The Best Fine Dine Restaurants in India

From J&K to Kanyakumari, India is a soulful journey of traditional and contemporary cuisines, sculptural motifs and noted panoramic beauty. A queen of diversity, India, embodies itself through a series of philology while oscillating between palm-fringed coastlines to vast deserts to deep snow up north. The culinary inspiration of India is ‘largely’ dependent on climatic conditions and the traditional and migrational influences of the region. Fine dining in India is an impeccable amalgam of traditional and continental dishes, and slice by slice, some of the best Indian restaurants accouche cookeries to your plate in their ‘most authentic’ form. My gastronomy exploration across India succoured in unveiling restaurants that remit culinary authenticity alongside refined ambience and extraordinary service. Here’s a rundown of the best fine dine restaurants in India that I would visit again, any time of the year.

Tiqri, Taj Santacruz, Mumbai

Exotic Salads Tiqri

Restaurant Tiqri is a true epitome of grace! Featuring a larger than life “Tree of Life,” built using the Rajasthani art form of tiqri, this Taj restaurant welcomes you to a sophisticated ambience and a lavish menu starring an extensive assortment of Indian and continental cuisines.

Price for two: INR 10,000 or $160 onwards

San Qi, Four Seasons

SanQi Sashimi platter

San Qi is a 2-storied Four Seasons on-site restaurant in Mumbai, best known as an Asian speciality eatery featuring sushi bars and PAN Asian cuisine. They perfect the Asian brunch on all days of the week. Glistening in natural light, San-Qi also stars a delicious champagne brunch every weekend. From Woks to tandoor and from Sushi bars to Thai, San Qi’s is sheer indulgence!

Price for two: INR 7500 or $100 onwards (including alcohol)

Nawab Saheb, Renaissance, Mumbai

Nawab Saheb Renaissance Mumbai

Nawab Saheb, located inside Renaissance, Mumbai, is an Indian restaurant where you can treat your tastebuds to some very authentic and traditional Indian cuisine. Steeped in grandeur, this fine-dine restaurant allows you to relish Indian specialities and distinctive delicacies, once celebrated, in India’s royal kitchens. In the evenings, Gazals and traditional music alike uplift the ambience and creates a mythical background. Nawab Saheb is home to various food festivals and never fails to surprise its guests with its exquisite range of kebabs and curries.

Price for two: INR 7500 or $100 onwards (Including wine)

Hemant Oberoi Restaurant, BKC

Hemant Oberoi BKC Perushi on Chairs

Hemant Oberoi, BKC in Mumbai, is a signature restaurant set up by the former master chef of Taj Hotels. Chef Hemant Oberoi is famous to have set up many Taj hotels across the globe, and at his restaurant in BKC, you can practically get a taste of all his culinary extentions. At HO BKC, food becomes art as Chef Hemant Oberoi takes the fine-dining culture to unmatched heights. Be it Japanese, Peruvian, Mediterranean or Sichuan cuisine, this signature outpost in Mumbai will elevate your dining experience. Each dish comes with a story, and the waitstaff often provides insight on exquisite ingredients, flavours and presentation. Don’t be surprised if you randomly run into Bacchans or celebrities alike.

Price for two: INR 7500 or $100 onwards (Including beverages)

Emperor’s Court, Renaissance, Mumbai

Emperor's Court Mumbai Main Course

Emperor’s Court is a lake view restaurant of Renaissance in Mumbai facing the serene blue Powai Lake. This Asian restaurant celebrates delectable Sichuan and Cantonese courses and dishes out a limited menu promising an extensive assortment of flavours. The polished décor of this fine-dining restaurant spells comfort promptly. Apart from the regular menu, they also have a set menu and a separate bar menu. The essence of the ingredients parades freshness all the way, and among desserts, the fried ice cream is a treat with a perfect texture.

