Chennai restaurants are a melting pot of multi-national cuisines, ranging from Indian delicacies to Italian pizzas and pastas.

Chennai, India’s third largest metropolitan city has umpteen restaurants all over the city. Restaurants in Chennai range from classic ‘meals’ joints, which serve thalis and snacks, to more upmarket restaurants that cater to the well heeled traveller. Chennai has a lot of multi-cuisine restaurants that specialise in a variety of international cuisines so if you’re craving a particular cuisine it won’t be hard to find in Chennai.

Chennai is packed with classic ‘meals’ joints, which serve thalis for lunch and dinner, and tiffin (snacks) such as idlis and dosas the rest of the day. It’s hard not to find a branch of the famous Chennai restaurant chain, Saravana Bhavan wherever you are in Chennai; it’s tempting and feasible to eat every meal here as the vegetarian food is delicious and affordable.

In the Muslim area around Triplicane High Road, in addition to the many South Indian cafes, there are several biryani joints every few metres and they all serve top quality Hyderabadi biryani.

If you’re in the Egmore district, Saravana Bhavan is a great choice for South Indian vegetarian food. For the adventurous non-vegetarians out there, Ponnusamy Hotel serves some interesting options such as brain fry and rabbit masala. If you’re home sick and are craving some Western cuisine, head to Sparky’s Diner for American or Basil for their multi-cuisine menu.

Nungambakkam is a popular spot for Chennai restaurants specialising in international cuisines. Tuscana Pizzeria is perhaps the best pizzeria in town, serving thin-crust pizzas like they’re going out of fashion. The expat owner also runs a Greek restaurant, Kryptos just around the corner from his pizzeria. Sea Shell is another great place to visit for their Middle Eastern favourites such as hummus and shawarma.

South Chennai has some of the best restaurants in Chennai. These restaurants range from Western-style cafes to upmarket Indian restaurants. Try Copper Chimney for yummy but expensive North Indian tandoori dishes or Coconut Lagoon for excellent Keralan and Goan seafood delicacies.

Below is a list of some of the popular restaurants in Chennai.


1. Palki Restaurant Chennai

Located on Cathedral Road in Gopalapuram, Palki Restaurant Chennai is a multi-cuisine restaurant specialising in North Indian, South Indian and Chinese cuisines. It is an upmarket restaurant with a focus on family dining. After dining here, we think that the service and ambiance is of high standards; however, they need to improve the quality of their dishes to match their prices.


2. Hotel Thayif Chennai

Located next to the Government Museum in Egmore, Hotel Thayif is a small, budget eatery that does lovely veg and non-veg Indian curries and tasty Indian breads to go with them. If you’re in the area, try Hotel Thayif for good value and tasty food.


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