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Roti Indian Bistro - San Mateo

292 reviews
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$30 and under
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Roti Indian Bistro in San Mateo, California specializes in serving a diverse mix of Indian cuisine that blends local ingredients and classic Indian spices. The restaurant features a modern décor for comfortable dining and is family friendly.

Roti Indian Bistro in San Mateo serves lunch six days a week and dinner seven days a week. The menu at the restaurant features a wide assortment of appetizers, tandoori, curries, vegetarian curries, breads, biryanis and rice entrées and desserts. Specials featured at Roti Indian Bistro in San Mateo include butternut squash soup, tandoori duck, kadai khumbi and asparagus, murgh malai and tandoori game hen.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch Monday through Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Lunch Saturday and Sunday: 12 noon - 2:30pm
Dinner Sunday through Wednesday: 5pm - 9pm
Dinner Thursday: 5pm - 9:30pm
Dinner Friday and Saturday: 5pm - 10pm
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Phone number
(650) 340-7684
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Sunil Arora
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Private party facilities
Business luncheons, group meetings, business mixers, birthdays and private parties are especially welcome during the day on weekends. Please call the restaurant to discuss menu items and specifics of the event.
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Private party contact
Sunny Arora: (650) 340-7684
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There are multiple public lots and plenty of street parking. After 6:00 p.m., public street parking is free. Parking is free on Sundays.
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Cross street
S. Ellsworth Ave
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Parking details
There are multiple public lots and plenty of street parking.
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Public transit
Cal Train # 390391 Sam trans
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We have live musicians playing Indian music for special days and events. Please ask us if we have live music on any given evening.
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Special events & promotions
Please call 650.340.7684 for special events.
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3.7  based on all time ratings
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on April 13, 2016

A bit high-end !
Quantity / portion sizes were small. Nice for a small family dinner and all, but for friends get together where you wanna spend lots of time talking and eating, perhaps Roti is not the place.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on March 11, 2016

Used to go to Roti when it was in Burlingame, and loved it. It closed there a number of years ago, and we spotted it in San Mateo just recently so we thought we'd see if it is as good as we remember. Sadly, it's not.

We booked for 5.30pm to avoid any rush and to accommodate our little one. Restaurant was empty, but still service was ridiculously slow. Took almost an hour to get any food to the table. Lamb korma was very average - probably had 5 pieces of lamb total. Chicken tikka was dry and over cooked. Aloo Gobi was also meh.

With so many great food options in San Mateo, this one is definitely off our list.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 5, 2016

This is one of those restaurants you will go back to time and again. I highly recommend it.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

We had a reservation as it is Valentine's Day. We were immediately seated and served. Customers received a free glass of champagne to celebrate Valentine's.

The papadum was OK, but the two sauces were either too hot or too sweet.

The basmati rice was light and cooked just right. The garlic and basil naan was delicious. The prawns in coconut sauce were too salty, but the sauce was excellent.

The mixed tandoori was burnt, oversalted, and dry.

The price was rather high, but the location is good.

The servers seemed inexperienced. They could not remember which table asked for what item.

vipgregorio (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

Ambiance fairly plain but roomy. Food better than ambiance. Parking pretty difficult.

vipherethereeverywhere (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 9, 2016

Another great meal at Roti's; thank you! The service is good once it begins, but there is a wait to order that doesn't seem to fit the small crowd!

Lenny (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 5, 2016

The mixed tandoori was way over cooked and dry. The fish part was awful. couldn't eat it.
The Dal makhani lentils were more of a soup then a creamy sauce.
Very expensive for the quality we received. Would not recommend to anyone.

vipMMMMM (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 12, 2015

Having been here now about 4 times in the last few months, the experience is very inconsistent. Still no other Indian beer other than small Kingfisher. I can't recall an Indian restaurant that consistently does not carry Taj Mahal and Flying Horse talls. Service was funky, with a communication barrier, except for the owner and son. Also, price is as high as any Indian I've been to on the peninsula. Overall, not really worth it. Will be trying elsewhere.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on December 3, 2015

The food was not well cooked. It was very ordinary.

vipMMMMM (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 27, 2015

Excellent dining experience. Highly recommend for very good Indian food and service.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 21, 2015

First time at Roti. We are not experienced with Indian cuisine, however the owner was delightful and most willing to help us. The wait staff was most cordial but talk to softly we had difficulty understanding them. My wife and I each ordered a different curry...both dishes were excellent. Overall, Roti was a very pleasant experience. We will return.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 26, 2015

Very attentive service. The food came out lightening fast and was excellent.

KeiKei22 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 19, 2015

Roti is said to be about experiencing a feast - a celebration shared with family and friends in a warm modern setting.... I think "The Divas" would have to agree. We enjoyed our time here from the service to the cuisine. We started with Appetizers: Vegetable Samosas, Two puff pastries filled with potatoes, sweet peas, herbs and spices (scrumptious, we had to order a second serving. We enjoyed the dark sweeter sauce better than the other.). Shrimp Pakoras, shrimp, marinated with ROTI spices, herbs and batter fried (similar to popcorn shrimp but crispier and flavorful with or without the sauce) and the Garlic and Basil Naan unleavened bread with garlic and basil (who doesn’t like garlic and bread). Entrees: Roti’s Mixed Tandoori, Assortment of Tandoori Lamb (well-seasoned), Chicken (not dry), Fish and Prawns (well marinated). Chicken Tikka, Chicken breasts (boneless) marinated with ginger, garlic, spices and herbs (Although chicken can be dry sometimes prepared this way, this was very flavorful). Goan Fish Curry, it’s a special entrée which is delicious with the rice, although I wasn’t able to eat much of it. We ordered so much for our table that we wanted to try. Roti’s Basmati Pulao, Basmati rice cooked with saffron, cumin, cardamon and bay leaves (basic rice yet the right combo for the array of flavors within the entrees). Beverages/Cocktails: Mango Lassi - Refreshing mango yogurt drink, which was cool, Bengal tiger- Indian MaiTai (YUM! I love MaiTai’s I was sold.), Mangotini, wasn’t as sweet as expected and very Mango packed, Ginger-Zinger Margarita- straight ginger (only plus for me was that it was frozen and it was a very hot day, only drank half. I tried.), Iced Bailey's Kahlua (which was on the house, was awesome! One Diva doesn’t drink so I had a ball.). Dessert: MANGO Kulfi (also on the house!!!) Homemade Indian ice cream! This was pretty tasty and soothing. I guess you can say Mangos are the flavor of the season.

JSD88 (New Mexico)
2.0  Dined on September 8, 2015

Used to be a huge fan of Roti when it was in Burlingame. They clearly have lost their way following the move to San Mateo ... it is a different and inattentive serving team (kitchen unclear). We watched the table next to us sit and then leave after no one came back for 10minutes (the restaurant was not busy).

Flavors are still good, but have been significantly cost reduced. The Prawn Vindaloo used to contain prawns, now the same number of ~30 count shrimp. Chicken Tikka Masala has great flavor with nice pieces of chicken breast, although half as much as before.

Will stick with Amber unless I am convinced things have changed significantly.

vipcandy (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 2015

Had a very nice early dinner, very clean and pleasant atmosphere, food was very tasty, delicious Indian flavors! Great service as well!

vipIlovefood (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on July 24, 2015

Food was decently good - typical Indian cuisine- but nothing special. So not good bang for the buck (they are a ltitle pricier... probably because of location).

kethor (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 13, 2015

There were 4 in our group so we tried a number of dishes. All were very good, authentic, and the menu had a wonderful selection. The waitstaff was very friendly and helpful. If only we could have gotten the 3 year old seated a few tables behind us to quiet his voice it would have made our dining experience that much better. But, at least he was cute! I would definitely go back to this place.

Cali3 (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on June 23, 2015

This restaurant is great. The food didn't take long to come out. It was family style so we had plenty to eat. The only downside was they were out of the desert we wanted to order.

vipFridayNiteDinners (London)
4.0  Dined on June 19, 2015

So word must be getting out on Roti - Friday night was more busy than we've ever seen it. We've been a fan since they moved to San Mateo, and we're happy that others know how good they are too. Because of the rush, service wasn't as optimal as expected, but we were still tended to and ate some fabulous dishes: the lamb, shrimp with spinach and a yummy veggie dish recommended by our server. We always pair with garlic naan and wine recommended by our server. Yummy.

vipLESLEY (Miami)
3.0  Dined on June 14, 2015

We have been dining at Roti for several years and were pleased that they moved to San Mateo. At the previous location they always served a tray of condiments/dips and flat bread. We were disappointed that this practice was not continued at the new location. The host was very friendly and welcoming. Food and service were good. Prices have increased considerably and that was disappointing.