Decorated with an elegant interior and a summer terrace for shady al fresco dining, Platan is perhaps the best restaurant in Samarkand. The menu contains some Middle Eastern and Thai influences alongside regional dishes to satisfy your cravings. The salad menu there is especially good, a few recommendations would be lobio, Thai beef salad or the Bloody Mary salad. Breakfast in Platan is top class with different types of cereals and other options everyday. Coffees are made on the spot paired with a variety of fruit, pastries, cheese, etc. Reservations are recommended for any meal of the day as it might get crowded.
An address loved by the people of Samarkand who come here to enjoy good local cuisine, prepared with care. The Uyghur lagman in particular is highly recommended here. For those with a bigger appetite, you can order a chachlik to pair with your order. Although the dishes are simple, Besh Chinor meets the expectation of delivering good quality dishes. This low-key traditional place is another perfect spot to get plov (pilaf), chicken kebab or manti (steamed dumplings). There's beer on tap, full range of cold drinks and a quiet and easily overlooked back garden area. There is no english menu available in the restaurant but do not hesitate to approach the friendly staff for some help.
A hot spot for students to drop by for a cup of coffee or breaking the crust at noon. The atmosphere is very alive and absolutely not touristy due to the students in the cafe! There are pizzas, salads and other small dishes to catch up at noon, giving the usual traditional Uzbek cuisine a change. It seems more like a less formalized cafe, waitresses are helpful and there is an English menu with pictures of the dishes. The prices were reasonable for a cafe and its frequented by locals which tells you things you never knew you needed.
Restaurant Old City has an excellent reputation in the eyes of loyal customers, but the number doesn't stop increasing. You will be surprised by the festive table decor along with unique dishes served by the chef. If you are a vegan, fret not as this restaurant provides vegan dishes too. It is a rare opportunity to try the vegan version of local Uzbek "plov" (a national dish). Reservations are recommended if you plan to dine in, as the restaurant tends to be fully booked at peak meal times. The restaurant is the perfect place for a casual conversation or meet ups with friends and family.