Carul cu bere is one of the most famous restaurants in Bucharest. It's in Stavropoleos Street, No. 3. It was opened in 1879, its name means the beer cart, and is one of the few neo-Gothic buildings in Bucharest. It was created by a Polish architect. The main hall, with impressive ceilings that are extremely high, is supported by pillars, and has a half-height gallery. The décor is full of paintings, wood work, and strangely enough, stained glass. Around 1900, it was the meeting place of the literary and a major cultural center for the city. The Carul Cu Bere was the direct competitor of the famous Casa Capsa, but a little more bohemian. Many works were inspired by what happened within these walls. The Cu Bere Carul advantage, like all restaurants with mythical reputation, is that service is not the best, but at least the food is good. I thought it was a bit costly. The terrace outside is made of wood and nice, but one should really take advantage of seeing the inside of the building while he or she is there.
The Crown Plaza is the place of the restaurant's French chef Jean Hubert Garnier. It is a hidden gem in Bucharest, which you can not miss out on if you like good food. The hotel is an old building that is in need of a renovation, but the restaurant is definitely an unexpected, but nice, surprise. The Brasserie serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and has a wine cellar. The menu changes depending on the season, but there will always be something that will surprise you. When went I had a tasty roast fillet of sole with leeks in white wine sauce that I loved, and grilled seafood with asparagus. We also tried a tuna carpaccio with pesto and tapenade, and steamed chicken breast with feta and olives that left us without words. The products are very fresh, and there was an artistic presentation. I recommend it as one of the best restaurants in the city. In the summer it is especially nice because you can eat outside on the terrace overlooking Herastrau Park. It costed us around 50 euros per person.
Uptown is a restaurant in the center of Bucharest, which is near Herastrau Park. It's near several embassies, including the Italian and Spanish ones. This explains why when you come to dinner here there are so many different languages to be heard. This restaurant has a terrace, and a fully enclosed room on the first floor. The terrace is covered for inclement weather. I tried the ham risotto with cheese, which was good, but it was a little heavy on the salt. I also had the grilled squid as a first dish, which was good with a spicy tomato sauce, a little original. We also fish went well. Service is careful, do not rush but also did not expect much your food. Nor improperly charged, two out dinner 50 euros with a bottle of wine. The menu is a mix of Italian and French, not many Romanian dishes.
Luminita is a restaurant on Theodor Pallady Avenue Bucharest. Whenever we went to lunch there, which was always around noon, the service was very slow. We were in a hurry, so that made it stressful, and we ordered meatball soup. Twenty minutes later when we asked about our soup they told us to wait "three more minutes" because they had just started making the meatballs! After that we waited another 15 minutes for the soup to show up. The soup in Romania is called ciorba and generally with a small portion of salad gives you more than enough. But we ordered a second of meat, which was dry and not very good. I liked the soup itself. The bill came cheap, 10 euros two. There was a terrace, a little noisy because it is on a grand boulevard, and spend many cars. A popular place was always packed, so it took, but it spotless clean, the kitchen, the bathroom, so good.
This restaurant is in Herăstrău Park, next to the lake. This suburb of Bucharest is a district created around entertainment and is filled with restaurants and bars. What is surprising is when you enter and see the size of the main hall, which can host over 1500 people! They have been involved in tourism hospitality for over 50 years. They organize company dinners, receptions for weddings, and folkloric events for groups of tourists. We went without having reserved ahead of time, and we were still able to have a company event, which took up the entire restaurant. We were allowed to sit in the corner for a drink while we watched the traditional dance show was presented on stage. Each group presented a dance from a region of Romania. The costumes were beautiful. The terrace has a private garden and opens onto the large public park.
Club H is a restaurant that's on a boat on Lake Herastrau. The lake is beautiful year round, but the advantage of being there in the summer is the lush greenery around the lake(the largest in the capital). The number of people ve are there doing outdoor activities, or just walking is great. The sun sets around 10 pm, so they stay out pretty late. What surprised me is that on a sunny summer day there were so many people on the boat. There's a covered part of the boat, and booths where you can sit and eat your lunch (and there was a huge storm half an hour later, maybe that's why people did not trust a lot). While other places around the lake are very exclusive, this Club H is more popular, the fish dishes are 5 euros, drinks to 2 for 10 euros eat and drink a sundowner.
The restaurant Casa Di David is one of the best restaurants in Bucharest. Always busy, and if you are arriving for dinner it is best to make a reservation. In summer you can eat on the rooftop terrace, which overlooks the park lake Herăstrău. You're not in the city but in nature, you don´t hear the sound of cars and busses, and eat delicious food. In the room inside, you can smoke, so if the weather is nice I recommend you go outside. The food is Italian, pasta taglatelle with truffles, risotto with four cheeses, ham that is absolutely scrumptious. While the food is not very expensive for a place of this quality, the wine definitely seemed expensive. Any bottle in the supermarket cost 10 euros but they served it there for 40 or 50 euros. While a plate of pasta, pizza or risotto will cost between 7 and 10 euros, which is more than reasonable. I did not try the desserts, but they are the same as the rest, they must be pretty good and worth a try. They service was fantastic and of first rate, and there is always a water standing nearby to help you with whatever you may want.
Walking through the historical centre of Bucharest, we found the Restaurant-Pizzeria Buongiorno, where, as the name suggests, the cuisine is Italian. The restaurant has an outdoor lounge for smokers, and two interior rooms. The rooms are nice and cozy, without any special furniture. Here you can enjoy some truly delicious pizza, with a wide variety of options, including calzones. There's decent beer on offer; the cherry beer is particularly good. As well as pizzas, there are kebabs and different salads. We didn't try the desserts, so can't say anything about them. All in all, a good spot, centrally located, with fast service, and background music by Rita Pavone Celentano.