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About Roti Indian Bistro - San Francisco

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.

53 West Portal Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94127
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:45pm

Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 8:45pm
Friday, Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:15pm

Cross Street:
Vicente Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 665-7684

Website:
http://www.rotibistro.com/

Catering:
Inquire with restaurant management.

Parking Details:
Street parking on West Portal Avenue and surrounding streets available.

Public Transit:
One-half block from MUNI station.

Executive Chef:
Divender Pal Singh

Private Party Facilities:
Inquire with restaurant management about our private room available for large parties, banquets and receptions.

Private Party Contact:
Jay Shah: (415) 665-7684

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Large Private Room available for up to 50 people - ideal for parties, office meetings, birthdays, and receptions.

Roti Indian Bistro - San Francisco Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

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4.5

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4.2

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4.4

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Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Cozy (5)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

We came here to celebrate our 43rd wedding anniversary and requested a quiet table. Our request was granted! In addition to our very delicious meal of perfectly cooked vegetable pakora, aloo gobi, and tandoori chicken, the owner sent a complimentary dessert of peppermint ice cream and cinnamon ice cream. We're sure to continue going to such a hospitable restaurant!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Comfort Food, Casual, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

We always enjoy our meals at Roti. The food is flavorful and the menu offers an abundance of choices.

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

This was my second visit to Roti and the food was as delicious, subtle and nuanced as I remember from the first visit. The vegetable korma & goat cheese naan were outstanding. Service was attentive and prompt but not overbearing. Looking forward to my next meal at Roti!

Tags: Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Business Meals, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We met there for a special birthday celebration for one of our business friends and expected to have great time and decent Indian food. We had great Indian food and great value for the money. It was birthday celebration that we will never forget and now great spot for Indian cuisine.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Healthy, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The family was happy with the spice level of every dish. I like sag daal, chicken tikia masala was the star and a bit pricey.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Delicious food, great service. I highly recommend this place and will be back. As others stated, the specials are fantastic. It was a little loud as it filled up, but not enough to disrupt our conversation.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

The best north Indian restaurant in the city. The food is consistently excellent and they are always experimenting with new dishes.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

The food was good as always, maybe even better. We had their special for the month, cauliflower (the whole cauliflower with a wonderful sauce on it and in it), chicken korma (absolutely, my favorite), and my daughter had veg. korma (her favorite), along with garlic naan and rice. Their mango lassi is excellent. The host is the ever genial Pun Kash (sp?), a wonderful kind man. 5 stars. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

very good food and service; it was just a little too loud for us... but we're getting old maybe...

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Very tasty Maharashtra regional cuisine. Large portions and friendly service. The owner greets you at the door. Seating limited, so reservations suggested for dinner.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2017

I love, love, love the murgh makhani (also known as butter chicken). I've introduced friends to Roti and they've returned without me! On our most recent visit, we had just returned from a cruise in Europe and couldn't wait to eat at Roti. Great food, good service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 5, 2017

I always have an excellent experience here. The staff, the food and the owner are all wonderful.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Roti's is a terrific local restaurant with a pleasant, responsive staff. The food is always very good and the owner and family are very thoughtful and helpful about menu items. My only problem this time was one table of really loud guests who seemed unaware that they were not at a brawl.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Cozy, Spicy, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Roti rocks, its streets ahead of other Indian Cusine (Clay Oven for example) I really struggle to think of another Bay Area Indian with better quality recipes and the staff are lovely!

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Organic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2017

The best Indian food experience I've ever had.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Delicious as ever. It's hard to avoid diner noise - we love Roti and want them to have continued success so that we can continue to eat their delicious food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Roti never disappoints.Always delicious, pleasant wait staff, inexpensive wine list.

Tags: Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Best Indian restaurant in SF. What a neighbourhood gem. Great menu, beautifully cooked and the best papadums we have ever had. The specials are definitely worth trying.

Tags: Spicy, Casual, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 16, 2017

Excellent staff, they were all very attentive and courteous. Food was great with substantial portions and variety.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2017

This is our favorite Indian restaurant in San Francisco, heck in the Bay Area! Mr. Pankash, the owner, is the nicest man and always ready to tell you anything you want to know about Indian food. We love his Murgh Makani (chicken) and Tandoori Duck, and this restaurant makes the best rice ANYWHERE! Long, Dry, flavorful, perfect every time. Absolutely delicious. But there are so many great things to eat, it's hard to choose. The lentil dishes are superb, as are the nann selections, and skewered meats galore. Wine and beer prices are very fair. Roti should be on everyone's restaurant list!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Good food, attentive service, and pleasant casual atmosphere... will return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Roti is our "go-to" neighborhood favorite. The specials are always well-conceived and typically deliver a complex and harmonious mix of flavors. The wine list is well matched to the cuisine. Winner!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great menu options, very authentic taste, and friendly staff. Good parking available in rear. I took my clients there and had a great time!

Tags: Spicy, Disabled Access, Casual, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Paleo Friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Every single time I go, the food is fresh tasty and encourages me to eat more than I should. Why oh why can't I ever leave enough on the plate for leftovers?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Love Roti, the best Indian food in SF (and I lived in London for seven years).

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fun, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Authentic
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·Dined on July 27, 2017

I'd definitely go back again, but...

While the lunch menu was more limited than I'd expected, we both found items we wanted to try.

My friend, who isn't that fond of Indian, ordered Tikka Masala with rice, which also came with a cucumber/tomato salad--he liked it a lot. I ordered Tikka Masala salad, and the chicken was a bit dry.

Service was great - fast - but maybe because there weren't many people in the restaurant, the waiter appeared more times than we were comfortable, and (the owner? manager?) walked over multiple times to check on us, making it hard to relax.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Just a fabulous place. We usually can't walk after leaving there ... so good!

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Spicy, Authentic, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Groups, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Service was poor. Place was empty yet our water glasses remained empty and dishes that were finished did not get cleared, check took a long time coming. Wait staff was friendly, however, and helpful in suggesting menu items.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Spicy, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Among the best Indian food we've ever had. Extremely fresh ingredients. Service was stupendous.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Vegan, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Special friend visiting

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 21, 2017

We've been going for years and were pleased to introduce some friends to the great food at Roti.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Roti is a wonderful place - terrific food, warm and great service - always feels like coming home.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 28, 2017

We just love Roti. Our favorite dish is the chicken tiki masala. We always check out the monthly specials and this time we got the black-eyed peas and squash curry. Everything was yummy as usual.

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on May 27, 2017

We had a wonderful meal! The service and special attention we receive made our visit even more enjoyable. Can't wait to try the Garam masala spice mixture. Roti is now on our very short, must visit, restaurant list on our returns to San Francisco.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

We take our son and his girlfriend to Roti every few months. This time, my mother was in town so it was 5 of us. I have special medical needs and the owner always goes way out of his way to accommodate my physical and dietary limitations. He's an extremely kind man. In addition, the food is always very good and plentiful. We will continue to come here regularly. It is always a very positive experience, with no negatives. Good food, good people, good energy.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Love Roti. Every time we go it's always a hit!! We went to dinner to celebrate our engagement and we were treated like royalty!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2017

They offer great Indian food, that is constantly wonderful. The restraunt works well for groups because you eat family style and share different things. It is a "Neighborhood Gem" .

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Fun, Good for Groups, Casual, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

This is the best Indian restaurant in town hands down.

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Consistently great food with unique monthly specials announced via email. Staff are friendly & prompt; the owner visits each table. Portions are more than ample; we always take some home for tomorrow's lunch. This is a regular "go-to" for us.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 7, 2017

We have been eating at Roti since we moved to Parkside over 11 years ago.
The food is delicious, service is good, and our kids enjoy the food.

Our favorite is the Salmon Korma.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Casual, Afternoon Coffee
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