Raaga
Raaga

Raaga

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.raagacuisine.com/
  • Phone: 5058206440x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch and Dinner: Monday Thru Saturday.

    11.00 am to 2.30 p.m

    5.00 p.m to 9.30 p.m
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Indian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sanbusco
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Raaga
"Raaga ("sweet melody") prides itself on offering superior taste and flavor. With each mouthwatering bite, guests can distinguish and savor the finest spices and the freshest herbs. In addition to his Northern Indian fare, chef Paddy Rawal offers dishes that incorporate local Southwest elements. Raaga's menu includes vegetarian and vegan options as well as meat and seafood choices. All can be ordered mild, medium or hot to please any palate.
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Raaga reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (33)neighborhood gem (31)great for outdoor dining (27)special occasion (15)romantic (11)great for lunch (10)good for groups (9)kid-friendly (6)hot spot (3)great for brunch (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • A Happy Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I think I know something about India food having enjoyed it for decades an savored it all over India and the United States. I always try the dal at a new restaurant. My experience tells me that if the dal is good, the restaurant is good, if the dal is very good, then the restaurant is very good. The dal at Raaga was better than very good. The one thing that sets this restaurant above and apart is the chef/owner Paddy Rawal. A superior chef, Paddy truly loves his work and it shows and his mastery of spices can be tasted in his every dish - a mastery that is original and totally traditional. This restaurant can be enjoyed by both the experienced Indian foodie and those looking to try something new and delicious. Trust me on this...
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent as always
    qwill13
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food here is consistently good each time I have come. The medium+ is a perfect hotness and the entrees lend themselves to sharing so everyone in a group gets a taste.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Indian Food in New Mexico!
    IntegrativeMD
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Paddy Rawal's Raaga is the best Indian restaurant (and the best restaurant overall) in NM. Unlike most other Indian restaurants which are run by cooks, Raaga provides Paddy's international expertise as a top chef in this cuisine. Each dish is made from scratch with the blend of spices and herbs which is an art form in itself. A feast for all the senses from the taste, smell and presentation. As a Integrative Medicine MD, I recommend all my patients to eat at Raaga as they have a large selection of vegan options. Great atmosphere, excellent service and personal visits to your table from Paddy - this makes it a top recommend for anyone who is a foodie and understands the importance of high quality foods with amazing flavors.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Perfect again
    RCdiners
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Raaga did it again, great food, wonderful service, super friendly staff including dick who welcomed us warmly and of course Paddy who always takes time to say hello and check out our food.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This friendly neighborhood spot offers an extensive menu including a variety of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, tandoori and curry options, and ten choices of Naan (several stuffed). We shared four appetizers (including the amazing Delhi Chaat) from the many offerings. Our entrees were prepared to order, and servings were ample. Curries are offered in two portion sizes (the smaller one was perfect with the appetizers, rice and Naan). Service was friendly and accommodating, our meal on the outside patio was quiet and relaxed, and prices reasonable. The restaurant owner greeted us warmly when we arrived, and we noticed that he visited each table to welcome diners. We've eaten here before, and will be back!!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Indian Food in Santa Fe
    SantaFeBob
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    If you like Indian food, you'll love Raaga. The service is very friendly and professional, and the food is delicious. You can order your meals hot, medium or spicy.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Awesome
    RCdiners
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great food with a fresh twist on indian cuisine, beautiful atmosphere and engaged owner and staff made for a perfect evening. Not only is the good and service superb but the value is very good as well. Raaga is highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Disappointing Second Visit
    PicanteVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We invited friends to join us here after an good experience in February. After being seated for an hour, we asked the waiter to please check on our order. He testily told us that "a lot of people came at the same time" but that our order was up and sitting out waiting for the naan bread to be done. We asked him to bring it anyway. The food arrived lukewarm, which really detracted from its taste. The naan arrived with a greasy cash register receipt on top of it which the waiter hadn't even bothered to remove. We were embarassed that we had recommended this restaurant to our friends.
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  • Food only fair
    GaryWGVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The appetizer was good and the rest of the meal was wll below average. The eggplant arrived with peas although not specified on the menu. It was replaced with out the peas but the dish itself was tasteless as was the chicken Tiki although the sauce was good. The fish dish was also tasteless. The Naan bread was not very good either.
