Lucknow Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Lucknow

July 20, 2017 Enriqueta Cusson

Lucknow (/ˈlʌknaʊ/ ( listen) Lakhna'ū) is the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and is also the administrative headquarters of the eponymous District and Division. It is the eleventh most populous city and the twelfth most populous urban agglomeration of India. Lucknow has always been known as a multicultural city that flourished as a North Indian cultural and artistic hub, and the seat of power of Nawabs in the 18th and 19th centuries. It continues to be an important centre of governance, administration, education, commerce, aerospace, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, culture, tourism, music and poetry.
Things to do in Lucknow

1. Royal Cafe

9/7 Shahnajaf Road, Opposite Sahara Ganj Mall | Royal Inn, Lucknow 226001, India Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Buffet Indian, Fast Food, Asian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +91 522 402 3535
Excellent
35%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 582 reviews

Royal Cafe

Reviewed By Satisharma - New York City, New York

We went there for brunch as we had heard a lot about them. Firstly we were the only ones in the place. There were twenty people walking around the restaurant but they still took more then an hour to serve us. The food was OK, I won’t call it exceptional. The popular Tokri Chaat was wort the wait, the tea was nice(probably because they just made it). The sandwiches were nice but nothing extra ordinary. The place is clean, family friendly but I would say it’s a bit hyped up for what we experienced. I am not sure if I would go back especially for their food. The service was not bad at all but I guess the kitchen made them look inefficient ! Anyhow, they need to stay on top of things as we came on such high recommendation but left unimpressed.

2. Tunday Kebabi

168/6 Naaz Cinema Road, Lucknow 226001, India Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Indian, Asian, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$39 +91 93359 11858
Excellent
53%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 859 reviews

Tunday Kebabi

Reviewed By rakesh n - New Delhi, India

Had to visit once so i went to tunday kababi at aminabad, cant say i am disappointed but it could have been better. being a delhiite i guess i have eaten much better Galauti kabab's at our very own Rajinder ka Dhaba in Safdarjung. BUT the prices at TUNDAY KABABI are shockingly very low. Everything in the menu looks like its for free.

3. Moti Mahal Restaurant

9 Moti Mahal Road, Lucknow 226001, India Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Indian, Fast Food, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Excellent
30%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 154 reviews

Moti Mahal Restaurant

Reviewed By Prayank S - New Delhi, India

Visited solo to have lunch. Ordered a Thaali which has Daal Makhni, Paneer, Raita, Mix Veg, Salad and Breads. Food was tasty and served in well manner. Staff was kind and clean. Over all 4/5.

4. Pack N Chew Restaurant

2/30, Vijay Khand | Gomti Nagar, Lucknow 226001, India Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Chinese, Indian, Fusion, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch HK$16 - HK$141 +91 75050 12939
Excellent
57%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 81 reviews

Pack N Chew Restaurant

Casual Dining with an open air ambience clubbed with classy air conditioned Seating. The restaurant has a policy of serving light home cooked kind of meals which are light on the stomach and pocket.

Reviewed By YashwantDShah - Lucknow

Pack n Chew on the centrally located but quaint Gokhale Marg is a place full of mouthwatering delights. The preparations are very fresh, tasty and not overtly priced. Infact, many big destinations derive their bakery products from here.
Chicken frilled Sandwich, paneer hotdog, slices of walnut cake, etc just happen to be too good. I have visited it many a times and from many years. The taste and freshness with decent pricing is always maintained.
I would suggest go out on an evening and relish from the wide variety in the menu.

5. Dastarkhwan

U. P. Press Club, China Bazaar Gate, Hazratganj | Hazratganj, Lucknow 226001, India Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$39 - HK$78 +91 522 239 7717
Excellent
42%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 590 reviews

Dastarkhwan

Reviewed By samyjamy - Noida, India

Dastarkhwan has become synonymous with Lucknow now in terms of must visit place for food. Dastarkhwan started some 30 years ago from hazratganj(where they still exist and serving) and later ventured out into amazing food joints across the city of Lucknow. There are around 4-5 restaurants in and around Lucknow of Dastarkhwan. The USP of this place is amazing non veg dishes and how good they taste. But to really enjoy your meal I would suggest you to go to actual place where it all started and have it. I really enjoyed there mutton biryani, shahi toast, boti kabab and giloti kabab with Maida wala Roti (which by the way taste amazing). Other dishes are also good. Please go atleast once whenever you visit Lucknow.

