Where to Eat in Pondicherry: The Best Restaurants and Bars

July 18, 2017 Concepcion Newsome

Pondicherry’s bougainvilleas, crumbling cathedrals and leafy boulevards might occasionally make you wonder if you’re in the south of France instead of a former French colony. But it's also unmistakably Indian, with colorful festivals, the famous monument of Aayi Mandapam, and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Quiet beaches stretch north and south from town, good for swimming and sunrise strolls.
Things to do in Pondicherry

1. Surguru

104 S V Patel Salai | Near Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry 605001, India Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +91 413 233 9022
Excellent
38%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Surguru

Reviewed By Aaqarsh - Chennai (Madras), India

I had a special lunch in this restaurant and the taste of the food was good. It comes with a soup and an ice cream. The hospitality and the ambience were good too. I had a tasty sweet lassi that was delicious.

2. The Courtyard

5 Rue Dela Caserne Street | White Town, Pondicherry 605001, India Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar French, Indian, European, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night +91 413 222 6999
Excellent
42%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 247 reviews

The Courtyard

Reviewed By cathyhammonds - Katherine, Australia

I was really looking forward to eating here because I had read some good reviews, but my sister and I were very disappointed. The service was ok and the seafood platter entree was very nice (999 rupees) but my salmon and my sisters calamari was really overcooked. We couldn't eat the calamari as it was like rubber. I had wanted lobster thermidor, but it was 1750 rupees for 250gms. We certainly wouldn't visit again.

3. Villa Shanti

14 Rue Suffren Street | 14 Rue Suffren, Pondicherry 605001, India Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Indian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast HK$94 - HK$196 +91 413 420 0028
Excellent
51%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Villa Shanti

The restaurant of VILLA SHANTI splits into two parts, one opens on the patio with the vertical garden, and the other air conditioned located in the old building.We decided to focus on quality, freshness and seasonal products. We try to find them among small local vendors, favouring those who respect organic farming.Timings : 12:00 - 23:00 hrs (Last Order at 22:30 hrs)The cafe bar, situated opposite the patio and vertical garden offers snacks from Indian streets & sandwiches.You may also choose to have your meals, enjoy a cocktail made up from fresh fruit juices, listen to music, or simply read a book from our library. Timings : 10:00 - 23:00 hrs (Last Order at 22:30 hrs. Pre booking highly recommanded especially during week end or public holidays

Reviewed By malonemi - Western Mass

Lovely modern-restored space. Service excellent. Food is well considered and a good value. Lunch starts at 12:30. Bread with roulade before meal a treat. Not moved by food but enjoyed beef patty with well matched sauce, beef loin and creative and beautiful soup of day.

4. Cafe Xtasi

245 R D Mission Street | Near Surguru, Kurichchikuppam, Pondicherry 605001, India Takeout, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Fast Food, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$31 - HK$63 +91 99947 00098
Excellent
43%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 913 reviews

Cafe Xtasi

We bake delicious authentic Italian pizzas with homemade ingredients that are freshly prepared in our kitchen everyday. Our pizzas go up up to three feet in size and have very very generous servings of cheese and toppings. We give you the best value for money without compromising on quality. Our menu has over 75 pizzas, 20 pastas and very delicious salads mostly made from our own recipes.

Reviewed By malonemi - Western Mass

Well made pizzas. For us Chennai residents craving really good pizza-and rarely finding it, we were pleasantly surprised. Large will be familiar to NY take away pizza lovers size-wise-big table covering aluminium pan holding the just out of the oven pie. Enough good cheese. Sauce could have more tomato zing. Pepperoni not quite there. But still we happily and quickly devoured the Papa Pepperoni. Vegetalina was ok.

5. Palais de Mahe

2 Lal Bahadur Sastry Street, Pondicherry 605001, India Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Indian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night +91 413 234 5611
Excellent
53%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 168 reviews

Palais de Mahe

As with all CGH Earth hotels, local sourcing makes for variety and freshness. This is particularly true of our sea food at Palais de Mahe. Our chefs personally select the day's serving from the incoming boats at the harbor nearby, planning their recipes according to the catch of the day.

