7 Best Place For Fish Thali In Goa, As Per Local Foodies

Goa and seafood are a pair that go hand in hand and one of the best ways to experience the classic is with a typical, Goan Fish Thali. With a rich coastline that spans the entire Western edge of the state, there’s no dearth of places that offer up fish thalis on their menu, in fact, you could throw a rock and probably hit a dozen spots with a decent option. But even though fish thalis are on every street corner, finding the true gems is a secret known only to the locals. 

This is simply because the true Goa isn’t the one that you see on the travel brochures and social media posts. All sun-streaked sand and cocktails by the pool. The heart of Goa is in its quiet lanes that remain untouched by the throngs of tourists and still exude the age-old traditions and flavours. 

Goan fish thalis are a culinary masterpiece that encapsulates the essence of Goan seafood cuisine. These thalis, or platters, are a delicious assembly of various elements, showcasing a harmonious blend of flavours and textures that typically include fish curry, fried fish, refreshing sol kadhi, crispy dried shrimp kismoor and a selection of local vegetables along with rice. 

If you’re looking to eat off the beaten track and sample some local spots for your next fish thali adventure, Goa’s Foodies have your back. Here are 10 recommendations for local Goan Fish Thali spots you should try. 

Dharmu Hotel, Loutolim, Recommended by Vaishnavi (@crispycurryy)

As with many of the next places, you’d probably never spot this restaurant unless you know where to look. Located in a family home, it churns out all sorts of seafood delicacies. “This is a very small place with a very limited sitting,” says Vaishnavi, “It’s run by 4 members of the family. Known for their Fish Thalis and absolutely delicious fish curries and fish fry.” Some of their most ordered thalis are the Modso and the Prawn thali, plus their nostalgia-inducing malai kulfis are a perfect treat to end your meal.

Location: https://www.google.com/maps?sca_esv=599820148&rlz=1C1CHBD_enIN1052IN1052&sxsrf=ACQVn09nKSpoNEUzbF9koZkDyoCW75qF0A:1705680871850&uact=5&gs_lp=Egxnd3Mtd2l6LXNlcnAiFkRoYXJtdSBIb3RlbCwgTG91dG9saW0yBBAjGCcyBBAjGCdIrg1QzgJYzgJwAXgAkAEAmAHfAaAB3wGqAQMyLTG4AQPIAQD4AQH4AQKoAhTCAgcQIxjqAhgnwgINEC4YxwEYrwEY6gIYJ8ICFhAAGAMYjwEY5QIY6gIYtAIYjAPYAQHCAhYQLhgDGI8BGOUCGOoCGLQCGIwD2AEB4gMEGAAgQboGBggBEAEYCw&um=1&ie=UTF-8&fb=1&gl=in&sa=X&geocode=KWF14ez2sL87Me2Zdv67zpog&daddr=NH+17,+B+angdi,+Loutolim,+Goa+403718

Phone Number: 098221 28001

USP Dishes: Fish Thali

Available Cuisines: Goan

Type: Veg and Non Veg

Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Timings: 10:30 am - 3 pm, 7 pm - 11 pm

Address: NH 17, Bangdi, Loutolim, Goa 403718

Cost for two: ₹400

 Kokum Curry, Candolim, Recommended by Shara (@foodie_on.a_roll)

With two outlets, one in Panjim and one in Candolim, Kokum Curry is Shara’s pick. “They serve authentic Goan Saraswat cuisine, that’s why I find their taste very homely.” she says. “The taste is very similar to what my mom prepares at home and I love it!” It’s also a chance to explore some lesser-known dishes you may not have tried before. “You’ll find dishes like Mangane (a Goan sweet prepared during Chaturthi), Khatkhate (a gravy made with seasonal veggies available during Chaturthi) on their menu.”

Location: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/?api=1&destination=15.5160670000,73.7685418000

Phone Number: +918378969233

USP Dishes: Thalis, Mini Combo meals, kokum curries, Kaaratheacho Kunvoll

Available Cuisines: Bar Food, Goan, Beverages

Type: Veg and Non Veg

Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Timings: 10 am - 3:30 pm, 6 - 11:30 pm

Address: Kokum Curry, 1st Floor, above Delfino's Hymart, Candolim, Goa 403515

Cost for two: ₹1000

Mahalaxmi Restaurant, Panjim, Recommended by Anand Raikar @foodeatzers

If you’re out and about in Panjim looking for a spot that’s quick, reliable and a bang for your buck, Mahalaxmi is the place for you. “In Panaji, this is a popular lunch spot among working professionals,” says Anand. “It is also my go-to lunch spot. This place offers Fish Thalis starting from Rs 120/-.” It’s the kind of down-to-earth, straightforward good food that embodies the spirit of Goa, where a great meal doesn’t have to cost the earth. 

