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Batika India Bistro - Novato

78 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (5)
  • Spicy (4)
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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 78 People Are Saying
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4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

The food is excellent, but the restaurant is very noisy to the point that our ears hurt and we were not able to talk comfortably across the table (there were three of us). I think is was due to larger parties in the center of the restaurant. Last time we ate there, we sat in the middle and didn't notice the noise.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Excellent buffet. Great value. Highly recommend!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

We've been searching for quite some time for a go-to Indian place for our family in Marin, and we've found it. After living for ten years in London, our standards for great Indian food are high, and we had yet to find anything that really came close in Marin. We had a meal there last week with my two kids, and was really happy with the quality of the food. Only complaint we had was about some shrimp that simply weren't cooked enough. The rest of the dishes were great, the kids were happy, and so were we since we now have a go-to Indian place.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

We were there during the lunch buffet so it got kind of crazy and loud. We decided to order from the menu instead and the team was still attentive and thorough.

vipLadiesWhoLunch (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

I wish I could say this was a great experience - it was truly OKAY - no better ! Upon check in the concierge said that the Open Table system was not working - REALLY ?!?
We were offered the buffet or option to order from the menu - I took the buffet and was underwhelmed - my friend had a vegetarian rice dish and appetizer - again, OKAY
Doubt that I will return.
By the way, were there to celebrate my special #70 birthday - it was just OKAY :(

vipTheColonel (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 9, 2018

I have eaten here many times in fact I drive 20 miles from Petaluma but have only had lunch this is first time having dinner and I was super impressed. We ordered tandori chicken, saffron basmati rice, raita and lamb kebabs. The food was excellent. We also ordered a glass each of house sparkling wine, Zinfandel and Clausthauler. Highly recommended.

vipGreek46 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Decided to try this as we like Indian food. It did not disappoint! Food was very good and will definitely go back and take some friends with us. The service was good and very friendly.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

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

vipBurghardt (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

Chris (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

vipelliebellie (San Francisco)
4.0  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. {:

vipPoirot (San Francisco)
3.0  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.

vipTasman (Chicago)
4.0  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!


vipCarole (San Francisco)
4.0  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!

vipt6362b (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

Indianfav14 (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

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.