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Desi, Campbell, CA
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Desi

3.2
3.2
62 Reviews
$30 and under
Indian
Desi is a modern casual Indian restaurant featuring contemporary Indian food with global influences. Our flavors are firmly rooted in Indian food, with influences from around the world, resulting in adventurous, delicious dishes. We believe that the world's cuisines are more similar than different, and celebrate how various signature dishes, worlds apart, have striking similarities.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Indian, Southeast Asian, Contemporary Indian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–2:30 pm Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (408) 429-8098

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    We offer catering services. For more info, you can visit our website www.eatatdesi.com

  • Private party facilities

    We host Private Events. For more info, you can visit our website www.eatatdesi.com

  • Neighborhood

    Campbell

  • Cross street

    E.Campbell Ave and Foote Ave

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 62 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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3.2
3.2 based on recent ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 3Service
  • 3.6Ambience
  • 2.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Kid Friendly

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Healthy

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Kid Friendly

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Fit for Foodies

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Healthy

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Notable Wine List

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. FT

    Food4Thought

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Had high expectations from this place before going here. Ambience is good, but food wasn't that great at all.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    The food was not good at all.
  3. C

    Chandrika

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    We were excited to eat at Desi for Father's Day. - Overall, the food tasted excellent, but the extra extra salt in each dish ruined the base taste. It was well plated, and the portions were generous. - Each of our drinks was not placed on a tray while bringing it to the table, and as a result, it kept sloshing when they walked to the table. - Food plates were just handed out like eating at a fast-food joint and not how it is when sitting down at a restaurant - This is a sit-down restaurant, and the overall service did not add up to this experience - The waiters were kind and knew about their dishes, but they could benefit from some training in terms of small talk with customers, suggesting dishes, serving etiquettes, etc.

    DesiResponded on June 24, 2022Thank you Chandrika for writing a review for us. Really appreciate your feedback. I have communicated the extra salt you have mentioned to the kitchen staff and we will make sure that this gets fixed. Also we are not a fine dine restaurant and we are a casual restaurant and that is why the plates are served that way, similar to may be like Eureka or Lazy dog. We are a contemporary Indian Casual restaurant and would like to keep the vibe casual and not as a proper sit down. Hope you understand.

  4. h

    hungry

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Their food has always been good. I have written a past review that the service was very slow. Not so on this visit. Very little waiting this time around.

    DesiResponded on June 24, 2022Thank you Hungry for leaving us a review. Glad to know you enjoyed your experience. Look forward to seeing you again soon.

  5. K

    Kimba

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    It was 6:30 and they had a DJ blaring music in he restaurant, like it was a night club. You couldn't even hear the waiter or communicate. Everyone was leaving or moving outside. Know your customers and pay attention! Also brought my meal 15 minutes before my husbands. Mine was good his order was messed up. He didn't even eat it and got it to go. You'd think they'd ask what was wrong. But no!!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    The service is truly some of the worst I've ever experienced and to no fault of the staff. I observed management that evening and their clear and utter failure to train and support their team. What a lack of self awareness as leaders. I empathize for the staff that works under such management. The reviews you get and have gotten (I know, I've read them) you absolutely deserve. Quite frankly owners, do better. You have the staff doing all your dirty work and heavy lifting meanwhile she (female manager/owner?) has her head stuck in the OpenTable iPad all night with no awareness of floor temperature and he's (male manager/owner?) walking in and out of the kitchen empty handed EVERY SINGLE TIME meanwhile staff is struggling to prepare and serve paneer in less that 45 minutes. Disappointing cause your place is expensive!

    DesiResponded on June 6, 2022Thank you for your lessons but you first need to educate yourself on the human fundamentals of respecting everyone's privacy and all jobs. Our entire team is driven and striving to improve continuously under the leadership. We don't prefer such unreasonable customers who interfere with operations, disrespect, make false assumptions, or attack individuals, their privacy,& their jobs. Being a local guide, you should hold some dignity & responsibility towards your own profession in what you write.

  7. L

    Lia44

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Unfortunately for Desi, although the food was quite tasty, all the rest was very disappointing: 1. Value: sizes of dishes (most of us ordered the Desi classics) were very small although prices were high! 2.Quality: inconsistency is the key word. Some of the naans we got were completely burned, some made of different kind of flour and weren’t tasty…each of us got a different kind of experience, and not in a positive way… 3.Lousy service: the restaurant was almost empty yet it took long to get the attention of one of the 4 different waiters, none thought to check on us, it took long to get a dish of rice that we added after we got the food and realized the sizes of our dishes, and they brought out one dish (of the 7 we ordered), while only after about 15 min. the rest of our party got the res=t of the dishes 4.Load music: levels of music more similar to sitting in a pub than a restaurant. 5.Tip: after all of this they had the audacity to charge us automatically 25% tip, because “we were a party of 6 people”! We will not be coming back…

    DesiResponded on June 6, 2022Thank you for leaving us a review. I apologize for your negative experience.1.As a small business, our meals are priced in accordance with our area's rent, labor, and food costs and are comparable to other restaurants in the Campbell downtown area. 2.Will bring this to the attention of staff and ensure we maintain the consistency 3.Our entire team is driven and is striving to improve continuously.4. We have discussed this with team 5.Parties of 6 or more, we do charge an 18% gratuity.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    14 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    Food was ok. Service was terrible. The servers just congregate by the bar and had to ask multiple times for them to clear our table. Did not ask if we need anything or any refills and had to hunt them down for the bill.

    DesiResponded on May 31, 2022Hi Shay, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I apologize for your negative experience with us. We are working hard with our staff to improve our service as our main goal is to provide the best experience possible. Our utmost priority is to provide good quality and fresh food and strive to provide the best experience possible. Sorry that we could not please your palate and your experience, and hope you can give us another chance to serve you better next time.

  9. p

    preetk

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    The food and the presentation was great however the service was really slow. Our apps all came out at different timings and the waiter was no where to be found when we needed water or needed to order more food. Our dessert came out BEFORE our entries did.

    DesiResponded on May 15, 2022Hello Preet, I apologize for your negative experience with us. We are working hard with our staff to improve our service as our main goal is to provide the best experience. We appreciate you taking the time to post a review and hopefully, we have the chance to serve you again. Thank you

  10. AS

    AmanrajS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We really enjoyed our dinner at Desi. We had reserved a spot for the family on Mother's Day and they offered the choice of a complimentary bottle of champagne or flight of sangrias. My mother chose the sangrias and quite enjoyed them. Overall, Desi is an inventive and unique indian dining experience. The cocktails had cool flavors that I had never tried and the food format is similar to tapas but with Indian flare. Let me be clear, this is not your typical indian restaurant. I left feeling satisfied, but not heavy. The food was not laden in oil and cream. It was fresh, flavorful, and although not super spicy, I didn't feel that the food was lacking in spices. Their chef knows what they are doing! We are looking forward to coming back soon!

    DesiResponded on May 15, 2022Thank you Amanraj for leaving us a review. We look forward to seeing you soon. It was a pleasure having you all.

  11. S

    Shims

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Service really needs work. The kitchen is so slow, food came out of order. Portion Size for entrees is so small for chicken dishes. Servers need more training on providing sliver ware, clean plates for lunch service Drinks needs work too, they need to take a mixology class.

    DesiResponded on May 15, 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are working hard with our staff to improve our service as our main goal is to provide the best experience. We are really sorry for not meeting your expectations and sorry for the delay and hope you can try us again.

  12. D

    Dhana

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I really really wanted to like this restaurant! Went there last night and was truly disappointed. While the menu was super inventive, the food was not! We would still be ok with that if it was not the worst service yet. The poor staff looked lost and looks like got no training whatsoever. We ordered a red wine, got a glass of white. I got the Absolute desi cocktail and requested less honey in it. The cocktail was so so so bad that I decided to get a glass of wine instead. I asked the manager/owner for the drinks menu which did not show up till the end of our meal so gave up. For a restaurant which is not cheap, this is unacceptable. Save your money and go to some of the much better progressive Indian restaurants in the Bay Area!

    DesiResponded on May 15, 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We were really busy that day. We are working hard with our staff to improve our service as our main goal is to provide the best experience. We are really sorry for not meeting your expectations and sorry for the delay and hope you can try us again.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was kind of bland, service was a little bit all over the place. If you’re looking for legit Indian food this isn’t it.

    DesiResponded on May 4, 2022We appreciate your feedback and apologize that our food did not fit your taste buds and our service did not meet your expectations. We are constantly working to improve our service. We are a contemporary Indian place and our menu is different. Our spice levels are set to cater to a larger audience. Next time you can request more spice if the food was bland for you. Glad you liked our ambiance and the vibe and hope to serve you better next time.

  14. TP

    TamP

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I got drink with cucumber and jalapeño infused tequila. It was pretty good, could have used some extra sliced or muddled jalapeño for more kick. For dinner I got the Desi chicken platter. It came with a really nice assortment of pickled vegetables. The saffron rice and sauce were nice too. The only nitpick I had was the chicken itself was little dry. I sat at the bar and service from bartender was great.

    DesiResponded on April 26, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your feedback. Look forward to seeing you back soon.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    Gave gravy tacos without plates. Ended up spilling it all over my white trousers. Left a stain

    DesiResponded on April 18, 2022We are sorry for the experience you had. We have taken your feedback and discussed it with our staff as our main goal is to provide the best customer service possible. We appreciate you taking the time to post a review and hopefully, we have the chance to serve you again. Thank you

  16. VR

    VRAY

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    Good food and ambience
  17. R

    Richard

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    A different sort of Indian food, influenced by other national cuisines. The dishes were generally tasty. I do not recommend the "water bombs," which proved to be fragile shells into which one pours juice. Different but unsatisfying. Very gracious staff.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food and ambience was great, service could have been better.
  19. K

    Kris

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Not a great service. None to greet when entered and did not honor our reservation.
  20. DL

    DhruvikaL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Stale food. Did not enjoy the experience at all. Fish and chicken tasted bad. Puri for Golgappa had a really bad smell. And we still had to pay $110 :)
  21. KR

    KrishnaR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Badly understaffed. We had to wait for 45mins to even get our drinks. And when I raised the issue with the Manager, they ended up dumping all the starters and main meal together. Overall - a poor experience for a Valentine date night
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I had booked a table for large group of 11 and informed the restaurant a week in advance. Overall the experience was good at 3.5. Food which was well prepared all the dishes were great with flavours. Drinks however missed the mark especially the Mules. Being a Saturday night we experienced some significant delays in our entrees. We had to ask several times to remove used plates before the next course. Overall food was good, desert we had was probably the highlight of the meal (Choc Molten lava cake)
  23. AK

    AKJR

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    This is a newish place that opened up in Campbell about a year ago. The food is quite good. Innovative Indian flair. Lots of small plates and quick bites. Vegetarian friendly. Prices are a bit on the higher side but worth it. Service is their weak point. It was super slow and the waiters mixed up several orders. The ambience was meh. We sat indoors. Overall not a bad place to try out…
  24. PK

    PKVenkat

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Good ambience, food ( vegetarian) taste was ok, desserts were great. Service was not good. Took lot of time between each course. Looked uncoordinated. Bit different from regular Indian cuisine taste and presentation.
  25. AB

    AjitB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service out of the ordinary. We went for a late lunch on a weekend and the place was wide open. Service was impeccable and attentive. Food options were fantastic and execution/taste on all the dishes were 10/10. Keep up the good work and keep innovating.
  26. D

    Desi

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    The waiter was rude, the food is one of the best that I have tried in Bay Area. Drinks were solid, no complaints besides the waiter.,
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We found house fly in mango lassi. Other food serving was late and taste was not fresh. Unhealthy kitchen and quarrelsome servers.
  28. C

    Cgree

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fun choice of many types of Indian foods from street food to serious entrees. Delicious light and tasty treats. Powerful and interesting drinks to accompany the food. Pleasant and helpful service in making food and drink choices.
  29. K

    Kristin

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2021

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Food and drinks were great! Service was lacking. We had to ask for the bill and our waitress wasn’t to be found. There was also only a few parties so it wasn’t overly busy.
  30. VV

    VVent

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    food here is fabulous. Service ......a bit lacking - and I understand there is a shortage of servers but there are ways to appease customers even so. Nonetheless - I keep going back here because the food is really Yummm !
  31. LA

    LA408

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    The service ruined our entire experience. So unfortunate as I had been wanting to come here for a long time. Beautiful restaurant and pretty food.
  32. MV

    MuraliV

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2021

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    This is an okay restaurant. Nothing bad to report but nothing exceptional either. We made a reservation and we were promptly seated. There was nothing available outdoors and we were asked to pick one of the available tables indoors. There were limited options as the restaurant was already packed by then. Indoors, there isn’t much ambiance to speak of. A bunch of murals with Hindi slang to accentuate the Indian roots I guess ! Ordering process was simple. There isn’t really much of a service. You scan a QR code and order and pay from the convenience of your phone and even include the tip in hopes of good service even before anything shows up on your table. Personally for me, the whole point of going to a “decent” restaurant is for the service and the food. It is hypocritical that the restaurant expects 15 or 18% in gratuity, but does the bare minimum to earn it. As for the food, we ordered the veggie sliders and a veggie sampler. It tasted okay. I wonder though if the chefs are capable of basic Indian cooking before they decided to experiment with it and get creative. Who puts a samosa inside a cold sesame seed bun anyway ? Between the cold bun and the samosa shell, the flavor of the samosa filling is completely gone !! We left after we finished our meal. No one cares whether you want a dessert or not. If you want one just pick up your phone to order and pay, it will be delivered to your table. An expectation of a nice meal at a restaurant was met with semi-self-service and a cold sesame seed bun. Not for me. Your luck may vary though.
  33. GJ

    GaryJ

    New York Area

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We ate outdoors, it was cold and there were not enough heaters. And the inside of the restaurant was even colder. Food was good. A bit spicy for me.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This place was initially a bright spot, but sadly has gone steadily downhill. Service is poor—servers have no understanding or knowledge of the menu, which does seem to change frequently, and not for the better. The food quality has declined, and the value for money is not there. I don’t mind paying more during these difficult times, but not for subpar food and service. I will not go back.
  35. SK

    SaurabhK

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was okay, except for the Curd rice bombs. They had no taste and the appetizers were served without dips. When we specifically asked for chutney, The server did not get it for us even after acknowledging. we were hungry so we ate the appetizers without the dip/chutney but would have preferred some dip along with them. The main course was good and different. Too much noise level as the restaurant touched the main road. Overall food was good but expensive.
  36. s

    sbfood

    Austin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2021

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    The waiter came after 45 mins, took the order, and said this is the last order kitchen is closing.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2021

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    Birthday. Service is slow employees couldn’t understand what we wanted and didn’t know the menu as well. P
  38. SL

    SaiL

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Service was super slow across the entire experience... from taking our order to providing the food to even getting the bill. We were there a whole 2 hours of which 1 hour was just waiting. I understand there were just 3 servers but it was not crowded. There was no one at the bar but it still took a good 20 mins to get my drink.
  39. MV

    MrigV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food with authentic flavors in traditional and more modern/unique dishes.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Street food was delicious. Specially the Pav Bhaji.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Desi using the Order Online button. Desi also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Desi also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (408) 429-8098.

Desi is rated 3.2 stars by 62 OpenTable diners.

Desi does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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Google Map for Desi

501 E Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008

Additional information

  • Cross street

    E.Campbell Ave and Foote Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Campbell

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–2:30 pm Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Indian, Southeast Asian, Contemporary Indian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (408) 429-8098

  • Catering

    We offer catering services. For more info, you can visit our website www.eatatdesi.com

  • Private party facilities

    We host Private Events. For more info, you can visit our website www.eatatdesi.com

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