Food of Pondicherry

The food in Pondicherry is outlined with a dominant influence of the French cuisine, especially in its elements and styles. A lot of restaurants serve authentic French food - definitely the best place in India for French cuisine. Some of the popular items here are Baguettes, Croissants, Italian Baked Beans, Stuffed Cabbage and many more.

The Union Territory also derives flavours from the neighbouring South Indian states and you can find countless South Indian preparations (especially Tamil) in the city.

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Here are the top 18 restaurants in Pondicherry:

1. Cafe des Arts

4.0 /5
10, Suffren Street, White Town, Pondicherry, India 
Cafe
8:30 AM to 7 PM
INR 800 For Two

Great place and great ambience. The blue rickshaws as a part of the decor of the restaurant, add to the lively ambience it has to offer. It's a place where travelers come frequently to unwind after a tiring day, or to just relax. The food is quite yummy, but the super soft and light crepes deserve a special mention.

2. Surguru

4.0 /5
104, Sardar Vallabhai Patel Salai, Near Aurobindo Ashram, Heritage Town, Puducherry, India 
South-Indian, North-Indian, Chinese
10:30 AM to 11 PM
INR 400 For Two

Unlike most of the restaurants in Pondicherry which mainly serve Continental and European dishes, Surugu is a place where you can get the best South Indian dishes in town.

3. Kasha Ki Aasha

3.0 /5
23, Surcouf Street, Near Lycee French School, SW of Bharathi Park, White Town, Puducherry, India 
Continental
9 AM to 11 PM
INR 500 For Two

Though this restaurant serves all the 3 main meals of the day, their breakfast spread is particularly famous for the wide variety of options it offers. One must also try the unconventional and innovative items on their menu, such as the European Styled Thalis and the Indian Enchilada.

4. Rendezvous

4.0 /5
30, Near Citi Bank, Suffren Road, White Town, Puducherry, India 
Cafe
11 AM to 11 PM
INR 500 For Two

The atmosphere at Rendezvous is in general quite calm and even romantic. Offering a wide variety of dishes from multiple cuisines, you can't go wrong by ordering new or different. Food here is reputed to be exceptionally tasty, especially the steaks.

5. Madame Shante's

2.0 /5
41A, Romain Rolland Street, Near Studio Profile, White Town, Puducherry, India 
Continental, Chinese, North-Indian
11:30 AM to 10:30 PM
INR 900 For Two

The ambience at Madame Shante's is very nice and alluring. Apart from the open air, rooftop seating option, there's nothing really special or different about this place. The food is said to be ranging from good to average and lacks presentation. Even the service isn't as good as one as one'd expect it to be. Overall, an 'okay' place to dine at.

6. Maison Perumal

3.0 /5
44, Perumal Koil Street, Heritage Town, Puducherry, India 
South-Indian, Seafood, French
9 AM to 9 PM
INR 250 For Two

A bar and a restaurant all in one, this place has a really earthy ambience. It's known for it's to-die-for seafood. Enjoy your food with a mug of chilled beer.

7. Satsanga

2.0 /5
54, Near Law College & Public Works Department, Rue Labourdonnais Street Beach Road, White Town, Puducherry, India 
Cafe, French, Seafood
11 AM to 11 PM
INR 1100 For Two

Like most of the other places in Pondicherry, Satsanga offers some really amazing Continental food, with some Indian dishes on the menu too. One must try their selection of steaks and seafood, especially the prawns. There are quite a few vegetarian options as well.

8. La Pasta

4.0 /5
55, Vysial Street, Heritage Town, Puducherry, India 
Italian
INR 600 For Two

If you're a person who's all in for Italian food, especially pastas, you must NOT miss this place! One might have to search a bit for this place as it's located a bit in the interiors of the main city. It's run by an Italian couple, so you can expect some actual, authentic, Italian food being served here. There are about 30 different kinds of pasta sauces to choose from, and the pasta itself is homemade. Alcohol is not a part of the menu as the focus is solely on the food. Drop by this quaint little place for the best Italian food in town. You won't regret it.

