Namaste Madreas Cuisine

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$30 and under
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Namaste Madras Indian Cuisine specializes in authentic South and North Indian dishes made hot and fresh everyday. We have a buffet during the day that includes plenty of Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian items and a dinner menu at night.
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4.2
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4.2
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3.9
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pacificharps
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant!!!!

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BarbaraM
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

restaurant is too small--only 7 tables. however, the
food was fabulous and worth the wait. service was
congenial and we enjoyed ourselves.

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vipLsllsl
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Ran out of food on buffet. Didn’t get to eat much and no reduction in the price. Poor value

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall3food1service1ambience1

The waiter dropped the water a
When serving my friend and pretended he didn’t notice. I passed the napkin and not even then did the waiter made any attempt to avknodledge he had just spilled water.
The couldn’t eat the chicken curry, it was dry and yucky tasting. And expensive! I had a couple bites and it was so bad no one wanted to take it home. e

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten at Namaste twice. The food and service are excellent in this beautiful restaurant. Once I was with a friend from Bangladesh who stated it served authentic regional cuisine. Although Berkeley is full of great restaurants, the outstanding feature of this restaurant is that it is really, really quiet (due to extremely high ceilings?) so conversation is easy for all patrons at a table for six or eight. Although the truth is that our group was at the restaurant from 6 to 7:30 when there were relatively few patrons so the noise level was low in any event. However I believe it would be relatively quiet even when truly busy. Highly recommended

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vipYutakaSF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious, quick and friendly service, and nice atmosphere with big space and high ceiling. Highly recommend!

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vipJane
San Francisco
120 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had not eaten Indian food in a long, long time, and the reviews of Namaste Madreas looked good. So we decided to try it. It turned out to be a lovely meal. I was worried the food would be too spicey, but it actually was not. We ordered the complete meal to go with the mixed grill and also to go with grilled prawns. The "sides" were delicious with the exception of the massive pile of white rice, which was basically tasteless. The soup was excellent, as were several of the sauces. The prawns were definitely the best of the entre items. We found the meat in the mixed grill to be overcooked and dry. Because we were attending a concert with an early start (7 p.m.), we enjoyed a relatively empty, very quiet restaurant. Our servers were friendly and helpful.

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Emil
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lovely old ?bank building. High ceilings. We had a quiet table in a corner and the waiter turned down the volume when we mentioned a little hearing loss. They were sold out of the lamb (meatballs) which was a disappointment. The food was good and plentiful and the price right.

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vipSkaterAl
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were there for pre-theater dinner. The space is amazing, high open beamed ceiling. The service was efficient, happily dined and out the door with plenty of time to get to the theater. We ate family style. All the flavors were luscious. Particularly enjoyed the mixed grill with seafood and chicken.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very sad as at a little after 5, someone came out to say that the food wasn't ready and the restaurant was not opening. We had been given an open table reservation for 4:30, and the restaurant didn't even open until 5.

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Babs
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and value for money! It was quiet when we were there pre-theater, but the crowds were arriving as we were leaving. So maybe it gets noisier at prime time. We will definitely go back there.

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vipTerrific
Central Coast
26 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our friends who live in India part-time agreed great food!! And kind service. Wonderful night out!

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dineoutoften
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food was good but not memorable. The garlic nan we requested never arrived. Even though there were only a few customers, service was slow. I would not return.

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Tony
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice people, good food, pleasant atmosphere, quiet with lots of space.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

When we arrived for our reservations on Mother's Day the restaurant was closed and locked. Nobody answered knocks on the door or answered the phone. However, there was food sitting out on a table as if someone had just been in there eating...? It was pretty lame. Several other people showed up and seemed upset that the restaurant wasn't open.

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RobinK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was visiting Oakland for a few days, my friend and I were craving Indian Dosa, so we were recommended to this place by the hotel staff. The place is very nice and traditional. I admired the historic building (look up at the ceiling if you want to know what I'm talking about). The food was great, will definitely come again when I'm in town.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had not eaten at Namaste before but was looking forward to a nice birthday dinner. When I arrived with my friends and family, we were surprised to find a sign on the door that said the restaurant was closed. I was not familiar with the area so ended up just walking around looking for a place to have dinner. Not sure why my reservation was confirmed if the restaurant was going to be closed.

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vipHulagirl
San Francisco
185 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I have dined at Namaste several times, each time making reservations through Open Table. I received the confirmation for my reservation from Open Table as well as a confirmation the day before I was to go so imagine my surprise when I showed up and there was a sign on the door that read "closed for family wedding." Somebody at Namaste needs to learn what Open Table is and how to use the computer system!

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viplotus
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Have been dining at Namaste and it's predecessor for many years. Consistently, solidly good Indian food, now with added Southern Indian items as well. Everything is good.

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vipsusannatuttapanna
New England
61 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed the ambiance, service, papadam, naan, llasi, sambar, and tandoori. Yum!

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Snomis79
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2015
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They weren't actually open. Way to go to make sure your hours are right.

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IndianFoodBerkeley
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had a window seat inside Namaste Madreas in Berkeley on a Saturday and our party of 4 had a wonderful time and a great meal. We enjoyed the Pakoras, the Samosas, and the Dosas. The appetizers were served with 3 different sauces. The Tamarind was my favorite.

I was fond of the Catfish Vindaloo, although my daughter thought the food was not as spicy as we like it. ( I agree--it could have been spicier, but I enjoyed it nevertheless.) The vegetarian dishes were delicous.

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vipHowardR
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good and the service fast, making it an ideal choice for a pre theater/concert dinner venue.

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ProfessorPaul
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Namaste Madreas serves large portions of good food. There were five in our party and we were all pleased with our selections. Service was fine, no problems encountered. The setting is interesting as well, as the venue is an old bank with interesting interior architecture. I recommend this restaurant to others.

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vipLarry
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2015
Overall4food5service4ambience3

My wife and I dined here and found the food absolutely delicious. I would say it is one of the best (if not the best) Indian restaurants in the East Bay. The food is authentic, prepared well, and the service is superb. This is South Indian (Madras) food, so it's also a great find for vegetarians, vegans, and those who need gluten=free food. The ambiance leaves a little to be desired, with very high ceilings, aluminum serving plates, and a wine list that leaves a lot to be desired.

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vipHulagirl
San Francisco
185 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience2

I think the prices have gone up a little and the menu is smaller since I last ate at Namaste but I do think it's one of the best Indian restaurants in Berkeley. Food is tasty; breads are wonderful! Ambiance is nil - perhaps it was a former bank - high ceilings jut don't do it for this type of eating place. Our waiter forgot to bring a drink that was ordered and made up for it with free dessert - nice touch!

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vipSasha
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Big space with interesting woodwork no the ceiling (from a prior tenant, I think). Delicious dosa and utthapam!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal at Namaste. We sampled both a South Indian Masala Dosa and the Chicken Tikka. Both were so delicious, fresh and flavorful. The building they are housed in is gorgeous! Will definitely be back!

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vipRc66
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2014
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lots of vegetarian options, and the highlight form me is southern I dian cuisine; idlinand dosas. Highly recommended!

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vipjedshelley
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

the taste of well prepared Indian food was well accompanied by the sound of authentic, live Indian music. A treat

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Nicklesworth
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2013
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Interesting location and good service but the quality of the food was disappointing. I would not go again

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Finefoodfollower
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2013
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food, Interesting sauces, well prepared, generous portions. The menu has the standards plus some interesting variations. There is a lot to choose from, including many vegetarian dishes. There were six of us and they accommodated us without fuss, adding extra plates as needed and even keeping the water glasses filled. The setting is a huge wonderful room and when I go back, I hope to have time do find out something about its history.

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Great
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2013
Overall3food3service3ambience1

We enjoyed our dinner - particularly the South Indian food (Indian restaurants tend to be North Indian). The food was good, not great. The presentation was good.

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hukilau
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have been here several times now. Like their food a lot. Interesting building that used to be a bank. Shrimp karahi was very good! I usually get the eggplant curry, but decided to try something different. Really liked the Karahi sauce more than I thought I would. Will likely get it again. I like their food because it isn't so spicy that you can't taste it! They also have wine. When we get the thali (dinner) we always leave stuffed!

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vipHulagirl
San Francisco
185 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2013
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Wonderful Indian food - my favorite in Berkeley. A little surprising that they didn't have iced tea (which is on the menu) and that the naan took so long to get my table. But the food is very nice and very reasonably priced.

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Lynn
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2012
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I ordered onion nan, butter chicken, and a shrimp dish & all was very good

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CindyChasha49
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2012
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Had been to this restaurant on 3 prior occasions and had been very pleased with the food.
This meal was quite disappointing: tough lamb in the underseasoned curry, naan with little personality, and soup served at the same time as the meal in a difficult to eat from dish.

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vipPeggy
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2012
Overall4food4service4ambience4

There are a lot of Indian restaurants out there, but this new spot in Berkeley has become a favorite. Large, roomy space allows for both noise and quiet conversations. The menu selection is ample and the service is excellent. A great stop on Shattuck if you're in the mood for Indian food.

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hukilau
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2012
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We love the large dining room here which is a converted bank. When we want to go somewhere relatively quiet and low-key for great Indian food, this place is it. The service is nice, and the thali dinners come with dessert. The food here is very good and filling! They give you free papadum with dips as an appetizer. They also offer wine and beer on the menu. We always leave here satisfied and full!

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Babs
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2012
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good value but the food could be more flavorful. Service was great.

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Namaste Madreas Cuisine does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Namaste Madreas Cuisine also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 898-1291.

Namaste Madreas Cuisine is rated 4.2 stars by 42 OpenTable diners.

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