Price for two: INR 5000 or $75 onwards

Theory, Kamala Mills, Mumbai

Smoked Chilean Sea Bass Theory

THEORY in South Mumbai is a luxurious yet humble restaurant delivering the much loved small and big plate culture. And they let you wash down these delicious meals with a selection of delicious herbed cocktails. While big plates have always been the traditional way of dining, small plates became popular in the western world post-2000. At restaurant THEORY, you may taste both the small-courses, as well as a more formal meal.

Price for two: INR 5000 or $75 onwards

Lake View Cafe, Mumbai

Shui Zhu Fish Lake View Cafe

Thriving with a stunning display of Powai Lake, Renaissance Mumbai’s Lake View Cafe stars bounteous buffets, salad bars, à la carte menus, live stations and tempting dessert counters. This lake view restaurant featuring sophisticated interiors and elegant private dining is perfect for small/big gatherings and can turn any event into a special occasion.

Price for two: INR 3000 or $50 onwards

Playboy Club Mumbai 

Playboy Club Playboy Potion

Playboy Club in Mumbai is an invite-only nightclub that offers excellent dining opportunities with waitstaff dressed as bunnies. This South Mumbai club has some of the best finger foods and cocktails on display. Only open to those invited, Playboy is not just a fancy club but is also a celebrated fine dining restaurant with an intriguing ambience.

Price for two: INR 7500 or $100 onwards

Oak Lounge, Marriott Suites, Pune

Oak Lounge Marriott Suites Pune

Oak Lounge, within Marriott Suites premises, is a restaurant, bar and nightclub designed for elites. It’s considered one of the best in Pune and Koregaon Park to unwind. With sumptuous interiors slinking into an implicit canyon of lights, Oak lounge welcomes you to a select, collection of imported spirits, finger food and a distinguished range of signature Cigars and Cognacs. In Pune, this is the nightspot to reverberate back to life.

Price for two: INR 6000 or $80 onwards

Salsa Restaurant, Corinthians, Pune

Salsa Restaurant The Corinthians

The Corinthians in Pune sprawls across a well-manicured 25-acre land, and amongst its multi-cuisine restaurants is Salsa, an elegant restaurant. Marked by a set of musician murals, Salsa emancipates a retro and jazz vibe and serves excellent sizzlers, salads, Italian delicacies and desserts.

Price for two: INR 3500 or $50 onwards

Senses, Marriott, Pune

Senses Marriott Suites Pune

Senses Pune is an upscale restaurant in Koregaon, featuring seasonal food festivals and a conventional a la carte menu. Situated downtown, Senses stars a delicate amalgam of Indian and European decor with live stations and a menu matching Marriott standards.

Price for two: INR 3500 or $50 onwards

Pyramisa, Corinthians, Pune

Pyramisa The Corinthians Resort Pune

Pyramisa in Pune is a multi-cuisine poolside resto-bar inside the Corinthians. With lavish views on display, this restaurant is loved for both its Indian and continental cuisine. This small resto-bar of Pyramisa faces the outdoor pool and Egyptian decor of hotel Corinthians. It’s one of the best restaurants in town to enjoy a swim, get a drink from a pool bar or indulge in fine dining over some interesting dishes.

Price for two: INR 3500 or $50 onwards

Sorriso Marriott Pune

Sorriso Pune

Sorriso is an Italian restaurant in Koregaon Park that serves freshly rolled pasta and other Italian delights. The interiors of this fine dining restaurant, are draped in a simplistic Italian manner, and an Italian Chef is at your service to have you taste authentic Italian food. The waitstaff, however, is very laidback, and the wait time between placing and receiving an order is very high. While you wait for the meal to arrive, order an Italian wine to keep you company.

