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Kanishka's Gastro Pub

212 reviews
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$30 and under
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Gastro Pub
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  • Fit for Foodies (222)
  • Neighborhood Gem (137)
  • Good for Groups (82)

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Noted for Top 100 Best Bites of East Bay #29 (Aug 2016) for Chef's Shikampuri Lamb Sliders by Diablo. Recognized as "Best Gastropub", "Diner's Choice Award 2015-2014", "Fit for Foodies", by OpenTable Diners, "Best Tapas 2015,2014" by Culinary 86 deg Excellence.

Kanishka's brings you the experience of globally inspired "sharable small plates" and Gastro-Curry cuisine with Indian influences by Exec Chef Paramita Roy in a socializing trendy ambiance. The cuisine is offered over a list of seasonally changing craft beers, wines.

Our innovative cuisine has been developed by Exec Chef/Owner Paramita Roy based on her global epicurean travels, comfort cooking, and has East Indian influences as well. Her cuisine also expands to include vegan and 'no-oil' choices. Kanishka's is a neighborhood perfect spot for foodies, travelers, socializing with friends and date night.

Available for events, caterings and weddings on-site and off-site.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary Indian
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Hours of operation
Weekdays Dinner: Tues-Thurs 5 pm - 10 pm

Weekend Lunch: Fri-Sat: 11:30am - 4:00pm

Weekend Dinner: Fri-Sun 5:00pm-10:00pm

Social Hours:

Tues-Sun: 5 pm - 6:30 pm

Closed Monday
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Phone number
(925) 464-7468
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Paramita Roy
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Catering: Pick up/Delivery. Please call 650.995.4113 for catering details. Menu selections (not limited to restaurant menu) created with and/or without beer & wine package based on requirements.
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Cross street
Main St and Locust St.
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Parking details
Street Parking
Parking Garage: within 1-2 blocks
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Public transit
BART stop - Walnut Creek
Local Bus services within Contra Costa County
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Modern Rock, EDM, New Age Music
Sports Entertainment, Travel Channel on TV
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Special events & promotions
We support local artists to feature artwork / photography available for sale at Kanishka's every 6-8 months and like to donate to a cause. Should you be interested, please send an email to:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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SFDinerFeb18 (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on September 14, 2017

We had the chicken tikka, lamb sliders, bhel puri and kerala rice bowl and they were all disappointing. Bland, no flavor at all. Lamb sliders were probably the least disappointing. Would not recommend this place. Service was not that great either, and it was not that busy.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

Neat concept and great food. The service was fine, but they were completely understaffed. The restaurant was 85% sometimes 100% to capacity and they only had to waiters. They did the best they could, but seemed really flustered.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

The food was very good, with fresh flavors, but I found the whole experience kind of expensive and little contrived. This isn't a traditional Indian restaurant, so if you're in the mood for this, look elsewhere. If you want something fancy, creative, a little unusual, think Hipster Indian, give it a go.

KateB (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on August 10, 2017

Great layers of flavor in the dishes we tried. The chicken wings were more than spicy, but removing the atomic chilis and cooling off with raita worked. The samosas were chocker-block full of chickpeas and a rich red sauce and well-seasoned, but not fiery. We dine here frequently and always try something different.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on August 10, 2017

The place is just ok for everyday dining, not great for special occasions. We liked the food, but not many options in the menu.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on July 14, 2017

Came here on a Friday night with a party of 5 including one kid. Wasn't very busy when we arrived at 6:30 but filled up by the time we left. Delicious small plates with an Indian influence are served here with many choices including vegan and gluten free options. I was also surprised to see two options for picky kids ( thank goodness!). Good service and food came out at a good pace. Overall good dining experience.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 1, 2017

We only noticed this place by accident, but we are SO glad we did. We spent a happy couple of hours eating great food, drinking some lovely wine in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Looking forward for another reason to go there for dinner !!

Archie (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on June 28, 2017

This was our second time. Both times the creative recipes at Kanishka's have impressed us. We were celebrating our anniversary with our entire family. Our server was excellent!! He truly made our day memorable and took care of grandparents as well our little 8 year old too. We ordered --Chicken Tandoor Tini, Manchurian Prawns, Tangra Chicken Chili, and couple of other small dishes.

SujitPal (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

What struck all of us was how well the spices were blended. When it comes to Indian cooking (this place is Indian cuisine inspired, sort of Indian fusion), the amount of spices are important -- too little and its bland, and too much and its overpowering. Very tasty food, great and friendly service.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

It was horrible. Drive an hour for a fun experience to celebrate my friends birthday. The place was locked. None had even called and informed us. We ended up going nearby and later saw the door open. I was told that the employee who was opening didn't show up. Really one employee runs this place. Pathetic.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on May 30, 2017

This has been my all time favorite place for desi fusion, but was disappointed this time.

Here is what we ordered..

- Unravelled Samosa Garbanzo Chat: Samosa was good, but the garbanzo chat was too salty.
- Gol Gapppa Shots & Bhelpuri - The Bhelpuri seemed stale, left most of it.
- Beef Taco - No special flavoring and the beef was chewy.
- Cauliflower Taco - Was good

I hope they can fix what has gone wrong.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 20, 2017

Excellent food as always.

Somewhat disappointed this time in the beer selection and presentation of flights ordered; server didn't seem to know what was available or much about the beers- in the past it's always been spot-on....suggest training new employees.

Will definitely come back; just hoping for a little more knowledge and organization with the beers.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 17, 2017

Fantastic food and service! Love the spice and flavor - never disappoints!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 30, 2017

Awesome eclectic fresh innovative food - can't wait to return!!!!

SaNa (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on April 29, 2017

Maybe the service had a bad day, but at that evening the service was more a disaster.

vipDillon (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on March 30, 2017

Interesting concept, but in general poorly executed. Bread for sliders was soggy, Paneer pops came out a little cold. Service was slow, seemed understaffed on the Thursday night we ate there. Didn't match other reviewers' positive experiences, so may have been an off night.

Katie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 26, 2017

This place is so great and I couldn't be happier than I've found it.

vipScorpion (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on March 26, 2017

Everything is so salty. Might be good for Happy Hour.

vipKhozemaS (Cincinnati)
2.0  Dined on March 24, 2017

It’s too up & down every time. The staff is a revolving door, the food quality uneven. Not on the list anymore.

vipSi405 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 18, 2017

My second visit here was even better than my first. The menu offers a great selection of tapas style shareable dishes with an Indian influence. They were all very flavorful and varied in levels of spiciness as desired. The beer and wine selection was also very good and our server was very attentive and helpful.

NHbday (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 22, 2017

Delicious food and great beer. It was a quiet weeknight, but they were still willing to serve us after all the other guests had gone. The spinach/corn/paneer dish was FANTASTIC!!

Lori (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2017

The food was very interesting, unusual and tasty. We had never tried any of the dishes before but all were delicious. We will be coming back again.

Andy (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

Great culinary experience. Not your regular off the mill Indian food.

OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

Overall the food was great and the drinks are really good, went there for Valentine's day. Great food, service, and prices.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 11, 2017

I thought it was authentic Indian food it was Fusion Witch was fine if I were looking for that. Good taste on the chicken. But I won't returned

vipBurgerYESScallopRisottoNO (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2017

Food was great - and was the perfect Saturday night dinner for me, my wife and our two kiddos (9 and 6). We've been trying to introduce the kiddos to new types of cuisine and they loved Kanishka's. We all did. We'll be back.

vipJovi (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

Food was excellent and nice small plate sizes ideal for sharing. It's a small cozy dining area, which was full when we were there but not overly noisy.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

Waited over 45 min for drinks....super slow had hits and misses. I will not return.

kmarie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2017

This is my favorite restaurant in Walnut Creek. The flavors of the dishes are unique and absolutely outstanding. The vibe is great and the service is always pleasant and timely. Love this spot!

VinTheFoodie (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 15, 2017

The food is tapas style and basically Indian with a twist. We loved the food. It was delicious. Service was pretty poor on a sunday night. The waitress was very slow and took a while to comprehend - seemed like she had a computing problem - not processing fast enough. Having said that the beer flight and quality of food made up for it.