Batika India Bistro - Novato
Batika India Bistro - Novato

Batika India Bistro - Novato

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.batikaindia.com/
  • Phone: 4158955757
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30AM - 2:30PM
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Anil Shahu
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Call restaurant for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Machin Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Batika India Bistro - Novato
Now in beautiful heart of downtown Novato, Marin County, Chef Anil Shahu is bringing resident and visitors the finest Indian cuisine, with an array of dishes prepared fresh daily. Enjoy the benefit of Chef Anil Shahu's 11 years of culinary experience and let his passion delight your every bite. At Batika India Bistro we are committed to using the freshest and most colorful foods to create a unique cuisine. We are fortunate to have access to some of the finest local grown produce as well as the incredible cooking talent to put it all together. Our menu changes several times a year with varying seasonal touches.
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Batika India Bistro - Novato reviews from OpenTable diners
17 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (11)neighborhood gem (10)fit for foodies (8)kid-friendly (6)good for groups (6)great for lunch (6)special occasion (6)romantic (6)Show More
  • This is the best Indian food
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    This is the best Indian food in the North Bay that I know of, or for that matter san francisco, though Anohka down the street is a not-distant second. The flavors are fresher than usual but still with nice depth and complexity sometimes lacking in more modern Indian restaurants. Only small grip is I asked for "Hot- very hot- as in REALLY HOT" and got moderately hot for the salmon entrée. The other three dishes were perfectly medium and delicious and the bill seemed quite low ($75 including 2 glasses wine)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious and varied entrees
    cwh1
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Delicious and varied entrees and side dishes. Excellent, personable service. Perfect romantic dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Good Indian food. Our friends
    SkipVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    Good Indian food. Our friends had told us that it is the best in Marin... qand e-mailed us a list of their 8 favorite dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service was excellent,
    torchyVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    The service was excellent, the atmosphere welcoming and the quality of the ingredients were top notch and cooked to the right degree. But, if the seasoning of our food was the norm it is far to bland and I am not just talking about the heat. The flavors I normally associate with Indian cooking were just plain lacking. Because of that we will probably not return but if we ever do I will make sure to have a discussion about both the level of spiciness and the strength of other seasonings. For those of you who normally have to request your food extra mild, this is the place for you!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • The ground lamb kebab was
    elliebellieVIP
    Dined on 1/20/2013
    The ground lamb kebab was wonderful ! Highly recommend, excellent and friendly service as well. Looking forward to trying other dishes, this was our first visit here. Yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Good food and excellent value.
    Miloulababbus
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    Good food and excellent value. Very friendly service. Worth the extra miles of driving to Novato.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A good quiet place with excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/16/2013
    A good quiet place with excellent customer service. One of the best Indian restaurants out there in Novato.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A small and cozy restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    A small and cozy restaurant that provides good food and good service at a reasonable price. Wonderful mid-week occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • terrific food quality--was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2012
    terrific food quality--was surprised it was so great. and we have fussy eaters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • What a find!
    StellaVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2012
    This place knows how to cook and please! Flavorful, tender food and surprising wine list that's very affordable. Some of the best Indian food I've had in the greater Bay Area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I hadn't lunched here in over
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/9/2012
    I hadn't lunched here in over a year, and I remember the food being a bit better then. The food was pretty good though and I wouldn't hesitate recommending this restaurant to my friends and associates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great neighborhood spot
    ShirazVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2012
    This was our first time at this restaurant and we had a thoroughly enjoyable meal. We started with the appetizer BBQ plate (Shish Kababs & Chicken) which was scrumptious (and large, we had to take a few pieces home. This was followed by Lamb Vindaloo and Chicken Tikka Masala. The lamb was tender and the masala (gravy) was delicious. The chicken was tender and very tasty. The dishes are quite large and we were able to bring some of the chicken home. We like our curries to be hot and spicy, and the chef obliged. The food was quite spicy and to our taste. Service was fast and efficient. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • it seemed that the restaurant
    califgalVIP
    Dined on 2/18/2012
    it seemed that the restaurant was brand new because of how flustered the wait staff was with a busy saturday dinner crowd. the food was good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We absolutely loved every
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/3/2012
    We absolutely loved every single thing we ordered, even the coffee. I am not usually a big Indian food fan, I only like certain things, but I have to say, this is the best Indian food I've ever had, and my husband, who loves Indian food, couldn't get enough of this place. I can't wait to come back with friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food and service were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/24/2011
    The food and service were great. We really enjoyed the cheese/onion naan, chicken, etc.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • My expectations were not met.
    torchyVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2011
    My expectations were not met. While there is no question that the food is good, unfortunately there is better Indian on the same street let alone in San Rafael and Petaluma. The flavors seemed muted from the complimentary papadums, thru the samosas and on thru the tandoori chicken and especially the sheek* kabob. Also heat was missing perhaps because I was not asked and did not think to request medium rather than mild. The highlights were the complimentary carrot chutney and the lassi. I was also disappointed that neither the waiter nor the man who seemed to be in charge were aware of the allergies I alerted them to on my open table reservation. *menu spelling
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were extremely impressed
    MouseVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2011
    We were extremely impressed when the chef/owner came to our table to ask if the "spicy" lamb vindaloo was to our liking or not (it was!), but no one has every asked that question! Later, when we asked the waiter what spices made another lamb dish so delicious, the chef came back - amazing! Honestly, I dont know why I asked, because I know I can never duplicate it. We will definitely be back. In fact, I really want to support great food like this in Novato! It's about time! When we first moved here therestaurant choices were abysmal. So glad to have Batika here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food fit for dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/1/2011
    Novato now boasts two amazing Indian cusine eateries. Batika blends a unique spice bouquet into their dishes while not overwhelming them with curry or peppers. The staff is pleasant, friendly, helpful. The manager is great and reads online requests for special elements like Happy Birthday messages. I always enjoy introducing new guests to this wonderful place. Namaste!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always open for me
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2011
    Batika India Bistro makes me curious. It always seems empty. Dead. At any moment ready to close up shop. And I don't understand why. It's fantastic. I learned about good Indian food in London. There you see quality Indian food is not "everything smothered in curry". You get a full mouth of sweets, savories and everything in between. Only at Batika have I experienced the same style. Maybe that's why is not packed....Americans only know one kind of Indian food...the American kind. Fine with me...always a table available when I want to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great option in Novato
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/14/2011
    Very good Indian standards. Menu is a bit limited but very well done. Service was great, very friendly and helpful. Good place for a date night or a dinner with the family. Wine menu is limited.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a great place; can't
    StellaVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2011
    What a great place; can't wait to eat there again! I hope the locals support Batika so it'll be around for a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Indian Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 3/19/2011
    This is a great restaurant in downtown Novato. I am looking forward to going back in the summer when we can sit outside on the patio. We ordered Chicken Tikka Masala, Dahl, saffron rice and Naan bread--it was all delicious. We asked the chef/owner if they use MSG as another reviewer stated, and we are pleased to report NO MSG!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too much MSG in the food....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/14/2011
    Too much MSG in the food.... I couldn't get enought water all night!
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    • Noise LevelModerate