Where to Eat in Chennai (Madras): The Best Restaurants and Bars

August 26, 2017 Velvet Mowry

The diverse population of Chennai (Madras) is reflected in its rich cultural scene. You’ll find serious theatre as well as the glitz and glamour of Kollywood. Chennai is also an important center for the Bharatanatyam, a local form of classical dance. Visit in January, for the festival of Pongal, or in April, when Chennai celebrates its new year.
Things to do in Chennai (Madras)

1. Southern Spice

Taj Coromandel Hotel, Lobby Level, No. 37, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai (Madras) 600034, India Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$243 - HK$306 +91 44 6600 2827
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 292 reviews

Southern Spice

The Taj Coromandel experience is enhanced by its world famous cuisines served up by some of the best Indian and International chefs. Taj Coromandel offers three distinctive specialty restaurants - Prego, the Italian Fine Dining restaurant; Southern Spice, the traditional South Indian cuisine restaurant serving the cuisines of the four southern states of India; Golden Dragon, the Signature Chinese restaurant of the Taj. Experience Global delights at the multi-cuisine, All Day Diner, Anise. Live it up at Chipstead, the Bar at Coromandel while sipping on unique cocktails or indulging in our collection of Single Malts and Cognacs. Authentic flavours, excellent service and welcoming ambience create a remarkable dining experience that is unrivalled anywhere else in Chennai.

Reviewed By Ravikumar T - Crawley, United Kingdom

Hello to everyone and to all staff @ Trip.
3rd Oct 2017.
I had lunch buffet here with my family and relatives...dad's elder brother and cousins. Booked a 20 seater table over the phone. The food was awesome. It kept coming and coming. Very delicious food veg & non-veg. Too good ....Truly good. .. 5 star offering at
5 star prices. Expensive..all right. Agreed. But very delicious hygienic food served on a traditional plate for traditional palates. Yeah...!!

2. Annalakshmi Restaurant

18/3 Sigapi Achi Building 1st Floor Rukmani Lakshmipathy Road, Chennai (Madras) 600008, India Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$55 - HK$235 +91 44 2852 5109
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 683 reviews

Annalakshmi Restaurant

Reviewed By AlfaGeek - Cheyenne, Wyoming

We went on a Sunday with Reservations made earlier. There is no hope of getting admittance without a reservation.
The food was extremely well prepared, delicious, plentiful, varied and served professionally. One can check out the menu and dishes in detail in advance on their website. If you do this, be sure to read carefully (or ask at reservation time) because not all dishes are available at all times.
Parking on the premises costs a few rupees, nothing outrageous. If you are being dropped there, you may have to tell the guards/security you have a reservation at this restaurant.
The cool thing about this restaurant is it is staffed by volunteers. The proceeds of the restaurant go towards charitable ventures. Good food for a worthy cause, even if it is on the pricey side appeals to my occasional urge to splurge!

3. Dakshin

132 T T K Road | Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park, Chennai (Madras) 600018, India Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$173 - HK$542 +91 44 2499 4101
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 648 reviews

Dakshin

Reviewed By LataSundaram - Chennai (Madras), India

Great Seating for famil get togetthers. Comfortable . Live music . People are super friendly and make your day special. Fabulous food.

4. Paprika

564 Anna Salai | Courtyard Chennai, Chennai (Madras) 600018, India Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Indian, Asian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$118 - HK$196 +91 44 6676 4000
Excellent
67%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 381 reviews

Paprika

Paprika is a vibrant informal dining restaurant which caters to the Gen X/Gen Y travelers as well as families. Serving a diverse selection of International comfort food along with a special focus on authentic South Indian flavors showcased on the buffet and a la carte menu.

Reviewed By indiantraveller64 - New Delhi, India

If Paprika is defined by one thing - then it is their Manager Harkaran Singh. Never seen a better Hospitality professional. Saw him picking plates and serving the guests himself leaving his dinner midway. Since we were staying at the Hotel we saw Harkaran at 11.30 p.m and at 9.30 a.m. the next morning. On talking to him we learnt that his typical day starts at 7.30 a.m and ends at 12-12.30 p.m and he was literally living the hotel. He actually enjoyed being at Paprika and ensuring the best F&B experience for guests.
Coming to Food we had a buffet dinner. Their was wide variety as can be expected from a top notch restaurant. Do ask for a thin crust pizza with extra cheese. The service staff was at your beck and call and were ensuring that all the guests had whatever they wanted. Overall a very nice place to dine in.

5. Vasco's

124/1, J.N Salai, Guindy | Hilton Chennai, Chennai (Madras) 600032, India Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Indian, Asian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +91 44 2225 5555
Excellent
62%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 140 reviews

Vasco's

Enjoy fresh and innovative global cuisine from live kitchens at the stylish, all-day dining restaurant, Vasco's at Hilton Chennai. The restaurant's modern furnishings and relaxed ambience, together with superb views of the city, ensure the perfect dining experience. An elevated private dining room with a bird's eye view of the restaurant below is available for those seeking an exclusive setting. Enjoy a lavish family brunch on weekends.

Reviewed By YatriForever - Chennai

This is one of the restaurants within Hilton Chennai. We had reserved a table, but we got here almost an hour later since our car broke down. Yet, we got a nice table at a good location within the restaurant. The ambiance of the restaurant, the decor, the lighting , the setting of the food counters and almost everything is so pleasent that this would seem to be the best place for celebration of any important event with friends or family. The point i liked the most is that we had all the privacy, despite so many other guests in the restaurant; nice layout of the restaurant/counters.
We were here for dinner, the restaurant offers buffet in dinner and most of us in the family opted for the buffet. The restaurant is open till 11pm. There were plenty of choices for vegetarians, indeed there were 4 various preparations of Paneer alone ! The food was delicious. There's so much to eat, you can only select a few. The desserts were fantastic.
Service was prompt and courteous throughout the dinner. The icing on the cake was the cake itself on the house by the restaurant for the birthday celebration of our son. The cake was outstanding ! For a luxury of this standard, the amount in the bill was comparable with similar 5Star hotels. We walked away with complete satisfaction. Will be here again for yet another celebration or special occasion.

6. Up North

The Raintree Hotel, Top Level, 636, Anna Salai, Teynampet, Chennai (Madras) 600035, India Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Takeout Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +91 44 2830 9999
Excellent
61%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 146 reviews

Up North

Reviewed By ksujit - Chennai (Madras), India

Awesome food!! Chef Amerik ensured that we had a great evening with some nice kebabs and couple of drinks!! Sheek Kabab was brilliant!! And main course roti and chicken butter masala style gravy was outstanding!!! Super service!! Staffs there are so cheerful and positive that makes your experience very cherishable!! Keep it going!! Will be there soon!!!

7. Madras Pavilion

No 63 Mount Road, Chennai (Madras) 600032, India Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Buffet Indian, Asian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +91 44 2220 0000
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 527 reviews

Madras Pavilion

Reviewed By Aksharmalhotra24 - Shimla, India

Went with friends for dinner.. Must say the spread is luxurious. Specially the south Indian counter was the best among all.
Service is perfect as always, subroth and panda were amazing.
Will be back again guys next week.

8. Peshawri

63 Anna Salai, Chennai (Madras) 600032, India Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$306 - HK$306 +91 44 2220 0000
Excellent
71%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 630 reviews

Peshawri

Vegetarian & Non vegetarian food from the North-west Frontier.

Reviewed By VaguelyVagrant - Beijing, China

Murgh Malai Kebab - Fantastic. Tender and flavourful.
Paneer Makhani - Amazing. Intensely cheesy and creamy with a smokey, tandoori flavor. Wow.

9. Cafe Mercara Express

No 63 Mount Road, Chennai (Madras) 600032, India Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available Indian, Cafe, Asian, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$9,810 +91 44 2220 0000
Excellent
71%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 322 reviews

Cafe Mercara Express

Reviewed By AmmyAK

I was there to celebrate my friend birthday, which was a memorable experience.
As ITC is always known for his great hospitality and care of his valuable customer.
Me and my friend visited here in Café Mercara Express for lunch' We were welcomed by the staff. They was very warm with the smily faces.
Staff was very courteous and they was doing out of their ways to make us comfortable. Food was very delicious and mouthwatering. Atmosphere of Café Mercara Express was awesome...Want to visit again and again.
We enjoyed a lot.

10. Ottimo Cucina Italiana

No 63 Mount Road | Guindy, 1st Floor, Chennai (Madras) 600032, India Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +91 44 2220 0000
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 353 reviews

Ottimo Cucina Italiana

Reviewed By TranFamilyNorway - Oslo, Norway

Live kitchen, top fresh food, superb and attentive service combined with value for money and great taste, make Ottimo Cucina to be the best choice for Sunday Brunch in Chennai. Unlimited champagne makes it even a better value and experience.
Some of the great wow wow wow dishes:
Fresh oysters, fresh baby lobsters, parma ham, lamb t-bones, chocolate desserts.
You will be pampered here at the same time as the staff makes you feel like you are home. Always smiling and taking care of you. Even the restaurant's masterchef paid us a visit and made a special dish for us. Thank you Zubin Writer, executive sous chef, for making our visit so memorable!
We will come back and can recommend it to our friends. This is a must visit place and restaurant experience in Chennai and India!

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