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
73 reviews since March 30 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (32)special occasion (27)neighborhood gem (23)fit for foodies (23)good for groups (22)great for lunch (17)great for brunch (5)scenic view (5)hot spot (5)great for outdoor dining (4)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (4)Show More
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    Ballplayersd
    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.
  • Best Indian in Hillcrest
    SD4BrianVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Bombay has been our favorite for nearly two years and the food is always delicious and quality. The Sat. buffet is stocked full of their popular dishes and are quite a bargain for just less than $10.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service & cold food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    When they get busy, they serve terribly. Our three main dishes were terribly cold. Our table waiter did never come back when needed, at least a few times. (I even did not have a main dish fork, and it was hard for us to call anyone for my fork to start eating). They may have been busy, but if they cannot handle a crowd, they should not operate as a restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Way overpriced!! The food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Way overpriced!! The food was good, but nothing special. But each dish was at least double the price of the same items at other Indian restaurants.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMAZING EXPERIENCE!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    My husband took me here for my birthday. What a BEAUTIFUL restaurant! The hostess was very pleasant and made us feel special. They brought me out a birthday dessert too! The staff was so attentive to us too. We never had to ask for anything, they came over almost immediately when our glasses were empty to refill them. EXCELLENT customer service! It was a very quiet and romantic atmosphere. The food was amazing! The flavors and spices were so delicious! Will DEFINITELY be returning! A+++
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, OK service
    cleodenile
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Tasty food. Not too expensive. Gorgeous decor. However, they probably need to hire more people since the waiter took a very long time to get our orders and he didn't seem to come around much. They were still very nice nonetheless. I recommend you go lunch to try the buffet if you wouldn't know where to start.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since March 30 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 282 reviews are from the Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India reviews archive.
  • Tisdale served as house wine...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Terrible experience! Fish was overlooked and very chewy, quality of vegetables was very poor. $26 house wine bottle was Tisdale. We had to ask for a server to take our order and when she came over she did not seem confident in helping us. I found the prices to be very high, especially since the meals were so bad. The only item that was really good was a $4 piece of naan.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing experience
    Lican
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Didn't know what to expect, it was our first time eating Indian food, we found the place by groupon. The service was extremely helpful and friendly, the food was exquisite and we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Fabulous food. Excellent service. Hostess and servers were all friendly, efficient, personable. It made for a wonderful dining experience. Would definitely recommend and return again. Thank you for a great night out
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very beautiful setting and
    BklynJoe718
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Very beautiful setting and great professional staff. I was on a strict diet when my wife and I went and the waiter had no problem explaining the menu and alternate food options that accommodate my diet. Everyone there was friendly, the place looks great, the music and vibe was on point. A+ and would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it used to be
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Service was poor; we literally had to run after our waiter to ask about our drink order after having waited for 30 minutes. Had to again seek out waiter to get our bill. The food is usually very good but this time it was extremely salty. Bombay India, what has happened to you?
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate