Tandoor Char House
Tandoor Char House

Tandoor Char House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tandoorchicago.com/
  • Phone: 7733272652
  • 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: Fusion / Eclectic, Pakistani, Indian
  • 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.

    Faraz@tandoorchicago.com

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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Tandoor Char House reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (21)fit for foodies (14)good for groups (6)romantic (4)hot spot (4)special occasion (4)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Great
    citykidVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I don't know why I had never been here before but I will absolutely be back. My friend and I love everything we ate and the service was friendly and excellent. BYOB makes it a real bargain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Really good food and big portions with a moderate bill! Great find with delicious food and BYOB!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    You cannot go wrong with any food item you choose here! They have loyal and very cool waitstaff, they've recently redecorated and remodeled the inside and it looks great, and the food was fabulous! We had enough to bring home for another big meal! A word of advice- make a reservation!!! We are grateful we did because although we had to wait about 15 minutes for our table to clear, they were telling walk-ins the wait would be 1.5 hours!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Indian Food
    me24ethnic
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The food was great, and of course that's what makes the restaurant. However I felt there was something missing in the decor. It felt a bit dark and boring. I would think some new lighting and maybe a color would make it feel more "friendly". Having said that, I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We went with a group of 6, 3 who were from England and are fans of Indian food. We were all very happy with the whole experience. The staff was great. Food was plenty and we went home with leftovers. A little loud, but it was fun. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant
    paulista
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    grilled dishes, biryani rices, a relatively short list of vegetable dishes all very flavorful, and prepared as spicy as requested. Attentive and very friendly service. Relatively noisy, but not so much that cannot keep a conversation going, overall elegant feeling and reasonable prices (helped even more by the BYOB policy). Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tikki masala heaven
    Nutterbuttermr
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We loved this place. My fiancé and I took our unadventurous parents here (ordered mild spice on everything) and even without heat our dishes and the naan bread were really good. We all agreed that we will be back. Also, the owners are really friendly and informative. Helped us navigate the menu for first time Indian food experience. Chicken tikki masala is so good. Especially when dipping in some fresh naan.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tandoor Char House, Chicago
    Slava
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hot and Spicy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • How did I not know this place?
    kd8rVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Yummy and staff is so friendly. So glad to have a great Indian place in my area
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great Indian/Pakistani food in a great location. The service was excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding.
    HenryVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing experience
    foodieshoodie
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 103 reviews are from the Tandoor Char House reviews archive.
  • Indian at its Best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Come Hungry!!!
    VirginIslandsFoodLover
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing 18th birthday!
    alwayshungryalwaysthirsty
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, okay food
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food
    Miri
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    TomBeth
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tandoor Char house
    BHerbVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Desi Food
    Saad
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Tikka Masala!
    cgwicklinVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Love Tandoor- my favorite Indian restaurant in Chicago! Great service and food!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place is a neighborhood
    ChicagoDining
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tandoor Char w out of town guests
    ChicagoExplorer
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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!
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  • Best Indian Food in the City!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    Comilancia
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    This place was AWESOME! GREAT food, GREAT service, overall GREAT experience. I highly recommend it!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tandoor was very accommodating
    inga529
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A most welcoming place with
    goodfoodomnivoreVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What sets Tandoor apart? Generosity
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the Chicken Tikka Masala
    Tarheelborn1VIP
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, good service!
    Neil
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Indian food with a nice twist
    food4me
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and BYOB
    CarolD
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic food and great service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice find
    DesiFoodie
    Dined on 12/2/2013
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious!
    gearhead1VIP
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great option in the city
    thegreyman
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fiance and I went here before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely loved Tandoor!!!
    LPfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.