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241 reviews
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$50 and over
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Shiva's is a Northern Indian restaurant located in the Mountain View neighborhood of the San Francisco Bay Area. It is dedicated to presenting the spices and flavors of specific regions of India. This restaurant has a unique vibe that is both lively and exotic, making guests feel as though they have been transported to the East.

Lunch at Shiva's is served as a buffet every day with daily rotating menus, so you won't eat the same meal twice in a week. For dinner, Shiva's offers incredible entr�es such as meat or vegetarian kebabs, curries, biryani (spiced rice dishes) and fresh breads. Some of the popular dishes include the tandoori chicken kebab, dal makhani (black lentils cooked in tomato sauce and butter, with fresh spices and herbs) and dum prawn biryani. There is also a full-service bar.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm -9:30pm, Friday -Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm. "HAPPY HOURS" (At Bar & Patio only) 5.00pm - 7.00pm Sunday - Thursday Join our 6th ANNUAL FALL PROMOTION Early Diners get 25% off on all Entrees & Beverages from 5.30pm - 6.30pm Sun - Thu
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Phone number
(650) 960-3802
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
Shiva's has a banquet hall for up to 50 people. It has a separate entry and it's own music system. Audio-Visual system along with projection screen available upon request.
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Private party contact
Harsh Bahl: (650) 960-3802
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Checkout our $9.95 EVENT CATERING at our website Page.pdf All items from the dinner menu are available. Oven baked bread can be made on site, on portable Tandoor. We have done catering at all the major hotels in the bay area. We will help you customizing the menu as per your taste and within your budget.
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Cross street
Castro St.
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Parking details
Two huge and free parking available behind the restaurant at California street and Bryant Street crossing - A 400 spots four story parking structure, above Longs Drugs and a 300 spot parking lot.
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Special events & promotions
EARLY DINERS GET 25% OFF ON ALL ENTREES & BEVERAGES (SUN - THU) For further details Kindly check our official website
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
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Noah (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined 4 days ago

Tricked into paying $3 extra for buffet

They had a tea thermos sitting at the buffet, there was a sticker in the corner that said tea is not part of the buffet. Many people like us assumed that tea is part of the buffet (which is the usual case in other indian buffets). They charged us $3 extra for each tea. The tea was stale and tasteless, we couldn't drink it after a couple of sips. When we pointed it out to the server, she just said sorry and went ahead charging us $3/buffet extra.

You can keep our $6 (for our two buffets), but don't expect us back. This is a bad practice, we will not be shying from warning our friends and family about it.

srk77 (Salt Lake City)
5.0  Dined on April 15, 2014

Shiva's is my absolute favorite Indian restaurant. You absolutely have to try the Tandoori rack of lamb.

eDane (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 8, 2014

The food was outstanding, the best Chicken Tikka Masala and Butter Chicken I've ever had!

vipfrequentdine (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 6, 2014

We have been going to Shiva's for about 8 years. The ambiance is lovely, service is always impeccable and kind, the food is delicious.

vipAkanksha (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on March 29, 2014

My brother insisted on going here because they have good chicken biryani. However, I am a vegetarian and the food was very ordinary. The gobi manchurian had no salt and wasn't crisp. The dal makhani wasn't bad and the bread were just about ok too. The only reason I mark it this place as 'Fair' is because of the gulab jammun and the kulfi - really good!

Sandra (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 28, 2014

We love good Indian Food, and Shiva's certainly has good Indian food.
Service is always great, and the Servers are very knowledgeable about the menu.

JPMV (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 21, 2014

Shiva's has all the usual favorites AND a special where if you buy four entrees you get a free bottle of wine (except Fri/Sat). Also an early bird special, I believe that's 20% off. Lunch buffet is good as well.

vipelaineKOA (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on March 21, 2014

Generous portions of delicious food at moderate prices. The chicken tikka masala and lamb rogangosh were very tasty. The raita was thick and aromatic. Shiva favorably compared with one of our favorite Indian restaurants in Palo Alto. It is a great place for dinner before a performance at the Mountain View Performing Arts Center, allow 1.25- 1.5 hours for dinner before the show.

R2D2 (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on January 28, 2014

I used to eat here a few years ago when I lived in the Bay Area so was expecting an enjoyable Indian meal while eating there on a business trip. First the unfriendly hostess tries to seat me at the bar despite my OpenTable reservation and the half empty restaurant. Then I order what is supposed to be a spicy dish and ask for it very hot. The waiter repeats back to me 'you want it very hot?' - and I confirm 'YES, VERY HOT'. What do I get? A bland dish with no spice at all. No kidding, I could had fed it to my 4 year old at home. By the time the waiter came back to ask how the food was, I had eaten the bland, disappointing excuse for a Vindaloo. This place isn't what it used to be. I wouldn't go there again.

Kate (Portland)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2014

We went for the lunch buffet which is very good. There's a lot of variety and the food is very flavorful.

vipSkylarLucia (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2013

Shiva is consistently great. I have never had a bad meal there. And, I always leave stuffed because I can't stop eating. The flavors, the quality, the presentation, all amazing. By far my favorite Indian restaurant in the area.

MtViewDiner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on October 13, 2013

Sunday @ 5:30pm. Seafood kabobs were perfectly cooked! Tender and delicious. The naan was delicious was well.

Not sure if it was because we dined so early. There was only one wait staff and the hostess waited tables as well.

longdogz (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 2, 2013

As always, the lunch buffet at Shiva's has high quality and interesting (if very rich) Indian food. The staff is good about bringing the beer and naan quickly. All in all a great lunch experience.

SeNaInCA (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 28, 2013

Went for dinner with 2 young kids - a 4 year old and a 2 year old. The staff was quick to get us a sheet of paper and crayons. Food was brought out in good order - i.e. got us the appetizers first, waited for these to complete and then got us hot dinner once we were ready.
Service was always with a smile

vipLuv2dine (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on August 29, 2013

Service was poor. One of the drinks never came, they didn't seem too concerned just said sorry.
Food was decent but we expected better service.