Cardamom Indian Cuisine

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125 reviews
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Cardamom Contemporary Indian Cuisine – named for the mountainous, spice-growing region of Kerala, India – departs from the conventional Indian restaurant by highlighting flavors and ingredients indigenous to the subcontinent’s southwestern region. The restaurant’s menu varies greatly from the more commonly found cuisine of the country’s northern and western states, and is one of the few upscale restaurants in America to pay homage to this specific region of India.
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Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance

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DL
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

We've been to Cardamom before. It is, in general excellent. There were only 2 problems: the chicken in dishes like tikka masala has been consistently dry. And this time our waiter lost track of us.

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E
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Most dishes were flavorful. Rice and naan were great. Would not recommend the Tandoori chicken.

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g
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been to this restaurant several times and have never been disappointed. The food is excellent, however if you are looking for the standard slate of Indian dishes you may be a little disappointed, as the offerings on the menu are creative and draw from regional cuisines that are less often found in Indian restaurants in the US. One of the things that we enjoy most about the restaurant besides the food is the quiet ambiance, its a great place to go with a good friend for quiet conversation. We'd recommend the restaurant to anyone who enjoys South Asian cuisines.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service! Best Indian restaurant in LA!!!

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M
Los Angeles
77 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate there last night and had some of the best Indian food we've had in Los Angeles and we are hard to please. The food is tasty, fresh and authentic. The service was great and the waiters and staff could not have been more accommodating. If you like Indian food. This is a MUST try

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Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cardamon is a very pleasant, cut-above Indian restaurant., likely the best in the area. Menu items include small plates (the haryali murgh chicken is especially delicious), main courses (try the saag gosht lamb) featuring seafood, chicken, beef and lamb, cooked in tandoor and a variety of other methods, and from a several regions of India. The clientele included several Indian groups, which is always a good sign. Food preparation and presentation was excellent, service was quick and pleasant, and the ambience was pleasant and at reasonable decibel level. We will return often to try the wide variety of dishes.

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DJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

While we have enjoyed going to Cardamon before, we noted that the food was exceptionally excellent this time around: the sag paneer, the chicken tikka masala, tandoori shrimp. I complimented the maitre d' on the way out and asked about changes in their service; I was told that they now have an Indian chef who has just come from London. It explained it all!! It was exactly like eating at one of my favorite Indian restaurants in London. Also, the acoustics make it easy for dinner conversations. Hats off to Cardamon!

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G
London
54 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious but pricey.

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S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a Brit living in LA, this is the closest I've had to a British Indian dining experience (which is a good thing).

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KM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a pleasant surprise. I’ve visited India for just three weeks, so I’m not a big expert but I would say the food here was really good. I especially liked their special house salad which is huge and has a lot of cauliflower, as well as other vegetables. I would suggest asking them for a different dressing, not the blue cheese. I used the yogurt-based sauce ( which I would not call Raita, but maybe I’m wrong) which they served with the chutneys and it was delicious on the salad. The papadum was light and flavorful and the saag paneer was wonderful!

I don’t take pictures of food in the restaurant so I don’t have any pictures for you but it was served very nicely. And last but not least, I’m not a hard-core wine snob, but I thought this restaurant had a decent wine list.

Nice people, nice atmosphere.

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L
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Best Indian in LA! Service could be better....

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C
Central Coast
81 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Adequate but unexceptional. Nice dining room. Large menu, claimed to be "contemporary style" but to us it looked just like London circa 1990. Typical Indian service - efficient but not particularly friendly. Nothing is included (rice, raita, bread, papadom, chutney - and they are pricey) so bill climbs fast.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The entire meal we had was just perfect. Their customer service was excellent. We will definitely go back there again.

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l
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly, courteous greeting and service. Great chef! Every dish came out hot and delicious. Very fair prices. Wine by the glass:many choices, fair prices. Thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Looking fo many more excellent meals here.

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BT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food very much like we had on our trip to India.

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L
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delish delish delish best Indian in la

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g
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Great Nonveg platter. Good wine list. Great service. Clean. Ample parking. Rare to find a place with genuinely delicious Indian food.

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l
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

The service was very authentic, respectful and helpful. My friend was debating between a Rose or Malbec wine and our server brought both for her to taste.
The menu is vast and gives good details of the Indian cuisine.
We enjoyed an early dinner before the theatre.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic food, really good flavors! Service was very attentive.

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

Best Indian food in Fairbox

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GM
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We happened upon this place as it is near the Grove and we wanted a quiet dinner after shopping. We were greeted warmly and the service was also great. The food was very good and we shared several dishes - all prepared classicly and well.

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T
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Indian restaurant by far! Amazing flavors of north and south India. Original/traditional "home" cooking with the feel of modern day India. Definitely going back!

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Authentic and delicious curry house style Indian food. Just what these two Brits were craving.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and the service!

Food was extremely good - and the waiters were excellent. Very attentive and thoughtful. Had our own corner because we had a party of 6 with an eight month old baby. They were so acommadating to our needs! Will for sure come back- so nice!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Ambience is good. Presentation of food was good. I generally order Biryani and some kind of curry like palak paneer or butter chicken. We started out with appetizer platter, which was the best part of meal. Biryani and butter chicken was next. In my opinion, it isn't the authentic dum biryani but it was good. Butter Chicken was tasty but more Punjabi makhni style than Mumbai style. I don't blame them, it was written as Murgh (chicken) Makhni, so I suppose thats ok. I would've preferred the latter style. I think overall it was satisfying, Waiting staff was very good, much better than regular Indian restaurants.

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BI
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I grew up on Indian food in England.
This place does it right.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! British Indian food done right in LA! Will be coming back here regularly!

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J
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service at Cardamom is always great. If you like Indian food, try them if you are in the area or before a film at Quentin Tarantino's Art Theatre a few steps away. I would call it a place for "foodies", but they have beef on the menu. I know that's odd for Indian, but they are really about giving the customer their best service and food. Every dish I've had (I've eaten there at least 3 times) has been delicious!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful and quaint..food is superb and service outstabding.. a touch of class !

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L
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This restaurant was fine. I had chicken tikka masala and it was OK nothing great nothing terrible although some of the chicken pieces were a little hard which is strange because it can be melt in your mouth soft. The restaurant was lacking atmosphere and the service was just kind of perfunctory. I was disappointed because I love Indian food and feel like we really need a nice restaurant that has good Indian food not just fast Indian food or buffet type Indian food. There is such an opportunity for this restaurant to create more of an experience, that's what people are looking for more and more when they go out to dinner, not just the dinner. That's some of what was lacking here, the other was just that the food was passable not delectable, as it was in India!

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BD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at the restaurant and I will be going back! It smells wonderful just walking into the door. Everything was delicious! The owner came by the table and has pride in what he does. The chef is from the UK, which explains why this is so good! If you have not been to England, the Indian food there is fantastic, and so was this! Congrats on a great restaurant!

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ET
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed the great food and causal fairly quiet environment.Very nice decor.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was prepared fresh, and as they stated was not frozen, but because of this be prepared to wait a little longer for your delicious meal. Good things come to those who wait!

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Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm surprised to read a bad review of this place. Great food, great service, and great atmosphere. Even on a Tuesday night the place was busy. We will definitely be back soon.

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DK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very pleasantly surprised. Good food, good service and close to theatre.

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CR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, nice ambience service ok. Owners couldn't be nicer but servers either don't know much about the food or don't understand English not sure which.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good food, really good service, really pleasant meal

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Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I travel to LA, I stop in to get some of my favorite Indian food. Never a bad experience.

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S
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The food was good but nothing particularly exciting or extraordinary.

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