Chennai restaurants

Top Choice Indian in Chennai

Hotel Saravana Bhavan

Dependably delish, Chennai's famous vegetarian chain doles out epically good South Indian thalis and breakfasts (idlis and vadas ₹15 to ₹35, dosas ₹20 to ₹40), filter coffee and other Indian vegetarian fare. This br…
Top Choice Multicuisine in Chennai

Amethyst

Set in an exquisitely converted warehouse with a wraparound verandah from which tables spill out into lush gardens, Amethyst is a nostalgically posh haven that's outrageously popular with expats and well-off Chennai…
Top Choice North Indian in Chennai

Peshawri

Perfect for a five-star splash-out, the ITC's signature Northwest Frontier restaurant serves inventive, flavour-popping creations at intimate booths alongside a glassed-in kitchen that gets you right in on the culin…
Top Choice North Indian in Chennai

Copper Chimney

Meat-eaters will drool over the yummy North Indian tandoori dishes served in stylishly minimalist surroundings, but the veg food here is fantastic too. Jain specialities mingle with biryanis, chicken kebabs, chargri…
Keralan in Chennai

Enté Keralam

A calm ambience seeps through the four orange-toned, three- to four-table rooms of this elegant Keralan restaurant. Lightly spiced pachakkari vegetable stew is served with light, fluffy appam (rice pancake), the All…
Chettinad in Chennai

Raintree

This long-standing wood-ceilinged restaurant is arguably Chennai's best place to savour the flavours of Tamil Nadu's Chettinadu region. Chettinadu cuisine is famously meat-heavy and superbly spicy without being chil…
South Indian in Chennai

Junior Kuppanna

From an impeccably clean kitchen (which you're welcome to tour), come limitless, flavour-packed lunchtime thalis, dished up traditional-style on banana leaves. This typical, frenzied Chennai 'mess' also has a full m…
Burgers in Chennai

Double Roti

'Double roti' refers to burger buns – the semi-open kitchen at this always-packed industrial-chic cafe plates them up with fun, flair and buckets of flavour. Lemonades and milkshakes are served in jars; burgers arri…
Indian in Chennai

Annalakshmi

Very fine South and North Indian vegetarian fare, plus glorious fresh juices, in a beautiful dining room decorated with carvings and paintings, inside a high-rise behind the Air India building. Buffet lunches and di…
South Indian in Chennai

Southern Spice

Silver palm-shaped plates, wood-carved pillars, candlelit tables and flower bowls set the tone for some of Chennai's finest South Indian food at this swish Taj-Group restaurant. Glammed-up thalis come in veg, nonveg…