Thanal Indian Tavern

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$30 and under
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Indian

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Good Vegetarian Options
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.
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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best Indian food I have had! Chili paneer is absolutely amazing. The service is top notch and they also have a great drink selection.

EE
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

All the food was really tasty and delicious, the only downside to our experience is that the food did take quite a while to come to our table and the dishes were brought out at separate times so not everyone at our table was able to eat at the same time.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Born and raised in Kerala, this by far reminded me of my mom delicious and loving cooking. All dishes were made at the moment . Drinks were great and staff was wonderful.

JS
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and each dish tastier than the one before.

HL
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! From stepping in the door until we left, we were extended amazing service. The food had such amazing depth of flavor... everything we tried was absolutely delicious. A little on the pricey side but worth it for a special occasion.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, as usual. This place has never let me down.

MB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

My date is a vegan. The server wasn’t super knowledgeable about the menu and recommended a starter that was not vegan. She also did not seem very concerned with providing a positive dining experience. We waited close to 30 min for our entrees after finishing our starters. I would not recommend the restaurant based on my experience.

H
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good South Indian food

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

One of my favorite Indian restaurants in Philadelphia. I would highly recommend the mutton sukka, and gongura mutton curry

NM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious! We had never had Indian food so we depended on our waitress recommendations which were outstanding. She was a great server. Will definitely go back!

c
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

This lunch buffet is worth making a reservation (a must if you will arrive after 11:55am). You don't really see your server again once you're seated, so don't plan on ordering a cocktail. The food is beyond excellent and you're never rushed out, no matter the line to get in.

N
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious food. More than normal excellent service. Look forward to going to Thanal as often as possible

OT
Philadelphia
111 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Wonderful Indian flavors and caring service! We have been to Thanal three times and come away more impressed with each visit. Large menu with many diverse choices - everything so appealing it’s hard to decide what to order.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Extremely friendly staff and management. Cocktails are creative and pare well with the food. Food is outstanding!

A
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Awesome flavors, good service and ambiance. Will come back.

A
Philadelphia
164 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went on X mas. Service was great, food perfect (although we should have asked for no raw onions in Chaat) and nice selection of beers. We will definitely return

J
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Best Indian food in Philadelphia. Small and always busy. Amazing service. Amazing food. Amazing flavor.

L
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent neighborhood place. Good for takeout too

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!!!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, as well as the service, was absolutely outstanding! We will definitely be back again.

L
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Enjoyed well prepared and seasoned Indian food with a wide choice of regions. A bit pricey for Indian, it is an upscale tavern. Service was helpful and attentive. It was quick enough for us to get to our concert in a timely manner. We will go there again with many enticing options to explore.

JT
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Tasty food, and really inventive cocktails. Indian food with a difference, it's not like anywhere else in Philly.

TW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was great! I was struggling to find a vegan friendly location by the Franklin Institute. Thanal fit the bill. The service was top notch. We were paid close attention to, but not hovered over (we ate at the bar). The HH cocktails were super tasty. There were so many vegan options on the menu that I had trouble picking what to eat. That is not something I'm used to at all. Definitely check it out.

I recommend making reservations if you are going on a busy dining out night.

k
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch buffet is excellent, probably the best Indian buffet I've ever had.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

As a first timer I was very impressed. The service was great and the food was flavorful. Will definitely go again.

EE
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very good food, very good service. Will go there again.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Bill was lower than expected - when does that happen?

M
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff, and some of the best Indian food I had anywhere. It is highly recommended.

D
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent!

RD
Miami
36 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Well balanced Indian dishes with good sized portions in a clean and comfortable dining room.

TC
Naples
17 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was very good. Highly recommend for Indian food, and will return next time we are in Philly.

EM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thanal Indian Tavern serves the best Indian food in Center City, hands down! It is our new go-to spot- can't wait for many more visits in the future. A word of advice to everyone- order the butter chicken! It's life-changing :)

OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our new favorite Indian restaurant. Went there with my daughter a couple of weeks ago and back with my wife and our daughter as quickly as I could. Outstanding selection, preparation and service. Our thanks to Sean, who does a wonderful job navigating patrons through the choices.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Probably one of the best Indian restaurants in Philadelphia. The food is really good, but the service can be a little slow. Highly recommend this place.

S
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Unquestionably the best Indian restaurant in Center City. No close second. I went with a friend of Indian descent whose wife cooks Indian food, and they both love it there, too.

H
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious buffet. Loved the food. There were enough vegetarian options in the buffet. This is my third time here and will absolutely return. Highly recommended!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Chicken 65 appetizer was amazing, as was the chicken vindaloo. Great cocktail list, naan was inexpensive and very fresh. We can’t wait to go again!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Pros: attentive service, solid old fashioned (a rarity at Indian restaurants), dosa options, solid saag paneer and great desserts.

Cons: meh small plates, the feeling of wanting just a little more out of each item...

p
London
18 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The restaurant need to hire more staff

AA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was some of the best Indian food I have ever had in Philadelphia! Super friendly staff.