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Kinaara, Omaha, NE

Kinaara

4.8
4.8
79 Reviews
$30 and under
Indian
Kinaara is Chef Ashish Sathyan's scratch Indian restaurant. We specialize in dishes from Kerala but feature from all over the diverse sub-continent. Try our famous Butter Chicken but also add on a dish you probably have never heard of, all of it will be amazing. You will find items that are not on any other menu, such as Grandma's Fish and Mango Curry and beef specials. We are a small casual restaurant that let's the food be the star.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Indian, Asian, Contemporary Indian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Wed, Thu 11:00 am–1:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (402) 895-3463

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    South Asian/Indian, Women

  • Executive chef

    Ashish Sathyan

  • Catering

    We provide the best Indian food but are not able to provide servers and bussers for events. Email us for pricing and other information.

  • Private party facilities

    We rent out the entire restaurant for a fee based on the time and day.

  • Neighborhood

    West Omaha

  • Cross street

    138th and Millard Ave

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    One mile south of the Oakview transit stop on route 15.

  • Additional

    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Options, Vegan

Experiences

  • Fish Pollichathu

    $17.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Be able to reserve our most famous dish; Fish Pollichathu. We only make limited portions on Friday and Saturday so be sure to not miss out on this Kerala classic. It is salmon marinated in house seasonings overnight, then wrapped and grilled in a banana leaf.

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What 79 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. BR

    BonRepas

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We have eaten there several times in the last year, the food is always outstanding! Keeps us coming back for more. The service is attentive, but not intrusive, and they make you feel like a welcome guest instead of just a customer. The menu offers many choices - vegan, vegetarian, and meats; appetizers, desserts, and of course different kinds of naan. It is a small place, so definitely make reservations. They offer takeout too. It can get a little loud in there because it is so small. They usually have a Cricket game broadcast showing on the TV screen, a good chance to see and get acquainted with this sport!
  2. VH

    VeronikaH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food is Delicious food. Friendly service. Highly recommended.
  3. PH

    PamelaH

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, very generous portions, lovely service with a very happy ,engaged wait staff. All around terrific dinner
  4. MP

    MichaelP

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!!!
  5. MI

    MICHAELZ

    Omaha

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    What a delicious dinner at Kinaara! Butter chicken and the salmon in spices wrapped in a banana leaf (can't remember it's name on the menu) plus onion pakora. We will be back soon!
  6. MK

    MichaelK

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best in Omaha. Always enjoy this place!!
  7. EA

    EdwardA

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kinaara delivers the real deal! It is a small place so reservations are recommended. I have made reservations twice out of three visits and they were prompt and courteous about keeping our time for us. The food is the real star though. We find some unique offerings and they are generally prepared to the diner’s choice of spice level. We are hooked and plan to go back often. We take our friends there with us and they’ve all been pleased. It is well worth a try if you like Indian food.
  8. M

    Michaelr

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    We made reservations via OpenTable and prereserved the fish special. Upon arrival I did not get the impression that the host had our reservation, he wasn't aware of the preordered food either. The service was very spotty at best. The food was excellent. The restaurant is very noisy. No liquor is served. There is a liquor shop next door. A wine bottle can be purchased there and consumed onsite without an upcharge. I had asked the waiter if wine glasses were available. He said yes, however, they were out by the time I got back and we used water glasses instead. In short, the food was very good, staff and organization needs improvement.
  9. MK

    MichaelK

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best “Indian” food in Omaha. Super talented chef and service is always wonderful. Pro tip: just order the special…… even if you can’t pronounce it or know what it is :)
  10. CD

    ChadD

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kinaara never let’s me down. This is the fourth or fifth time I’ve been there and it’s always delicious. 10 out of 10 recommend.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our group were Indian food newbies so really didn’t have expectations but we were blown away by the flavors imparted into the food we enjoyed. We started the meal with the Masala fries and they were wonderful, highly recommend! We also shared the kabob trio which was also good but the fries were hands down the favorite. We each ordered different entrees and none disappointed. I like a little slice and our waitress said “they don’t mess around with their spices” so I stuck to the mild and glad I did. The two men got hot, and it was hot but they loved it. Highly recommend the curry and butter chicken. Visit this place, you won’t be disappointed!
  12. F

    Foodiewino

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always! Our favorite Indian restaurant.
  13. JB

    JacobB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seriously the best Indian food in town by far. Love it.
  14. R

    Rafa

    Omaha

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food! The signature fish dish is spectacular
  15. RN

    RussN

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am gluten and dairy free and it’s difficult to find restaurants in Omaha. There were so many options clearly labeled and the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. We had our kids and the staff was great talking with them and so kind. The spice level was Indian perfect! It did not taste like Americanized spice level. Great experience!
  16. NC

    NebraskaCouple

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We would absolutely recommend Kinaara! My husband got the lamb biriyani and I ordered the vegan coconut vegetable korma, and we both were beyond pleased with the flavor and portions. It’s a little small- so be sure to make a reservation! And it’s a little noisy, but we had an enjoyable time there. We are excited to go back!
  17. RG

    RainaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been wanting to try this restaurant for awhile and finally did! It is a quaint and welcoming place with great food! The owners and staff were amazing. I highly recommend going with a group of your closest friends to enjoy good conversation & great food in a casual & inviting atmosphere.
  18. F

    Foodiewino

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food! We love this place
  19. SV

    StacieV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined in and enjoyed the vegan Thali special. Enough food to share between 2-3 people. Server was knowledgeable and very friendly. Food came out quickly and was presented on a nice platter. Couldn’t ask for a better experience every single time I order from Kinaara. 10/10 time after time.
  20. SL

    ShellyL

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic and the service was superb.
  21. AC

    AlaynaC

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a wonderful experience. We got there super early and were sat immediately, but we had made a reservation on OpenTable just in case. There were 5 of us. We shared 3 appetizers, garlic Naan, cheese Naan the masala fries and the kebab trio. I had the usual chicken biriyani. One friend had the special Chicken Dum biriyani. That one had a bone-in half chicken. Mine was boneless. We also had the Malai Kofta (unsure on the spelling) which was just a little sweet and I really liked the flavor on the curry, the Tikka masala, and one friend went adventurous and had the Tellicherri Pepper Goat. Lots of bones. Have to be careful eating it. Their Mango Lassi was one of the best I have had in Omaha and definitely one of the cheapest.
  22. O

    Omaha81

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The young wait staff was friendly professional and knowledgeable. They made a great food experience even better! Wonderful food! We lived the spice level choices and will move to medium from mild on our next visit!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful meal and friendly service. Too bad we’re going out of town and won’t be able to go back until we return
  24. i

    iwaveatcows

    Houston

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can't wait to go back -- talk about amazing!!!! Excellent service and the food was top notch -- best Indian food we have ever had. Highly recommend -- be sure to make a reservation!
  25. SB

    SingaporeBob

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easily best indian food in Omaha. Four of us ordered the standards: chicken korma, butter chicken saag paneer and the special chili salmon. All were delicious.
  26. BR

    BonRepas

    Omaha

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food here is excellent, we've eaten here several times and have never been disappointed. The service is attentive but not intrusive. They also do take-out and we noticed many people coming in to pick up orders. I'd suggest having a reservation to dine here, it's not a tiny place but there are limited tables. We are looking forward to our next visit to Kinaara.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had some delicious breakfast dishes. Do not forget to grab some mango lassi to go.
  28. NW

    NicholasW

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent authentic Indian cuisine. Friendly and helpful staff. Great food at a good price. Best Indian restaurant in Omaha.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Indian around. The owners are great and very hospitable. We love it here.
  30. KG

    KatieG

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Great food, good service, but noisy and difficult to hear.
  31. b

    bluenote

    Omaha

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Fabulous as usual. While almost a 30 minute drive for us from Dundee, we view the food here as worth it. All dishes are excellent and the owners are really nice. Kinaara and Urban Saffron Kitchen are much better than the other Indian restaurants in Omaha. Nice to have these two options after the closing of beloved Mother India!
  32. SA

    SarahA

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and the staff were very accommodating and friendly.
  33. J

    Ja13

    Omaha

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Celebtated husband’s birthday with friends. The entire staff was wonderful, food was wonderful. Great place, can’t wait to return.
  34. S

    Sean

    Phoenix

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    Overall, the food was good. Definitely recommend the Masala fries. The mulligatawny was very grainy, and all I tasted was chickpea. The soup was extremely bland, and there was not any seasoning on the tables. I had the chicken roast (extra spicy), and my wife had the butter chicken (medium). Frankly, I would have liked more heat, but my wife found her dish to be a little spicy. The rice was perfectly cooked. The chicken was delicious. For some reason, they do not serve ice with the water or other drinks. This was odd. We prefer ice with our drinks. The biggest negative was the noise. It was so loud that we could not speak across the table at a normal conversation volume. Anyone with sensitivity to noise should avoid this restaurant if dining in.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Tried a few items I’d never tried before and they were delicious. Looking forward to our next visit.
  36. AL

    ALT78

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance is beautiful, the food is delectable, and the staff is incredibly attentive and friendly! The chef came out to ask how our food was and chatted for awhile, he was so friendly and personable. Two of us had pre-ordered the Fish Pollichathu and it was mouthwatering!! I highly recommend it!
  37. NW

    NancyW

    Omaha

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Fabulous food on this first visit. Prices are good. Though small, the restaurant is extremely loud from a general din of activity. Difficult to hear one another across the table and difficult to hear our charming server. No alcohol service. In summary, a great meal and good service but not a setting in which one wants to converse or linger for dessert.
  38. IS

    IanS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience1
    for the fantastic food they produce they need a better location and better ambiance.
  39. SO

    ShellyO

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Kinaara has the most delicious food and everyone that works there is so kind and helpful! Don’t go expecting impressive decor, but you won’t care about that once your food arrives. Highly recommend trying the masala fries and the Thali on a Wednesday or Thursday
  40. D

    Dntoma

    Omaha

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, like always. We try to keep trying different items every time we go and haven’t been disappointed ever!

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
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Kinaara is rated 4.8 stars by 79 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Kinaara

13816 P St, Omaha, NE 68137-2702

Additional information

  • Cross street

    138th and Millard Ave

  • Neighborhood

    West Omaha

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Wed, Thu 11:00 am–1:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Indian, Asian, Contemporary Indian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    One mile south of the Oakview transit stop on route 15.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    South Asian/Indian, Women

  • Executive chef

    Ashish Sathyan

  • Additional

    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Options, Vegan

  • Phone number

    (402) 895-3463

  • Catering

    We provide the best Indian food but are not able to provide servers and bussers for events. Email us for pricing and other information.

  • Private party facilities

    We rent out the entire restaurant for a fee based on the time and day.

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