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Thanal Indian Tavern

4.7
281 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 281 people are saying
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4.5
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TerriC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
8 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
32 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
23 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

RB
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
10 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!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was the best Indian food I have ever had and that’s a lot coming from a food snob from NYC such as myself lol. Of course I had to try the spicy crab naan which did not disappoint! Perfect crunchy garlicky buttery naan. The crab smelled fresh but not overpowering. My Entree was the Malabar Fish Curry which was outstanding. Swaii was perfectly cooked. We came for my girlfriend’s birthday and upon arrival we had to wait an unexpected 15 mins even though we had a reservation. I will admit our waiter made up for it with the desert they sent over which was the Hot Gulab Jamun, something I have never heard of and never knew I needed in my life. So delectable and doesn’t leave a heavy sweet taste on your tongue. I would definitely recommend this restaurant as well as patronize it again. Service was great as well and busy for a Thursday night but it was a great experience.

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MRGQ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing. Customer service was impeccable. I will definitely visit this place again soon!!

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vipJAnneG
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food here was outstanding with beautiful variety of choices without being overwhelming. Every dish was so delicious, but especially great were the spinach and kale chaat starter, and the eggplant in tamarind mustard sauce with curry leaves. Will definitely be my new go-to for great Indian food.

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Andrea
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff, great recommendations. Wonderful dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was incredible. The food was even better.

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vipRachelM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience1

Food was wonderful. Service was AWFUL. Took us over 2 hours to get our entrees (and they were lukewarm).

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vipMorganM
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and the best staff! Highly recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great tacos and basil soup.. large plate portions.. service was ok.. we reserved for when they open.. so they ran kinda behind with online orders and table orders.. got busy real fast.. but food was hot and delicious.. friendly and accommodating. Crab naan also a great starter

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great the service was excellent it was our first time everything was so good

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FarhadK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food great - they're getting setup so things will get better with service. Staff is polite and warm

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Best indian restaurant!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting Philly this weekend and always like to try new Indian restaurants whenever we travel. This restaurant did not disappoint. The staff was incredibly friendly and welcoming. The outdoor setup was really cute with strings of lights hanging around the tables. The food was absolutely phenomenal and the presentation was beautiful. They even offered us plates and silverware for our leftovers because they knew we were staying in a hotel. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone!!!

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 281 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.