Nirmal's

4.1
190 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian

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About

Nirmal’s is the culmination of over 30 years of culinary experience of Chef Nirmal Monteiro, our five-star chef. His lifelong dream is realized in this restaurant, showcasing his talents and inspired by great traditions of Indian food, yet re-imagined with the influences of his global culinary journey.

Chef Nirmal combines fresh local ingredients from the Pacific Northwest with traditional ingredients and spices from across India. The tastes are at once familiar, yet new and exciting. Prepare for a dining experience with diversity and subtlety of flavors not available in any other Indian restaurant!

At Nirmal’s, we believe that dining is more than just great food; it is the whole experience! Great food, great ambiance, excellent service, and sense of community are our mission.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Indian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm

Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Phone number
(206) 388-2196
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Nirmal Monteiro
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Cross street
Yesler
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1
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M
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. They bill themselves as reimagined Indian food but I got an average curry that you can find in any English\Irish pub across Europe. Overrated.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend Nirmal's for wonderful Indian food. It's one of the many new restaurants in the dramatically refreshed Pioneer Square. The only issue we encountered is that Nirmal's had no record of our Open Table reservation and said they did not use this service. None the l was, thge graciously accommodated out party if 6.

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Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall I almost prefer the lunchtime tali to the dinners. The dinner dishes have no sides so you have to fill in for the table which is fine but I think the main dish sizes should probably be reduced a bit to leave room for more side dishes. Pork Vindaloo remains one of the best versions I've ever had though I do wish the service could fill me in on sourcing for the meats. Palak Paneer not the best I've had as the spinach was pureed to the point of no texture. We tried only the vegetable biryani which was very good. Since biryani's are so distinctive per region I will return to try the goat. Staff are pleasant. Drink choices quite good as well.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was great and the service was spectacular. Cordial and professional but fun and not stuffy. Food had a nice variety of flavors and did not disappoint

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b
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW!!! We have found a new favorite - absolutely LOVED this place - we loved that Nirmal's didn't have the standard Indian restaurant menu - dialed in food - the menu is small and very special - and it changes in order to expose diners to a variety food of Indian cuisine from various regions - from beginning to end the tastes were fantastic - and I am a firm believer that when someone truly loves to cook, you can taste the love and the passion with each bite - have only experienced this a few times - and we experienced this at Nirmal's - the owner came to our table and actually sat and had a great conversation with us about this lovely find among other things - you will feel like you have been welcomed into one's home at this place, given a delicious home-cooked meal, and you will leave thinking "I can't wait to come back and try the next menu"

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S
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great dinner. Love the food and Mariah, our server, was fabulous. A bit distressed that the restaurant rating was just OK by the health department. Hope they can improve on that. Then I can give all 5's!

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PS
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, friendly professional service, interior ambience, good value for lunch!

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Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We found the food a little lackluster, but 'okay'. Service was slow, probably due to training new staff. Ambiance was great.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and lovely ambience. We all ordered different options, and everything was delicious. The crab was out of this world.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The paneer makhani we ordered was way too thin in consistency and not creamy. The flavors were too simple and it tasted just like tomato paste and water with a little Garam masala. Very disappointed given all the hype and awards around this place. We did tell the owner/chef about it and he added more spices for us, which made it eatable. But overall, very disappointed

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, authentic food with a wonderful combination of spice and flavor in the various sauces and mains. Very unique curries and the Tandoori chicken was perfection. Well needed in Seattle. Service was fantastic. Owners make you feel welcome and make a point to stop at each table to say hello. A must for foodies!

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We had high hopes for this place after seeing some great reviews but were quite disappointed with the food - it was definitely lacking the spices and flavors of Indian food and might be favorable to some but we struggled to finish our chicken dish and had to ask for salt to try and help enhance the flavor. The service was also subpar as our waiter didn't seem very interested in spending much time answering our questions or taking our order. There was another large group that had his attention and he seemed annoyed at the fact that we were dining with our kid.

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N
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Nice food. TERRIBLE service. Maybe they were having an off night. Hope so!

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P
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Our food was delicious, but our service was terrible. It was probably the worst service I have ever had a restaurant. Our server simply could have cared less if we were there or not. The icing on the cake was toward the end when he just simply dropped a dish of rice off at the table and kept walking by.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The food was really good but our server left a lot to be desired. It took at least 15 minutes from the time we were sat for him to ask us for our drink orders. It was weird because he was quiet and didn't ask anything or engage us in light conversation or even give us basic info about the food unless we specifically prompted him to do so. The food runner's service was really, really good though - which is why I rated the service as a 2 star instead of a 1 star.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I had the paneer with the tomato curry sauce and it was more like a soup. Service was super slow, brought me the nan I ordered 30 min after the dish and it also took a while to get the bill.

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a
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Good place to have date night after day at the office.

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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent and made great recommendations for both starters and main dishes. The lamb curry was amazing.

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Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Lamb was a highlight and enjoyed by our party of 3.

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San Francisco
130 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nirmal's is a fully enjoyable dining experience. Our service was excellent throughout, both attentive and offering helpful suggestions when we asked. We started with their modified version of an Old Fashioned, which was very good. After enjoying a few appetizers we particularly enjoyed the roasted lamb. Our vegetarian guest particularly enjoyed the cooked peppers.

I didn't expect Nirmal's to have particularly notable desserts but they do. Their chocolate cake and ice cream is a rich and decadent item. We also enjoyed Oliver's home made vegan ice cream. Delicious.

The restaurant has a good vibe. Owner Oliver is an affable host who creates a welcoming environment for guests.

