Finding good food in Sunny Beach was harder than dancing the waltz blindfolded through a minefield.
There’s no argument. The town is set up for tourists. Diners that visit only once don’t encourage restaurants to try and leave a lasting impression. The clientele is often young lads on a liquor-laced bachelor holiday looking for a good time, not a quality time. Cheap beer, cheap food, and below average dining experiences are abundant at every turn.
After spending 5 weeks here, we got to know the scene pretty well. Half of the difficulty is finding a restaurant even when you know the name since not all the streets have names, and Google Maps is of limited use here. So once you know where you want to go, it’s best to ask for directions from a local, such as your hotel reception.
This is our comprehensive guide to help you find good quality food when visiting Sunny Beach. All restaurants are sorted on the list from the poorest to the best.
First - The Bad…
Steak House National – South Sunny Beach - The only restaurant in Sunny Beach where we actually refused to eat and pay for our meals. The chicken fillet was flat as cardboard and tasted like it - cooked so long it no longer resembled meat. The plate of vegetables we ordered for the kids came out half a plate of microwaved frozen vegetables that looked nothing like the photo in the menu. The “fresh” fish tasted more like the frozen microwave ones you buy at the supermarket, and it was a completely different fish from the menu on top of that. The staff were somewhat friendly, and the owner was slightly apologetic, albeit with a boatload of excuses, which just didn’t convince us. We could not recommend eating here.
Second - The OK…
Djanny’s – Inland of Flower Street – This came highly recommended and was a great disappointment. Food was average, and prices were steep, considering the poor quality. Don’t get tricked by the trendy décor.
Mamacita’s – Flower Street – A popular Mexican restaurant that doesn’t have tacos! Um, hello! Disappointing, but the food I tried was average. Josh’s burger was poor.
The Castle – North of Flower Street – This place was expensive and the food very average. Why does a medieval themed restaurant sell Mexican food? Not sure. Lots of food for the kids imagination, and nice view of beach though. But I wouldn’t go back.
100% Family Restaurant – South Sunny Beach – The food was okay, nothing to rave about. The staff were very friendly and you’ll get a nice sweet curry. The kids enjoyed the toy corner (toys trump good food in their mind).
Piccadilly – South Sunny Beach – Another restaurant with average food, but a buzzing atmosphere and a couple swinging chairs that Mia loved.
Condor – South of Flower Street – Known as one of the cheapest places to eat for locals and tourists alike. We found the prices were pretty cheap and the food was ok. But I’d recommend going across the road to The Old House - same prices, better food.
Coco Beach Bar – North of Flower Street – The food was just simple hamburgers and kebabs, but it has the most amazing location right on the beach, 24-hour happy hour and an inflatable playground for the kids. If you just come for the cocktails and skip the food, you’ll be happy.
Luxury – South Sunny Beach – We had breakfast on the beach here. It’s a little expensive, but the location is to die for. And the kids found the plastic playground on the sand.
Far A – South of Flower Street – Another recommended restaurant. It was darn hard to find. The food was pretty cheap and the Bulgarian Sach (sizzling vegetables and meat on a hotplate) was delicious.
Bankso – South Sunny Beach – A Bulgarian restaurant that served traditional meals. The food was delicious.
Bakeries – All Over – At bakeries you can find pizza from around 1.99 lev (€1), sweet treats and plenty of cheese pastries. Cheapest eats anywhere. And the food is always fresh as it’s baked throughout the day. The best bang for your buck in Sunny Beach.
Jack’s Bar & Restaurant – Flower Street – This sports bar served a good burger and chicken curry. Worth a stop if you enjoy watching sport and a great atmosphere. Central location makes it super convenient too.
Saloon Clio - Nessebar Old Town – Who doesn’t love ice cream? Go and have a giant sundae here overlooking the ocean.
The House – South Sunny Beach - This was the first restaurant we tried in Sunny Beach because nothing was open. Not everything is done exceptionally, but they do a massive juicy chicken skewer with vegetables at a reasonable price.
The Old House – South of Flower Street – Chicken soup will cost you less than $1 and we enjoyed the food. The wooden building stands out, so you can’t miss it. Don’t be put off by the cheap prices. We were a little sceptical at first, but it turned out to be good value for money.
Trakia Garden - South Sunny Beach – Playground, animals, pool tables, air hockey and the food was nice. Great place to take kids.
The Harp – South Sunny Beach – We enjoyed the food here twice. They have a playground for the kids and very friendly staff. Recommended.
Third - The Best…
Morris - Flower Street, Beachside Promenade – We visited this place twice, the food was quite good and it had a great location on the beach with a small play area for kids.
Lotus Restaurant – South Sunny Beach, opposite The House – For days we promised the eager greeter out the front of this restaurant that we would try his food and you should have seen the joy on his face when one evening we finally said yes. We should have come sooner. Every meal was delicious – the pasta, the potatoes, the salad, the homemade bread was just to die for, even my chicken was soft and juicy. Great service and good prices.
Khan's Tent – Out of town – Dinner and a show - what could be better than that? We actually wrote a whole post about it.
Andromeda – Nessebar Old Town – Another delicious restaurant in Nessabar with amazing views of the ocean. Pretty pricey and watch out for the free dessert scam. It wasn’t a free dessert, it was 4 tiny pieces of baklava, which came after we ordered what we thought were our ‘free desserts’. We refused to pay for them, which tainted the experience. But the food was excellent. Try the broccoli blue cheese, you’ll thank me for it.
Gloria Mar – Nessebar Old Town – Most of the food in Old Town was delicious. Expensive, but delicious. This place is fine dining and all dishes were executed with a high degree of class and finesse.
Sofi Hut – Nessebar – We found this little place by accident when the bus dropped us off at the wrong stop. All hungry, we decided instead of finding another bus to Old Town we would eat here. What a gem! Every dish we ordered was delicious and the price was cheaper than any other place we had found in Sunny Beach. We enjoyed it so much we went twice! The cost of a bus ticket from Sunny Beach to Nessebar was only 1 lev (€0.50) per adult each way, but that is a small price to pay for happiness.
Hawaii – North of Flower Street, Beachside Promenade – We only found this place on our last day, which is such a shame. A lovely Irish guy runs it and the food is great. Right on the beach, good food and great prices. The lunch specials are very good value. Don’t forget to leave room for the apple pie- YUM.
So the winner is Hawaii as far as quality, value for money and location. The final 10 restaurants all had various aspects that were really good and well worth visiting more than once.
I wish we had this list when we visited Sunny Beach so we knew where to go. But at least we’ve learned something from our experience, and hopefully we can help you dodge the bullets and score the touchdowns when you kick up your feet on the beach along the Black Sea… along with 1 million other tourists.