India is a hub for finding delicious food from various cuisines, in that conversation, you'll definitely have Bengali food as well. Bengali cuisine has made a mark not just across the county, but all over the globe. People come from very distant places to Kolkata to have a taste of authentic Bengali food and are always left in awe by the taste.
Kolkata - the city of joy, is where you can find authentic Bengali cuisine. Kolkata is a paradise for all food lovers, without a doubt. You will find that there is something to satisfy everybody's taste buds. Be it amazing street food, or luxury fine-dining. Vegetarian dishes or non-vegetarian dishes, both are available in Bengali food. Whether you have a sweet tooth, or you love spicy food, you get it all. As we all know Kolkata is known for its heritage and art and history. There's no denying that the city of joy has a reputation when it comes to food as well, you're in for a ride if you love food and are visiting or staying in Kolkata!
When we say you'll find something for everybody, what we are trying to say is that when you're in Kolkata, you can feast on some really delicious food at any time of the day. Here you'll find incredible restaurants which are open all day long and serve you proper Bengali food all day long, if you are a night owl and like to stay up in that nights, you'll still find plenty of options. There are quite a few establishments that are open during the nighttime as well for you to tasty food. If you love sweets, Kolkata as you know is home to some of the best tasting sweet dishes, you'll fall in love with some of the establishments on the list, so for all the food lovers, if you love sweets, keep a pen and notebook ready!
Today we'll be looking at some of the best places where you can eat Bengali food. We will look at every option there is for you to enjoy Bengali cuisine, whether its street food, where you can to enjoy delicacies like kathi rolls, jhal muri, and phucka's to casual fine-dining restaurant to eat good food which serves really tasty Bengali food to luxury fine-dining experiences where you can try your hand at traditional Bengali food prepared by some of the best chefs in the country.
So without further ado, let's get right into and look at some of the best Bengali restaurants in Kolkata!
1. Aaheli - The Peerless Inn, New Market Area
We cannot start a list of Bengali restaurants in Kolkata without giving a shoutout to the first restaurant to serve traditional Bengali cuisine in India! Aaheli has a very special history attached to it. It's been close to 29 years since that fact and still, Aaheli is considered to be one of the best restaurants where you can find authentic Bengali food being served! This fine-dining restaurant will make you fall in love with traditional Bengali cuisine! They have created a path which many have chosen over the years. As you would already know there are numerous restaurants that serve Bengali food, but if you ask any Calcuttan where you could find really delicious food, delicious Bengali food with a fine-dining experience, they would all point to the Aaheli, hands down! Although you really cannot write down just one of their dishes as a signature dish, if you ask us, we really loved their Hilsa fish, especially during their 'Pade Pade Ilish Pujo Festival' which is usually from August first week to the second week of September. They have a special menu where they stick to the basics and prepare the tastiest steamed hilsa fish. Talking about the place, it is very bright and gives out positive vibes through all that lighting and colors. The seating arrangement is luxurious, with extremely well-cushioned chairs and well-spaced tables to ensure you get to have a nice personal time with your family. The staff is courteous and will explain the menu to you if you're new to Bengali cuisine. You have a lot of options in veg as well, so even vegetarians can opt for Aaheli to enjoy true authentic Bengali cuisine in Kolkata!
INR 2500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
2. Eden Pavilion - ITC Sonar, Science City Area
Next up on the list is a gem from ITC, the Eden Pavilion is known to be one of the best fine-dining restaurants to serve Indian food, they are proud of their Bengali biryani, which they should be because it is really delicious! The biryani you'll find here can easily give Hyderabad's Paradise Biryani a run for its money. The buffet spread here is some of the most lavish and would make you drool right away! Talking about the place, you get a well laid-out and spacious seating arrangement with ample lighting, and to keep things interesting, you also can see quirky wall art on the walls. Their main attraction is their menu spread, which is beautifully decorated and displayed. You have a very calm and comfortable ambiance, with the service being quick and reliable, the staff is really friendly and wouldn't mind divulging in a conversation with you while you're waiting for your food. Apart from authentic Indian food, you also have the option of Italian, continental, Chinese and Bengali cuisine. Bengali food is their specialty and if you want to pamper yourself by experiencing a fine-dining experience while enjoying the taste and delicious Bengali cuisine, Eden Pavilion is the place to go! You'll fall in love with the chefs for serving you authentic Bengali food. Their specialty in Bengali is fish dishes, their macher jhol is something you'll definitely want to give a try, which is prepared with perfection, you'll end up licking your fingers, it's that good! There's also Mutton Kosha is also one of their signature dishes which is the chef's recommendation if you love meat and want to try traditional Bengali food. One meal here and you'll understand why Eden Pavilion is held with such high regard.
