Almaty Restaurants

One of the joys of visiting Almaty is sampling its growing, diverse and well-established restaurant scene. Almaty is Kazakhstan’s business capital which means it attracts visitors from all over the world looking to capitalize on the country’s relatively new-found freedom and growing energy wealth.

As a result, Almaty’s restaurant scene has kept pace with a slew of new establishments designed to meet the ethnic, traditional, fusion and casual dining preferences of it visitors. You can find great Italian, Korean and Chinese food in Almaty along with a strong selection of Indian and traditional Central Asian cuisine. The restaurants also vary greatly in price with everything for Sushi for a few dollars to exquisite French cuisine served on silver platters beneath elaborate chandeliers.

Among our must-try recommendations is the Uzbek-styled Alasha. It serves some of the best traditional plov in the city and imports from Uzbekistan the ingredients for the dish. It’s also decorated with exquisitely colored tile, elaborately carved wooden doors, streams and fountains. And they put on a show while you eat featuring tightrope walkers, acrobats and dances.

You’ll also want to check out Bellagio – reputed to be the choice of Bill Clinton, Vladimir Putin and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Its location is spectacular, facing the Malaya Almatinka River in the foothills of the Tien Shan mountains and it offers a diverse Italian menu.

More and more restaurants – particularly the more upscale places – are beginning to offer English language menus. But even those that don’t usually feature friendly staff willing to help you out with a combination of pointing, simple phrases and a few descriptive hand gestures. And remember that tipping in Almaty usually runs about 10 percent of the bill.

So don’t let the language barrier keep you in your hotel. Almaty’s restaurant owners are more than happy to see visiting faces and to give you the help you need to enjoy a great meal.

Price Key (per person):

$ = 3000 tenge-6500 tenge
$$ = 6500 tenge-9500 tenge
$$$ = 9500 tenge-13,000 tenge

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