Guide To The Best Biryanis In Hyderabad

    What's that one thing you go around recommending when your friends are in town? Biryani, right? I can hear someone saying totes right in the background. While the debate what's better — Calcutta Biryani or Hyderabadi Biryani — remains, we think our dish wins. And on that note, here's a list of the best biryanis in Hyderabad. You'll not find Paradise on this list, because it's truly not the best. So let's get stuffing!

    Biryaniwalla & Co.

    Biryaniwalla & Co.

    Banjara Hills, Hyderabad

    Biryaniwalla & Co. is sort of a hidden gem and we cannot get enough of their dum biryani. The biryani comes layered thick with masala, caramelised onions, and garam masala, and the chicken was not cut into measly chunks but was like a quarter of it cooked in spices and nearly pan-fried. Vegetarians, you don't have to feel left out as their paneer tikka and veg biryani are delicious too.

    Must try biryani: Double Gosht Biryani

    Alhamdulillah Hotel

    One place that gets its biryani right is the Alhamdulillah Hotel in Nampally. If biryani is an emotion for you, you ought to try biryani from this hotel. Their range of biryanis is priced under INR 150, and they can be shared between two. Plus, their kebabs go really well with biryani.

    Must try biryani: Prawns Biryani

    Sarvi Restaurant

    Sarvi Restaurant

    Banjara Hills, Hyderabad

    Sarvi Restaurant is a landmark in Banjara Hills which is hard to miss because of all the delivery people surrounding it (we're looking at you Swiggy & Zomato). This place has a no-nonsense ambience which is great because their charm lies in the food they make. Their biryani is easily one of the best in Hyderabad as they make use of authentic Iranian spices. The biryani costs you under INR 300 and it can be shared between two. 

    Must try biryani: Chicken Dum Biryani

    Hotel Shadab

    Hotel Shadab

    Ghansi Bazaar, Hyderabad

    Shadab is an iconic restaurant that stands tall in the Old City and whether you love biryani or Irani chai, this one is a must-visit. Really popular among food lovers in Hyderabad, at any given time, it is bustling with over 200 people dining and a few of them waiting for a spot. Your waiting time is well worth the biryani and kebabs though. We recommend ordering a family pack which costs around INR 490, and it can be shared between four people. They also have an outlet in SR Nagar now.

    Must try biryani: Shadab Special Mutton Biryani

    Firdaus, Taj Krishna

    Firdaus - Taj Krishna

    Banjara Hills, Hyderabad

    Firdaus is located in Taj Krishna and this fine-dining restaurant in Banjara Hills is known for its authentic Hyderabadi delicacies so you can expect a wide range of iconic dishes. The restaurant reminds you of a Nizami darbar, and their Kacche Gosht Ki Dum Biryani is a must-try. If you're planning a date night with a die-hard biryani lover, you cannot go wrong with this place. 

    Must try biryani: Kacche Gosht Ki Dum Biryani

    Cafe Bahar

    Cafe Bahar

    Basheer Bagh, Hyderabad

    Cafe Bahar — a once modest Irani cafe, now turned into a restaurant in Basheer Bagh is a popular biryani joint that has acquired a cult following amongst Hyderabadis. The ambience isn’t particularly great, but walk in and you’ll be enveloped in aromas that might make you cry with joy. It opens its doors at 4 am and runs beyond midnight. So, if you're looking for midnight biryani, this is where you must head.

    Must try biryani: Hyderabadi Dum Biryani (double masala)

    Bawarchi

    Bawarchi

    Nallakunta, Hyderabad

    Yes we won't lie, there are many Bawarchis in Hyderabad (possibly one in every area) but this here is the real deal. Standing tall on the main road of RTC X roads, you can either seat yourself in the AC dining area, rooftop or in an old cafe themed dining area if you're there to grab a quick bite. Small appetite? Eat their Mini Biryani which will set you back at INR 100. Going with a large group? Their Jumbo Biryani at INR 500 can be shared between four peeps. 

    Must try biryani: Double Masala Chicken Biryani.

    Peshawar

    Peshawar

    Lakdi Ka Pul, Hyderabad

    Tucked away in Lakdi Ka Pul, Peshawar is bringing aromatic flavours of Pakistani cuisine straight from Peshawar to Hyderabad. The fun part about this restaurant is if you're ordering rice-based dishes, you won't be given any cutlery, which means you'll get to devour them rice morsels from hand. They also have an all-day breakfast that serves Gurda, Kaleji, Paya. But we know you're curious about biryani, so here we go — their family pack biryani will fill up four people, and it costs INR 500.

    Must try biryani: Mutton Biryani

    Rayudu Biryani House

    For nearly 15 years now, Rayudu Biryani House in Moti Nagar has been serving up Andhra-style biryani and it’s where we order our Sunday lunch from. If on some days, you're craving less spicy (and masaledaar) biryani, this place can be your go-to. The place is usually crowded so be prepared to queue up and wait for your turn. Since there is barely any seating area, we recommend going for a takeaway or ordering it in. Their range of biryanis cost under INR 300, and they can be shared between three to four people. 