Location: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/?api=1&destination=15.4976045569,73.8224554807

Phone Number: +917008955377

USP Dishes: Mushroom Rawa Fry, Squids Batter Fry, Mutton Sukha

Available Cuisines: Goan, North Indian, Chinese, Biryani, Fast Food, Sichuan

Type: Veg and Non Veg

Meals Served: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner

Timings: 12 pm - 3:30 pm, 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Address: Bishop Building, Dr Braganza Pereira Road, Panjim, Goa 

Cost for two: ₹240 onwards

Rashdeep Restaurant, Panjim, Recommended by Vaishnavi @crispycurryy

Blink and you’ll miss this inconspicuous hole in the wall in Panjim. “It’s been there for about 70+ years, set inside a small old house serving delicious home-cooked meals at very reasonable rates,” says Vaishnavi. With simple canteen-style benches and a permanent chalkboard menu up on the wall, this is the definition of less is more. “There are limited items but all fresh, super delicious and priced within ₹250 only.” 

Location: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/?api=1&destination=15.4991653796,73.8243447617

Phone Number: +919960096757

USP Dishes: Home Cooked meals

Available Cuisines: Seafood, Goan

Type: Veg and Non Veg

Meals Served: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner

Timings: 12:30 pm - 3 pm, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Address: FRXF+MP3, Swami Vivekanand Rd, Near Geeta Bakery, Ozari, Panaji, Goa 403001

Cost for two: ₹250 onwards

Regency Family Restaurant & Bar, Reis Magos, Recommended by Anand Raikar (@foodeatzers)

Located at the main junction of Verem village, just 2km from the Betim ferry terminal and 5km from Candolim and offers a great opportunity to try some Goan flavours. “The restaurant serves a wide variety of Goan as well as Indian preparations,” says Anand, “It’s a good place to try fish thali and other seafood dishes The restaurant is owned by Mr. Anand. He is kind enough to help you with the menu, especially choosing the catch of the day and selecting the restaurant's special dishes. The food is reasonably priced for the area.”

Location: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/?api=1&destination=15.5082062000,73.8098264000

Phone Number: +918668350940

USP Dishes: Seafood, fish thalis

Available Cuisines: Goan

Type: Veg and Non Veg

Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Timings: 10:30 am – 3:30 pm, 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Address: Verem Market Verem, Reis Magos, Goa 403114

Cost for two: ₹1,000

Ritz Classic, Panjim, Recommended by Shrishti Prabhudesai (@shrishti_peabhudesai)

A familiar face for locals, this spot has a couple of offshoots but for the true blue experience, the Panjim spot is hard to beat. “Ritz Classic is an age-old restaurant, they make sure each item in thali is made with the Authentic recipe and ingredients.” says Shrishti, “They of course have more two new outlets but my personal favourite is the Old one, it gives the Goan vibe and real essence of flavours.”

Location: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/?api=1&destination=15.4986080596,73.8263054565

Phone Number: +918322426417

USP Dishes: Crab Butter Garlic, Sea Food Thali, Fish Thaali, Goan Prawn Curry, Caramel Pudding, Fish Platter

Available Cuisines: Continental, Seafood, North Indian, Chinese, Mughlai, Asian, Desserts, Beverages

Type: Veg and NonVeg

Meals Served: Bunch, Lunch, Dinner

Timings: 11 am - 11 pm

Address: Building, 1st Floor, Wagle Vision, 18th June Rd, Ozari, Panaji, Goa 403001

Cost for two: ₹1,500

Royal Ruchik, Panjim, Recommended by Anand Raikar (@foodeatzers) and Shara (@foodie_on.a_roll)

This small hideaway in Panjim is a favourite and earned the vote of two local foodies, so you know it’s a must-try. A family-run affair, it offers pocket-friendly prices and caters to the office crowd on most days but can also put on a feast when needed. “The interesting part, they serve something called Ravan Thali which consists of 15+ non veg and seafood items that cost only 700rs and can be shared by 4 people,” says Anand. “It is the perfect place to satisfy your appetite after Ganesh Chaturthi. Don't forget to try their Ravan Thali, which offers a delightful mix of Goan flavours,” adds Shara.

Location: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/?api=1&destination=15.4883731000,73.8189178000

Phone Number: +918888886108

USP Dishes: Thali, Fish Fry

Available Cuisines: Goan, Seafood, Biryani

Type: Veg and Non Veg

Meals Served: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner

Timings: 12 pm - 4 pm

Address: Road to Caculo Mall, Alpha Building, Ground Floor, Opp. Basilios Gym, St. Inez, Panaji, Goa - 403001

Cost for two: ₹400