Rasam's & IC Lounge
Rasam's & IC Lounge

Rasam's & IC Lounge

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.ic-lounge.com/
  • Phone: 4082458500x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Mon-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm

    Dinner: Mon-Sun 5:00-10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Indian, Contemporary Indian
  • Executive Chef: Arindam Bahel
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz and Nightly Entertainment. 18 yrs or older welcomed.
  • Special Events: Rasam's C Lounge offers nightly entertainment. Please Note: due to state laws reservations made after 8pm can only be accomodated for persons 18yr or older.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: South Murphy and Washington St
  • Public Transit: Right opposite Sunnyvale Caltrain Station, easily accessible by rail, convenient parking, situated in downtown Sunnyvale
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Rasam's & IC Lounge
This upscale restaurant & lounge in historic downtown Sunnyvale specializes in modern Hindustani cuisine, serving fusion versions of India's traditional regional dishes. The clay oven, open barbeque, tawa (griddle) and cast-iron skillet yield specialties such as a spicy lamb curry with Shiraz wine and rose petals and a lobster caldeen with Goan-style coconut sauce. Various vegetarian items are offered, plus small plates and street food bites (chaat). The classy, contemporary décor is a fine setting, whether for discussing business over a meal or unwinding in the lounge with a drink at the end of the day. Ideal for corporate dining and events. Lunch and dinner daily from 11am.

IC Lounge Handcrafted cocktails, a wide selection of wines, small plates, plus chill-out music make this a fun adult place to unwind at close of the day. Fri - Sat music and dancing from 10 pm.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Rasam's & IC Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
15 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (9)fit for foodies (8)neighborhood gem (5)great for outdoor dining (5)good for groups (3)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)notable wine list (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Outstanding food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Really good food. I'd call it modernized rather than fusion
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Lunch
    lovetoeatout
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Had lunch here - it was a nice day and we chose to sit outside. Seating on Murphy street was in the shade and very pleasant. Service was very good and the food was delicious. I had the Roti-pe-boti from the lunch bites menu. The lamb was tender, the spices great and the naan was fresh. Altogether wonderful. My guest had the butter chicken lunch and said it was delicious. The lunch came with salad, rice and a basket of Naan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeat Visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Love it...the chef (s?) do an excellent job with spices! Plan mant future repeat visits.....
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent food, good service
    scdiner
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Enjpyed the chaat sampler, though the kurkure bhel didn't have much going for it. The veg biryani and the utthappam plate were both very good. Service was good as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food - slow service
    rs231VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Had a business lunch - very impressed with both the quality of the food and the execution. Some interesting modern takes on classic dishes. The kitchen is really firing on all cylinders . Unfortunately though the servers were very solicitous and polite they forgot to put in our order ! We got served 40 min later than people who cam in after us
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 31 reviews are from the Rasam's & IC Lounge reviews archive.
  • Good Food, Sloppy service
    avacadovichVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I ate lunch here with a friend in mid June. After checking in with the server and announcing I had a reservation we were seated outside on Murphy Avenue. The table was pleasant and the food tasty . My complaint is that I was later emailed by Open Table asking why I had missed my reservation. Since the place was almost empty when I checked in, I assume the server had not bothered to log me in with the Open Table software which resulted in a black mark against my OT account. I had to submit a detailed explanation of the situation to avoid being blacklisted and having my Open Table account closed! Not good Rassam. Your wait staff needs training. John Kelly
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome!
