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Turmeric Indian Restaurant

3.6
43 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Indian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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About

At Turmeric Indian Restaurant, you'll experience authentic Indian cuisine prepared with traditional spices. From start to finish, you'll be guaranteed an authentic experience. You might begin with onion bhaji, chili pakoras or vegetable pakoras, and follow up with paneer tikka, tandoori vegetables, chicken lahsooni kabab, chcken reshimi kabab, lamb seekh kabab, dal banjari, paneer makhani, paneer bhurji, palak paneer or any of the other authentic dishes on offer.

Don't forget the veggie sides at Turmeric Indian Restaurant either - you might try aloo palak, paneer tikka maala, kadhai ka palak or kadhai paneer. Of course you'll want bread as well, so ad plain or garlic naan or bhatura to your meal. And for dessert at Turmeric Indian Restaurant, there are traditional offerings like kulfi, gulab jamun and rasmalai.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Indian
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Hours of operation

Lunch: 11:30am - 2:30pm daily,
Dinner:Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 500pm- 9:00pm Friday, saturday and Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(847) 730-5182
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
West Lake & Lehigh Ave
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Public transit
Opposite to North Glen Metra Station
Additional
Takeout
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3.6based on all time ratings
3.8
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3.6
service
3.2
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4.0Dined on September 19, 2014

The food recommendation had just enough heat! and was delicious. The waitress helped us pick food that was not too hot and was varied enough to give us a good smorgasbord of Indian food. Would definitely go back!!

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4.0Dined on September 13, 2014

It was our first time here. We were looking for something different (we don't eat Indian food often) and decided to take a chance. We were extremely impressed. There is an authenticity to the food, besides it being very tasty. Our waitress was very helpful. They also did a nice job being accurate with the "spiciness levels." So often at Mexican, Indian and Chinese restaurants if you want medium spicy (some kick to it but not overpowering), you get hardly any spiciness. Here, medium spicy was medium. We'll be going back.

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3.0Dined on August 30, 2014

I usually do not get to visit the NorthWest areas of the greater Chicago area much, so this was worth the trip. Plenty of seating, Iliked the innovative items presented on the menu - one which caught my fancy was "Palak Chaat" (Spinach Tangy Appetizer). Duly impressed. The place has a South Indian bent to it - so I sampled the Dosas - nice, crispy and spicy. They also serve the usual fare of North Indian dishes as well as Southern versions.

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4.0Dined on August 23, 2014

This was our first time eating at Turmeric and we are sure to come back. The food was delicious (especially the Naan bread!) and the atmosphere comfortable.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2014

Very authentic Indian food with lots of unique South Indian dishes that you can't get anywhere else. We let the owner give us some recommendations and they were all outstanding. We have been going to India House in the past, but this is even better food wise. The Interior Decor could use some help, but the outstanding service made up for that a hundred times, we are hooked!

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1.0Dined on July 24, 2014

I would not recommend this - the food is VERY mediocre and overpriced!

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2014

A trip down memory lane - we enjoyed British Indian restaurants while living in London. Turmeric hit the spot! Very unique to the north shore area.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2014

Turmeric provides the Chicago North Shore with access to Indian food as good as the best available in the Devon Avenue Indian neighborhood. The staff are helpful and friendly. In addition to the choices commonly available at good Indian restaurants, the menu offers South Indian selections that are very good indeed.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2014

It is wonderful to finally have a really good Indian restaurant in the neighborhood. The food is outstanding (though be sure and ask for "mild" unless you like really spicy!) and the service friendly and helpful.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2014

We went here on a Friday night before a movie in The Glen. This was my second visit, and I can't speak to the experience of others on this site, but I truly believe this is an underrated restaurant. The service is timely and friendly, the food is wonderful...and that is from someone who has eaten Indian food many, many times (including in India). We share a couple of vegetarian curries and nan. The curries were perfectly spiced and bursting with flavor. The nan was warm, light and had just the right amount of butter glaze on it. For the Indian experience in suburban Chicago, this is an excellent choice.

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3.0Dined on March 8, 2014

A bit disappointing. Some food was not fully heated through. Bathroom was a disaster with nonfunctional sink, no toilet paper and quite dirty/messy. Wait staff was only moderately friendly. Great location but disappointing experience overall. Had requested a birthday acknowledgement for our bill payer but received none. Will never return.

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2.0Dined on February 22, 2014

I have had much better Indian food at other restaurants in Chicagoland area

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2014

A real Indian restaurant find in Chicago North Shore suburbs every bit as good as the best in Chicago's Devon Av Indian neighborhood. South Indian as well as standard Indian favorites. Kashmiri naan and shrimp Chloe were unusually delicious, but food excellent across the board.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2014

The owner was running around trying her best to keep everything going but, people were upset about some timing issues. I saw two staffers arrive while we waited for our table. Things went well for us and the food was very good. Not a lot of Indian choices in the burbs but, the place will does the job of filing that niche nicely.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Service is pathetic. After waiting thirty mins we didn't even get the menu! Horrible service spoiled Valentine eve. Won't recommend ever.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2014

After being away from Chicago for the last five years, my husband and I were excited to come back and enjoy all the great restaurant the City and the suburbs had to offer. We headed to Turmeric in Glenview. The menu had many choices but if you're not familiar with Indian cuisine can be overwhelming. We ordered samosa for an appetizer, garlic naan bread, tandoori chicken and one other chicken dish that was covered in curry plus two Indian beers. After 20 mins. The tandoori chicken arrived. The outside flavor of the chicken was quite delightful until we cut into it and noticed the chicken was still raw! Blood on the bone and pink flesh! We never received our appetizer. Service is slow and the food undercooked. We will never come back.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2014

The food was delicious and the service was fantastic! We will be back!

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2014

Authentic flavors in the burbs! Excellent

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Turmeric. The food was absolutely delicious, wonderful spices, etc... The service was great too. We had several servers and a manager talk with us and show interest in our experience. I'd highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. It's the best Indian restaurant on the north shore!

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4.0Dined on December 21, 2013

We had visited this place when they first opened and were not interested in returning. When we went back recently, we were pleasantly surprised. The menu has expanded and the variety of choices has improved. The hostess, might have been owner, was extremely attentive and saw that we were happy with everything. She checked back several times. It was a cold, rainy night and there were few people in the place which I was sad to see because it has improved so much. I do not care that much for indian food. I went because my friend loves it. It really was pretty good for this non-lover of spice, yet was pleasing for my friend who loves it. If you have tried it in the past and not cared for it, give it another try, you might like it as I did.

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2.0Dined on November 30, 2013

Out of the way place, overall I have had better Indian food. My husband asked for his mild and it was very spicy. My tikkah was pretty good as was the nahn bread. If you have a taste for Indian food in the area, this one is fine, but India House in Buffalo Grove is much better.

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3.0Dined on October 12, 2013

I was surprised that they brought one person the wrong entre. They took it back and said it would be 20-25 minutes to wait. We said to hold our dinners, but they were brought out within 5 minutes (and not held).
There was no feelings of being sorry for bringing chicken instead of fish.

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5.0Dined on October 9, 2013

The staff was so incredibly nice. That alone made our evening wonderful. The food was pretty good too. We came for a late dinner. We can't wait to try the buffet.

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5.0Dined on October 4, 2013

Thanks for accommodating us. We had a wonderful time and the food was so great. It was much more fun to go socially, than during a business meal when I was not able to enjoy the food as much. The chutney's were amazing and the four dishes we ordered were all very good. The service was 'A'. We expected good food, not great, so we are excited to go back again in the next few weeks. This could easily become one of our 'go to spots'!

