Where to Eat in Almaty: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 17, 2017 Leida Jutras

Almaty /ˈælməti/ (Kazakh: Алматы, Almaty [ɑlmɑˈtə]; Russian: Алматы), formerly known as Alma-Ata /ˌælmə.əˈtɑː/ (Russian: Алма-Ата) and Verny (Russian: Верный Vernyy), is the largest city in Kazakhstan, with a population of 1,797,431 people, about 8% of the country's total population. It served as capital of the Kazakh state in its various forms from 1929 to 1997, under the influence of the then Soviet Union and its appointees. Alma-Ata was the host city for a 1978 international conference on Primary Health Care where the Alma Ata Declaration was adopted, marking a paradigm shift in global public health. In 1997, the government relocated the capital to Astana in the north of the country, which is about 12 hours away by train.
Things to do in Almaty

1. Tyubeteika

Satpaeva 32/1 | Vesnovka, Almaty 050057, Kazakhstan Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Central Asian, Uzbek, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night HK$24 - HK$71 +7 707 127 0305
Excellent
58%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 464 reviews

Tyubeteika

We believe that for 10 years already we cook only the best dishes of the Middle Eastern cuisine, create an inviting atmosphere in each of our restaurants and serve everyone as the dearest guest.

Reviewed By Andis L

I was in that Tyubeteika, which is located in Samal-1, near Dostyk plaza. Service was ok, menu - with pictures, but for Asian cuisine I'd expect it longer. Soup was ok, but manty did not taste good. I think they were taken out too early.
Interior was poor, I had a feeling like in little tuned-up canteen. Next time I will try other Tyubeteika.

2. Alasha

Ospanova St., 20, Almaty, Kazakhstan Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Asian, Eastern European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +7 727 254 0700
Excellent
51%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 278 reviews

Alasha

Actually an Uzbek restaurant, but you don't have that as an option

Reviewed By JGDynamo - Halifax Region, Canada

Our friends invited us to supper with them at Alasha near our hotel Tulip at the end of May and it was a delightful dining adventure. First time I had ever had horse, it is divine, we had lamb prepared and served a number of different ways, lots of cheese and a couple of their Georgian wines which were perfectly paired with what we had, I’m not a wine drinker but I did enjoy a glass or two. Service and atmosphere were great, someone else was paying so I can’t comment on the pricing and overall a delightful time with the music, singing and dancing. Highly recommend.

3. The Shakespeare Pub

Dostyk Ave., 40 | near intersection of Dostyk-Vinogradova, Almaty 050010, Kazakhstan Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, European, Pub, Indian, International, British, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Late Night, Drinks +7 727 291 9422
Excellent
27%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 166 reviews

The Shakespeare Pub

Reviewed By Travel_Pin_Man - Friday Harbor, Washington

I had scoped this spot out using TA. We were looking for a good place to eat/drink after an early evening flight into Almaty that was close to our hotel, the Dostyk. Shakespeare's was comfortable with pleasant and fast service. The food and drinks were good and we enjoyed the music and the pleasant atmosphere. Highly recommended, particularly if you are looking for food and drink that is familiar, which happens to us after weeks of travel in a foreign culture.

4. Zheti Kazyna

Abylay khana 58A, Almaty 050004, Kazakhstan Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Japanese, European, Asian, Eastern European, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +7 727 273 2587
Excellent
56%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 141 reviews

Zheti Kazyna

Meeting of restaurants - collection of good taste! Trditionl dishes & specilties of the house, desserts of the chef-confectioner, vast wine card, sommelier, summer verandah, sushi-bar, VIP-rooms.

Reviewed By JGDynamo - Halifax Region, Canada

The Zheti Kazyna restaurant complex was recommended to us by some locals while we were in Almaty so we went for supper there one of our nights. The place is huge, we wandered around a bit while waiting for our food and everything looked and smelled so good. We sat on the Kazakh side and ordered from the National Menu (the whole menu is ginormous) we started with some horse lamb and cheese platters and the zhovava which is fun to say and really tasty too. Did a besh of horse and veal and the portions are huge. Great food, decent pricing, servers were not very engaging but they do have huge sections and lots to remember about hundreds of menu items. We will definitely be back again.

5. Kazakh Restaurant Gakku

Keremet Microrayon 7, Almaty 050065, Kazakhstan Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout Asian Dinner, Lunch, Late Night +7 727 315 0967
Excellent
57%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 110 reviews

Kazakh Restaurant Gakku

Reviewed By Chun Yin L - Singapore, Singapore

Went there for dinner as it was just opposite our hotel. When we reached, it was almost closing time. But they still welcomed us and prepared food for us. The restaurant offers delicious traditional Kazakh food. The variety was also great. Like what many previous...MoreGood day! Thank you for your rewiew. We welcome our guests at any time. And we will always be glad to see you again! Best regards

6. Medved Tavern and Restaurant

137 Shepetkov Street, Almaty 50035, Kazakhstan Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible European, Russian, Eastern European Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +7 727 221 7216
Excellent
68%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 74 reviews

Medved Tavern and Restaurant

Reviewed By Michael B - Hastings, United Kingdom

Nice atmosphere and very good authentic cuisine. Very wide range of foods to cater for all tastes. Good wine list as well.

7. Gosti

Kunayeva St., 78 | Corner of Kazybek Bi street, Almaty 50010, Kazakhstan Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining, Highchairs Available Russian, Eastern European, Central European, European, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch HK$157 - HK$392 +7 727 341 0761
Excellent
61%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 134 reviews

Gosti

Reviewed By youke_worldwide - Singapore

This is a lovely Russian restaurant with a homely and cosey air to it. We had the same standard Russian appetizers and mains. Without doubt, I still love the minced cabbage rolls the best. Appetizers tasted similar as they all had different types of sauerkraut Would come here again if I had a chance.

8. Kishlak

Seyfullina 540A, Almaty 050022, Kazakhstan Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Highchairs Available Middle Eastern, Eastern European, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +7 727 261 5601
Excellent
52%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 142 reviews

Kishlak

Reviewed By Brigitta S

We basically tried through the menu (4 types of bread, salads, beshbarmak, plov, soups...) and everything was tasty. The waiters are really quick and polite, their traditional dresses are amazing as the whole inside decor. The prices are more or less moderate, the beer was a little bit more expensive than it should be. To summarize it, we had a nice dinner with a vast offer of Central Asian dishes.

9. Crudo Steakhouse

Rozybakieva St, 263, Almaty 050004, Kazakhstan Takeout, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, European, Barbecue Dinner, Drinks, Lunch +7 727 225 1010
Excellent
56%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 79 reviews

Crudo Steakhouse

First authentic European steakhouse in Almaty. True steaks from marbled meat of Australian Black Angus beef are here. Newly opened in November 2013 it is already one of the popular meat restaurants in Almaty. Especially among guests from Europe and United States.

Reviewed By Telan58 - Paris, France

Good service and the meat was perfectly Cooked.Differents origines of steacks including horse meat that is very frequent in Kazakhstan. Sorbet for désert of good taste and qualityThank you very much for your review. Preparing new menu, hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Crudo Steakhouse team.

10. Daredzhani

Kunaeva 85 | Corner of Kunayeva St., 85, Almaty 050000, Kazakhstan Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Eastern European, Georgian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +7 727 313 2415
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 327 reviews

Daredzhani

There is a legend: when the God was dividing the land between the nations the highlanders had a banquet and thus they were late for the distribution. In order not to leave them without any possessions God gave them the land that he had reserved for himself – Caucasus. Since that time people of rare kindness and hospitality live in Caucasus.

Reviewed By AnthonyGPhnomPenh - Phnom Penh

Kazak food can be pretty tasteless, consisting of boiled meats, finding this Georgian restaurant was a blessing. The atmosphere was fantastic and the staff attentive, helpful and warm. Had the rolled eggplant with cheese and tomato sauce and a nice, rich chicken dish with tomato sauce, reminded me a bit of Italian cuisine. The mulled white wince with tea was incredible, and needed given it was 30 C below in Almaty. Highly recommended.

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