New Delhi Restaurant

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517 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Indian

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Good Vegetarian Options
Named one of the finest Indian Restaurants in the US by New York Times and featured on the Galloping Gourmet TV Show, New Delhi is the place to dine. Decorated like a Maharajah’s private banquet room, the restaurant serves cuisine made from recipes culled from the royal Indian menus dating back 300 to 400 years using the freshest local ingredients. Chef and owner, Ranjan Dey, star of PBS show – “MY INDIA” creates daily specials with his six gourmet spice blends, available nationwide in gourmet specialty stores under New World Spices.
New Delhi Bar has been the favorite hot spot for many, working in the downtown, restaurant and hotel industry, since its inception in 1988. It is famous for its “Double-Happiness-Happy Hour” featuring complimentary appetizers. The first from 4 to 6pm and the second from 10 to 12 midnight – because not everybody works 9 to 5! Soak up the lively atmosphere and friendly company.
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f
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience overall!!
Wish I could submit 4.95 stars.

Signature cocktails were very unique; unfortunately not to our tastes.

J
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Delhi Restaurant presents tasty Indian specialties in a quiet, lovely environment. The service is always prompt and courteous.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Worst Indian food ever. No flavor, chewy chicken and lamb. Just gross. Tasted like naan was microwaved. Avoid at all costs.

M
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! The owner was extremely attentive and helpful. Delicious food. Numerous gluten free and vegan options.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The place smelled. Food was below par. I took a colleague to try Indian food and the experience was very disappointing.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff and owner

T
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A bargin! Had the dinner for two and it was very good. Desert was not to my taste but everything else was excellent.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Indian dinner.

SL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is incredibly flavorful. The staff are attentive and friendly and I REALLY appreciate that they take my food allergies very seriously and make sure my selections are safe for me.

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Reasonable food, cheap prices but don’t expect something special

a
San Francisco
102 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was creative and good. We had mixed appetizers. Then chicken in a coconut yogurt sauce. Had rice and veggies. Service was slow. Waited almost half an hour then barmaid came to take her order. I could see a superior (who could have served us instead of reprimanding her but he was chatting to folk) telling her to go back to the bar, but she saved the day. It was Christmas Eve so a bit short staffed and there were a couple of groups ahead of us. Enjoyed the food which seemed freshly prepared.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the vegetarian meal for 2. It was great, very filling.

LK
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best Indian food I have ever had.

FW
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

one of the great Indian restaurants and has been consistently great for this Alaskan visitor to SF since the mid-90s!

DR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Indian cuisine at a reasonable price served in a beautiful setting.

DH
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and froendly service

OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The staff is very nice but they really keep you waiting.
Food is good but not exceptional.

HM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Downtown SF great get away. Quiet and unique. The owner/chef takes time to welcome you and explain the menu. Enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Ordered from a he specials and the dishes were wonderful,

SS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. I ate here 20 years ago and it was as good now as then.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner was amazing at offering us a variety of flavors. Everything was tasty, he was charming. Definitely recommend.

V
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic and dramatic setting high ceilings and yet intimate. Food excellent well spiced. I had malai kofta. very tasty. nice service. Very enjoyable.

OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite some confusion with the bill, everything was great.

N
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a great find! We had a wonderful dinner with outstanding service. Our waitress was knowledgeable about every dish, which was helpful to some novice Indian food eaters, plus she was delightful to deal with. We thought it was very reasonable as well. Great first night in San Francisco.

j
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambience and delicious food with great service

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriends birthday

R
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a great find. There's a fun bar right at the front. The restaurant and tables are in the back. The service is quick and efficient. The food is outstanding. Ranjan, the owner, checks in frequently and has many wonderful stories. We were heading to the theatre and the staff was very accommodating with our time constraints. If you like things really hot, ask for the Ranjan's special ghost chili. But be warned, it is truly unique and ranks as one of the hottest things I have ever eaten. We will definitely be going back!

