Chennai?s local cuisine consists of traditional South Indian food such as sambar, dosas and idlis. Ranging from street side stalls to upscale restaurants, you can enjoy a complete gourmet experience in Chennai.

Chennai like any sparkling city that is constantly growing and expanding in all its spheres, fosters a cuisine that provides countless options. The city has a vibrant street food culture as well as well laid out and flattering fine dining experiences. While you can try a number of cuisines and foods here, one must not miss what Chennai is known for- traditional and authentic South-Indian cuisine. Hence do not miss the filter coffee as well as items like Idli, Dosa, Appam, Vada, Upma, Sambhar, Parotha, Chettinad Chicken, Pepper Chicken, Chicken Stew, Sweet Pongal, Kesari, Payasam and much more. Read more about Street Food in Chennai.

Here is a list of some amazing Cafes in Chennai

Photos of Famous Food in Chennai

Local dishes of Chennai
Local dishes of Chennai

Restaurants in Chennai


North-Indian, Kerala, Chinese

7:30 AM to 9:30 AM, 12 Noon to 4 PM, 7 PM to 11 PM

INR 450 for two

Kumarakom is a popular restaurant chain that has several outlets in various parts of Chennai. The menu of this restaurant has primarily Kerala cuisine featuring Appams, seafood like crab, Pomfret, sear fish and prawns, and also beef, chicken and lamb dishes. The simple ambiance with subtle hints of traditional elements gives it the resemblance of a typical restaurant in Kerala.

Shop No. 27/28, Velachery Main Rd, Vijaya Nagar Extension Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600042



12:30 PM to 3 PM, 7 PM to 11 PM

INR 2000 for two

If you are bored of South Indian food and are searching for a standout in the city's menu, Benjarong is the right place you should go for. The finely crafted furniture and calming ambience is a great place to dine out with family and friends.

146, TTK Road, Alwarpet, Chennai, India

Hotel Saravana Bhavan, Mylapore

South-Indian, North-Indian

7 AM to 10 PM

INR 300 for two

Authentic South Indian food is served here. Also find certain special platters here, with all the more tempting flavors and ingredients at a slightly higher price.

70, Kabaleeswarar Temple, North Mada Street, Mylapore, Chennai, India

Ente Keralam


12 Noon to 3 PM, 7 PM to 10:30 PM

INR 750 for two

A calm and serene place reflecting the Tamilian culture in its ambiance, it is truly an authentic place for the lovers of Kerala's cuisine. The food gives the typical home made feel and falls in a modest budget.

1, Poes Garden, Kasturi Estate, 1st Street, Alwarpet, Chennai, India

Murugan Idly Shop


7 AM to 11 PM

INR 200 for two

A well known place for the authentic local food in the town. The food is served in traditionally on a Banana leaf and falls within a modest budget. If you are particularly a South-Indian food lover, make sure you check this one on your list.

No. 46/13, North Usman Road, T. Nagar, Postal Colony, T.Nagar Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600017

Tuscana Pizzeria


12 Noon to 11:30 PM

INR 1600 for two

The most apt place for the pizza lovers in Chennai is Tuscana Pizzeria. The place offers authentic Italian food and offers pizzas with different toppings such as prosciutto and real hoisin chicken pieces. Toscana gives you the real taste of Italy.

19, 3rd Street, Wallace Garden Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai, India

Kryptos by Willi

Mediterranean, SeaFood, Mexican

12:30 PM to 3:30 PM, 6:30 PM to 11:30 PM

INR 400-600 for two

The restaurant serves authentic cuisines like Mediterranean, Mexican, Indian and many more. Also, find here a large variety in main courses and desserts. The Soft and peaceful ambience makes the place worthy to visit. Try Fish Wings, Tiropitakia, Beef meatballs in tomato sauce, Kolios sto fourno, Jacket Potatoes, Piperies gemistes if you are a foodie.

New No. 18 and Old No. 24 Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Srirampuram, Thousand Lights West, Nungambakkam Srirampuram, Thousand Lights West, Thousand Lights Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600034

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