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About Batika India Bistro - Novato

Batika India Bistro is a Novato, California, fixture that offers fine Indian cuisine prepared fresh every day. The head chef has more than two decades of experience in the culinary arts, and creates a seasonal menu that changes depending on what is locally available. In addition to locally grown fruits and vegetables, Batika India Bistro utilizes locally harvested mushrooms and wild berries in the dishes as well.

The menu at Batika India Bistro features plenty of curry, naan, and vegetarian dishes that lovers of Indian food will recognize. There are also elegant dishes such as lamb vindaloo and macchi Malabar for seafood lovers. Add a sweet mango chutney or roasted papadums to complete your meal.

868 Grant Ave
Novato, CA 94945
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Indian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

Cross Street:
Machin Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 895-5757

Website:
http://www.batikaindia.com/

Catering:
Call restaurant for details.

Executive Chef:
Anil Shahu

Additional:
Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Batika India Bistro - Novato Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

3.7

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (99)
Fit for Foodies (74)
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Great for Brunch (10)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food and service were great, but it was so very, very noisy. It was hard to have a conversation at our table.

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 20, 2015

There are very few quiet moments when this foursome is together but we all went silent when tasting this incredible salmon. Salmon Kali Mirchi was worth the drive. It's herb encrusted, no sauce and simply stunning. The rest of the food was quite good and the people were charming. We just kept ordering more orders of this dish which I can't ever remember happening before. We will definitely be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2014

Ok, currently the ONLY Indian food in Novato, but it is still good. We were able to get a reservation on New Year's Eve. The service was informed and helpful. We have eaten here before, and will return. My only concern: many dishes have tomatoes, which I cannot eat. Would like to see more non tomato based dishes. When asked, I was told tomatoes could not be removed from servings.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2014

I think Batika is the best Indian/Nepalese food in Marin County. Fresh and clean ingredients and flavors, where some other Indian restaurants are a little "same 'ol, same 'ol", nothing really special or new and different. We don't go anywhere else now. I would say it's one of the few best all around restaurants in Marin, since we're generally lacking in good restaurants anyway in this county. {:

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2014

When first I tried Batika a year ago, it was quite remarkable in that the flavors and ingredients had not been "dumbed down" in the mistaken belief that Americans are incapable of appreciating authentic Indian food.

Unfortunately, whether because a competing restaurant down the street failed, or because the kitchen staff has gotten bored with an unchanging menu, it has declined to the level of "good generic" Indian food.

I can only urge management to review this slide in quality. I am convinced that if ingredients were of higher quality, spicing (and I do not mean just heat) were sharpened and refined, and there were one or two regional or seasonal specialties offered, this could become a destination restaurant in Marin and beyond.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2014

Truly a great indian restaurant. I was a bit concerned when I saw the cooks were not indian but they truly know what they are doing! Awesome food, I ordered the Tandori Chicken and asked for Tikka Masala sauce on the side, so yummy, we also got the palak paneer, usually at other restaurants it is so overwhelmed by onions that it isn't any good, not here, it was perfect! My only reason for not giving it 5 stars was because I was disappointed in the Nan and Roti, such small pieces of bread made it hard to wrap all the good food up together!

Enjoy!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2014

Loved this sweet restaurant -- lovely service & the food was excellent. I'm picky about Indian food & usually disappointed -- I highly recommend Batika!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2014

Food and service is consistently good. The Indian ice cream desert is now my favorite soo yummy do not forget to try this one.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2014

We have eaten here before and it is our favorite Indian food in the area. The wait staff are friendly, polite, and eager to serve.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2014

Staff were welcoming to three children in our party, and understanding when I called to inform them that we were going to be fifteen minutes late.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 16, 2014

Staff are excellent
The food is tasty
What else do you want?

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 8, 2014

I love this restaurant! The service is friendly and attentive without being overwhelming, and the food is stunning. My friend and I totally cleaned our plates. I can't recommend it highly enough. Well worth seeking out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2014

We really enjoyed our dinner at Batika. We order chicken curry, lamb vindaloo, coconut lemon shrimp with saffron rice and coconut rice, etc. Overall every dish was very tasty and cook well. But I must say the best out of the main three dishes was the coconut lemon shrimp it was made to perfection and the sauce was incredible. Every single person in our table was very pleased.

Great quantity, quality for your money.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 25, 2014

One of the best Indian restaurants we have ever experienced. Would recommend this place to anyone. We dined outside. Whole experience was wonderful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 26, 2014

Consistently delicious, this is our go-to restaurant for wonderful Indian food.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 19, 2014

Food and service was excellent . We been here a few times always consistent standard of excellence.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 13, 2014

This was a graduation dinner for our daughter. The food was great and the waiter was very helpful in helping me select dishes that provided a nice variety of food and adequate portions for everyone in our party and the rest of the service was wonderful.... Thanks guys it was great!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 12, 2014

We went for a family dinner outing, and the experience was very good overall. The only thing we split on was whether or not food was markedly better tasting than Lotus in San Rafael. I thought so, but the rest of the family didn't agree.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 16, 2014

As always, we had another wonderful dinner. We always look forward to coming in. On Friday evening we sat next to a nice couple who was new to the area. They were so thrilled that they had found such a wonderful Indian restaurant. The food and service is always fantastic.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 26, 2014

