Chennai Lifestyle & Food

Top 12 Restaurants In Chennai

Written by Team Urban Tree

Are you a foodie who is on a constant quest for delighting your taste buds with a lip smacking, mouth drooling, scrumptious food in Chennai but confused to choose from ocean of choices available? We have made your hunt easier here by providing you the list of top restaurants with their specialties and signature dishes. Check out the top 12 restaurants of Chennai:

1. Pan Asian

Pan Asian – located at the luxurious and royal ITC Grand chola is a stylish and contemporary mezzanine restaurant. It features Cafe Edo for mouthwatering Sushi and Sashimi, Indian Ocean for the freshest fruit de mer, the bespoke Chef’s Studio and the celebratory Champagne Lounge. The food and ambience at Pan Asian is definitely not to be missed.



Known for: Vibrant cuisines of China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea and Thailand.

Find them at: ITC Grand Chola, 63, Mount Road, Guindy, Chennai.

2. Southern Spice

Southern Spice, Taj Coromandel’s own premier dining destination, is enhanced by its royal ambience which integrates traditional Indian decorative elements with a contemporary vibe, portraying Tamil Nadu’s rich cultural heritage. It offers three distinctive specialty restaurants where Southern Spice is the traditional South Indian cuisine restaurant serving the cuisines of the four southern states of India. Experience an out of the world hospitality and exquisite range of food here.


Known for: The traditional thali meals.

Find them at: Southern Spice, 37, MG Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai – 600034.

3. Dakshin

For diners craving for authentic south Indian food with hints of Chettinad influence; Dakshin, at the Park Sheraton in Chennai is the ideal option. Diners can opt for the traditional thali or go the a la carte mode. It is complemented by the traditional ambiance, which features Tanjore paintings as well as live classical Carnatic Indian music.


Known for: Chettinad Cuisine and traditional thali.

Find them at: Dakshin, 132, T.T.K. Road, Alwarpet, Chennai, TN 600018.

4. Absolute Barbecue

Are you a buffet enthusiast? Do you have a bottomless appetite for grilled food? Then Absolute Barbecue is your ultimate destination. The exotic grill and barbecue style food is their specialty. And if you are on plans to visit there, make sure you book the table 10 days prior to it. The ambience, service and their starters are something one cannot afford to miss.


Known for: Its huge spread buffet and wish grill.

Find them at: 45, GN Chetty Road, T. Nagar, Chennai.

5. Barbeque Nation

If you want to snack on loads of different varieties of food, right from starters to desserts with complimentary mocktails, barbeque nation is sure shot the best place. The ambience sprinkled with the touch of unique services from the servers and wish grill makes it one of the top restaurants in Chennai. You can grill your own starters in a choice of flavors – they provide you with the marinades and sauces. The buffet is full-course with a full complement of soups, salads, main dishes and desserts.


Known for: Wide choice of starters and barbecue style food.

Find them at: Ground Floor, Shri Devi Park Hotel, No.1, Hanumantha Road, Parthasarathy Puram, T.Nagar, Chennai.

6. The Flying Elephant

The Flying Elephant is an exotic culinary destination that offers an array of experiences, a celebration of flavors, aromas and design. It is known for its extravagant buffet and waffles & crepes in the city. Their ambience is one kind of an experience and are liked by people of all ages.


Known for: Tiramisu, Strawberry Romanov, Baked Alaska.

Find them at: Park Hyatt, 39, Velachery Road, Velachery, Chennai.

7. Annalakshmi

If you are looking for an exquisite range of Indian foods coupled with the pleasant ambience of Tamil Nadu’s own cultural heritage, Annalakshmi stands the best of all. With all kinds of exotic, spicy, flavorful Indian food and their signature thali meals Annalakshmi is one amongst the all-time top restaurants of Chennai.


Known for: Its North Indian and South Indian cuisines, Sevai Payasam, Paneer Palak and Mysore Masala Dosa.

Find them at: 18/3, Rukmani Lakshmipathy Road, Next To Rani Meyyammai Hall, Egmore, Chennai.

8. The Raintree

The Raintree – Vivanta by Taj Connemara is a luscious destination for food freaks. It’s been there for almost 100 years and is still among the top restaurants in Chennai. This restaurant doesn’t boast the luxury that other new hotels in the city possess but it has the old world charm that makes it a special place. The restaurant has a modern yet traditional look. The entire setup was done by Art director Thotta tharani’s creation.


Known for: Chettinad and South Indian cuisines.

Find them at: Vivanta by Taj Connemara, 2, Binny Road, Egmore, Chennai.

9. Kaidi Kitchen

Touted as one of the best, creative themed restaurants in the city – Kaidi kitchen recreates the exact ambience of Tihar Jail. The waiters are dressed up like prison inmates, and the heavy door is to be opened by the customer. This is the right place for people who are bored of visiting the same kind of restaurants are showing huge interest in visiting themed ones and Kaidi kitchen tops their list.


Known for: Italian, Mexican, Lebanese, Chinese, Thai- all Vegetarian.

Find them at: 20/3, Bishop Wallers Avenue, Mylapore, Chennai.

10. The Manhattan Fish Market

Are you one of the sea food freaks? Do you love gorging on fishes, prawns with exotic blend of spices and aroma? This is the best place in the city to taste the lush varieties of seafood. The Manhattan Seafood Platter is a must have. The service is both courteous and quick. The choice of food base can be fried, baked, poached or grilled.


Known for: Fried Calamari, fish food and other sea foods.

Find them at: 94, RK Salai, Mylapore, Chennai.

11. Basil With A Twist

Basil with a Twist offers you one of a kind dining experience where all your senses get pampered. Their focus is on European cuisines. The ambience is well modelled and their exotic range of scrumptious European type foods are a delight to your taste buds.


Known for: Italian, Mediterranean, Continental, Cafe, and European.

Find them at: 58A, Habibullha Road, T. Nagar, Chennai 600017.

12. Little Italy

Craving for some Italian food along with tasty, lip smacking pasta, pizza and desserts? Book a table to Little Italy because you cannot miss the best place in the city for tasty Italian food. They offer buffet with exotic range of lush Italian foods and brownie points for their service and ambiance.

Known for: Its Vegetarian Italian cuisine.

Find them at: 50, 17th Cross Street, Near Spencers Daily, Besant Nagar, Chennai.


So this is the list of top restaurants in Chennai with its own signature dishes and specialties. Don’t keep waiting. Start booking your tables for the weekends now and give your taste buds the happiness of tasting exquisite, scrumptious, luscious foods.

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Urban Tree are the creators of magnificent homes in Chennai. Urban Tree is committed to creating world-class homes featuring innovative new styles that are meticulously integrated into every aspect of modern day living.

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