    Foodie88
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Hands down the best, contemporary Indian restaurant in Sunnyvale that caters to the wider audience. Food is flavorful, service is good, and the location is the BEST. Good portion sizes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RTseVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The lobster dish was fantastic. It's quite a big dish and the price is reasonable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sandyVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Tony, the waiter, will steer you well at this fab Indian restaurant. The chicken was succulent and steamed to perfection with the fragrantly spiced rice in a sort of pot pie. Lamb korma was excellent-- no fatty, gristle as is some places. Nice wine list. The inside looks "lounge-y" so we sat out on a lovely evening, people watching on Murphy St, the one block in Sunnyvale with character!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Indian Fusion
    jain49VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Nice fusion of Indian food. Good items on menu. They do good job in preparing dishes that have Indian flavor with either fusion from different parts of India or using non-Indian food style. I particularly found Tandoori Salmon creative and tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food but pricey
    ChazVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    My friends and I really enjoyed our lunch dining out on the sidewalk under the trees. Service was prompt and professional, we enjoyed our food but for the value, I am sure we could have found a much better deal somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic food with a wide variety
    HungryDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    The menu was impressive for restaurant week and we had a tasty sampling of their most enticing-sounding dishes. We were so impressed we added on several small dishes and a cocktail and we're really wowed and pleased with our first time there. Our server was a little spacey at times but we did appreciate the manager/owner stopping by to personally see how the meal was going.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was wonderful service good
    Smart2diners
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    WE really enjoyed the food, it was tasty and different. Can't say so much for the music that was advertised. Turned into easy listening instead of real Gypsy music, that's not to say it wasn't good, just not what we were expecting. The service was good as well, friendly easy folks. This is a nice place to come for night out or for a different dining experience. The only real problem was a couple of families with extremely loud kids that the management didn't seem to care about how disruptive they were. Hopefully they do well in the location they're in and stay around for a good long time. We plan on visiting again in the near future. I think doing some research about the area this food and the people are from is a good idea before you go!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good ambience with excellent food
    Saratogan
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Loved the ambience and the clean settings with excellent service.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classy, authentic fare with polish
    BiggerEyesVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    There's some great talent in the kitchen here. Impressed by the authentic tastes created with subtle variations which stayed true to the original, and the creative and elegant presentation. Papdi chat with a guac topping was excellent. The Pineapple Rasam was completely satisfying. The chutneys were spot on. So was the Golgappa pani. Bhindi was fried and spiced to perfection. Paneer tikka was tasty and well cooked. The Balti chicken had absorbed flavors, which is hard to do. The Biryani was cooked and spiced perfectly. Our lotus kofta was also well done, with an excellent silky gravy. The only miss was the Dal Makhni, which needs rework. As we were leaving, a jazz band was setting up in the lounge! Will definitely be going there more often!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They Aim To Please
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    From entrance to exit the staff is attentive and it is obvious service and customer really, really matter.....food suggestions and explaination were 'spot on"...I look forward to returning and to suggesting them!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service and Food
    Sameer
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Went here to relax and enjoy good food with friends. Wasn't disappointed. The appetizers are a bit on the smaller portions size, but the entree is well balanced in size.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Waves!
    fistsofudge
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Great service, friendly staff, innovative appetizers and delicious chicken biryani and also a yummy dish with chunks of tender lamb in a well seasoned brown sauce. My 3rd visit here. PS. There is a salmon appetizer that should be a featured entrée. It is excellent. Sorry, can't remember the exact names of the dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice, but loud, place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    We ate on a Thursday nite @6:30. When we got there the bar was packed and loud. The host tried to take us thru the crowd but reconsidered and took us around via the dining room. He tried to seat us at the back of the bar but it was way too loud. The room is basically an echo chamber. They were kind enough to seat us in the children's area, since no kids were there. The service thru dinner was fine and the food was great. Price was pretty high. At the end of the meal I paid with a partially torn $20 bill. The server caught me at the hosts podium and motioned (since it was so loud) that he wanted me to take it back. I explained it was legal tender but after the manager asked me to exchange it I did so. So bring perfect bills!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good fine dining in Sunnyvale
    internationaldiner
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Good food and great ambience. Went there for lunch, Ordered both veg and non veg dish and both were excellent
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service
    PaloAltodiner
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Not for families and is not kids friendly at all. Had made reservation through open table and on arrival they wanted to seat us next to the rest rooms. When asked if we could sit at one of the many tables that was not occupied towards the front of the restaurant, the manager and the owner said they do not want families to be seated in the front and they would rather have corporate customers than have families. The bar section was neither a happening place. So not very sure what the theme or the focus is of this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Deepti
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Have been to lunch twice and totally loved it. Great ambience good service. Its a combination of romantic and fun. Would like to explore more in the evenings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, disappointing service
