Batika India Bistro - Novato
Batika India Bistro - Novato

Batika India Bistro - Novato

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.batikaindia.com/
  • Phone: (415) 895-5757
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30AM - 2:30PM
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Anil Shahu
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Call restaurant for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Machin Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Batika India Bistro - Novato
Now in beautiful heart of downtown Novato, Marin County, Chef Anil Shahu is bringing resident and visitors the finest Indian cuisine, with an array of dishes prepared fresh daily. Enjoy the benefit of Chef Anil Shahu's 11 years of culinary experience and let his passion delight your every bite. At Batika India Bistro we are committed to using the freshest and most colorful foods to create a unique cuisine. We are fortunate to have access to some of the finest local grown produce as well as the incredible cooking talent to put it all together. Our menu changes several times a year with varying seasonal touches.
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Batika India Bistro - Novato reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (9)fit for foodies (9)great for outdoor dining (6)romantic (5)good for groups (5)special occasion (4)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Great food!
    TasmanVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Truly a great indian restaurant. I was a bit concerned when I saw the cooks were not indian but they truly know what they are doing! Awesome food, I ordered the Tandori Chicken and asked for Tikka Masala sauce on the side, so yummy, we also got the palak paneer, usually at other restaurants it is so overwhelmed by onions that it isn't any good, not here, it was perfect! My only reason for not giving it 5 stars was because I was disappointed in the Nan and Roti, such small pieces of bread made it hard to wrap all the good food up together! Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Neighborhood Find!
    CaroleVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Loved this sweet restaurant -- lovely service & the food was excellent. I'm picky about Indian food & usually disappointed -- I highly recommend Batika!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Good
    t6362bVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food and service is consistently good. The Indian ice cream desert is now my favorite soo yummy do not forget to try this one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Indianfav14
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We have eaten here before and it is our favorite Indian food in the area. The wait staff are friendly, polite, and eager to serve.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Staff were welcoming to three children in our party, and understanding when I called to inform them that we were going to be fifteen minutes late.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love the food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Staff are excellent The food is tasty What else do you want?
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real jewel
    Ladyirish317
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I love this restaurant! The service is friendly and attentive without being overwhelming, and the food is stunning. My friend and I totally cleaned our plates. I can't recommend it highly enough. Well worth seeking out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great quality
    EspanolaVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We really enjoyed our dinner at Batika. We order chicken curry, lamb vindaloo, coconut lemon shrimp with saffron rice and coconut rice, etc. Overall every dish was very tasty and cook well. But I must say the best out of the main three dishes was the coconut lemon shrimp it was made to perfection and the sauce was incredible. Every single person in our table was very pleased. Great quantity, quality for your money.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 6 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 57 reviews are from the Batika India Bistro - Novato reviews archive.
  • Excellent
    Guns4Hire
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    One of the best Indian restaurants we have ever experienced. Would recommend this place to anyone. We dined outside. Whole experience was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Indian delight.
    NonicknameVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Consistently delicious, this is our go-to restaurant for wonderful Indian food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!!
    t6362bVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Food and service was excellent . We been here a few times always consistent standard of excellence.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This was a graduation dinner for our daughter. The food was great and the waiter was very helpful in helping me select dishes that provided a nice variety of food and adequate portions for everyone in our party and the rest of the service was wonderful.... Thanks guys it was great!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not unanimously great
    Michael
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We went for a family dinner outing, and the experience was very good overall. The only thing we split on was whether or not food was markedly better tasting than Lotus in San Rafael. I thought so, but the rest of the family didn't agree.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful'n
    Tony44VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    As always, we had another wonderful dinner. We always look forward to coming in. On Friday evening we sat next to a nice couple who was new to the area. They were so thrilled that they had found such a wonderful Indian restaurant. The food and service is always fantastic.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food outside Delhi
    MissJuneVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Gosh, I love this place. Every single bite is so delicious. I should eat here once a week. I have been to India and truly love it. This saves that very long drive and flight. Take my word for it, this place is the best.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We frequent Batika at least twice a month and we are NEVER disappointed! The food is always delicious and fresh and the service is friendly and prompt. The decor on the inside is ecclectic and fun but there is also an outdoor patio for 'al fresco' dining. Best Indian restaurant in Marin!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As good as any SF Indian Restaurant
    SFJoeVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We love the fact we have a terrific indian restaurant in Novato that is as good as any in San Francisco. We visit there on a regular basis and always leave pleased with our choices and the quality of food. They offer a lunch buffet which is pretty decent as well for $8.95. Give it a shot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely, Little Gem of a Restaurant
    eatingout46
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    My husband and I have brought friends with to dine at Batika Indian Bistro several times, as well as having eaten there on our own on several occasions. The variety of delectable and savory dishes available on Batika's menu are a delight to the palate. We have sampled a variety of lamb, chicken and sea food dishes as well as some of Batika's curries. We have never been disappointed with our choices. The food is absolutely delicious and the service is warm, friendly, very polite. The aromas emanating from Batika's kitchen as you enter the restaurant are heavenly. They are an olfactory indicator of the wonderful food that you will experience at this restaurant. We eagerly anticipate our next visit to Batika Indian Bistro !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional tandoori chicken yet
    Elle