FR
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful new find! We ate somewhat early, at 5:30pm on a Saturday and we were the 2nd or 3rd group there. The interior was well suited for the experience with white tablecloths and warm lighting, but not stuffy in any way. People were dressed in jackets as well as more casual attire such as shorts. We were greeted warmly and treated as such the remainder of the evening. The wait staff were very attentive in every way without being overly attentive, and our water glasses were never empty. We knew with the appetizers and the cocktails, that the rest of the meal would be perfect. My chicken korma, with the vegetable pallao, and garlic nan, was perfection. The chicken was perfectly tender and the wonderfully spiced sauce caused me to pause and think, "this is Indian comfort food" to its fullest. My friends had other types of rice dishes and entrees, and were extremely happy and pleased. We were so full that we could not think about dessert, much to our dismay. All the more reason to return again and again. Thank you New Delhi Restaurant for such a wonderful experience.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most Amazing Indian food I've ever had. First time I've ever seen a whole cardamom seed in the sauce - i ate it and it was wonderful. Thank you for for a very satisfying, authentic Indian food experience.

KM
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely delicious and the wait staff was attentive. Would definitely go again next time I'm in San Francisco.

DR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Service fell apart at the end. Hard time getting our check. Also, they reported to OpenTable that I was a no show. Really did not appreciate that. Got the feeling that they are terribly disorganized. However, the food was good and the atmosphere quiet.

JM
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The food was disappointing. Service was fine, but accidentally forgot to give me correct change.

NH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

But don't sit near the aisle where they bring things in on a cart. My husband had to move to the side and still they must've come through at least 10 times!!!

RM
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I made reservations for New Dehli just hours before we arrived. We were seated immediately and there were barely 6 other tables booked. It started out quiet. Within 15 minutes, the majority of the restaurant was filled. While the guests were not unruly, it certain created quite a bit of noise. What I understood was that this restaurant was a tour stop for a group of Indian travelers in San Francisco. I'm not sure they were even in the restaurant an hour. However, their visit did cause that our food didn't come out as quickly as we had hoped. Once they left, the restaurant was again quiet and enjoyable.

Now to the food:

We started with a vegetarian platter of papdum, pakoras, and 1 samosa, served with both a green chutney and a tamarind chutney. They were delicious and we ate them fully.

We asked for 2 bowls of the shrimp chowder. The waitress must only have heard one order, because only 1 arrived. That was actually fine though, because there was a lot of food still to come. The shrimp chowder was super creamy and felt really nice on a cold evening. It had a bit too much salt, so a small quantity went a long way. There could have been a few more pieces of shrimp in the chowder as well. However, the taste was delicious, given that I don't usually care for these types of seafood soups.

Our next items arrived all at the same time: Butter chicken, Murg Akbari, Pullaow (basmatic rice with saffron, cardamon and cloves) , and something akin to Beghan Bhartha (eggplant). We also ordered Garlic Naan and raita.

Butter chicken - Delicious! Made with chicken breast pieces and completely a winner! It paired beauty with the rice.

Murg Akbari: An exotic preparation of chicken with cashews and raisins simmered in a blend of mild spices. This is an excellent dish! So smooth and perfectly seasoned. I could have eaten this all day long!

The rice, raita and naan were all exactly as they should have been. Perfectly flavored and delicious.
It was all excellent!

T
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is always good. This is one our go to places when we are in San Francisco.

LB
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ranjan, the owner, was very attentive, providing us guidance about the dishes we chose, as well as a "special sauce" to help enhance our dining experience. Very pleasant environment before a show. Went at dinner opening hour, so noise may be more as restaurant fills up given high ceilings. Food was very tasty, and the specialty dishes stood out.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was flavorful, the setting is lovely, and Ranjan is a delight.

P
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Really bad food .serve old food .no proper dinning arrangement. I will not recommend anyone to go this restaurant.

CO
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nice restaurant, but very expensive for what you get

MD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food, very authentic. Had me sit at a table that faced another table just a few inches away from each other.

Food is some of the best Indian that I have ever had.

RP
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must visit if you are in San Francisco. Go there when the owner is present. He is charming and a serious gourmand who knows his food.

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