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Masala Spices of India
Masala Spices of India

Masala Spices of India Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.masalarestaurant.com/masalarestaurant.html
  • Phone: (619) 232-5050
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: 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, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: K Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Masala Spices 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "One of the best Indian restaurants in San Diego! The food is authentic and fresh. The service could have been better but the food more than compensated for the service."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "chicken was dry.naan was very good.service friendly,professional"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We have eaten at Masala before and loved the food. We were back again, and our server Sree was amazing! He was very kind and prompt. Everything we ordered came out hot and he was very attentive. I would absolutely recommend Masala to anyone, especially if they can get Sree for a server. Thanks Masala!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I was impressed with this place from the start. Beautifully decorated, tables comfortable and the food is spectacular. Cost is $20-35 for a complete dinner. They do have a big screen TV playing India television/videos and I have to admit although it was amusing, it became a distraction. If you do not want that experience ask for a table upstairs or in the back where it is quieter. The service could not have been better."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The ambiance was great and the food was even better! I can't wait to go again!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I really enjoyed the food. It was real busy so the service was slow. I had to ask for water repeatedly. But the food was delicious once we did receive it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I love it when indian food is spicy! I got what I asked for and it was amazing! The food was great! My boyfriend and I got the valentines special $35 per person."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "we arrived and there was no reservation made in our name. either it was never made, although I did receive a cookie cutter confirmation from the head chef and open table. On the positive side they still found us a table. I am hesitant to use open table again if the reservations are not actually registered at the restaurant."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Wonderful atmosphere, quiet, and traditional Indian cuisine. Excellent Coconut shimp, naan and Tika Marsala."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "This is the second time that we've been to this place, and weren't disappointed! Love the food, the drinks were great, the place is immaculately clean."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "The menu may seem daunting because they appeal to the vegetarian AND non-vegetarian. The staff are all willing to answer questions, are super polite, and very attractive people. The only reason they get 1 star off for service is that when you have an empty restaurant (at opening) don't pile all of the customers on top of each other (I know it is helpful for servers). Give us a little space. Food is extremely flavorful with the right notes of sweet, savory, curry, and other sauces. If you get the basket of sampler naan don't get another appetizer (it is PLENTY). We stuck with all vegetarian (and I am a big time carnivore) and I was satiated. We always rank restaurants on: would we come back or not? This one is a giant COME BACK!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Food is bland, lacks any proper indian spices. Service was very slow and awful. We had to wait for waters for 20 minutes and food for longer. They ran our of all types of nan and bread products and they claimed that they were busy. Only half of the restaurant was full. The manager was not involved did not help at all and was rather arrogant. Do not goto this restaurant if you want over priced, bad service, and very sub-par food. Horrible choice."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "The staff was very attentive, though we hand't gotten through half the appetizer when we were asked if we were ready for the entrees. We split the non vegetarian entree, it was loaded with good shrimp which only my husband eats. Otherwise the food was okay. I had Chicken Tikka as an entree which was very much better than that on the sample. My husband had shrimp Ginger Marsala which he found excellent. There were several single diners while we were there, as well as families with babies and the staff treated them with respect and were happy to answer our questions too. The TV monitors and huge screen with "Bollywood" style videos were a bit distracting, especially since the music in the restaurant didn't sync."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Great food, great service. Didnt try the buffet, but everything we ordered off the menu was very very good."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Have been to this restaurant before and it was wonderful, which is why I went again. This time, not so good. Service was atrocious. Food was way too too spicy."
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "We left after 15 minutes due to a complete absence of service. We were seated then nothing. Other patrons said there service was very slow. Beware."
    Dined on 8/6/2013
  • "Was shocked to see that waiter was sipping a drink before serving it to the customer. He served the drink in the ane glass just replacing the straw. Serving lady was rude and dropped all the cutlery on the table for placing the dish on the table"
    Dined on 7/6/2013
  • "As an indian food lover, this place is hard to beat. We came for dinner and we liked it so much that we came the next day for the lunch buffett."
    Dined on 6/27/2013
  • "The food and service was excellent. The place was nicely decorated"
    Dined on 5/10/2013
  • "Food was excellent in taste Service was good but only parking problem"
    Dined on 4/17/2013
  • "They didn't open at the hour we make the reservation. I lost my trip."
    Dined on 4/4/2013
  • "Great dishes that were unique to my taste buds and not too spicy. I went there twice during my trip and tried two different types of curries and naan. Great service - our waiter made some great recommendations. Not too loud but good ambience. One of my favorites in San Diego!"
    Dined on 3/20/2013
  • "Since this was the first time ordering for ourselves at an Indian restaurant, the service staff was very helpful in suggesting possible dishes to try. The Makhani with chicken was delightful. The atmosphere was relaxed and the staff didn't hurry us out the door once we had completed our meal. We can't wait to return."
    Dined on 1/19/2013
  • "Our waiter Berhan was difficult to communicate with or choose to ingnor our request. Wine list was limited but choose a Cab he brought a Merlot of same vintner and then said they were our of the Cab I chose. We told the waiter that although we have experienced some Indian food we were neophytes and wanted to try a lamb dish and chicken dish with as curry sauce and then another he might recommend. The checken Tikk dish was delivered without sauce and then proceeded to tell me thats what I ordered and "did not understand" my request. the dish was tastlkess and dry! I asked another waiter about the dish and he said a cucumber sause usually accompained the dish and he brought on to us and this helped somewhat."
    Dined on 1/5/2013
  • "Great food, generous portions, reasonable prices. We will be back!"
    Dined on 12/30/2012
  • "Omigosh! We eat a fair amount of Indian food and this tops the list, easily. That night we preferred a mildly spiced dinner which can mean a rather blah experience. Not so this time: the food was beautifully flavorful and the crispy spinach was revelatory--don't ask, just get it. You can thank me later."
    Dined on 12/8/2012
  • "Great food but attention to service is needed. We waited over 20 min before a waiter appeared."
    Dined on 12/7/2012
  • "We have a special vegetarian diet and the server and restaurant were very accommodating."
    Dined on 12/7/2012
  • "Our group had a terrific time here. Service was attentive and food was excellent. Should expand their wine list."
    Dined on 12/4/2012
  • "Waited almost 15 minutes, in spite of reservation, on a WEEKDAY ! Server took 10 minutes to check in with us, waited awhile for simple garlic naan bread. We were seated upstairs. GREAT for private parties, but the ambience stinks! I understand downstairs is a lot nicer; appears they just renovated a storage area to shoe-horn us in."
    Dined on 11/19/2012
  • "Don't Change a thing. Food was tasty and outstanding."
    Dined on 11/4/2012
  • "My wife and I had Pleasant experience at the Masala. Food was very good. I had the seekh kebab and my wife the Bangalore masala. I'm not very impressed by the TV showing Indian music videos, that's just tacky."
    Dined on 10/19/2012
  • "We chose a Sunday evening as we find the restaurants quieter that evening which we prefer. The food is delicious!"
    Dined on 9/30/2012
  • "We go to Masala every year that we're in San Diego. This year was no different, except for the quality of the food and the service. We ordered the Vegetable Tikka Masala and the Kebab Curry. We're used to the Chicken Tikka Masala's thick sauce so when the Vegetable version came and it was a little runny, we were a little disappointed. But it was still delicious. The Kebab Curry was good too but the lamb was a bit on the salty side. That was a lot more disappointing and we couldn't finish that dish mainly because of the saltiness. The service was lacking - the server only checked on us once after the food was delivered. It also took him nearly 10 minutes to actually bring the check to us after we asked for it."
    Dined on 9/10/2012
  • "Appetizers were very good. unfortunately, the waiter never put in our entree order (even though we were the only patrons there when we arrived). so after waiting a long time for them before asking about their status, we gave up and left without dinner. and while very apologetic, they didn't offer to rush the food, bring a free appetizer, or comp us one penny off the normal price for our drinks or appetizers."
    Dined on 9/5/2012
  • "The hostess was amazingly nice and the general ambiance and dinning experience were wonderful but the time it took for our drink order were super long. We sat there for aobut 15 minutes before getting anything to drink and about 35 minutes before anyone took our food order. The people are very friendly but they need to hire more waiters."
    Dined on 8/31/2012
  • "Urban environment...and nice. Mgmt does not like to turn the AC on. Staff knows this as well as return guests. Weather permitting eat outside. Street scene, but the food is delicious."
    Dined on 8/31/2012
  • "tasty indian in a great spot to watch the hustle and bustle of downtown"
    Dined on 8/18/2012
  • "My fiance and myself went here in order to celebrate a special occasion and they were simply horrible. The service was innatentive at best after they took our order they proceeded to bring us something completely differen and once we realized their mistake their idea of an appropiate course of action was for us to order what we originally wanted on top of what they had already brought us so they could basically charge us for two meals. I would not recomend this place to anyone but if you must go make absolutely sure the waiter has your order correct for your own sake."
    Dined on 8/1/2012
  • "The food was good. There was nothing outstanding. The taste and flavors didn't pop."
    Dined on 7/30/2012