Kolkata, city of joy, is synonymous with its old-world charm, historic sights and grand monuments. Whether it is a balmy summer evening or a cloudy monsoon day, the city is best enjoyed from a rooftop or in a shaded al fresco café. These new and old city restaurants combine great food and drinks with the perfect ambience and a view to match.
Here is our pick of Kolkata’s 12 best restaurants for outdoor dining:
Capella – Altair Boutique Hotel, Salt Lake
Located on the 20th floor of the Altair Hotel in Salt Lake, Capella is a lovely rooftop restobar. The outdoor area sets the tone for a perfect evening with mood lighting, elegant decor and a bird’s eye view of tree-lined neighbourhoods. Ambient lounge music and delectable Asian and Continental fare make it a great place to unwind on weekends. Their pan-tossed mushrooms and spicy Sentosa noodles are a must-try!
EM 4, 19th, 20th, & 21st Floor, Ecocentre, EM Block, Sector 5, Salt Lake, Kolkata. Call 47483176
Roastery Coffee House, Gariahat
This beautiful old-world café located in the charming neighbourhood of Hindustan Park, Roastery Coffee House has a 15-page menu dedicated to coffees. From cold brews to delicately flavoured lattes with beans from estates across India, this is a place made for coffee connoisseurs. The design is inspired by old Kolkata Rajbaris with vintage black and white tiles in their garden area and wood and rattan accents inside. Enjoy your coffee under frangipani trees and pick from a well curated menu spanning European and modern Indian fare.
70 B, Calcutta South India Club, Hindustan Park, Gariahat, Kolkata. Call 7330663045
Ozora, Acropolis Mall
This 20,000 sq ft sky bar and restaurant has an outdoor area, two banquets, private dining rooms and an infinity pool. The menu will take you around the world from India to Italy and back: think pastas, risottos, noodles, grills and more. The bar menu features a range of stylish cocktails from in-house innovations to classics like a Manhattan. The breathtaking view of the city and cozy couches are perfect after a long day of shopping at Acropolis Mall.
1858, Acropolis Mall, Rajdanga Main Road, Kasba, Kolkata. Call 9836678686
Monkey Bar, Camac Street Area
Located in the bustling Camac street area, Monkey Bar’s Kolkata outpost is a favourite among the younger party crowd as well as those looking for some experimental fusion fare that pays a hat tip to city classics. Exposed brick walls, funky decor and a spectacular view over iconic landmarks like St Paul’s Cathedral and Victoria Memorial, makes this a favoured weekend hangout.
801 A – 901 A, Fort Knox Building 6, Abindranath Thakur Sarani, Ward 63, Camac Street Area, Kolkata. Call 8420309813
Deck 88, Camac Street AreaDeck 88 is the Astor Hotel’s outdoor café and bar. While the hotel itself dates back to 1905, the bar is a modern update with a faux deck and breezy gazebo. A popular party spot, Deck 88 also doubles up as a great spot for dinner and serves a combination of Continental, Indian and traditional Bengali fare.
15, Shakespeare Sarani, Near Nightingale Hospital, Camac Street Area, Kolkata. Call 9830230033The Salt House, Loudon Street Area
The Salt House has set new standards for fine dining with fusion fare that combines European techniques with Bengali ingredients and flavours. Kasundi, gondoraj lebu, gobindobhog rice, kolmi greens make an appearance as do a selection of European classics. A sprawling open courtyard with minimalist decor and soft lighting adds to the ambience. Sit back and indulge your taste buds and choose from their extensive selection of single malts or try the signature cocktails with local ingredients.
40, 6th Floor, Shakespeare Sarani, Shakespeare Point, Loudon Street Area, Kolkata. Call 8697634551
Level Seven, Topsia
Level Seven is the perfect spot for a dinner date or night out with friends with its wooden canopy bedecked with fairy lights. An extensive bar menu, a view of the city and a tried and tested menu featuring pizzas, bar bites and classic North Indian fare makes this a winner in more ways than one.
9/1, 7th And 8th Floor, Wizard House, Opposite Mercedes And Porsche Showroom, Topsia, Kolkata. Call 8336955199
Scrapyard, Camac Street Area
Scrapyard is a two-level microbrewery, bar and kitchen that is known for their selection of craft beers. The outdoor area features regular tables as well as red loungers with bolsters to put your feet up and relax. Along with their beers and a regular cocktail menu, the place also serves a wide array of north Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes. From chaat to elaborate sizzlers, you will find it all. If you are up for some friendly competition, you could also use their app and bid for your drinks.
12A, 10th & Top Floor, Abanindra Nath Thakur Sarani, Camac Street Area, Kolkata. Call 9339902020
What’s Up, Southern Avenue
This multi-cuisine joint has a three-level sky-walk and seating to enjoy the breeze with your buddies. The bar is located in the tree-lined neighbourhood of Southern Avenue and offers a view of the adjoining lakes as well. A nightly live music performance keeps the place lively and with three levels, you can pick your spot depending on your mood to party. The delectable Mughlai and Chinese menu has plenty of options for all. Try their nutty malai broccoli and kebabs to go with your choice tipple.
122A, Gate -2, Opposite Nazrul Manch, Southern Avenue, Kolkata. Call 8013333189
Malt, New Town
Malt is regarded as one of the largest pubs in eastern India. With four outdoor and two indoor areas, this restaurant is a great place to enjoy a socially-distanced meal. Their most popular ‘Garden of Eden’ area has lush greenery and long tables for parties of 6 or more. Their signature roast Jamaican grilled chicken is a fan favourite as are cocktails like the Niki ginger (vodka infused with caramel burnt ginger) and GK-59 (pineapple with basil, kaffir lime and white).
Astra Towers, 2C/1, Action Area II C, Rajarhat Kolkata. Call 7595989634
SKAI, Park Circus Area
A relatively new entrant, SKAI on the rooftop of Quest Mall, is a great spot for a rainy day or cocktail evening. Its minimalist ambience with comfortable seating and a good view along with a well-crafted menu featuring dishes like a melting mushroom baklava and kaffir lime crab cakes makes this a great option for those looking for fine dining as well as a night out on town.
6th Floor, Quest Mall, Syed Amir Ali Avenue, Park Circus Area, Kolkata. Call 8017888077
The Bridge – Park Hotel, Park Street AreaThe Park Hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, The Bridge is a lovely alfresco space with intimate seating, a garden setting and beautifully designed glass windows with flowing water. Quiet and stylish, the place is great for coffee, drinks or a full-fledged meal with a loved one. Try their tramezzini and signature Kolkata-style biryani or simply sit back with a beer.
The Park, 17, Park Street, Park Street Area, Kolkata. Call 8335010101.
Source: CN Traveller