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T
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

I am writing this comment in hopes the restaurant will read it and make some changes. Every time I eat here I tell myself I am going to say something, but I never do….
We LOVE the vibe and fresh approach to Indian food. We also like the loft-like look of this Pioneer Square space. It all seems to fall apart with the management and service. Don’t get me wrong, everyone is friendly enough, just not up to snuff when it comes to standard service expectations. Our last two visits either the hostess or the bartender have introduced themselves and given the impression they were going to be our waiter. Our most recent visit our official waiter showed up 30 minutes after we arrived and said he would be taking care of us for the night, oblivious to the fact that we had already placed our drink and appetizer order and were well underway with someone else. Shortly after telling him that most of us were vegetarians, he suggested the lamb… Trust me when I tell you we are anything but fussy, picky, or demanding in any way. We smiled and placed our entrée order.
The other easy fix would be to the menus. They have them broken up on two pieces of paper and they are not clearly explained. Some of the entrees come with rice, others do not. They should combine everything onto a two-sided piece of paper and call it a day. The other issue, the paper menus are dirty, bent, and look like patrons have been using them as a napkin.
We want to see this family and business succeed and think that if they spend a little time making the service match the food, they will build a loyal following for many years to come.

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s
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cocktail was amazing. When i did not like the taste of what i was ordered, they were v nice about my concern, and replaced the entire meal including naan for all food to be warm and fresh for me..great food and great service...for the time i was at bar, the bartender made sure that all my requests were received promptly. Will definitely come again

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NW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It seems like Indian food is still looking for a standout restaurant in Seattle. We were really excited for this restaurant, and it was just okay. We had mostly veggie dishes and the spices were not that varied. The naan was dry. Cool place and hope they adjust their veggie options.

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OT
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food in a great, hip location. Really amazing and friendly service that's reasonably priced

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LB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

An excellent spot for a small birthday celebration. The decor is warm yet modern. We chose a variety of dishes and had great service. Grilled lamb chops were a hit. The owner came out to greet us and the restaurant sent out a birthday dessert. We felt very welcome.

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KG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was fair in flavor, overpriced for portions. Drinks and ambiance were nice. The servers were really kind!

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a treat: all those tastes, and with an exceptionally competent and fast service team.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We were new to Nirmal's, a group of 6 of us, and so we ordered the combo "thalis". At least a third of it was horrible. Some green soup that no one liked, some other soup that was bad but not as bad, some ok potato dish, and a slightly better small sample of curry. For $20 each out the door, I'll hit the occidental square food trucks next time, their food is better. Even the people who ordered straight curries weren't impressed. About a third our group was Indian, for what that's worth. I used to the Indian restaurants in Redmond, one in particular I love, and was hoping this would match. Maybe we were just unlucky but it wasn't even close.

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Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The ambiance deserves 4 starts but the food was so disappointing that I'm only giving Nirmal's two stars. I would give it only one star except that the servers were very nice and doing their best to take care of us. We went there with two Indian friends who were also not impressed with the food and we only ate as much as we did because we were SO hungry. We had the Goan Fish Curry and while the sauce was tasty, they used what tasted like nasty, farm-raised tilapia. Our friends ordered some spicy prawns and a vegetable curry with okra, both mediocre at best. Even the pakoras and naan were sad and tasteless. In short, I have made better curries at home with a can of coconut milk and curry powder so we won't be spending money here again.

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WC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A terrific place with authentic Indian food--best in Seattle. We'd just got back from a trip to India, were craving some of the food and Nirmal's delivered. The owner, Oliver, is charming and sets the bar high for the kitchen. Nirmal, the chef, was trained at the Taj group which is known for its innovative cuisine.

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JA
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Far-reaching Indian menu covering more regions than typical Indian restaurants in Seattle. Service was over the top -- food was delish!

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NH
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Often have dinner with Indian friends and we all had heard about Nirmal's but hadn't eaten there. It was well worth the wait - the food is excellent. The goat biryani was very tasty with a moderate sized portion. The servers and maitre'd were very friendly. One of the servers was getting frazzled (it was quite busy), but there was a another server assisting and they were able to split the difference. Also had the paneer veggie dish as well as the paneer appetizer. Everything was very well spiced (for me - on the spicier end). They had comparatively very good selection of vegetarian dishes compared to the normal Seattle selection, but wish the ratio of meat/veggie entrees skewed slightly more vegetarian

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M
Central Coast
29 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice, smaller, tastefully decorated venue for good quality Indian food. The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating, and their food recommendations left us very satisfied and comfortably full. Look forward to going back in the near future.

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JB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

Great ambiance, average service, but the food was bad.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I don't get the high ratings. After visiting India for a friend's wedding, was excited to join them here for more great food. Unfortunately almost everything was a miss. Ordinary tea, watery daal, uninspired saag paneer, and some stuffed peppers that tasted mainly of the wet peppers (which none of us finished). Garlic naan was great, though. Service was slow and ordering additional food took so long it seemed as though something had gone wrong. Also, for some reason OpenTable showed no reservations after 6.30, but the place was mostly empty, with who we presumed was the owner browsing his phone while leaning on the wall for most of the meal. I'll stick to Traveller's and Daawat for satisfying Indian.

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TS
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

More subtle than powerful, reasonable price, nice. Would definitely go back.

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CG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great all around!

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n
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Poor service, overpriced and bad food. Will not come back.

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall very good. Had the beef pepper curry lunch special. Delicious.

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WR
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Lunch was disappointing. I have eaten here before and found the food tasty. Yesterday's lunch was just so-so.

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