Price for two: INR 3500 or $50 onwards

Le Bar Salon Lounge Nashik

Le Bar Salon, Nashik's Neon Lounge

Le Bar Salon, the enthralling lounge bar of Express Inn hotel, in Pune offers a great set up for fine dining. While the interiors flaunt an extravagant layout, the menu includes a medley of exotic cocktails and food courses. To keep you entertained, the resident DJ of Le Bar Salon plays foot-tapping music in the backdrop. It’s a marvellous place to hang out with friends!

Price for two: INR 3500 or $50 onwards

Indore Kitchen, Marriott

Indore Kitchen Buffet

Indore Kitchen is Marriott’s all-day dining restaurant in the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh. From sophisticated interiors to luxurious ambience to energetic food counters, Indore Marriott is a beautiful establishment to dine in! With the best service in Indore to a lavish weekend Fbrunch, Indore Marriott, at all times, supersedes the expectations of its guests.

Price for two: INR 4000 or $60 onwards

Ni Hao Radisson Indore

Ni Hao Hoisin Duck Spring Roll

Ni Hao is the luxurious PAN Asian on-site restaurant of Radisson Indore that stars authentic Asian decor and cuisine. This multi-cuisine rooftop restaurant has the best city views on display, and it also features an impressive menu. Amongst diverse offerings, Ni Hao’s sushi’s, different dumplings, fried lotus stems, Hoisin duck spring rolls, prawn Siu Mai and black pepper prawns are the standouts.

Price for two: INR 4000 or $60 for two

One Asia, Indore

One Asia Thai Fest Starter

One Asia is an oriental fine dining restaurant in Indore featuring the best of PAN Asian cuisines. Amongst main courses – Thai curries, steamed fish, bamboo-steamed seabass, and wok tossed seafood is a must-try. Wash down the meal with one of the exotic cocktails from the bar menu. The service could be a little prompt but, the food and drinks are worth a wait.

Price for two: INR 6000 or $80 onwards for two

Indiya Oye Indore

Indiya Oye Royal Recipes

Known for its sophisticated interiors, vibrant ambience, Live kitchen, renewed menu and excellent service, Indiya Oye is a Radisson restaurant that specialises in Indian cuisine. Here you will find ancient-old recipes presented with a modern twist. Amongst the main course, Murgh Sweta, Triveni Kumbh Ki Gujiya, Royal Dal Makhni, Kundan Kaliyan, Murgh Patiala Shahi and Bhuna Gosht Ka Sev are the standouts.

Price for two: INR 3500 or $50 onwards for two

The Creative Kitchen Indore

Yet, another fascinating fine dining restaurant in Indore is Creative Kitchen, the all-day dining by Radisson. The dining area is open round-the-clock and stars a satisfying buffet for not just breakfast but also, for lunch and dinner. From a lavish breakfast to a sumptuous lunch and dinner, each gastronomy component of TCK echoes culinary aptitude and artistic charm. They even have a set 3-course continental menu which is a treat to indulge in!

Price for two: INR 3000 or $50 onwards for two

Zaaiqa, Noor-Us-Sabah Palace, Bhopal

Nawabi Zaaiqa of Bhopal

Zaaiqa is the on-site fine dining restaurant of Noor-Us-Sabah Palace in Bhopal that evinces royal decor, sophisticated ambience and a royal dining area with incredibly delicious food. The menu here features authentic Indian cuisine, and most of the dishes are generation-old recipes curated and cooked using traditional techniques. The seating and hospitality are just as good!

Price for two: INR 3000 or $50 onwards (This property does not serve alcohol)

Marble Arch, Bhopal

Noor-Us-Sabah Palace Marble Arch

Marble Arch, facing Bhopal Lake, is another stunning restaurant in Noor-Us-Sabah palace that features ‘both’ indoor and outdoor seating. The outdoor open-air seating lets you enjoy spectacular sunrise and sunset while you indulge in a sumptuous breakfast or dinner. On the inside, the restaurant is decorated, with vintage artefacts, swords and royal decor worth admiring.

Price for two: Price for two: INR 3000 or $50 onwards (This property does not serve alcohol)

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