Besant Nagar, Chennai

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Restaurant Information

2000 ₹ 2000 for two
 Finger Food Finger Food
Today, 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM


  • 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.

User Reviews of Boats, Besant Nagar, Chennai

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(4.0) Overall Rating (Based on 35 reviews)

Posted on : 05 Jun, 2019
Interesting, Good place to chill out

I was told that it is difficult to get a booking at this place. My friends pulled some strings and there we were for dinner. We went in for beverages and starters. Let me tell you, there is not much out there for vegetarians seeking traditional stuff. We ordered a motley of stuff, and just spent a good 2-3 hours chatting. The service is good, we were promptly seated, it was a working day, so no rush. The ordered food takes very little time. most stuff arrived within 10-15 minutes of ordering. Watch where you sit since the top floor seating also includes smoking area. you may want to choose wisely. Interiors are nicely done, the table we were seated on, nice wood, the seats gave the feel of catamaran finish. You can definitely try it out for the great locale..beach front.

Posted on : 29 May, 2019

Pathetic services. Pathetic manager. Very sad to see a place like this having good reviews on TA. Have some courtesy for people standing and waiting outside and be a little hospitable. People make a place not the food and drinks. Please teach your staffs professionalism. Damn! How rude you people are towards your guests.

Posted on : 29 Apr, 2019

Visited last weekend .small place....drinks and food both great. Great music.. we visited many times this place.after 5 months we visited again last weekend ...price they increased... For drinks and food.

Posted on : 09 Apr, 2019
Nice restobar

A nice resto bar to hang out with friends on a lazy afternoon.. This place has got a beautiful view of the beach while enjoying their sumptuous food.. Nice music too.. Will definitely visit them again

Posted on : 28 Mar, 2019
Messy @ Bessy

The boats is hop away at Bessy along side the v main road end and beach front. The rating pulled me to try them! Used my EazyDiner for booking. The beer was served chill. The CSK match was also a X factor to go there. The big screen is to experienced. Ambience is good. In case you hit with your gang, book in advance and go. The hype of booking made me crazy and it was only few heads at 19:30 and crowd swells as time goes. The starter was not GrT I would rate it average, only sound crispy and bit saggy May be in next lemme try my luck :-)

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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.

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