Cardamom Indian Cuisine

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$30 and under
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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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LarInPhilly
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. I had the lamb shank in a great sauce. The rice was excellent.

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PalV
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good but not super awesome. The ambiance is really quiet and good with light instrumental playing in the background.

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AmitM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We've been here twice before and recommended it to friends recently only to hear feedback about the food that wasn't good, so we wanted to try it again with friends.

On the latest visit, the service was slow, but they are very nice. What we noticed about most of the food is that it was rather bland compared to our visits less than a year ago. They seem to be using the same gravy sauce base in many of the dishes which should not happen and most of the vegetable entrees were undercooked. There may have been a change in management or the head cook, but the taste of the food is no longer authentic to the region as it had been. The staple papadams and condiments on arrival are good. The naans were tasty and cooked well, but the appetizers and entrees left us underwhelmed. Disappointing! We hope the food quality improves.

One way, but not the only way, to judge a good Indian restaurant is to count the actual Indians dining there. We didn't see many this weekend, but it only added to confirm our thoughts.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best in LA, hands down!!! Clean, excellent ingredients and uniquely gourmet!

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vipfoodforthought
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Indian food -- every single thing was first-rate and very tasty. Service was perfect. The tables are close together, but we didn't find it very noisy, it was easy to have a conversation. Highly recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
271 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you love Indian food it really doesn't get better than here. Their Shrimp Masala? OH YESSS!!

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vipLicia
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Cardamon for a great casual dinner. Low noise for great conversation, fabulous food and great service.

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vipmaude
San Francisco
71 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice nieighborhood place. Lovely service. Tandoori is terrific-- no dyes!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was great food as expected!

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vipChristopB
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anamazing Indian restaurant!!!

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shik76
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really pleased with the service and the quality of food. Our party size was reduced significantly due to last minute cancellations, but they were still pleasant and accommodating, which I appreciated. The food was delicious - and like a good Indian restaurant, they provided free papar and chutney at the table. Will definitely be going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
271 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They came to our late evening rescue once more, and we enjoyed wonderful, generous service as always. This time we tried the Shrimp Masala -- creamy and elegant, and we didn't want it to finish!! Again, it had a bit of a twist to it that I couldn't identify.... just delicious. That was my second visit; and their second home run for me. I shall be back :-)

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hungrymn
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Service at this restaurant was spotty. We had a repeat of several servers come to the table for the same request. We had at least 2 come to take our order. Since it was not busy, this really seemed odd. Food was ok but not great.

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LAdiner
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Amazing food and great value!

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EricN
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Took a little while to get our food even though only two other tables there. Waitress said it was because they had a lot of delivery and pick up orders to get out. Food was delicious though and would recommend.

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vipStanfordFan
London
181 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cardamom’s garlic naan is the best I’ve ever tasted. We enjoyed the chicken tikka and lamb curry very much. The appetizer scallops had a delicious sauce. We are not fans of the Indian desserts on most restaurant menus so we’re delighted to see a tirimisu on the menu. For us, it was a perfect finish to the dinner. We liked the by the glass wine choices as well. Great service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
271 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had been curious about Cardamom for a while and, finally, with very few other desirable choices nearby due to the late hour, I decided to check it out. Glad I did! As soon as I entered, the aroma from the kitchen had me convinced I'd made the right call. The host and wait staff couldn't have been more gracious and friendly. Although it was late and I was the last (and eventually the only) customer, they insisted that I relax, take my time, and enjoy -- which I did... very much. The flavors and presentation are a bit different from the typical Indian restaurant. I do love the more traditional, but their little twist (extra cardamom, maybe? hence the name?) definitely works for me and makes them stand out. Specifically, I found the Samosas, which they list as "Singara", more on the refined side -- the filling not as mealy, and the pastry more like that of spring rolls. The Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani) was sliced instead of cubed, and had that mystery (to me) additional spicing in the sauce that was DELICIOUS. A very generously poured glass of Prisoner Merlot paired perfectly. Overall, my meal was not BETTER than the other fabulous Indian restaurants in LA, just different... in a way that I quite enjoyed.

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vipFbueller
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't even like Indian food, but this has become my favorite unknown spot in LA. Excellent food, a very long and varied menu, beyond amazing customer service, and really great deals if you can find a coupon (check your Valpak). I can't recommend this place enough, it's become our regular go-to for a very nice meal in a romantic setting.

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vipMplspam
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful find. Will definitely go back. Food and service was great!

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vipBTKS
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and service. The food reminds us of our trip to India.

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vipLovegoodfood
Los Angeles
141 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place should be PACKED, and yet, we were only 1 of 4 tables occupied. The food is amazing - best Indian I’ve had in LA. Please go here so there’s no risk of it disappearing!

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vipErnieM
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We LOVE this place. We always receive a warm welcome. The food is GREAT and prices are very fair. They do a GREAT JOB!!! Bravo

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PeteJonG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Excellent Indian food, with pleasant servers. My only complaint was that when my friend accidentally knocked over her glass of wine, it was not replaced or offered to be replaced

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Hannah
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was my first time visiting and I am definitely going back! Delicious food and friendly staff.

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vipSamanthaT
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a pleasant surprise. Service was fast, food was delicious. Beautifully decorated restaurant. It was our first time and we will definitely make it a staple. Would suggest to everyone. Great extensive menu.

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Private
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food was good, but the service was probably one of the worst I've experienced. The waitress taking our order had a bad attitude and was not friendly. First of all, one of our plates were dirty so we asked her if we can get a new one. She simply just wiped it with a dry cloth and gave it back to us. We asked if the entrees came out as family style or individual portions. She said it was individual so we all chose our own dishes. When taking our order, she wouldn't let some of us order the same items saying that we already had someone else on the table ordering the same thing... When delivering our food, she handed hot items to us directly instead of placing on the table. I've worked in many restaurants and that is a safety issue.

When we were finished with our meal, one of the waiters dropped food on my friend's lap and did not say a thing until she made a comment. Only then did he apologize. We wouldn't have minded, since everyone makes mistakes, but at least acknowledge it!

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nancyr
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and staff was very friendly and professional- they really did their best to be sure our party was happy and content. Definitely would recommend to others and will go back again even though it is outside of my area- about a 45 minute drive! Was worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Cardamom and have been dining here for years, but this Saturday we celebrated my mother’s birthday here and it was the perfect venue. The entire staff is friendly and provide just the right balance of attention and space. This is hands down the best Indian food in Los Angeles — every dish we’ve ever had is delicious. The beautiful restaurant and fabulous staff make it the perfect place for everyday dining as well as a special occasion.

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vipHannah
Oxford
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The curry is great, which is hard to find on the west side. The service was friendly though I think they struggled to understand our English accents. It was hard to judge the spice level - we both asked for medium and it was a bit on the fiery side. They prepared all the food at once - told us the main was ready when we were half way through the appetizer- which made the whole thing feel a bit rushed. Lovely ambience though and nice curry, will go again.

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vipBrendabb
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s our favorite place to have Indian when we visiting from the East coast. Their chicken makhani is sooo yummy...once you start you can’t stop!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance

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DocL
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience4

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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vipccEats
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience5

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

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vipgratefuldiner
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMichael
Los Angeles
83 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipAllen
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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DrJosephA18
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience3

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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vipGoog
Los Angeles
73 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious but pricey.

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vipScoop
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Cardamom Indian Cuisine does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Cardamom Indian Cuisine also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (323) 936-1000.

Cardamom Indian Cuisine is rated 4.5 stars by 155 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.