Karachi's top 10 restaurants, according to TripAdvisor

Published: February 15, 2017

Karachi’s crawling with dining options as dozens of new restaurants open their doors to the city every year. As some new entrants serve some of the best the city has to offer, some old restaurants still continue to be our favourites. But how would you rank them if you were asked to list the top 10?

We took a little help from the world’s most efficient travel website —  TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor Popularity Index, which uses a proprietary algorithm to take into account travellers’ thoughts, quantity, quality and recency of reviews, has ranked the following restaurants as Karachi’s top 10. View the list here:

1. Kolachi 

With 695 reviews and a rating of 4.5, Kolachi is Karachi’s top restaurant, according to TripAdvisor. Touted as the “true holy home of tikka” by one user and a “must visit place” by another, it has been rated as excellent by top contributors.

Located at Beach Avenue in DHA Phase 8, the restaurant which is always hosting large crowds offers predominantly Pakistani food along with Afghani and Middle-Eastern cuisine.

2. BBQ Tonight

Of course BBQ Tonight made it to the list at number two with 705 reviews. Also rated 4.5, it is lauded by users as the “pride of Karachi”. Located in Clifton, Block 5, it is undoubtedly the most popular Pakistani restaurant with branches in Dubai, Singapore, Oman, Jeddah and Malaysia as well as across Pakistan.

3. Okra

Okra comes in at number 3 with a rating of 4.5 and 174 reviews. Only 5 days old, the most recent review praised Okra as a ‘must-try for all’. Most users have rated the places as excellent including a foodie who thinks Okra is “a potential Michelin eatery”. Located on 10th Commercial Lane, Zamzama, Okra offers Mediterranean cuisine.

4. Sakura

“Sushi Authentic”, “always a favorite!”, “Best Japanese food in Pakistan”, with reviews like these Sakura ranks number 4 on the list. Located inside Pearl Contenental Hotel on Ziauddin Ahmed Road, Sakura offers perhaps the most loved Japanese food of the city.

5. Café Aylanto

Ranking at number 5 on the list is Café Aylanto. Nearly 100 out of the 139 reviews are very good for the eatery. Rated highest for atmosphere, the restaurant is also commended for its food. Located in Block 4, Clifton, Café Ayalnto offers Mediterranean and European food.

6. Suzie Wong

While some people like to argue the standard has deteriorated over the years, user reviews on TripAdvisor negate that entirely. With nearly all good reviews out of 71, Suzie Wong makes the list as number 6. Located inside Marriot Hotel on 9 Abdullah Haroon Road, Suzie Wong offers authentic Chinese and has been a favourite for decades.

7. Café Flo

The go to for French classics, this Bistro cum restaurant ranks number 7. Easily one of the most treasured eateries of Karachi, Café Flo was rated excellent by many users. Users applauded the café for persistently serving good food. Located in Block 4, Clifton, Café Flo serves French cuisine and has garnered many a dedicated patrons.

8. Xander’s

Just six years old, Xander’s makes the list at number 8. Almost always bustling, the café is a popular destination for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Majority of the 78 users who reviewed the cafe rated it very good for food and atmosphere.

Located on E-Street Block 4, Clifton, which boasts many other eateries, Xander’s serves European and contemporary food.

9. Dynasty

Falling at number 9 on the list is Dynasty. Lauded for good service and quality of food, it got most positive reviews from users. Located inside Avari Towers on Fatima Jinnah Road, Dynasty serves Chinese cuisine; to some extent adapted.

10. Arizona Grill

And finally, in at number 10 is Arizona Grill. Users praised the eatery for maintaining a standard in food quality. Located in Zamzama, the eatery is chiefly a steakhouse that has been a favorite for long time.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Hasan
    Feb 15, 2017 - 2:30PM

    Agree with most, but Suzie Wong, Dynasty and Arizona Grill don’t deserve to be among top 10 anymore. People who live in Karachi would know that, while Trip Advisor mostly has reviews from visitors to the city.Recommend

  • J Khan
    Feb 15, 2017 - 2:48PM

    While all the above restaurants are quite good, several recent additions to the restaurant scene in Karachi are a must try. Top among those are Wingitt, Chop Chop Wok, Ginsoy, Paramount and Mocca.Recommend

  • Haider
    Feb 15, 2017 - 2:50PM

    Lol! Suzie Wong & Arizona Grill among top 10! Recommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 15, 2017 - 3:38PM

    Suzie Wong ? ……. Chauhdry Fish in Uni Plaza off I.I Chundrigar road would have been a better choice……the fish he serves up is amazing. Recommend

  • Syeda Ali
    Feb 15, 2017 - 4:25PM

    Suzie Wong & Arizona Grill are not at all karachiites most favorite. May be tourists like them. Recommend

  • MJ-Sid
    Feb 15, 2017 - 10:32PM

    Ocean Grill beats BBQ Tonight hands down for quality and taste. If only Ocean Grill could figure out their service and customer relations related problems, they offer the best food in that area.Recommend

  • Muhammad Hassaan Fawad
    Feb 15, 2017 - 10:32PM

    This list has no credibility given how few the total number of reviews. Also considering BBQ Tonight hasnt been good for almost 5 years and doesnt even deserve to be top 100. Also, even though Kolachi is superb, it is best among the relatively affordable options with most of the more expensive fine dining options being far superior so it definitely doesnt deserve to be first. An actual list wouldnt even have Aylanto given that it is also in steep decline. An actual top ten would consist of Okra, Cote Rotie, Pompeii, Cafe Flo, Xander’s, probably Kolachi, Jason’s Steakhouse, Sakura, possibly Dynasty and the 10th being opinionated though even Mews is better than all of your optionsRecommend

  • MJ-Sid
    Feb 16, 2017 - 4:26AM

    @Muhammad Hassaan You are right brother. BBQ Tonight is living on borrowed time. Their food is now a shadow of what made this place such a popular restaurant when it first opened it’s door in the late 80’s. Recommend

  • Affan
    Feb 16, 2017 - 9:30AM

    More like top fav restaurants of foreigners who visited Clifton and Defence, and thought that was the end of Karachi.Recommend

    Feb 16, 2017 - 11:46AM

    I think Kababjees should included in this list.Recommend

  • Karachiite
    Feb 16, 2017 - 2:01PM

    In the emerging food cafe, i suggest Chop Chop Wok is a must tryRecommend

  • Sajid
    Feb 16, 2017 - 2:23PM

    The list is not the exhaustive one as Pompeii the finest diner is not included. Fine dining, decor and aura is at its best at the pompei. No best restaurant list is complete without pompei. Recommend

  • Azam
    Feb 16, 2017 - 7:19PM

    Where is Tao and Nandos gone and where is Pc Chandni and Tai Pan. Recommend

  • Usman
    Feb 17, 2017 - 7:39PM


    Mar 13, 2017 - 4:59PM

    “Paramount is newly opened and become so famous for ‘Lebanese Cuisines’. “Recommend

  • Akki
    Apr 23, 2017 - 10:08PM

    Meh. The best judge is the wait time to occupy tables, particularly after a year’s run. BBQ Tonite and Kolachi win both hands down. All the others make you wait in the lounge for maybe 10-15. Its ALWAYS considerably longer for these two.Recommend

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