    masibley81
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My husband & I came here on Valentine's Day for our first date night since having our second baby 5 months ago. We'd been here once before and loved the food, so decided to come back. They sat us at a table near the front door, and I asked if we could sit in the lounge area but they refused because "all the tables are already assigned" (the restaurant was empty at this point). Then we were at our table for 20 minutes before we had to request service. It took another 15-20 minutes for our drinks to come out. My husband and I were determined to not let this ruin our mood, so we just took it in stride. All-in-all our food was delicious and we enjoyed ourselves. But their service was terrible from the moment we were seated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    Sjiyer
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went to Rassams for Valentine's day and it was a great experience. Spices were just right. Every item we ordered were delicious and the presentation tasteful and eye pleasing. Awadh Lamb curry and Konkani shrimp were standout items. Will repeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Typical , not bad, overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Pros: food is not bad. Some interesting menu items but way over priced. Our server was excellent. Cons: Alcoholic beverages are way overpriced. $ 10 for a shot. Mixed drinks are really overpriced and weak. Trying hard, but this place reminds me of a typical Indian restaurant, but trying to be more sophisticated. Wait staff passed our table several times before removing our finished plates. Almost as if they wanted to make sure they weren't the ones touching them. Kind of a weird arrogance that I can't explain. Parking is always a PIA on Murphy St in Sunnyvale.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • great flavors
    AshMash
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    they really do a great job of combining some newness in traditional indian food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Great food and service! Loved the vegetarian choices. Simple decor and ambience as well. Overall great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Modern but authentic
    Donraja
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    I am usually very skeptical about attempts to modernize Indian flavors catering to the American tastes because it ends up losing the complex flavors that characterize Indian food. I was pleasantly surprised by Rasam's take on this approach. The flavors were authentic and in some cases even improved but the presentation was definitely modern. The ambience is modern and fresh which matches the food and the presentation. Our waiter did an outstanding job of explaining the dishes. I could see that he takes pride in working there which is a great sign. Overall, very impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, service, ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Finally, an Indian restaurant that serves non-greasy food. Thank goodness they didn't have a buffet. Food presentation was very good and so was the food. We went with an Indian co-worker and she thought the food was very good. We had the chaat sampler along with the toasted almonds and baby spinach chaat. Both were very good but the spinach chaat was my favorite. Never had anything so good in an Indian restaurant. We also had the Paneer Asparagus and Mushroom Kadai which was very flavorful. Naan was served hot and was one of the best naan's we've had. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Indian Fine Dining
    rexraga
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Authentic flavors & interesting dishes. Finally, a fine dining experience that is worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not quite as other reviews claimed
    paddy
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Pros - Ambience is good - Taste is good (same old dishes but fancy names) - Food presentation is good - Good service - Not too greasy Cons - Not kids friendly (not good options if your kid can not take spicy food) - Seafood dish we ordered was not cooked thoroughly, strange that the chef did not know hot cook scallop or prawns at diff temp or for how long - Appetizers (actually even the main course) are overly priced as compared to the portion size - Food is priced for a fine dining place but food is not upto the mark, only the ambience and presentation are fancy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Modern and creative Indian food
    food10
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    We ordered 2 meat, 2 seafood and 2 veggie dishes, plus rice, naan, raieta, all very good (veggie dishes the lesser of all). Food was a bit cold when it arrived at the table, and portions are on the small side, but most had good and interesting flavor profiles. Good wine list. Dinning room is very noisy, as there are no sound baffles - hard surficed walls and floor with high ceilings,which make for a loud cavernous space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sophisticated Indian Cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Some top-notch dishes catapult Rasam's into the top selection among Indian restaurants in the Bay Area. Most noteworthy dishes are the Lobster Caldeen and the Kulfi. The service is friendly, professional and efficient. The serving size is generous for the reasonable price and high quality of ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic assistance, bad timing.
    DinerMT
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I found Rasam's last minute New Years Eve. My girlfriend and I are both vegan, and the menu looked like it could work, but it was fairly limited for us. I received a call shortly after putting in the reservation to confirm everything. It was explained to me that the menu and the price ($40/per) were fixed because of the NYE event they were having that night, and that none of the options on the menu were vegan friendly. After getting the bad news, the gentleman who called me asked if he could call me back in a few minutes. When he did, he told me that he and his staff would fix up a meal just for us! The food and service was excellent, but the fixed price was steep. Drinks weren't even included.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, creative menu!
    GadgetfanVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Our first visit to this new restaurant left us looking forward to returning soon. The food was delicious, with several traditional Indian dishes, and several others that were creative change ups on more familiar dishes. Decor is lovely, and the location in downtown Sunnyvale is convenient. This has already joined our list of "regular" places! We dined on the "restaurant" side. A friend had already recommended it based on her visit to the "bar and small plates" side, IC Lounge.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • average
    sumitVIP
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    They are trying to appeal to an upscale crowd, but the food is not up to par.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet