Indian Restaurants in Chula Vista

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Helmed by brothers Sandeep and Jagdeep Kambo, Royal India represents the best of two worlds—fine dining and homecooked cuisine. Made-to-order naan, mint chutney, and a decadent tomato tikka masala sauce—which Fodor's summed up in one word: "smoky"—all come from mother Kambo, as do the rest of the menu's authentic Indian specialties and the kitchen's heirloom spoon. Paired with the Market Street location's 125-seat dining room and dazzling indoor waterfall, and it's no wonder Royal India's cuisine has nabbed a top-five ranking in the Best Indian category of San Diego A-List for five years running. What’s more, the spot features an ornate, hand-carved bar, where mixologists craft refreshing Indian mojitos and mango martinis—drinks that rival the kitchen's decadent desserts of mango mousse and spiced rice pudding.

3860 Valley Centre Dr
San Diego,
CA
US

Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India

Another glittering facet of the Monsoon Group helmed by brother-and-sister team Rakesh and Ashley Popat, Bombay delivers the same opulent, glowing atmosphere and authentic cuisine that have dazzled diners at sister restaurants Monsoon and Masala. Glistening chandeliers illuminate the 7,500-square-foot space, which provides an avenue for parties of up to 300 guests, and has hosted a number of corporate clients including Wells Fargo and Johnson & Johnson. Inside the dining room, a tranquil waterfall serves as an ethereal room divider and squirt-gun refilling station, as romantic amber light softly rains down from the ceiling to settle upon crisp white tablecloths.

3960 5th Ave
San Diego,
CA
US

The name Annapurna, which means to be filled completely with food in Sanskrit, hints at a sprawling buffet and busy kitchen. Jumbo shrimp and boneless chicken marinated in a spicy yogurt cook inside a traditional Indian clay oven, and bite-sized bits of lamb simmer in a curry infused with Andhra spices and herbs. Chefs simmer milk, crafting it into thick paneer cheese, which pairs with a spiced gravy to fill out the range of vegetarian items. The scents of cardamom, cumin, chili, and pickled mangos fill the air. At the lunch buffet, heated pans hold mounds of rice, creamy sauces, and frozen popsicles that won’t give up information.

10606 Camino Ruiz, Ste 6
San Diego,
CA
US

The flavors of South Asia sing at Indian Express, where Moghlai meals incorporate flavors from all over the region. In addition to kebabs and curries, chefs transform ingredients?spices, fresh produce, and organic halal meat?into satisfying, internationally-informed meals. Freshness is a common theme among lunches and dinners, which include authentic Indian dishes, vegetarian and meat curries, and biryani. Tandoori kebabs combine the flavors of a traditional clay oven along with the easy-to-throw, aerodynamics nature of a kebab.

5450 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego,
CA
US

As the brother-sister team behind Monsoon Fine Cuisine of India, Rakesh and Ashley Popat seek to elevate regional Indian cuisine by serving time-honored dishes in a luxurious setting. The Popats rely on their family's closely guarded recipes when preparing a slew of traditional curries, which range from the spicy vindaloo with a hint of lemon and ginger to the creamy korma sauce peppered with saffron, nuts, and raisins.

Additionally, the chefs demonstrate their passion for the diversity of Indian cuisine by embracing culinary techniques from across the country. Their Northern-style tandoori chicken marinates in yogurt, roasted garlic, and ginger for hours before being roasted inside a clay oven. The menu's Southern influences, on the other hand, are apparent in the selection of dosas: rice-and-lentil crepes stuffed with potatoes, herbs, and spices.

With its elegant chandeliers, stone columns, throne-like seating, soothing waterfall, and antique-style lanterns, the restaurant creates a regal ambiance that heightens the dining experience. A collection of South Asian artwork?including several paintings of India?reinforces its deep cultural roots even further.

729 4th Ave
San Diego,
CA
US

Helmed by brothers Sandeep and Jagdeep Kambo, Royal India represents the best of two worlds—fine dining and homecooked cuisine. Made-to-order naan, mint chutney, and a decadent tomato tikka masala sauce—which Fodor's summed up in one word: "smoky"—all come from mother Kambo, as do the rest of the menu's authentic Indian specialties and the kitchen's heirloom spoon. Paired with the Market Street location's 125-seat dining room and dazzling indoor waterfall, and it's no wonder Royal India's cuisine has nabbed a top-five ranking in the Best Indian category of San Diego A-List for five years running. What’s more, the spot features an ornate, hand-carved bar, where mixologists craft refreshing Indian mojitos and mango martinis—drinks that rival the kitchen's decadent desserts of mango mousse and spiced rice pudding.

3860 Valley Centre Dr
San Diego,
CA
US