If you thought Bangalore was all about pubs and classy fine-dining restaurants, you might be in for a surprise. There are quite a few eateries in town which go beyond just offering you a satisfying meal. Going all out to create a unique experience for you with their special themes and decor, they are worth a visit, we think. So, from a forest to a Mughal-era setting, pick your favourite spot and head out for a meal with a difference.

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Enjoy a fine meal smack in the middle of a dense jungle. Named after a Tanzanian national park, Serengeti has interiors that resemble an African rain forest. With thick foliage all around, trees and even forest noises to add to the setting, this one promises you a junglee time. Oh, and quite a few animals to spot, too!

The Black Pearl

the black pearl in koramangala is pirate themed restaurant

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Whether you are a fan of the popular movie series, Pirates of the Caribbean or not, this one’s a must-visit for its theme. Fashioned after Captain Jack Sparrow’s ship, the staff here are also dressed as pirates! Get enough guts before you head here, though. From skeleton mannequins to chairs with human rib cages for back support, there’s quite a lot to test your grit. Once you’ve settled in, do try their juicy kebabs with some rum, perhaps?

The Rock

forest themed restaurant the rock in indiranagar

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From colourful parrots and butterflies to cute frogs and even elephants, The Rock might look like a Disney-animated forest. And, a reptile’s wide-open mouth serving as an entrance, adding to the wild theme! Ideal for a weekend out with your little ones, we think. Serving a blend of Thai, Chinese and North Indian dishes, their buffets are value for money and offer you quite a spread!

Cable Car

San Francisco’s iconic cable car system finds its way into the interiors of this themed restaurant. While the cuisines here {North Indian and Italian} might not be anything new, the place is bound to impress you with its decor. Apart from the walls filled with images of famous spots in the American city, the dining space has a cable car compartment which is where you must book your spot.

Silver Metro

silver metro in madivala is a metro themed restaurant

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If a cable car doesn’t quite appeal to you, there’s Silver Metro and no points for guessing the theme here. With coaches {seating is available inside and outside the coaches} forming an entire metro train and even stations like Indiranagar and Brigade Road marked out, you might just forget that you’re dining at a restaurant! Head here for their weekend buffets.


Dimly-lit with flame torches on the walls and rocky interiors with a few sculptures, Gufha stays true to its name with its unique cave theme. Taking the ambience up a notch, there’s a subtle ripple of water playing in the background and even staff dressed up like hunters serving you North Indian specials. So, planning to cave in?


middle eastern themed restaurant ruh in bellandur

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Sporting an elaborate Middle Eastern theme, Ruh will make you feel like you’ve entered into a place right out of an Arabian Nights tale. Done up with elaborate chandeliers, candles and ornate mirrors {soft pink and blue lighting to set the mood, too}, the restobar offers you a charming experience and lets you tuck into Mediterranean and Mughlai dishes. You can even sit back to enjoy a spot of hookah.

Village – The Soul Of India

Fancy escaping to a rural setting for your meal, without really leaving the city? Make way to Village and you won’t be disappointed. Set up like a typical village, you can expect familiar spots like a police thana and a Billo Barber saloon with a sprawling tree in the middle of it all. A cart, milk canisters and paper kites, all in vivid shades to give you the desi feel. They also have regular activities like puppet shows, games and dandiya dance to keep you engaged while you wait for the delicious fare.


jalsa in banashankari is a mughal era themed restaurant

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If you’ve always wondered what it must be like to dine in a royal setting, Jalsa {the Marathahalli outlet} might just help you experience it. From the bright tapestry to doorways and windows, all made to transport you back to the Mughal era, you might have to pinch yourself every now and then to make sure you aren’t actually in a yesteryear palace, relishing Mughlai delicacies.

Central Jail Restaurant

Photo source: Central Jail Restaurant

Photo source: Central Jail Restaurant

Touted to be the first jail-themed restaurant in town, Central Jail promises you a taste of prison dining. The model of an inmate welcomes you to your cell, and while the decor is eerie with hanging bulbs and exposed brick walls adding to the dingy effect, the food is not jail food. So expect Chinese, Mughlai and loads of seafood here. Oh, they even have numbered ‘prison cells’ for seating areas.

Featured image via: The Black Pearl