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1.0Dined on September 20, 2013

Food was very late and when we complained, they did nothing. In our case, they brought out all food but naan. Then when the naan arrived, no apologies or comments. The other table next door received a credit due to late food. We weren't even offered this. Water glasses never refilled; We never had a refill on our other drinks. When we told the owner, we received no apologies.
Obviously, customer service is not a priority at Tumeric.

DO NOT RECOMMEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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4.0Dined on August 31, 2013

We've been to Turmeric three times, and the food has been excellent every time. The menu is varied and the food authentic. The waitstaff if helpful if you don't know much about Indian food.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2013

You have to try Tumeric. The food is amazing. Venture out and try something new. Just ask the waitress. You will be pleasantly suprised.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2013

Excellent Indian food. The tandoori chicken had a very nice, smoky flavor. Vegetarian dishes were great. Kashmiri naan was like a desert bread. Only the papadums were a bit disappointing -- slightly stale. We will definitely come back.

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2013

We went back for our second visit and found it just as good the second time around. This is an excellent option for Indian cuisine in the Northshore area. My only complaint is the outdoor patio was closed on a bright sunny evening.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2013

Very well prepared, authentic Indian food. Some dishes that you won't easily find elsewhere. We will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2013

Surprisingly good. Having seen mixed reviews online we were expecting something a bit more uneven but found the food to be well seasoned and prepared, and the service was helpful, knowledgeable and not in the way. The menu is well executed, small (especially when compared with other Indian cuisine in the area) but it has more regional variety, and some dishes that are not found elsewhere. Goat is more often than not overcooked, but not here, where it was tender and tasty. This is a definite step up for Indian food in the Northshore and a worthy option for Indian food lovers tired of the same old thing in Buffalo Grove and Highland Park.

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2013

If you are not used to Indian food this may be an adventure. Many of the dishes are served in a bowl with some type of sauce.
We asked for mild. While I know it's all relative if what we had is mild I would hate to try medium or hot. I could do with a bit more meat and less sauce for my dish. When all the meat chicken or lamb was eaten the bowl was still half full of sauce. Flavors were good, There is a huge variety on the menu so sharing is a good idea. I had their version of rice pudding for desert. Tasty and quite sweet in a thickened milk. The rice was a bit undercooked for my taste but that is probably the traditional way to serve it.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2013

We vey much enjoyed our dinner at Turmeric. We lived in Asia for many years and traveled in India and so we are opinionated ... ;-D Devon Road has some good ones, but that's a drive. We're glad to have found a good restaurant so close to home.

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2.0Dined on May 26, 2013

We love Indian food since we lived in London.
Unfortunately we were disappointed with our experience.
While the nan bread and tandoori chicken were outstanding - the rest of the meal was not, And the atmosphere and service were not up to par.
Standard Indian fare like the lamb korma was strange tasting and the tiny pieces of dry cubed lamb – there were only a few pieces.- were drowning in sauce. All our dishes had small amounts of food covered in massive amounts of sauce. So while portions appeared to be Generous the amounts of food in the dish was insignificant. Something as basic as mango chutney was inedible -- tasting soapy.
We hope Tumerick can improve.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2013

Turmeric is a warm friendly restaurant with exceptional food. They do not serve the standard Indian fare that one might find on Devon Ave. The owner greets every patron warmly and sincerely to the point that one gets the idea we are in her own home. She was very helpful in advising us on the degree of spice that each could tolerate and pointed us to items on the menu that she knew we would love. We had a great time.

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4.0Dined on April 24, 2013

We went as a group for the Weekday Lunch Buffet. The food was amazing and the price was extremely reasonable considering how much we ate! I highly recommend this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2013

Great addition to glenviews restaurants! Will go back again!

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2.0Dined on March 2, 2013

Tumeric was just ok. The service was poor. We ordered medium spice level, it was too mild. Samosa's were very good.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2013

This is great Indian food. I lived in India for two years and this is the best local Indian restaurant I've been to.

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1.0Dined on February 16, 2013

Poor food terrible service freezing cold room.

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