Best seafood restaurants in India, ranked from 1 to 10! 


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With a staggering 7,517 km of coastline, India is blessed with the richness of beautiful beaches, coastal roads, forts, villages, and most importantly seafood.

From Guhar Moti (India's westernmost point) to the Ganga Delta (Eastern Coastline) via Kanyakumari (Southernmost point of India - not accounting Indira Point, Nicobar Islands), the Indian coastline is a delight to every seafood lover out there.

I personally love mutton, but having lived in Bombay from so many years, I have developed a taste for seafood. And finding the perfect place in Mumbai to relish on delicacies like Pomfret Fry, Khekda Curry (Crab), Bombil Fry, Prawns Masala, Surmai Curry, and Shell curry, is easier than finding American Samoa on Google Map.

But this is not the case of Mumbai only. On this long coastline of 7,517 km (including Indian islands), you are bound to find seafood delicacies at every juncture which are a perfect blend of that region's culture and taste.

Fishermen and locals bring out all the culinary experience they have, to prepare seafood cuisine that is remembered for generations. While it may not be very convenient to always go to Tarkarli and gorge on the spicy & tangy Surmai fry which is as big as Great Khali's palm, there are seafood enthusiasts who have made sure that seafood delicacies can be experienced anywhere.

By now you must be salivating on the prospect of eating Indian seafood. Hence, without any further delay let's take a look at some of the famous seafood restaurants in India ranked according to my opinion.

Rank: 1

This place is undoubtedly the most popular seafood restaurant in Mumbai famous for the authentic Maharashtrian seafood taste. Located in the famous suburb of Vile Parle, Gajalee serves traditional cuisines from the Konkan belt of Maharashtra. Gappa (chat) is the translation of the word Gajalee which is your ideal place for a lazy weekend lunch.

Location: Kadamgiri Complex, Hanuman Road, Vile Parle East, Mumbai

Opening hours: 11:30am – 3:30pm, 7pm – 11:30pm

WiFi: No

Must haves: Butter garlic prawns, Stuffed Pompfret, Rawas Curry, Bombil Masala, Spicy Prawns Sukha

Cost: Rs. 600 to Rs. 1500

Rank: 2

Located in Fort, Trishna has a special place in the heart of every seafood lover in Mumbai. It has managed to lure Mumbaikars to its cosy ambience with some special Mangalorean seafood delicacies. Due to its location, it's a great place that pampers tourists and office goers in the Fort area.

Location: 7, Sai Baba Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai

Opening hours: 12noon – 3:30pm, 6:30pm – 12midnight

WiFi: No

Must haves: Butter garlic Crabs, Squid Koliwada, Regular Pompfret Hyderabadi, Jumbo Crab

Cost: Rs. 1000 to Rs. 2500

Rank: 3

Located on the waterfront of Fort Kochi, the restaurant offers a magnificent view of the Arabian sea. While you relish the cuisines of 'God's own country', the occasional breeze and the waves will ease your senses and make your experience more authentic.

Location: 2/6A, Calvathy Road, Fort Kochi, Kochi

Opening hours: 7:30am – 10:30pm

WiFi: Yes

Must haves: Kerala Masala Prawn Fry, Appam, Fish Mappas, Meen Vattichatu

Cost: Rs. 400 to Rs. 1000

Rank: 4

When in Kochi, don't miss out on this beautiful restaurant that serves some of the best regional dishes. Its pristine ambience is a perfect setting to enjoy delicious seafood preparings like the Kerala Prawn Curry.

Location: Elphinstone Residency, Beach Road, Fort Kochi, Kochi

Opening hours: 1:30pm – 10:30pm

WiFi: Yes

Must haves: Sardine in Banana Leaf, Meen Peera Pattichathu, Syrian Catholic Fish Pollichathu

Cost: Rs. 400 to Rs. 900

Rank: 5

Want to experience that perfect lazy Goan afternoon by a river? You are in for a treat folks! The Lazy Goose, situated on the banks of river Nerul is your ideal restaurant to try out some of the best Goan seafood delicacies alongside a great view. Not just that, you also get to enjoy live music and Karaoke at this restaurant.

Location: Below Nerul Bridge, Nerul Candolim Road, Candolim, Goa

Opening hours: 12noon – 1am

WiFi: Yes

Must haves: Crabs in pepper chilli & Garlic Sauce, Squid Masala fried on Butter Garlic, Redhead crab, Grilled Vietanamese Prawn Cakes

Cost: Rs. 500 to Rs. 1000

Rank: 6

It's a written rule for a seafood lover - "If you are in Goa, you can't miss out on Fisherman's Wharf". Located on a riverside at Cavelossim, this premium seafood restaurant in Goa lets you experience authentic Goan seafood cuisine with a global twist. Apart from the delicious food, it's rustic and soothing ambience is a perfect setting to relish cuisine of India's party capital.

Location: At The Riverside, Mobor, Cavelossim, Salcette, Goa

Opening hours: 12noon – 11pm (till midnigh on Friday & Saturday)

WiFi: Yes

Must haves: Southern Fried Fish, Goan Fish Croquette, Crab Xec-Xec, Kingfish Rechado, Fish Ambotik

Cost: Rs. 500 to Rs. 2000

Rank: 7

If you would love to taste fish made in ghee, then Mangalorean seafood cuisine won't let you down. And to taste the best of Mangalorean seafood, you must travel to the place itself and head to Machali. Do not miss on trying out the Fish Roe (Ghaboli) apart from some other traditional delicacies.

Location: Behind Ocean Pearl, Sharada Vidhyalaya Road, Kodailbail, Mangalore

Opening hours: 11:30am – 3:30pm, 7pm – 10pm

WiFi: No

Must haves: Ghaboli, Squid Ghee Fry, Prawns Ghee Roast, Anjal Masala Fry

Cost: Rs. 400 to Rs. 900

Rank: 8

While this may not be an exclusive Bengali seafood restaurant, you are sure to enjoy the authentic seafood from India's jewel in the east. With its traditional touch, it brings out the best of Bengali seafood cuisine from its kitchen to your plate.

Location: Forum Mall, 10/3 Elgin Road, 4th Floor, Kolkata

Opening hours: 12noon – 3:30pm, 7pm – 11pm

WiFi: No

Must haves: Daab Chingri, Jumbo Prawns, Bhetki Gondhoraj, Rui Maccher Dom Jhol, Chingri Malai Curry

Cost: Rs. 400 to Rs. 1200

Rank: 9

What!? Seafood in Delhi? You gotta be kidding me!

Yes. Delhi is not only about butter chicken anymore because Sanadige is tantalizing the taste buds of Delhites with its delicious coastal food cuisine. The menu consists of seafood preparations from regions like Kerala, Mangalore, Konkan, Goa, and Maharashtra. So the next time you miss the fish you've had in a shack in Goa, head to this restaurant to satiate your cravings.

Location: 22/48, Commercial Centre, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

Opening hours: 12noon – 3:30pm, 6:30pm – 11pm

WiFi: Yes

Must haves: Jenji Rassa, Jumbo Jenji, Rawa Fry, Meen Pollichatthu, Kolambi Koliwada, Pattrani Macchi, Malabar Fish Curry, Prawns Balchao, Surmai Ambat

Cost: Rs. 1000 to Rs. 2200

Rank: 10

Last but not least! The Marina is one of the popular seafood restaurants in Chennai. It serves famous local preparations apart from other cuisines from different regions of Indian coastline.

Location: 39, College Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai

Opening hours: 12noon – 3pm, 7pm – 11pm

WiFi: No

Must haves: Coral Red Sesame Fried Fish with Papaya, Vanjaram Varutha Meen, Mango Curry with your choice of Fish, Steamed Fish

Cost: Rs. 200 to Rs. 900

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