Best San Diego Indian Restaurants 2012 – Top Ten List

There’s a lot more to Indian cuisine than just curry and naan, although those certainly are two great options. There are a multitude of San Diego Indian restaurants that offer a variety of regional Indian cuisines making use of local spices, herbs, vegetables, and fruits. Here is a list of our favorite Indian Restaurants around San Diego that provide authentic and elegantly delicious flavors of this exotic cuisine.

1. Ashoka Indian CuisineLittle India Market San Diego Miramar

This classic North Indian restaurant offers a menu that specializing in tantalizing tandoori dishes. With numerous vegan and vegetarian choices, a buffet option, and tasty deserts to finish off a well rounded meal. Voted best Indian Food in San Diego by San Diego Magazine and Best Healthy Dining by The Reader, this place you have got to try!

2. Royal India Restaurant San Diego Downtown Gaslamp

Ornate chandeliers glisten above, cascading waterfalls flow in the background, and aromatic smells linger around you, providing the perfect environment for a Royal India experience. The menu is just as regal, providing sophisticated, yet creative delicacies. You will probably be very overwhelmed by such an exquisite menu, so you may just have to visit during lunch or on Monday evenings, when over 20 dishes are offered buffet-style.

3.  Surati Farsan Miramar Little India Market San Diego Fresh Indian vegetarian dishes, snacks and sweets. Lots of varities for the vegetarian in you including some great snacks and traditional Indian fast food.

4. Monsoon Fine Dining Gaslamp

Located in the heart of the Gaslamp District, Monsoon serves San Diegians a taste of North Indian cuisine that will blow you out of this world. If you can’t pick just one thing on the menu, check out the all-you-can eat daily lunch buffet or a special Monday night date.

5. A Taste of India Miramar

Indian Buffet, need we say more? Sample each and every flavor from the huge assortment of delectable Indian items they offer. With very reasonable prices as well, come hungry, leave 100% satisfied. As the name correctly implies, at this restaurant you will be able to enjoy all the tastes of India.

6. Masala Gaslamp

With an Indian translation to “Spice,” the name of this Indian eatery explains exactly what you’ll be getting.  Experience a plethora of India’s traditional dishes as well as some tasty and innovative dishes that will thrill your pallet. To round out your dining experience, the decor will make you feel like you’ve just crossed the world and stepped into India.

7. Bombay Hillcrest

For a more elegant take on Indian dining, head to Bombay in Hillcrest. Expect all good things here as Bombay is proud winners of AOL City Guide and San Diego Magazine’s “Best Vegetarian Restaurant” and “Best Indian Restaurant in San Diego.” You will most definitely leave happy after experiencing a feast of flavors at Bombay.

8. India Palace Hillcrest

Specializing in delicious healthy Indian cuisine, India Palace has received many awards including Zagat and Fodor’s for Best Indian Restaurant in the U.S., and has been highly recommended by The New York Times, Fodor’s, Travel Holiday, Good Value, Dining Award and Lonely Planet. Enjoy your meal with the tranquil sounds of the running fountain, melodic Indian music and the exotic aroma of Indian food.

9. Spice Lounge Pacific Beach

With specialty cocktails, selected Indian Beers, unique Small Bites and spectacular Curries and fresh baked Naans, Spice Lounge skillfully translates Authentic Indian flavors to the American palate. Located in the always happening beach town of Pacific Beach, Spice Lounge is truly a feast for the senses.

10. Taste of the Himalayas Midway

Don’t look over this little hole in the wall gem. If you are ready to indulge on unbelievably superb Indian comfort food, Taste of the Himalayas may turn into your new Indian go to spot. The small tucked away spot offers a charming and quaint feel…but don’t let the size fool you. This eatery is jam packed with lots and lots of delicious flavor!



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