Namaste Madreas Cuisine

3.7
39 reviews
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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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OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 1

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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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YS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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J
San Francisco
114 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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E
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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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SA
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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B
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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T
Central Coast
20 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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d
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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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T
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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RK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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HU
San Francisco
170 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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l
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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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s
New England
61 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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S
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2015
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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

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IF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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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HR
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

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PP
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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L
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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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HU
San Francisco
170 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

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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S
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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

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OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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R
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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j
San Francisco
71 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2013
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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

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F
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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G
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2013
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

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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h
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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HU
San Francisco
170 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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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L
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2012
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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CC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2012
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

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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P
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2012
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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h
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2012
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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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B
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2012
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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

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HU
San Francisco
170 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2012
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Everyone who went with me agreed that most Indian restaurants serve dishes that have lots of gravy and little meat but Namaste is the opposite! Hearty servings - good value for money. Very good service - in fact, we were given a free serving of naan with our order. Because the ceilings are so high, I wouldn't call it a "cozy" setting but all-in-all, very nice.

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F
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have eaten at Namaste 3 times and each time the food has been consistently flavorful, delicious and generous. Service is courteous and attentive. Desired level of spiciness is willingly accommodated. Masal Dosa and uttapam are some of my favorite dishes as well as the lentil soup to start the meal. I will return again.

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