Little India Restaurant - Downtown
Little India Restaurant - Downtown

Little India Restaurant - Downtown

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.littleindiadenver.com/
  • Phone: 3036295777
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: 2:30pm - 10:00pm, 7 Days a week
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Thursday Night: Live Jazz, Friday Night: Live Sitar Music

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 15th & Champa
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Little India Restaurant - Downtown
Voted Denver's Best Indian Restaurant fourteen years straight, Little India Restaurant offers a unique experience in authentic Indian cuisine in a comfortable and friendly environment. Located in downtown Denver, half a block from the 16th Street Mall, and two blocks from the Colorado Convention Center and Denver Performing Arts Complex. This charming and colloquial establishment sits in an unobtrusive lot, quietly waiting to surprise guests with a bold mix of exotic flavors. The simple exterior gives way to a pleasantly adorned interior setting that feels warm and intimate, replete with tasteful selections of Indian artwork.

The lunch buffet is an all-you-can-eat experience, featuring appetizers, curries, masalas, vindaloos, specialty dishes and more all for the incredibly modest price of $8.99. In general, the Little India Restaurant is a very moderately priced destination, allowing guests to indulge in the sensational tastes of India without breaking their banks.
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Little India Restaurant - Downtown reviews from OpenTable diners
15 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (5)great for lunch (4)neighborhood gem (3)special occasion (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)romantic (1)hot spot (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Bad Food and service
    George
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    My friend ordered an eggplant dish. Tasted like it had vinegar in it. We sent it back. His replacement was a paneer dish. It, too tasted like the cheese was soaked in vinegar. He couldn't eat it. My friend was Indian and the waiter tried to convince us there was nothing wrong with the food. I tasted both dishes and I would not eat them either. He did not eat either dish but was charged anyway. Having said all that, my chicken korma was excellent. Our waiter disappeared often for long periods of time and the place was almost empty save for a birthday party of beautiful girls. I had finished my dinner before he came back to see how things were going. By the time we replaced the two bad dishes we were there an extra hour.
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  • Oh my!!!!What a Delish Surprise!!
    Yummers
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Great India Food. Just a low key Chicken Curry was ever so good. The bread was perfect. If it weren't the last day in a Denver I'd be back in a week. Chai tea. Dessert. Chicken soup. Allllll were excellent. We walked from the hotel. It was recommended by a friend in Denver. So good! You could miss this if you weren't looking. Yum!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food-Average service
    Denver80203
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Walked into an almost empty restaurant and stood waiting while staff watched football on TV Seated in a corner by the bar under the tv showing football Staff was too busy watching preseason football to be bothered, but food was outstanding as usual
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    mlmdjd
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    After being seated, I was a bit concerned as the floor was in need of sweeping, the table next to us was set for diners but looked as if it had not been thoroughly wiped down and the chair with an adjoining table had sticky-looking spots on it. Concerns were swept away, though, when we received our food. Both appetizers and main courses were promptly served, very hot and very delicious. We would come back but I do wish the owners would pay a bit more attention to the appearance of the dining room.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flavorful Indian Food
    Medius
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    This was our first time to Little India. Food was well prepared and full of flavor. Waiter was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. The atmosphere was warm, inviting, and very quiet as it highlighted the culture of the restaurant and its menu. We enjoyed the recommended appetizer, deep fried avocado with a spicy shrimp sauce. The curry chicken was very traditional with just the right amount of spice. Tandoori chicken was a special treat, moist and full of flavor. Prices are reasonable and the portions are generous. We will be back for more!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • consistently yummy
    rmgirl
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I've been to three Little India restaurants in the Denver metro area and while they all have unique decor and ambiance, the food is consistently fantastic. I would rate this location as the lowest I've visited for service and ambiance, but the food was just as good as all other Little India's I've dined at.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • Wonderful and authentic
    Ignatius
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Little India is a great place to go for saag and vindaloo and other types of Indian food. The special appetizer when we dined there recently-- fried avocado -- was a unique experience. The food was spicy hot but we like it that way. I'm sure there are milder alternatives for wimps.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • doughy naan
    Querkle
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My order of naan was crisp on the outside and doughy and uncooked on the inside. I would appreciate your attention, because wheat free and dairy free food is what my wife can eat. We would like to come back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 153 reviews are from the Little India Restaurant - Downtown reviews archive.
  • Good Vegan Selection
    Vegangirl
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My husband and I are Vegans and there were several Vegan choices.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hype does not match taste
    CholiM1VIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    I read that this restaurant gets great reviews for its lunch. I went on a recent business trip and was underwhelmed. I thought that the buffet table needed work--several dishes were empty, it appeared sloppy, and was not visually alluring. The restaurant itself also appears a bit worn. This place might be a good choice for someone on a very low budget who wants inexpensive food. It is decent tasting, although I have had much better.
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  • Little India: good place for lunch
    IndianFoodFan
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The buffet was just right; an enjoyable experience. :-)
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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  • Night out to remember
    littletonfoodluver
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Celebrating 32 years of marriage at Little India was a treat we'll never forget. Fabulous food, friendly waiter, and our waiter had a fun sense of humor. Truly a night to remember!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant - bad street view
    Skeeter
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed our dinner. We have been to the other Little India locations, but this was our first time at the Champa Street location. Very convenient to the DCPA which is why we chose it. The food and service was excellent. My only caution to diners is not the restaurant's fault, but rather the activity on Champa Street. As long as you don't sit by the window, you can count on a nice experience. Champa Street is still "developing" and it leaves much to be desired. There must be no public restrooms in the area (hopefully you catch my meaning, here).
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really disappointed
    Tony
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    The food was mucky at best - it was not hot when it arrived and it took a long time - the restaurant was half empty so not sure what was going on. Not going there again that's for sure!
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  • Excellent as always!
    MttRlly
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We have really come to enjoy this downtown location for all aspects of an evening out. Polite and attentive service, nice ambience, and excellent food consistently combine to foster a positive experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome, Authentic Indian Food
    Sazi
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food here is incredible and authentic. Their menu offered a nice variety- great for people who know their Indian food or if you're new to the food. The only problem is that I ate too much so leftovers weren't an option. :) Their drinks were generous and offered a great variety. Loved the live sitar music.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great atmosphere
    Ignatius
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Lamb saag and shrimp vindaloo were outstanding. Service was attentive. Sitar player on the floor was a nice touch. Enjoyed a wonderful Valentine's Day dinner. A nice Indian experience, reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went on Valentine's Day.......
    spomaha
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Sauces/condiments were very good although I preferred mint chutney at other restaurants that I've eaten at much more. Tamarind Chutney was very good. They offered a really good deal on a 3 course dinner for two which we decided not to order which included a bottle of wine which we wouldn't have drank. I am surprised that the main dinner items don't come with a soup choice. It was not a big deal, I guess I'm just used to it at other places. Main dish was very good, Shrimp Vindaloo and Chicken Tikka were outstanding. I didn't really like being seated right next to another couple. Impossible to not overhear their conversation. Excellent service. Arrived early, seated right away. I will look forward to eating here again when in Denver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Little Restaurant
    Stue
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Little India has great food and a good atmosphere. It's delicious and I would recommend it for anyone looking to try something new or if you like spice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food at reasonable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Excellent food at reasonable prices. Two blocks from performing arts center.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not that great...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    They didn't have a table for us as requested. Our neighbors were loud. The service was very slow. Overall not as good as I hoped but if you have time to kill and I mean plenty of it go here. If not don't bother.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed the food and the service
    Lindsey
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    Enjoyed the food and the service was friendly and welcoming
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Downtown Indian
    RWhiteDen
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    We recently met friends for a casual and enjoyable evening of dining at Little India Downtown. We expected the food to be very good and it was. Little Inda at the South Downing location is one of our favorites and has more ambience, but this downtown location is an excellent choice for the savory smells and tastes of Indian food in Central Denver.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is always good and
    LoveVIP
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    The food is always good and the staff is friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • A real upgrade for this location
    MttRlly
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We have really enjoyed Little India in other parts of Denver (both near Belmar and most often on 6th Ave), but the downtown location nearest our home has never held the same quality regarding food, service, atmosphere, or just overall experience for us to enjoy a night out. Plans changed late for New Years Eve so we decided to try it again since a table was open, and everyone was impressed. The meal was excellent and the restaurant ran smoothly despite such a crowded event downtown, so this location is definitely back on our list for an enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Years Fireworks on Mall
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Great location and good food if you are interested in New Years dining before or after the fireworks on Denver's 16th Street Mall.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christmas Eve dinner
    KHMcK
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    The food was delicious and authentic although perhaps toned down a bit in terms of spice. Good friendly service.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, they were
    SLEDE
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Excellent food, they were able to seat us earlier than our reservation which was a plus!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Outstanding food and reasonable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Outstanding food and reasonable price. Best Indian restaurant I have been to in quite some time.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Good food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    My husband and I enjoyed this restaurant for dinner on Saturday. It was a very early dinner, so it was pretty empty. We enjoyed being taken care of by the wait staff, they were very attentive. We will consider returning again when we go downtown!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little India offers big s flavored
    LizzyTea2
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Tried Little India in downtown Denver based on well-deserved great reviews on the Web. The menu was extensive. My vegan husband found many options among the entrees. I had Ginger Chicken Kabob and loved it -- so richly flavorful and grilled perfectly. Our side dishes also were well-prepared. Also loved the Garlic Naan. Our waitperson was knowledgable, lively and attentive. We booked our last-minute reservation through Open Table. It was a good thing because there was a line at the door. I look forward to another meal at Little India next time I'm in Denver. Highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, not great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    The menu is pretty limited but everything we ordered was well made. Portions were a good size, but overpriced given the other options in the area. The service was a little slow. We had to ask four people before someone would bring a glass of water, which is crazy for an Indian restaurant. Overall I probably wouldn't go back, but on the other hand the food wasn't bad so maybe I'd try another location.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Traveling
    NatalieB
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    We live in sunny California, we discovered this Gem on accident via Open Table. The food was awesome. My husband had Lamb Vindaloo and I had Chicken Tikka Marsala. It was the best, the wine was cold, the waiter very friendly and it was very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food nice place
    Russell1976
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    Nothing special but very good food. Great service. I didn't like how you have to basically sit on top of each other but it wasn't crowded.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The normal Indian fair. Nothing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    The normal Indian fair. Nothing special or unique. Didn't like the water in the metal cups. Tasted metallic. Also, we didn't appreciate the seating of small children at the table next to us. The kids were crawling all over!
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  • Little India~always yummy!
    BicyclingPam
    Dined on 9/10/2013
    LI consistently provides a great Indian meal! LoDo location is perfect before a show at the Denver Performing Arts!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • India Delight
    CaptainFoodie
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    Great India flavor with delicious mango lassis, nann bread and curry dishes. I absolutely loved all of it and I am a seasoned India food lover.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good quality. Really good,
    ni0h
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    Good quality. Really good, enough to justify the price. Bur the flavors were too subdued. They weren't shy with the capsicum(god bless them), but it had nothing to accentuate. The rice was prepared perfectly. So good I might just eat that next time as the entree. Ooh! Interesting papadam, and notable tamarind chutney.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We Had Fun
    MaidOfHonor
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    Bachelorette party began here. They served us great food in a festive atmosphere ... and plenty of vegetarian choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food & Service
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    Vindaloo, Mixed Grill Tandoor, Garlic Naan & Taj Mahol constituted a wonderful feast , coupled with timely and welcoming service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic