Roti Indian Bistro - San Francisco
Roti Indian Bistro - San Francisco

Roti Indian Bistro - San Francisco

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rotibistro.com/
  • Phone: 4156657684x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 1:45pm

    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:15pm
    Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:45pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Fusion / Eclectic, Indian
  • Executive Chef: Divender Pal Singh
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Inquire with restaurant management.
  • Private Party Facilities: Inquire with restaurant management about our private room available for large parties, banquets and receptions.
  • Private Party Contact: Pankaj Shah 4156657684x
  • Special Events: Large Private Room available for up to 50 people - ideal for parties, office meetings, birthdays, and receptions.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: One-half block from MUNI station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking on West Portal Avenue and surrounding streets available.
A word from Roti Indian Bistro - San Francisco
When brothers Ash and Rajiv Gujral planned a new Indian restaurant, they wanted to create neither an ultra-formal dining room nor a tiny hole in the wall venue. ROTI Indian Bistro marries casual, contemporary styling to classic Indian cuisine. Designer Susan Gujral created a warm, modern space with dramatic color, light and imagery that portrays the rich aesthetic essence of India. The chefs take diners on a culinary tour of India, offering a taste of the North in the Tandoori meat dishes and hints of the South in the vegetarian curries. Fresh breads are available from the tandoor, a mesquite- fired clay oven unique to Indian cooking. Local and organic ingredients blend with traditional Indian spices to create a diverse fresh, menu. ROTI prides itself on the dining experience - at this popular new addition to the vibrant West Portal neighborhood, refined customer service from the attentive staff and fabulous food have established a higher standard of dining for the area.
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Roti Indian Bistro - San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
75 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (59)fit for foodies (47)special occasion (20)good for groups (18)kid-friendly (12)great for lunch (11)romantic (8)late-night find (4)notable wine list (3)hot spot (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Roti is excellent indian-cali
    ellaschrisVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2008
    Roti is excellent indian-cali bistro very clean and you dont smell like curries when you get home we love this place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seated right on time, appetizers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/8/2008
    Seated right on time, appetizers soon followed, however our entrees were very long in coming. They did treat us to another appetizer while we waited, but still must mention the slowness. Otherwise a very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have been several times,
    GaryPegSF62VIP
    Dined on 5/8/2008
    I have been several times, mostly for dinner. Service and food have always been outstanding. I continue to bring more friends here and each one has really enjoyed it. The owners are incredibly gracious and always stop to say hello when I'm there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very noisy!!! Ordered lamb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/6/2008
    Very noisy!!! Ordered lamb chops to be cooked medium but came really well done. Restaurant was very nice about replacing it very quickly and the second time around it was perfect! Even offered to gave us one of the deserts for free!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A nice alternative in the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/6/2008
    A nice alternative in the West Portal neighborhood, but the noise level was much too loud to carry on a conversation. I could barely hear my friends and had to raise my voice to be heard in return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always excellent food. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/29/2008
    Always excellent food. The wine list is a little pricey as it is hard to appreciate subtle flavours with the food. Big simple wines at a cheaper price would be appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • it was a busy night with several
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2008
    it was a busy night with several large parties already eating. we had reservations for 2, but when we arrived we were told that the only table available was a 2-top normally saved for walk-ins - located right in the front, near the door and in the middle. we noticed there was an open 4-top - they said it was reserved for another party. this other party didn't arrive until we were finishing our meal. i felt that our reservation, because it was just for 2, was not respected. the food and service, otherwise, was quite good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The handling of the wine was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    The handling of the wine was very poor, glasses were filled too full, did not let us taste the bottle prior to pouring, and a random foodserver poured all of the remaining wine into one glass against the wishes of the table. Very amateur.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Extremely loud. Service was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Extremely loud. Service was poor, didn't get what we ordered. Waiter was more interested in talking with friends who were at the next table. Overpriced! Won't be going back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Repeat customer. Food is
    Anon
    Dined on 4/24/2008
    Repeat customer. Food is always excellent. Unfortunately when it gets busy at prime times the noise level is very high and it is hard to have a conversation. Need better acoustic soundproofing. Also the seating layout is a bit cramped so my dining companions who were not on the benches kept getting bumped by the servers during the meal, which is not very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our favorite Indian restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    Our favorite Indian restaurant in SF! Wide variety of dishes, amazingly fresh breads and friendly, efficient staff. Well worth the drive to West Portal (and we live in Pac Heights).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We loved the tandoori salmon,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    We loved the tandoori salmon, house dal, basil naan, mango chutney, chicken tikka masasla, and everything else we ordered. The orange kulfi was especially good. The restaurant could use a double entry door (like the one used at Bursa) to keep out the gusts of wind that blow off of West Portal Avenue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The service and ambiance are
    luxnoir
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    The service and ambiance are great, and the location is a good place for meeting friends on MUNI. Once again, I am disappointed in the quality of Indian food in San Francisco, particularly for the price. I'd much rather dine at Breads of India.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Roti was recommended by an
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/13/2008
    Roti was recommended by an Indian friend and we were very happy with the experience. Even our 7 and 9 year old kids loved it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our reservation was for one
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/11/2008
