Nainital is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India and the annual influx of tourist has risen multi folds in the recent five years. The most captivating aspect of Nainital is it’s poised lake and the lush green mountains.
1 Sakley Restaurant & Pastry Shop
Sakley’s Restaurant & Pastry shop has become one of the most popular restaurants in Nainital. This place has one of the most compelling menus and that’s what makes it stand out. They serve all kinds of cuisine but Nonveg sizzler, Roasted Lamb, and Thai Curry remains their specialty.
If you’re in a mood to have some delicious food enjoying the view of Nainital lake then look no further than Machan. Machan is a fine dine restaurant which serves great food at economical prices. Mutton Roganjosh with Nan would be the perfect combination to have here.
This is one of the pure veg restaurants in Nainital. The ambiance is good and the place is big enough to seat a big family. The food is delicious and the polite staffs, would make you come back again and again. Do get your tables reserved from before, as there is always a huge rush during the peak season of June and July.
This restaurant is located on the Mall road and offers a lovely dining experience. They serve only vegetarian dishes and it’s the best you can get in Nainital. The prices are reasonable and the ambiance is great too. Do try out their Dal Makhani and Handi Paneer.
5 Sher E Punjab
If you’re an avid traveler, you must be aware of the ‘Desi’ versions of this place which have opened up in the Northern parts of India in the recent years. But in this case, you would be having your meal by the beautiful Nainital Lake. The typical Punjabi-style ambiance and delicious food will make you fall in love with this place.
6 Chandni Chowk
The biggest highlight of this place is the Old Delhi style ambiance. On the outside, it resembles the famous Red Fort in Delhi. On the inside, you’ll find bunkers with typical village setting which is unique in itself. The ambiance is unique and that’s what makes this place a hot favorite among the tourists.
This place is one of the oldest restaurants in Nainital which offers great food at economical prices. The ambiance is decent, the staff is helpful and overall it’s a place to enjoy your meal after a tiring session of shopping in Nainital.
8 Café Chica
This lovely café is located in a peaceful area near the High court away from the noisy streets of the city. Located inside a heritage property, this place offers a unique experience. You need to get your booking done in advance and do not handle a lot of customers at a time. Thai Chicken Salad and Ham & Cheese croissants are a must try here.
This restaurant is located on the Mall road towards the rear of the Boat Club. The main highlight of this place is the Thalis they offer. Do try out their Gujarati Thali. Although the portions are less, you won’t be disappointed with the taste.
If you’re in a mood to have some homelike food in Nainital, this place is undoubtedly the best. The Thalis are of great value for money and is highly recommended for vegetarians.
11 The Dhaba by Royal Kitchen
This is one of the best places to eat an authentic Punjabi Cuisine in Nainital. The interiors are refreshing and it’s one of a kind experience. Although the prices are bit high, the food is delicious and totally worth it.
12 Cafe De Mall
Situated right by the Nainital Lake, this place offers an outdoor seating arrangement. They serve mainly Indian and Chinese delicacies. The service is quick and food tastes great too.
Panorama is one of the finest restaurants in Nainital. This place offers an old-fashioned interior décor with a beautiful view of the Nainital valley. The food is amazing and will delight your taste buds. Despite the prices being slightly on the higher side, it’s totally worth it.
This restaurant in located in Bara Bazar, the main market in Nainital. The rates are economical and the quantity served is also no less. Fish Masala and Nan is an amazing combo to have here.
Udupiwala is one of the most popular destinations to eat on Kathgodam, Nainital road. Their specialty is South Indian cuisine and you’ll love it. Do try out their Idli Sambar and Masala Dosa.
16 Lucknow Restaurant
This restaurant is a must visit for people who love Mughlai delicacies. During the peak season time, you might have to wait in a queue. Although the ambiance is decent and it’s all about the taste, the prices justify the quantity served. This is the only restaurant in Nainital that serves such authentic Mughlai cuisine. Chicken Biryani and Shami Kebabs are a must try here.
If you’re curious to know how Bengali food tastes like, then do visit this place. The prices are very economical and taste is good too. Although the food lacks authenticity, it’s still one of the best in Nainital.
18 Moti Mahal
Moti Mahal is one of the good restaurants to dine in if you’re a vegetarian. This restaurant is centrally located on the Mall road. The ambiance is retro-style and interiors are quite warm and welcoming. The taste is fine and you wouldn’t be disappointed considering the prices.
19 Shan E Punjab
This restaurant is one of the best Punjabi restaurants in Nainital. It is best suited for your mid-day meals after a tiring stroll on the Mall road. The taste is good with authentic flavors and prices are reasonable too.
20 Zooby’s Kitchen
The restaurant is really close to the lake and also have a beautiful view. The food over here is very delicious and id presented very beautifully.