New Delhi Restaurant

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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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San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

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
24 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
10 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

LB
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

P
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice restaurant, but very expensive for what you get

MD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

w
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the beat Indian restaurant I have been to in The Bay Area. The Naan, Dal soup, butter chicken and saag paneer were all exceptional. Decor is neat, too. There is a reason they have been there for 30 years.

L
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

This restaurant could be gorgeous but it’s not. The service was almost non existent. Did not check on us during our meal, despite needing our drinks refilled... no servers anywhere near to attract attention either and there could only have been maybe 6 tables with guests. The food was well below par for an Indian restaurant. The actual situation and decor was beautiful but not enough is being made of the restaurant. Carts with unused crockery, napkins etc. A blue plastic cart parked near the entrance to the kitchen. Emergency exit doors were dirty and miserable looking. The whole place needs an overhaul with far more attention to detail and your customers!

P
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal w/ exceptional service

J
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Never had such bad naans - the garlic naans were horrible.
I had ordered a mild dish which turned out to be very spicy. When asked to have it mildl, they took it back and added so much water in it that it was disgusting.
Bad place.

v
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy the restaurant. We missed seeing the owner greeting the guests. Apparently, he was traveling. We look forward to seeing him next time.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Very slow service
Tasteless food
High prices
Bill was provided as a handwritten note

R
San Francisco
155 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I would love to provide a better review. I really want to love this restaurant. Sadly, though, the food we had was mediocre at best. Perhaps it will improve when I return and try other things, in which case I will write a more positive review.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The staff just aren’t very friendly. No effort to engage with us. We were looking for guidance about the food we were ordering and just didn’t feel we got that. Very disappointed and won’t return.

s
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful San Francisco dining experience near Union Square. Excellent food and service await you in New Delhi.

j
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my first visit to New Delhi, but it will now be my go-to spot for Indian food. To be perfectly honest, I have gradually cooled to Indian restaurants over the past ten years or so. The main reason is that I found myself coming away feeling that every meal was basically the same, and that boiled down to mushy curry dishes over rice. With that in mind, my experience at New Delhi was a welcome breath of fresh air. The large menu offers many distinctive dishes. I had the Balti Style Mango Prawn dish and loved it. The waiters were very attentive.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place we found close to our hotel and could book on open table! Very authentic and our waitress made a suggestion from my norm and really hit the spot. Kudos!

BW
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My wife and I chose to eat here because it was conveniently on the way to the Curran Theatre from BART. We enjoyed the samosas, papdums, sauces, eggplant tamarind and Alu chat croustade. The by-the-glass house cabernet and zinfandel were acceptable. We don't recommend the assorted tandoori platter (dry and not tasty) and paneer pakora (not tasty and not stuffed with chutney as listed on the menu).

SJ
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

We ordered vegetarian food. The appetizer was ok but the entrees were too salty.

n
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very disappointing- hadn’t been here for a few years and won’t go back. Chicken tikka was dry. Eggplant was too salty to eat.
Chicken was served and the rest of the dishes didn’t come for another 20 minutes

w
London
20 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of the best Indian meals I've ever had and I eat Indian food nearly every day. The food was authentic and not heavy with oil or gee. Compared to other restaurants in SF this was really good value for money.

KM
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

If you don't mind being seated near the bathroom and where they store the extra catering lids and bins of odds & ends, as well as not being attended to well then I would recommend this. The food was very good but the service & where they hid us was not so great.

AB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The food was good but the presentation could be improved especially the rice served on plates is very hard to enjoy when it consistently is falling on the table.

VP
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

No Indian beer available, Garlic nan came with a powder spray on the regular nan, asked for butter nan, which came with no butter. Service is horrible. I would not go there again.

SE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was very good but the service was terrible. The waiter got the order wrong, 3 out of 4 got it right and when the right order finally came all 3 had finished their food and there was no apologies. So even though it was good food we will not be back.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was 3/10. Service was so so. I won’t return

TD
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Our server was clueless in trying to describe the wine selection.

d
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent Indian food -- only the desert was disappointing -- otherwise five stars. Overall, we like to go there. It is difficult to pick dishes for small childs since almost everything is too spicy for them and one has to pay the full adult price. The ambiance is special, but very nice. The place is somewhat too pricey given the moderately sized portions.

GM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, lovely ambiance and absolutely delicious food!

P
Anchorage
18 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Just ok I’m afraid. Interesting that they offer a free dessert if you post a positive review while you are there and show it to them. Not sure how unbiased the reviews are? Anyway, not a terrible meal but by the same token, not a memorable one.

LM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, service was first class not rushed at all.

LG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Service and food was excellent . We ordered simple comfort food and it was very good . Enjoyed the food very much , will recommend it

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