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Tandoor Char House
Tandoor Char House

Tandoor Char House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tandoorchicago.com
  • Phone: (773) 327-2652
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Sunday - 11AM - 11PM
    Please note that we are now reservation only on Friday and Saturday evenings.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian, Fusion / Eclectic, Pakistani
  • Executive Chef: Faraz & Fahim Sardharia
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Cafe, Delivery, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View
  • Catering: Catering available for all occasions.
    Business Meetings, Parties, Weddings, Events, Gathering, Dinners. Contact Faraz Sardharia.


Getting there

  • Cross Street: W Diversey Parkway
  • Public Transit: Halsted # 8 bus
    Clark Bus # 22
    Red Line Fullerton Stop
    Brown Line Diversey stop
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet available Friday and Saturday evenings only. Street parking available all other days.
A word from Tandoor Char House
Fine eating establishments know the essence of the restaurant business, it isn't merely enough to provide good food. The truly memorable dining experience depends upon several other ingredients from the top food selections to the most dedicated people serving you. We would like to lift your dining experience to a whole new level, a level of harmony which not only shows in our atmosphere, but in our philosophy to bring you an experience that is simply unparalleled in the restaurant industry...

We serve 100 % zabiha halal meat, Fresh Guaranteed.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Below average Indian food. One of the worst parts of the dinner was palak paneer, which had such a small amount of cheese and spinach that was too, too old. We basically did no eat it."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Excellent food and wonderful, friendly service. Air conditioning wasn't working but I'm assuming that was a temporary problem. Can't wait to go back Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Yummy and staff is so friendly. So glad to have a great Indian place in my area"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Great Indian/Pakistani food in a great location. The service was excellent as well."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The place looks very unimpressive outside. One inside, the service is very friendly, prompt and outstanding. The decor is simple but clean. The food is even better. The place is a most among Indian restaurants. The only downside is that they do not have wine or liquor service. The allow you to get your own bottle of wine. Our waiter got us a bottle of wine from the "next door" store."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I've been here a few times, and it doesn't disappoint every time. The quality of food is amazing, the service is excellent, and the owner personally comes by your table to greet you. Indian fusion is a brilliant concept."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Fragrant, spicy, memorable! Some of the best Indian food I have ever enjoyed. Service was good, nice cozy ambiance, friendly staff. Will definitely visit Tandoor Char the next time we come to Chicago."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The service and food here are great!!However, if you're not coming with a group, make sure to definitely come with an appetite. The portions are family sized so plan accordingly or expect to take a weeks worth of food in a to-go box."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The food was so amazing! The price was a bit high so that's why I believe this is good for special occassions. When you're willing to drop some dough, this is a great spot!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "I went to Tandoor Char House with a couple of friends. The food wasn't too great, especially the meat, which was very tough. But the service was great. The restaurant was pretty loud with music and street noise."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Yummy and lots of it. Went for first time with our 10 y.o. son for whom this was his first Indian food experience. He loved it as did we. Love the byob."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "What a fantastic experience! Our waiter was so knowledgable and assisted us in picking out the best food for us. The samosas were fantastic. The lamb and chicken dishes were amazing. The condiments: yogurt with spices, cilantro and jalapeno, tamarind and especially great grandmothers carrot concoction - a type of giardiniera, all added so many different levels of flavor to the dishes. This couldn't have been a better food experience. This was our first time to Tandoor Char House and it will not be our last."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "was looking for a Indian restaurant to take out of town company to and stumbled upon some positive reviews on Tandoor Char house and decided to book. Everything we had was great and we left very satisfied and full. The portions were family style and we were very impressed on how reasonable the prices were compared to the amount of food we received. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I've been in the Chicagoland area for the past 20 years and have tried many IndoPak restaurants. The passion for cooking good food, trying new things, and overall providing a world class dining experience has always been lacking... Until now. Fahim did an amazing job of creating an inviting environment, thoroughly explaining the menu, and following through with great tasting food. I would definately recommend Tandoor Char House to anyone wanting to try IndoPak food for the first time, those who have had it for their entire lives, and to those willing to go on an adventure bridging Eastern and Western cuisine. A great model for other desi restaurants to follow to bring excitement to their restaurants revitalizing desi food for our generation"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I have been to Tandoor probably 20+ times. I have taken my sisters there and most recently two friends and everyone has been super pleased with the food and service. I highly recommend the vegetable samosas, chicken or paneer tikka masala, the chana masala is also very good and their garlic naan. The owner is always there and everyone on staff is very friendly."