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Where to Eat Indian Food in San Diego

Yes—there is lots of chicken tikka masala, but there are also good regional options available

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San Diego isn’t particularly known for its Indian food prowess, but there are still a good number of gems tucked in amongst the city’s food scene. Spanning the range of Punjabi-inspired classics found on many North American menus, like butter chicken, there are also restaurants devoted to chaat and other South Indian classics, as well as Indian desserts. Here are San Diego’s best places to eat Indian food.

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Tandoori Palace

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This Encinitas eatery offers an extensive and delicious menu, with options ranging from vegetarian to meat-loving to biryani.

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Punjabi Tandoor

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As the name implies, Punjabi Tandoor focuses on the rich cuisine of one of India’s northernmost provinces and specializes in lunch service. Outside of the Indian diaspora, a lesser-known fact of Indian cuisine is that much of what’s found on menus in the United States originated in Punjab. This means chicken makhani, naan, vindaloos, butter chicken and other classic dishes.

Surati Farsan Mart

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With another location in Artesia, Los Angeles’ center of Indian food, Surati Farsan Mart focuses on South Indian and Sri Lankan food like dosas, idlis and samosas served with a variety of chutneys. The counter service-only spot is also known for its variety of desserts and chaat dishes.

Chennai Tiffins

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A departure from much of the Indian food found in San Diego, Chennai Tiffins focuses on South Indian cuisine, which packs a stronger spice punch and leans heavily upon vegetarian options. First-timers should spring for the dosa, which come loaded with different fillings.

Curry N' Kabab

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This popular Indian restaurant more or less says it all in its name: it specializes in curry and kebabs. Lunch is the move here, with a special that includes soup, two mains, rice and a basket of naan.

Royal India

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This award-winning Indian restaurant has multiple locations throughout San Diego — including Gaslamp, Del Mar, and Miramar. The lunch and Sunday night buffets were popular pre-pandemic, but their generous menu still offers ample share-friendly options for delivery.

Royal India Miramar [Official Photo]

Sattvik Foods

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While Sattvik offers plenty of Indian dishes like paneer and undhiyu, Chef Kanta Jina originally hails from Kenya, so her African roots play a part in the Asian options available at the restaurant.

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Kebabish

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As the name of this restaurant suggests, there are plenty of kebabs to choose from on this extensive menu. Other popular dishes include chicken biryani and mutton karahi.

Kebabish [Official Photo]

Village Indian Cuisine

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Like many of San Diego’s popular Indian restaurants, Village Indian is well-loved for dishes like chicken tikka masala, various saag dishes, and tandoor dishes.

Bombay Coast Indian Cuisine

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Fish, shrimp, vegan or vegetarian, chicken, lamb, biryani — you name it, Bombay Coast has it on their menu. This Indian spot is conveniently open until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, making it an easy late-night dinner choice.

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World Curry

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Longtime PB fixture World Curry has a wide variety of curries to choose from on their menu, but their regional influence isn’t limited to just India. Thai and Japanese curry options are also available.

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Himalayan Cuisine

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With a menu featuring Indian, Nepalese, and Tibetan cuisine, this La Mesa restaurant is a great choice for people who want to switch things up a little bit.

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Himalayan Yak & Yeti

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Popular items at this Indian restaurant include veggie samosas, chicken momo, aloo kobi, and, of course — naan.

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Mirch Masala 2 GO

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This family-owned Indian restaurant offers a menu featuring dishes such as rogan josh, butter chicken, chana masala, and a variety of biryanis to choose from.

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India Palace

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Hot on the delivery circuit and equally popular during lunch and dinner hours. Hillcrest’s India Palace serves quality versions of dishes found on many Indian menus like tikka masala, biryanis, channa masala, aloo gobi and more.

Sundara

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When it isn’t functioning as breakfast spot Jake & Eggs, Ocean Beach’s Sundara cranks out satisfying versions of well-known Indian classics. Favorites include tikka masala and vindaloo dishes.

Curryosity on Juniper

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Curryosity, which brought a welcome Indian food infusion into South Park, serves a range of traditional curries but there are some surprising twists on the menu like curry waffle fries.

Tandoori Palace

Tandoori Palace [Official Photo]

This Encinitas eatery offers an extensive and delicious menu, with options ranging from vegetarian to meat-loving to biryani.

Tandoori Palace [Official Photo]

Punjabi Tandoor

As the name implies, Punjabi Tandoor focuses on the rich cuisine of one of India’s northernmost provinces and specializes in lunch service. Outside of the Indian diaspora, a lesser-known fact of Indian cuisine is that much of what’s found on menus in the United States originated in Punjab. This means chicken makhani, naan, vindaloos, butter chicken and other classic dishes.

Surati Farsan Mart

With another location in Artesia, Los Angeles’ center of Indian food, Surati Farsan Mart focuses on South Indian and Sri Lankan food like dosas, idlis and samosas served with a variety of chutneys. The counter service-only spot is also known for its variety of desserts and chaat dishes.

Chennai Tiffins

A departure from much of the Indian food found in San Diego, Chennai Tiffins focuses on South Indian cuisine, which packs a stronger spice punch and leans heavily upon vegetarian options. First-timers should spring for the dosa, which come loaded with different fillings.

Curry N' Kabab

This popular Indian restaurant more or less says it all in its name: it specializes in curry and kebabs. Lunch is the move here, with a special that includes soup, two mains, rice and a basket of naan.

Royal India

Royal India Miramar [Official Photo]

This award-winning Indian restaurant has multiple locations throughout San Diego — including Gaslamp, Del Mar, and Miramar. The lunch and Sunday night buffets were popular pre-pandemic, but their generous menu still offers ample share-friendly options for delivery.

Royal India Miramar [Official Photo]

Sattvik Foods

Sattvik Foods [Official Photo]

While Sattvik offers plenty of Indian dishes like paneer and undhiyu, Chef Kanta Jina originally hails from Kenya, so her African roots play a part in the Asian options available at the restaurant.

Sattvik Foods [Official Photo]

Kebabish

Kebabish [Official Photo]

As the name of this restaurant suggests, there are plenty of kebabs to choose from on this extensive menu. Other popular dishes include chicken biryani and mutton karahi.

Kebabish [Official Photo]

Village Indian Cuisine

Like many of San Diego’s popular Indian restaurants, Village Indian is well-loved for dishes like chicken tikka masala, various saag dishes, and tandoor dishes.

Bombay Coast Indian Cuisine

Bombay Coast [Official Photo]

Fish, shrimp, vegan or vegetarian, chicken, lamb, biryani — you name it, Bombay Coast has it on their menu. This Indian spot is conveniently open until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, making it an easy late-night dinner choice.

Bombay Coast [Official Photo]

World Curry

World Curry [Official Photo]

Longtime PB fixture World Curry has a wide variety of curries to choose from on their menu, but their regional influence isn’t limited to just India. Thai and Japanese curry options are also available.

World Curry [Official Photo]

Himalayan Cuisine

Himalayan Cuisine [Official Photo]

With a menu featuring Indian, Nepalese, and Tibetan cuisine, this La Mesa restaurant is a great choice for people who want to switch things up a little bit.

Himalayan Cuisine [Official Photo]

Himalayan Yak & Yeti

Himalayan Yak & Yeti [Official Photo]

Popular items at this Indian restaurant include veggie samosas, chicken momo, aloo kobi, and, of course — naan.

Himalayan Yak & Yeti [Official Photo]

Mirch Masala 2 GO

Mirch Masala 2 GO [Official Photo]

This family-owned Indian restaurant offers a menu featuring dishes such as rogan josh, butter chicken, chana masala, and a variety of biryanis to choose from.

Mirch Masala 2 GO [Official Photo]

India Palace