Osh Food Guide: 10 must-eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Osh
Osh (Kyrgyz: Ош, Russian: Ош, Uzbek: O'sh) is the second largest city in Kyrgyzstan, located in the Fergana Valley in the south of the country and often referred to as the "capital of the south". It is the oldest city in the country (estimated to be more than 3000 years old), and has served as the administrative center of Osh Region since 1939. The city has an ethnically mixed population of about 255,800 in 2012, comprising Kyrgyz, Uzbeks, Russians, Tajiks, and other smaller ethnic groups. It is about 5 km away from the Uzbekistan border.
1. Restaurant Tsarskiy Dvor
4 based on 66 reviews
Reviewed By Carol A S - Marietta, Georgia
Outdoor dining among the trees, but food mediocre and service poor
Tsarskiy Dvor is easy to find on Lenin Street, a block east of the eastern entrance to Suliaman-Too mountain. A tour group of 14 of us stopped in for a late Saturday lunch, after visiting the bazaar. The outdoor seating was a treat, raised decks under leafy trees. A slight breeze made for pleasant dining, and the high compound walls of the restaurant secluded us from traffic noise. The setting was the best part of my dining experience. Although the restaurant was about 1/5 full, only one waiter was assigned to our group, so ordering and food arrival took a long time. I had noodle soup, bread and tea, which seemed about the same as noodle soups I had in other Kyrgyz restaurants. The green tea was hot and freshly brewed in a pot. Some of the group had meat grilled on little sticks, and said it was OK, but lacked flavor and was a bit tough. Several people ordered a pizza to share, which took about 45 minutes to arrive at the table (everyone else had finished up by then). We got into a dispute with the only waiter, who brought four baskets of bread to our table of four (we wanted one basket to share with four of us). He was surly about correcting the order, and then ignored our table for the remainder of our lunch. I had heard that this was considered one of the better restaurants in Osh, but maybe we dined on an off day.
2. Dolce Vita
Reviewed By Stephen R - London, United Kingdom
Great meal at a great price
We came in the afternoon, so it wasn't that busy. The food was excellent, served quickly and hot. Cheese burger was very good. Lasagna was tasty, but could have been hotter. Pizza was also good. Deserts were also delicious, especially the apple strudel. Really good value for money.
4 based on 31 reviews
Reviewed By Anders C
This restaurant have a huge meny, really something for everyone. A good selection of starters and main dished and a small but good desert selection. The atmosphere is good. It all seems clean and professional. They speak little english, but we had no problems. Recommend if you are staying in Osh. Though not very traditional Kyrgyzstan food.
4. Cafe Atabek
4 based on 22 reviews
Reviewed By HermannOH - Dresden, Germany
Pleasant Atmosphere, very good food, English Language Menu and Waitress
Attention: There seem to be 2 places with similar names!Several rooms, inside - outside. Relaxed atmosphere. Family place for locals.Not all items of English Menu available (probably slower updates then original menu).
4 based on 30 reviews
Reviewed By patz_boom - The Hague, The Netherlands
Average says it all
Nothing special! Misfortune mix of western and local taste. The service was ok though no English menu available. Food was ok.
6. Calfornia Cafe
Reviewed By liljis - Helsinki, Finland
Best pizza, refreshing Greek salad
Small hidden cafe, best found with Google Maps as mentioned in other review.The pizza I had was the real deal with no dill or other strange ingredients. Too bad the heat wave in the city had killed my appetite so coming here for lunch wasn't the best of choices. Some of the staff was sleeping in one of the tables, also tired of the hot weather. The chicken in my pizza had some funky bits which wasn't expected.My fiance had Greek salad which was fresh and good size portion. I just don't understand why most places in Osh don't have real feta cheese in the Greek salad but instead something soft and non-crumbly. This is not the only place doing this even though the menu might say feta cheese.
Rest bar Banzay isn’t just some dinner in bisiness like atmosphere, cup of good-smelled coffee in a cauple of few comrades or romantic dinner ,but palace,where your life most significant things happen.
Reviewed By solennb76
C’est cher payé pour un plat vraiment peu goûteux. Il y a bien meilleur pour moins cher en ville... passez votre chemin ! Joli cadre ceci dit, d’où les 2 étoiles
4 based on 9 reviews
Reviewed By JoostG3 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Huge menu, great local beers
Had a rather late diner here (23h+), which was no problem for the kitchen. Had some issues getting through the gate, as security did not understand us and would not let us in. After staff intervened we were at the table in minutes.Menu is positively huge, with staple local dishes and a large range of western options. After spending 10 days in the Pamirs, we've opted for western dishes, trying burgers, pizzas etc., all available for a very reasonable price (cheap for western standards, moderately so for Osh). Some local beers available, which are pretty nice too.Service was OK. As usual dishes came in pretty random order and often separately, but everything was there and staff was prompt and kind. Solid option for a good diner.
3 based on 15 reviews
Reviewed By Alex_Johnson_Bishkek - Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
The cofffe and food is ok but good for Osh
For Osh it's hard to find western places / a place with WiFi. I have been to Borsok a few times and i have enjoyed it every time. It's nothing really special but if you have been in the mountains for last few weeks only eating Kyrgyz food it's worth a stop! I would go again.
10. Malenkaya Yaponiya
Reviewed By HuntCon - Winchester, Virginia
Surprisingly enough, there is good food in Osh. Ate here one night and it was good food and great service. Beer was good and the selection on the menu was also good.