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  • In business more than 30 years
  • Vegetarian & vegan options
  • Family-owned

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Promotional value expires Jan 31, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per table, 2 per table of 4 or more. Limit 1 per delivery order. Delivery valid north to Foster, south to Randolph, west to Ashland, east to lake. Call ahead to inquire about delivery outside of this area. Tax and gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Unlike cinematic love scenes, Indian food can be enjoyed in the company of parents without embarrassment. Dodge future moments of uneasiness with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Indian cuisine at Standard India Restaurant in Lakeview.

For 30 years, Standard India Restaurant has been a Chicago institution of fine Indian dishes and dining, with a history as rich as the flavor. The restaurant that helped launch Chicago’s “Little India” neighborhood lures cross-town noses away from hot-dog humdrum with a capacious menu of magnanimous delishes lovingly assorted for meat lovers, veggies, and vegans alike. Diners are invited to bring their own imbibements as they savor the sabjis or chow on chawal. If the walls could enunciate, they’d flaunt the fact that famous noses such as Madonna and Michael Jackson whiffed paneer here, the same place where Michael Jordan noshed on kebabs and the masala-inspired Roger Ebert coined the phrase “Girl Power!”

Standard India Restaurant's dining room is closed for remodeling until 2013. They have temporarily expanded their delivery area to extend north to Foster Avenue, south to Randolph Street, west to Ashland Avenue, and east to the lake. Customers who live outside of this area should call ahead to see if delivery is available to them.


Yelpers give Standard India an average of 3.5 stars, nine Citysearchers give it an average of 4.5 stars, and TripAdvisors give it an average of three owl eyes:

  • Everything on the buffet tasted great and I mean great. – Sonja S., Yelp
  • the dishes were really flavorful and the rice pudding was a delicious and light end to the meal. – abbatron, TripAdvisor

Standard India Restaurant

When Madonna, Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan, and Roger Ebert have all dined at the same restaurant, and guests praise their attentive service and attention to detail Check, Please!, it says something. It speaks to the food's quality, the establishment's longevity, and the clientele's diversity. Newly redesigned after more than 30 years in business, Standard India Restaurant is one of the oldest Indian eateries in Chicago, one of the first in the country to offer thali-style dining, and one of the few independent restaurants anywhere that's fed more than one million guests since its inception.

Originally established on Devon Avenue by Pardip and Bimla Kamboj, Standard India has since changed locations and been passed to their son and daughter, who perpetuate Standard's success with the same traditional, freshly prepared North Indian fare. In addition to their popular all-you-can-eat grand buffet, Standard promotes an innovative and authentic thali experience, during which diners eat from frequently refilled sterling-silver tins that Denise brought back from New Delhi.

In the kitchen, chicken, lamb, and seafood sizzle in a handcrafted clay tandoor, and chefs expertly spice vegetarian- and vegan-friendly curries as well as gluten-free dishes. All meals can be paired with the guest's choice of beverage, as the eatery boasts a BYOB policy free from irksome corkage fees.

Customer Reviews

Food was good but a little bit greasy in my opinion. Good meal though - thank you.
Oliver S. · October 25, 2012
thank you for gracious service and generosity i.e.) you gave us samples without charging us
Margodavion · August 15, 2012
outstanding service
Stephanie F. · August 14, 2012
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    917 W Belmont Ave.

    Chicago, Illinois 60657

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