Roti Indian Bistro - San Francisco

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$30 and under
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When brothers Ash and Rajiv Gujral planned a new Indian restaurant, they wanted to create neither an ultra-formal dining room nor a tiny hole in the wall venue. ROTI Indian Bistro marries casual, contemporary styling to classic Indian cuisine. Designer Susan Gujral created a warm, modern space with dramatic color, light and imagery that portrays the rich aesthetic essence of India. The chefs take diners on a culinary tour of India, offering a taste of the North in the Tandoori meat dishes and hints of the South in the vegetarian curries. Fresh breads are available from the tandoor, a mesquite- fired clay oven unique to Indian cooking. Local and organic ingredients blend with traditional Indian spices to create a diverse fresh, menu. ROTI prides itself on the dining experience - at this popular new addition to the vibrant West Portal neighborhood, refined customer service from the attentive staff and fabulous food have established a higher standard of dining for the area.
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S
Austin
80 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so flavorful and fresh! We loved it!

A
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We've eaten here many time. Might be the best Indian cuisine in town.

v
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was a bit disappointing, not as good as usual. Very busy Sat. night though; we tend to go mid-week which may be the reason.

RN
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and service!
The owner is always nice and accomodating

JM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Indian food, though a little of the expensive side compared to lesser Indian restaurants. Well worth it for a special occasion.

FT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The best Indian food in San Francisco. It’s refreshing to taste the flavors of the spices. Top quality lamb and chicken.

BS
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is always delicious. The whole head of cauliflower is fantastic.

R
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent. I don't think you can go wrong with anything you choose. We've had many dishes here, all good. I like the mango lassie too. Genial host. A neighborhood gem.

PJ
San Francisco
313 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried the seafood in a nice tomato sauce. Nice white fish, calamari, and prawns. Very yummy.

DW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Indian food with a friendly staff. You’ll be hard pressed to find better Indian food on the city.

w
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best Indian food in the US.

SF
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’ve been coming here for years and the food is consistently outstanding. Well worth a visit—or a return if you’re already familiar.

SF
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, convenient location, good service and very friendly staff. A winning combination for a a great dinner experience for a group of four - thank you!

G
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A favorite neighborhood place. Love the freshness of the food and the warm and welcoming staff

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is nicely spiced and wait staff friendly and attentive. It is not very noisy so easy to have a normal conversation.

SC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always. Warm, friendly atmosphere.

JO
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Some food was great and other was really mediocre. Saag gosht wonderful; fried calamari almost uneatable. Space is nice but really noisy so go early before it fills up.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything!!!

AE
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant early dining with real Indian flavors freshly prepared. Special treatment from the restaurant manager re where to buy Indian food products in the Bay Area (try Berkeley). Will definitely return.

WP
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is our neighborhood Indian restaurant, and while there are better places for Indian cuisine in SF Roti wins with its ambiance and service. We love their vegetable samosas, vindaloos and rotating monthly specials. My only complaint is that rice is not included in an entree order, which seems odd. Who eats chicken vindaloo without rice?

T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS good. We have never had poor service or a bad meal here, over many years. Consistently great.

N
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is hands down my favorite Indian restaurant in the entire Bay Area. I live in Anza Vista and drive 20+ minutes just to go to this particular restaurant. Go...you will not be disappointed.

1
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and superb service at Roti for family dinner of 7

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service !
The only issue is that our 3 orders of NaN came after the meal along with another dish.

S
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent Indian cuisine with monthly rotating specials. We love to come here.

OT
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent. The service extraordinary; personable, attentive, great advise, timely.
Love Roti and will return.

PJ
San Francisco
313 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love trying their monthly specials. Today we had the mushroom and peas, delish! As always, we had the butter chicken and Rogan Josh lamb. Can't wait to have the leftovers.

JO
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is consistently excellent

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We LOVED this place but something has changed. The food doesn’t have the excellent taste it once did. Not worth the money.

KK
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly owner, servers
Fresh, beautifully spiced butter chicken and garlic and basil naan
Comfortable setting
Clean and nicely presented ambience

DG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best north Indian food in the city! The ingredients are exceedingly fresh and the ambiance is great.

C
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely neighborhood restaurant with outstanding Indian food and great service.

FC
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently high quality in every way! Roti is one of our top “go to” restaurants. The monthly specials are an especially nice draw. Going back this week for more exquisitely spiced Butternut Squash Soup before month’s end.

K
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is always good

BS
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite neighborhood restaurant especially in October when they offer the incredible cauliflower.

S
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fantastic Indian food that never disappoints!

KE
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

To set the scene, my wife and I took our kids to the Science and Natural History museum in San Francisco, similar to the trip my wife and kids did whilst they visited NYC earlier this year.
We spent the day at the museum and then wanted somewhere to eat dinner as driving back to the East Bay through the City on a Saturday night was going to be hectic and time consuming.

We elected to make a reservation at Roti, as it was our go to place when we first moved to San Francisco back in 2011 from Connecticut.
We took our two kids for dinner at 5:30, just before the rush hour traffic of diners. The evening was getting quite chilly, so we wanted some warm comfort food, Pankaj Shah, the proprietor greeted us at reception and we were taken to our table by the window.

The ambience and layout of this restaurant is excellent, cozy yet sophisticated; the kitchen is open format so you can see the chef and cooks strutting their stuff infront of you.

We ordered chicken jalfrezi and paneer sabji, along with butter chicken and saag paneer. the latter two were good, the first two, chicken jalfrezi and paneer were entirely forgettable, watery and with absolutely NO flavor whatsoever.

I was disappointed with the food overall, and wanted to tell Pankaj, however he's a dear old man, and I did not want to hurt his feelings, so I did not say anything.

I would recommend this place as for its ambience and scene, however, coming from an Indian from England, where Indian food is a national obsession, if you want authentic Indian food, look elsewhere. Sorry Pankaj, this place is now a miss, and we will now be stopping off at our go-to spot in Lafayette on our way home on the East Bay.

PJ
San Francisco
313 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The murgh makhani (butter chicken) is out of this world! Get the goat cheese naan.

BS
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The monthly specials are always great.

M
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roti has some of the best Indian Food in this area, consequently it's a good idea to have a reservation or you may get turned away or have a long wait. The staff is friendly and efficient, the food choices extensive and the environment fun but not too loud. There are also very good specials available on any given day. The Naan is nicely cooked and don't forget the raita and Mango Chutney for toppings.