Gaylord India Restaurant - SF
Gaylord India Restaurant - SF
  • Address:
    One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Neighborhood:
    Financial District / Embarcadero
  • Cuisine:
    Indian
    Price: $30 and under

Gaylord India Restaurant - SF

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.gaylords1.com/
  • Phone: 4153977775
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian, Contemporary Indian
  • Executive Chef: R GIRI
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout
  • Catering: Cooperate Events, Weddings, Graduations, Birthday Parties
  • Private Party Facilities: Room Rentals. Restaurant Buy out.
  • Private Party Contact: Bart and Muni 4153977775
  • Entertainment: Soft sitar music .

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sacramento/ Battery
  • Public Transit: Bart and Muni
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated Parking in Embarcadero center.
A word from Gaylord India Restaurant - SF
Gaylord India Restaurant, Internationally acclaimed since their inception in New Delhi. London. Hong-Kong and Chicago arrived in Bay Area in 1976 bringing the best in traditional Indian dining. Each dish is meticulously prepared using only finest ingredients. Their sumptuous food and excellent service always bring back San Francisco natives and visitors alike with new friends in town. Whether you are hosting an Event or private party, Gaylord India Restaurant will serve you a memorable feast. Located in prestigious Embarcadero Center within a Walking distance from major Hotels and Ferry Building. A Bit of India in the Bay. Enjoy Happy Hour Monday -Friday 5-7 PM
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Gaylord India Restaurant - SF reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelQuiet
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (7)fit for foodies (5)good for groups (5)special occasion (5)romantic (2)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)neighborhood gem (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Indian Food in a Tony Part of SF
    desiboy
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    $17 for lunch buffet is on the pricier side, but the Gaylord is in Embarcadero center - downtown SF, so it sounds reasonable. We had a good meal - all of the vegetarian dishes were well made (but a bit on the bland side to cater to the mostly non-Indian clientele). Again understandable. They will validate parking if you park in Embarcadero center (not if you park in Golden Gateway Garage which is next door).
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for work
    scottsh115
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a work outing. The place was great. They could seat all 13 of us easily. We had the buffet so people could easily choose what they wanted. Our service staff kept us supplied with drinks. Even though we had a large party, the server did not automatically add the tip to the bill.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb & beautiful restaurant
    RobertRBryan
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This is an excellent restaurant. It was the first time I had been to Gaylord Indian Restaurant in years. What a nice & beautiful place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Indian Hospitality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We had a great evening with excellent food, highly personal service!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So disappointed
    Longtimer
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I have been a Patron since 1983. I do admit it was only the third time I have been to the one embarcadero location. We have been to the Ghiradelli Sq location a least 25 times including holding my husbands bachelor party there in 1987.the food was still great but was not as good as many I have experienced in the interve I g years. There is no ambience at this place. It is dirty and needs a makeover. I was very embarrassed that I brought people here and it was so filthy. At least the food and service were good. They were very nice but your business is suffering because of where you are located.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lacked variety, but decent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The buffet lunch options were minimal. I'm much more used to a wider variety of options (from the South Bay Area) and was very surprised to see how few options there were. Price was a bit high for what was offered.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 83 reviews are from the Gaylord India Restaurant - SF reviews archive.
  • Old hat...
    hohum
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    I have been going to Gaylord's since the seventies. live out of town now so not frequent in recent years. emailed a week in advance to be sure I would get what I wanted. went out of my way to get there. paid downtown parking fees. Food was good but nothing special--not like 20 years ago. and not worth the price. I paid more than twice as much for what I can get locally for under $30.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not good
    JaclynVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Probably some of the most over priced and completely flavorless indian buffet I've ever had.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, Nice people, wrong bill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Enjoyed the ambiance, food and service (kinda - the asian girl seems kinda distracted and "clueless"). However, on leaf ing the restaurant I discovered that I was charged incorrectly for my first drink - whig caws during happy hour and my second drink, which was not. So, I do recommend this restaurant, BUT MAKE SURE you double check your bill before you pay, as they clearly do not pay attention to this.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food and staff
    KevinVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    It has been around for awhile and had never gone. Will go again... Great food
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Birthday to Remember!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Our daughter chose Gaylord's for her 25th birthday celebration. We drove in from out of town to take her and other family members to dinner. The owners were amazing...especially Sharma, who helped us get a gluten free cake from a nearby bakery where we ordered it to surprise our daughter. A lively rendition of Happy Birthday by restaurant staff topped off the evening! We have loved Gaylord's for many years, and this was the best of the best! Very friendly, warm and loving people serving amazing Indian food. You can't go wrong here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent business dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Went with a small group of colleagues for a business dinner. It was very quiet - which is just as hoped. The service was outstanding - very attentive without being intrusive. Sure beat the service that we had the night before at a trendy SF hotspot. Food was very good. Nothing to "ohh and ahh" over, but very good Indian food, outstanding garlic naan. I would definitely go again for the food. Family run, it appears. They really take care of you. Good wine list. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service worse than food.
    BAHTVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We had not been to Gaylord in several years. It was one of the first upscale Indian restaurants in SF. Since then, there have been several very good (Dosa) Indian restaurants opening. The service was extremely poor. The owner/manager? looked like he just got up from watching TV (cardigan sweater & slacks. The other (very young) waitstaff were in uniforms. The service was poor. Long wait to be greeted by waiter. Cocktails were finally (20 minutes) ordered and arrived not prepared as ordered ( on rocks vs. up). Then another waitperson approached asking if we would like cocktails. Clearly no clear definition of table assignments. The bottle of wine arrived, only to sit on the table for 10 minutes before being opened. On and on...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Back Again!
    aldoVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Haven't been to Gaylord India since it was at Ghirardelli Square! The food is still as delicious as we remembered. They took a last minute reservation. We were seated right away but had to wait for service to begin and later found out that due to a death in the family of one of the waitstaff, they were short handed. Once things got under way service was good and food came quickly. All in all it was a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    steph
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    I was lured in by the aromas, but the food did not measure up. Could they be pumping out the steam from someone else's kitchen? Entrees were passable. Pakora appetizer was utterly devoid of flavor. Servers were pleasant, but disorganized . The space is nice enough, pretty traditional. We were seated near a group of about ten people, where one pathetic man dominated their whole conversation with talk of his tech job. Won't be going back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid Indian Food
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    All the favorite dishes. Deliciously prepared. Friendly service by the owner. Conveniently located next to the movie theater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finally great Indian food again!
    BoricuaInSFVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Love Indian food but can't eat it everywhere because of acid reflux. Unless fresh and authentic ingredients are used to prepare my meal, I will have a night to not remember. Went this Friday night for the first time to this location. Knew their previous location on Palo Alto and wasn't disappointed at all: great food, nice place and the best of all no acid reflux for my picky stomach. Even made for me my favorite Indian dish that wasn't in the menu! Will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The food was good, but I'm not very satisfied with the service. we had a reservation at 9:30 but they didn't ready for this time. So we get a table at 10:00.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food. Needs a facelift
    DineDontEat
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Loved our dinner for a group of 10 (special occasion). I just wish the owners would take a moment, walk the restaurant and simply ask: When did be last paint? When we we repair broken seats? When was the last time we invested in our investment. As much as we loved the food, I'm still looking for a really good Indian restaurant that hits 4-5 on all ratings..
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty good
    loverestaurantsVIP
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    The food is quite good, but it wasn't quite hot enough. In fact, the whole restaurant was rather cold. There are a lot of windows and a skylight, and they really need a better heating system, or some additional space heaters. But the management is friendly, and basically it's a very nice place. You really couldn't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love Gaylord
    Pink
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    . We chose buffet style an food selection was great. It wasn't busy at all so I was a bit surprise that after our first round, the plates were not collected. Water was not filled either. Luckily I was with really good company, otherwise, the water thing would of bugged me because my tolerance to heat is low. Yes, I would go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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  • As far as I am concerned,
    Graifox
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    As far as I am concerned, Gaylord's has some of the best Indian cuisine in San Francisco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Indian Food
    Karen
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Gaylord's is a long-time favorite that I haven't visited since I left San Francisco 15 years ago. As usual, the food is excellent, and my cousin thoroughly enjoyed her first taste of India. We both love spicy food and were not disappointed, although people who don't like it hot have plenty of milder choices. Indian breads are fabulous and Gaylord's has them all. The restaurant has lovely paintings on the walls.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good But Slow Service
    AGreatFindVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2013
    The food at Gaylord was very good; however, the service was very slow. We went in on a Monday night which is not very busy and mostly got ignored and kept having to flag down wait staff to get anything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Indian Food in San Francisco
    Crista
    Dined on 6/18/2013
    Looking for indian food, a friend gave me the name of the restaurant. And what a good idea was! Excelent food! But don't believe ever, when an indian says it is not hot or spicy!! I'll repeat it every time I could!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Early Dinner in the Embarcader
    LRinMarinVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2013
    I met a friend after work for dinner and we enjoyed eating at Gaylord India. The hostess was very pleasant when I arrived first. and the waiters were very attentive. I don't know how authentic it is since I am not a regular at Indian restaurants, but the food was very good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed all assistance given
    almostsingleVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    Enjoyed all assistance given to us. My Tibetan friend found the food tender and to her liking, as she did all the ordering.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was very well prepared
    Sita
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    The food was very well prepared and with the right amount of spices. Even the portions were of the right size. Overall we had a nice dinner and would like to recommend this place for a quite business dinner or a special family occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Team lunch @Gaylord-SF
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/25/2013
    Good food, good service and ambience.. I felt like the choices/varieties in lunch buffet are very minimal when compared to the price paid...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    katiluna
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    I enjoyed dinner with a friend on a Friday evening at Gaylords. She also works in the financial district, making it a short walk from our respective offices. The dining room is nice. It's tucked away from the bar and luncheon area. It is small - just 8 tables I think -- but has a window and door that let light in. The staff was wonderfully warm, welcoming, and attentive without being intrusive. We had chicken tika masala, aloo gobi, a savory spiced rice, plain naan, and Kingfisher beers. We finished off the dinner with relaxed conversation over chai teas. The food was delicious, beautifully colorful and I will go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food, poor service this time
    MasterFool
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    The food at Gaylord was quite good. We had the Karahi Gosht, the Rogan Josh, and the Chicken Vindaloo. Everything tasted quite wonderful. The only issue was the service, which was very poor to start, and never better than Fair. Our server took almost 15 minutes to greet us, then didn't come back and take our order for another 20 minutes. We attempted to get her attention numerous times, to no avail. After some of our food was delivered, we asked her to check on the other items, and she responded with a very rude "Yes, Yes, It's Coming!" What is worse is that this service was not limited to just our table. A couple who came in after us had the same issue. One bout of poor service won't keep me from coming back, but it's troublesome
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service was off from the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    The service was off from the moment we first walked in. No one really greeted us. A waiter sort of waved at us to follow him to a table at the very farthest backest part of the restaurant. It was at least 10 minutes before anyone came to the table and that was just the water person. It took another 5 minutes (and my waving) to get a waiter (our first of four), who, after finding out we didn't want to go through the buffet, dropped menus and left. Several more minutes until another different waiter came by to ask if we wanted something to drink. Several more minutes until our third waiter asked if we wanted to go through the buffet. He agreed to take our order off the menu. So, we're at least 20 minutes in before we ever ordered.
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  • The food was very good, and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    The food was very good, and the person who looks after them (Sushil Sharma). But not all waiter/waitress are upto standard.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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  • The food was OK but the ambiance
    LinAdlin
    Dined on 2/5/2013
    The food was OK but the ambiance have dropped quite a bit from the late eighties when it was at the Ghiradelli Square.
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  • Slightly pricey relative to
    Omnivore
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    Slightly pricey relative to quality (good food but not particularly special in respect of presentation or flavor). Excellent service. Location is convenient to Embarcadero Cinema.
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  • Very good Indian food restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/30/2013
    Very good Indian food restaurant in the City, located almost immediately beside the movie theater in the Embarcadero in the City. Quiet, good food and service. Ambiance is average, older style restaurant. Average value for food.
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  • If going to the Embarcadero
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/6/2013
    If going to the Embarcadero Theater to see a movie, there is no better place than Gaylord's to have a quiet, civilized meal in advance. It will always be our go-to place in such situations; nothing else for blocks around can compare with the flavorful offerings, the reasonable cost or the convenience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very friendly, food was very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    Very friendly, food was very good!! Nice dining experience!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I miss the old Gaylord's location,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    I miss the old Gaylord's location, in Ghirardelli Square, looking out over the Bay -- but that's partly because, being from Wisconsin, that was a special treat. The food is as great as ever. I wasn't sure how to categorize the special features as we ate there last evening and all four loved our meals, but don't have a broad range of experiences at Gaylord's to allow us to rate it. (So, for example, I didn't really look at the wine list, so can't comment on it.) The service last evening was stellar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • The food is "OMG" (oh! my god).
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2012
    There are so many Indian restaurants in San Francisco. This is the only one I would go as the recipies are authentic close to eating at home in India and my mother's cooking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet