Top 10 restaurants in Varanasi, India

November 12, 2017 Rosalyn Ihle

The north Indian city of Varanasi, or Benares, is regarded as sacred by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. Situated in the fertile Ganga valley and on the banks of the Ganges, Varanasi is a place of pilgrimage for Hindus, who come to bathe in the holy river. Known as the City of Temples and a beacon of culture, Varanasi has produced many renowned writers. It’s also a center of silk weaving, so practice haggling at the chaotic bazaar for some beautiful souvenirs. Rickshaws are the best way to get about.
Things to do in Varanasi

1. Spicy Bites

D.32/16A, Bengali Tola, Varanasi, India Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi Chinese, Japanese, Indian, European, Asian, Korean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +91 99355 16530
Excellent
55%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 212 reviews

Spicy Bites

Reviewed By annka2017 - Wroclaw, Poland

nice place, good food and good prices. The staff was very nice and helpful:) There is also a little gallery upstairs.

2. Aum Cafe

Assi Ghat B1/201, Varanasi 221002, India Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi, Takeout Indian, Cafe, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$16 +91 93353 61122
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 359 reviews

Aum Cafe

Aum Cafe'...Is a small family run cafe',we take pleasure in providing pure, healthy and very tasty food....We make everything including breads,cakes, cookies,yogurt, granola, soup, pasta sauce and our all of our yummy chutneys..To mention a few....We use real ground coffee and serve organic teas from around the world, as well as several special Ayurveda herbal blends.....Up the stairs and behind the temple on Assi ghat..See you soon ... Hours 7:00am until 3:30pm...Closed Monday...May and June Closed due to summer heat..FREE HUGS (very popular)

Reviewed By tonykababejian - Montreal, Canada

We were introduced to this cafe by our guide and it was exactly what we wanted. Everything is made fresh, organic and washed in purified water (says so in their menu). It is run by a California woman. Continental breakfast, juices, teas, etc... everything was good.

3. Bona Cafe

Hathi Phatak D32/24 | Bengali Tola, Varanasi 221001, India Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi Indian, Cafe, Asian, Korean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +91 542 245 0031
Excellent
50%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 170 reviews

Bona Cafe

Reviewed By EmRPage123

Really enjoyed our visit to the Bona Cafe. Friendly service and variety menu. Food was delicious with a welcoming, natural vibe. Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Varanasi.

4. Shree cafe Vegatarian Restaurant

D Manmandir | opposite - Deshbandhu Chittranjan Park, Varanasi 221001, India Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Indian, Asian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$16 - HK$31 +91 98391 98866
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 224 reviews

Shree cafe Vegatarian Restaurant

Come and enjoy our vegetarian restaurant, right on the main ghat of Varanasi, and discover our photographs ... Perfectly situated near the Golden Temple and just 2 minutes from the main ghat, a vast choice of dishes and styles in year artistic atmosphere.

Reviewed By Yellowdogcafe - Santa Fe, New Mexico

Located near a very busy, colorful market street, Shree is an oasis of calm. It is little bit crowded with a mix of locals and tourists, but not bothersome. The decor features beautiful black & white photos and simple tables and chairs. The food is traditional vegetarian, not creative, but plentiful. A neighboorhood gem.

5. Niyati Cafe

Behind Rashmi Guest House, Varanasi 221001, India Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Excellent
78%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 259 reviews

Niyati Cafe

Reviewed By deekay911 - Charleston, South Carolina

We went here because of the rave reviews. We have eaten in many vegetarian restaurants over the last 2 months in India, and the only thing this place has going for it is that is cheap. And you get what you pay for. The onion pakora was good, not great. The veg curry was a pile of overcooked veggies stir fried with a teaspoon of curry paste. Just plain bland, not taste at all. The thali had decent dal, the same bland 'curried' veggies and some cold aloo preparation, again very bland. Breads did not appear to be home made. The place was almost empty, two days before Holi. Maybe its time has come and gone....

6. Kashi Chat Bhandar

Godowlia Chowk | (between crossroads and church), Varanasi, India Takeout, Seating Indian, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options +91 542 241 2116
Excellent
53%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 265 reviews

Kashi Chat Bhandar

Mouth-watering array of savory Indian snacks -- the best we found in central Varanasi

Reviewed By Kumkumjaipur - Jaipur, India

Kashi Chat Bhandar is a very old eating joint. It serves lovely snacks which are extremely delicious. Must eat the Tikkis, Tamatar chat.

7. Canton Royale Restaurant

The Mall Road | S-20/51 A-5, Hotel Surya, Varanasi 221002, India Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Indian, Asian, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$39 - HK$63 +91 542 250 8466
Excellent
60%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 167 reviews

Canton Royale Restaurant

Our multi-cuisine restaurant offers the best of all worlds. Our menu includes fine dining Indian specialties, as well as Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean and Continental offerings. Choose to dine in our beautiful palace or in our award winning Gardens.

Reviewed By RiaWaijerink L - Almere, The Netherlands

My husband and I were staying in the adjoining hotel and due to lack of restaurants in the neighbourhood we had dinn2rr (2×) and lunch in this restaurant. The food was great!! Though mildly spicy was for me still very, very spicy? For lunch I...MoreThank you for your review and your honest feedback. It is so important to help us improve our services. We look forward to having you here again.

8. Dosa Cafe

Maan Mandir D 15/49 | Dashaswamedh, Varanasi 221001, India Takeout, Seating Indian, Cafe, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$78 +91 97934 30884
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 640 reviews

Dosa Cafe

We serve conventional and unconventional varieties of Dosa, Uttapam hot and cold beverages. All of our dishes are cooked from farm fresh vegetables. We are a small place with very big heart for our customers. We value our customers as our family guests and try to deliver our best.

Reviewed By MCCRLJS

Great little cafe located on a side street amongst the local hustle and bustle that serves a huge range of dosa and other South Indian cuisine. Perfect if you want to try some new dishes but note that the portions are quite big! The owner is lovely too.

9. India Family Restaurant

Nadesar Opp. Taksal Cinema Varanasi | Guru Kripa Colony, Varanasi 221002, India Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Delivery Indian, Asian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night +91 99357 68084
Excellent
62%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 127 reviews

India Family Restaurant

Reviewed By Ursula A

I visited this restuarant for breakfast and dinner. Both occasions service was fabulous, food was quick to be served and the service was wonderful. Was made to feel very welcome and the prices are very reasonable. We even got breakfast delivered to our hotel in the very early hours of the morning before our next bus trip. Greatly appreciated all the service and friendly atmosphere from this family restuarant. Would definitely recommend.

10. Kerala Cafe

Bhelupura Crossing, Varanasi 221001, India Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +91 88742 77818
Excellent
48%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 235 reviews

Kerala Cafe

Reviewed By Shubhankar M

Was searching for some popular places to dine and we came across Kerela Café and guess what, it didn't disappoint.
I basically liked the place as it is
a) Clean and the atmosphere is fine.
b) Always filled with people, which is good.
c) Has average waiter service.
d) Cost effective, reasonably priced.
e) Nice place to eat with friends and family
I basically tried Rawa masala dosa, curd rice and cold coffee with ice cream.
The famous rawa masala dosa leads up to it's charm... Crispy with the punch of coconut. Absolutely yummy. Though the nariyal and badaam chutney could have been better.
Cold coffee with ice cream, well it's simple and the vanilla ice cream subtly blends with the bitter coffee and feels joyous to your gustatoreceptors (read, taste buds).
Curd rice is fine and light.
Do visit kerela cafe if you want a south indian plate in Varanasi...

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