Besant Nagar, Chennai

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Restaurant Information

₹ 2000 for two approx.
Finger Food


  • 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM

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17, 5th avenue, Besant Nagar, Chennai

Insider Tips

  • Boats has a fun shack-ey vibe on weekdays and there is plenty of options to seat from single-seater booths, grunge corners, lounge sofas and a communal table
  • Feel free to order off-menu classics from the Bar, they are adeptly blended. An added bonus is that cocktails using imported liquor (like a Martini) are only charged domestic taxes
  • I was pleasantly surprised by the balance in my 'Whiskey Sour' which, as per request, was served with a generous dash of aromatic bitters

Critic Rating

Amit Speaks Writer & Journalist


My first impression of Boats was quite scornful. It was a packed Saturday night, and I could not see beyond the next elbow. I wondered why a seaside bar would resort to B(ased) O(n) A T(rue) S(tory) and, scoffed at the limited sea-view through a 6x4 tinted glass. Then a few weeks later, during a calmer weeknight dinner, I had a change of heart. From Deadpool comics on the toilet cubicle to a wall studded with spread-out books, Boats is not trying to take itself too seriously. It helped wash down my moist and peppery 'Bade ka Boti'. I was even more impressed by a layered plate of 'Crisp Pork Belly'. It came with pillowy 'Pomme Dauphines', 'Smooth Spinach Puree', a perfectly 'Grilled Tomato' and a few needless 'Corn Kernels'. It had a lot going on, but much like Boats, it worked! If you are after a sea-view, then visit during daylight hours. There is not much to see through the tinted window at night.

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About Boats, Besant Nagar, Chennai

There is much to be explored yet gastronomically in a city like Chennai, which is still seeing expansion in terms of new eateries and culinary concepts. With the onslaught of newly opened restaurants in the city, dining scene in Chennai has erupted with innovation and originality. Taking advantage of diners refined palates, several eateries are coming up with interesting clever menus to pull the patrons in and secure their patronage. `BOATS - Based On A True Story' hooks you instantly with it's quirky name and further deepens your interest with it's wonderfully curated menu. BOATS is located at 5th Avenue, Besant Nagar, Chennai and is a busy popular place to grab a luxurious meal with friends. You may seek a relaxed affair or something more exciting, BOATS will be ideal for any mood.

Treat your palate to an overdose of flavours handpicked from all over the world through the menu of BOATS. A delightfully global menu stretching to accommodate cuisines like Continental, Chinese, North Indian and Asian fills you with joy as you start browsing through. A tippler can order his favorite tipple off their impressive bar menu to pair the meal. How about starting with, achari paneer tikka, crispy chilli beef, steamed mussels pot, Vietnamese rolls, lamb decker, pesto fish nuggets, chicken sausage & potato skewers, maas ke sule, dynamite shrimps, machi carom board, pulled pork tacos and smoked mozzarella & roasted bell pepper crostini. Follow that with the main course featuring, pork belly burger, kung pao vegetables with steamed rice, beef rendang, penne arrabbiata, herb roast chicken, fish raseeda, drunken bovine, green grocer burger, mushroom chettinadu, truffle roganjosh and lamb mussaman curry.

While you swirl your leftover martini with a cunning rotation of your wrist, turn the menu to it's last and final page of desserts. Here you will see luscious desserts like, saffron rice pudding, chocolate walnut brownie, oreo caramalised apple crumble with ice cream, milk chocolate & Nutella mousse and caramel pannacotta. While during the day BOATS – Based On A True Story is a relaxing sunlit space, the mood changes as the evening comes. To catch a glimpse of the sea from the pub visit in the day. Interiors of the pub are stylishly designed with dark intense color palette. On weekends this place gets really packed. Try to book through EazyDiner to earn great BOATS deals.

Boats FAQs

Q. What cuisines are served at Boats?

Ans. Main cuisine served at Boats is Finger Food.

Q. What are current deals at Boats?

Ans. Get super exciting deals of Boats on EazyDiner - A free shooter per person.Visit for more such deals.

Q. What is the cost for 2?

Ans. ₹ 2000 (approx.).

Q. Is this restaurant pure veg?

Ans. No, Boats serves both veg and non-veg dishes.

Q. Does the restaurant play live music?

Ans. No, Boats doesn't play live music.

Q. What are the restaurant timings?

Ans. For Today : 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM

Q. Does this restaurant serve buffet?

Ans. No, Boats does not serve buffet.

Q. Do they have a bar or they serve alcohol?

Ans. No, Boats does not serve alcohol.

Q. What are the best and must-try dishes at Boats?

Ans. People love Cheese Corn Balls, Non Veg Platter the most at Boats.

Q. Are kids allowed?

Ans. No, kids are not allowed at Boats.

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