San Francisco Indian Cuisine

Authentic Restaurants Serving a Delicious Taste of India


North India
Right downtown a few minutes’ walk off Market Street, some loyal fans say this is the tastiest and best priced buffet lunch in all of the city. Help yourself to vegetable pakora and tandoori chicken appetizers. Savor the flavors of delicately marinated goat curry, chicken tikka masala (the dish everyone waits for), saag paneer (spinach and cheese curry), and daal (lentils). Don’t forget the warm and fragrant nan bread direct from the clay ovens. If you’ve been dreaming of northern Indian food made the traditional way with high heat from charcoal for that smoked aroma, this is the place. They also deliver for free.

Tandoori Mahal
In this convenient location bordering Chinatown and North Beach since 1988, management says, “Our experienced chefs from India make our dishes fresh and cooked to perfection using centuries old traditional methods including the use of the clay oven called tandoori fired up to 1,000 degrees.”

There’s no need to wait for noon when a lunchtime pick-me-up is calling. Just follow the tempting aromas. This favorite spot is handy for both local office workers and for weekend visitors, where the doors open for daily luncheon buffet served beginning at 11 a.m. and continuing until 2 p.m. all seven days a week. Traditional, well-liked dishes are on the serving trolley, such as butter chicken, chicken makahni, lamb curry, pulav, daal, saag paneer, raita, vegetable fry, tandoori chicken, bhujia and more. Help yourself.

Indian Oven
Eat in on Fillmore Street in the Lower Haight or call to order delivery. The authentic Indian flavors of northern India combine with fresh ingredients for in delicious recipes followed for decades. Choose your preference on the level of spices, from mild to extra hot. “Divine curries” are “beautifully prepared” says Zagat, in listing this bright and airy place, always popular, as one of the best Indian restaurants in San Francisco.

Indian Clay Oven
The sister location in Outer Richmond near 25th Avenue is especially handy for those visiting the western end of the city. This restaurant is handy to Golden Gate Park, the Legion of Honor, the Sutro Baths and Ocean Beach. Try the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for terrific value and great, authentic northern Indian flavors from the clay ovens.

  • Phone: (415) 626-1628
    233 Fillmore St.
    San Francisco, CA 94117
    Neighborhood: Financial District
  • Phone: (415) 951-0505
    941 Kearny St.
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    Neighborhood: Financial District
  • Phone: (415) 751-0505
    2436 Clement St.
    San Francisco, CA 94122
    Neighborhood: Financial District
  • Phone: (415) 348-1234
    123 Second St.
    San Francisco, CA 94105
    Neighborhood: Financial District


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