9. Le Cafe

4.0 /5
Beach Road, Near Gandhi Statue, White Town, Puducherry, India 
Cafe
24 Hours
INR 450 For Two

When you walk into this posh Cafe, the first thing that will strike you is the fascinating decor of this place. There's a decent selection of pastries, snacks and beverages (alcoholic ones as well) on the menu and the food tastes good. But it does fall on the pricier side, so you might look for other alternatives.

10. Le Hidesign

4.0 /5
Building 69, Jawaharlal Nehru Street, MG Road, Puducherry, India 
Cafe, Italian
9 AM to 10 PM
INR 800 For Two

If you're looking a for a place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee, then Hidesign is one of the places to be. It has an interesting decor and a classy ambience. But since it leans towards the expensive side, other alternatives can be considered.

11. Carte Blanche Restaurant

3.0 /5
Hotel De L'orient, 17, Rue Romain Rolland, White Town, Puducherry, India 
French
7:30 AM to 10:30 AM, 12 Noon to 3 PM, 7 PM to 9:30 PM
INR 1350 For Two

Add this restaurant to your must-visit places when you're in Pondicherry. Located right in the heart of the city, the architecture of this place will not fail to awe you. The interiors are also tastefully done and it has a great ambience. The menu, though a little limited, has some mouth watering Continental dishes and drinks. Overall, a great experience, guaranteed!

12. Le Club

4.0 /5
Hotel De Pondicherry, 38, Dumas Street, White Town, Puducherry, India 
French, North-Indian
10 AM to 3:30 PM, 6 PM to 11 PM
INR 1600 For Two

The lighting and music at this place gives it a very calm and romantic ambience. It has a limited menu which comprises mainly of Continental and local, regional styled dishes. But the food is highly praised by the visitors. There are also some cocktails and wine options which go well with the food.

13. La Terrasse

3.0 /5
Old 5, New 2, Near Park Guest House, Subbiah Salai, North Boulvard, White Town, Puducherry, India 
Continental, Italian
8:30 AM to 10 PM
INR 500 For Two

Minus the slow service, this restaurant has everything to offer. Great food, sufficient food quantity and amazing ambience, it has all of it! Also, it's quite decently priced.

14. Au Feu de Bois

2.0 /5
28 Lal Bahadur Shastri Street 
Italian
lunch & dinner Tue-Sun
INR 140-230

Sick of the usual Dominos and Pizza Hut? Head over to this lovely Pizzeria and hog on their Wood-fired Pizzas.

15. La Coromandale

2.0 /5
30 Goubert Avenue 
Indian
INR 40

This place has a very relaxed atmosphere, perfect to enjoy pleasant conversations. Have some of the finest South Indian thalis and Chinese dishes at this place. You won't be disappointed.

16. Cafe de Flore

2.0 /5
Maison de Colombani, 37 Dumas Street 
Cafe
8.30 AM - 7.30 PM
INR 90-290

Overlooking a well maintained garden and verandah, Cafe de Flore is a popular place to chill and sip on some refreshing mocktails and hot coffee. It also serves really nice pastas and burgers.

17. Right Path Cafe

4.0 /5
Auroville Main Road, Tamil Nadu 
Snacks, Snacks, Italian
12 - 3 PM & 6.30 - 9 PM, Closes at 5 PM on Mondays
INR 60-340

The setting of this place is beautiful and so is the food served. From coffee, tea, juices to tasty pizza and ice-creams; one will not be disappointed with the quality of food. You can also ask for discount rates!

18. Baker Street

4.0 /5
123, Bussy Street, MG Road, Puducherry, India 
Bakery, Cafe
7 AM to 11 PM
INR 300 For Two

One of the most popular bakeries in Pondicherry, Baker Street is situated at the centre of the city. With the French-style bakery base, Baker street offers delicious cakes, croissants and clairs. A sit and eat place with a very friendly and healthy ambiance. One can also pack and carry the food.

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