Bookmark This! Most Iconic Places To Enjoy The Best Of Mysore's Food

Known for its palaces and silk, Mysore is also a food lover's paradise. When visiting the beautiful city, here are the most iconic places to eat in Mysore that you must check out once.

Published On Oct 13, 2023 | Updated On Mar 07, 2024


Mysore, renowned for its historical landmarks and culture, is equally celebrated for its culinary offerings. As one of India's top tourist destinations, Mysore attracts a steady stream of visitors eager to savour the delights of this cultural paradise. The city's traditional South Indian cuisine, known for its freshness and simplicity, boasts flavours that will tempt you to reach out for second helpings of every dish. Mysore's food scene offers a well-rounded selection, from humble yet iconic eateries serving classic South Indian fare for generations to restaurants cherished for their flavorful dishes and warm ambience, perfect for dining with family and friends. Here, we present some of the most promising food joints in Mysore, promising an enriching meal experience.

Here are some of the most popular eating joints in Mysore that you should explore

Also known by the name of Original Vinayaka Mylari, this eatery has been around for decades. Running since at least 1938, this eating joint is a celebrated spot in Mysore. People swear by their dosa, chutney and almost everything to always have crowds queued outside, awaiting their turn. Visit this small but big on-taste restaurant for some of the most unique dosas.
What to try: Sagu dosa, idli, roast dosa, etc.
Location: 79, Nazarbad Main Road, Near Police Station, Doora
Timings: 6:30 am – 1:30 pm and 3 pm – 8:30 pm
Cost for two: Rs 300 (approx.)

This is another institution that the people of Mysore swear by. Family crowds are regulars at this modest restaurant, enjoying the consistently delicious food served here. Hotel RRR has been instrumental in making Mysore a known place not just for its dosa, idli, etc. but also for biryani. Visit this place for one of the best biryanis that you will ever taste, hands down.
What to try: Mutton biryani, chicken 64, chicken biryani, Andhra chilly chicken, etc. 
Location: Gandhi Square, Near Mahatma Gandhi Statue, Lashkar Mohalla, Chamrajpura
Timings: 11:30 am – 4:30 pm and 7 pm – 10:30 pm (open till 11 pm from Friday – Sunday)
Cost for two: Rs 500 (approx.)

A calm restaurant, Oyster Bay is known for bringing Mysore people a delicious mix featuring Indian as well as global delicacies. Known for their delicious food, especially seafood and refreshing drinks, Oyster Bay is the place to go when you feel like having a quiet, tasty meal enjoying the soft sounds of the water and nature.
What to try: Veg biryani, mushroom stroganoff, paneer tikka, chicken skewers, garlic tawa fish fry, etc.
Location: 220/2, Kannada Sahitya Parishath Road, Near Vijayanagara Water Tank, Vijay Nagar
Timings: 12:30 pm – 3 pm and 7 pm – 10:30 pm
Cost for two: Rs 1000 (approx.)

A one-of-a-kind spot, Shikari restaurant, is charmingly located in a heritage building owned by the Mysore royal family. This restaurant will treat you to some of the most amazing kebabs, north Indian food and more, playing on the natural theme, especially those of tiger reserves. It is a beautiful place to enjoy a dinner under the alluring moonlight. The historic vibe further assures this meal to be an unforgettable one.
What to try: Kebabs, paneer tikka, stuffed mushrooms, etc.
Location: Royal Orchid Metropole, 5, Jhansi Rani Lakshmi Bai Road, Yadavgiri
Timings: 10 am – 10 pm
Cost for two: Rs 1400 (approx.)

One of the most popular restaurants in Mysore, you will find Gayathri Tiffin Room, or GTR, as it is lovingly called by the locals, almost always packed. The unpretentious old-world charm of the place will make you feel as if you have travelled back in time while enjoying piping hot food that will make sure that your taste buds have a ball.
What to try: Kesari bath, GTR masala dosa, filter coffee, green dosa, etc.
Location: Narayan Shastri Road, Ittige Gudu
Timings: 7 am – 11 am and 3:30 pm – 8 pm (Monday closed)
Cost for two: Rs 500 (approx.)

A charming, Coorg-style restaurant that has been around for several years, Bopy’s has become one of the favourite places to eat, when in Mysore. The food is reminiscent of the flavours from Coorg, thanks to many dishes from the region featured on the menu that have managed to win over the hearts of the people. The restaurant, especially the charming courtyard section is one of the top highlights of Bopy's the locals give to travellers.
What to try: Coorg chilly pork, cheese corn nuggets, chicken tikka, biryani, etc.
Location: No 201-1A, Hunsur-Mysore Road, Hinkal Village Mysore, Vijay Nagar
Timings: 11:30 am – 11:30 pm
Cost for two: Rs 700 (approx.)

Malgudi Café, situated within a century-old palace once occupied by the Princess of Mysore, gifted to her by her brother, the King, oozes a rich history, heritage, and character. Drawing inspiration from R.K. Narayan's beloved fictional town of the same name, this café is a treasure trove of stories. It now finds its home within a heritage hotel, creating an idyllic site in Mysore. The open courtyard and the historical ambience that surrounds it, add to the cafe's allure. The cakes, baked treats, and coffee are not to be missed out on.
What to try: Mysore filter kaapi, walnut cake, date cake, lemon drizzle cake etc.
Location: Green Hotel, Chittaranjan Palace, 2270-Vinoba Road, Jayalakshmipuram
Timings: 9 am – 10:30 pm
Cost for two: Rs 600 (approx.)

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