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Kiran's

4.7
1881 Reviews
$31 to $50
Indian
Chef Kiran Verma, considered the ‘godmother of Indian fine dining,’ has created world-class north Indian cuisine at her eponymous restaurant. Come and enjoy good food and great service in a serene environment.
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.7
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AstridM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious! Kiran’s was recommended by a colleague of mine. Everything from the appetizers down to the hot tea and cookies was wonderful! Can’t wait to go again!

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Patrick71
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was superb. Alex is the Best Waiter, had everything running smoothly and was very helpful in explaining the nuances in the various dishes. The greeting staff tried to seat us in a high traffic entrance area, yuck! But I insisted on be moved to the main dining area. We even had a reservation for 10 days or so. Lazy or negligent - not sure.

If you make a reservation do so online then call and be specific about not sitting the high traffic entrance area.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Class of 2021 Graduation

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kirans is an OUTSTANDING restaurant!! You can have traditional Indian plates, upscale dining or a tasting menu and every plate is delicious!! The flavor is just so good, we have never ordered anything we didn't love! A few of my personal favs- the roasted eggplant is amazing, the palak paneer and the vindaloo are also the best I have ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Restaurant was very cold

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Emmanuel
San Antonio
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We ordered 3 dishes, here are their reviews

Lamb Belly- beautifully charred, moist and flavorful, a great start to the meal

Crab/Corn samosas- no idea why these are on the menu. They tasted like generic crab cakes inside a samosa wrapper, easily could've been an eggroll wrapper. Inside was ample crab meat but unfortunately littered with green and red bell pepper. Nothing about it felt either elevated cuisine or even Indian influenced. A real disappointment

Lamb Korma- Not the best we've had, but definitely better than most. Could've used more flavor and slower cooked meat. Hoped for more considering the price point of everything on the menu.

Basil Saffron Ginger cocktail (don't recall the name)- Fantastic drink, well crafted by a true expert. The highlight of the meal

Naan- Buttered naan, can't go wrong, made a fine delivery method for the remaining Korma sauce.

Service is excellent and befitting the ambience, location and price.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience3

I waited for over 45 min for a vegetarian meal and it never arrived the waitstaff kept telling me a few more minutes then one of the managers came and said due to a big party they were behind, however it was not excuse the restaurant was practically empty and my meal was basically sautéed veggies and bread. Ultimately canceled the order since it was taking so long. My daughter and I left completely disappointed!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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Thomas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. I brought friends that were new to Indian Cuisine and they really enjoyed the food and the experience!!!

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vipnoodge
Houston
61 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very nice place !

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Slow service

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victoria
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

My husband is not adventurous when it comes to food but it was Mother’s Day so he went along with my choice of Indian food at Kirin’s. New to Indian food, I researched the menu before we arrived and was so exited to go to this restaurant. When we arrived, we were very impressed by the restaurant. It is vey large and elegant. Once seated, we waited quite a long time but no one came to our table. We finally flagged one of the servers down that kept passing our table and we asked for menus and water. The server said he would find us our server. A server then appeared and said that our server had not yet arrived so he would help us? What?
We told him we where new to Indian food and needed help with the menu. He did not know the menu and struggled to answer our questions. We ended up with a lentil dumpling that was ice cold. Literally ice cold, straight out of the refrigerator. We asked about it and he was surprised it was cold. He asked another server and came back and explained that it was supposed to be cold?
My husband ordered chicken tiki masala. The sauce was very flavorful but the chicken was very dry. He ate the masala sauce on naan bread and picked around the chicken. I am a vegetarian, so I ordered the black lentil daul. It was ok, but not served with anything. Just a bowl of lentils. I added Vindaloo sauce to it to add flavor and used some of my husband’s saffron rice to add texture. So strange. The waiter should have told me that I needed to order naan bread, rice or veggies with it.
The caprese naan bread and the cilantro onion naan bread were wonderful! Hot soft and flavorful!!! The cocktails were equally wonderful but pricey at $16 per cocktail but in my opinion worth it. I will try to convince my husband to try this restaurant again. Next time I would hope for an experienced server or just sit at the bar and order bar food so we can try a lot of things to see what we like. Overall it was a disappointing and very expensive mediocre meal.

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TOSH
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great first experience with Kirans I've been meaning to come for a while. Great food service was good, a bit off with the timing but we came for mothers day in the evening so I suppose a rush is expected.

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ThomasF
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Entering the restaurant was delightful. The seating was very nice The food was superb. The staff was very efficient. Stella was our server and she was great.

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vipRobertL
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The flavors of the cuisine were unbelievable. Some in our party ordered traditional fare with Indian flavors and spices. While others enjoyed typical Indian food. Everyone loved their dishes. If you have never eaten or are not familiar with Indian food, go to Kirans. There is something for everyone.

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annem
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Everything was fine except for the service which was appallingly bad. The waiter did not listen to our orders, he would leave the table before we finished talking and generally stayed out of sight. We had to signal down the manager to get some service. Out waiter would occasionally walk around our table, ask no questions, and disappear.

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SueS
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Afternoon Tea at Kkren’s is always a delight & joy. The chai tea is delicious, the assorted sandwiches fresh and tasty and scones and petit fours awesome. Service was admirable.

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Tarragon888
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Overall it was a nice place for a special occasion meal with elevated Indian cuisine. Entrees, breads, desserts and cocktails were all outstanding albeit pricey. I was disappointed in the samosas for how much they cost ($16 for 2 crab and corn samosas). In fact I have had better ones in Indian grocery stores that sell for $1 each. We will go back but next time try the less pricey dishes like naanzzas.

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vipRajeevD
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sarthak is great , as usual

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food is always consistent. Service could be a bit more attentive, but the server made up for it with solid guidance and recommendations. Overall very good!

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vipSunshine
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner. Calamari was perfectly cooked with spicy dipping sauce. Excellent service. The red and blue seating areas are very attractive.

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vipLHVL
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

This is an upscale Indian restaurant with a high pricetag to go with it. As with most upscale ethnic restaurant, it has to cater to some non-Indian people as well, so there are quite a few not so authentic cuisine on the menu (ie duck confit, naan pizza) but they good overall. The problem I had with this place and why I won't be returning is the poor service, which is something you expect a pricy restaurant to be much better at. We had a reservation for 5 and was brought to a table that had seating for 5 but only 4 place settings. Ok that happens, no big deal. The fifth seat had water on the seat. The hostess saw that and said she will get someone to take care of it. Five minutes passed and nothing. We squeezed the fifth person into one of the seats while we waited. The waiter came out and asked if we wanted anything to drink. We told him about the water and he quickly wiped it off. This waiter was actually fine, very courteous and helpful. He did seem overwhlemed though. However my biggest problem was the busboys. After the first course came out, I still had half a piece of foie gras on my plate when the busboy lifted my plate to be taken away without asking anything. I told him I am still eating that. Instead of putting the plate back onto the table he just waited for me to pick it up with my fork. So there i have my piece of foie gras in my fork with no plate underneath it! So I went ahead and put it in my mouth. He then did it again with the plate of pani poori which were stuffed little cups that you pour a broth into the cup before eating. There was one left and again he took the plate without asking. When I motioned him to stop, instead of putting it down, he again just paused for me to take it. So here i have a pani poori in my hand (with the broth already taken away), and no plate to set it down on, and finishing a piece of foie gras in my mouth. Even some cheap hole in the wall place wouldn't do that, let alone a fine dining place.

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vipRobPop
London
14 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and atmosphere was great! They were busy in the restaurant as well as for take-out orders so our food took longer than expected to arrive. When it did, we were not disappointed!

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Cmash32
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the masala dosa with lamb keema and it was absolutely incredible! Kiran’s naan is like no other and I can’t wait to go back!

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vipDonis
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The restaurant has nice ambience and it is beautifully decorated, but the food was not exceptional. Other Indian places are more flavorful, for example Pondicheri. The service was not what one would expect from a firsr class restaurant.

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vipDrBob
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This is one of the best restaurants for food of any type in the entire Houston area.

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DarleneF
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating was great. Our waiter was very nice and attentive.

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JeffL
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food has great flavor but was disappointed the lamb was very fatty especially for the price. I had to leave 1/3rd of my dish

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Juan1
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me ha dejado maravillado, excelente comida y servicio.
No pueden irse de Houston sin visitarlo.

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DavidC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I live in New York and I think that Kiran's is the best Indian restaurant in the country! Have been four times in the last 2 years, every time was excellent.

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MatthewM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beat Indian food I’ve ever had. Each dish set the bar for what it should be.

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MFReview
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience3

We were not seated for a 7:15 reservation until almost 7:45. Then had a long wait for a server to ever come by. Was 8:15 before we could even get an order in, then was much delayed to a kitchen ticket issue.

Food was wonderful but the over all experience for the price was not desirable.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent time at Kiran’s. Lunch was perfect - service was first class and Kiran’s food is world class!

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vipSH1959
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was very helpful as not experienced with Indian food.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I treated a couple of staff members to lunch. I came for the chai but the food was fantastic—Pani Poori, the thali & the beet and goat cheese salad. We will be back for afternoon tea.

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Libafra
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente atención y comida deliciosa. Festejamos un cumpleaños y de sorpresa nos llevaron un pastel. Muy amables

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vipRajeevD
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Sarthak was amazing!

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AndyB
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food in a very pleasant dining room. Highly recommended for an occasion meal

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful evening, and glad we choose Kiran’s for dinner. Good food and great service and beautiful atmosphere. We had the pleasure to meet the amazing women behind the success of this restaurant- Kiran herself; such a wonderful person, so humble, loving and down to earth. We will definitely go back for special occasions.

FAQs

Kiran's does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Kiran's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 960-8472.

Kiran's is rated 4.7 stars by 1881 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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