What are the best restaurants in Kolkata

10 best restaurants in Kolkata, West Bengal

Cosmopolitan and diverse, the food scene in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is something else. We explore the 10 best spots that showcase Kolkata's distinctive culinary delights. Oh! Calcutta Restaurant, Indian, $$$
Elegantly decorated with a fine ambience, Oh! Kolkata is a wonderful place to start your Bengal culinary journey as it serves the mainstays of traditional Bengali cuisine. Menu favorites include the smoked, boneless hilsa and smoked bhekti, which are marinated with mustard and green chili peppers, then wrapped in banana leaves and steamed. End your meal with some of Kolkata's famous sweets, including Mishti Doi, a traditional Bengali sweetened yogurt. Alternatively, try the homemade date palm jaggery ice cream, the Oh! Calcutta guests rave about their excellent taste.

For more information Mon - Sun: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Mon - Sun: 7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. 10/3 Elgin Road, Bhowanipore Kolkata, 700020, India +91 888 888 888 Visit website

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Lunch, Dinner 6 Ballygunge Place Restaurant, Indian, $$$
6 Ballygunge Place is up there with Oh! Kolkata as one of the best places in Kolkata to sample a bite of authentic Bengali cuisine. Located in a 100 year old bungalow with pictures of old Kolkata, 6 Ballygunge Place is the perfect place for a multi-course Bengali meal. Highlights of the menu are the kasha mangsho, a traditional Bengali spicy mutton curry dish, as well as the daab chingri, shrimp cooked in mustard (a favorite among Bengalis) and cooked in a hollowed out coconut.

For more info Mon - Sun: 12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Mon - Sun: 7:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. 6 Visit Ballygunge Place, Ballygunge, Ballygunge Kolkata, 700019, India +913324603922 website

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Lunch, Dinner, Kewpie's Kitchen Restaurant, Indian, $$$
Kewpie's Kitchen is a real family affair, led by Chef Rakhi Purnima Dasgupta, with an ambience that resembles that of a traditional Bengali home. It tries to prepare authentic, homemade Bengali food in an eclectic, relaxed atmosphere. Narrated by Rakhi's head chef Meenakshi Dasgupta, Kewpie's Kitchen's cuisine serves traditional Bengali cuisine including the thali platter, which is a mix of small dishes served in terracotta pots. While service can be inconsistent, Kewpie's Kitchen remains a great restaurant where you can experience authentic Bengali food and culture.

For more information Mon - Sun: 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm Mon - Sun: 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm 2 Elgin Lane, Sreepally, Bhowanipore Kolkata, 700020, India +91 332 4861600 Visit website

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Traditional, Cozy Arsalan Restaurant Restaurant, Indian, $$$

Shish kebab | © Robert / Flickr
Located in the unofficial dining district of Kolkata, Arsalan Restaurant is known for its authentic Mughlai cuisine. This type of cuisine comes from Persian influenced cuisine served in the imperial kitchens of the Mughal Empire. Kolkatans come to Arsalan - or order Arsalan for large gatherings - for their biryanis. For many locals, arsalan is considered to be the best biryanis in Kolkata with variations such as mutton biryani, hyderabadi biryani, chicken biryani and more. Other favorite dishes include Arsalan's Chicken Chanap and the many kabab options.

Learn more Mon - Sun: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 191 Park Street, Park Street Kolkata Area, 700017, India +913322848556

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Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Kolkata Street Food: Deckers Lane (James Hickey Sarani) Market, Indian, Street Food, none

Samosas | © Elyaqim Mosheh Adam / Flickr
Kolkata is the king of street food in India, with stalls selling all kinds of street snacks and foods. Traditional dishes such as phuchka (deep-fried ball chips with tamarind water dip sauces), jhal muri (spiced rice waffles with dal, peanuts, other ingredients and doused with mustard oil) and singara (samosas) are served here. However, there is also street food from other regional and international cuisines. Now, Kolkata street food lovers can discover Kathi buns (kebab bun - like a burrito), chowmein, biryani, dosa, lassi, chola-bhatura, kulcha-chana, and more in Kolkata's thriving street food scene. For the best street food in Kolkata, try the lively Deckers Lane (renamed James Hickey Sarani), BBD Bagh (formerly Dalhousie Square), or Camac Street (renamed Abanindranath Tagore Sarani).