INR 4500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
3. Oh! Calcutta, Bhowanipore
Opened in 2003, Oh! Calcutta is now a flagship chain of Bengali restaurants all across the country. Oh! Calcutta is a place that serves really tasty and delectable Bengali cuisine to its guests. They have taken age-old traditional Bengali food dishes and tried to give them a modern touch and also tried to invent new dishes by innovating some of the best tasting Bengali delicacies. It all started here in Kolkata, in Bhowanipore to be exact, located in the Forum shopping mall, which is also the first shopping mall in Kolkata, is the first-ever outlet of Oh! Calcutta. Its an award-wining restaurant that has the trust of many residents in the city of Kolkata, meaning in a city where authentic Bengali food is prepared in every household, they have convinced the people of Kolkata that they can prepare equally tasty and delicious Bengali food and have made them visit the restaurant and making them regular customers as well! Talking about the interiors, it's elegantly done with wooden furniture with paintings related to the city hang on the walls all around the place, the dining area is well lit with the occasional black and white prints on the walls adding to the beauty of the place. The seating arrangement is also done quite well with spacious room to sit families of all sizes, with light music playing in the background, the ambiance of this place is excellent. The entire setting of the place is really comfortable and is suitable for a good family dining experience. The menu is quite elaborate and you will find plenty of options to choose from. You have options of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes to choose from. The staff is very polite and friendly and would assist you with whatever you require. The service is also pretty quick, so you won't have to wait a lot for your tasty food to arrive at your table. All of this more than makes up for the slightly pricey menu. Their signature dishes that you must try when you visit the place are Roshun bhapa maach, Chittagong masala chicken, Kakra chingri bhapa and to complete your meal, you can end with a bhapa sondesh.
INR 1800, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
4. Bhojohori Manna, Esplanade
Named after a famous Bengali song from the '70s, Bhojohori Manna is an extremely popular food joint in Kolkata where you can find delicious home-style Bengali food. They have a total of 11 outlets across the city so you can relish authentic Bengali cuisine whenever you want. Bhojpuri Manna is extremely popular for not only serving some of the best Bengali dishes but also for how pocket-friendly it is. You can goof food at the fraction of what it costs in some fine-dine restaurant. They have both vegetarian and non-vegetarian Bengali thalis to choose from, so for all those who are looking for vegetarian dishes that they can feast on, this is the place you have to visit! Anyone who has visited this establishment will vouch for how tasty the food is. Foodlovers love Bhojohori Manna for the food quality, the service, and the price. Fun fact, it was started in 2003 by a group of 5 friends who had a passion for authentic Bengali food and now Bhojohori Manna has become one of the most famous food joints in the city! They have expanded even further and opened their outlets in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Puri, and Siliguri as well! Since the emphasis is on finding authentic Bengali cuisine at an affordable price, the place in itself is ordinary, there is nothing extraordinary about this place. It's a small establishment with minimalistic decor and simple furniture to sit and enjoy tasty food, with ample lighting and air-conditioning. But none of that would be an issue once you enter the place, the dining area will be filled with aromas of delicious mouth-watering food. The staff here is also really nice and eager to serve you, the service doesn't take much time as well, so if you're on the go and need a quick Bengali meal, this is the perfect place. Definitely try their Chicken dak bungalow and Bhakti rongpuri and to finish your meal on a sweet note, try their aam doi!
INR 650, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
5. Mud, Gariahat
This one might feel like it is a little out of place, but trust us, you will sometimes find the best things in the most unusual of places! This cafe is a perfect place to sit, chill and have good food. You can forget about all the worries of the world. That's because this place is Oh! so perfect for Bengalis and oh! the soulful Bengali music that plays in the background is therapeutic. The decor is of a Bengali household and to top it all, Rabindrasangeet plays in the background which makes sure to create a homely ambiance to chill and have authentic Bengali cuisine along with some great food that too at affordable rates. It's one of the most recommended places by Calcuttan food lovers if you want to try authentic Bengali food with a modern setting. This cafe stands out because they serve some of the Bengali delicacies you can get your hands on! It's also popular because of how pocket-friendly this place is! You can visit this establishment with your friends to enjoy good food and spend quality time with them without hurting your pockets! You can also choose books from their shelves and read them. In the must-try, there's mutton ghugni, mutton fuchka, mud sandwich (best in Kolkata), fish 'n' chips, and Darjeeling tea. Don't go on the presentation of the Mud cake, because you'll regret it if you don't try it. The staff is very polite and will suggest the new items on their list which you should try, and you won't regret it. Once you drop into the place, you will get a real kick to your thoughts. Want to feel the Bengali culture? Visit this place and let yourself loose.
INR 550, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
6. 6 Ballygunge Place, Ballygunge
6 ballygunge place is an authentic Bengali restaurant that serves Bengali cuisine. If you're in Kolkata and would like to try Bengali food, this is the place to go, hands down. You'll find all types of contemporary and traditional Bengali food, dating back to century-old recipes. This is every food lover's favorite place to visit if they're in the mood for authentic Bengali cuisine. You're sure in for a treat at 6 Ballygunge place and be ready to have your mind stumped by the amazing decor and interior the place has, it has a vintage feel to it, you'll feel like you have stepped into a pre-raj era setting, you'll do only two things when you visit 6 Ballygunge Place, eat and click photos! It's also known to be one of the earliest fine-dining restaurants in the city. Their menu is quite extensive, meaning you have a lot of options to choose from. They have both vegetarian dishes and non-vegetarian dishes on their menu, so regardless of whether you're a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian person, you'll find a lot of options for either. Their buffets are extremely popular and you'll be recommended this place whenever you ask where you can find authentic Bengali cuisine. While there are a lot of dishes offered in the buffet menu, these are some of the must-try dishes - dab chingri, Dhakai pora mangsho, the Hilsa, mochar chop, bhapa eilish, alooposto, chholar dal, baked sandesh, mishti doi, and nolen gur ice cream. The fish and meat used in the preparation of these authentic dishes are all fresh and sourced from the best suppliers in Kolkata to guarantee freshness and top-notch quality and taste. If you ever want to try Bengali dishes, this is a great place to get introduced to Bengali cuisine. Be sure to visit this restaurant at least once to indulge yourself and give your tastebuds a taste of Bengali cuisine.
INR 1700, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
7. Panch Phoron, Salt Lake
This is a new cozy place that serves Bengali cuisine. Even though it's a small establishment, it serves both veg and non-veg delicacies. Panch Phoron brings you home-styled cooked authentic Bengali food to your tables. The interior is simple but lovely, it's a really small establishment and the seating arrangement is the bare minimum. It has limited options but the available dishes are worth trying. It serves all the famous fish dishes as well as other Bengali dishes. Every Calcuttan has at least once visited this placed and feasted on the amazing food it serves. You would forget about the interiors of the place, the minimalistic appearance, the small establishment, everything once your food is served to you. You'll be transported to someplace else with the aroma of the food and the minute you taste it, you'll feel like you're being served by the best chefs of the early days. They take age-old recipes and recreate them perfectly. Their meals are cooked with perfection. Moreover, the chefs here are friendly enough to indulge with your personal preference and prepare your food according to what you request them. Their chicken curry is supposed to be their signature dish which every visitor definitely offers. One of the best things about Kolkata is that the cost of food is really affordable, you have plenty of places that offer some of the best food at really reasonable prices. Panch Phoron is one of those places, their entire menu is pocket-friendly, so don't worry while ordering food here, you'll be surprised at the bill at the end! So you can, without any worries, have a big feast without emptying your pockets. They also do offer take-away services, which most of their guests prefer, because more often than not, the place is full and you won't a table to occupy. You can grab your tasty food and go back to the comfort of your home and enjoy a delicious Bengali meal from one of the most authentic Bengali restaurants in the city! Their Kosha Mangsho, Special Chicken, and Chitol Peti are some dishes you must try when you visit Panch Phoron.
