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Thanal Indian Tavern

4.7
293 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 293 people are saying
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vipmusicaltitan
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I absolutely LOVE this place! This was our third time having our weekly date at Thanal, and each time I walk in, I get excited for the experience. I also tend to order WAY more food than I can consume in one meal- just for the option of eating leftovers the next day. Thank you for the wonderful food!

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THOMAS
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific place a block away from our hotel. Nice people, great service, great food , prices were veey fair. No complaints , would highly recommend, do it again.

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OutsideDiner
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

I'm a big outside diner, forecast was poor, made inside res, then got there, was beautiful night, they did let us grab the last outside table for 2. I ordered soup ('we're out of that'...) and lamb, friend had app/breads and entree as well. First app came out +/- 30 mins later, then an entree and another app +/- 30 mins after that, then the final entree after another +/- 30 mins. No apologies, no 'the kitchen is backed up', nothing... Server seemed to want to be anywhere else but at the restaurant. Overall the food was good. I try to be supportive of restaurants in general and specifically of late, but would I rush back? Unfortunately no...

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Before booking I confirmed if they could make any dishes without onion and garlic. They stated they could make Saag and Tadka lentils. When I got there all seemed to be good. They then stated they could not make the Saag. The lentils were my back up and I could not eat them so I did not eat. The rest of my party had a great experience. They loved their meals and enjoyed the several apps and main dishes. It all looked tasty and the service was polite. I think I’m general it seems like a great place to eat and I’m sure my SO could go back. I’m only a little annoyed because I prepped ahead of time only to be disappointed and hungry.

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Sheryl
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The place was packed. Service was very attentive and nice but SLOW!! The food was delicious. It is obvious they were severely understaffed.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Never had Indian food before! From NYC and Found this place on Open table so I had an idea of what I wanted to eat after going though a few reviews and reading the menu in advance. Can’t recall the names of everything but the tikka marsala and butter chicken were amaze as well as the lamb rice dish of whoms name I am totally forgetting. The spicy cauliflower dish (agin, name I can’t recall- eeek!) was delish ! Soooo spicy and delicious. I LOVE spicy food and thick curry and my guy and I have huge appetites and had plenty to take home. Enjoy this place! I know we did!

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vipsscp
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fabulous and the service is friendly.

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Rwg27
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, service was great and it was so cute inside. It was a great place to catch up with an old friend!

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vipCityGuy
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best Indian food in the city.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The lighting could’ve been better,

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CalD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Moving from England I’ve found it tough to find a good Indian where we have a lot of it. I always come here, very good

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vipFran
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant with great food, check it out. Support our neighborhood.

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TerriC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Fabulous food. If you're truly looking for authentic Indian cuisine with lots of options,, this is the place. We chose to eat inside, which the restaurant isn't fully set back up to accommodate but they did it for us. For starters, we had the Tandoori chicken ( excellent) and vegetable samosa ( beyond excellent). For our entrees we had Chicken Chettinad and Lamb Vindaloo. When I tell you that the seasoning all came together to have a celebration in these 2 dishes, believe me!! Neither of us had ever had either dishes so it was quite a delight to try something new and completely be wowed!

Coming to Center City might deter you because of the parking but I found street parking within one block during rush hour. My guest used the parking lot across the street. So parking really isn't an issue.

If there was any room for improvement, I'd have to say that it was the drinks. We both had mojitos which were about average. They didn't have orange juice to make a mimosa ( not sure if that's always or just that night). The waitress told us they don't really do cocktails.

The place is very popular and I strongly recommend reservations. But all and all, we will continue to go out of our way to come back to this restaurant.

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AdrienneW
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I thought the food was outstanding! Servers were very friendly and informative. Was a bit slow because there were only two servers working, but that was fine with us; tho it would’ve been nice to have something to munch while we waited.
We had samosas which were excellent, delicately flavoured. Mains were butter chicken, lamb korma and a mushroom entree that stole the show.
Definitely will come back and I’ll get delivery as well. Love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is amazing! Lively selection of dishes on the menu. I would definitely recommend this place to those looking for quality, tasty indian food. The live jazz music is an additional great touch for the customers.

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vipMarcus
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

First time at Thanal. We were excited to find a local Indian restaurant as we recently moved to Fairmount. Service was quick and friendly. The cauliflower appetizer was awesome. Veg Samosa ok; we've had better - prefer chunkier stuffing. Chana masala was ok; not my favorite - prefer more intense Indian flavoring. It was light and creamy - almost like a Campbell tomato soup with chickpeas. Naan was good and the Tandoori Chicken was awesome! Will definitely go back to try other dishes.

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CarrieM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and location! Nice menu …not too overwhelming.

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vipBarb
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great neighborhood restaurant. Would highly recommend.

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vipEXQUISITE
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and gracious hospitality. Thanks!

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Impressed
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was very good, but the service was slow. However, the cold appetizer came quickly so we did not mind waiting for the entree. I was told that they are planning to restart happy hour and I would definitely return for that.

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vipJimmydelSol1
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All wonderful. Food excellent. Pleasant outdoor setting with attentive service.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service as always, plus a surprise birthday celebration. The staff is amazing and always go above and beyond!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my 9 year old daughter out for dinner and the food is excellent. The service is great too! The live music was a plus. Everything is fresh and served hot.

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vipJustaFamilyGuy
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience2

The restaurant is not even close to being back to its former self as far as bar, service, atmosphere, etc. the food is this restaurant’s saving grace. It is outstanding. Currently be prepared to sit outside at a busy intersection that is not what should be expected now. Also the bar menu is gone for now, so drinks are very basic.

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RajP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Their cook has changed and the food is not the same. Are used to visit them three to four times a year but now it will be zero

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MimiW
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Basal Rasam soup was outstanding!

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vipCSwizz
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service and food, my family and I will be going back for sure!

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ReginaB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and our waiter was knowledgeable.

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AMMAR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! Drinks a little pricey and not very big.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and environment were all 10/10! Can't wait to return

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Leonardo
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service, with plenty vegetarian options!

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DavidS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived a few minutes before they opened for dinner, it was a rainy, cold evening and they invited us in immediately. Staff was very curious, prompt, and food was wonderful! Would highly recommend.

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vipPeterD
New England
14 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We discovered this through Open Table reviews while visiting Philly. Absolutely fantastic Indian restaurant with a modern bistro flair. Can’t say enough how friendly they were as well as the high quality of the food. Without a doubt get the Gobi Manchurian (cauliflower appetizer)...just amazing. Also the Tandoor was some of the best I’ve had outside of London! Terrific place

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great service. Romantic atmosphere. Loved it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best indian restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great customer service

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TimInPhilly
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service—definitely worthy of a repeat.

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Yoony
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food is very good but it took very long. If you can wait for extra one hour, you will be happy with the food.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Sat outside and there was live music and a good vibe. Things seemed a bit hectic but service was still great and received our food/drinks in good time. Everything was delicious, would definitely come back again.

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vipmusicaltitan
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The minute we walked in, we knew we’d enjoy this meal. Amazing flavors, great service- we love this place!

FAQs

Thanal Indian Tavern does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Thanal Indian Tavern also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 515-2511.

Thanal Indian Tavern is rated 4.7 stars by 293 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.