A restaurant is an establishment which prepares and serves food and drink to customers in return for money, either paid before the meal, after the meal, or with a running tab. Meals are generally served and eaten on premises, but many restaurants also offer take-out and food delivery services. Restaurants vary greatly in appearance and offerings, including a wide variety of the main chef's cuisines and service models.
While inns and taverns were known from antiquity, these were establishments aimed at travelers, and in general locals would rarely eat there. Modern restaurants are dedicated to the serving of food, where specific dishes are ordered by guests and are prepared to their request.
A restaurant owner is called a restauranteur; both words derive from the French verb restaurer, meaning “to restore”. Professional artisans of cooking are called chefs, while preparation staff and line cooks prepare food items in a more systematic and less artistic fashion.
Restaurants range from unpretentious lunching or dining places catering to people working nearby, with simple food served in simple settings at low prices, to expensive establishments serving refined food and wines in a formal setting. In the former case, customers usually wear casual clothing. In the latter case, depending on culture and local traditions, customers might wear semi-casual, semi-formal, or formal wear.
Typically, customers sit at tables, their orders are taken by a waiter, who brings the food when it is ready, and the customers pay the bill before leaving. In finer restaurants there will be a host or hostess or even a maître d'hôtel to welcome customers and to seat them. Other staff waiting on customers includes busboy and sommeliers.
Restaurants often specialize in certain types of food or present a certain unifying, and often entertaining, theme. For example, there are seafood restaurants, vegetarian restaurants or ethnic restaurants. Generally speaking, restaurants selling food characteristic of the local culture are simply called restaurants, while restaurants selling food of foreign cultural origin may be called ethnic restaurants.
Restaurants may also be classified on the structure of their menu or the style of offering food.
Jaipur restaurants are well known for delicious Rajasthani dishes. Jaipur restaurants offer Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine.
The most loved Jaipur dishes include Dal Batti Churma, Rajasthani subji, Mawa Kachori and so on.
Dishes are quite spicy in Jaipur restaurants. The restaurants in Jaipur use lots of ghee and butter in the food that adds an extra taste to the items.
One of the most loved sweet dishes found at Jaipur restaurants is Besan Chakki that is prepared out of gram flour. Restaurants in Jaipur also use good quantity of corn in the dishes. Jhajariya is a very well known sweetmeat of Jaipur.
Various restaurants in Jaipur are:
- ‘AAPNO Rajasthan' village theme restaurant, Jaipur
- Lakshmi Mishtan Bhandar: Local food in style- This is situated in Jhaveri bazaar and serves good local food. There is a fine dining section as well as a casual section. This serves chats, sweets and much more.
- Kanha multi cuisine restaurant/sweet shop n bakery: Clean and safe place to eat local food. This is a chain of restaurants all over Jaipur and worth a visit. They serve fixed menu. Has a very standard decor that is nice.
- Jai Hind: The most authentic no frills place. This place is most famous for its Lassis, sherbets, kachoris and samosas. It's a very simple place but clean. This place is always crowded with people. And serve all this at reasonable price.
- Peacock, the Restaurant: Delicious food that are reasonably priced. It's a themed restaurant. The chairs are wood carved with peacock motif. The napkins are folded like peacocks. The food is reasonably good.
- LMB: If you want good ambience but no good food LMB HOTEL is in Johari Bazar. It is one of the famous restaurant in Jaipur
- Dasaprakash, MI Road, Jaipur: South Indian Restaurant. This restaurant offers South Indian and North Indian Food. Idlis and Dosas are worth eating.
- Anokhi Café: Next to the Anokhi Shop is the Anokhi Café. It is a café serving fresh organic food and snacks. Many of the products are grown on the Anokhi Farm and fresh food is served always.
- Kebab Shop: Dining at Raj Palace Hotel. Located on the terrace of the beautiful Raj Palace hotel, Kebab Shop offers Kebab and more of the Indian flavours.
- Handi: Non-veg and Tandoori. Do not miss a chance at eating at this restaurant; it’s got a really good tandoori/non-veg food range. The atmosphere is great and the decor is also very good.
- Hotel Choki Dani: A multi-cuisine Restaurant. In Choki Dani restaurant the food is served by attendants dressed in traditional Rajasthani dress. Visitors sit on little low stools and the food is served in typical Rajasthani style.
- Surya Mahal Restaurant: Cuisine: Indian Fusion, Continental. The courtyard adjoining the Surya Mahal restaurant is the most romantic place to have dinner in Jaipur.
Apart from this there are various roof top revolving restaurants also in Jaipur.