    Must try biryani: Mushroom Biryani, Special Chicken Kheema Biryani, Gongura Mutton Biryani

    Shah Ghouse

    ‘Eat and go’ ought to be your mantra at Shah Ghouse. Usually crowded and noisy, this restaurant is famous for its mutton biryani. After a long day at work, pack your bag and head over to Shah Ghouse in Gachibowli for a boisterous Hyderabadi meal. It's open till 2 am, and if you're going with your gang, their Jumbo Biryani can be shared between five or six people and it costs around INR 715. 

    Must try biryani: Mutton Biryani

    Alpha Hotel

    Alpha Hotel

    Secunderabad, Hyderabad

    You might have spotted the Alpha Hotel near Secunderabad Railway Station and allow us to tell you it's not your regular biryani joint. It is often super crowded and extremely popular for its chicken and mutton biryani priced at INR 100 per plate. It is served with tasty and tangy salaan.

    Must try biryani: Chicken Biryani

    Chicha’s

    Chicha's

    Lakdi Ka Pul, Hyderabad

    Gotta love the weekend specials at Chicha’s because there’s haleem, marag, and paya to be had. Popular for its quirky Hyderabadi ambience, Chicha’s will offer you more than just biryani. Arrive with a hefty appetite, order the specials along with a Masala Coke and eat away. This Masab Tank hotel is open till 2 am — which means you can get here for midnight biryani and it costs under INR 300 which can be shared between two people.

    Must try biryani: Mutton Biryani

    Prince Hotel

    Prince Hotel

    Mehdipatnam, Hyderabad

    One popular hotel that is everywhere in the news and food groups hood now, is Prince Hotel in Mehdipatnam. It can get quite crowded during lunch hours, and the food is super affordable. The chicken biryani is priced at INR 120 and a single plate is priced a whopping INR 60 only. Try this or go for a mandi which is a treat to your bellies. Especially if you're going with a big group.

    Must try biryani: Chicken Biryani

    Hotel City Diamond

    Hotel City Diamond

    Mehdipatnam, Hyderabad

    Hotel City Diamond in Mehdipatnam serves biryani from dawn to dusk. And biryani for breakfast isn't that bad an idea, right? This non-fussy, no-frills and thrills hotel has been around for years now and a plate of biryani sets you back at INR 180. The best part? It can be shared between two to three people. Their salaan is spicy — just the way it's supposed to be. The rice to meat ratio is great, and we love how the chicken is shredded and served. 

    Must try biryani: Hyderabadi Biryani

    Grand Hotel

    Grand Hotel

    Abids, Hyderabad

    If you are not big on ambience, you simply cannot miss Grand’s Hyderabadi biryani. Located on one of the busiest streets of Abids, Grand welcomes you with no fanfare but promises the most aromatic experience. The biryani here is quite spicy and loaded with the masala. Served with a huge chunk of meat, a meal here is unforgettable. Their biryani is around INR 200 and it can be shared between two people.

    Must try biryani: Chicken Biryani

    Maa Ooru Biryani

    Maa Ooru Biryani

    Kukatpally, Hyderabad

    Maa Ooru Biryani in Kukatpally is making all the difference with how it's serving up its biryani. Yup, the food is served on fresh banana leaves and the cutlery is also made from leaves, giving the place a rural atmosphere and ambience. The Chicken Donne Biryani is priced at INR 190 and is one of the best donne biryanis available in Hyderabad. Because it's slow-cooked with Jeera Sambha Rice, mint, and a whole lot of spices. Of course, there's more than just biryani here so don't just take our word for it. Go eat, man!

    Must try biryani: Chicken Donne Biryani

    Meridian Cafe & Restaurant

    They say you're not a pakka Hyderabadi if you haven't eaten at Meridian Cafe & Restaurant. And we've got to agree with them. Located in Punjagutta, this iconic restaurant was once a meat shop and now it's a restaurant thronged by thousands of people. They serve both mini (INR 128)  jumbo-sized biryani (INR 700) — you can pick what you want, depending on the number of people. Vegetarians, their veg biryani or biryani rice is subject to availability so skip going, okay?

    Must try biryani: Mutton Biryani

    Sri Kanya Comfort

    Sri Kanya Comfort

    Punjagutta, Hyderabad

    Sri Kanya Comfort doesn't serve Hyderabadi biryani but if you are up for Andhra-style biryani, get here. Both vegetarians and non-vegetarians can find plenty of options here and their Veg Biryani is loaded with so many vegetables that it's literally the best veg biryani in the city. They also serve up Mixed Biryani which comes with chicken, vegetables, lamb, prawns — you get the drift, it's meaty as hell and you'll love it. And it costs you INR 350; it can be shared between two people.

    Must try biryani: Mixed Biryani, Paneer Kaju Biryani

    Hotel Rumaan

    One needs no introduction to the food in Charminar and Hotel Rumaan definitely makes to the list of top budget biryani places in Hyderabad. Regardless of what time and which season you choose to go, they serve piping hot and delicious biryani. The place might not be the best when it comes to the ambience but is an absolute winner when it comes to the taste of the food. 

    Must try biryani: Mutton Biryani, Chicken Masala Biryani

    Kritunga Restaurant

    Known for its extremely tangy biryani, Kritunga has over 17 outlets in Hyderabad. Served in a pot, their biryani looks so Instagram-worthy and we don't say this about other biryanis in the city. They serve up different types of pulao and biryani and you can expect a truly authentic meal. 

    Must try biryani: Mushroom Biryani, Palnadu Mutton Bilal Biryani, and Natukodi Biryani.