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Thanal Indian Tavern, Philadelphia, PA
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This restaurant now offers Takeout

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Thanal Indian Tavern

4.3
4.3
405 Reviews
$30 and under
Indian
Welcome to Thanal Indian Tavern!
Fresh Indian Cuisine for everyone!
Our attempt is to transport you to into culinary journey of India by skipping all the touristy spots and take you straight to the heart of the culture. This unique food and drinks menu are to inspire and appeal to the explorer in you to experience Indian culture in a whole new way. We have re calibrated Indian cuisine with all its authentic splendor in an innovative style of subtle fusion and tinges of barbecue.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Indian, South Indian, Contemporary Indian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 515-2511

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    South Asian/Indian

  • Catering

    We cater for all events with onsite bar, please talk to us for more details

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (215) 515-2511

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • Cross street

    20th and Arch

  • Parking details

    Street Parking and Lot of public parking lots nearby

  • Public transit

    Bus transit stop next to the restaurant, quick walk from Suburban and 30th St Tran Station

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 405 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. CC

    CountryChicken

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Excellent lamb vindaloo and mango lassi. Service was friendly, but neglectful.
  2. L

    Lawrence

    London

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food and great service and a great price!
  3. LA

    LAtransplant

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    The food was great (my SO disagrees) but we both agree that the service was lackluster with the waitstaff taking 20 minutes before they took our order and we had to ask/beg 3-4 times for them to take our order.
  4. T

    Taylor

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    Bad service. Had to wait more than half an hour for a table even though we had a reservation, while another group of the same size came in and was seated. Also our drinks were never served. Food was okay.
  5. DS

    DavidS

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Authentic Indian food served in a very nice atmosphere.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The two men that work there cannot be nicer
  7. YY

    YoliY

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    If you are not familiar (like me) with Indian dishes, you can't go wrong when you have the staff help you decide.
  8. TT

    TTandCC

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I chose Thanal as my birthday dinner location again this year and once again I loved it! These folks not only make some incredible food, they also handled quite the crowd last night and still managed to serve us very quickly and with great service. I’m sitting here now eating leftovers for lunch to today, and I’m thankful that I decided to grab some Gobi Manchurian to-go because quite honestly it’s the best I’ve ever had. Thank you for serving us last night, folks!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Indian food in town and great service
  10. JD

    JDM1

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Big disappointment. Service is painfully slow. Forgot items repeatedly. They were out of our wine selection and then tried a big upsale. But none of that was particularly surprising. The food was just really not very good. Lamb chops over cooked to flavorless shoe leather. Chicken tikka masala was bland (asked for medium hot) and super sweet. How do you ruin tikka masala?? Watery dal - bland again. None of the other dishes were good at all. We were expecting much more and were very let down. Not up to the hype. Next…
  11. CF

    CF21

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Indian food in the city! We come here all the time and it never disappoints.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Every dish is extremely flavorful...enjoy this place every time I go.
  13. P

    Ptwofoodiexec

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Solid Indian spot near Franklin Institute. Have gone several times and it has been consistently good. The garlic naan is special.
  14. AW

    AndrewW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The food was on point, however, the selection of beers and wines was lack luster and could use a lot of improvement.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. The special goat curry is one of the best dishes I’ve tasted. Love the place.
  16. KB

    KyanaB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Would recommend reservations. The place is very popular. Great food long wait :-(
  17. a

    arunar

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    The restaurant had lot of trouble serving food. Appetizers came out on time but then things went south. It took them 65 minutes to bring main course after repeated requests with all the staff. It was a disaster. They had more customers and very few kitchen and waitstaff. The madras mule was not good. Too much black pepper and it took them close to an hour to bring it out. The manager was kind enough to come out after almost two hours to say he is not charging us for the meal as we were left waiting with very bad service. He apologized and said things will get better soon. They were overwhelmed in the kitchen
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience1
    The food was good but there were dirty dishes stacked high on dining tables and the bathroom was disgusting.
  19. CC

    CeeCee

    Philadelphia

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    I would like to have had the option of deciding my heat level on the meal and have the dish have a more authentic Indian taste. Kind of felt like I was eating an American version of the dish. Overall, I had a good experience and would give it a second chance
  20. E

    Ellie

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Waited 50 minutes for samosa appetizer. Lamb Saag was 💯sauce, NO Lamb. Poor service, not their normal quality restaurant week. Can cut portions BUT quality poor!
  21. TL

    TamiLev

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Really good food; it was a busy lunch shift during restaurant week. Servers seemed taxed, but friendly. No toilet paper or soap in the ladies bathroom for 2.5 hours, thankfully all servers were men. Ran out of iced tea, but again, busy. Would definitely go back not during restaurant week. Food was tasty.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the butter chicken was absolutely phenomenal. best we’ve ever had.
  23. C

    Customer

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went for restaurant week and were able to sample 5 of their dishes. The food was amazing!!
  24. A

    Alex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Went here for restaurant week deal and was so good! Really good Indian food spot
  25. BK

    BKmom

    Philadelphia

    249 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    249 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We tried Thanal on a week nite sitting outside on a beautiful nite. The restaurant has new owners as of 2 months ago. We thought the food was even better than our last meal there. We tried new things, the spinach and kale chat and the fish curry- both delicious and we were happy with the requested milder presentation. The crab nan was just ok- not much crab at all. We will stick to the onion nan. We will definitely go back.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We had an event in town and they were able to get us out promptly. The food seems very authentic and well prepared. We will definitely return.
  27. g

    green

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    Servers did well (fast and friendly enough), but I‘m sorry to say that the okra (the primary ingredient in my dish) was almost too tough to chew and digest. It even gave me the problem of needing to figure out how to hide the fact that I had to spit out some of the especially stringy pieces. Hopefully this was unusual for this restaurant. The reviews I saw online for this place were very enthusiastic!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food and friendly staff
  29. F

    Fran

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I think this restaurant changed hands, food was just okay, lamb was tough, glassware did not sparkle, waiter forgot our appetizers, I felt like they didn’t know the restaurant business, would not return
  30. TJ

    ToddJ

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was great. A bit disappointing was a few dishes and beers were not available
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Hands down best Indian meal!
  32. NH

    NancyH

    New York Area

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Family time together was made better by the food at this resturant. Everything was labeled gf, v which made our special dieters easier to feed.
  33. MR

    MarkR

    Glasgow

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience2
    Food excellent however air con had broken down with only 1 fan for the full restaurant and weather was high 80’s so very unfordable dining. The place could do with a good clean as there was cobwebs on the window frames.

    Thanal Indian TavernResponded on August 20, 2022Thank you for taking time to write a review, unfortunately the A/C was broken during that time of your dine-in. Now we have fixed the A/C and also taken care of cleaning the windows frames and deep cleaning the restaurant regularly. Please come next time and experience the food and restaurant service.

  34. SG

    SarahG

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Thanal had great food and service, but their AC wasn’t working when we went, so we sat outside. Unfortunately it was in the high 80s that particular day, so it wasn’t the best weather for outdoor dining. We’d definitely go back though when their AC is working again or the weather is more compatible to outdoor dining.
  35. p

    polarbear8888

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding food and outstanding host and waitress BRAVO
  36. JM

    JMST

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely spectacular - big portions, good variety. The service was also excellent and staff super friendly. This place is a gem!
  37. SP

    SoPe

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was delicious! Beer menu was nice selection however several beers unavailable, one beer was flat, and they didn’t seem to care.
  38. KT

    KaushalT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Best Indian restaurants in Philly. My cousin and I walked over to Thanal Saturday night after reading great reviews. The reviews were 100% right. The Gobi Manchurian was excellent, maybe the best I’ve ever had at an Indian restaurant in America. The Paneer Makhani was also incredibly tasty, it did lack a proper amount of salt imo tho. The naan were light and crisp yet still chewy. The only issue we had was that we asked to be seated outside, and after being seated, we sat waiting for at least 15 minutes before a server came to take our order. They apologized for apparently forgetting about us and were very attentive after that initial issue. I will definitely be coming back to try out other menu items.
  39. RW

    RobertW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great Indian food in Philly. Tried the Biryani, Tikka Masala, Butter Chicken and a few types of nan bread. All were delicious. Warm and welcoming service. Will go again.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food and service

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Thanal Indian Tavern offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 515-2511.

Thanal Indian Tavern is rated 4.3 stars by 405 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Thanal Indian Tavern

1939 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    20th and Arch

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Indian, South Indian, Contemporary Indian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking and Lot of public parking lots nearby

  • Public transit

    Bus transit stop next to the restaurant, quick walk from Suburban and 30th St Tran Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    South Asian/Indian

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 515-2511

  • Catering

    We cater for all events with onsite bar, please talk to us for more details

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (215) 515-2511

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