    Our reservation was for one o'clock on a Thursday afternoon. We were told to just sit anywhere, no one seated us. Our food was mediocre at best. The appetizer we shared was a papadam, one samosa too hard to cut in half to share, and two clumps of unidentifiable, greasy vegetable, I think was onion. The fish was nicely done on one entree. The chicken tikka masala was only okay. Price is high for quality of food. When we left there were eight dirty tables, not counting ours. The tables had never been cleaned that were dirty when we walked in and as people left, their tables were not cleaned. Hardly appetizing atmosphere for a meal. The owners were both present & did not seem to mind the dirty tables.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Roti is one of my favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/9/2008
    Roti is one of my favorite restaurants in town. It is close to my house, the decor has an upscale contemporary "downtown" look, the food is always nicely seasoned and service is always consistently good. Please tell the folks at Roti to keep up the good work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent and interesting
    Edward
    Dined on 4/8/2008
    Excellent and interesting Indian cuisine. Good service and attentive staff. Wine list is reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent, beyond compare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/6/2008
    Excellent, beyond compare dishes that have phenomenal creativity and flair--where else can you get goat cheese naan (my addiction). The tandoori fish is always succulent and spankingly fresh. The curries, though, I wish were more authentic and fiery; they're good in a refined and restrained way, but being indian, I prefer the hot, unabashed powerful curry flavor to burst through the roof of my mouth. When we want curry, we go to Shalimar or Pakwan or Naan n Curry, though we'd love to be able to go to Roti--please have at least one or two very fiery and hot more authentic curries on the menu for us desis!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Indian food but
    Veronique
    Dined on 4/3/2008
    Wonderful Indian food but in an elegant Western atmosphere. Spices toned down for Western palate. Good wine & beer list. A very enjoyable experience!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was delicious, especially
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 4/2/2008
    The food was delicious, especially the Nan sampler! The waiter was very kind, and offered us some samples of their newest wine. It was a bit noisy, but that seems to be unavoidable in San Francisco! Overall, the meal was wonderful, and I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is among the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/2/2008
    The food is among the best Indian fare in the city, but the prices are so out of line with other Indian restaurants that this would never merit more than the occasional (once or twice a year) visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had a 9:30pm reservation,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/1/2008
    Had a 9:30pm reservation, arrived at 9:40pm. The guy at the door asked if we were the web reservation and when we said yes, he said "Good, let's get you going, the kitchen is breaking down." Personally, I think that is a bad way to start out your dinner experience. Roti's website says they are open until 10:30pm. The server was friendly, and took our appetizer and entree orders. They did however arrive at the same time, to hich the server said "I guess they had nothing else to do in the kitchen." Again, he tried to play it cute, didn't work for me as a professional statement.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • They should do some smaller
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/1/2008
    They should do some smaller vegetable side dishes. Best curry in SF.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Indian food in San Francisco.
    SunsetVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2008
    Best Indian food in San Francisco. Always fresh, always friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was my second visit and
    Love2celebrate
    Dined on 3/26/2008
    It was my second visit and still an excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The dining experience was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/20/2008
    The dining experience was great. Restaurant is very versatile - for groups, couples, friends, etc. Especially notable was the service. I was at the restaurant early, and was seated immediately. I was able to enjoy a glass of wine casually without worrying that my friend wasn't there yet. A great neighborhood restaurant. The only reason I did not give it an outstanding, is that I typically reserve that for high-end/five star restaurants. However, overall, great food and amazing value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I'm Indian, so I'm very picky
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/16/2008
    I'm Indian, so I'm very picky about Indian food and I go to a lot of authentic Indian dives around the Bay Area. But when my husband and I want some refined Indian food with pristine ingredients and grease-less dishes, we always come here. The service is so friendly, warm, and attentive. We had a fantastic time here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love it when there is a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/14/2008
    I love it when there is a good movie playing in West Portal because I then get to go to my favorite Indian restaurant, Roti. This is the best Indian food I have ever had. EVERYTHING is delicious! The nan is especially to die for! We brought my friend that was visiting from DC and she is a real foodie. She is still talking about it today! :-) Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I went with my mom and 2 friends
    Love2celebrate
    Dined on 3/14/2008
    I went with my mom and 2 friends to celebrate my birthday on March 14, and we had a wonderful experience made even more memorable by the friendly server. The food was delicious, but watch out for the spicy shrimp; it was too spicy for us even though we like hot and spicy foods. She even gave us a complimentary generous serving of a very unique but delicious flavor of Mitchell's ice cream. Everyone will go back and take others. Carol
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best Indian restaurants,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2008
    One of the best Indian restaurants, and happens to be near our 'hood. Love the decor, food, service. Keeps us coming back all the time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Indian Food...a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/10/2008
    Excellent Indian Food...a bit crowded at times but we really like it
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely restaurant-a little
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 3/9/2008
    Lovely restaurant-a little crowded but it feels upbeat and fun. Food is really good and the staff has always been very friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional Indian cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/8/2008
    Exceptional Indian cuisine with a flair for the exotic. Traditional Indian specialities are featured with some fusion elements - naan with goat cheese. All dishes were excusitely prepared and with miminal oil incorporated into the entrees - a distinguishing factor from the usual Indian fare. Prices are reasonable for the dining experience. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good selection, nicely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/27/2007
    Very good selection, nicely seasoned, solid service. The ambiance was good, but the noise was a bit more than desirable though not terribly distracting. Good value overall.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • i dont like Indian food much
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/22/2007
    i dont like Indian food much but I loved the food here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate