Is Ambrai worth the hype? Here are the 10 best restaurants in Udaipur

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Udaipur is a city in India where you can either dine like a maharaja relishing a multi-course feast or enjoy a simple ‘unlimited food’ thaali in a budget family restaurant. Wherever you might eat, one thing is assured – the food will always be delicious. All your taste buds will be rewarded – be it hardcore non-vegetarians looking for famous Rajasthani Laal-maans or vegetarians searching for the 800/- per kilo ‘Ker sangri’ (my favourite Rajasthani dish) along with daal baati churma. Whether you want to go on a romantic couple dinner or celebrate someone’s birthday or simply enjoy a fun meal with friends, Udaipur will have a restaurant just right for you. While circumventing the narrow lanes of Udaipur, be ready to get surprised by its culinary offering. You’ll be amazed to see how the city’s food scene go beyond Rajasthani fare. From picturesque fine dining restaurants on the lakeside to chic European-style cafes — the possibilities are endless. Here are the best restaurants and cafes of Udaipur that Travel See Write highly recommends:

The best part about dining in Udaipur is its open-air restaurants
The best part about dining in Udaipur is its open-air restaurants

The best restaurants in Udaipur

  1. Ambrai Restaurant at the Amet Haveli is one of the top restaurants in Udaipur when you are looking for a romantic candle light dinner lakeside. The expansive view of Lake Pichola, City Palace, Jag Mandir, Gangaur Ghat, Lal Ghat and even the Sajjangarh Fort is something that will make you believe you are living a dream.The restaurant has ample options when it comes to picking a cuisine – you can choose from North Indian, Mughlai, Continental, or Chinese here. I had ordered a mix of some mughlai starters (tandoori aloo nazakat, Dahi ke Kebab, Ambrai ke Falafel, and corn sheekh kabab), Rajasthani main course (Ker Sangri, Govind Gatta Curry, Daal-Baati-Churma, miss roti and pyaaz mirchi roti) and their signature mocktail. The food was delicious and quite filling. Frequented by many visitors, both Indian and foreign, the restaurant mostly remains full; therefore, make sure to make a prior booking.
Ambrai Restaurant is famous for its expansive view of the Udaipur city
Ambrai Restaurant is famous for its expansive view of the Udaipur city
  1. Khamma Ghani Restaurant – This upscale Indian restaurant near the Rang Sagar Lake is another must-visit Lakeview restaurant in Udaipur. The never-ending views over the lake give this restaurant its major draw and appeal. The best time to visit this place is before sunset when the Rang Sagar Lake and the city of Udaipur are coloured in the golden glow. Once the night sets in, the twinkling stars, moon decked up on the eternal dark blue sky ceiling, make the atmosphere even more romantic. Their authentic Rajasthani cuisine is to die for.  Loved their starters and main course. Beteween Ambrai and Khamma Ghani, I liked the later’s food more. Though Ambrai will score more on location.
Khamma Ghani, a lakeside restaurant in udaipur, has both great ambiance and food.
Khamma Ghani, a lakeside restaurant in udaipur, has both great ambiance and food.
  1. 1559 restaurant – Named after the historical year (1559 AD) when Udaipur was founded by Maharana Udai Singhji, 1559 AD restaurant takes you to the bygone era. The building is about 95 years old, has been kept the same with a bit of fusion concept of art nouveau. With a few contemporary designs and ancient artefacts, this is the perfect blend of old and new. The old world hospitality is best delivered through its multi-cuisines. The classical live music played at the restaurant made the whole experience quite memorable and soothing.
1559 AD is another wonderful fine dining restaurant in Udaipur
1559 AD is another wonderful fine dining restaurant in Udaipur
  1. Upré by 1559 AD – A terrace restaurant with a beautiful view of the City Palace and Lake Palace, Upre is located in the Lake Pichola Hotel. The multi-cuisine restaurant offers a great variety – from local delicacies to international dishes. The elegant and chic décor of the restaurant with light curtains give the visitors their own privacy. The tranquil and peaceful atmosphere makes it the best place to enjoy the beauty of Udaipur.
Upre by 1559 AD is quite famous for its lakeside view
Upre by 1559 AD is quite famous for its lakeside view
  1. Udai Kothi – Having been voted as the “best wedding venue” in Rajasthan and the best boutique hotel of India by the National Geographic Traveller, Udai Koothi is a must-visit place in Udaipur. Travel+Leisure voted Udai Kothi as the Best Affordable Romantic Hotels, and UrbanNista&Co. said it is one of the 21 world’s sexiest rooftop pools. Looking at the long list of awards won, it won’t be wrong to say that Udai Kothi has already left a lasting impression on everyone’s mind. If you want to surprise someone special with a truly romantic dining experience, the rooftop terrace restaurant at Udai Kothi hotel will be a great choice. Set around a pool, it will leave an everlasting charming experience. You can choose from an array of multi-cuisine dishes comprising Rajasthani, Indian, Chinese and Continental fares. The romantic ambience with plush backgrounds, moody lighting and delish food on the plate will truly set your mood on fire.
Udai Kothi is another restaurant with great romantic vibe
Udai Kothi is another restaurant with great romantic vibe
  1. Millets of Mewar: If you are a health-conscious person, this is a good health food restaurant. You can find a variety of vegan and gluten-free options. The ingredients used are organic, gluten-free and raw. A must-visit for those with a passion for local food and the environment.
  1. Neel Kamal Restaurant at Taj Lake Palace is a must-visit at least once in your life. But to get to this restaurant, you need to be the resident guest of the Taj Lake Palace hotel. Royalty and elegance radiate from Neel Kamal’s décor, with throne-like chairs, subtle colours reflected in the lily pond, and a hospitality team ready to take guests on an enchanting gastro0mic journey through the fragrances and flavours of Rajasthan. The live classical music playing in the background completes the refined atmosphere.
  1. Darikhana – Part of Jagmandir Island Palace, Jag Mandir’s Darikhana offers seating indoors and outdoors. While the food menu is limited, the restaurant is renowned for its excellent and wide selection of alcohol. Overlooking the City Palace and the Karni Mata Temple, the restaurant offers a serene and calm experience. This is one of the must-visit restaurants in Udaipur. 
  1. Savage Garden: Tucked away in one of the old city lanes, this atmospheric café-restaurant is located inside a pleasant, airy blue-coloured building. Its partial open-air setting and numerous flowering plants make Savage Garden a charming place for meals and snacks. The menu offers delectable continental fare. Their pastas, sandwiches, soups and desserts are worth trying.
  1. Enigma: Located at Kamlawadi in Udaipur, Enigma is a multi-cuisine restaurant that serves Chinese, Indian and Continental fares. Not only does the restaurant offer delectable food and drinks, but the view from the terrace is stunning, to say the least. You can see the panoramic view of the entire Udaipur city from its roof. The restaurant is also a great place to click some Instagram worthy pictures – you can get clicked on carved winged couple chairs kept indoors or throne and hand-shaped ones at the rooftop. The live music made the environment even more soothing. Also, I loved their open-air pizza and cocktail bar.