Gosh, I love this place. Every single bite is so delicious. I should eat here once a week. I have been to India and truly love it. This saves that very long drive and flight. Take my word for it, this place is the best.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 18, 2014

We frequent Batika at least twice a month and we are NEVER disappointed! The food is always delicious and fresh and the service is friendly and prompt. The decor on the inside is ecclectic and fun but there is also an outdoor patio for 'al fresco' dining. Best Indian restaurant in Marin!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 11, 2014

We love the fact we have a terrific indian restaurant in Novato that is as good as any in San Francisco. We visit there on a regular basis and always leave pleased with our choices and the quality of food. They offer a lunch buffet which is pretty decent as well for $8.95. Give it a shot.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2014

My husband and I have brought friends with to dine at Batika Indian Bistro several times, as well as having eaten there on our own on several occasions. The variety of delectable and savory dishes available on Batika's menu are a delight to the palate. We have sampled a variety of lamb, chicken and sea food dishes as well as some of Batika's curries. We have never been disappointed with our choices. The food is absolutely delicious and the service is warm, friendly, very polite. The aromas emanating from Batika's kitchen as you enter the restaurant are heavenly. They are an olfactory indicator of the wonderful food that you will experience at this restaurant. We eagerly anticipate our next visit to Batika Indian Bistro !

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 17, 2014

..that was nicely marinated, moist and not overdone that one typically finds in most Indian restaurants! Achari eggplant was very good, spices were flavorful without being overwhelming. The Kashmiri Rogan Josh (lamb) would have been really good as well except the lamb cubes were not tender and seemed overcooked. The vegetable pulao was good; appreciated the vegetables not being overcooked. My preference is having the vegetables cut slightly smaller so overall dish texture be more balanced. The garlic naan was perfect! Great different pickled condiments along with their mango chutney were really good condiments that fit everything! Looking forward to sampling more on menu as they have very enticing options!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 7, 2014

Four of us enjoyed great service and food. One of our party has a severe sesame allergy and the server was very attentive, making sure the hit hen was aware. I love the French brasserie-esque atmosphere. Everyone was delighted with their food choices, salmon, lamb and veggies.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2014

HAD A GREAT TIME, FOOD WAS FRESH AND GREAT, BUT LOTS OF SMOKE THROUGHOUT RESTAURANT WHEN THE TOOMARI PLATES OF SIZZILING FOOD WOULD BE BROUGHT OUT TO TABLES, POOR VENTILATION.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2014

We hate to admit it but we drove by this restaurant for years wanting to try it but hadn't. We began eating there about a month ago and love it. The food is fresh, delicious, and consistant. The staff has been very helpful as we have needed some direction while ordering. We will continue to go. It's now one of our local favorites.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2014

We'd only experienced the lunch buffet which is decent food for a reasonable buffet price.
When we scheduled a party for the evening, I was pleased to be able to do so online. Food was decent as usual, but the price was surprisingly high. I don't think I'll be scheduling dinner events here again.
Still, nice staff and location.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2014

Eating at Batika is like a trip on the Orient Express! Very authentic in terms of menu, food and waiters. Love this place so much, it's the best Indian food I've ever had!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2013

Great meal, service, all-around pleasant experience!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2013

Wonderfully presented, adequate portions, affordable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2013

I ate here because it was conveniently located and the reviews were good. I was not prepared for how outstanding it was. This is the best Indian food I have had in the Bay Area. So often it is too heavy, to greasy or overpoweringly seasoned without subtlety. I found the food to be fresh, authentic and prepared with attention to detail. The waitstaff were attentive and gracious. Small but OK wine list. Kind of a romantic little restaurant with an outdoor seating area that would be nice for lunch. I look forward to going back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2013

I've passed by Batika countless times but never had the opportunity to go in. I am so glad I went the other night with two other companions. We shared many dishes and every single one was delicious! My only complaints are that the tables are a little close to each other, and the noise level is fairly high. I'd really like a slightly quieter dining experience, but it was otherwise top-notch.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2013

Food and service were great. Second time visiting cant wait till we come again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2013

Love this place. Love the food. Love the owner. We practically licked our plates clean! Will be back many times!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2013

This little restaurant is delightful with a wait staff that attends to your every need. Food is great and the service is not pushy. Whatever your pace this is just the place to relax and enjoy your evening.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2013

Fantastic food, great value and friendly service. I'm from the UK where they have the best Indian restaurants. This is the only place I've found where the food quality compares. I was happy to see it so busy, and it is definitely worth the drive to Novato.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on August 29, 2013

A real find. Food quality, taste and presentation are all excellent. Service staff is professional, attentive and friendly. Anyone who likes good Himalayan/Indian fare will want to frequent this Marin County gem.

If you haven't wandered the charming streets of Novato, don't miss the chance for an after dinner stroll.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2013

Our favorite Indian restaurant in Marin. Had a lovely time with friends. Lots of great flavors. Everything was delicious.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2013

The food here never misses a beat. Service is impeccable. All the dishes are full of flavor, and the staff will help you balance out your choices so you get a good sampling of dishes.

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