Lucknow is known for its Nawabi heritage and architectural brilliance, but it’s also a total foodie’s paradise. From royal relishes to kebabs to paans to biryanis, you never know what culinary gems you’ll find tucked within Lucknow’s narrow alleyways. Follow us to find the best restaurants this gorgeous city has to offer.
Located in the lobby at Vivanta by Taj, you can be assured of the finest dining experience in the city when you visit Oudhyana. Exquisite chandeliers twinkle down at you as you walk to your table. The extremely gracious and knowledgeable wait staff will serve you the very best in Awadhi and Mughlai cuisine. From the melt-in-your-mouth kebabs to the rich parathas and delicious biryanis, every dish is delectable and expertly spiced, adding richness and intensity to every bite without overpowering the flavor.
Momos are a type of dumpling native to Tibet, filled with meat or vegetables and eaten with a variety of sauces. First catching on in North India, their popularity is spreading fast across the country and they’re quickly becoming India’s new favorite comfort food. Nainital Momos is here to meet this demand with the very best momos in Lucknow, perhaps even in the entire state. They keep things very simple with a tiny venue serving around five or six types of momos, but with one bite, you’ll see that in this case, less is definitely more. Try the Tandoori momo and see what Lucknow’s new momo madness is all about.
Restaurant, Spanish, Italian, Vegetarian, Fast Food, $$$
Located in the Mahanagar area in a basement venue with an unassuming entrance, the Cellar is one of Lucknow’s unsung greats. For many years now, they’ve quietly but skillfully served authentic Italian comfort food and Continental cuisine to the people of Lucknow, along with a few other surprising menu items. Their bare brick walls are made welcoming by warm, cozy lighting. You’ll feel like you’re tucked away from the world enjoying a well-kept secret. Go for the lasagna bolognese, hot pepper chicken pizza, or lamb sizzler, then complete your meal with a slice of rich walnut pie.
Jain Chaat Centre is a fixture in Lucknow, treasured by locals for its fantastic snacky street foods. First-time visitors may be sceptical of this small, unadorned venue, but they’ll change their tune when they take a bite of the food. Try the aloo tikki (potato-onion cutlets) served piping hot right from the pan with cool yoghurt and tamarind chutney, papdi chat (crisp fried dough) with big dollops of curd, or the decadent dahi badas (lentil dumplings dunked in thick, creamy yogurt).
Chung Fa is one the oldest restaurants in Lucknow, and the best place to visit for high-quality Chinese food. The authentic Chinese furnishings, cheerful owners and warm service come together for a truly delightful dining experience. Highlights on this menu include the chili chicken, the chicken drumsticks, and the Singapore noodles.