This not centrally located restaurant went through many transformations (it was also Italian in the past) but I do believe that its owners finally found the right cuisine for their venue and now it serves different dishes from the Balkan peninsular with a focus on the Bulgarian and especially the Serbian barbecue (done on real wooden coal it is very delicious!). The restaurant works everyday from 11:00 a.m. till 01:00 a.m. and offers to its guests 60 seats inside and 70 seats in its summer garden. The menu is quite long so you will need some time to make a choice (all the meals that we ordered were very tasty), I have been surprised pleasantly by the variety of rare for this town beers they offer on tap, the prices are average for the town of Pleven, the staff is kind though we have been unlucky enough to be served by a new waiter who made several mistakes with our order and ran to check this and that all the time... What we didn't like is that there were a lot of mosquitoes in the summer garden and the choice of music could have been better since there is much better Serbian music than the one they played this evening... The restaurant offers home deliveries, there is plenty of space next to it in the nearby streets where you can park your car, so in general I would recommend you to visit this Balkan restaurant and enjoy its tasty cuisine - just use some repellent if you go there during the warm part of the year...
Favorite Dish: Byala (white) veshalitsa
This is a newly renovated and quite good looking not very big in size restaurant in the centre of Pleven. It's situated on the 7th floor in the business centre "Genimex" and offers from its summer terrace a great view over the beautiful building of the city hall of Pleven and the surrounding area. There is live music playing retro hits changed from time to time with recorded music (again retro and Bulgarian folk songs) - we have seen people dancing that night! The menu is quite long and full of dishes that sound quite interesting (find below the list of what we had and could recommend), the staff is quite friendly and willing to please the guests. Prices are average for Pleven and such kind of an outlet - salads between 5.00 and 8.00 BGN (2.50-4.00 EUR), most of the main dishes with a price between 7.00 and 15.00 BGN (3.50-7.50 EUR). There is a nice wine and liquor list, several type of bottle beer and Stolichno bock beer on draught, plenty of waters, juices, carbonated drinks. The parking could be an issue since there is no parking lot and you can't park right in front of the business centre, so you have to find place in the nearby small streets. There are paintings on the walls that you could buy. I would recommend this restaurant as something different to experience in Pleven!
Favorite Dish: Their Caprese and Sveta gora (Holy mountain) salads, the "Exotic" risotto, the chicken fillet with sauteed potatoes, the dessert cream with lady fingers biscuits and mascarpone
This is a newly opened cosy and clean cafe and confectionery in Pleven. It is situated not far from the town centre and the pedestrian zones as well as some main attractions like the historical museum, the town garden and the park-musem "Skobelev". We found it not only charming but also quite convenient for families with small kids because of the children room full of toys where you could leave your kid to play with others under the supervision of a lady for the price of 2 BGN/1 EUR per hour (there is a LED TV transmitting what is happening in the children room during all the time). The cafe is non-smoking and offering different hot and cold non-alcohol drinks, several types of beer plus some liquors. One of its main attractions (apart from the well-organized children room that I have already mentioned) is that they serve cakes from the famous Nedelya confectionery. The prices are average for such kind of an outlet, you can pay only in cash though. The parking could be an issue since there is no speficic parking place next to the cafe and you have to find such in the nearby streets. I will recommend Deja Vu to all people living or visiting Pleven, because it's a pleasant experience for both adults and kids!
Favorite Dish: You have to try for sure their Cappuccino Deja Vu (with different flavours - my favourite is the mint one)and the Nedelya cakes they serve (with prices between 3-3.50 BGN/1.50-1.70 EUR per piece)
This is a restaurant situated in the very centre of the city, next to the famous old church. The building is owned by the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox church and that's why it was named "Paraklisa" (The Chapel). The venue was opened years ago, but it changed tenant/owner and its chef recently therefore we decided to visit it and we have been amazed how good it is! The club-restaurant is medium in size - it has around 80 seats inside and around 30 seats in its summer garden which is not working right now, because of the season. The menu list is not very long, but fortunately offers a great variety of food and tasty dishes that you can't find in other restaurants in Pleven. You could order there also more traditional dishes like steaks, fish, pizza, pasta, risotto, different desserts. I recommend you to try the salad with four types of cheese (Quattro Formaggi), their Caesar salad, their pork loin with Boletus edulis, the chicken fillet with curry and honey... The restaurant offers also a great variety of alcohol (I was impressed by their wine list) and bottled and local draught beer. The staff is kind and working really fast, the prices are average for Pleven (the salads are between 4,00 and 7,00 BGN (2,00-3,50 EUR), the main courses are between 8,00 and 20,00 BGN (4,00-10,00 EUR)), you could pay in cash or by the most commonly used credit/debit cards. There is a parking next to the restaurant (paid during the day, free in the evening), but the good central location of the restaurant allows you to come by feet even if you are sight-seeing in the centre of the city or staying in some of the centrally located hotels. Reservations are accepted.
Favorite Dish: There are so many of of them - the salad with four cheeses (Quattro Formaggi), the Caesar salad, the pork loin with Boletus edulis, the chicken fillet with curry and honey, the deep-fried Camembert cheese with blueberry jam and nuts or just the traditional Shopska salad and their home-made bread with yellow cheese and garlic...
This restaurant was opened several years ago, but still keeps the image of cooking and serving great food at affordable prices. It is situated a little bit away from the city centre, relatively close to the famour park Kailuka and offers quite a nice menu of traditional Bulgarian dishes plus good variety of alcohol, wines and beer (two-three types of draught beer for instance). You can taste different salads, appetizers, main courses and dessers (see below my personal choice) - I always have problems when choosing what exactly to order since everything is so delicious! You better make a reservation if you want to visit the place on Friday evening or during the weekend, because it's usually full. There is also live music, but I don't think that this is a strong side of this outlet and I personally enjoy the moment when there is no band playing around.
One important notice I don't like very much visiting this bistro during the cold weather because the venue is not very big and although it looks in general cosy somehow I don't feel ok inside, but I adore visiting it during the warm period of the year when the summer garden is open.
Favorite Dish: Potatoes in Rhodope style, the shepherd's salad, cream brulle to name a few
This relatively recenltly opened restaurant is located in the very centre of Pleven. It is actually under the ground and that's why it's plus the fact that it pretends to be a tradional Bulgarian folk restaurant (as interior and cuisine) this venue is called "Starata Izba" (The Old Cellar"). The meals are average as taste and price (the only dishes that I like there are some of their salads), the restaurant desperately needs a better ventilation system, because it gets filled with smoke when there are more smokers in it. There is a live orchestra playing on Friday and Saturday evenings folk music (at least they say so, because it's not traditional folk music at all) but usually they do it so loudly that you cannot hear your neighbour talking... A lot of people go there also to dance during these evenings, but it's a question of musical tastes at the end of the day. My opinion is that you won't miss anything if you don't visit this mediocre in all terms restaurant.
Favorite Dish: They have some good salads.
This is a cozy restautant located in the very centre of Pleven with 90 seats inside (this is the smoking area) and a small winter garden (claimed to be the area for non-smokers) that is easily turned into a summer garden during the warm months of the year. The restautant is known for its tasty meals at reasonable prices and you have to make a reservation if you want to get seats in the evening even during the week days. Among my favourite dishes there are several of their salads (see the photo of one of them below), the chicken fillet in sour and sweet sauce, the fried yellow cheese bits and their home made bread (with cheese, yellow cheese and eggs or garlic). The staff is very friendly and fast in taking/delivering orders. The only disadvantages of this restaurant are that you could pay only in cash and there is no parking lot of the restaurant itself (the closest one is the paid parking behing Speedy Bar&Grill). I would definitely recommend restaurant Budapeshta (the Bulgarian name for the Hungarian capital Budapest) to all people who live or visit Pleven.
Favorite Dish: The chicken fillet in sour and sweet sauce as well as their home made bread.
This is the last restaurant remaining from a chain of pizza restaurants in Pleven from the near past (they have also one seasonal outlet in Sozopol at the Bulgarian seaside). It is located in the central part of the town nearby the Balkan hotel and the Medical Institute of Pleven. It has a nice interior with 60 seats inside (I do like their big aquarium!) and a nice summer garden that almost doubles the seats during the warm seasons. The restaurants works everyday from 10:30 a.m. till 11:30 p.m. and is offering to itse clients free WiFi. You can park on the boulevard next to the restaurant, there is no other parking that belongs to this venue. It's really difficult to choose among the different and very tasty dishes in the rick menu, but I would recommend you to try the browned potatoes with white and yellow cheese, the President pizza and the homemade tiramisu. Don't miss to taste also the unique draught Stolichno bock beer! The prices are quite normal, you could pay in cash and by credit/debit card. This is the best pizzeria in Pleven and I would recommend it without any doubts to anyone!
Favorite Dish: Try the browned potatoes with white and yellow cheese, the President pizza and the homemade tiramisu