Top 20 Affordable Restaurants In Pune That You Must Try

Pune is a beautiful city rich in history. This city is a perfect balance of history and technology that makes it so special. Casual conversations, comfortable climate and a laid back ambiance are so addictive that it will keep you coming back to the city again and again. So while you are in Pune enjoy the city, lounge, eat and have fun like the locals. Here is a list of top 20 affordable restaurants in Pune that are the local favourites that will leave a lasting impression in your mind. (In no particular order)

  1. Vaishali, FC Road


This is an absolute favourite dining place for the residents of Pune. This 50-year-old restaurant is still as much a crowd puller as it was back in the days. Being considered as one of the heritages of Pune, Vaishali is crowded 24/7, 365 days a year. The quality and the taste of the food served here have remained consistent since forever. With humble ambiance this place keeps pulling its patrons back to itself just by the magnificent food they serve. Mysore masala dosa, Sev-puri, Vaishali special dosa, Dahi-vada come highly recommended here.

Type:  Casual Dining,

Cuisines South Indian, Street Food, Fast Food

Opening hours 7 AM to 11 PM

Cost Rs 500 for two people (approx.) Cash only

  1. Hyderabad House Hinjewadi

Don’t let the modes appearance of the place fool you. Hyderabad house is THE place for Hyderabadi cuisine. Although their eateries do not promise a plush experience the food this place dishes up is absolutely lip-smacking. If you are looking for an affordable place to enjoy food that will put a huge grin on your face then Hyderabad House is the place for you. The chicken and mutton dum biryani comes highly recommended here.

Type: Casual Dining,

Cuisines Biryani, North Indian, Mughlai, Chinese

Opening hours 12 Noon to 11 PM

Cost Rs. 550 for two people (approx.) Cash, Cards and Meal Coupons accepted

  1. Sukanta, Deccan Gymkhana

Tucked in a corner of the JM Road this restaurant is a local favourite for Rajasthani/Marwari food. With the opulent and gorgeous ambiance, this place will surely blow your mind away. This place will absolutely transport you to the beautiful land of Rajasthan with everything from food and with every little detail in its ambience. Even the carvings on the chairs give a glimpse of Rajasthan. The food here is mind-blowing! Their Rajasthani and Marwari thalis are famous and are craving for. The service here is polite and courteous.

Type: Casual Dining,

Cuisines Gujarati, North Indian, Maharashtrian

Opening hours 11:30 AM to 3 PM, 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM

Cost Rs. 500 for two people (approx.), Cash and Cards accepted

  1. Shabree Restaurant, FC Road

Located right on the FC road this place is quite a landmark in Pune. With an ambiance that is beautifully Maharashtrian, they serve delicious food that is authentically Maharashtrian. The have both AC and Non Ac sitting arrangements catering to all kinds of patrons. They have very efficient and courteous staffs that don’t take too much time to assemble this mouth-watering food to be served to you. This place gives you a choice of lip smacking Maharashtrian thalis to choose from. One of the best Thali restaurants in Pune.

Highly recommended from the menu is the unlimited thali typically includes; Aaluchi bhaji, matki usal, zunka, katachi amti, kadi gole, masala bhaat, chapati, puran poli, dahi, taak etc… The food here is amazing and the flavours authentic.

Type: Casual Dining,

Cuisines Maharashtrian, South Indian

Opening hours 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM

Cost Rs. 800 for two people (approx.) Cash and Cards accepted

  1. I’m Lion, Strictly Non-Veg, Bavdhan

Don’t you love it when you come out of a food joint with a tummy full and happy pocket? Well I’m Lion is just such a place. This place has amazing food which definitely deserves a place in this list. Their sea food is the best in town. Although with a very humble ambiance with only 6-7 small tables, once you start eating you really won’t care. The service is quick and most often the owner personally caters to all the tables and personally takes most of the order after guiding you through your orders. The food here is absolutely heavenly! This place is reasonably prices and a must visit for everyone in Pune,Bombil Fry, Surmai fry, Surmai curry, neer dosas and chicken biryani are recommended and are an absolute must try at this place.

Type: Casual Dining,

Cuisines Mangalorean, Goan, Seafood

Opening hours 12 Noon to 3 PM, 7 PM to 11 PM (Thursdays closed)

Cost Rs. 550 for two people (approx.)

  1. PapaJee’s, Chinchwad

If you are craving for a taste of authentic Punjabi food in Pune then Papajee’s is THE place for you. Papajee’s reputation as a place for authentic Punjabi food is spread all over Pune. With none of the flamboyance that is so typical of anything Punjabi, this quiet unassuming place serves the best food in town! Their lip smacking food that reminds you of home keeps pulling people from far and wide. Papajee’s laccha paranthas, bharvi tangri, butter chicken, Gobi-gajar, achaar de kabab, gajar ka halwa are a few recommended dishes. Though every dish here is equally a delight! The hosts here are loving and gracious, servers are humble and polite and the joint is extremely clean.

Type: Casual Dining,

Cuisines North Indian, Chinese

Opening hours 1 PM to 12 Midnight

Cost Rs. 900 for two people (approx.).Cash and Cards accepted

  1. Wholly Crêpes, Model Colony

This quaint little place is as beautifully decorated as is delicious their food is. This place will astound you with its carefully decorated ambience and food that is clearly made from the heart. The beautiful leitmotifs on the main entrance wall as well as on the tables, monochromatic, hand painted walls with the ol’ Paree theme are quite warm and welcoming. Every little detail here is carefully put together to take its patrons on a journey to France. The lovely French music playing in the background in an unobtrusive way take your whole experience to a new height altogether. The staffs here are extremely polite and humble and the owner herself helps you choose your order. The food here is absolutely lip-smacking! As the name suggests, only crepes are on the menu here. The crepes come here with a salad and each crepe has a distinct personality of its own. Highly recommended here is the Galette which is to die for. Service here is fast and efficient.

Type: Casual Dining,

Cuisines French, Cafe

Opening hours 6 PM to 11 PM

Cost Rs. 800 for two people (approx.)

  1. R Bhagat Tarachand, Off Budhwar Peth

R Bhagat Tarachand, originally from Mumbai, is one of the oldest restaurants in the city that serves tasty, delicious food. The location of this place keeps its entrance always crowded which makes parking for 4-wheelers a real headache here. The restaurant has a decent ambiance with wooden furniture and ethnic décor. The place is always crowded and weekends can be worse so come prepared. Service here is quick and efficient; Food is absolutely delicious and is an absolute delight to taste buds. Food here is made of pure ghee and is quiet satisfyingly filling. This place is reasonably priced and food here is worth every penny. Dal Double Fry, Chaanch, Papad Churi and Paneer Butter Masala with Butter Roti’s and their veg thalis come highly recommended.

Type: Casual Dining,

Cuisines North Indian, Mughlai, Rajasthani

Opening hours 11 AM to 4 PM, 7 PM to 11 PM

Cost Rs. 500 for two people (approx.) Cash and Cards accepted

  1. Perks N Brews, Viman Nagar

This quaint little joint is easy to miss. The first thing that will catch your fancy when you enter this place is the old-world charm of this place. With books and notes sprinkled all over the place, song lyrics and titles written on the wall, hand-made graffiti on the panels and the soft music playing in the background gives this place a distinct and warm character to itself that will force you to come back again and again. The coffee here will give the giant café s a run for its money any day. You can grab a book kept in the café take a seat and enjoy your book with a steaming cup of coffee. If that’s not heaven what is? The food here is absolutely stunning and will leave a lasting imprint in your mind. The tasty tit bits available here ranging from pastas to pizzas to salads and garlic bread will leave you well fed and satisfied. Bbq Chicken Pizza, Mojito, Classic Caesar Salad, Angry Bird, Chocolate Overload, Cafe Roya come recommended here.

Type: Café, Quick Bites

Cuisines Cafe, Fast Food, Italian

Opening hours 10 AM to 11:30 PM

Cost Rs. 500 for two people (approx.). Cash and Cards accepted

  1. Chung Fa, Camp

Chung Fa is another iconic establishment in Pune’s culinary scene. This place serves the best Indian Chinese food in the city. This place does not boast of a very elaborate sitting arrangement but is huge on flavours and is one of the best Indian Chinese restaurants in Pune. The place with its cute décor gives the feel of China town to its patrons. Though a tad heavy on the food they offer is worth every dime! This is just the place to dine with your family or your group of friends. The chicken here is lip-smacking and their fried rice is an absolute wonder! Roasted Chicken Chilli, Chicken-coriander Soup, Prawns Spring Rolls, Chilly Chicken, Fried Spring Chicken are highly recommended here. Weekends can be quiet crowded so booking tables ahead of time would be a good idea.

Type: Casual Dining

Cuisines Chinese

Opening hours 12 Noon to 3 PM, 7 PM to 11 PM

Cost Rs. 800 for two people (approx.) Cash, Cards and Meal Coupons accepted

  1. Central Perk 7, Baner Pashan Link Road

With a very cosy ambiance with the F.R.I.E.N.D.S theme and lovely music, this place is a must visit joint in the city. This place serves the best barbeque and sizzlers anywhere in the city. The ambiance here is extremely lively, fun and peppy with an open barbeque pit where food is cooked in plain view. The service here is warm but it can take up to 30 minutes for your order to get grilled and cooked in front of you so be prepared for the wait. The food here is absolutely awesome and worth every penny. It is an absolute must try place for barbeque and steak lovers. Chicken steak, the coleslaw, boiled potato with shredded cheese and sizzlers are recommended for this place.

Type: Casual Dining

Cuisines Cafe, Fast Food, Steakhouse

Opening hours 11 AM to 11 PM

Cost Rs. 700 for two people (approx.) Cash and Cards accepted

  1. Tiranga Non Veg, Kothrud

This small outlet with about 10-12 tables, serves the most amazing food in the city. The ambiance here is very humble and basic but the food here is anything but. Tiranga is a legacy which is being carried forward for generations. This place has been awarded the best Biriyani place by zomato and red FM contest. The menu here is famous for its traditional Biryanis. The perfect balance of flavours and aromatic dishes from here will keep your mouth shut till you lick every finger. If you are a biryani lover then this is definitely THE place for you! The other dishes on the menu here are equally scrumptious. Service here is fast and quick. Booking ahead for a table on weekends is a good idea as it can get really crowded on the weekends.

Type: Casual Dining

Cuisines Maharashtrian, North Indian

Opening hours 11 AM to 4 PM, 7 PM to 11 PM

Cost Rs. 600 for two people (approx.) Cash, Cards and Meal Coupons accepted

  1. Cream Centre, Viman Nagar

Finally a place that is heaven for vegetarians! Cream centre is a restraint chain from Mumbai’s Marine drive. With an ambiance that’s so humble and cosy that it gives a feeling of bliss the moment you walk in. with puzzles on your tables and soft music playing around and the quiet unassuming décor you are guaranteed to have a good time here. Their Signature dish is Chola Bhatura & Channa Bhatura and both the dishes are authentic in their flavours. They also serve thalis, nachos, tacos and Italian dishes. Highly recommended are, Channa Bhatura, Nachos, American corn cheese balls, Onion rings, Spring Vegetable (Soup),Original Tandoori Paneer Tikka, Bambaiya ragada (Chaat), Italian Baked Sizzler, Paneer Ka Baap Sizzler, Refried Beans & Cheese Enchiladas & Penne Al Forno. This place is an absolute delight for vegetarians and definitely among one of the best restaurants in Pune.

Type: Casual Dining

Cuisines Mexican, North Indian, Italian, Fast Food

Opening hours 11 AM to 11 PM

Cost Rs. 700 for two people (approx.) Cash and Cards accepted

  1. Delhi Downtown, Model Colony

This place is very true to its name and serves authentic flavours of Delhi. The terrace sitting arrangement here is much better than the indoor sitting and is actually quite a unique experience. This place serves tasty food that is very pocket friendly. If you are a craving for delightful north Indian food then this is just the place for you. Tandoori kebabs and butter chicken here are absolutely to die for! Recommended here are; Tawa Chicken, Dal Makhani, Butter Chicken, Chicken Kadhai, Chicken Lollypop.

Type: Casual Dining

Cuisines North Indian, Chinese

Opening hours 12:30 PM to 11 PM

Cost Rs. 500 for two people (approx.) Cash and Cards accepted

  1. Crazy Noodles, Viman Nagar

Anything with the word “crazy” in their name is a must visit. This place with its green and pink interiors is inviting and absolutely lives up to its name! With their crazy wobbling glasses to their unique menu this place is surely going to engage you and ensure you enjoy every bit of your time that you spend here. You even get a puzzle to solve while you wait for your food and solving it will win you a free iced tea! The food here is simply delicious and lip smacking! Must try the MONEY BAGS, these chocolate stuffed pastry money bags are absolutely sinful! This place serves the most mouth-watering noodles you’ll ever taste. The portions are generous. The staffs here are extremely friendly and highly efficient.

Type: Casual Dining

Cuisines Chinese, Thai, Japanese

Opening hours 12 Noon to 11 PM

Cost Rs. 900 for two people (approx.) Cash and Cards accepted

  1. German Bakery, Koregaon Park

If you are looking for a place to hang around with your friends or family and enjoy some mouth-watering snacks then this is just the place for you. The décor of this place is very artsy and colourful that makes it a perfect hangout place. Food here is amazing and will force you to hog on. Service is quick, attentive and friendly and is reasonably priced for the quality and amount of food they serve. Red Velvet Cake, Kheema Pav, Jerk Chicken, Mango Cheese Cakeare are must try dishes here.

Type: Café, Quick Bites

Cuisines Bakery, German, Italian, Cafe

Opening hours 7:45 AM to 11:45 PM

Cost Rs. 600 for two people (approx.)

  1. Malwani Naka, Kothrud

This is a small place that is quiet easy to miss. It might look a little disappointing from the outside but the food here is quiet awesome. Malwani naka is one of those no frills impressive places which is worth a try. The service here is lightning quick and price reasonable. Recommendation: Solkadhi, Fish Patra, Bhakris.

Type: Casual Dining

Cuisines Seafood, Malwani, Goan, Konkani

Opening hours 11:30 AM to 4 PM, 7:30 PM to 11 PM

Cost Rs. 500 for two people (approx.)

  1. Pagdandi Books Chai Cafe, Baner

An amazingly brilliant idea of putting food and books together. If you are a book lover, you love to eat, and you love to eat while reading a book then this is your dream place! A very interesting and adorable place where you can sip a cuppa while reading your favourite book. The place makes you feel like you are you’re your kitchen cosy with your favourite kitchen. Apart from the ambiance, the food is also fascinating here. Service is efficient and very friendly.

Type: Café

Cuisines Cafe, Bakery, Fast Food, Juices

Opening hours 10 AM to 11 PM

Cost Rs. 500 for two people (approx.) Cash and Cards accepted

  1. Le Plaisir Patisserie & Bistro, Deccan Gymkhana

This cute little joint is neatly tucked away in Bhandarkar road quiet like the hidden gem that it is. This place with a funky décor can only sit 15-20 people at once. Their menu offers a variety of soups, salads, pastas, crepes and what not. You can even find blissful cheesecakes and Macaroons which are extremely recommended and a must try here. Service here is good and fast.

Type: Casual Dining

Cuisines Cafe, Bakery, Desserts, European

Opening hours 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM

Cost Rs. 600 for two people (approx.) Cash and Cards accepted

  1. Thank God For Pizzas, Pradhikaran

No restaurant list is complete without a good pizza place on the list right? Thank God for Pizzas just wins the cake here. Their pizzas have an attitude and are not afraid to make a statement. Their pizza is better than most of the expensive joints and yet they are reasonably priced. They have a lovely menu which has cup pizza, sides and Pizzas. Visit this place and you just won’t be able to resist those mouth-watering slippery, slurpy, tasty, tangy, chicken pieces of pizza.

Type: Casual Dining

Cuisines Pizza, Fast Food

Opening hours 11 AM to 10:30 PM

Cost Rs. 650 for two people (approx.) Cash, Cards and Meal Coupons accepted

So enjoy a sumptuous meal alone or with family and friends in Pune. Bon Appétit!

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