The Yellow Chilli by Sanjeev Kapoor - Santa Clara

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150 reviews
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Northern California's first ever Indian Celebrity Chef restaurant -The Yellow Chilli by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor.

Stylish chain restaurant with full stocked bar serving Mughlai, Punjabi and dishes from India's Northwestern frontier.

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Sun 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Mon - Fri 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Sat 11:30AM - 12:30PM

What 150 People Are Saying
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HS
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The kitchen service was really bad, they made table with fewer guest wait an hour, so that they could serve a table with 20 guests. Kitchen is really short staffed, and it affects their service.

K
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We usually go to Amber San Francisco to enjoy fine Indian food...this place is equivalent to Amber but in South Bay.
The vegetarian entrees were excellent. Highly recommend for casual dining as well as for special occasions.

R
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Took us in even though there was a confusion about hours of operation with Open Table. Food was good as always.

AD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

Great place but the food was not good at all. Very disappointing. Being a Sanjeev Kapoor restaurant I was expecting good quality food but it was just ordinary even underwhelming. The Lamb was not cooked well and the other dishes were just OK

HR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and ambience. I would definitely recommend to try this place!

MM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have enjoyed every meal here. Flavorful dishes, lots of vegetarian options. The naan breads are all very good. Service is very accommodating, especially helpful in selecting different dishes.

A
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were a party of 12 people, just took a chance for a weekday dinner. It actually exceeded our expectations. The choices are limited though.

NB
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you love authentic indian flavors with elegance and poise yellow chilli is the place to be on weekend and week days.. yummy dessert is always on top of the pallet.

BS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Really bad indian food, not worth going ever
Not even a single dish was worth eating

OT
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Food was below average. What was the hype about the restaurant? I ordered their famous chicken, munchie soup and chicken biryani. Both chicken dishes were not worth it. I am not going there again and wouldn’t recommend it to any friends.

MD
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I would but the food is not exceptional. Service , ambiance are good.

R
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place as always - great food and service

SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our 2nd visit this year. This time we went with a different group so some orders were similar to what we had ordered last time. The food tasted the same so consistencyv was maintained which is really good. Amongst 4 people, we ordered veg mix platter, 2 gravies - shaam savera(signature dish) and dum aloo, bread basket. Our stomaches was full at the end with no room for dessert. We had carried home food for 6 yr old and the staff allowed us to feed her outside food which we really appreciated.

Only thing I would say to the chef is to check the salt level in shaam savera because the gravy is already tangy due to the rich tomato base. Both times the salt was overpowering

PS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Limited veggie main dishes. All had the same type of sauce - tomato base or tomato cream.

Service was not polished.

BS
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food! Friendly atmosphere. Even my mom who is very picky, ate a good amount.

SS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good but Service was spotty. While we were having drinks and enjoying the appetizers, the server came and wanted to change the plates. We had to pint out that we had just started eating. Also, while changing the plates between courses, our silverware was simply placed on the table (which does not have a table cover) which is not the most hygienic. We were celebrating a birthday and told the server, but there was no ideas from them about ordering a desert to acknowledge. No cell coverage at all which was good in a way.

ID
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great place that serves more than the Indian buffet staples. Coolers and Sherbets were awesome.

k
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Below average place for the price i paid. Its totally waste to go to this place. Wont not recommend to anyone.

IG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was too creamy , and felt stale on Monday.

Also, we requested welcome greeting for small birthday occasion, and that was refused ......

Too bad.

VJ
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Never such a terrible service - there were no plates , appetizers were over and it took them 10 min to get everything

VT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

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A
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

poor service, just ok food, expected much better from a Sanjeev kapoor resturant. we were disappointed

S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service and ambiance are great. Our expectations for food was a lot higher due to Sanjeev Kapoor’s name but it was still decent.

It was disappointing to see that the restrooms were not clean and were just like any other Indian restaurant. Just this part was disappointing.

h
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Very high-quality food, breads, ambiance. Will definitely return. Street chicken earned positives raves, garlic naan was also very high-quality.

JC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dining experience and would highly recommend this restaurant to others!

AG
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Overall a good experience , just that we were asked to place the final order at 9:10 - 9:15 itself, though the restaurant was closing at 10pm . Atleast the breads should be allowed to order untill 9:45

B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was really good. Expect small portions if you do go there.

SS
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We ordered veg food. The paneer tikka was bitter and we didn’t like it. The aloo tiki was reasonable.
The aloo palak was bland and didn’t have enough salt and hence tasted very average.

The subzi was missing something but was edible. The breads were good.

The veg biryani was the disaster. They had just put some half stir fried veggies and lots of rice. There was no flavor or class to the dish. This was the most disappointing dish.

However the dessert- kulfi with rabdi was excellent. Not sure if that was made or store bought.

We spend $140 but had such an average meal that ‘Madras Cafe’ would have been better.

S
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The restaurant was almost empty during lunch and it still took an hour to get our food. We didn't order complicated items. For example, the daal is 'cooked overnight' as described on the menu and shouldn't take an hour to serve. The portions were small for the price and the service didn't come and check up on us.

OT
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Some of the best Indian food I’ve ever had. The tandoori lamp chops and lamb biryani are to die for.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was yummy but they charge separately for rice and bread. Salad was difficult to eat as pieces were way too large.

P
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Not as great as expected but food tasted good.. very small potions for the price.waitresses were rude. The complimentary sweet paan was all out till we finished our dinner.

RB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food here.. Reminds me of home.. This is our to go place for any occasion.. birthdays, anniversary we are there . Would definitely go back..

AK
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We were celebrating a birthday and had out it in the open table reservation. I was hoping that they would ask or do something special like other restaurants do. But none what so ever.

DB
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The bar area was not well maintained and waitress was rude enough and didn't take any of my requests into consideration prepping the food. His go to answer was 'this dish doesn't come with that'. All I asked was some gravy in the side with my biryani as it tasted bland n dry, which btw super overpriced. not a great experience

a
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been a big fan of Sanjeev Kapoor from my childhood days. The experience at Yellow Chilli was outstanding

ND
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Authentic and yummy Indian food with a decent beer selection. The mocktails are inventive, the wines a little overpriced.
Service was a little uneven and the server wasn’t too familiar with the drinks on offer. It would also be useful to explain the dishes to the guests.

F
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Place was full of fish smell from cooking
Food was not good, not even close to Sanjeev Kapoor standards I will stay sway

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was good

K
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptionally good. It was definitely for Indian palate unlike other Americanized Indian places. It’s the best Indian food we have eaten in the 10 years we have been in California. The service was very courteous and professional but friendly too. Our server shared that he has been there since they opened. I don’t remember his name but he was the best server in a Indian restaurant I have come across. He also made good recommendations. It’s a bit pricey but we will definitely go there again coz it’s a taste of home. The paneer was absolutely soft and luscious. The quality was unlike anything we have come across and we have tried expensive places like The Dosa at Filmore/Valencia, Saffron in San Carlos.....We are also very surprised with the rating of this place it does not justify the gem of a place this restaurant is. I hope they continue with these standards.

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