Zanazan Restaurant - Lake Sevan

zanazan restaurant

The exquisite Zanazan restaurant at Avan Marak Tsapatagh overlooks Lake Sevan and surrounding countryside from a beautiful open terrace. The restaurant offers exceptional Armenian cuisine made from fresh local ingredients and regional recipes, creatively reinterpreted and expanded by the Tufenkian culinary team.

Guests can enjoy their meals in the medieval dining hall or on the open terrace with a spectacular view over the lake. High vaulted ceilings at the Zanazan Restaurant provide guests with a unique experience, reminiscent of dining in a grand hall of a countryside manor. Enjoy freshly caught white fish from Lake Sevan, a popular favorite in local cuisine. Tufenkian Chefs prepare the fish to perfection, either pan friend, boiled, barbequed or oven baked, based on your choice.

Signature Dishes

Zanazan Salad
Sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, traditional Armenian cheese, spiced and served with fried lavash

Green Olive and Apple Salad
Sliced green olives and apples with traditional Armenian cheese

Smirna Kufta
Lightly-spiced,ground beef potties, served in a rich tomato gravy, accented with Armenian spices

Oven Fried Sig
Fresh white fish from lake Sevan marinated in a tomato and paprika sauce barbequed in the traditional Armenian style

Apple Pie
Cinnamon-spiced apples, nuts and raisins rolled in a light pastry dough

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The Hotel and restaurant on lake Sevan are very beautiful, but the best thing was the service of the staff.

Martin Chakoian

Everything about Avan Dzoraget Hotel is very pleasant. We will definitely recommend this hotel.

Hrair and Zaroug Kabakian

Dear Mr. Tufenkian

What a pleasure it is to drive at this lovely restaurant in Dilijan! We couldn't have enough of all types of food which is close to our heart - that is Western Armenian flavors and dishes.

Above all, the staff and the chef are of the highest caliber - courteous, pleasant and ready to go that extra mile for the patrons.

Our best

Kohar, Mitch & Megan Mardirosyan

It was great pleasure to be served here, where we found an excellent hospitality and warmest reception in Dilijan. The most important issue that my children get from here is sense of  fatherland. Many thanks to all Tufenkian!

Special gratitude to the amazing staff!

Ruben Boroyan

The best thing about Tufenkian Hotels besides excellent décor and cpmfort of rooms, is the courtesy of staff. Staff seems to be happy and proud working for a hotel, very helpful to guests and create a very warm and nice atmosphere. Thanks for that.

Viktoriya Meiksane

All Armenians know that Dilijan is a beautiful place, but very few know that it becomes even more beautiful when you stay at Tufenkian hotel. Me and my friend are among those few. Thank you for the wonderful dishes, good music and absolutely friendly staff.

Tsovinar Gapoujyan, Irina Danielyan

Thank you very much for Old Dilijan Complex. I'm really impressed. I met my history in this house. I became closer to my homeland. Thanks for making that happened!

Marika & Ruben

Thank you for the great service and hospitality of Avan Dzoraget Hotel, everything was just great.

Jorge Langoria

Dear Staff, 

Thank you for an outstanding stay, the service was excellent – especially by “Anna” in the restaurant. The staff has been well trained to know what pleases their guests and follows European expectations in that area. The food was excellent and well presented. The rooms are tastefully decorated combining modern and traditional. The buildings have been exquisitely renovated and are a have for those seeking a few days of luxury and relaxation. The signage could be better, this jewel is hard to find. The reception does not border on the main street and is easily overlooked.  Otherwise BRAVO, we hope the town follows suit. Thank you again. 

Joyce and Edward Eve

A wonderful delight to find this guest house in Dilijan. Good foresight. The food is fantastic and the collection and staff next door were most professional.

Saro Khachikyan from Boston

Провели в вашей гостинице 8 незабываемых дней, очарованы изысканным интерьером гостиницы и были окружены вниманием и теплотой работников гостиницы и ресторана.

Sargsyan Margarita

We especially liked the decoration in Avan Marak Tsapatagh Hotel. Very stylish rooms, very friendly and helpful staff.

Renson Boudoux

Avan Marak Tsapatagh Hotel is a perfect hotel. Lovely rooms and suites, very comfortable beds, charming and polite staff.

Tim Padworth and Tanya Panasenko

First of all, I was kind of enchanted seeing the name Kharpert, as it means a lot to me. I consider myself a "Kharpertsi" as my roots are from there, and that the fact we should always consider ourselves as such has a major impact on "Armenianity" and on the continuation of Armenian 
culture and heritage overall. Kudos to M. Tufenkian!


Second, I did not waste any time, even hasted, to get inside the restaurant. One word: I liked the interior. Major reason, probably, because most restaurants in Armenia are not as I call them family-friendly, but Kharpert is a nice place where you can relax, eat and talk quietly and peacefully. Places such this should be in abundance all over Armenia. In fact, the situation is really changing. Nowadays I see some newly opened restaurants in Yerevan, established by Syrian-Armenian immigrants, which seem to work properly and prosper.

That is due, in my opinion, to being family-restaurants. So, one more time praise to Tufenkian for acquiring and accomplishing such a task.


Third and a very important point; the staff of the restaurant have smile on their face and they create a very friendly mood (please, don't take it as a joke, but it's a sad thing you encounter grumpy faces all over Armenia).  So my question, where on earth did M. Tufenkian fetch those people?


Ah, now we come to the most exciting part: the menu. Frankly I did not consider trying various Italian dishes, that was not my target, instead I aimed for our National dishes... Delighted. Can't deny that I was taken back to the time when my mom cooked them, and probably my appreciation and evaluation would be quite subjective, but my son was also delighted and enchanted. And as I understood, M. Tufenkian is a Kharpertsi too, so I thank him for the wonderful and tasty food I had.

Of course, as I remember from my mom's menu, some names are a bit changed, but that is not important, on the contrary now I know I have a place where I can have a nice lunch with my family.


Dr. Harout V. Tanielian

It's been so great  to find this cute little restaurant  in Dilijan with such a nice personnel and decent food.

Thanks much!

Zaruhi Saroyan

Dear James

What a delight to be a guest a yet another Tufenkian restaurant. As always the food was super, the atmosphere pleasant and the staff welcoming and service with a smile.

Best wishes


We enjoyed very much our stay in Avan Marak Tsapatagh Hotel; we found the facility and the staff to be very professional and helpful.

Hratch Mesropian

Dilijan is a great place, we've really enjoyed the beautiful nature, the nice little shop and the friendly people.

Juscha Manska from Holland

Dear Mr. Tufenkian

I have visited all of your hotels and I don't want to repeat what everybody knows, excellent  food and service. But I do want to commend you as an individual who has made a great contribution in our small and young republic. I wish that we had other individuals like you as I'm sure our country would truly blossom.


Dear Mr. Tufenkian;

Recently I and Boston Composer Hayg Boyadjian visited historic churches near the Lori region. On that occasion we spent on night in Avan Dzoraget Hotel. we are both thankful for the very enjoyable atmosphere of the hotel and the very good service that we have received.

I am now working on an opera on the life of Mashtots, and therefore i was very impressed by the fact that the lobby of the hotel displayed the Armenian alphabet.

Edward Sadoyan

Edward Sadoyan