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Thali Regional Cuisine of India - New Haven

247 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Good for Groups (301)
  • Special Occasion (241)

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THALI is an innovative restaurant in New Haven whose chef, Prasad Chirnomula, is determined to change the way you think about Indian food. Dishes come from all over India. Rated excellent by The New York Times. The service is gracious and careful, with an eye toward educating the clientele. Eating at Thali is like taking a crash course in the diversity of Indian cuisines , and it is tremendous fun. As good as the food is here, the desserts stand out. Roomy and well lit, with comfortable, attractive chairs. Lounge has low tables for more intimate seating. THE SPACE Roomy and well lit, with comfortable, attractive chairs. Lounge has low tables for more intimate seating. Wheelchair access. THE CROWD Quiet, urban, a little dressy. THE BAR Full bar and well-priced wine list with great choice of Austrian, German and Alsatian whites that are excellent with spicy food; appealing selection of specialty cocktails.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Indian, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday 12:00pm-2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:00pm-10:00pm, Friday & Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm, Sunday 4:00pm-9:00pm
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Phone number
(203) 777-1177
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Prasad Chirnomula Chef / Owner
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Private party facilities
we have two Private Dining Rooms for business, corporate and private functions. Chef tasting menus and or pre-fix dinners and wine tasting regional Indian cuisine dinners.
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Private party contact
Prasad Chirnomula: (203) 777-1177
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Custom Menus for any occasion, special theme parties, Tandoori Nights and or Curry Parties.
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Cross street
George Street
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Parking details
Street and private lot. Parking validated in the private lot.
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Public transit
New Haven train Station is ten minutes walk.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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lesluvsfood (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 20, 2016

We had some apps, masala chai, and two entrees. They were all amazing and piping hot! The chicken pieces are large and perfectly cooked, very juicy. The blend of seasonings is spectacular and moist rice a great complement. We only tried one of the naans and look forward to trying more in the future. Thali does a wonderful job at doing what they do best!

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on August 13, 2016

I enjoyed the food, and it was very quiet. I went on a Saturday night- it was quiet, and that were quick and able to accommodate the large group that I was with. Overall, awesome experience.

USAspringbok1 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 21, 2016

Best Indian food in New Haven county.

vipKEENJ (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on July 1, 2016

The food and atmosphere were good. Our only problem was how spicy it was. We requested most of our dishes to be "not spicy" and even though the waiter said they were not spicy, some of them were.

Rick (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on June 24, 2016

Just awesome!

vipANILB (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 17, 2016

Our trip there again.

vipANILB (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 5, 2016

Food is tasty and the service is with a smile.
Would love to go back.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

Overall very good. Food is always excellent. Service on this occasion was a bit slow and I would recommend turning the lights up just a little bit.

vipSnowmom (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 2016

Have been coming here for years and they have come a long way in , elevating their standards in menu development, pricing and crowd attraction. We were there on a Saturday night; it was very busy and they were overwhelmed. But, service was friendly and our meals very good.

divedog (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 2016

Thali's food and atmosphere are a cut above the typical Indian restaurant, but the prices are a bit higher as well. We went for a pre-theater dinner on a Saturday night and were glad we got there at 5:45, beating the crowd. By 6:30 it was packed. We liked the minty Palak Pakora "chat" for an appetizer along with a spicy cauliflower dish. The Coconut Saag Lamb Curry was also very good. The service was attentive and prompt. It is in a trendy neighborhood and we found street parking easily, although there is a public garage next door as well. We like Heirloom the best but it is impossible to get a pre-theater table there on a Saturday night unless you plan ahead, something we are not very good at!