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    ..that was nicely marinated, moist and not overdone that one typically finds in most Indian restaurants! Achari eggplant was very good, spices were flavorful without being overwhelming. The Kashmiri Rogan Josh (lamb) would have been really good as well except the lamb cubes were not tender and seemed overcooked. The vegetable pulao was good; appreciated the vegetables not being overcooked. My preference is having the vegetables cut slightly smaller so overall dish texture be more balanced. The garlic naan was perfect! Great different pickled condiments along with their mango chutney were really good condiments that fit everything! Looking forward to sampling more on menu as they have very enticing options!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm, cozy and inviting
    Tgodski
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Four of us enjoyed great service and food. One of our party has a severe sesame allergy and the server was very attentive, making sure the hit hen was aware. I love the French brasserie-esque atmosphere. Everyone was delighted with their food choices, salmon, lamb and veggies.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HAD A GREAT TIME, FOOD WAS
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    HAD A GREAT TIME, FOOD WAS FRESH AND GREAT, BUT LOTS OF SMOKE THROUGHOUT RESTAURANT WHEN THE TOOMARI PLATES OF SIZZILING FOOD WOULD BE BROUGHT OUT TO TABLES, POOR VENTILATION.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Tony44VIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    We hate to admit it but we drove by this restaurant for years wanting to try it but hadn't. We began eating there about a month ago and love it. The food is fresh, delicious, and consistant. The staff has been very helpful as we have needed some direction while ordering. We will continue to go. It's now one of our local favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    We'd only experienced the lunch buffet which is decent food for a reasonable buffet price. When we scheduled a party for the evening, I was pleased to be able to do so online. Food was decent as usual, but the price was surprisingly high. I don't think I'll be scheduling dinner events here again. Still, nice staff and location.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Orient Express
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Eating at Batika is like a trip on the Orient Express! Very authentic in terms of menu, food and waiters. Love this place so much, it's the best Indian food I've ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • A real Novato Gem!!!
    cavagirlVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Great meal, service, all-around pleasant experience!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gtreat Indian Food
    laynie
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    Wonderfully presented, adequate portions, affordable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wow. What a find.
    BMACVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    I ate here because it was conveniently located and the reviews were good. I was not prepared for how outstanding it was. This is the best Indian food I have had in the Bay Area. So often it is too heavy, to greasy or overpoweringly seasoned without subtlety. I found the food to be fresh, authentic and prepared with attention to detail. The waitstaff were attentive and gracious. Small but OK wine list. Kind of a romantic little restaurant with an outdoor seating area that would be nice for lunch. I look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great New Find!
    novatodiner
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    I've passed by Batika countless times but never had the opportunity to go in. I am so glad I went the other night with two other companions. We shared many dishes and every single one was delicious! My only complaints are that the tables are a little close to each other, and the noise level is fairly high. I'd really like a slightly quieter dining experience, but it was otherwise top-notch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful find
    t6362bVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Food and service were great. Second time visiting cant wait till we come again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie has a new favorite
    BonsterVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Love this place. Love the food. Love the owner. We practically licked our plates clean! Will be back many times!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A true taste of India
    MissJuneVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    This little restaurant is delightful with a wait staff that attends to your every need. Food is great and the service is not pushy. Whatever your pace this is just the place to relax and enjoy your evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Indian restaurant in Marin
    Miloulababbus
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Fantastic food, great value and friendly service. I'm from the UK where they have the best Indian restaurants. This is the only place I've found where the food quality compares. I was happy to see it so busy, and it is definitely worth the drive to Novato.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A real find. Food quality,
    AppreciateFineFoodVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    A real find. Food quality, taste and presentation are all excellent. Service staff is professional, attentive and friendly. Anyone who likes good Himalayan/Indian fare will want to frequent this Marin County gem. If you haven't wandered the charming streets of Novato, don't miss the chance for an after dinner stroll.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner with Friends
    lvalleygirl
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    Our favorite Indian restaurant in Marin. Had a lovely time with friends. Lots of great flavors. Everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Full of Flavor
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    The food here never misses a beat. Service is impeccable. All the dishes are full of flavor, and the staff will help you balance out your choices so you get a good sampling of dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Immediately after we entered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    Immediately after we entered the restaurant, we were shown to the table I had requested. However, as the Novato night was absolutely stunning, we chose to sit outside in a nicely laid out patio. Service was impeccable, our server was happy to answer any questions we had, water and before dinner gnosh arrived within moments after we were seated. Our meal was delicious, the wine choices limited but a good selection. Batika India Bistro is on my list of returns in Novato.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Indian food...in Novato!
    GourmecVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2013
    Three of us recently had dinner at Batika India in Novato...what a surprise! One of the three is a real foodie when it comes to Indian food and ranked this restaurant's dishes as right up there with Vij's in Vancouver, B.C. The palak paneer was the best we have had. One of our party then had the Thale vegetarian plate...every dish was excellent and enough food we brought some home for our son's dinner the next night. Two of us had the Chicken Tikka Masaala--delicious! We definitely will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was freshly made and
    Mave
    Dined on 5/20/2013
    Food was freshly made and delicious. Best ingredients used. Friendly, professional staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • India Calling
    MissJuneVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    This really is one of my most favorite places to get away too. Food, service and energy are all so good. It's wonderful love the food of this lovely country. Go out and treat yourself to something delicious. Saturday nights get busy so worth a booking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Namaste
    MissJuneVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    It took me awhile to find this place and I'm so happy I gave it a try. Welcoming with outstanding food. If you hunger for authentic Indian food this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet