Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India
Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India

Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bombayrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6192977777x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Buffet: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Ashley Popat
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Monsoon Group Catering

    Website: www.monsoonrestaurant.com/catering
    Phone: 1-800-MONSOON
  • Entertainment: Bellydancer belly dancer every friday and saturday night!
  • Special Events: http://www.bombayrestaurant.com/sapphire-room

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Washington Ave
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: $5 VALET PARKING

    The service is currently only available for Friday Night, Saturday Night and Sunday Brunch time.
A word from Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India
A fanciful curtain of monsoon rain, visible through floor-to-ceiling glass doors, is a friendly greeting as guests enter the spacious and elegant dining room at Bombay restaurant. Aromas of exotic spices promise a feast of flavors. The kitchen serves to satisfy expectations and the attentive wait staff ensures a delectable dining experience that you'll want to repeat over and over again. Flavorful, mysterious fruit drinks and cocktails along with a variety of wines complement the spices of magical India.
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Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (15)neighborhood gem (14)fit for foodies (12)special occasion (11)great for lunch (8)good for groups (7)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (3)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (2)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)great for brunch (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Not Good
    billVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I previously thought this was one of the best and most authentic Indian restaurants in San Diego. But the food was not good during my last visit.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food great service not so much
    adambritVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We sat on the patio (the only couple there) and were ignored. I went to the bar to order a bottle of wine. The server did not even notice. Water glasses empty many times . Lack of service all together. Unfortunate as I love the food here even thought $23 for a few pieces of chicken in the curry may not be worth the price! I will come back and hope for a better experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner with family
    BellydancinginSanDiego
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Looks fancy, the prices are not too bad. Make sure if you are a curry regular you do not let the waiter pick for you because its either too mild or too hot. I loved the belly dancer and the snake. The waterfall fountain and environment made the meal. Great place for reunion with family. My daughter who is 9 loved the belly dancer but it isnt for the churchly types.. This is for those who are worldly and open to culture. LOVE THIS PLACE best dinner of my San Diego Trip.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tired - WAY past its prime
    WillieQVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We hadn't been here in maybe 2 years. It was a little dated then, we figured, let's give them time to refurb and refresh. FAIL. Upset stomach within 12 hours. Not from spiciness. 3 advertised beers on tap. One was unavailable, one was substituted for Bud light and the 3rd - Kings Lager - is what I ordered. In case anyone over at Bombay was wondering, you put a beer in a tap to allow the aroma and the flavor to excel. I get a beer filled to the very brim with no head at all. Who taught that clown how to pour a beer. Food tasted OK, but see above, if it is leaving in a haste after a short stay, maybe you shouldn't have invited it to be your guest in the first place. Saag Paneer, Chicken Masala, Tandori Chicken, Naan bread. We don't be back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wait, wait, wait!
    breakfastlover
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Service was very poor. Waiter was almost non-existent. Food wasn't made like we ordered it. Also another couple that arrived after us was served before we were. Very disappointing experience. Will not be going back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Made my husband's birthday special
    lovedeverything
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We celebrated my husband's 63rd birthday at your place and while the service was not so hot- the food was fabulous and our waiter and the dancer came to our table and sang to my husband and that lovely lady took pictures with him. Made his day!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice...
    Babs4316VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We come here at least once a year to enjoy the feeling of sitting inside with the sense of being outside... the room is lovely, and with all the big doors open, the water falling, the crystal twinkling, it is so nice. Perhaps we ordered poorly this time, but our dinner was just okay... service was very good however, so nothing to complain about. Nice cold Kingfisher beer on tap, minty Naan to eat.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The food quality was below average, the quantity was very very less and the amount very high.. Will never come back nor ever recommend this to anyone
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • India in Hillcrest
    sunnyfoodie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Bombay is a wonderfully exotic atmosphere. From the servers to the decor to the delicious cuisine you are swept away to a foreign land that makes you feel like you have left the country. The water wall creates an amazingly relaxing ambiance and adds to the nearly spiritual experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't change a thing!
    Audreyrose
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    My hope is that this restaurant doesn't change anything. The servers are good, polite and friendly, food is delicious, great ambience and love the hat display! This was my 6th visit and I return every chance I get.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Wonderful food, amazing ambiance, and great service. If you like Indian food, this is the place to go.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bombay is a Great Night Out
    GlazedVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food is best Indian food in San Diego. The modern-day atmosphere and great belly dancer entertainment make for a great night out. Prepare to spend 30-40 per person
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch and a movie
    lynda
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    If you are going to the Landmark Theatre, Bombay is a great place for lunch before or after the movie. It is conveniently located across the streetand you can park in the theatre parking lot! The lunch buffet is a bargain and the sag is delicious. They even give you your choice of hot nan for the table. There are Bollywood dance movies of the monitors and an inside waterfall!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Monday Buffet
    Mikes
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    My wife and I went 630pm on a Monday. Not yet crowded and discovered a buffet til 9. Great service and food, especially the chicken tikka masala. Very reasonable price at $15. We will be back.. Note- Groupon does not apply to a buffet dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loli
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The food was delicious. The servings could be a little more and should come with the bread.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ok but not amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was good but took a long time. The buffet seemed more popular a choice. Staff was friendly. The wait for food was the worst part. Not a great place to go for parking either.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday Night Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The service was excellent an so was the food! Everyone there was very nice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant and delicous
    Snowbird
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The food was wonderful! My husband grew up in India so he can be a tough critic and he thought the food was very good. The decor was elegant, the indoor waterfall especially nice. The only complaint was no one refilled my water and I was totally out. Also they didn't ask if we wanted dessert (I have a love of sweet rice) They bought the bill and we had to ask for a dessert menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The waterfall!!
    ajh2
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The waterfall and decor are beautiful. The wait staff were very attentive without being annoying. The spinach with paneer was delicious. The tandoori chicken was very dry, but the seasoning was good. The music was a bit loud when we entered. We asked if it could be turned down a bit which they did with no attitude. That was greatly appreciated. Also, in most restaurants, you're ignored after the bill has been paid. Not here. The waiters kept coming around filling our glasses. We did not feel rushed. Overall, it was an enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bombay remains a fav
    SD4BrianVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We really love this neighborhood rest. and its always a treat to dine there. I've lost count of how many times we've eaten here but it really is good. Don't, however, be in a hurry as the service is often less than fast or on task to keep drinks filled. Nonetheless, you will be rewarded with a delicious meal
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the waterfall
    dpkraftVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    This is a really nice place with excellent service, the food is fresh and a great place to take that someone special for a different type food experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good
    foodfreak
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    everything was very good. I highly recommend the Monday night buffet. Nice selection. Very clean presentation. Food was very good. Could have had some spicier selections
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 305 reviews are from the Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India reviews archive.
  • Awesome Experience
    jcook2303
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    A small group of us, 6 people, went to Bombay the other night for dinner. Overall it was a great experience! Our server was extremely friendly and accommodating and the food was delicious. We got a few different plates, with her input and suggestions, to share among each other and it was just the right amount of food!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Second time to come in a week!
    jcpinwehoVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Second time to come here. Food was great along with service! Will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better lunch than dinner
    Hillcrestfoodie
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We came here for dinner for the first time. Lunch has always been a good experience for us. But at dinner the service was slow (it took nearly 20 mins to get our drinks!). The food was a bit overpriced and there was a belly-dancer/snake handler that was just weird. Won't be coming back at dinner time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food WIZARDS??
    FeedMeSeymour
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Before I ate at Bombay, I thought I had been enjoying delicious Indian food. It turns out I was enjoying LIES. How can anything even claim to be good Indian food when THIS exists?? I didn't see rainbows listed in any of the dishes, but I'm pretty sure every one of them is made entirely of flavor rainbows. I now have a problem. I am going open a separate savings account just so I can eat there more often. If you find yourself wondering if this review is sarcastic or exaggerated, then you CLEARLY haven't eaten at Bombay, and now I just feel sorry for you. :(
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unlikely to return
    NLandLL
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    This was the first time we had gone to this restaurant in its current location. We are unlikely to return. The food was very good, but the service was terrible from start to finish. No one approached us for a long time, then it took quite a while to get our soup and beverage, and at the end the waiter brought the bill but took a very long time to come back for our payment. It was frustrating since they seemed too short-handed, so there usually wasn't anyone else close by to ask for help. Our waiter did say "sorry" when he picked up the credit card (knowing it had been a long wait), but there really should be no excuse for such bad service. It appeared that other diners were experiencing similar situations.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great date night
    mell
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Something different, very tasty, and the exotic dancer was excellent.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    Gspringa
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Our experience was very good, food was great, and service good
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Groupons not welcome?
    ChickenGirl
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Everything was amazing save for our waiter Roni. After we got our food, he disappeared. We had to ask other staff for a box for leftovers and for the check because our waiter would walk by without looking at us. We will definitely come back but I don't think I would want him as my waiter again. The food was amazing though!! I recommend the Mango Chicken!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining at Bombay
    Eatitup
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Eating at Bombay is a pleasure. The service and food are great. Food is delivered to the table hot and each dish is has a unique flavor.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Microwave heated food is better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    After a > 45-minute wait for our food, the server brought out almost cold food. It was definitely not hot or fresh tasting. It tasted as if they had been trying to thaw it from the freezer all day instead of actually making a fresh curry dinner. The long wait for the food was definitely not worth it. I would never return and I almost wanted to recommend to people walking into the restaurant at the same time I was leaving that they choose somewhere else.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What's Up with the Belly Dancer
    BallplayersdVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I really like this place but don't understand the indifferent belly dancer and the ballywood program displaying on TVs above the bar in plain view of all the diners.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Absolute Gem!
    Bambido12
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    My friend and I found this restaurant through an online deal as we are not from the area. Everything was absolutely fabulous from the delicious food to the indoor waterfall! Our server was attentive and knew the menu well. I highly recommend this restaurant and will be coming back next time I am in the area!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing ambiance
    KatieA
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    beautiful restaurant. our server rony was informative and very nice but had a huge section and was pouring his own drinks as well. I'm a bartender and server in fine dining and I think that the limited interaction and delayed greeting detracted somewhat from the overall experience. but the food was amazing, the price overall was very reasonable and the ambiance of the room was awesome! A fantastic date night, I will return, thank you.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bombay cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Terrible service! Terrible server! It wasn't a pleasant time to go even on a Tuesday night.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall
    gastronomo
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    As always, the service, setting and food were excellent. Presentation, appearance, taste, texture were right on.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy food
    mamalovestoeat
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Had a delicious romantic dinner with my husband. Food was delicious. Would have totally given it 5 stars, but service was slow. We waited 15 minutes for our check with a baby sitter waiting, so that was a bummer. Overall, highly recommend. Great gluten free choices. Great vegetarian choices, too. Eggplant dish is a must!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great decor!
    Foodie
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Was expecting the food to be better than it was, after hearing rave reviews. The decor was very nice, love the waterfall. Might go back for a drink but definately not in a hurry to eat here again.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Indian Food I've ever tasted.
    abouttown
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    My husband and I can't wait to go back to Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India. Everything about the place; the ambiance, service, selection, the food, the food, the food. Next time we are going back at lunchtime so we can taste other delicacies. Truly outstanding food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.