Those who desire the very best of Punjabi cuisine in Chandigarh have plenty of choices there, as the place is dotted with plenty of dhabas serving traditional cuisine. It's obvious that North Indian cuisine holds a special place in the hearts of all foodies. Therefore, Chandigarh is the perfect place to enjoy authentic Punjabi food. If you're planning to dine in Chandigarh, here are some of the most popular dhabas.

1.    Pal Dhaba

Pal Dhaba is unquestionably one of the most well-known dhabas in Chandigarh's metropolitan area. It is visited by people from all over the tri-state area and neighboring states. The Pal Dhaba restaurant has been serving delicious and wholesome food to Chandigarh residents since 1960. The restaurant is located in Sector 28 and has been popular since the beginning. When you visit here, you must try their meat curry, Punjabi chicken, salted lassi, mutton rogan josh, and butter naan.

Address: Booth Number 165 & 166, Sector 28 Market Rd., Sector 28 D, Sector 28

Price for Two: INR 650

Timing: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

2.    Sethi Dhaba

Sethi dhaba is an old dhaba located in Zirakpur on the Chandigarh-Delhi National Highway. This dhaba is renowned among travelers who stop here after a long journey from Delhi to Chandigarh, but it is equally popular among city residents who come here to eat Punjabi food. Sethi Dhaba is open all day and delivers fresh food, which is one of its main selling points. Here you will love their missi roti, dal makhani, and chicken biryani.

Address: Zirakpur-Ambala Road, Zirakpur

Price for Two: INR 500

Timing: 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.

3.    Katani Dhaba

The Katani dhaba is one of the most frequented dhabas in the metropolis. The dhaba serves only pure vegetarian cuisine. There are two Katani Dhabas in Chandigarh, one in Sector 35 and the other in Phase 3b2 Mohali. The food at both locations is equally great, and they provide some of the best north Indian cuisine in the city. Customers also enjoy their desserts the most. Some popular dishes served here are Paneer Lajawab, Paneer Paratha, Mushroom Masala, Veg Thali, and Lassi.

Address: SCO 265, Sector 35D, Sector 35

Price For Two:  INR 450  

Timing: 8 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

4.    Deluxe Dhaba

If you’re in the city of Tricity and are visiting Sector 28, you must eat at Deluxe Dhaba. They serve large portions of food and are known for their lemon chicken prepared in cream and served with piping hot laccha parathas. Non-vegetarians will enjoy this place as a food haven. Some of the best dishes you should definitely try here are pudina paratha, chicken masala, kulfi, mutton rogan josh, kheer, and chicken curry.

Address: SCO 14-15, Ground Floor, Sector 28 C, Chandigarh

Price for two: INR 500

Timing:  8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

5.    Gurbax Dhaba

Gurbax Dhaba is a Punjabi eatery that offers generous home-style cuisine at reasonable prices. This eatery is open all day long and serves a range of Punjabi specialties like sarson da saag, makki ki roti, malai kofta, and more. They also have a wide selection of scrumptious lentil dishes, including malai kofta and sarson da saag. To complete your meal, order a large Punjabi lassi!

Address: Booth No. 3025-D, Sector 22-D

Price for Two: INR 350

Timing: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

6.    Swarn Dhaba

Swarn Dhaba is one of Sector 30's best dhabas. This dhaba has been running for over four decades and serves delicious food. The food here is simple yet delicious, so you shouldn't miss it! All the dishes are prepared using homemade masalas, which brings crowds here. Their mutton curry is one of the most popular items on their menu. You can also try their soya chaap, chicken curry, and shahi paneer if you're not a vegetarian.

Address: Booth No. 14-15-16, Block B, CSIO Colony, Sector 30 C

Price for Two: INR 350

Timing: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

7.   Puran Singh ka Mashoor Dhaba

This is one of the best dhabas along the Delhi-Chandigarh bus route and is well known for its mutton curry, which usually sells out by 3 p.m. This dhaba in Chandigarh has been around for three decades and has a seating capacity of 70 to 80 people. Its trademark chicken curry, with tandoori rotis, is legendary. Its shahi paneer, dal makhani, and mixed vegetables are incredibly tasty and economical.

Address: Lal Kurti, Ambala Cantt

Price for two: INR 250

Timing: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

8.    Pehelwan da Dhaba

Students from nearby Punjab University and surrounding colleges frequent this dhaba. The non-vegetarian food served here and the ambience are reasons for its popularity. It is located about 10-15 minutes away from Shivalik View. To enjoy its tasty fare, you should visit here and try kadhai paneer, Amritsari kulcha, etc.

Address: Booth No. 342, Patel Market, 15D

Price for two: INR 600

Timing: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

9.    Mitran Da Dhaba

When you visit this dhaba, you'll feel as if you're in a Bollywood movie, due to the fields and the rustic setting. Mittran da Dhaba is situated on NH95 on Chandigarh-Ludhiana Road, and all those visiting here get a free lassi. Try their shahi paneer and navratan korma with tandoori roti, and finish your meal with chilled kheer served here. You can also try famous Punjabi dishes like Makki Ki Roti and Sarson Ka Saag here.

Address: 273/A, Chandigarh Rd., Friends Colony, Ramgarh

Price for Two: INR 650

Timing: 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.

10.    Nukkar Dhaba

Nukkar Dhaba is the place to count on for authentic vegetarian food. They have a huge variety of options on their menu. From thalis to kadhi rice, everything tastes delicious at affordable prices. You can also have momos, stuffed parathas served with white butter, dal makhni, jeera rice, paneer kadhai, etc.

Address: 2459A, Himalaya Marg, Sector 22 C, Near Aroma Hotel, Sector 22

Price For Two: INR 400 

Timing: 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.