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Thanal Indian Tavern

4.7
314 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.

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 314 people are saying
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AlejandroI
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fantastic food at great value! The curries are amazing, so are the clay pot oven dishes. The service was great. 100% recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!! Will be coming often!

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RachelD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service, great guy who took care of us. Get the onion pakora!

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SleepSocks
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Stellar meal! Special Goat Curry, Shrimp Tikka Masala, Saag Paneer, and Tandori Salmon were the selection for our family birthday meal, and we could not have been more pleased. Perfectly blended flavors, delicious garlic, and paneer naan, and very attentive wait staff made this a wonderful meal.

Parking is incredibly easy with a lot right across the street.

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enjoysdining
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was delicious. It was a quiet Monday evening, the lights were down pretty low, but we enjoyed our meals ! Our one diner likes things spicy and said the Vindaloo could have had a little more kick to it, but overall we enjoyed and would return !

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Wendy
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our food was truly delicious: an onion appetizer, the eggplant, a chicken korma, I think I was, with garlic naan on the side, with copious servings. The restaurant's lunch buffet got rave reviews but is not happening now; we hope it will return.

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vipTerrenceG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great food and impeccable management. The owner makes you feel like family.

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DanielitaS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed everything about Thanal!!! The food was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! The service was phenomenal; they were very attentive, knowledgeable, and accommodating. We had outdoor reservations; however, there was some rain before we arrived and they moved us inside no problem! The music, lighting, and atmosphere was perfect.

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SunnyP
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food was not that great. I accepted to be more like Indian taste food but it was no where closer. I won’t recommend to anyone

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TheKatalist
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love. Love. Love.
Their food is above many levels.
Butter Fish
Tandoori Salmon
Ghobi Manchurian

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vipSCVisitor
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food! Service was a bit slow but they were very busy.

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Tcon06
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing meal here last night. The service was top notch and the owner even came over and introduced himself. I would absolutely recommend this neighborhood gem and we’ll definitely be back soon.

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LoisZ
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time I e been back since the pandemic started and Thanal
did not disappoint! Everything was just as good as I remembered it 💜

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing. There was live music at the restaurant on Friday night. The Cauliflower dish was delicious. Great establishment

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DestinyP
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere with live music outside.

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vipDelighted
Philadelphia
191 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Delicious food. We dined indoors, at our request. DON’T! It’s dark and unattractive, dishes get dumped noisily in plastic bins. Order takeout. Many people already do. We will the next time.

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VR17
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the food here. Some traditional dishes and some modern fusion dishes- everything we ordered was tasty. I would come back just for the crab naan because it was fantastic!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious.

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ChowHound
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Most delicious Indian food ever. Friendly service, and lovely to sit outside on a nice evening.

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Pinktennisball
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

They were very gracious when we couldn’t make it on time for our reservation and accommodated us at a later time. Then we had to leave quickly to catch a show and again very gracious and hurried our meal along so we could make it on time. Food was delicious! Recommend!

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vipmusicaltitan
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
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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RestaurantSupporter
Philadelphia
14 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
16 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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was phenomenal and price was reasonable. Waiter was friendly.

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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
18 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
61 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
3 reviews
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!

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 314 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.