Mumbai has one of the most happening food scenes in the country, and it has always been that way as far back and pre-independence. The mish-mash of cultural influences in the cuisine and dining concepts here puts this city on the map as a true foodie destination for locals and tourists alike. We have rounded up the ultimate list of the Best restaurants in Mumbai that have stood the test of time and are still serving people by the hundreds every day.
Much favored by the locals and tourists alike. This is as authentic as it gets when it comes to fresh seafood, flown in daily and freshly ground masalas and spice rubs made for their traditional recipes passed down through generations. The owners are Mangalorean and specialize in seafood coastal Maharashtrian preparations, with Mangalorean influences on the menu.
Must-haves: Prawns Biryani, Bombil Fry, Mutton Masala, Special Clam Koshimbir, Prawns Green Chilli Sauce
Cost for two: ₹ 700
This beautiful white-and-blue-themed restaurant with a lovely outdoor section overlooking the stunning Marine Drive promenade, is the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely meal during the day. They are also innovators of the famous Bombay Masala Pizza which is a cheese pizza with Indian spices. They are a very popular breakfast destination as well!
Must-haves: Pollo Arrabiata Pizza, Devil's Delight Pizza, Wild Mushroom Risotto, Carbonara Pasta, Smoke Chilli Chicken Tender
Cost for two: ₹ 1200
One of the city’s most iconic Irani hangouts is definitely a crowd-puller. As you enter this ye old cafe, you are instantly transported in time. Founded in 1953 by a Yazdani family and this place has stood the test of time for three generations. This Parsi bakery is known around Mumbai for its signature Bun-Maskas, Chai and ginger biscuits and super boozy Christmas cakes.
Must-haves: Apple Cinnamon Pie, Brun Maska, Bread Pudding, Maska Pav, Mawa Cake
Cost for two: ₹ 200
Founded in 1956, Gaylord’ is a legendary institution that has been long-standing in Churchgate for decades and is very popular. They have stayed true to their quality of food and nostalgia. They serve a vast variety of cuisines from classic European delights to spicy Indian curries. The bakery/patisserie/deli is also a focal point of the restaurant with a plethora of fresh bakes and sweet confections.
Must haves: Cheese & Ham Grilled Sandwich, Garlic Roll with cheese, Fish Fingers and Chips, Veg Cutlet with Chips, Lemon Tart
Cost for two: ₹ 1000
This place has been serving heart-warming South Indian food for over 80 years to patrons in Matunga and is one of the best cafes in Mumbai. They have been the go-to breakfast place of the area for years. Their innovation of Rassam Vada has been a top seller on their menu since 1960. There is a long line of hungry customers outside the cafe on weekends, so make sure you reach there early.
Must-haves: Idli Podi, Masala Dosa, Upma, Pessarattu Dosa, Bisibili Bhaat
Cost for two: ₹ 250
Much loved and frequented by college goers, travelers and tourists looking to grab a chilled beer and some delicious grub. The ambiance is similar to an Irani café and the walls are covered with hand-painted murals depicting daily Mumbai scenes with an interesting twist, painted by the late Goan artist Mario Miranda, to add to all this nostalgia also has a fully functional jukebox!
Must-haves: Chicken Cutlet, Mondy’s Steak Boti, Prawns Koliwada, Steak Cheese Burger, Beef Chilly, Kheema Ghotala
Cost for two: ₹ 1200
Enjoy a beautiful and nostalgic meal and tea at Britannia’s. this pre-independence era café is now run by the third generation of the founding Kohinoor family. The now-famous Berry Pulav with raspberry soda to wash it all down was introduced to pallets here by Britannia first.
Must-haves: Chicken Cutlet, Chicken Dhansak, Caramel Custard, Chicken Sandwich, Fish Patra, Sali Mutton Boti
Cost for two: ₹ 500
The Juggernaut of Indian seafood and coastal curries, it is most often the first choice for many foodies in the mood to devour some good shellfish or crab. They serve a wide range of seafood, making this place a great choice for family meals or if you are dining with a large group. They have a plethora of Mangalorean menu items and a variety of tandoori dishes as well.
Must-haves: Squid Koliwada, Prawns Ghee Roast, Mutton Rogan Josh, Crab Masala Fry, Chicken Kalmi Kabab, Vegetable Kara Roast
Cost for two: ₹ 1200
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