INR 400, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
8. Kasturi, New Market Area
Kasturi is probably one of the very places in Kolkata that serves authentic Dhaka Bangladeshi cuisine. Opened in 1994, this award-winning restaurant is the go-to place for people who love Bengali food from the other side of the border. Kasturi is a well-known restaurant among food lovers who just wants to eat good food! This establishment has given a lot of focus on the quality and taste of their food rather than decorating the place, which is loved by everyone. People in Kolkata love food, not the place that serves food, they would rather prefer an ordinary place serving extra-ordinary food than an extra-ordinary place serving ordinary food, and Kasturi exactly does what every Caluttan loves, provides outright delicious, mouth-watering food! The place in itself is very basic and simple. The decor and interiors are minimalistic with a simple table and chairs for your seating arrangement, ample lighting, and air-conditioning. It's a good place for you to take your family as the entire place resonates good vibes. The main attraction of the place definitely is the food and you'll love the food they have to offer. Kasturi is every seafood lover's paradise, you find amazing prawn dishes here. The staff here is very friendly and welcoming, the quality of service is also incredible, even if the entire place is full, you wouldn't have to wait long for your food to be served. It's also one of the most affordable places on today's list, you can enjoy a good satiable meal without having to shell out big bucks. Their signature dishes include Kachu Pata Chingri, Posto Bora, Vetki Paturi, and Prawn Malai Curry.
INR 450, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
9. The Bhoj Company, Salt Lake
Another restaurant in Kolkata that serves authentic Dhaka Bangladeshi cuisine. If you're in the mood of trying both Epar and Opar Bengali food, The Bhoj Company is definitely going to be the place on the top of your list! You'll find both Bengali and Dhakai food here. The best part is that you have a lot of variety, and not just for non-vegetarians, but for vegetarians as well. This small, yet classy establishment has made a mane for itself in the ocean of restaurants in the city of joy. Opened in 2012, they have 3 outlets across the city where you'll not only find delicious food, but also the good ambiance and pleasing interiors. Especially the establishment in Salt Lake is very eye-pleasing. From the pistachio-colored painted walls to modern furniture to the exposed piping on the ceiling to the hanging lights and hand-crafted paintings and mandala drawings hung on the walls, this place is very well set-up. It draws you towards it just by the looks and the minute you step in, the aromas and the amazingly presented food on the tables will make you surrender to tasty Bengali food. The Bhoj Company has created its name when it comes to a Bengali fine-dining restaurant that is easy o your pockets while ensuring you get the best experience when you visit them. From the decor to the ambiance to the staff, everything is as you would expect from a high-end fine-dining restaurant. You should definitely try their kachki macher chorchori and chingri malai, they're really delicious.
INR 700, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
10. Saptapdi, Salt Lake
Named after a hit Bengali movie from 1961, Saptapdi is a somewhat new establishment in Kolkata while compared to the other restaurants in the place, but make no mistake! They're considered to be one of the best places to eat Authentic Bengali food in town! Every foodie in town who has a love for movies has heard of this place. Opened in 2011, they have now 2 outlets in the city for you to choose from and enjoy a good Bengali meal. They of course specialize in traditional Bengali food dishes, but are also known for some amazing fusion dishes like their Bhapa Murgir Paturi and Nolen gurer caramel custard! Speaking of the place, it a very cozy and beautiful place, with wooden furniture and portraits of stills from the legendary movie hanging on the walls. The decor is rather color and pleasing to the eyes and while all of that adds to the charm of the place, you will not look at anything else once the food is served on your table, they elegantly present their dishes, making you want to click photos for posting on your social media! Once you're done with that and start eating, you'll be in bliss! The taste of their food is really nice and you'll enjoy every bite of your meal. All the time, you'll have soft Bengali music playing in the background, creating a very serene atmosphere. Saptapdi is one of the best places to take your family out for a nice Bengali meal. The staff here are also friendly and the service is decent, you might have to wait for a bit for your food to arrive, but the wait is definitely worth it! Do try their murg paturi, Kancha Langa pesto murgi, and Gonghoraj Fricassee.
INR 750, Cost for 2| Open in Google Maps
There are so many more restaurants that offer really tasty Bengali food, but really the ones on this list today are the best of the best! All of these places offer a wide variety of Bengali dishes, these places, all together, probably cover all of Bengali cuisine.
You definitely have to visit these places while you're in Kolkata if you are a food lover and would like to give Bengali cuisine a try! You have an option for every mood, if you're looking for something that's easy on your pockets, you'll find a couple of restaurants from this list, if you would like to experience a fine-dining experience, you find a few places mentioned that could provide you that, if you're looking for something quick and would prefer enjoying good food at the comfort of your home, you have a few options for that as well!
So don't waste any time and start striking off restaurants from this list and savor some of the best Bengali restaurants in Kolkata!