Indian Restaurants in San Mateo

Up to 50% Off Indian Food at Tandoori Paradise

Hayward

$22 $10.99

Steaming plates of channa masala with garbanzo beans and lamb boti kebabs pair with baskets of assorted naans and rotis

50% Off at Naan -N- Curry

Downtown

$60 $30

Chefs enlist clay oven to cook authentic Indian & Pakistani lamb, chicken & seafood dishes & six types of naan bread in colorful eatery

Half Off at Khana Peena Indian Cuisine

Rockridge

$40 $20

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Samosas, pakoras, or tandoori meat appetizers preface a wide variety of vegetarian, chicken, lamb, and seafood curries and sizzling platters

50% Off Indian Cuisine at The Menu

Indian Cuisine

$40 $20

Extensive menu of healthily prepared Indian dishes made with fresh, organic ingredients spans the country's regions

52% Off Indian Cuisine at Park Balluchi

Old Mountain View

$25 $12

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Chefs who specialize in northern Mughlai cuisine and traditional Punjabi cooking whip up saag paneer, goat biryani, and butter chicken

Half Off Indian Dinner at Tiranga Cafe

Fremont

$10 $5

Recipes plucked from traditional Indian home cooking form meaty or vegetarian platters with rice and naan

Up to 51% Off Indian and Pakistani Food at Chutney

Central Fremont

$20 $11

(109)

Tandoor-cooked chicken, vegetarian curries, and naan flatbreads for dine-in meals or large catered events

Up to 53% Off Indian and Nepalese Cuisine at Everest Cafe

Berkeley Hills

$22 $11

Indian and Nepalese curries with goat, lamb, and chicken alongside vegan options

$10 for Nepalese Fare at Taste of the Himalayas in Berkeley

North Berkeley

$20 $10

(420)

House-made cheese simmered in curry sauce, chicken tandoori, and salmon in a piquant vindaloo sauce

50% Off Indian Food at Mint Leaf

North Berkeley

$30 $15

(293)

Traditional Northern Indian dishes made with organic produce, free-range meats, and artisan spices handpicked in India

50% Off North Indian Food at Khana Peena

Berkeley Hills

$40 $20

(164)

A menu of North Indian cuisine covers samosas, tandoor-cooked meats, and seafood dishes such as lobster-papaya curry

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All Spice: A User's Guide

Michelin-Starred Restaurant | California-Indian Fusion | Located in a Victorian House | Small-Batch Wines | Artistic Presentations
Sample Menu
  • Appetizer: allspice-scented dayboat scallops with spiced cauliflower purée, raisin-caper emulsion, and spring-onion froth
  • Entree: ancho-tamarind-braised beef short rib with smoked plantain froth, fried-farro porridge, and mushroom-pear marmalade
  • Dessert: dark-chocolate kulfi with tandoori-spiced macadamia-nut brittle
What to Drink: The wine list spotlights small producers from around the globe. One of those producers is the restaurant’s co-owner Shoshana Wolff, who helps her dad run Wolff & Father wines in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

While You’re Waiting: Feast your eyes on the vintage surroundings. The restaurant is located in a Victorian house built in 1906, and each of its three dining rooms is decorated with vibrant touches such as bright turquoise walls, abstract art, and glittering chandeliers.

The Chef: Sachin Chopra draws on his Indian heritage and French training while cooking his eclectic cuisine, which he doesn’t consider limited to one global style. All Spice is his first restaurant, making its Michelin star all the more impressive.

Vocab Lesson:
Chaat: savory Indian snack food made of potatoes, fried bread, and a spice medley that typically includes dried mango powder and cumin seeds.
Madras: a spicy curry that’s red in color due to a heavy dose of chili powder.

1602 S El Camino Real
San Mateo,
CA
US

Chefs at Little India's four locations infuse authentic Indian dishes with fresh and exotic ingredients, earning Top of the Town awards from 5280 magazine for "a decade running." The culinary creatives concoct a taste-bud-tempting lot of specialty dishes, from the butter chicken to the super-hot lamb madras, which makes taste buds sweat with scantily clad seasonings. Vegetarians can spoon a kaleidoscope of meat-free dishes, including the dahl makhani, lentils cooked with tomato and savory spices. Guests sip mood-enhancing beverages from the bar, and the friendly wait staff places plated Indian delicacies and unplated charades suggestions at their fingertips.:m]]

917 Main St
Redwood City,
CA
US

Every day, the aroma of smoky spices wafts from the imported, wood-fired tandoor ovens at Tandoori Oven’s locations. To a soundtrack of upbeat techno, reggae, and bhangra music imported from UK clubs, servers deliver plates of lamb biryani loaded with basmati rice, bell peppers, cashews, and secret spices alongside mango lassis blended with housemade yogurt. The healthful signature wrap is stuffed with chicken or lamb that’s been marinated for 24 hours in yogurt and spices and then baked in the tandoor oven and wrapped in soft naan with mint chutney and tamarind. Local athletes dine at Tandoori Oven, a sponsor of the TRIbe Triathlon Club, after workouts for meals made to order with lean meats and served in participation trophies.

314 Westlake Ctr
Daly City,
CA
US

Mantra's menu infuses modern Indian cuisine with fresh California influences and a bounty of vegetarian fare, resulting in a cast of familiar favorites alongside newfangled flavors. Start with a small plate of scallops marinated in peppercorn and fennel ($12), the vegetarian grape-leaf-wrapped goat cheese ($8), or, for a bright beginning, the cinnamon-stick lamb "lollipops" ($10). Classics such as the chicken tikka masala ($17) take their esteemed place among original entree creations including the chili-marinated pan-roasted sablefish ($22), served over tomato-basil biryani, asparagus, and mozzarella and drizzled with a cardamom and peanut-infused red-curry sauce, or the Rajasthani duck ($22), rubbed with red chili and served with braised Napa cabbage and shiitake mushrooms. The cinnamon-and-clove-marinated lamb chops "Vinhaleaux" ($22) reforms renegade shepherds, while the paneer "ravioli" ($19), which folds cauliflower, paneer, and cumin into a puff-pastry envelope, pleases vegetarians.

632 Emerson St
Palo Alto,
CA
US

At India Palace, ambrosial Indian aromas waft between turquoise curtains of beads and colorful landscape pictures splashed across the walls. Lunching pairs dig serving spoons into the buffet, arranging steamy fare onto plates alongside towers of soft naan. Between sips of chai teas or creamy mango lassis, chums catch up and fuel high-stakes thumb wars with dishes that range from curry chicken to palak paneer. Garlic naan works double duty as a sauce sponge when diners clear their plates of chicken tikka masala. Dollops of soft-serve ice cream close lunch curtains and cleanse palates with sweetness.

737 Buena Vista Ave
Alameda,
CA
US

Red-bricked walls and colorful murals of city streets surround the cozy main dining room at Main Street Diner, where a casual crowd noshes hulking portions of comfort dishes from the extensive menu. Starters such as the buffalo blue mozzarella ($4.50) and fried pickles ($4) work tirelessly as palate prep for grippable grub, such as the zesty jalapeño chicken sandwich ($7) and the guacamole-infused California burger ($8.50), each served on a toasty bun. Dairy lovers can brain-freeze romantic moments as they sip from the strawberry milkshake ($3).

22622 Main St
Hayward,
CA
US