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Monsoon Fine Cuisine of India
Monsoon Fine Cuisine of India

Monsoon Fine Cuisine of India Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.monsoonrestaurant.com/index.html
  • Phone: (619) 234-5555
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch Buffet: Daily: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 2:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 2:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Ashley Popat
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Rakesh Popat (619) 813-4565

Getting there

  • Cross Street: G Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking and Horton plaza across the street with 3 hrs free validation in the mall.
A word from Monsoon Fine Cuisine of India
Monsoon invites you into an ethnic dining dream transcending global culinary borders and introducing diversity within India. A mirrored wall is embellished with a rainbow of lanterns and dim golden lighting to create a warm exotic refuge. Antique style chandeliers hang from the ceiling, flowers and candles brighten up the elegant white table settings and high backed chairs and wall seating allow guests to feel like royalty. The relaxing sound of the waterfall transforms the space into an intimate dining oasis. The buffet area displays diverse and colorful dishes. Wine bottles are integrated into the wall décor encompassing guests into unified world of indulgence. It is a feast for all the senses. Like the beautiful décor, the menu blends a diverse cultural influences merging authenticity with experimentation to create a unique global harmony. Although predominantly influenced by Northern India Monsoon's menu also features various regional dishes. An equally varied beverage and fineContinued
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Diner Reviews
  • "People were friendly and Monsoon has a great location, but the food was not good. The samosa filling was too processed and the batter was thick and overcooked. The naan stuffing was minimal and slightly off. The beer was a little flat and warm. The biryani was more like a bad combination of Spanish and fried rice. Even the raita and tamarind sauces were poorly executed. There are better Indian restaurants in San Diego."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Admitted he had no idea how to make a martini and they had no olives Try to Jenna and tonic and the tonic was flat This is real good very flavorful in different Desserts were a huge disappointment - don't bother"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Unfortunately didn't get a chance to try the actual food. Something was obviously amiss as we sat and sat for nearly two hours, waiting for something beyond a salad to arrive. Had to eventually leave to make it to our movie. Thankfully they didn't try to charge us for the couple drinks we had."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I found the appetizers to be really interesting and exiting. The food was excellent, rich flavouribg and lots of spicy kick!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The cutlery with the leftover take home fiis was a nice bonus!!! Thank you!!"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "We had lunch at the Monsoon before going tothe theater. I wasn't sure I'd like Indian food, but enjoyed it very much. Everything was delicious. I loved the orange, passionfruit sunrise. The staff were all very friendly. We will go again."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "When searching the restaurant on-line we found the menu and looked over the items. Due to diet restrictions one person in the party was limited in what they can eat. Finding suitable items to eat we decided to have dinner there. But we got a surprise when the menus were given to us and the items on the webpage were not there. We were told the restaurant had three locations and not all items were offered at the various locations. If we had know this (if it had been stated on the website) we would not have selected this restaurant. The waiter was helpful in trying to find something that would fit the diet restrictions. Over all the food was good but we would not return."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We thought we had signed up to go to the other restaurant... Masala... but could not remember the name. Then we learned why this one felt familiar and the food was FAB... they are sister ships so to speak."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "The experience was eye opening. I was very impressed with the varied foods but the service needs to cater to woman.. My date was treated differently then I was being catered too. It seemed the Indian mentality of the man being prioritise was bleeding over to America. On another note, don't count on your special "Note" being implemented e.g. I asked for a single Rose."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "This was the only Friday night Indian buffet we could find in the city and it was terrific! Good food with lots of choices and great service! Can't wait to go again!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "In a bustling downtown scene, this place offers some quite dining experience."
    Dined on 8/27/2013
  • "Wrong entree brought ,they removed it and took quite a while to bring correct one. Ordered 2 different Nan's, they forgot one and brought it almost at end of meal. Tandoori chicken very dry. They didn't offer to comp anything. Although we told them before ordering that we had theater tickets, had to sit and wait a long time for the check to come and then almost missed curtain."
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "I really like Indian food quite a bit and opted for the buffet. Next time, I will try the regular menu. Service was extremely slow and non-attentive. We waited quite a while to get our bill (had to get them). Then, we had to wait again for them to take our payments."
    Dined on 7/22/2013
  • "Nothing came as requested, wrong dishes on the table, late service, when you asked for not spicy, it came back spicy, twice, first because the waitress didn't know one was an spicy dish, even when she was directly asked, and brought it again, spicy... there were mistakes with everybody's food, etc. Seriously, I expected the best indian restaurant in SD, and I'm pretty sure we wouldn't be able to find a worse one. We were 9 on the table, and everybody hated it..."
    Dined on 7/20/2013
  • "Second time dining here in years and it didn't disappoint. Brought our daughter and her (Indian)boyfriend here for dinner and we all enjoyed the meal. Chicken Tikka Masala and Butter Chicken...both with mild heat and garlic naan. BF and husband both said the heat level was ok but wanted more. Daughter and I thought it was just fine. We had reservations for 6:30PM on a Friday night and were seated on time. The restaurant was packed by 7:30PM."
    Dined on 6/21/2013
  • "An attractive-looking restaurant with contemporary touches and low lighting and a touch of flash -- a big screen t.v. playing Bollywood music videos (which were amusing). A little noisy since the front of the restaurant is all French doors which are left open to the street. Service is quick and attentive. Went for their $19 dinner buffet. Expected more choices and variety. Two vegetarian dishes. No baingan bhartha (roasted eggplant). Marsala everything (I think 6 of the 8 entrees were tomato-based). Only chicken. No lamb. Desserts are skimpy. Although we got there at 5 PM, when the dinner buffet starts and everything should be fresh, my wife thought some of the food didn't tasted like it was left over from the previous night."
    Dined on 6/16/2013
  • "Everything was good with the restaurant except for the service. They were unbelievably slow and not attentive at all. The restaurant was not busy for a Saturday night and still the service was very poor."
    Dined on 6/8/2013
  • "The food at dinner buffet was delicious! I loved the variety of choices including the famous Chicken Tikka Masala, garlic naan bread, and the mango mousse dessert. The restaurant looked really nice inside and the service was great too. The only thing is that it does not offer valet option and parking lot is a few blocks away. Besides that it is a great date night place, family restaurant, or a place to meet up and have dinner with friends."
    Dined on 5/17/2013
  • "Excellent food. Would go again, however the service was poor. It wasn't very busy, but it took a long time to get our orders in, and each time we had a different waiter."
    Dined on 5/4/2013
  • "They have great food and good customer service. The ambiance is superb. The mixed drinks were very tasty as well."
    Dined on 1/11/2013
  • "Food as usual was good. Service was worse than the last couple times we've been here. Lots of excuses why everything was late although the place wasn't really packed."
    Dined on 1/5/2013
  • "Despite some negative reviews about the service at Monsoon, we decided to give it a try. I loved sitting next to the waterfall, very romantic for our "date night." Our server was Dominick. He was extremely attentive and helpful with menu suggestions. We ordered off the menu but I did notice that the majority of the patrons were enjoying the buffet. The food came out quickly and hot. Dominick checked back frequently (but not annoyingly so) to see if we needed anything. Another employee made frequent visits to refill our water and clear empty plates. I will definitely return to Monsoon again. It was a very pleasurable experience!"
    Dined on 1/3/2013
  • "This place use to be hipper and sexier. I don't know what happened. It's still nice but something's missing. Can a restaurant lose its cool factor?"
    Dined on 12/21/2012
  • "We loved both the food and the service, and we plan to return soon & often."
    Dined on 12/17/2012
  • "Excellent Indian food. Great ambiance, right in the heart of downtown. Amazing bar with cocktails. Highly recomened it."
    Dined on 11/30/2012
  • "The food always amazes. As stated in the name, fine dining matches the indoor environment. It is conveniently located across the street from the Horton Plaza mall so I highly recommend parking there and validating it, much easier than finding a street parking spot."
    Dined on 11/12/2012
  • "Our waiter was great, but unforutnately the food was really only OKAY. I wouldnt go back or waste your money."
    Dined on 11/8/2012
  • "all around "slightly better than adequate" ... we were hoping for as "great" as some of the other gaslamp"
    Dined on 10/27/2012
  • "Met some friends at the restaurant on a Friday night. We ended up having the buffet which had a pretty good selection for the price. Everything tasted good and seemed fresh. It wasn't very busy but we had to ask for the wine/drink menu and then later for rice with our dinner. The drinks were on the pricey side. Overall, everyone enjoyed the dinner."
    Dined on 10/26/2012
  • "Very tasteful interior, but surprisingly empty (Tuesday night). Food was really good."
    Dined on 10/23/2012
  • "Because of a time issue, my friend and I were at Monsoon when they opened at 5PM. There were few parties dining so it was very quiet (which is good). We told our server we had to leave in one hour and he was quite accommodating. I appreciated that the menu is less complex than some menus are in Indian Restaurants. I usually need my friend to help me order but Monsoon made this easy. I had a delicious cucumber salad which I requested to have less spicy than noted on the menu; it was perfect. My entree was the Mixed-grill which was excellent. The service was exceptional; the servers seemed to show up when we needed something and they did not hover over us. Over all, the experience was very pleasant. We both loved the decor!"
    Dined on 10/17/2012
  • "Love this place, will definitely be going back. Great way to celebrate our second wedding anniversary!"
    Dined on 10/16/2012
  • "We selected a table outside. It rocked a little, but that didn't detract from the experience. Although the dinner buffet provided plenty of good food for a great price, my dining companion cooks at home all the time and likes to have food served at the table when dining out; my vegetarian preferences were better accommodated by ordering from the menu. Our draft Kingfisher brews arrived refreshingly cold, with periodic attention from the wait staff for refills. My paneer arrived spiced as requested with a perfect ratio of spinach to cheese cubes. The garlic nan could have had more garlic for my taste, but my dining partner thought it perfect. Monsoon India hit the spot for service, food, drink, and price."
    Dined on 10/4/2012
  • "Awesome service. The server was very informative and accommodating given it was our first time trying Indian food. Their chicken masala was tender and full of flavor and their other curry with coconut milk was creamy and I used all the naan to wipe the plate clean."
    Dined on 9/30/2012
  • "We had the $20 all-you-can-eat buffet, which was an excellent value and contained a large array of items that were quite tasty but not distinguishable from other good Indian food. The service was attentive and friendly and the decor was lovely."
    Dined on 9/24/2012
  • "The customer service was outstanding from the person meeting us at the door until we finished our meal. They have an excellent buffet as well as a large menu. The food was delicious and plentiful. My wife really raved over the samosas with their flaky crust and wonderful flavor. We would definitely go back and recommend to others."
    Dined on 9/22/2012
  • "I loved the buffet. We were seat and able to get our food quikly. The house beer excellent and the food was great."
    Dined on 9/21/2012
  • "Our service was outstanding. My husband is vegetarian and also cannot eat onions or garlic and the server and the chefs were very accomodating with suggestions and results. The dinner was awesome, we will most definitely return."
    Dined on 9/21/2012
  • "Food somewhat cold at buffet. Not a great selection at the buffet for the price. No happy hour. Naan bread not the best"
    Dined on 9/20/2012
  • "Monsoon is a restaurant I'm going back to. Frank, my waiter, was welcoming and helpful when I asked for suggestions on which naan bread to try. And the drink he made for me with lemonade and cucumber was delicious! I had the Bombay Sampler for dinner because of the variety, and I'm glad I did- all of the appetizers were flavorful, but not very spicy which I'd believed Indian food was supposed to be. I'm learning! :-) And this is definitely the place to learn in."
    Dined on 9/17/2012