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North Indian Restaurant and Indian Restaurant$$$$
SoMa, San Francisco
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    Joe S.
    "Lunch buffet 11:30 to 2:30 is amazing!"(17 Tips)
    Philiam K.
    "Butter chicken and lobster tandoori are a must!"(39 Tips)
    Sean G.
    "BEST Indian Buffet downtown, hands down"(5 Tips)
    Arjun S.
    "Yum.. saag paneer !! samosa and Masala chai were great as well."(8 Tips)
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  • Diana A.
    Diana ArzMarch 22, 2016
    Really lovely place. Beautiful decor, attentive service, very delicious food. They always have something different, like interesting salads or veg dishes. Come on weekend, try a bit of everything
    Upvoted Jan 29
  • SFGate
    SFGateDecember 3, 2014
    One of the Bay Area's most elegant restaurants for Indian cuisine. They serve up a plethora of of appetizing Indian dishes with a San Franciscan flare. Try the butter chicken and enjoy! Read more
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    The dishes feature lighter California touches and local producers - Monterey Bay calamari and pickled chiles in one dish, local crab in a wash of coconut, black pepper and curry leaves in another. Read more
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 21, 2017
    The lunch buffet is where it’s at. Come hungry—very hungry—because it’s a $20 all-you-can-eat deal ($27 weekends) with favorites like butter chicken and saag paneer. Read more
  • Abhishekheart icon on user image
    AbhishekNovember 5, 2018
    Not a big fan of Indian lunch buffets but this was one of the best buffets I have ever had. The variety was awesome, they even had Pani Puri with tamarind water! Delicious Indian food!
  • Sam B.heart icon on user image
    Sam BrownDecember 30, 2015
    Really good Indian food, be sure to mix up the menu a bit and order your favourite curry with your favourite meat or veg. Garlic naan, always garlic naan.
  • Cameron W.
    Cameron WDecember 21, 2014
    If you want to go to a nice restaurant and you feel like Indian food try Amber India. Pop into the bar area where you can order drinks and food without a reservation or much of a wait.
  • Srikanth K.heart icon on user image
    Srikanth KannanOctober 26, 2013
    Call them to reserve table space if you have a group. Lunch buffets are good and cost about $18 per head during the weekdays. Expect longer stand-in-queue time between 11:30 am to 12:30 pm on Fridays
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Specialties: Butter chicken; yogurt-marinated rack of lamb; duck tikka kebab; tandoori sea bass; coffee kulfi with chocolate sauce. Read more
  • Sumita B.
    Sumita BanerjeeApril 23, 2013
    A fantastic lunch buffet - clean restaurant, excellent selection of food (from duck to grilled fish and classic Indian dishes!) plus friendly service. A can't-miss spot on the next SFO visit!
  • Karen S.heart icon on user image
    Karen SegalOctober 24, 2017
    The Kumbh, Hara Pyaz Kofta was delicious and different from any Indian dish I've ever had. Ferry Market was also excellent, but more similar to Indian food I've had before
  • Nigel F.
    Nigel FenwickSeptember 27, 2012
    While the Butter chicken is very good don't miss out on really delightfully flavored dishes like the Lamb Qorma which is incredible. Couple your meal with an Indian beer like the 22oz Taj Mahal.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    This three-story resto offers menu selections from up and down the Indian subcontinent—not just northern India. Head to the buffet and try their dosa crepes and rasam soup, both from southern India. Read more
  • Annie 🌺 J.heart icon on user image
    Annie 🌺 JalotaJune 19, 2016
    The lunch buffet is tasty and comes with bottomless mimosas 🍹Definitely on the expensive side, but it's worth it to treat yourself every so often!
  • Poojaheart icon on user image
    PoojaFebruary 10, 2014
    Naan is soft and melts in the mouth. Butter chicken deserves the rave reviews. Rogan josh gravy had a balanced taste, not too spicy and not too meaty but the lamb pieces were a tad too big.
  • Sara H.
    Sara HolyoakSeptember 5, 2011
    Great Indian food! We didn't make a reservation, and they had no tables; but they recommended we ate at the bar - worked really well and we had a great evening. Definitely worth a try.
  • Norris T.
    Norris TranFebruary 24, 2012
    Some of the best naan bread I've had in awhile. Pricier but worthy because of the quality. decent happy hour vibe from 5-7. service is excellent. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Asma A.heart icon on user image
    Asma Al-MudaimighJuly 9, 2017
    One of the best indian restaurants I've been to! The service is ok but the food was very good
  • Yotam T.heart icon on user image
    Yotam TroimApril 3, 2015
    Surprisingly good. Sampled all vegetarian options and they were all great. The deserts were also delicious, especially the Halwa.
  • Sabina T.
    Sabina TajDecember 20, 2012
    The spinach chat and duck kabob were outstanding. Main dish suffered an identity crisis - indian or french or italian. Yummy, but paled in comparison to the primers.
  • Aaron W.heart icon on user image
    Aaron WheelerJuly 21, 2017
    Delicious buffet compared to all the rest out there. Great prepped meals too - especially the vegetarian options!
  • Omer G.heart icon on user image
    Omer GelbardMay 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Nalli Vindaloo - Tender lamb shank and very good curry sauce. The dish is big, and not as spicy as they claim it to be.
  • Meghan B.
    Meghan BurnsJuly 16, 2011
    Some of the best Indian food I've ever had....we had the Butter Chicken and one of the lamb dishes flavored with saffron and ginger. Delicious! Watermelon julep was great too!
  • Vicki K.heart icon on user image
    Vicki KolovouJune 23, 2022
    Interesting place to eat Indian food from a buffet. All you can eat at a fixed price. Seems to cater to local community.
  • Jenny N.
    Jenny NOctober 3, 2013
    $20 lunch buffet is a great deal! Excellent variety of curries and meat, included several desserts and naan at your table
  • Omer G.heart icon on user image
    Omer GelbardMay 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Butter Chicken - Excellent dish! Very good textures and spices combination. I wouldn't make it a signature dish though (as it is now), as it is not, by far, unique.
  • Daveheart icon on user image
    DaveMarch 30, 2020
    Everything is good, but the lentils are probably the best I’ve ever had
  • Abood A.heart icon on user image
    Abood AbussaudFebruary 9, 2015
    One of the best and most fancy Indian restaurants I've ever been to! Lamb biryani is great, also the chicken tikka mazala
  • Varun
    VarunFebruary 10, 2014
    The butter chicken here reminds me of the best north Indian restaurants I used to eat at while growing up in Mumbai. Superb!
  • Chris H.heart icon on user image
    Chris H.July 23, 2015
    I typically don't go for vegetarian dishes (let alone vegan) but the Cauliflower Bezule appetizer was amazing!
  • Bart S.
    Bart SMay 22, 2013
    Butter chicken can easily compete with the best currys on Brick Lane in London.
  • Mark W.heart icon on user image
    Mark WilkinsJanuary 9, 2014
    I usually ignore the deserts at Indian restaurants but the Kulfi really was homemade here and the madera pairing was perfect
  • Arjun S.
    Arjun SundararajanOctober 10, 2014
    Yum.. saag paneer !! samosa and Masala chai were great as well.
  • Jannae
    JannaeMay 31, 2013
    Simply incredible. Love when that happens unexpectedly. Had the saag paneer and the quinoa kofta. amazing!
  • Sumukh D.
    Sumukh DivakaraMarch 28, 2012
    Very good ambience and awesome food. A bit costly though but definitely worth it.
  • Max K.heart icon on user image
    Max KJuly 23, 2015
    The cauliflower appetizer with coconut milk is the most delicious cauliflower I've ever eaten.
  • Maxwell F.
    Maxwell FryMarch 25, 2015
    What a great work guys!!I didn't expected this kind of work from you, but you completely delivered what you promised and that too at good price.
  • James S.heart icon on user image
    James StinnettApril 6, 2018
    Been here 100+ times
    The service and food . Happy Hour is really good . Great Happy Hour food and drink prices .
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethNovember 8, 2012
    Very good option! Try Snap peas & king trumpet mushroom, spicy but delicious. Mango lassi Mmm!! another experience.
  • Omer G.heart icon on user image
    Omer GelbardMay 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Saag Paneer - nice consistency and very flavorful cheese and spinach. Yum
  • John C.
    John CrissupSeptember 28, 2011
    The chicken biryani was excellent! And the chili thyme naan was very spicy, which offset the mild flavor of the biryani perfectly.
  • Geetika G.heart icon on user image
    Geetika GuptaJune 14, 2017
    Upscale American Indian restaurant with delicious unbeatable flavors..overpriced bcoz of its location
  • Dom
    DomSeptember 27, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The lunch buffet is fantastic. Good options that rotate regularly. Excellent value
  • Aria R.heart icon on user image
    Aria RoyJuly 4, 2017
    This place is everything I have ever wanted out of North Indian food! The butter chicken is on another level.
  • Nick K.
    Nick KalraMarch 15, 2013
    Great ambiance. Good for big groups. Food is actually pretty good. Service is even better. Worth a try
  • Yvette U.heart icon on user image
    Yvette UhlmannAugust 5, 2014
    Lovely ambiance atmosphere and very modern. Thumbs up for vibe AND food!
  • Frank V.heart icon on user image
    Frank VPApril 6, 2015
    We asked for a mixture of plates to surprise us, and they did. Really nice food for a fair price.
  • Octavio P.heart icon on user image
    Octavio PittalugaDecember 15, 2013
    The food is delicious and the plates are big. I recommend share 3 plates for 4 persons.
  • Rodrigo D.
    Rodrigo DaviesOctober 17, 2013
    The butter chicken is very good. It's overall pretty overpriced (c$22 for an entree) but in keeping with the area
  • Caroline J.heart icon on user image
    Caroline JackApril 7, 2015
    Soup plus plush-fried spinach with tamarind yogurt and cranberries. Truly madly yummy food here!
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