Of Great Food & Scenic Views: Top Rooftop Bars & Restaurants In Chennai

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A glass of wine or a cocktail, a candlelight overlooking a scenic beach and your favourite people or person to share this with. Now, who wouldn't like to enjoy a plate outdoors? Sounds like the perfect recipe for a killer date with your friends or bae, isn't it? Why not check out these rooftop bars and restaurants in Chennai and take advantage of those days when it's breezy at night? 

Disclaimer: Maintain social distancing and wear a mask always. Don't forget to ring up the place to know about the timings given the current Covid-19 protocols. 

KooX - Rooftop Asian Grill

How about a fancy sushi night with some fancy cocktails to go? KooX on Chamiers Road serves that with a side of the most beautiful view of the cityscape. An Asian rooftop grill, chill with your friends or fam by their pool-side alfresco seating and treat yourself to the most delicious sushi, hot and cold appetizers, and noodles. Not to forget, a wonderful curation of cocktails to wash it all down. 

Azzuri Bay

Azzuri Bay in Adyar may not have complete coverage for the rooftop section of the restaurant, but each table has its own sunshade umbrella and it still sets quite the romantic mood for the evening. On a day when it’s not raining, the tables outside are perfect for that candlelit dinner with your better half. Their vast menu covering Pan-Asian, Italian, and Mediterranean cuisine, including great soups to enjoy, makes it the place to be. 

Price for two - INR 1000

Bay 6

Located in Panaiyur, this sea-facing property is simply so pretty! You can choose to sit indoors or by the rooftop and watch as the waves come crashing to the shore and recede back. If you're planning to enjoy a date with bae, this place is perfect as you get to also indulge in a long drive. Guess what? It's pet-friendly too. The cocktails here are also exotic and the food is a lovely mix of Asian, Continental and North Indian. 

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Kefi, Taj Club House

One of the most popular and well known Mediterranean restaurants in the city, Kefi has both indoor and outdoor seating. Of course, if the rain is too heavy, sitting indoors might be the best decision, but on a cool and dry evening, enjoying the weather and the gorgeous view with fantastic food is always a good idea. And that’s not all. If you make a reservation ahead of time, the staff will set up a romantic candlelit dinner for two. Don't forget to end your dinner with some baklava!

Board Walk - Ramada

Interactive live kitchen, city view, indoor seating with glass windows and ceiling and saucy grills, what hasn't this place got? Located in Egmore, Board Walk in Ramada has some beachy cocktails that you cannot ignore. From daiquiris to long island iced teas, this place is rocking the drink fans. To top it off, they have sheesha as well! You must try their ras malai while you are there. 

Asvah 24

Cosy date with a sea view, Asvah 24 in Neelankarai aces the game. Apart from the Sri Lankan interiors of the place, they put the French in their cuisine. From pork ribs to beef tacos, they have a menu for you to drool on. As you hear the crash of waves in the distance and the slow music in the background, you and bae can enjoy sipping on some mocktails or sharing a kaffir lime pannacotta. 

Q Bar - Hilton Chennai

Lean back on the comfort couch under your private shades at Q Bar in Hilton, Guindy! Overlooking the Chennai skyline, you can dine under the star while sipping on those fancy cocktails. You can order some Shawarma or maligai bhajji to go with your martinis as well. It tastes....different! They have professional DJs as well as a dance floor for you to groove on. Your cabana, a glass, and some grills - it is the night to look forward to.

Samasa - Turyaa Chennai

One of the most romantic restaurants in ECR, Samasa's private cabanas and the lounge-chair seating by the rooftop has our heart. Overlooking the city stretch, spend some quality time with your favourite people here while gorging on Mediterranean food and tipsy cocktails. 

The Crown Restaurant

Indian and Continental food with live music and the whole of the cityscape to look at - The Crown Restaurant in T Nagar is another must-visit rooftop restaurant in Chennai. The decor is almost European-chic with full access to the bar. The desserts here also come highly recommended. 


Facing Elliot’s Beach, BOATS (Based On A True Story) is one of the most popular spots in the city. During the weekends, you’re going to find it hard to get a good spot, because it gets crowded pretty quickly, but it’s still a pub you don’t want to miss out on. The music is great and they have some pretty cool offers too most times to help you kiss away the blues. 

A2, The Park

Japanese food and rooftop dining sounds like a solid combination, doesn’t it? Get comfy in A2 at The Park, because the food is to die for. A combination of familiar Japanese food and new creations are laid out to surprise you with every bite. Your focus may shift from the stunning view to the innovative plating, the music, and the efficiency of the staff. They also have Sake and other great drinks to choose from. Ask one of the staff members to help you pair your food with your drinks, sit back and relax. To check out the best Japanese restaurants in town, click here

Up North, The Raintree

Do you know what really hits the spot during the rains? Comfort food. And Up North, in The Raintree, Anna Salai has a menu featuring all the dishes that take us back home. They have a “Dal Aur Chawal” (rice and dal) section and all you need from this is the Maah Di Kali Dal – it’s made of black urad dal and rajma, garlic, ginger, red chillies, and ghee, and of course a portion of rice. 

Kipling Cafe

Also close to the beach,  this place has been on every romantic date seeker's list. But did you know that in addition to their rather pretty cabanas, Kipling also has a lovely rooftop seating area where you enjoy some privacy with bae? Throw in some candles, order a bottle of wine and, of course, food, and you would have unlocked a whole new level of romance. 

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La Cabana

Located in Nungambakkam, La Cabana will give you relationship goals. Swimming pool, private seating with curtain, a city view along with some delicious bites - this place is perfect for a romantic night. They excel in some buttery grills and kebabs that you must check out. A customer favourite is their paneer malai tikka and what better to go with a glass of cosmopolitan? They have some fancy imported beer as well.


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