Anchored near the Bandra-Worli Sealink, are two beautiful floating restaurants offering a refreshing dining experience along with a breathtaking view of the sea!
After seeking 108 permissions over a span of three years, AB Celestial became Mumbai’s first floating restaurant supported by Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) and Maharashtra Tourism. The boat has three levels, a 24-hour coffee shop on the first level and a banquet on the second. The third is a high end lounge bar with an open terrace and dining area. The boat can host 660 guests. AB Celestial serves continental cuisine and a meal for two persons could cost between Rs 3,000 and 5,000, including drinks.
Alongside the AB Celestial is another vibrant floating restaurant, the Ark Deck Bar. With a futuristic and inviting ambiance, it serves exquisite food and offers an extraordinary lounge vibe. Ark Deck Bar offers contemporary fusion cuisine with hints of European, Indian and modern Asian flavors to entice your taste buds. This floating restaurant has an open air bar deck, a sit-down restaurant, private dining areas and three suites. The Ark Deck Bar can seat 150 people but it is safer to make reservations before arriving. (Phone: 079755 82052) There is a cover charge of INR2000 per person (5 pm to 8 pm) & INR3000 (8 pm to 1 pm), and you can order food & drinks worth that amount.
Guests are ferried to the floating restaurants on speed boats from the jetty which is located right before the toll station. Dining at these floating restaurants make for a perfect date night. Inspite of being a port city, Mumbaikars have never had an opportunity to host special events or spend an evening out on the sea. The floating restaurants overlook Mumbai’s skyline and the incredible sea-link which looks spectacular at any hour of the day or night. Although the summer heat makes you think twice about visiting during the day, it surprisingly is quite breezy and pleasant. Once the sun sets and the ships light up, being here can be one of the best experiences Mumbai has to offer.
Currently, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry already run floating hotels and attract a good number of tourists. Cities like New York, Dubai, Hong Kong and Saigon in Vietnam, have floating restaurants too. The floating restaurants in Mumbai will be dry docked during the monsoons but are otherwise operational through the year.