9 Best Restaurants in Jaipur, Rajasthan

Peshawri

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Considered one of the city's best (and most expensive) restaurants, Peshwari entices with melt-in-your-mouth, exquisitely spiced and marinated kebabs and other North-West Frontier foods; menu highlights include paneer tikka, chicken makhani, and the dal bukhara, served with an assortment of rotis and naans. The dining area has an outdoorsy, dhaba look—wood beams, shining copper platters, and pots hanging on the walls, with seating at log tables matched with stools. Part of ITC, a luxury hotel chain known for its excellent cuisine, Peshawri has branches in other cities in India.

Suvarna Mahal

$$$$ | Rambagh Fodor's choice

Once the maharaja's throne room in the original palace, this grand hall within the Taj's Rambagh Palace Hotel---easily one of India's most elegant restaurants---has a soaring, frescoed ceiling,tapestry-covered walls, gold-plated silverware, and a staff eager to serve. It serves dishes from royal kitchens across India, from Punjab to Rajasthan, including both meat and vegetarian entrées; alcohol is available.

Bhawani Singh Rd., Jaipur, 302005, India
141-221–1919
Known For
  • laal maas (spicy lamb)
  • dhundhar murg (chicken and mango curry)
  • fine dining
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch, Credit cards accepted, Reservations essential, Jacket and tie

Dasaprakash

$$ | Panch Batti

The glass- and wood-dominated environment of this regional chain is the best place to tuck into South Indian specialties such as dosas, idlis, upma, and vadas.

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Indiana

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A great spot for groups, this garden restaurant offers Indian, Chinese, and international cuisine as well as alcoholic drinks; crowds tend to be thin for lunch, but dinner is more crowded during high tourist winter months. The restaurant attracts tourists more for its open-air ambience and Rajasthani dances (nightly at 7 pm) than for the food, though the lal maas (spicy mutton) is a favorite.

J2--34 Mahaveer Marg, Jaipur, 302001, India
141-236–2061
Known For
  • traditional Rajasthani entertainment
  • northern Indian food
  • good for groups

Jal Mahal

$$$$

For a break after a morning of sightseeing at Jaipur's fortresses, go to this pretty restaurant in the Trident hotel to sample a mix of Indian and European fare—pastas, kebabs, salads, sandwiches—washed down with cold Indian beer, or try the grilled red snapper or the Rajasthani thali (traditional laal maas or spiced mutton), two of the best dishes on the menu. It also offers a sizeable breakfast buffet.

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Amber Fort Rd., opposite Jal Mahal, Jaipur, 302002, India
141-267–0101
Known For
  • large breakfast buffet with American and Indian staples
  • authentic Rajasthani specialties
  • wine by the glass or bottle
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations essential

Natraj

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The house specialties at this terrific place for Indian tea and dessert are bundi ki laddu (sugary, deep-fried chickpea-flour balls) and the rasgulla (cheese balls in a sugary syrup); other sweets include ras malai (sweet cheese dumplings smothered in cream), which melt in your mouth. Popular with locals for the thalis, this all-vegetarian restaurant is also one of the few places open for breakfast—if you're in the mood for stuffed paranthas (whole-wheat flatbread) or idlis (South Indian steamed rice cakes). The decor is bland, but the sweets make up for it. No alcohol is served.

6, M.I. Rd., Jaipur, 302001, India
141-237–5804
Known For
  • filling thali; vegetarian entrées; homemade dessert
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

Niros

$$$$ | Panch Batti

This bustling and often boisterous Jaipur institution with both inside and outside seating might be the most popular restaurant among the middle class, and it is the place to grab dinner before a Bollywood movie at the Raj Mandir Cinema around the corner. Dine on decent Indian and Chinese food (the range is extensive), as well as continental dishes; to drink, the options include beer and wine, and cold coffee topped with ice cream. During peak tourist season reservations are advisable.

Rainbow

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An upgraded dhaba (roadside eatery), this unprepossessing spot located on the way to Amer Fort is an attractive and convenient stop after a heavy morning of fort viewing. Air-conditioned and kept spotlessly clean by its house-proud and attentive owners, it serves North Indian specials; favorites include palak paneer (spinach with soft white cheese), garlic naan, kadhi pakoda (yogurt curry with chickpea dumplings), achari aloo (spiced potatoes), vegetable curry (stuffed potato dumplings in gravy) on its mostly vegetarian menu.

72, Ramgarhmod, Amer Rd., Jaipur, 302002, India
141-267–2237
Known For
  • vegetarian Indian dishes
  • busy with tour groups
  • clean and well maintained

Steam

$$$

The pizzas and cocktails here are as memorable as the locale—the restaurant is located within an out-of-service steam engine; hop aboard and settle into an interior booth (a must in hot months) or dine on the Victorian-era platform. It's located on the grounds of the Rambagh Palace hotel, part of the Taj Hotel empire, and buzzes at night with locals and in-the-know travelers.

Rambagh Palace, Bhawani Singh Rd., Jaipur, 302005, India
141-385--5700
Known For
  • pizza
  • cocktails
  • destination dining
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Daily 7 pm–midnight, Reservations essential