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Batika India Bistro - Novato

76 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Daily 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
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Phone number
(415) 895-5757
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Anil Shahu
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Cross street
Machin Ave.
Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 76 People Are Saying
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Avenova (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 16, 2014

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

Ladyirish317 (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

vipEspanola (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

Guns4Hire (Central Coast)
5.0  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.

vipNonickname (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 26, 2014

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

vipt6362b (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 19, 2014

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

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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!

Michael (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

vipMissJune (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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!

vipSFJoe (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

eatingout46 (San Francisco)
5.0  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 !

vipElle (San Francisco)
4.0  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!

vipTgodski (San Francisco)
4.0  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.