9 Best Restaurants in Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Chokelao Mehran Terrace

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Sip a chilled beer or wine and enjoy spectacular views of Jodhpur city at this romantically lit restaurant high up within the royal Mehrangarh Fort. This touristy outdoor eatery is notable more for its ambience than the food, but if you're dining here, try the traditional Rajasthani food or standard tandoori favorites like mutton kebab and paneer tikka.

Jodhpur, 342006, India
291-255–5389
Known For
  • city views
  • ambience
  • standard Indian fare
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch, No credit cards

Darikhana

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The mood in the evenings at this twinkling, partly open-air haveli restaurant, located in the shadow of the lit Mehrangarh Fort, is memorably romantic. Using as many locally sourced ingredients and spices as possible, Darikhana serves both Indian and international food, including pastas, Mediterranean, and Thai dishes; popular Indian dishes are the traditional Rajasthani laal maas (spiced, well-marinated mutton), chicken curry, dahi kebab, and the paneer dishes.

Raas, Tunwarji ka Jhalara, Makrana Mohalla, Jodhpur, 342001, India
Known For
  • cocktail menu
  • alfresco dining
  • high-end service
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations essential

Indique

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After a long day of sightseeing, stop at this recently renovated rooftop hangout at the Pal Haveli hotel in the Old City, where the ambience exceeds the quality of the food, which is slightly overpriced (though perfectly okay). Go for a sundown drink or dinner (kebabs and thalis are highlights) and take in stunning views of the nearby lake, the fort, the clock tower, and the Umaid Bhawan Palace. The mostly Indian menu includes a couple of continental dishes and some Chinese food, plus there's a decent list of drinks on the bar menu.

Gulab Sagar, Jodhpur, 342001, India
291-329–3328
Known For
  • city views
  • sunset cocktails
  • Rajasthani staples
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No credit cards

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Janta Sweet Home

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Jodhpur's most famous sweet shop buzzes till 11 pm, so consider stopping here for dessert. It's a good place to sample regional delicacies; test your chilli tolerance level with the spicy mirchi bada, a huge pepper that's been breaded and deep-fried or, for something sweeter, try the local specialty: mawa kachori (a pastry filled with nut-based milk solid), ghevar (disc-shape sweet), rabri laddu (milk balls). The place Indianized vegetarian versions of American-style fast food—think pizzas and burgers—are also available, though they are just okay at best. There's another branch of Janta near the railway station, but you are best off hitting the main branch at Nai Sarak.

3 Nai Sarak, Jodhpur, 342001, India
291-263–6666
Known For
  • freshly fried snacks
  • authentic Indian desserts
  • takeout
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No credit cards

Jhankar Choti Haveli

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Join fellow travelers at this happening spot for a cup of masala chai or a meal in the garden courtyard oasis in the city. The restaurant, which also offers rooftop dining with fort views or indoor dining with a/c, is strictly vegetarian and alcohol-free, but even meat eaters will marvel at the Indian house specialties, which are well priced. Pizzas and western dishes are on the menu, but the Indian entrées shine; go for a thali, vegetable biryani, or some perfectly spiced curries. Jhankar is at its best after dark, when tiny twinkling lights strung through the trees lend a whimsical air to the setting.

Jhankar Choti Haveli, Jodhpur, 342001, India
291-261–2590
Known For
  • vegetarian entrées
  • cashew curry
  • outdoor patio seating
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

Latitude

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One of the better attempts at all-day, upscale cuisine in Jodhpur, the neo-Mughal-style restaurant serves continental and Indian food, with a few Rajasthani specialties, and there is a buffet (evenings) as well as à la carte options. Try Jodhpuri gatteki subz curry (steamed chickpea flour dumplings in yogurt-base gravy) or the spicy Jodhpuri laal maas (lamb) curry, both typical of this region. There are also pasta dishes, north Indian and Rajasthani thalis, and desserts such as tiramisu and kulfi (Indian ice cream). On most nights live Indian classical music is performed.

On the Rocks

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This jungle-theme and mostly outdoor restaurant in the new section of the city won't offer you the best meal you've ever had, but the food---rich and hearty---is good, the beer is cold, and it's an ideal rest stop for a quick drink or lunch. On weekends, its cavelike bar, Rocktails, is a hopping place. It doesn't open until 7:30 for dinner.

Circuit House Rd., Jodhpur, 342001, India
911-936–4555
Known For
  • cocktail menu
  • outdoor seating
  • Rajasthani specials

Pokar Sweets

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Arrive at this extra-large food stall as early as 6 am (or as late as midnight) for an old North Indian favorite—piping hot puris and alu (deep-fried wheat bread served with potato curry)---or try traditional Jodhpuri sweets, snacks, dosas, and more. Don't expect ambience, but the food is made fresh and bakery items are in chilled cases.

Near Pokar Hotel, High Court Rd., Jodhpur, 342001, India
982-902–3001
Known For
  • barfi (a fudgelike confection made of sweetened milk)
  • potato alu
  • traditional sweets for holidays such as Diwali
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No credit cards

Risala

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If you're looking to feel like royalty and splurge on a wining-and-dining experience with impeccable service, head to this elegant, formal dining room adorned with portraits from the royal collection—or opt for the balcony overlooking verdant gardens. The contemporary European and unique Indian dishes are a welcome change from the usual Indian and Rajasthani fare, and the drinks menu is extensive, and includes internationally sourced wines. If you like seafood, you're in luck—try the prawn curry in a tomato cream sauce. The roast chicken, roast lamb and pastas are also very well done, while desserts are superb.

Nonhotel guests may have trouble securing a reservation during the busy season; call ahead.

Airport Rd., Jodhpur, 342006, India
291-251–0101
Known For
  • gourmet thali
  • impeccable service
  • afternoon high tea
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted, Reservations essential