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
58 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (48)fit for foodies (38)special occasion (15)great for lunch (14)good for groups (13)kid-friendly (10)romantic (4)late-night find (4)notable wine list (2)hot spot (1)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Delicious
    yumyumsf
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The food at Roti is always fresh, vibrant, interesting and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    PJDivaVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    It was my husband's birthday and he wanted to go to Roti. We had the butter chicken, lamb curry, and the vegetable special. They were so kind to bring out rice pudding and purple yam ice cream to surprise him. The meal was delicious as usual and the service was gracious. This is one of our favorite restaurants and I hope you give it a try. I can't wait until our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First experience
    Ginger2VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This was my first visit to Roti for dinner and the food was great and I will be back. I appreciated the wine list, the way it is put together you won't make a choice that doesn't go well with any of the dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go to SF location not SM
    IlovemyfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Hard to believe both locations are under common ownership. We stick to SF location- very consistent in taste and quality. Horrible experience in San Mateo- the same things we ordered in SF were completely different and poor quality. Favorite items in SF- goat cheese naan- outrageously sinful- vegetable pakoras- best I've had anywhere and huge portion- and anything with the deliciously silky korma sauce. I live in Silicon Valley and try to go here whenever I am in SF.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never fails. Ever.
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Best Indian food outside of the U.K and India. Wish it was in the Mission so I could walk to!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming
    FoggyVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This is definitely a neighborhood find. Excellent food (if it takes a while to get to your table, be happy! It means that it is being freshly prepared!) we had the chicken appetizer and the basket of nan. Those two items could have been a whole meal. Both were excellent, the variety of nan was wonderful. I had a special and my husband had a shrimp,dish that came covered with spinach. Both were very good, and not too hot. The owner brought us a hot sauce to try along with a yogurt dipping sauce. The hot sauce was great, lots of heat, actual flavor and no lingering burn. The yogurt did was also very good, and nice to have with the hot sauce. We did not have desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great eats, a bit pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Always delicious and the owner is very friendly and accommodating. While still on the pricey side, probably not a big deal for most wealthy foodies. Too bad it's not more affordable to those who should enjoy great fare at more affordable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    luv2dine
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My husband and I have been looking (for years) for a great Indian restaurant. We tried this once before (take out) and it was good so we went back to the restaurant. The noise level was almost unbearable. The food was most disappointing. Won't be going back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very pleasant dining experiene
    Janice
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We like the food there very much, and the welcoming staff and excellent service make it a very favorite place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    foodiegrrlVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great food and friendly owner and staff. Everything we've tried has been great. They also have some interesting monthly seasonal specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ask for the spice
    Dreamcatcher
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Fantastic as always. I love ordering the Navrattan Korma because you always get a different mix of delicious fruits & vegetables. Chicken Tikka Masala is always a favorite. I'll be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great
    cooksports
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    great, great, great, great, great, great, and greater than great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Indian, far from Union Sq
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Worth the long taxi drive... Truly a nice neighborhood gem, very decent price n great quality. Very satisfied!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Indian Food
    sfDiner
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We were a group of 4, one a strict vegan. There were fantastic dishes available for all of us on the "specials" menu. I had the bhuna gosht (lamb) which was superb. I tasted each of the other dishes. All were perfectly balanced in tastes. The Chicken Tikka Masala had an awesome smoked flavour that came though - delicious! I highly recommend the Aachar Pachranga (pickle plate) very unusual if you're not used to Indian food. The wine pairing is carefully selected to compliment the dishes. We had a Barolo which went with the spiced dishes very nicely. Service was good - not too pushy. Warning: it's very easy to over-order by a lot. We ended up taking a whole dish home with us - but it was delicious the next day!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A perfect spot for Indian Food
    SFVisitor
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    This is a hidden gem in West Portal. Exceptional service, fabulous (although a bit too spicy at times for me) food -- tucked away in a cozy little nook in West Portal. Very intimate and fun. I love to take guests there -- always an adventure. They really care about their customers and it shows!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We're home!
    PJDivaVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    After travelling for weeks, we wondered where we would eat when we returned home. Roti! Excellent food, rice (I'm Chinese, so that's important), and a comfortable setting with welcoming staff. It did not disappoint. We had the lamb special in a flavorful and spicy curry, a creamy chicken curry, and paleek paneer (spinach and cheese). My mouth is watering just writing this review. When I know I want a great meal each time, I got to Roti.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Our favorite Indian restaurant in the Bay Area. You cannot go wrong here. My husband always has the butter chicken. I love their tandori game hen as well as some of the lamb specials. The goat cheese is yummy. The owner/manager is very attentive and very personable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Great
    eatsf1161VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Very good quality North Indian food. Owner who cares if you are having a good experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Indian Restaurant in Bay Area
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    You can not beat this place in the Bay Area. The food is wonderful, plus they offer specials every month that do not appear on any other menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good Indian food
    ElsieVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Stick to the good Indian food here--chicken tikka masala, the good prawns from the roti, regualar naan, all of it yummy. avoid the calamari and the samosas need work. good service and good wine list.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    lookfarVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We brought our out of town guests to Roti and had a fabulous dinner. The owner is friendly and helpful about menu suggestions. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 661 reviews are from the Roti Indian Bistro - San Francisco reviews archive.