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Love Tandoor- my favorite Indian restaurant in Chicago! Great service and food! "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "This place is a neighborhood gem! Honestly, one of the best Indian food restaurants I have been too. Great atmosphere, great service, and awesome and delicious food! We ordered a beef and a chicken dish - both of which were delicious - the meat was perfectly cooked with the right tenderness. The sauce that the dishes came with were equally delicious - very flavorful. They can also adjust the spiciness of the dish to your preference. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "My husband and I took a few friends visiting from overseas on a Saturday night for early dinner and it was good. The highlight was the host and owner service and hospitality. I actually asked my husband if he knew the host because he was so friendly and familiar. Shrimp tikka was good though more cream than anything else, mixed veggies were great and tandoori chicken was pretty good. Grandmas special pickles/condiment was a great touch!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This is by far the best Indian food in the city of Chicago. The food here is excellent and consistent. I used to live in this neighborhood and visit this restaurant all of the time, but now that I live in the suburbs I still make time to drive in. Unlike a lot of Indian restaurants, the service is also excellent which makes the entire dining experience wonderful. Some of my favorites include the chicken eggrolls, chicken tikka masala, and pistachio and mango kulfi! You can't go wrong with any of those dishes. My only complaint is that it can get crowded on a Friday or Saturday night now that the word has gotten out how wonderful this place is!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This place was AWESOME! GREAT food, GREAT service, overall GREAT experience. I highly recommend it!!!!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Tandoor was very accommodating to our large party despite the limited space (originally was 13 but ended up being 9), with great assistance from the server for determining our order and explaining dishes. The owner was also very present and explained the personal connection between the food and his family. The food was delicious with no shortage of rice/naan, Chutneys, etc. Also, it's BYOB! , and very reasonably priced for the amount of food and quality. This was the first Indian food experience for many guests in my group and everyone enjoyed it thoroughly!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "A most welcoming place with Pakistani (beef) as well as Indian specialties all nicely prepared. The samosas with sweet and spicy sauces on th eside are big enough to share. The tandoori chicken is moist and delicious. The beef neghri(sp?) is tender and tasty, almost as good as that of my Pakistani friend's grandmother, and the curried eggplant is full of spicy flavor. Whole wheat paratha was accompaniment. The mango ice cream is a sweet, cool fruity finish. BYOB with places nearby to pick up drinks. An easy place to have fun and talk with friends."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Generosity exudes from Tandoor. Generous hospitality. Generous portions. Generous service. Generous side dishes that come with your meal. Even if you're not sure you like Indian food, go to remind yourself what restaurant hospitality should be like."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We enjoyed a relaxing dinner at Tandoor Char House. The service was very good and we loved the food. Sauces were excellent and the owner had one that was his grandmother's recipe. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Reserved a table for Valentine's Day. Interior of the restaurant is simple, clean, and contemporary. We were seated in the lower level (there are two floors of dining space) which wasn't bad. The tables are very close together so it was a bit difficult to tune out the conversation of our neighboring table of 6 young ladies. Other than that minuscule issue, we both thought it was a bit cold. I will probably request an upstairs table for future reservations just to avoid these nuisances. The food and service were fantastic! Our waiter was extremely attentive and all of the food we ordered was delightful. Nothing much more I can say except I would recommend the curly fries (I know, but give them a shot!) and the tikka masala chicken."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was great, the waiter efficient, helpful, and charming, and the owner makes the rounds of tables. I will be back. Portions are generous, but try the samosas for appetizers anyway - they are REALLY good."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Tandoor Char House has some really really great Indian food - even for an Indian food newbie like me! The waiter was really nice and helped me navigate the menu and suggested a dish that he knew I would love. And I did! The prices were very reasonable considering how much food they give you! Each entree comes with a salad, so you don't even have to order an appetizer unless you really want to. Next time I think I would skip the appetizer because I was so full AND I took half of my entree home. And the icing on the cake is this place is BYOB. Amazing! Make sure to make a reservation as this place is on the cozy side and on a Saturday night fills up quickly. Have dinner here, you won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "The restaurant was very accommodating for our large group. The servers were extremely prompt and great at giving advise on dish selection. The owner came out to describe some of the dishes we had ordered and brought out an extra side to garnish some of our appetizers. I will definitely be back very soon."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "Came here for a business dinner. Food taste did not disappoint. Each dish had its own distinct flavor. Couple of small fixes could make this place exemplary: Though there were other tables available, they sat us and another group of 4 back-to-back. It felt like both the groups just were too close to each other. In terms of service, the server would remember that he had to bring our food item and he would dash into the kitchen. Could be a case of bad day for him. Very friendly place though. And the above minor things do not change my opinion of the food quality. The mango cheesecake (which I took home) is to die for. Definitely returning here to taste more items on the menu. Kudos to Faraz and team!!"
    Dined on 12/2/2013
  • "I've dined at Tandoor Char House at least seven times now in the past six months, maybe more. I return because 1) the food is outstanding 2) the service is really personal and great and 3) I've not found a place that tops it for delicious Indian/Pakistani food. Tucked just south of Diversey Pkwy, on Halsted, the restaurant is cozy and straightforward. The atmosphere is pleasant, neither formal nor casual. The staff is on point, and you'll be greeted by the owner, Faraz Sardharia, and his family, as well as visited during the meal to ensure your experience is top notch. Faraz's (great?) grandmother's achar is a must-try, as it is delightfully spicy and flavorful. Don't forget, it is BYOB!"
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "I selected the restaurant without checking too many reviews. It is a smaller restaurant and seemed to be quite popular. It was quite busy on a Saturday night. Recommend making reservations before going. The parking is on the street. Plan to pay to park. I have had food in many Indian restaurants. I must say that the food here stood out on how well it was prepared. I had the Chicken Biryani. The chicken was cooked just right in a tandoor with rice that was crisp and cooked. All of that did wonders for my palate. I would recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Fiance and I went here before going to the theatre (very close to the Apollo). The place was packed from 6 pm until we left 90 minutes later. Food was absolutely fantastic! I got the Tandoor Chicken Boti and my fiance got a lamb dish. Both were excellent, but big! Bring your appetite. Started with a vegetarian samosa that my fiance said was the best he ever had. Very well priced, quaint. We didn't have room for dessert, but we'll order it for sure when we return."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Absolutely loved Tandoor!!! I just moved to the area and hadn't had indian food for the longest time. Found this restuarant via OpenTable and was very pleased. It's BYOB ( thank you OpenTable reviewer who posted that). Service was really good, and the staff were very nice and helpful with making decisions from the menu. I would definitely come back. Be sure to maek a reservation since there is limited seating."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Tandoor offers great selection of authentic Indian dishes. Amazing food and out standing service. I've been to Tandoor multiple times and every visit was a great experience. My favorite - Chaat fries, daal, lamb tikka masala, samosa and Garlic Naan. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. Highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "The food was excellent, but it took almost an hour for our meal to come. Although they gave us a complimentary salad, our waiter avoided us for a good 40 minutes while we waited for our food. The restaurant wasn't that large or that crowded, but I think they prioritize take-out orders over dine-in orders, which is unfortunate."
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "Took 40 minutes from order to food on our table. Really, for Indian food!? My Mom could literally have cooked the stuff faster than that. They didn't tell us it would take that long or that we should get an appetizer. Afterwards, server would not come to our table even after making eye contact, yelling at him, and gesturing at him. Took over 30 minutes to get the check, have our food wrapped, and get our credit card back. He was the only server for the room (owner's fault), but he was also blatantly ignoring us. There were other tables he ignored that literally yelled for his attention as well. At the end of it, I just told the nice lady manning the counter (I guess she only handles take out?) to give us our check so we could leave."
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "great tasty food and huge portions will definitely be back"
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "I've been to Tandoor Char House a few times and every time I bring someone new with me, they leave loving it just as much as I do! The food is amazing and I'm not a big Indian food fan! I love the fusion Indian food they serve and the portions are so big there is plenty left for lunch the next day. This family owned, BYOB spot really is a great place to bring friends and enjoy a great meal. I know I will be back again and again!"
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "It was okay ... not sure why all the raving reviews on this place?"
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "Love this place. Food was wonderful. Our server Ryan was excellent. Will definitely be returning!!"
    Dined on 9/20/2013