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8 Iconic Eateries In South Delhi That've Been Loved For Generations & Are Worth The Hype!

Pooja Mishra 19 Jan 2024


Delhi is known for its street food, but certain decades-old restaurants stand out with their timeless dishes and pristine quality. If you call yourself a foodie, then these restaurants should be checked-off your lists for sure and to help y’all out, we’ve curated a list of some ah-mazingly legendary restaurants that have been filling our tummies and our hearts for decades, and are absolutely worth the hype! Read and pop by!

1. Moti Mahal Delux (Since 1920)

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This legendary restaurant has been serving delish food since 1920 (Woah!) and has managed to keep foodies hooked to its menu ever since. Moti Mahal Delux is known for inventing our beloved butter chicken dish, isn’t that insane? Honestly, we chicken-lovers owe them so much! It’s the perfect place for those overdue family dinners with live music and live sports screenings, so get in there once it’s safe to do so!

Where | Moti Mahal Delux - E-31/32, South Ex II
Timings | 12 Noon - 11:30 PM
Meal For Two | Rs 1,200
Call Them | +91 9650 303 730, +91 11 4050 7400
Check Out Their FB Page | 

2. Rajinder Da Dhaba (Since 1968)

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This oh-so-famous modern dhaba is truly iconic and Rajinder Da Dhaba has been a non-vegetarian haven since forever. This place is on every foodie’s bucket list for sure! They’ve been serving some delicious melt-in-the-mouth Galouti Kebabs and many more mouth-watering chicken dishes and it’s usually always overcrowded with food enthusiasts. Their service is quick and even if you somehow end up waiting, then trust us, their food is well worth the wait!

Where | Rajinder Da Dhaba - AB 14, Safdarjung Enclave Market, Safdarjung
Timings | 3 - 11:30 PM
Meal For Two | Rs 800
Call Them | +91 9990 033 229
Check Out Their FB Page | 

3. Bukhara Restaurant (Since 1977)

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This luxury fine dining restaurant has been cooking up finger-licking dishes since 1977 and is one of the most famous, multi-award-winning restaurants in Delhi. Their tandoori dishes are crowd-pleasers and attract people from across the country who love to devour their North Indian and Mughlai dishes. The rustic interiors and the tandoori aroma of this place blend together perfectly to amp up your dining experience. And don’t even think about missing out on their famous ‘gram-worthy giant Naan Bukhara!

Where | Bukhara Restaurant - ITC Maurya, Sardar Patel Marg, Akhaura Block, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri
Timings | 12:30 - 2:30 PM & 7 - 11:30 PM
Meal For Two | Rs 6,500
Call Them | +91 11 4621 5152, +91 11 6632 5124
Check Out Their FB Page |

4. The Golden Dragon (Since 1982)

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The Golden Dragon is another legendary restaurant serving Chinese cuisine with a large seating area, perfect for large gatherings or those big family dinners. Their seafood menu is a big hit with the pescetarians and locals swear by this place when it comes to some yummy Pan Asian dishes and we’d recommend gorging on their delicious Jumbo Prawns and Hakka Noodles. We’ll see you there then?

Where | The Golden Dragon - DDA Market, RBI Colony, Opposite Panchsheel Club, Panchsheel Park
Timings | 12 Noon - 11:30 PM
Meal For Two | Rs 1,500
Call Them | +91 11 2696 9348, +91 11 2656 0582
Check Out Their FB Page | 

5. Guruprasad Udupi Restaurant (Since 1985)

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This South Indian restaurant is more commonly known as Udupi Restaurant by the locals and is loved for its flavourful filter coffee and affordable prices. This iconic restaurant has been a South Indian cuisine lover’s delight and is perfect for dining with family and friends. This old establishment still manages to draw patrons with its authentic taste and timeless appeal. Do try their scrumptious Mysore Dosa and the authentic filter coffee. If you’re looking for yummy and affordable food, then this is your destination, folks!

Where | Guruprasad Udupi Restaurant - DDA Shopping Complex, Phase 2, Munirka
Timings | 8 AM - 11 PM
Meal For Two | Rs 600
Call Them | +91 11 2617 5487, +91 11 2610 6572
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6. Sagar Ratna (Since 1986)

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The original branch of the now widespread and popular South Indian restaurant chain is situated in our very own Def Col. This pure veg restaurant chain has been spreading happiness since 1986, one yummy plate at a time. Sagar Ratna is pretty much synonymous with idli/dosa at this point, and we know we’ll never be disappointed here, in terms of the food or the service. Pop over to this OG place for all things South Indian!

Where | Sagar Ratna - 18, Defence Colony Market, Defence Colony
Timings | 8 AM - 11 PM
Meal For Two | Rs 600
Call Them | +91 7428 386 442
Check Out Their FB Page | 

7. The Big Chill  (Since 2000)

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The Big Chill is honestly a blessing to Delhi’s food footprint. With their unique classic decor and amazing menu offerings, they’ve hit the right spot with the Dilliwalas. The whole retro ambience gives the cafe a whole ‘nother vibe that just works perfectly. Their Mississippi Mudpie is a big hit amongst the sweet-tooth audience, and the generous portions just melt our inner bhukkad’s heart! Defo come by here if you haven’t already!

Where | The Big Chill - 170B - 170C, DLF Avenue, Saket
Timings | 12 Noon - 11:30 PM
Meal For Two | Rs 1500
Call Them | +91 11 4117 0000
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8. Naivedyam (Since 1997)

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This beautifully decorated South Indian restaurant deserves a mention on this list for keeping its service and taste pristine since 1997. Naivedyam has a separate fanbase when it comes to their very famous and scrummy Maharaja Dosa, and is popular with all ages when it comes to planning a lunch or a dinner date. Scamper over with your friends and eat your woes away!

Where | Naivedyam - Shop 1, HKV
Timings | 11 AM - 11 PM
Meal For Two | Rs 500
Call Them | +91 11 4175 4984, +91 9205 984 400
Check Out Their FB Page | 

9. Summer House Cafe (Since 2013)

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Prolly one of the iconic cafes of Hauz Khas, this has been every Delhiites go to cafe and the most loved one! And rightly so as they offer delicious delights and lip-smacking drinks. This has been the ultimate destination for all the college peeps out there! With generous portion sizes, delectable drinks and budget-friendly prices, they have surely earned their spot in the hearts of Delhiites. 

Where | Summer House Cafe - DDA Shopping Complex, Aurobindo Place, Hauz Khas
Timings | 12 Noon - 1 AM 
Meal For Two | Rs 2,500 Onwards
Call Them | +91 9810 200 780 & +91 9810 200 601
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10. Baba Nagpal Corner (Since 1996)

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Head to Baba Nagpal's Chole Bhature in Lajpat Nagar that has been in operation since 1996. This iconic spot has become a go-to for its authentic flavours and wholesome dishes. From the crispy bhatura to the flavourful chole, they have left an indelible mark on the people’s hearts. So, get your crew and get ready to devour the Dilli Walon ki favourite Sunday breakfast. 

Where | Baba Nagpal Corner - Old Double Storey, Gupta Market, Lajpat Nagar 4
Timings | 8 AM - 6 PM 
Meal For Two | Rs 200 Onwards
Call Them | +91 9871 786 680
Check Out Their FB Page |

11. Dolma Aunty Momos (Since 1994)

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Dolma Aunty Momos in Lajpat Nagar has undoubtedly been the most famous go-to spot for momos in Delhi. Their delectable dumplings filled with flavours, have made them a household name. Operating with a blend of tradition and innovation, Dolma Aunty's momos are a testament to culinary excellence. So, head over to them to savour the perfect plate of piping hot momos. 

Where | Dolma Aunty Momos - Shop D 44, Central Market, Lajpat Nagar 2
Timings | 1 PM -10 PM 
Meal For Two | Rs 300 Onwards
Call Them | +91 9810 654 581

Assuming you haven’t tried them all, which one would be your first pick? Tell us in the comments section. Bon appetit!