|Hamam-e Vakil Chaykhaneh 1 of 10 Top restaurants in Kerman
Architecturally magnificent, this subterranean teahouse built in 1820 is easily the most atmospheric dining option in Kerman. It’s best known for its elegant arches, vaulted ceilings and live music throughout the day, but the food isn’t bad (lunch only from noon to 2.30pm); the specialities are khashke bademjan and the Kermani khoresht bozghorme , a mixture of lamb and pickled garlic with whey, butter and walnuts.
|Restaurant Ganjali Khan 2 of 10 Top restaurants in Kerman
This underground place near the bazaar entrance is not as charming as the Hamam-e Vakil Chaykhaneh, but delicious, inexpensive food makes it a local favourite. The ghorme sabzi (diced meat, beans and vegetables, served with rice; US$3) and dizi (lamb stew made with lentils, potatoes and tomato; are both good, or just sit with tea and qalyan (water pipe). There is no English sign.
|Akhavan Hotel Restaurant 3 of 10 Top restaurants in Kerman
What this place lacks in atmosphere (it looks like a hospital ward) is amply made up for with a delightfully varied menu and low prices. Skip lunch and try a bit of everything with the big buffet dinner , or take the vegie option with kashke bademjan (eggplant, garlic, onion, mint and whey). For a little more romance get it served in your room.
|Pepe Nero Italian Food 4 of 10 Top restaurants in Kerman
More than 700 years after Marco Polo swung by, Kerman finally has a restaurant (not a pizzeria) serving foreign flavours. And while it’s a way off any Michelin stars, the pasta and lasagne we had were surprisingly good.
|Khayyam Restaurant 5 of 10 Top restaurants in Kerman
This faux-traditional place is convenient to the Ayatollah Saduqi St hotels, though the food quality is inconsistent.
|Bardia Restaurant 6 of 10 Top restaurants in Kerman
Beautiful setting in a peaceful area with the sound of water flowing, the huts are private and cool in the summer and heated in the winter. Feel free to bring what you need to make your stay more comfortable. Each hut has a carpet on the floor and large rectangular cushions for your back.
|A.S.P Restaurant 7 of 10 Top restaurants in Kerman
Quick service, large eating hall, and excellent rice and salads. But food disappears fast when locals swarm to the restaurant for afternoon meals – that is why the place even closes earlier than any other diner in the neighborhood.