The Yellow Chilli by Sanjeev Kapoor - Santa Clara

3.9
192 Reviews
$30 and under
Indian

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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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3.9based on all time ratings
3.9
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3.8
service
4.0
ambience
3.4
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great my party came a bit late but kudos to Kosh... great service appreciate it.. I would recommend only for his service.

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ElaineM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Some items really stood out:

Coconut Zaffrani Shorba (Saffron-flavored coconut milk broth) -- I had the vegetarian version. Possibly the best soup I've ever had

Chanajor Garam Tikki -- wonderful potato pancakes, although calling them that hardly does them justice

Terrific kulfi for dessert.

I was a little disappointed in the Shaam Savera -- the tomato gravy was excellent, but the spinach dumplings didn't fulfill the promise.

I would like to try other dishes sometime! The food is rich -- need to eat lightly.

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KartikS
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

It’s a good restaurant but food is not worth for the money. I went with very high expectations considering Sanjeev kapoor’s restaurant. I won’t go again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

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vipluv2eatndrink
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

James did a very nice job of taking care of the dinner and drinks

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Narsi
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

If they are willing to pay a bit high price. The food is good not great but they do not have all items listed in the menu 🙁

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was ABSOLUTE YUMMY!! My favorites was masala papad, manchow soup, lalla mussa daal and rasmalai.. loved it!!!

The table service is a bit busy, so order your main course a bit ahead of time...
Thanks

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Extremely slow service. Very average food.
I would have expected at least average service for the amount they charge.

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SaranyaH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Service was very slow . Food took long time to come to the table but the clean off plates where taken even before the food has been eaten

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run2dine
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Veg biriyani, pindi chole and eggplant - always great and consistent. Our guests had fish tikka and chicken tikka and they loved the food. Service is good and ambience is good as well. Would rate this as the best upscale Indian restaurant in the Bay Area

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vipChipster
San Francisco
173 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time here, party of 3. We had the spinach ravioli, butter chicken and the tikka masala, and shared lentils and bread. Everything, including the service, was super! We’ll be back.

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SureshS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is excellent! Given that we were a large group we tried a variety of vegetarian fare and everybody enjoyed the fare.

MP
MayP
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

New year’s Eve

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NamrataA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Very poor service.. average food. Not going back..

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vipPadredechompers
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Try the lamb chop appetizer. It was exceptional.

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Burjiz
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Everything was good though our expectations of a restaurant by Sanjeev Kapoor were high for food quality. The food was nice but not so great that it blew any of us away.

I like the Bhunaghost but not the biryani's that well. Biryanis can definitely improve.

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ShivH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The service & staff was good but the food was OK. Only good thing is appetizers but the main entree's were just OK and nothing extra-ordinary. For the price I paid, its not worth visiting again if I am paying. I guess this explains the 3 star rating for the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

No option to order food from menu for Sunday lunch. Forced to eat buffet, which is of not great value when you are dining with young adults. Besides, choice of items served in buffet & breads are not appealing. Do not recommend planning for Sunday lunch unless you like to eat whatever served in the buffet.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience3

It took forever to get food; and they made no attempt to compensate ... glass of wine? app while waiting! Drinks were nit that good!

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VikasP
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good in my opinion. Food was awesome and delicious

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vipJackiecaswell
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, good service and a pleasant friendly atmosphere

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DavinJ
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Food was good however service was terrible. Took 1.5 hrs to get all food to tables. We had a large group but that large to cause this delay. Servers didn’t keep us update on food and not refill on drinks. When you accept multiple large group reservations you need to account with proper staffing and service

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RahulS
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

This place is expensive and quality of food is also not good. The buffet food was not tasty.

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RajS
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Only thing I would recommend is to be more detailed on how the dishes are washed. Glasses were stained as well as the utensils for it being such a nice restaurant that not presentable.

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AndyPo
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Shaam Savera and Butter Chicken are very good. Go hungry. YOu will want to try many items on the menu.

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JosephG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience5

We arrived within 5 minutes of the reservation with a full party of 6 and they marked us as a no show which affects my open table account negatively. The restaurant was not crowded at all and for seemingly no reason our waitress was unnecessarily brief with us. We ordered two appetizers and before we could order a third the waitress raced off to put in our appetizers. My father is very elderly and he couldn’t speak fast enough to stop her. On top of that I wanted dal, but she was in such a hurry I was off put and didn’t put in my order. When she came back to write down our entrees my father got his chance to order his appetizer. Mostly we ordered the lazeez murgh tikka masala for our entrees and the waitress made a comment “obviously we would all like mild spice right?” this seemed non-abrasive until I spoke up and said “I would like mine to be extra spicy please,” which prompted a very patronizing response from our server. She widened her eyes and loudly said “Oh! Okay!” As if I were a kid ordering from the adult menu. My dish was served medium spicy at the most and I was extremely disappointed because I typically eat much hotter levels of food than what was served. This is exactly why I let my Indian girlfriend order for me at Hindustani restaurants because when she says spicy they take her seriously even though she prefers mild to medium for herself. Overall this experience is an isolated incident and the one other time I’ve been here we were treated much better by the wait staff. I’m just extremely disappointed that because we decided to take my family here too we received odd and rude treatment here.

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vipMPreviews
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

For a renowned chef like Sanjeev Kapoor, it was a total disappointment. The presentation was so bad that it looked like you were eating at a soup kitchen. The fried fish was so dry and over fried that we couldn’t cut it with a knife. I lost appetite after that. Sanjeev Kapoor has made so much money that he doesn’t care about his brand value. Will not ever go again.

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PanamalaiG
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Bit on the pricey side but for a good reason.

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RajkumarI
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The food was very ordinary. I didn’t like it - I went in for the name of Sanjeev Kapur

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vipbizdiner
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Awesome food. Friendly service but very busy and understaffed on a monday night. Result slow service. Too bad as food was great. Will try again....

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vipAviM
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The Diwali lunch buffet was very disappointing in terms of food selection and overall presentation. For the increased price I expected much more given that other restaurants like Amber offered a very impressive feast for Diwali as I experienced a couple of days earlier. It seemed like Yellow Chilli was more focused on making a profit out of the occasion than providing real value or a fun and festive experience for customers.

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Bree
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

They were apparently short on kitchen staff so even though I had made sure to make a reservation (and rushed to make the inconvenient time) we still ended up waiting 15 mins to be seated. The food was very yummy though!

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AnkitaB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience4

The food was a bit uncooked.

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vipNigamS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food is excellent. We got surprised by a 20% mandatory gratuity charge for getting our own food in a buffet! Gratuity is for good service; but here a lunch buffet where you mostly get your own food triggers a gratuity for 6+ people. Something the restaurant should declare before charging. The buffet has no menus that declare this charge either.

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KenB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My highest recommendation, the food was thoughtfully and deliciously prepared and the the service was impeccable... definitely 5 star experience

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KratiA
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was mediocre with very small portion size for the price and taste. The manager or whoever he was taking out order did not care for us and we had to wait for him for a 20-25 min to place our supplementary order. When asked for recommendation, he had very little to say, whereas I have been to other restaurants where the manager is so excited to entertain and ensure the guests are having the best time.

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FoodReviewer
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Poor quality and uninspiring dishes. Butter chicken had no butter and was too sweet. Desserts were not well soaked. This is no where close to good quality Indian food.

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ReynaK
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time I've been here for a team luncheon, It was great. Food was great, service was great. Definitely come again.

SK
SanjayK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

James is the best, most attentive server of all restaurants anywhere in Bay area. Great recommendations. Food maintains fidelity to Sanjeev Kapoor's famous recipes.

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NicoleMG
Central Coast
40 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our server James and the rest of the staff were friendly. James was very knowledgeable about the menu and made wonderful suggestions. My husband had a lamb dish that was very deep in flavor and tasty. I had a fish curry dish which was light and great in flavor as well. The only draw back was that the dishes were all a la carte. I am accustomed to having rice included with the main entree/protein. We had to pay for two bowls of rice just to get half the quantity to which we’re accustomed. It was quite a splurge for us, but overall the food was tasty and the experience enjoyable.

FAQs

The Yellow Chilli by Sanjeev Kapoor - Santa Clara does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Yellow Chilli by Sanjeev Kapoor - Santa Clara also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (408) 380-4143.

The Yellow Chilli by Sanjeev Kapoor - Santa Clara is rated 3.9 stars by 192 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.