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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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SFDiner14 (San Francisco)
Dined on September 15, 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)
Dined on September 3, 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 
Dined on September 3, 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)
Dined on August 11, 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)
Dined on August 11, 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.