  • Always good
    astoriajane
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Roti is my fiancé's and my go to spot. We never leave without feeling completely satisfied, taken care of, and eager to come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We love it here! The food is always 5 star with the service stellar!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kuzey
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We are frequent (weekly) goers to this restaurant. We are not Indians but we love Indian food. Roti serves the best indian food in Bay Area (we sampled all Palo Alto, Mountain View, SF). Chicken Tikka is awesome even for someone does not like chicken! And the owner or manager, is such a sweet and polite guy, asks each time how the everything is. Usually, the service is great. This time, perhaps they were a bit understaffed so it was a bit slower than last time but in general everything is great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    PortalFind
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Always great food and service. Have not had a bad experience..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Indian food
    Scott
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Great Indian food. Good service. Very nice owner who cares. One tomato based vegetable dish wasn't that good. The tomato sauce on that one just didn't work. But Masala or korma sauces are excellent. A bit loud at times. and if your at the wrong tables, the sun reflecting off cars and building hits your eyes hard. Otherwise great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great overall experience
    RDfoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Exceptional neighborhood restaurants like Roti are one thing that make San Francisco such a wonderful place to live. The food was delicious -- much better than a lot of Indian cuisine we've had in the Bay Area. The flavors seemed fresh and very well-balanced. Our server was friendly and attentive. All in all, this turned out to be a great way to celebrate Father's Day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Great neighborhood restaurant. Food is incredible. Owner and staff are friendly and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    KimberlyM
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We have a dairy allergy in our family and our server was very helpful to guide us toward Roti's great dairy-free options. Wonderful meal!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine Tasted Lacking
    neutralParty
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We ordered two different reds and they both tasted the same. I don't drink a lot of wine, but my girl does like her wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A West Portal Legend
    JamieJSF
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Yes. Legend. Legendary Indian food this delicious is not easy to find. One of our quaint little neighborhood's hidden gems.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Roti is our favorite
    NeekVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    We love Roti and have been dining with them for a few years. The food is consistently very good, and we've enjoyed trying the specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great to be back
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Good was great. Had a wonderful time. Will be back again with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good neighborhood spot
    ElsieVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Interesting and reliable Indian food with good specials. Delicious naan and tandoori. My one criticism is that the prawns are somewhat overcooked. But highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always delicious
    crunchie
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I love this place. The food is great, pleasant atmosphere, the people who run it are very nice. It is my favorite Indian dinner in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Roti's
    Roti
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I love this restaurant. My husband and I come out to the city about once a month and we know there are other restaurants out there to try but always come back to this spot because the food is AMAZING!! Fresh, well prepared delicious food!!! WE love the manager and the chef's there and servers always remember us and make us feel at home. We recommend this restaurant to everyone we know!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Heavenly
    PJDivaVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Who knew cauliflower could be so heavenly? Their May special has an entire head of cauliflower cooked in spices and is beautiful when it is brought to the table. Everyone around us gawked and asked but we got the pleasure of tasting this beauty. David our waiter is o knowledgeable and professional. We love eating here and always bring leftovers for another meal (which is delicious too). Vegetarians and meat eaters will find many choices on their menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty food & friendly staff
    Minke
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Once again I had an enjoyable meal at Roti. The staff is always very friendly and accommodating. Our waiter graciously ordered our starters to contain five of everything to suit the number in our group. So helpful of him. I had the special of a whole cauliflower in a creamy sauce that tasted better than I expected. 'Spicy' was in the title so I was a little concerned it'd be too hot but it wasn't. It was absolutely delicious and the spices balanced very well. I'd order it every time if I could. This was the second time I've enjoyed one of their amazing veg specials. Everyone else enjoyed their meals (and taste of my cauliflower). Everyone I speak to always speak very highly of Roti. Definitely check it out if you haven't been!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jody
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    This is one of my favorite places. The service is fast and friendly, the food is some of the best I have had and in general I will definitely be back. The garlic naan was wonderful, the lamb korma mouth watering, the chicken tikki masala as good as I have had anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • West Portal Gem
    PJDivaVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Love the food at this restaurant. They have a May special using an entire head of cauliflower that's tender and oh so good! We had two different dishes of lamb (one with tomatoes and the other, cream) . The sauces were so yummy. We always look forward to dining at Roti.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.