress of Sighisoara to the old streets and buildings, everything breathes the rich history of the area that attracts an impressive number of tourists every year, both from the country and from abroad. Any tourist, no matter how passionate about medieval history and travel, also needs a break to have a snack and recharge their batteries, and Sighisoara offers some very personal options for lunch or dinner.
The best restaurants in Sighisoara
Joseph T Restaurant & Wine Bar
Location: Sighisoara, str. Herman Oberth 25
Cuisine: American, French, Mediterranean, Romanian
The restaurant of the Central Park Hotel in Sighisoara is an excellent choice for a relaxing lunch or an extended romantic dinner due to its location in the city centre, next to the park and only 150 metres from the Clock Tower and the medieval fortress. The restaurant caters to tourists with refined tastes for whom it reinvents traditional dishes in a presentation worthy of the atmosphere and location offered. The main attraction of the restaurant is not the food, but the drink, Joseph T Restaurant &Wine Bar being unique in the sense that tourists are invited to taste some of the noblest wines of the area. Alongside the list of traditional and international dishes, tourists can delight in wines from 14 different vineyards that go into a special wine menu from which customers can choose.
Casa cu Cerb
Location: Sighisoara, Str. Scolii nr. 1
Cuisine: Romanian, traditional
Located in the city centre, the restaurant Casa cu Cerb is easy to spot thanks to the exterior painting representing a life-size deer. Housed in one of the oldest buildings in the fortress area, originally built as a timber-framed dwelling in the 13th century and modernised in the 17th century, the Deer House has been open as a restaurant and as a Roman-German cultural centre for 17 years. The restaurant offers guests the option to dine indoors or on the terrace on warm days to admire the spectacular view of the medieval fortress. Among the specialties prepared here, it is worth mentioning the roast venison, extremely popular among both Romanian and foreign tourists. The restaurant also offers a rich selection of wines.
Location: Str. Cositorarilor, nr. 5
Cuisine: international, Romanian
Casa Dracula is a restaurant with a capacity of 190 seats (120 in the restaurant and 70 on the terrace) that stands out first of all by its exceptional location. Located in the center of the town, near the tower, the restaurant is in one of the oldest buildings in town, in the house where Vlad Tepes lived, as the famous fresco on the first floor of the restaurant suggests. Besides the traditional food prepared according to local customs and served in generous portions, the restaurant Casa Dracula also offers a unique experience. Customers can ask to visit Vlad Tepes’ room, where they are welcomed after a few moments to prepare the decor by a fully costumed Dracula who rises from his coffin to take pictures with tourists. The whole experience may be considered slightly kitsch, but it’s a moment from a holiday in Sighisoara that is sure to remain vivid in memory for a long time, especially for families with children.
Location: Str. Cositorarului nr. 8 – 9
Cuisine: traditional, home-cooked meals
At Casa Cositorarului traditional dishes take on a whole new meaning. Here foreign tourists and those from all over the country can taste Romanian dishes as they are prepared in the area, and although the service and attention rise to the rigors imposed by a traditional restaurant, the flavor remains unchanged. In order to preserve the atmosphere of a walk through the fortress, the entire restaurant is furnished with wrought iron furniture in the medieval tradition, rich in details, personality and colour. Situated near the tower of the Cositorarilor, in a quiet area, the restaurant Casa Cositorarului is the ideal place for a relaxing lunch or dinner in an authentic atmosphere that keeps the tone dictated by a visit to the fortress. Among the dishes offered to customers, traditional pies and cakes are the most popular.
Location: Str. Octavian Goga nr. 2
In a tourist area where most restaurants follow the same recipe and promote local cuisine in a way that fits the decor, the presence of a simple and elegant Italian restaurant like El Forno is more than welcome. The haiducesti steaks and soups in bread can become slightly overwhelming for tourists who choose to spend an extended holiday in the Transylvanian area. Sometimes, after a long day of walking, a slice of pasta and a glass of wine or a traditional Italian pizza with a glass of wine is the perfect comfort food a tired tourist needs. The rustic furnishings, warm atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff and excellent prices make this restaurant one that deserves its place on the short list of top places in Sighisoara.