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About Little India Restaurant - Downtown

Started more than 20 years ago by two families recently arrived from northern India, the Little India Restaurant Downtown in Denver, CO has become a local institution. Continually receiving "best of" awards, it is a restaurant that specializes in the use of fresh and seasonal ingredients prepared to perfection.

A full drinks menu ensures that your visit to Little India Restaurant Downtown is jolly and fun, but it is the food that will inspire. Appetizers range from unusual choices like onion bhaji and jaipuri samosa. There are lovely fresh soups and salads, but the real showpiece of any meal at Little India Restaurant Downtown is the tandoor dishes that arrive in the clay oven hot from the stove.

1533 Champa St.
Denver, CO 80202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: 2:30pm - 10:00pm, 7 Days a week

Cross Street:
15th & Champa

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 629-5777

Website:
http://www.littleindiadenver.com/

Entertainment:
Thursday Night: Live Jazz, Friday Night: Live Sitar Music

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Little India Restaurant - Downtown Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.2

service

3.9

ambience

3.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (190)
Neighborhood Gem (165)
Great for Lunch (119)
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Good for Groups (89)
Special Occasion (63)
Romantic (42)
Kid-friendly (35)
Late-night Find (27)
Great for Outdoor Dining (20)
Hot Spot (17)
Great for Brunch (9)
Notable Wine List (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Scenic View (3)
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 22, 2016

The food was good, but not worth the long wait to get it! If the food had been extraordinary, I probably would not have cared about the long wait as much. But it was pretty average and I won't go back again. I wouldn't recommend this place.

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 (Austin)·Dined on May 14, 2016

We located this restaurant on Open Table and chose it when visiting Denver. The food and service were outstanding--including my dinner of Chicken Teca Masala (sp?). All in our party enjoyed our meal (dinner) and raved about the food and service, even in comparing it to other Indian restaurants in other cities!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 1, 2016

We had a 7:30 start time for the Symphony and since it is across the street assumed checking in at Little India at 6:15 was good. Our waitress was great and kept saying it would be soon but our food (which is always delicious) showed up at 7:03. We gobbled what we could in 12 minutes and since we didn't have time to put leftovers in the car, we just left them. The food we could eat was great but a very disappointing dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on March 31, 2016

Good little spot for Indian food. I actually prefer the location on Grant St, but this one gets the job done. Love their naan!

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 8, 2016

We were going to a downtown concert and decided to a hotel for the night. My wife was starving at 2:00 and was craving Indian food. We found the Little India restaurant only two blocks from our hotel. It was excellent! My favorite was the Lamb Madras, one of their specialties. We had them amp up the heat. It was yummy. They have and extensive menu, great Tandoori dishes and a decent wine selection for an Indian restaurant. Since we went so early we boxed up good portions of leftovers and went back to the hotel for a nap before the concert. We didn't eat dinner but rather munched on the leftovers with a nice bottle of wine after the concert. A great way to do a concert.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 4, 2016

Not only is the take out amazing, the dine in experience is wonderful. The food is always great and the service was spot on. Just enough attention without hovering. Every time I have been here (or ordered in) the experience has been fantastic!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on March 4, 2016

Before a CSO concert, I wanted to take a friend to an Indian restaurant. She who is vegan but hadn't eaten at an Indian restaurant before. Found Little India on OpenTable. Very nice place with good food. Not fancy and inexpensive. Will probably return.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 1, 2016

The food was exquisite. In addition to classic Indian dishes they had some specialities that were Greek and middle-eastern inspired. The overall menu prices were a good value; however, the special menu offerings that we ordered (a vegetarian thali and the lamb patties), were over-priced in comparison to the rest of the menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on February 16, 2016

Love Indian food but this was mediocre. The bhuna was so so, not a lot of flavor. The vindaloo was the same, not at all spicy and rather so so. The Cheese Naan was great. Probably won't go back.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 13, 2016

The food is amazing!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2016

Well, It was only the lunch buffet, but we expected more from the "best Indian restaurant" in Denver. Ambience??? Maybe it's really good for dinner but I wouldn't bother.

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 (London)·Dined on January 29, 2016

I went one day and told to make a reservation. I made a reservation for the next day. When I arrived for my reservation, they didnt even ask if I had one.

I know the restaurant can be busy but it kinda odd policy to make a reservation and once you have one, they dont ask you.

Food was good.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 19, 2015

Great special dishes! Delicious food

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2015

Very nice Indian food, convenient for before the theater or symphony, and their chicken tikka korma is delicious!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 20, 2015

Our waitstaff was attentive, food was spot on, nana was extra garlicky and our waitstaff even brought an extra chai for me to take home when I couldn't finish mine but wanted to bring it home:) There was live music too!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 24, 2015

I ordered the chicken Vindaloo. It was the best I have ever eaten.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 18, 2015

Little India is a great place before hittting the theatre! It's a five minute walk from the Buelle.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 3, 2015

Service was slow and inattentive for a relatively slow night.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 18, 2015

Solid food and service. Dishes were flavorful, great heat and naan was very good. My only issue was the noise level. It was very hard to follow a conversation w/ the live music. Otherwise, I would give a higher review.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 12, 2015

Food not good, bland. Service was good, ambience OK.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 11, 2015

The menu is fairly extensive. Our party had the fish curry, chicken tikka masala, saag paneer, saag chole, and the bharta makhni. Reasonably good, especially considering we're far from the excellent Indian cuisine found in the Bay Area or Manhattan. However, we could have done without the very loud sitar music (don't get us wrong, we love sitar...but only when it's well played and doesn't drown out conversation). All in all, we'll be back--we'll just ask for a table far from the music.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 13, 2015

The service was outstanding and helpful in selecting a dish from their menu. The food was excellent overall with lovely flavors. I had the Lamb Rogan Josh and it was perfectly prepared. Having moved from England, it isn't as good as Indian there but it is pretty close.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 7, 2015

Little India Restaurant provides good quality Indian dishes that you would expect from the standard Indian restaurant.

We had a 6pm reservation, and I'm not certain if it was the rain or lack of nighttime interest that had the restaurant half vacant. The atmosphere seems a bit aged, and we were greeted promptly and seated by an indifferent hostess.

We ordered simple Indian dishes. Lamb Masala and Sag Paneer, with rice and Naan. The order came to the table in two smallish sized chaffing dishes that held a surprising amount of food. The Masala was creamy and flavorful, and the Sag Paneer was served a bit differently that what I had been used to with a cream or Melted cheese in the spinach mixture.

The waiter was quick on the drink refills, and were satisfied with our meal. It was not the most exceptional Indian Food, but flavorful and the quantity of food was more than enough for the two of us. If you're staying near the convention center downtown, and enjoy Indian fare, stop by for some casual dining.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on June 4, 2015

I came with two friends, who are visiting from India. One of them said that the food from Little India was better than food that he's eaten in India. My compliments to the chef, and to the waiter who took care of us.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 23, 2015

or so says a youngster, whose handwritten message is taped up by the entry way. And the food here is very good: tasty, spicy, well organized. This isn't a fancy restaurant, and parking can be a challenge, but the meal is well worth the effort to find a place to park.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 5, 2015

We were a party if 4 and each of us had a different dish. They were all delicious, and the service was friendly and fast! We will definitely be returning.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on March 22, 2015

The dinning experience started well, with my first beer being brought promptly to my table, but quickly deteriated soon after. I was asked if I'd like an appetizer, to which I replied poppadom. The poppadom never arrived. I asked for a second beer, on three separate ooccasions. The beer arrived at the same time as the main course, which was to late for me. I had lamb madras and bombay allo. The madras had 5 small pieces of lamb and the bombay allo really didn't have much Potato at all. Overall a bit disappointed

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 22, 2015

The food was okay. I wouldn't return for the food. The service was poor. After our food arrived we didn't see our waitress again until 30 mins after we had finished eating. I asked another waiter if we could have our bill 15 minutes after we where done since it seemed he was handing them out to everyone. He said he would, but ignored me after my initial conversation. I recommend going to one of the many other restaurants in the 16th street mall area.

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 21, 2015

Great service, fantastic food. This is a hidden gem in downtown with a great menu. We will be back soon!

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 27, 2015

We usually go to the 6th Ave location but were meeting someone downtown. Delicious, consistent food. Wish they had asked about our spice level preferences and we had to search out a spoon. A bit high priced for the portion size, but all Indian places tend to be due to the number of ingredients and time it takes to make the curries. I do wish they wouldn't charge so much for condiments, though - that is excessive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 14, 2015

My wife and I went there for Valentine's Day dinner. The restaurant was packed but, with our reservations, we got right in. The food was wonderful, from the Lamb Saag through the Tandori chicken to a perfect wine. Our service was delightful and prompt. Great downtown atmosphere in the heart of the city. We're definitely dining there again, next time with the family!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 14, 2015

Everything we had was delicious and the servers were very friendly and willing to give you suggestions if you aren't familiar.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 14, 2015

Food is so good, I always stuff myself!

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 21, 2015

Buffet lunch has good selection of food to try out

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 19, 2014

Food pretty good. Not the best Indian I've had. Wine was off.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 13, 2014

Ask to sit near the rear because every time the door opens, the cold blows a cross your table. We had to put our coats on. Food was great but they need to invest in a vestibule.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 6, 2014

Food was awesome, service was great. Chai Tea was very very good. It's a great place in a great location. I was able to plan a date night and have dinner and a show right next door. The Bovine theater is two doors down and it was a really fun show.

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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 (Denver)·Dined on November 23, 2014

The buffet lunch on Sunday was quite varied; it had many of my favorite dishes. The food was delicious.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 21, 2014

Perfect spot for dinner prior to DCPA events. The staff was very attentive, and honored our request for speedy service so that we could make the show. Excellent traditional and vegetarian options.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 8, 2014

I love the chicken tikka masala at Little India. With that said, this dining experience left more to be desired. The service was definitely lacking the night we ate at the downtown location. I saw people who were seated after us get their drink order and drinks before someone even acknowledged us. My husband ordered the chicken vindaloo which is touted as fiery hot. Fiery hot it most definitely was not. We confirmed with our server that it should come that way and we didn't need to specify heat level. It just tasted like a basic tomato sauce. Between the poor service and lackluster vindaloo, I will not be able to convince the husband to come here again. Disappointing because we always have great service at the Downing location.

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