Written By Arkaprabha Das.
Mumbai’s marine drive needs no introduction. Walking along the beach and looking towards the endless Arabian Sea is an experience that you will remember forever.
But how about enjoying an amazing view of the Mumbai harbour along with having a sumptuous meal or a cup of coffee with your company?
Sounds delectable and amazing right? Therefore grab on this experience at these top ten rooftop restaurants near Marine Drive, Mumbai and relish the lovely time spent by the beautiful Mumbai skyline view forever.
1. Asilo– The St. Regis Mumbai, Lower Parel
Asilo is situated on the 40th floor of St Regis, Mumbai. The word Asilo means “heaven” in Spanish and it definitely sticks to its name because Asilo is the highest rooftop restaurant and bar in Mumbai. The stunning views of Mumbai’s skyline are unparalleled from this restaurant.
Although Asilo is not amongst the budget-friendly restaurants, the breathtaking view is all worth the price. Asilo is very popular amongst all food lovers, looking to spend a beautiful time along with a jaw-dropping view.
Must eat at Asilo are Skewers, Chocolate volcano, Mezze, Chicken Grill, Five Herb Ravioli, Flatbreads, Cocktails and Sauteed mushrooms.
Cost- INR 4,500 for two people with alcohol.
Address– Level 37, 462, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013.
2. The Allamanda Terrace, Churchgate
Located on the 6th floor of the Marine Plaza Hotel, this lit-up terrace restaurant comes along with a gorgeous pool and a romantic ambience just by the beautiful view of the Arabian Sea and the Mumbai skyline. Just after opening The Allamanda Terrace became very loved and popular amongst people who want to spend an elegant evening with some good Punjabi food and a nice cocktail.
Although the menu is changed frequently to keep up with the customer demands, they still keep the element of diverse Indian regional cooking styles intact. A beautiful alcove is also present just by the pool for musicians to entice music lovers with live music.
The Allamanda Terrace is also a good option to go with if you are planning a social event with many guests or even within your close circle. Prebooking is also possible and recommended to avoid waiting in lines.
Must have dishes here are Dal Makhani, Khade Masale Ka Paneer, Sarson Broccoli, Tandoori Ajwaini Pomfret, Ajwaini Laccha Paratha and Kasuri Methi Miloni Tarkari.
Cost– INR 2,600 for two people without alcohol.
Address– Hotel Marine Plaza, 29, Marine Dr, Churchgate, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400020.
3. Dome – Intercontinental, Churchgate
A comfortable setting and a range of international sushi bites are the perks of dining at the Dome rooftop sky bar along with having a romantic skyline view of Mumbai, the Queen’s necklace and the Arabian sea in front of you. The lounge is located on the rooftop of the Intercontinental Hotel at Churchgate.
This place is definitely a value for money with its peaceful ambience, classy interiors and lovely sea view. Soft music playing in the background calms your mind and helps you spend a meaningful time with your loved ones. We recommend grabbing the perfect spot while visiting during sunset time so that your value for money increases tenfolds.
The must-eat dishes at this place are Mushroom, Rajma Galauti, Tiramisu, Spanish meatballs, Inari Maki, Mutton Seekh, Chicken Malai Kebab and Coconut cheesecake.
Cost- INR 3,000 for two without alcohol.
Address– 135, Marine Dr, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400020.
4. Cafe Marina- Sea Palace Hotel, Colaba
Cafe Marina is located within a short walking distance from the Gateway of India. Located on the roof of Sea Palace Hotel, this cafe provides the best view of Marine Drive.
Enjoy your meal with your loved ones while gushing at the lovely panoramic view of the Arabian Sea and listening to the sound of the waves. We recommend making a reservation before you go as the place attracts a lot of food lovers and at the rush time you would have to settle with a seat without a view if you don’t prebook.
Some of the best dishes here that are highly recommended are the seafood platter, veg platter, kebabs, calamari fish, garlic bread, watermelon cooler, beer, wine and their range of cocktails.
Cost- INR 1,600 for two people and INR 290 for a pint of beer.
Address– Sea Palace Hotel, 26, PJ Ramchandani Marg, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001.
5. Souk- The Taj Mahal Palace, Colaba
A panoramic view of the Mumbai harbour and the Gateway of India awaits you at the Souk, The Taj Mahal Palace. This is an absolute go-to place for people who want to indulge in a luxurious afternoon gorging on the lunch buffet at Souk or a sumptuous brunch on a Sunday afternoon.
They serve authentic Lebanese, Mediterranean, Turkish and Middle Eastern cuisine dishes. All dishes are prepared by the Syrian chef Simoun Chakour. You can also opt to dine at the Casablanca room at Souk where you will get a private table, a butler, a 7-course meal served by the chef himself, a bottle of champagne and a lovely harbour view.
The Casablanca room is a great option for couples looking to spend a lovely time together. The decor at this place is something that you will remember forever because it is so mesmerising and jaw-dropping. Whenever you carve or want to try out some Baklava, Hummus, Lamb cutlets along with a glass of fine red wine drop in at the Souk to experience luxury and good taste like no other.
The must-have dishes here are plenty but the absolutely unmissable ones are Lebanese pizza, Falafel, Mezze, Hummus, Omali, Potato pancake, Turkish coffee and Mediterranean Tea.
Cost– INR 5,000 for two people without alcohol and the whole Casablanca room experience costs INR 30,000.
Address– The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001.
6. Koyla Ethnic Cuisine, Colaba
Koyla Ethnic Cuisine has an interior to be inspired by. Majorly inspired by Mughal styles in both their interiors and food choices, this place provides visitors with a combo of regal and modern. If you want to spend a nice time having delicious food along with enjoying hookah amidst a perfect shamiana, then this is the place to be at.
Also highly recommended would be spending a romantic candlelight dinner with an excellent view of the Arabian Sea. The must-have dishes here are murgh Lucknowi Korma, Boneless Mutton Biryani, Achari Paneer, Kakori Kebab, Gosht Lababdar, Papad Roll and Lehsuni Palak.
They offer a range of hookah flavours available at only INR 100 or less and are tobacco-free.
Cost- INR 2,500 for two people.
Address– Kamal Mansion, 3/23, N.A, HNAA Rd, next to Radio Club, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005.
7. Bayview Cafe, Colaba
Another lovely and affordable place to sit back and enjoy the mesmerizing view of the Arabian Sea. You also get the option for indoor sitting but the best time is for sure spent at the outdoor sitting area.
The best time to visit is during sunset to enjoy the amazing view. We recommend ordering a cup of coffee or a chilled beer with some yummy snacks and just sitting back and relaxing whilst taking in the view. The menu contains both Indian and continental food.
The must-have dishes are cold coffee, cheese sandwich, Tandoori Chicken Dimsum, Hot Chocolate, Special Tibetan Dimsum and Cottage Cheese Steak, Lemon Mojito, Paneer Butter Masala, Stuffed Mushrooms and Cheese or Chicken Croquette.
Cost- INR 1250 for two without alcohol.
Address– Hotel Harbour View rooftop, PJ Ramchandani Marg, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001.
8. Rocky Star Cocktail Bar, Lower Parel
Rocky Star is known for its aesthetically pleasing ambience and mood-elevating food choices. The interiors of the place are very vibrant, classy and full of colours. Even the view from its rooftop seating is a must experience.
An interesting aspect of the restaurant menu is that the dishes are named after cities, for example, The Toulouse which is a grilled prawn dish in pesto sauce.
Also, the cocktails are named Numbers, for example, The No. 13 which is Whiskey based with Kahlua. Don’t worry if you get confused with the menu as your attendant will be there to help you choose the best dish depending on your palate.
Cost- INR 2,400 for two people with alcohol.
Address– Kamala Mills Compound, 3rd Floor, Trade View Building, Senapati Bapat Marg, next to gate 4, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013.
9. The Oriental Blossom– Marine Plaza, Churchgate
If you are a Chinese cuisine lover then it’s a must for you to taste the authentic Chinese and seafood dishes made by master chef Hung Tae Sing at The Oriental Blossom.
This place is one of those restaurants in Mumbai which serve authentic Chinese dishes which you can enjoy in an intimate setting in an ambience that has bright interiors and a beautiful sea view.
We recommend this place majorly for its amazing food, bright artistic decor and sea view. Must have dishes here are Spicy Prawns Tossed with Chilli Garlic, Corn Dumplings, Wonton Soup, Mongolian Chicken, Jasmine Tea, Corn Curd, Cheesecakes and Stuffed Pancakes.
Cost– INR 2,800 for two people without alcohol.
Address– 29, 1st Floor, Marine Plaza Hotel, Marine Dr, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400020.
10. Cloud 9 Cafe, Colaba
A great place to sit down, relax and cut out from the craziness and hustle-bustle going around the city. It gets more amazing on chilled winter evenings with a warm cup of coffee, cakes of your choice and the magnificent Arabian sea view in front of you. During summers it becomes a go-to place for enjoying the cool sea breeze and a relaxing sunset.
The Colaba skyline is definitely going to amaze you and will set you up for a nice drink and chat with your company. They serve Chinese and North Indian dishes at very reasonable prices.
Cloud 9 is a flagship cafe of OYO. They also showcase live matches here. So go ahead grab your drink and sit back to cheer for your favourite team with your buddies.
The must-have food items to try here are Tandoori Mixed Grill, Chicken Makhanwala, Chicken Kolhapuri, Paneer Makhani and Biryani.
Cost– INR 1.200 for two people without alcohol.
Address– OYO Flagship 15439 Colaba, 41, Garden Rd, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001.
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