North India Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Indian
We are located in the heart of downtown San Francisco. We offer a mix of modern style with traditional roots, from our handmade paintings representing the incredible Indian culture to our fabulous interior and stylish décor. Experience our romantic music, and we prepare delicious authentic Indian dishes using a centuries old traditional Clay Oven method of cooking that allows us to quickly char roast meats, poultry, and seafood at up to 1000 degrees. Also bakes traditional Nan Breads crisp or chewy. All entries are individually prepared to your specified taste and seasoning.
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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was average and unattentive. We ordered starters and mains at same time but did not expect to have them served within 5 minutes of each other. By the time we tackled our main courses they were barely warm.

Not once were we asked by staff if everything was to our liking. It was not a busy evening.

The daal was very good but the chicken jalfrezi very poor with thin curry and tasteless chicken.

Maybe the USA has a totally different palate to the UK.

Furthermore, the music could do with toning down a little.

Would not visit again, and hence would not recommend to a friend.

CT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The buffet style lunch was absolutely beautiful. I enjoyed a taste of everything. I did not have one bad dish. Absoluteley fabulous.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 3

The service was great but most of the glasses was broken. The food was okay too.

S
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

I had always been a huge fan of the food here. However, this time, it was HUGE disappointment! The food was over-spiced (if there's such a word) and we had to take the food home (for 15 people) because nobody ate it.

DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went to this restaurant to celebrate a coworker's birthday. This was a great place with a nice atmosphere and delicious food. It was very busy at lunchtime and a bit noisy, but we anticipated that could be the case based on the time of day. This will be one of our celebration spots!

S
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time here food was great
good portion of food
I was telling my kids to go and eat here.
I loved it 4🌟

b
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch spot! They had a buffet which was good value and good food. Great service and attentive staff.

DB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

LM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for group lunch and each guest can help themselves to their portion

BT
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, location, and in every other manner. Highly recommend.

AR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were a group of ten senior women for lunch at 12:30, when we entered the restaurant was pretty full and lively but the music was very loud. We asked that the music be turned down and we were immediately accommodated. The menu had something for everyone in our group and the service was very attentive.

s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The service is really poor. We requested them to change the table cloth because it was dirty, they laughed and they didn’t do anything. Waiters don’t care about your request and this is not the first time it happens to me. Last time I got a bad experience with the service as well. I won’t go back again. The food is good but the service is too disappointing and it ruins the overall experience. Moreover, they seem to not really care about cleaning.

ES
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Indian food in a family run business. The food is spectacular

KH
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was a bit salty. Very loud and too crowded to have a buffet where people are up and moving around to get their food. I also saw a hair in one of the sauces.

a
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Indian food I have had in a very long time at a restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very reasonable and beyond my expectations!! I will go back.

RR
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Food was average. The Lassi was great, but the rest of the food items in the buffet were not great. Service was very poor to the point that i had to repeat my question and requests several times and there was barely any courtesy.

RP
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had company from out of town and we called a few hours before our dinner reservation to confirm. We were told they could guarantee out seating and we would have to wait up to two hours for seating. Why offer a booking time if you are not going to honor the reservation. I can understand 15 to 20 delay but 2 hours!

I would NEVER eat at this place.

IB
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food and very friendly staff. Best Indian food I ever had.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Muy picante. Platos normales.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Buffet food was cold so not as tasty as could have been.

JZ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

We waiting 2hours for food.

AG
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Restaurant very busy, long wait to order, even llnger to get the food. 30 minutes all together. The chicken was good and spicy, the fish not so good.

MP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. Not expensive, but still quite nice. Feels like a British curry house.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The space was decent but buffet was almost out even though it was still early.

JM
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

one thing that bothered me was we had just started appetizers and halfway through they brought dinner and sides.

Not only does it feel like you are being rushed, but then you are afraid to move anything on the table because it is crowded with dished you feel you are going to knock over!

1
Sacramento
66 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Stop in when in downtown SF, you won’t be disappointed.

