11 Best Restaurants in Udaipur, Rajasthan

1559 AD

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Named after the year when Udaipur was founded, 1559 occupies an elegant colonial bungalow, with indoor dining as well as alfresco dining in the large garden. Specialties include Rajasthani game birds (farmed, not hunted), prepared in traditional Indian and European styles, as well as salmon or rack of lamb; the menu also features pasta, pizza, and vegetarian specials such as malai kofta and paneer dishes. There's a café with an authentic espresso machine and a bar with a decent selection of wines.

Ambrai

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Right on the shore of Lake Pichola opposite Lal Ghat, this lively outdoor restaurant with a pleasant bar has a hidden approach via narrow lanes and stunning views of the City Palace complex and the Lake Palace. It serves Rajasthani standards along with decent continental and Chinese dishes, though the views outshine the food.

If you're here at dinner, ask that a mosquito repellent coil is placed under your table.

Amet Haveli, Udaipur, 313001, India
294-243–1085
Known For
  • Lake Pichola views
  • Sunset drinks
  • Standard menu
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted, Reservations essential

Apani Dhani

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About half an hour's drive out of the center of town, and an upward climb on a hilltop, the restaurant offers traditional-style vegetarian Rajasthani thali. The local delicacies—dal baati (unleavened wheat bread eaten with lentils), bajra roti (millet rotis), garlic chutney, sangri (a desert vegetable)—are tasty. Service is warm, but this is more about the throwback experience of sitting in a rural roadside setting where amenities are basic. There's a puppet show, Rajasthani folk dancing, and a handicraft shop.

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Café Namaste

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This little bakery and café in the Hotel Gangaur Palace, with courtyard or rooftop seating, sells fresh pastries and cakes, as well as delicious, real espresso. If you come for breakfast, try the baked beans on toast or the soft cinnamon rolls (not always available during summer months), apple crumble, or date-and-walnut pie. The café is on a busy thoroughfare, but you can take your coffee and pastry upstairs to its sister venue Natural City View (same menu). It also serves international dishes at lunch and dinner.

339 Ashoka Haveli, Gangaur Ghat Marg, Udaipur, 313001, India
294-242–2303
Known For
  • Espresso
  • Breakfast pastries
  • Rooftop terrace with views of Lake Pichola
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

Jagat Niwas Palace Terrace Restaurant

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In a converted haveli at the end of one of Lal Ghat's labyrinthine lanes, this restaurant has retained the mansion's lovely design and has spectacular views of the Lake Palace, especially at night, when the vistas capture the incredibly romantic essence of the city. There is a decently good range of continental, Chinese, and Indian food; wine, cocktails, and beer available—fish à la Jagat is a highlight during fishing season; otherwise try the laal maas (red meat curry) or subz galouti kabab (vegetarian kebabs). Service can be slow, but to see the brilliantly illuminated palace seemingly float on the water from a cushioned alcove is a signature Udaipur experience. There's nightly live music during peak season. It's a great place for a cup of afternoon chai or lassi, too.

23–25 Lal Ghat, Udaipur, 313001, India
294-242–2860
Known For
  • Rooftop dining
  • Lake views
  • International cuisine
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

Lala Misthan Bhandar

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Next door to Gehrilal Goverdhan Singh Choudhary, near the Clock Tower, is a sweet stall, Lala Misthan Bhandar, where you can satisfy your sweet tooth and refuel with the best gulab jamun (fried milk balls in syrup) and imarti (pretzel-shaped pastries dipped in sugary syrup) in town, its open late till 10 pm.

Palki Khana

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Inside the City Palace complex, this casual café, is a perfect postmuseum stop—sit outside under Rajasthani umbrellas if you like to people-watch. The menu emphasizes standard continental café fare, such as salads, sandwiches, pizza, and pasta. Beer and an extensive variety of international and Indian wines are also available. If you have tickets for the sound-and-light show, you can watch it over dinner (Rs. 400; reservations required) on the patio. If you want dinner but don't have show tickets, you'll have to wait until the café reopens at 9 pm. Prices tend to be higher than other restaurants in the area.

Rainbow Restaurant

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Popular with tourists of all ages and backpackers, this family-run restaurant is a great place for Italian coffee and juices—the menu has an incredibly long list of fresh fruit juices and “mocktails." Tandoori food is the favorite here; try the butter chicken or a wide range of vegetarian dishes. It's the spot that local guides recommend for stunning views of Lake Pichola and the Lake Palace as the sun goes down. It's also a nice place to take a tea break between sightseeing.

27–28 Lal Ghat, Udaipur, 313001, India
946-063–1484
Known For
  • Rooftop views
  • Fresh juices
  • Traditional Indian fare

Royal Brewmen

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Stop by this lively café and lounge, centrally located near a city garden and close to Fateh Sagar Lake, for some interesting blends of coffee, a quick bite, or to chill on the comfortable sofas. Sandwiches, burgers, and pizzas are on the menu, and Wi-Fi is free.

Hitawala Complex, Saheliyo Ki Bari, Udaipur, 313001, India
294-242–1571
Known For
  • Coffee
  • Variety of pizza
  • Light snacks and lunch

Sunset Terrace

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Overlooking Lake Pichola, this café benefits from a constant breeze, and sitting on the terrace feels as if you've joined the aristocracy and have unlimited leisure---plus live instrumental music adds to the romance in the evenings. Order from a fixed-price menu or à la carte options; favorites include the butter chicken, kung pao chicken, prawns masala, paneer lababdar (soft white cheese in an onion and tomato gravy). Come at night to have a cocktail and watch the sunset.

Udaipur, 313001, India
294-252–8016
Known For
  • Sunset cocktails
  • Date-night dinners with folk music
  • Tourists relaxing with cold beers on hot afternoons
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted, Reservations essential

Upre

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The name of the Lake Pichola Hotel's restaurant means "upstairs" in the local dialect, and that's exactly what it is—a rooftop spot beside the pool, with spectacular views of the City Palace complex and lake, especially charming and romantic when they are lighted up after dark (it can be hot at lunchtime). There's typical Rajasthani seating on high beds and against bolsters, too. Run by the same family that runs 1559 AD, this is a favorite among locals and tourists, who come for the good-quality (though not outstanding) food at reasonable prices. The menu features Italian, Mexican, and Chinese dishes alongside the Indian food. The restaurant also has a well-stocked bar.

Udaipur, 313001, India
294-243–1197
Known For
  • Big dinner crowds in high season (make reservations)
  • Drinks with on the rooftop with views
  • Diverse menu
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Reservations essential