The Finest Dining in Chennai

Chennai was formerly known as Madras, India. The city is over 360 years old, and currently has a population well over 7 million people. Although fast growing, the city maintains a ranking in the top 20 cleanest cities worldwide. With a thriving and vibrant cultural climate and beautiful surroundings, visitors come for the wonderful beach resort accommodations and the stunning coast on the Bay of Bengal. Those visiting also enjoy the amazing diversity of quality cuisine options available within the city of Chennai.

Eating in Chennai

For visitors, the variety of dining and the international cuisines represented provide the pleasure and freedom of finding favourites and trying new foods. Along the beach in Chennai are many restaurants that are open late. Within the city are local street vendors, tea kadais, fast food and other eating establishments. Non-vegetarian restaurants or those that serve both vegetarian and non-vegetarian selections while vegetarian restaurants serve pure vegetarian food only. In addition, the city also has numerous upscale sit-down restaurants where guests can relax and take delights in posh surroundings and sumptuous dishes that are works of art.

The City’s Fine Dining Experience

Those who can, should visit one or more star establishments in the city for Chennai’s fine dining experience. Many of these quality restaurants diversify with vegetarian and non-vegetarian as well as Indian, Indian-influenced Chinese and other international cuisines. Visitors to the city can find continental, grill and seafood. International and multi-fusion style cooking is also popular and common.

Note that the bill at restaurants throughout the city may include a service charge. Diners should check the bill because if a service charge is not included, tips are expected and customary. Additionally, reservations are wise. Then, many upscale establishments accept credit cards like these three that also offer savings when using a Gold cards from American Express:

Above Sea Level – A restaurant and bar on the 13th floor of a Rain Tree Hotel, this establishment offers outdoor dining with a complete 360 degree panorama of the cityscape. The plates ordered from a variety menu have a contemporary presentation. 

Above Sea Level Chennai

Above Sea Level Chennai

ItaLia – The best in traditional Italian cuisine in Chennai is found at The Park Hotel. The modern dining room decor has a theme of illuminated glass and floating lighting. The main dishes and desserts are marvellous. 

ItaLia Park Hotel in Chennai

ItaLia Park Hotel in Chennai

Palki – Serving authentic northern India cuisine, Palki offers a menu of superb dishes. Located in the Amaravathi Complex, ample parking is available. Other cuisine options are also offered at this restaurant like Sichuan Chinese.

Palki Chennai

Palki Chennai

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48 Responses to “The Finest Dining in Chennai”

  1. You brought back old memories Shalu!

    I remember the time we had all gone on a South trip when I was in college and the amount of fun we had in the then called ‘Madras’ – especially eating those massive sized dosas!! It was the first time we had seen such king-sized ones and just one was enough for 4 of us. :)

    I loved to read more of these fine restaurants, though I doubt any of them were there so many years ago. If I had to choose one, I think I would go with Palki – more like the traditional kind of dining.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a nice week :)

  2. Hi Shalu,

    I know that you’ve said recently that Idian food is the best food in the world so I’m sure that dining in Chennai must be great.

    I’ve been introduced to Idian food through an ex-coworker of mine, and I liked what she made. Sometimes she would make those Idian “chips” and that was so good!

    She was the nicest person in the office by the way.

  3. Ashish Gill says:

    Really great way of describing the dining in city like Chennai..

  4. Nice article Sharma,
    I enjoy this article & come close to Chennai Dining, I understand a person must take Dining Experience wherever he visit in any city. As you shared the Dining Experience of Experience.

  5. Siya says:

    Chennai is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Chennai fast food is really famous in all over India as Shalu you shared some in this post.

  6. Chetan says:

    Yes! I enjoyed chennai dinning on my family trip…
    We can’t say finest but can say good…

  7. Never been to Chennai. I wanna go as soon as possible and will try out dining

  8. Abhishek says:

    I have been to Italia and Palki and they are really good. There is one more restaurant which is called Jaitun and that is also good. Thanks for sharing this post and I will go the the other restaurants whenever I go to Chennai.

  9. Marc Cobe says:

    Really in Madras so many jobs that its population is growing so fast?

  10. Sapna says:

    HI Shalu jee,

    I really enjoy South Indian dishes as they are made with very less oil and less spicy as well unlike our North Indian dishes.

    Thanks for this great share.


  11. Shalu says:

    What exactly are you saying? Please clarify in more detail please. Thank you..

  12. Indian cuisine are one of the best cuisine I’ve tried. I’d love to visit Palki.

  13. Actualface says:

    i like your article … thank you very much for sharing keep it up.

  14. Disha Sharma says:

    I am a lover of South India food, I really like to enjoy South India food, I never been in Chennai but like spicy food of Chennai in Delhi.

  15. Kristine from Landscape architects sydney says:

    I have always been fascinated by authentic Indian cuisine. Each dish have this unique, spicy tang and sometimes smooth nutty flavors that I never found in other international dishes. Thank you for sharing every single wonderful thing about your country Shalu. Keep it up!

  16. Sandra from seo sydney says:

    I am a food lover and have lots of Indian friends who introduced me to Indian cuisine. I absolutely love them and I can’t wait to visit all these places you mentioned here. Thanks for the share.

  17. Janit says:

    Chennai makes me remember the dosas and chutneys, the appams and the idlis…and vegetarian rice plates with mountains of rice to climb through to.
    Thanks for sharing your favorite restaurants in Chennai Shalu.

  18. Stacey from florist newtown says:

    Thank you for sharing this post Shalu. I never loved Indian food before because they said that the spicy scent comes out of your skin when you sweat, but Chennai will be on my list of places to go when I visit India one of these days.

  19. Kelly from las vegas vet says:

    Wow! I have never been to India but it’s on my “must-see-places before I die” list. Thanks for sharing the best places to visit in your country.

  20. Arianne says:

    Looks like a very good place to visit. I specially like travel destinations which has a lot of good food to offer. It’s always culturally stimulating.

  21. robert says:

    Great post!! it is interesting.I wish to eat in Chennai!!

  22. I’ve been presented to Idian meals through an ex-coworker of my own, and I liked what she created. Sometimes she would create those Idian “chips” and that was so good…..

  23. nabil says:

    The Finest Dining in Chennai!! wow great!! i really adore chennai!! thank you for sharing that post.It is interesting !!!!

  24. harish says:

    very well described about dining in city Chennai..and very interestingly ,,Indian food is always famous for taste and variety,,Indian Food always gives pleasure to you,,dosha and sambhar are favorite dishes from south Indian food ,,!!!

  25. Dear Shalu, your article is presenting awesome information about the finest dining in Chennai.while i search in Google of keyword “eating in Chennai” i discovered your fantastic article.Especially i like the dishes of Palki restaurant.Thanks once again for posting such a nice information about finest dining in Chennai. keep us touch for more information like this.

  26. WaterHabitatRetreat says:

    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful information about dining in Chennai. You can also enjoy World Class dining of Rajasthan at Water Habitat Retreat in Jodhpur

  27. I keep in mind those times when we used to create these visits around the nation. The southern was particularly unique because of the meals. Thanks for your opinion.

  28. I. C. Daniel says:

    Madras and Calcutta was the first I learned at India history 3 years ago.

    Glad to know is Chennai the first one.

    Best regards from I. C. Daniel

  29. Ankit from Android says:

    I wish I could visit Chennai once. I have been to many places but haven’t got an opportunity to explore Chennai :-(

  30. Chennai movies says:

    Thanks for sharing this useful information..keep sharing like this…. if i visit chennai it is more useful to me.. Thanks to author…

  31. Tariqul says:

    I think this dining design are most attractive & stylish design in India. Post this type of article as well as photos.

  32. Harshil says:

    I regularly visit this blog to view different colors of India. Every time I find something unique in this blog whenever I read on. This time it’s Chennai. Awesome!!!

  33. MyRefers says:

    Really nice post for people in Chennai, a good post indeed! 😀
    Will keep visiting regularly!

  34. thetecnica says:

    Great post. I have been to Chennai and live there for 3 months and I miss this place a lot.

  35. Irctc Login says:

    I also enjoyed the Chennai once when I got chance from office to visit there.

  36. BhoomiBazaar says:

    Really great way of describing the dining in city like Chennai. Thanks.

  37. BhoomiBazaar says:

    I think this dining design are most attractive & stylish design in India. Post this type of article as well as photos.

  38. ammu malar says:

    Thanks for this blog, everyday am waiting to study the new things , seriously something is unique in this blog

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