AA
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Economical , not much gud Indian food choices near by

OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I had a dinner with my friend here. We got chicken tandoori and lamb dishes with rice and garlic bread. Food was good at reasonable price and service was great. Waiters were very attentive. Would go back!

JF
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A nice experience for our guests who were new to Indian cuisine. Jolly good!

CI
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Decent food with all of the Indian classics you'd expect to see. Despite the restaurant being nearly empty, our service was really poor. At one point the waiter was in the middle of taking my order and decided to answer the phone to take an order for take away. He didn't come back to me for five minutes so I had to repeat the order. And then he answered the phone again! It was also very clear from the first few minutes that they wanted to get us out as quickly as possible. They made no effort to create any ambience and the nearest we got was the loud music being played in the kitchen. Overall, despite the food being fine the experience was very disappointing.

NR
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 3

We got there a bit later in the evening and the place was empty.

To be fair it was a Monday.

Food took a really long time and service was ok, but honestly, the food was so so so so amazing, it didn’t matter. It’s literally the best Indian food we ever had. Everything was on point; Bombay chicken, chicken Marsala, the garlic naan bread was unreal.

The server was very polite and courteous, I think there just needed to be a little more attention to detail and attentiveness. But, we been there last year and it was still amazing then, also much busier and lively.

I give it a 5 star based on food. The service I feel bad putting down a bit, but it’s just so they do better. Because they’re extremely nice and food is unbelievable.

Cheers.

S
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

We had a reservation at 12:15pm for 10, two days prior. Called and checked about the reservation on the day of the reservation. When we arrived, the restaurant was full and the owner had no clue on how to get us seated. Kept asking us to wait for 10 mins more, 5 mins more, after about 20 mins we were still without a table. We arrived on time and we're still not seated.

Finally split my group into 2 tables and wrapped up lunch. Indian buffet at 12:45 is not always good but the food was fresh and tasty. Never going to make group reservations here.

MA
Edinburgh
11 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This was the worst experience I have ever experienced in any Indian restaurant through the world. If your thinking of going here DONT. Food was cold and when we told the waiter he took our food away, rice with peas on top, lamb vindaloo, chicken vindaloo and breads. We had already put half the meal on our plates. He then asked if we wanted clean plates. Well the food on the late was cold too. Well on the food returning the rice was now mixed with the peas ? Obviously just reheated but when the meals returned they were half the original quantity. Sure no guessing they had reheated the original remaining food minus what was in the plate. Absolutely shocking for an overpriced crap meal. Please don’t waste your hard earned dollars this place is a joke. I’ve only write a fraction of what went wrong here but please please don’t Go it’s disgusting to treat full paying customers that way.

KR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Upon entering the restaurant it was noticeably shy of patrons. Still, we were sat at a small table right next to two people. We asked to move and the obliged. Took about 15 min to get a drink (mind you the place had maybe 8 pp in it). Beer glass had large chip. Waiter asked to take order; I had a question. He rolled his eyes. Food order placed. One dish asked to be spicy. Food came promptly, some in chipped dishes. Had to use table next door for our dishes. Spicy dish not spicy and they added paneer. The whole time a single wait staff gentlemen walked back and forth behind us, depositing dishes loudly into bin. Dishwasher is banging dishes, too. And then, out of nowhere, they blared Indian music...but they did dim the lights.

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service was quick. The restaurant ambience is great. Our chicken was a bit tough which is why I didn’t rate it 5 stars. Overall good.

LC
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Took awhile to get TP replaced in the bathroom, but everything else to do with the experience was wonderful

t
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food & service! Felt like home cooked food. Good Vibe!

E
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Garlic naan and potatoe naan were delicious!! They have us complimentary dessert for the five of us and it was good. Service was nice, orders came out quickly!

OT
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The worst experience ever. No one spoke English. Asked for mild. Came out so hot couldn’t be eaten. Brought one dish and no others. We got so fed up we got up and left and went somewhere else. DO not eat here!

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