Further information James Hickey Sarani, Bow Barracks Kolkata, 700069, India

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Outdoor Nahoum and Sons Bakery, Kosher, Fusion, $$$

Nahoum and Sons | © Mamiko Oka / Flickr
In early 2013, the dwindling Kolkata Jewish community and many non-Jewish Kolkatans mourned David Elias Nahoum, the longtime owner of the Nahoum and Sons candy store. Established by Nahoum Israel since 1902, the bakery is a long-standing Kolkata icon, an Iraqi Jew who immigrated from Baghdad. During the first half of the century, anywhere between 3,000 and 5,000 Jewish people sought refuge in this bustling city, where they set up their own schools, synagogues, and newspapers, and brought traditional Jewish food with them. Now there are only a handful of Jews left - an estimated 25 -. However, their influence can still be felt in the city's few Jewish bakeries that are no longer as popular as the Nahoum and Sons pastry shop. The Jewish baking tradition is carried on by Isaac, David Nahoum's brother. Visitors to the city's New Market area will find stacks of brownies and rum balls, as well as a plentiful selection of cakes, biscuits, pastries, and oven baked breads.

More info Mon - Sun: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Taltala Kolkata, 700087, India +913365269936

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Cozy, casual Nizam's Restaurant, Indian, Fast Food, Halal, Street Food, $$$

Kathi Roll | © Daniel Chow / Flickr
The king of the Kathi role, Nizam's claims to be the inventor of the famous Kathi scroll which has become a must-see in Calcutta. A real comfort meal, Nizam's kathi roll is a deep-fried paratha with a fried egg, spicy meat, onions and chilies, all rolled up and served like a burrito. This is how famous Nizam's "kathi roll" is, which the famous chef and traveler Rick Stein called "kathi roll".

For more information Mon - Sun: 11:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Taltala Kolkata, 700087, India +919836194669 Visit website

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Snack, lunch, dinner

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Traditional Flurys Tea Room, British, Tea, $$$

English breakfast in Flurys, Kolkata | © gautam Praktash / Flickr
Flurys is Kolkata's legendary tea room on Park Street, founded in 1927 under the British Raj. Under the direction of Chef Vicar Kumas, Flurys continues to exude Old World charm with a sumptuous selection of luxurious cakes, pastries, luscious puddings and, a particular pride of Flurys, some of the best chocolates from Europe. Just as stylish and chic as it is today, 90 years after its founding, Flurys is the perfect place to find out about a traditional English cream tea or to enjoy a refreshing break from the summer heat with an iced coffee with ice. Flurys is too the Kolkata place for weekend brunch, serves its popular full English breakfast all day.

For more info Mon - Sun: 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Park Street Area Kolkata, 700071, India +91 334 007 453 Visit website

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All day

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Traditional Bhim Chandra Nag Bakery, Indian, $$$
The real specialty of West Bengal is sweets and desserts, many of which are made with sweetened chhena or curdled milk. From Shôndesh (Sandesh) to Rôshogolla, Bengalis have a strong love for sweets. Bhim Chandra Nag is one of the oldest and most legendary pastry shops in Kolkata. Locals flock to Bhim Chandra Nag for its delicious sadesh, a West Bengal confection made from curdled milk and various types of sugar.

More info Mon - Sun: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 5 Nirmal Chandra Street, Bowbazar Kolkata, 700012, India +913322120465

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Traditional Ganguram Sweets Bakery, Indian, $$$

Mithai | © haiderzs / Flickr
This venerable candy store (mithai) was founded in 1885 and serves both traditional Bengali sweets and innovative variations based on old favorites. With a wide variety of sandesh flavors such as mango and strawberry, milk chama, rasmadhuri and kesharia rasmalai, Ganguram Sweets has built a loyal fan base among Kolkatans. Locals mainly come for their perfectly balanced Mishti Doi, which is often referred to as the best in Kolkata.

For more information Mon - Sun: 8:30 am - 8:30 pm Park Street Area Kolkata, 700071, India +913322881184 visit website

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All day

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Traditional, casual

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