10 Iconic Indian Cuisine Restaurants in Bangalore for All Budgets

Seafood at Karavalli
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The great thing about dining out in Bangalore is that delicious food is available from regions all over India. Tantalize your taste buds at these top iconic Bangalore restaurants with a focus on Indian cuisine.

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Regional Karnataka Cuisine: Oota

Oota Bangalore

Oota Bangalore


Oota is the result of two chefs traveling 20,000 kilometers over 100 days and across 10 regions in Karnataka to research the state's culinary heritage. The restaurant, whose name is derived from the customary Kannada greeting "Oota aita?" (Have you eaten?), serves up Karnataka on a platter. On the vast menu, you'll find both little-known and popular dishes from South Karnataka, the Canara coast, the Western Ghats, the Deccan tract of North Karnataka, and the borderlands of the Hyderabad-Karnataka region. Many recipes come from local communities and have been handed down over generations.

  • Opening Hours: Noon to 3:30 p.m. for lunch. 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. for dinner daily.
  • What's Good: The signature set menus feature a bit of everything
02 of 10

Seafood: Karavalli

Taj Gateway Hotel, Bangalore
Ground Floor, The Gateway Hotel, Residency Rd, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560025, India
+91 80666 04545

Seafood lovers make it a point to come to Karavalli, where the specialty is coastal Indian cuisine served on banana leaf. The restaurant is decorated in the style of a traditional local house, with high wooden ceilings and a variety of antique furniture and seafarers maps. The atmosphere is cozy and relaxed inside, and outdoor dining is also a treat in the open-air courtyard and garden.

  • Opening Hours: 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch. 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. for dinner daily
  • What's Good: The seafood—all of it!
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South Indian Specialties: Dakshin

Dakshin promotional image
Courtesy of ITC Sheraton
ITC Kakatiya, 6-3-1187, Teachers Colony, Greenlands, Begumpet, Hyderabad, Telangana 500016, India
+91 40 2340 0132

Elegant Dakshin is the ITC hotel chain's signature south Indian fine dining restaurant. Its menu consists of a diverse array of home-style dishes sourced from traditional communities in each south Indian state. Dakshin is also renowned for its Iyer's Trolley, filled with an appetizing assortment of adais, banana dosais, and kunni paniyaram. The fresh chutneys are highlight as well. Diners are serenaded by soulful live classical Indian music to complete the experience. Do note that children below 12 years of age are not permitted.

  • Opening Hours: 12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. for lunch. 7 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. for dinner daily
  • What's Good: The thali has mouthwatering mix of food from all the southern states
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Traditional No-Frills: Mavalli Tiffin Rooms

Mavalli Tiffin Rooms
Courtesy of Mavalli Tiffin Rooms
14, Lal Bagh Main Rd, Sampangi Rama Nagara, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560002, India

Mavalli Tiffin Rooms (commonly referred to as MTR) has been dishing up fuss-free vegetarian south Indian cuisine since 1924! It's the oldest idli dosa place in Bangalore. This legendary restaurant's main claim to fame is that it invented the rava idli, during World War II when rice was scarce. History, not ambiance, is what's important there. Expect to wait to be seated as it gets crowded.

  • Opening Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. for breakfast. 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for snacks and dinner; closed Mondays
  • What's Good: Rava idli, masala dosa, and pure filter coffee
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Local Favorite: Vidyarthi Bhavan

Vidyarthi Bhavan
Courtesy of Vidyarthi Bhavan
32, Gandhi Bazaar Main Rd, Gandhi Bazaar, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004, India
+91 80 2667 7588

Vidyarthi Bhavan opened in 1943, in one of Bangalore's oldest locations, as a canteen for the young student community. It flourished and became a cultural center, attracting a regular clientele of writers, artists and film stars. These days foodies of all ages flock there, including those who love to reminisce about old times. It's likely you'll have to share your table with strangers as it's very busy!

  • Opening Hours: Monday through Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 8 p.m. and on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays from 6:30 a.m. to noon and 2:30 to 8 p.m. Closed Fridays
  • What's Good: The masala dosa has a unique flavor that you won't find anywhere else in town
06 of 10

Punjabi Pleasures: Tandoor

Tandoori cuisine.
Courtesy of Alina Solovyova-Vincent/Getty Images
MG Road, Craig Park Layout, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001, India
+91 80 2559 6961

Another veteran Bangalore restaurants that's been in business for decades, Tandoor may be nondescript on the outside but it has the grand ambiance of an old haveli (mansion) on the inside, with chandeliers and beautiful murals painted on its walls. The kitchen has large glass windows, providing an interesting view of the tandoor and chefs at work.

  • Opening Hours: Noon to 3:30 p.m. for lunch; 7 to 11:30 p.m. for dinner daily
  • What's Good: The tandoori platter, with an assortment kebabs and classic tandoori chicken
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Brilliant Biryani: Samarkand

G-66, Gem Plaza, Infantry Road, Tasker Town, Shivaji Nagar, Shivaji Nagar, Tasker Town, Shivaji Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001, India
+91 80 4111 3366

Traditionally dressed waiters at this unique restaurant serve sumptuous cuisine from the Afghani frontier. Diners make their selection from menu cards in the form of a local newspaper, and can watch the food being cooked in the open kitchen. Reservations are a must, especially on weekends!

  • Opening Hours: Noon to 3:30 p.m. for lunch; 7 to 11 p.m. for dinner daily
  • What's Good: Renowned for its dum style biryani, particularly the Gosht Ki Dum Biryani.
08 of 10

Authentic Andhra: Nagarjuna

Courtesy of Nagarjuna
138, 1st Cross Rd, KHB Colony, 5th Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560095, India
+91 80 4099 6000

If you like spicy food, you'll love Nagarjuna. This restaurant was started in 1984 by a humble man, from the "rice bowl" of Andhra Pradesh, with a passion for food. The menu is basic yet delectable.

  • Opening Hours: Noon to 3:45 p.m. for lunch; 7 to 10:45 p.m. for dinner daily
  • What's Good: The unlimited veg meal as well as the fiery chicken sholay kebab and mutton biryani
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09 of 10

Nostalgia: Koshy's Bar and Restaurant

Koshy's Bar & Restaurant
Courtesy of Koshy's Bar & Restaurant
39, St Marks Rd, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001, India

Koshy's is another much-loved Bangalore dining institution that's withstood the test of time. It's a simple place with consistently good food, and has been open since before the British left. Head for the newer, air conditioned "Jewel Box" if you're after a fancier menu with a few exclusive options. However, the more laidback, non air-conditioned section is what attracts the diverse crowd for breakfast, a leisurely Sunday brunch, high tea, or to linger over a beer or vodka.

  • Opening Hours: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • What's Good: The breakfasts as well as the Fish Pakauda Curry and Koshy's Special Chicken Curry
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Ethnic Royal Ambiance: Jamavar

Leela Palace, Bangalore
Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi 110023, India
+91 11 3933 1380

The opulent Jamavar opened in 2001 and has been voted by Forbes as one of the top 10 power dining restaurants in the world. Step in to a lavish interior of chandeliers, silk, silver cutlery, and elegant handcrafted wooden furniture. The restaurant offers a culinary voyage spanning the length of India, accompanied by the finest choice in single malts, liqueurs and Cognac. Outdoor seating is also available, along with romantic candlelit dinners.

  • Opening Hours: 7 to 11:45 p.m. for dinner daily
  • What's Good: The signature Spiced Lobster Neeruli
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10 Iconic Indian Cuisine Restaurants in Bangalore for All Budgets