6. Barbeque Nation

3rd Floor, Riverside Mall | Vipin Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow 226010, India Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Indian, Barbecue, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +91 522 606 0000
Excellent
56%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 301 reviews

Barbeque Nation

Reviewed By Christine D - London, United Kingdom

We visited this restaurant twice during our week long stay in Lucknow. Excellent barbecued starters of fish, chicken, veggies and fruit. The skewers are replaced on the grill on your table as soon as you are close to finishing those already there! The starters are so delicious it is difficult not to fill up on these and have no room for the buffet and dessert! Varied buffet and excellent selection of desserts. Eat as much as you like for the fixed price and tips not accepted! Great team of staff who all work so hard to ensure you enjoy your meal and who all look so happy too. Congratulations to the management for achieving this teamwork!

7. Rahim ki Nihari

Tulsidas Marg | Chowk, Lucknow, India Takeout, Seating Indian, Halal Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
58%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 52 reviews

Rahim ki Nihari

Its In The Bylanes Of The Main Market

Reviewed By Saumitra G - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Before you indulge..You have to learn what is Nihari.. Lamb shanks stewed over very slow fire overnight.. with select sweet spices. Best enjoyed in winters with Kulcha (several layered indian bread).

8. The Mughals Dastarkhwan

29 B.N. Road | Near Royal Hotel Crossing, Lalbagh, Lucknow 226003, India Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal Lunch, Dinner HK$1,413 - HK$7,456 +91 522 404 4777
Excellent
59%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 102 reviews

The Mughals Dastarkhwan

Reviewed By Aanyaigoo - Pune, Maharashtra, India

An excellent place for meat lovers to try out Mughal Dishes and Kabas. The galauti and seekh kababs are excellent mutton dishes. The chicken tangdi kababs were one of the best I have tasted. We visited the restaurant three times in five days and worked our way through the menu. Good ambience and Seating for groups makes it a perfect place to have good Mughal meal. The desserts though were a let down. But we didn't go there for desserts!
This place should not be confused with the other restaurant also named Dastarkhwan. The ambience here is much better apart from the food.

9. Tunday Kababi

Near Akbari Gate, Lucknow 226003, India Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Indian, Halal Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +91 98396 09543
Excellent
60%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 168 reviews

Tunday Kababi

Reviewed By Himanshu200 - Bangalore, Karnataka, India

We visited Lucknow during December 2017.
We took out time and went to Tunde Kababi for lunch one day. the place is located within the old city and is in heavy traffic prone area. Self driving is not recommended hence we took an OLA.
The restaurant is in a small lane and they have a Seating arrangement at the basement of the restaurant. Seating area has separate section for family. We ordered Galwti kabab, mutton biryani, paratha. Believe me the kababs literally melts in the mouth and has mind blowing taste. Same with biryani.
Service is quick, menu is moderately priced and restaurant looked quite clean.
For me - Tunde lived up to my expectations.
Highly recommended
Pros:
1. Amazing food
2. Quick service
3. Moderately priced menu
Cons:
1. Located in a crowded area, can take you lot of time to reach this place.
A must visit when you are in Lucknow
~ Himanshu

10. Sharma Tea Stall

Near Novelty Cinema Chauraha, Lucknow 226001, India Takeout, Outdoor Seating Indian, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast +91 98072 57786
Excellent
51%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 151 reviews

Sharma Tea Stall

Reviewed By ashoklko56 - Lucknow, India

A small roadside tea stall where even proper parking is not available,is a must visit for everyone.Legendarytea maker which is famous for its Bun-Makkhan with tea and delicious samosas.We often make our way to this stall and always pray that it may not go out of stock on reaching.Always thronged with people who really love SHARMA.

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