Apart from the north Indian restaurants scattered in the Mall Road and the pocket-friendly joints in the Old Manali and the villages of Vashisht, Manali also offers fine dining experiences offering the tourists the panoramic views of the picturesque landscape and lush green surroundings. Here are some of the best restaurants in Manali—
Casa Bella Vista
Located in the Log Huts Road, the restaurant is undoubtedly the best when it comes to pizzas, pastas, and salads. With a perfect combination of wood-fired pizzas, thin crust, and tasty toppings, the popular vegetarian restaurant is one of the most scenic eateries in Manali. Flanked by tall pine trees on one side, and the Manalsu River on the other, Casa Bella Vista has their tables made from a single tree trunk.
The Johnson’s Cafe and Hotel
One of the best options for European food, The Johnson’s Cafe is mainly popular for its various preparations of the Himalayan river trout. Located near the Circuit House Road, the restaurant has a terraced garden where you can sit and enjoy the bonfire and live music. Lamb and Mint Gravy, Wood-Oven-Baked Trout, and Apple Crumble with Ice Cream are some of the specialties of this restaurant.
Mall road is one of the most sought-after spots in Manali tour packages. However, while shopping for your loved ones on the Mall Road, stop by for a sumptuous meal at Chopsticks. With a distinctly Tibetan decor, the restaurant serves a good mix of Chinese and Tibetan cuisines along with a few Japanese specialties. Do not forget to binge on the Tibetan Dumplings, Gyoza, Thenthuk, and Sichuan Chicken and Lamb amidst the Chinese lanterns and Tibetan lutes.
Lazy Dog Lounge
Located in the Manu Temple Road, this bar-cum-restaurant rests alongside the river. With a unique combination of classy yet earthy, you can wish to sit on chairs, benches, or cushions. The western-influenced menu draws a lot of tourists to the area. From pizzas and pastas, Pumpkin and Coconut Soups to Oven-Baked Trout and Thai Rice Bowls, the food here is cooked to perfection. The place offers a plethora of options when it comes to beer, wine, mocktails, and cocktails.
Located in Vashisht, 3 km. from Manali, the restaurant is a nature’s treat just as the name sounds. As you climb up the stone steps to its entrance, the musky fragrance of roses will welcome you. From the ambience to food and service, everything about the restaurant will give you the feeling of an Italian countryside. Do not forget to gorge on some pizzas and pastas with Italian herbs seasoning.
These were some of the restaurants in Manali where you can have your meals while sitting on the lap of the scenic Himalayas.