Shalimar Indian Restaurant

4.5
105 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
Growing up in an immigrant Indian family, we understood that America is the land of opportunity, where dreams come true. We're grateful to all the guests who have given us the opportunity to share our vision.

Some restaurants are ideal for special occasions. Indeed we hope many of you, our guests, will celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and other memorable events with us. But, at Shalimar we strive to make every lunch and dinner a special occasion for every guest.

When we open the doors to the restaurant for lunch, dinner or catering, it's as if we're opening the doors to our own homes and inviting guests to enjoy extraordinary food paired with a rich Indian lager beer or a glass of wine from our extensive wine list.

Our menu features the finest Northern Indian entrees and our specialty Tandoori (Clay Oven) dishes.

Shalimar is elegant, relaxed, and affordable, inviting guests to enjoy the hospitality that reflects our Indian heritage.
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TT
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent there. And one of the managers was kind enough to get the University of Louisville basketball game on the TV for me. Everyone there goes out of their way to make dining at Shalimar an enjoyable experience.

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DB
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Shalimar's food. Even my family loved their food and dessert. They are really picky eaters ( I have a 6 year old and a 10 year old) so I was surprised. Great prices, atmosphere, service and we didn't have a wait to get a table.

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CG
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Food was just okay, and service was terrible. We had several servers, and they were all unfriendly.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Need more space where the buffet is when it gets busy.

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RM
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Dined with friends , each of us bought wdrb gift certificates. There policy allows only one gift certificate per table! Even though we were separate couples! Read your fine print, under impression bread was served with meal & was charged an extra $5 for it. Portions were also very small.

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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and value

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LM
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always!

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J
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious and authentic. Desserts were also very good. Will be going more often.

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MT
Austin
20 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always dependable and a great value for lunch or dinner

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LM
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing buffet and regular waiters/customers. Food is always fresh.

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MM
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was great. One problem is the worn out vinyl seat in the booths. The vinyl is cracked badly, with the sharp edges poking on my skin when sitting down with a skirt or shorts.
Please fix the seats.

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L
Louisville
102 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband & I opened our fast @ 9:07pm. We were treated very nicely, despite the late hour! The food was wonderful as always, esp the Bindi gosh! Thank you! 🤗🤗🤗

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Western KY
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around.

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d
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our party of 10 was well cared for. The food was spectacular as expected.

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OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual.

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Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The cuisine here is a good representation of Northern Indian food- good but not great. We eat out at Indian restaurants once a week so are very familiar with Indian fare.
The service is lacking at this restaurant from the greeting at the front desk through the dining experience. It may be a training issue so that is fixable although we felt like the staff was just going through their motions at just barely passable service.

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J
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

some of the servers are not very friendly or helpful with the menu.

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T
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been eating here for many years and have never been disappointed by a meal. Excellent food and an excellent value, too.

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F
Washington DC
214 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

First time to Shalimar but an enjoyable evening. Competent service who ask about level of spice for the food orders.
Will definitely make a return visit.

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DB
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2017
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

I have dined at Shalimar several times in the past and always found both the food and service to be excellent. This time the food was good, but the service and attitudes of the wait staff and management were so bad that the entire experience was terrible. I will never dine there again.

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WO
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service. Very nice restaurant. Highly recommended.

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T
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

From the staff, food, and restaurant display, dining at Shalimar will provide a direct experience with Indian culture. The staff was courteous and kind. The menu offers many options. Not vegan-friendly but vegetarians can dine comfortably. Price is very reasonable.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed the food. We went during lunch and order off of the menu to take home as well. While the best way to get your moneys worth is to just eat the buffet. The plate that we took home was expensive and the portion was not as big as i thoight it was going to be.

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W
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing. The appetizers and mains were all very authentic and presented in a traditional fashion, with all the plates in the middle of the table. The food was truly delicious.

On top of that, it is a family run restaurant that they clearly pour their hearts and souls into. The service was impeccable and they want you to really enjoy your experience there. They don't just treat you like a transaction to make money, but instead treat you like a guest. Overall, a fantastic experience.

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L
Louisville
102 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I eat here often! Food is always good, but esp. good this night! Service was great, & I loved the vegetable korma that was recommended! Thank you!

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VG
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday and I'm a vegetarian. Wonderful food and staff!

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CD
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shalimar has wonderful curry dishes that can be adjusted for a desired level of spiciness by telling the waiter mild, nedium or hot. I really enjoyed the Lamb Korma.

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HE
Nashville
26 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is always clean and the customer service and food are excellent.

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TT
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I have never had a bad meal at Shalimar. However, their lunch price is now out of my range ($11). A better value when it was under $10.

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DC
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service as usual. They graciously accommodated our ever expanding party. The food was fresh and plentiful. My parents are regulars here so it was nice to be greeted as valued guests. If you know you will have a big group, making a reservation is key.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were both excellent! We had a party of 8 and the food arrived quickly and hot! It was a perfect ending of a special occasion.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience was delightful. The food was superb and the service was exceptional. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. We will definitely dine here often.

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RT
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Have enjoyed the restaurant many times over, always pleased with both the food and ambiance. Authentic cuisine, fast service and excellent food. Many options, reasonably priced.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff did not seem to realize we had a standing reservation for 7 through Open Table. They had to prepare a table for six and fit in another setting and asked us several times for clarification of did we had a reservation and where did we make it.

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MT
Austin
21 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire dining experience made for a great date!

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2016
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

I realized that I must not be a fan of Indian food. My guest and I.

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HE
Nashville
26 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant for vegan or plant based diets. The service was great. Nice folks.

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OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is excellent. Everyone is so kind and personable. And the food is AMAZING!

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SW
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reservation had requested seat away from the front entrance and away from the kitchen door. Both were accomplished. Noise level was low, food was excellent, service was also very good. I would not hesitate to go again.

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AF
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This review is actually going to be quite simple. We had an appetizer of vegetarian samosas, then entrees of goat curry and house-recommended non-vegetarian Thali. The food was incredibly flavorful. Being able to dip rice in the various seasonings as well as having each seasoning flavoring a specific type of meat was absolutely delicious. Every bit of food was something I would gladly get again and again. Plus, the portion of each was definitely filling.

Apart from the food, the service was excellent - courteous and prompt but not overbearing. The decor and environment is okay, nothing great but also nothing bad. In general I would highly recommend Shalimar to anyone who likes Indian food; it is very much worth the trip.

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