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  • Unesxpectedly terrific food
    98rsdVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We were surprised to have a meal that was better than we could have at the numerous Indian restaurants on the upper westside of Manhattan. Highly recommend.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • Best Indian food in New Mexico
    SantaFeBob
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food and service are excellent. If you like well-seasoned Indian food, you won't be disappointed. The service is friendly and professional.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best East Indian food in Santa Fe!
    picturest7
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Cut to the chase...this is THE BEST East Indian food in Santa Fe! Paddy is clearly a master chef. Most entrees come in large and small size. If you both want the same thing, split a large (it comes with rice). If you want to try several things, order them in the small size. Service is crisp and efficient; ambience is relaxed. Be advised that this is a converted house, in an old neighborhood. Consequently parking is EXTREMELY limited...to 3 cars! I suggest you park along Guadalupe St, or in the San Francisco St. parking garage, and hike it. It'll help build an appetite. Come hungry, I guarantee you will LOVE it! I'll be back.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Innovative Indian food
    Doclinda
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Indian food with New Mexican influence like salsa and shaved fried okra. Well prepared food and cooked to your preference for degree of "hotness". Would definitely return next time we're in Santa Fe.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful experience
    SeniorSantaFeHedonist
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Four of us spent the evening on the patio and ended up spending about 2-1/2 hours dining. The food was wonderful, much better than any of the other restaurants in Santa Fe that serve this style of food. The waitstaff was very nice and efficient. This was my first time here, the other couple we dinned with had been once before and they told us they had the same enjoyable experience on their previous visit.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • The personal touch
    gr8foodgr8life
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Chief-owner dropped by out table twice. My wife's Chicken Saffron was amazing, the Nan with Rosemary could be an addiction, my Lamb Vindaloo was good but unlike the other dishes lacked something special to make it outstanding. I will go back and work my way through the menu.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous, creative food
    santafeyummy
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My husband and I ate at Raaga for the first time this week, and we realized we have been missing a restaurant gem! The waiter gave us recommendations and explanations for some of the spices commonly used. We especially liked that most of the entrees were served in a small plate or regular, so we could try more dishes. We ate grilled chicken with saffron and a cashew cream sauce that was rich and dreamy. We also loved the chickpea and potato dish that had ginger, pomegranate and ancho flavors. The owner was delightful, occasionally making rounds to smile and say hello. We are excited to return and try more of his yummy creations. Our dinner was $70 for two appetizers, two dinners and a bottle of wine.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than NY's Dawat Restaurant..
    Danlovesfood
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Indian food redefined by culinary imagination. The best chicken Tika Masala we have ever tasted. Superb Appetizers and Nann selections. A large variety of vegetarian dishes along with all your traditional favorites. One of the best Indian Restaurants in the USA, presently hands down.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food in a pleasant setting
    taxmaster
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner at Raaga and will certainly continue to frequent the restaurant. The service was attentive and the owner came to each table to make suggestions and ask about food quality. The ingredients were fresh and the dishes delicious. We sat outside, and while the patio is plain, the overall experience was very pleasant.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Raaga
    hilldog
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    An exceptional casual and intimate indian restaurant, with dishes that are consistent in quality, providing wonderfully complex blending of spices. The waiters are very professional and attentive. On our last visit, we arrived at a busy time and had to wait far too long...but we will remain loyal.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Jerry
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We made a reservation for our 45 th anniversary. They let us choose to sit in or out and then pick a table. The chef came by several times to congratulate us and see how we were doing . Excellent food and service. We will eat here every time we are in Santa Fe.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    crizagg
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Tucked away in a more off-the-beaten path area of Santa Fe, we just found it to be wonderful. We ate outside which was nothing too special but the food was very, very good and the service was attentive. Highly recommended!
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  • Terrific food
    anyeone
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I was delighted to see they had chicken methi on the menu, which is a dish I rarely see. Chef Paddy's version was delicious. I found that the curry went better with naan than with rice, the rice swallowed up some of the flavor, but it jumped right out with the naan. We started with lamb samosas, which are a little pricy but very delicious as well. My husband ordered a lamb tikka platter which came with a rich and delicious tikka masala type sauce on the side. This was also a big winner. The curries come in a small and a large portion; the small was more than sufficient for me. The large would be a sharable portion I suspect. The small portion curries were, IIRC, about nine dollars, which is quite reasonable.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Innovative Indian Cuisine
    GiovanniyLucia
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Super spinach salad special and eggplant dish so delish. Chef Paddy, please open a restaurant in Denver!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    RCdiners
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We had a wonderful experience at Raaga. From the greeting and willingness to accommodate our seating preferences to the personal attention from the owner and wonderful server the service was first class. The food was absolutely excellent, a thoughtful menu, wonderful starter and excellent main course in manageable portions. We were treated to a wonderful salad as a complementary beginning to a great dinner. Highly recommend Raaga!!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really enjoyed our Evening
    Indigomo
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My companion and myself thoroughly enjoyed our vegetarian meal Friday nite. The service was very attentive without being annoying and the owner checked on us a couple of times. The food was very clean and fresh and extremely tasty. We'll be going back soon! I hear Paddy has opened another restaurant in Albuquerque, we spoke of trying that one also.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food! Friendly service !!!!!