Besides the above, I tried ‘Soul Bistro and Lounge’ by Sun and Moon Udaipur on a local friend’s recommendation. They claim to be one of the best rooftops café in Udaipur but, frankly, didn’t find them extraordinary. In fact, the food and drinks were pretty average, and the environment was quite loud. Maybe it’s meant more for a younger audience looking to party and not a visitor trying to soak the romantic vibe of the city.

While there is no shortage of the best fine dining restaurants in Udaipur with a great view, the city also has a rich legacy in street food. Your craving for street food items such as samosa, kachori, aloo bada, vada pav, or dabeli will get fully satiated at Sukhadia Circle, Chetak Circle or Mumbai Market. Some places worth checking out are Bohra Ghanpati Mishtan for samosas, Shri Lala Mishtan for kachoris and Bhole Nath Nashta Center for poha. 

And, if you are looking for some cheap but good quality restaurants in Udaipur, you can’t go wrong with Natraj Dining Hall and Restaurant. Their thali is a must. Places like Bawarchi Restaurant, Queen Café, and Jasmin are worth visiting too.

A thalli is a must at Natraj restaurant in Udaipur
A thalli is a must at Natraj restaurant in Udaipur

A few Rajasthani dishes that are an absolute must-try in Udaipur are Gatte ki sabzi, Ker Sangri, Laal Maans, Mawa Kacchori, Pyaaz Kacchori, Samosa, and Mewari Styled Curries.

Have you been to Udaipur? How was your experience? Do share it in the comment below.

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37 Comments

  • Ivan M. Jose says:

    Those are all beautiful restaurants! They all look so opulent and exclusive. I love the night time vibe, too.

  • Lori Bosworth says:

    The view from the Ambrai Restaurant is stunning! I have never tried thali but it looks delicious!

  • MELANIE EDJOURIAN says:

    Knowing where good restaurants are on your travels is important. Having good food is part of the holiday experience.

  • Leanne Wong says:

    These all sound like lovely spots. I love the atmosphere of all of them. That’s as important as the food.

  • Stephanie says:

    All of the outdoor locations look amazing! The views are gorgeous and the food looks absolutely delicious.

  • Sudipta says:

    So enjoyed reading your post. Would love to visit a few of these restaurants when I am in Udaipur. Great views and such magical settings. I am sure the food would be super too.

  • Bethan Taylor-Swaine says:

    Ah, I can’t wait to get back to India! All of these venues look amazing, although I particularly love the idea of Udai Kothi – I’m always sold by the promise of an amazing pool!

  • Rhian Westbury says:

    I’ve never been to India, but these restaurants all sound really nice and some lovely views from them x

  • Fransic verso says:

    These are so cool places, the sky and clouds look just amazing for a good trip.

  • lifestyle inflation says:

    I’ve never been to Udaipur, actually I’ve never been to Rajasthan but would love to explore this gorgeous state…

  • Alvern says:

    Oh wow!! Those restaurants are so pretty and a trip to India is still on my bucket list. I’m still searching for my partner in crime so that I can actually make the trip a reality.

  • Emily Fata says:

    So many amazing restaurants to choose from! It would be hard to decide if you only had to narrow it down to one.

  • Nkem says:

    They all look like great restaurants! I would love to eat at all. Thanks for sharing.

  • Alita Pacio says:

    these are really great restaurants. I think I’ll go for Millets of Mewar because of their vegan options

  • Cinny says:

    That looks like such a nice place to visit. If the weather is right, a rooftop place is so nice.

  • khoingn says:

    I’m planning to travel to India and surely will refer your post for the best restaurants in Udaipur. Thanks for sharing!

  • Autumn Murray says:

    I would love to try any one (or all) of these amazing restaurants in Udaipur, India. Travelling is something that heals my soul. I love experiencing different cultures.

  • Knycx Journeying says:

    Look fabulous and so much fun! Thanks for sharing with us your experience and you took great pictures too!

  • Ntensibe Edgar says:

    Wow! Upre has the exact view I need to enjoy my food, just the way I like it! It looks so serene! Thanks for sharing.

  • Mary Lorraine Llorin says:

    I love the night vibe of the restaurants. Thank you for sharing and for the great photos. 🙂

  • Raksha says:

    Wow-what an amazing list of restaurants in Udaipur. I am definitely visiting at least two to three when I plan for Udaipur. The outdoors have such wonderful views of the city and it is especially lovely at night with all the city lights.

  • Clarice says:

    I haven’t been to Udaipur but it is good to know that there are many restaurants to visit. I once heard about Ambrai from a friend and she recommends it. Happy to see it on top of the list too. We look forward to visiting soon.

  • Lyosha says:

    I love the lists of best restaurants because that’s exactly what I want to explore and I never find it easy to pick and navigate. you explained things very well

  • Melissa Cushing says:

    This looks like a beautiful restaurant and if I am ever in Udaipur I will make sure to check it out! Very cool pictures 😉

  • Renata Green says:

    I simply love dining al fresco. I can imagine that due to the climate – and the views, obviously – Udaipur is one of the best places for doing so. Also, I love Indian cuisine – so that would be another wonderful aspect to enjoy 😉

  • Anosa Malanga says:

    I have been to India but not yet in Udaipur. The food looks very delicious and I would definitely love th have a taste of all of them! the place is absolutely beautiful too!

  • Jupiter Hadley says:

    Udai Kothi does look like such a romantic place for a wedding!

  • kushigalu says:

    Udaipur is always in my to visit place. I have bookmarked this post. Looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  • travelltrips says:

    All the list of Restaurants are amazing and I was in search of top restaurants in Udaipur. Your article is informative and I will be planning to visit these top restaurants in Udaipur and taste some authentic Rajasthani cuisine.

  • Travel tips says:

    The restaurants you have mentioned are great. Thanks for sharing this.

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