The Ultimate Cheat Sheet of Live Grill Barbeque Restaurants at Chennai

Who wouldn’t love a moist, juicy, succulent piece of meat? Everyone loves it and that’s a foodies dream to indulge into perfect and flavorsome food. And the steaming charcoaled barbeque-grill creates magic before your eyes and presents you with delicious food. Barbeque isn’t as famous or common in an Indian household as in a foreign country.

So travelling back into the history gave me some interesting facts about barbeque. It’s still a mystery how the word ‘Barbeque’ is coined but some say it was a result from the word ‘Barbacoa’ used by Spanish while landing at Caribbean; the word refers to native method of slow-cooking meat over a wooden platform. The process of barbeque is defined as cooking over indirect heat, such as wood-fire, for a long-time so it results with a flavor blend of smoke, spices and meat. Also throwing a piece of meat directly on the grill isn’t barbeque; at least traditionally.

So introducing the Live-grill barbeque concept received an overwhelming response and happiness among the Chennai food lovers. The over-the-table barbeque concept isn’t just a hit but a sensation among food lovers. The concept allows the diner to grill their meat/veggie creating an awe-factor.
Then there’s the interesting feature of unlimited buffet. Almost 4-5 on-the-grill starters and few starters directly from kitchen, 10 plus dishes in the main course along with salad & soup and the extravagant dessert counter add glamour to the dining experience. Some BBQ restaurants as well offer Wish-Grill & live Cold Stone Ice-Cream counters. So here’s my list of favorite Live BBQ places at Chennai.

Note: The food varieties on grill & buffet are almost same with minor variations in taste or food type. The price differs based on which meal (lunch/dinner), which day of the week and veg/non-veg. There is separate pricing for kids.

Barbeque Nation
The first live-grill concept restaurant of Chennai and they have now spread their outlets across the city. Kulfi Kicks is their unique feature with eight different Kulfi flavors with a dose of different combinations of dips, sauces & toppings to choose from.

BBQ Nation
Outlets at: T. Nagar, Nungambakkam, Vadapalani, Thuraipakkam & Velachery
Cost for Two: Rs. 2000 INR (approx).

Grill Box
The second one to pop into the grilling business. Their long-chimney pipe that sucks out the smokes is a cool way to keep the place smoke-free. Food is same and they don’t score any unique points.

Picture Courtesy - dineout
Outlets at: T. Nagar & Mylapore
For Address:
Cost for Two: Rs. 2000 INR (approx).

Absolute Barbecues (ABs)
Their live wish-grill & cold stone ice-cream counter in addition to the live-grill bangs extra points.
In the Wish-grill, you select veggie/meats with sauces and toppings as per your choice and they cook them on the grill before serving you; interesting isn’t it? And the ice-cream; they churn and mix the ice-cream with your favorite toppings on a frozen stone table and hand out to you.

Picture Courtesy - AB's
Outlet at: T. Nagar & Velachery
Cost for Two: Rs. 2000 INR (approx).

Coal Barbecues
Same as ABs, they also have live-grill, wish-grill & cold stone ice-cream. Their innovative Indian Breads were my favorite (like Olive Naan & Dry Fruits Naan).


Outlet at: Velachery
Cost for Two: Rs. 1600 INR (approx).

Sigree Global Grill
Another feather on the crown of live-grill BBQ places in Chennai.

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Outlets at: Thuraipakkam & Nungambakkam
Cost for Two: Rs. 1200 INR (approx).

400 Degree F
Another to the list; and their roof-top adds glamour to the dining experience.

Picture Courtesy - Muskaan Dutta
Outlet at: T. Nagar
Cost for Two: Rs. 1300 INR (approx).

Holy Grill
The first pure-vegetarian live grill restaurant at Chennai, which would bring smile to all the vegetarians who couldn’t dine or felt left-out while dining at other BBQs.

Holy Grill
Outlet at: Nungambakkam
Cost for Two: Rs. 1200 INR (approx).

Updating a new BBQ place is joining the above list. 
I am yet to visit the place.
Outlet at: Triplicane
For Address:
Cost for Two: Rs. 1200 INR (approx).

And here is the list of live-grill barbeque places in Chennai. They treat you with overdose of food, beware:-D. If you know any other BBQ place that I have forgotten to mention then feel free to share via your comments. Until next post, Happy Eating!

P.S. The barbecue places mentioned here are my personal choice from the ones I have visited or known. Also, the budget and description is based on my experience or awareness. Please check the link or check with the hotel before visiting; in a due course if the hotels locality changes or if hotel shut I will try to keep the post updated if not please let me know about the same in comments. Remember, no two person’s palate or experience can be the same.
The Ultimate Cheat Sheet of Live Grill Barbeque Restaurants at Chennai The Ultimate Cheat Sheet of Live Grill Barbeque Restaurants at Chennai Reviewed by Divya Srinivasan on 19:05 Rating: 5


  1. WE have a Barbecue Nation in Kolkata as's a great place to dine out.

    1. Yeah, BBQ joints are great place to hangout and dine as a crowd. And unlimited food adds to the fun :-) Guess you enjoyed the post Maniparna :-)

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