    Good7food
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Palak paneer was authentic in taste !The Chef is very charming and takes note of your taste!thats commendable!!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food adventure
    Jerf
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We had the most delicious special salad made from crispy spinach, onion naan and various small size entrees-wonderful concept. Medium is quite spicy so might go with mild or mild plus to start. Would go back and try a lot of different things. Ate outside-very pleasant, indoors attractive, but a.c. too cool for me.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful experience
    skinnyfoodie1
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Though we live in Santa Fe (party of two) we just had our first experience dining at Raaga on Saturday night...it was wonderful. From the moment we walked in to the restaurant we were treated well. We were seated in a lovely booth and told a little bit about the menu and how to make both food and spice level choices...which I loved. We were then greeted by the owner and chef, Paddy Rawal, who made a very special appetizer for us which was not on the menu. Not only was that a lovely gesture, but the dish was out of this world...as was everything we ordered. The flavors of every dish were amazing. My friend and I agreed that this is" a must return soon and often" spot. This is the best Indian food I have experienced in years.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • The Truth
    wheelsturning
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We've been to a lot of Indian restaurants in a lot of cities but this one truly was a cut above with familiar but distinctive takes on tried and true dishes. The meats were truly favorable in a way you wouldn't expect. Bottom line, Raaga truly lives up to its billing for flavors a cut above the expected. And ALL of the staff was so gracious--not to mention the owner.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Delicious
    Pepper
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Really good food. I love Indian food and I have tried Indian restaurants in many states and Raaga is the best I've had.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 165 reviews are from the Raaga reviews archive.
  • Amazing as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    It is always a pleasure to go to raaga the food is consistently phenomenal, Paddy makes you feel welcome and the service is attentive and knowledgable.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Two friends catching up
    luv9food
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    We enjoyed the atmosphere, the waiters and the owner. Very accommodating and upbeat. The menu is diverse and provides two pricings for large and smaller potions. Small is fine for 1 person, large if sharing. The chicken and vegetable curries were very good but the lamb tikka was too dry. I have had the soups before and they were excellent. Friends sharing a booth is best, if you wish to hear each other and have more intimacy.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excelent
    mb23
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We have been to Raaga a couple of times now. Everything we have tried has been very tasty. The chicken is tender and moist, easily cut with a fork. The flavorful sauces take the taste over the top. The owner/chef mingles with his guests, he is pleasant and lighthearted. The only problem is that the food is so good that I kept eating after I was full. If you have never tried Indian cuisine, Raaga is the place
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We were lucky to share the first outdoor experience of the season. The food tastes varieties were outstanding . Don't be turned off t buy the Aqua Fria parking and use the Sambusco parking and walk directly into the patio.
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    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Very good time
    Redman505
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Really good food and the staff was knowledgeable about the whole menu. The owner was real cool and came by to say hello and answer all of our questions. I did not save room for dessert. 2 people had a great meal for around 50 bucks was totally worth it. Thanks!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we were greeted at the door
    Ariel
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    we were greeted at the door by the owner/manager, walked in to have someone from the kitchen (who seemed just as likely to be an owner/manager--everyone working here seemed to "own" the place) with a piece of poppadum each. our server gave us the lowdown on cool spots to go for a hike outside of town, and even adjusted the lighting in the restaurant momentarily to take a nice photo of us. I got the cumin-crusted salmon, with the exact spice level I'd ordered; my husband got the chicken tikka masala. we also ordered cilantro garlic naan, which was exactly as we'd hoped. ditto for our shiraz and desserts.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal at Raaga
    Juniperland
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    This time my date and I arrived for dinner when it was busy, after 6:30 pm. It was full but not over crowded and we were promptly seated (small table with chair on outside, bench on inside). The server brought us a delicious little drink made with mango puree and rosewater, and then we ordered the dried fruit naan, rice, salad, and two vegan dishes. (We also had a Chardonnay which was fine.) My meat-eating date had been unsure about eating Indian food, but he liked everything so much he said he was glad he tried it all and wants to go again next week. Definitely the best Indian food I have ever had.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Topnotch Indian food
    Juniperland
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    First time and we were so happy with our choice. Charming clean friendly with sensitively seasoned dishes I chose extra spicy baby eggplant and it was perfect. Even the naan and rice were standalone wonderful. Will go again soon with friends who appreciate high quality cuisine. BTW...price was great for such a lovely meal.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is really, really
    Alias4S
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    The food is really, really good. The service is friendly and attentive. We increased our chances of hearing each other over the noise level of the crowd by turning our table sideways so that we were a little closer together. I found the seating somewhat tight, but will definitely go back. Next time I'll choose an earlier or later time, rather than right at the dinner hour.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Indian food
    SFResident
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Not only in Santa Fe, but anywhere outside India. Great selection, and the chef is a master.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.