Reviewed By OurManIn - London, United Kingdom

Exquisite meal of locally cooked fish, lemon tart, real expresso and 3 lemon mojitos. Such a great place and food; tasty drinks and impeccable service from our accomplished and attentive waiter, Praveeen. Very polished and excellent English. Thank you. Made a lovely change from the otherwise excellent food we have had elsewhere on our trip, but, it was just great to have tablecloths for a nice change. Well done to all of the kitchen staff and to Praveen. Good man. Good lemon mojitos ! Highly recommend. Wish was staying longer in Pondi, to return here. Ah well, another year.

6. Sri Kamatchi Non Veg Hotel

100 Feet Road, Near Railwaygate, Pondicherry 605004, India Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +91 95454 43085
Excellent
47%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 145 reviews

Sri Kamatchi Non Veg Hotel

Near ICICI Bank, off Indira Gandhi square.

Reviewed By ROOPSHILA B - Kota, India

Browsing the web on places of interest, got to read raving reviews of this local joint specialising in non-vegetarian.
But commuting to the place was an ordeal as the place was all mixed-up on Google-Map. Yet with some roadside inquiring we reached this place.
The outside parking easily accessible, One is ushered in to a minimalist local looking sitting, which kind of Put-off the youngsters. But the proof of the pudding is in eating it.
The non-vegetarian’s delight... the finger-licking biryanis. Dry dishes like prawn masala and fish kamatchi is unbelievably Marvellous.
Please do not hope for great ambience or fine -dining experience..but the turnover of the place is enormous... nothing can be expected to be not fresh.
Non-south Indian speaking visitors must ask for a English speaking attendants or else you shall run the risk of opting for the non-specialities.
The sea-food is hands-down a winner!

7. Surguru

Surguru R D Mission Street, Pondicherry 605001, India Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +91 413 430 8084
Excellent
37%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 231 reviews

Surguru

Reviewed By skaps3ld11 - Canada

If you're a vegetarian you're used to having limited options on a menu in most countries but this is the best part of being in India. Surguru has an extensive menu and everything we had was delicious!!! So good that we went there for 3 meals within 2 days!

1, La Bourdonnais Street | French Quarters, Pondicherry, India Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff Cafe, French, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$39 +91 98949 10080
Excellent
50%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 105 reviews

Artika Cafe Gallery

Unique cafe in set in a French art-deco house, featuring works of local and European contemporary artists. Serves one the best French and Continental food in town, with free wi-fi.

Reviewed By MARGDARSHI - New Delhi India

The Cafe is located in the French Quarter on La Bourdonnais street & has become the fave of the expat crowd.I discovered by chance & on entering the gate i had to walk up the narrow green the shrub lined path on to a lovely small courtyard with graffiti painted along with other paintings most belonging to various times conveying various themes.Saw in front shady trees forming a canopy topped with Bougainvillea flowers.
One can have B`fast & lunch & snacks with coffee & tea.For b`fast i chose Creole salad,creppe & salad with cheese & tomatoes & along with some excellent coffee.There are also other items like Baguette & croissant Sandwiches,pasta etc.The prices are medium,Wi-Fi is free & there is no aircon & the Cafe closes by 6pm.

9. LB2 Lounge Pondy

No. 2, La Bourdonnais St, Beach Road, White Town, Pondicherry 605001, India Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, French, Indian, Bar, International, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks HK$24 - HK$94 +91 413 420 9941
Excellent
51%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 216 reviews

LB2 Lounge Pondy

Reviewed By apaxe1 - Lausanne, Switzerland

The staff was very friendly and the setting beautiful on the rooftop. Food was delicious and non spicy as we requested. One of the best places we've eaten on this holiday!

10. Theevu Plage

Kottakuppam | Serenity Beach, Pondicherry 605003, India Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Parking Available Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast HK$31 - HK$94 +91 96007 77038
Excellent
64%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 102 reviews

Theevu Plage

Reviewed By ambrisharora

Fabulous service, fantastic food.
My two boys, wife and I ate several meals at this quaint charming place by the Serenity beach and were never disappointed. It's a bit slow and because the ingredients are fresh and cooking top notch it's worth the wait. We would rate it as the top spot to eat at while in Pondicherry ...Just don't go there if you are in a rush..

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