The Most Tasty Indian Restaurants In SF

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Recently there has been an explosion of excellent Indian food in San Francisco. If you’re in the mood for chicken tikka masala or chana masala, there are plenty of wonderful places to get it all over the city. Here are a few of our favorites for authentic Indian cuisine.

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August 1 Five

Enjoy innovative Indian dishes in a chic atmosphere at this somewhat new restuarant on Van Ness Street. It’s a great spot for a date as you can order a specialty cocktail and the food is easy to share. Chef Manish Tyagi’s food is wildly fresh and not too heavy. We love the flavorful spinach and paneer (with cheddar cheese, fenugreek leaves, and melon seeds) and the lamb chops (with baby carrot, pistachio, and mint).

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Dosa

With two locations (one in the Mission and the other in Pacific Heights), Dosa has been serving San Franciscans delicious Indian food for the past 12 years. Recently, co-owner Anjan Mitra decided to shake things up a bit. He’s hired a new chef, Arun Gupta, to create a dinner menu that will explore South Indian cooking in a new and exciting way. Although we have yet to taste Gupta’s food, the dishes sound scrumptious. There’s smoked Arctic char with peach curry, coconut rice, and peach-pepper achaar; almond ambur chicken curry with pickled peppers, chile oil, and lemon rice; pumpkin masala dosa with sweet onion chutney and toasted pumpkin seeds—and much more!

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Campton Place

Campton Place at the Taj Hotel in downtown San Francisco has two Michelin stars—and rightfully so: it’s Indian fine dining at its best. Chef Srijith Gopinathan seamlessly blends California’s fresh ingredients with Indian techniques and aromatic dried spices. The resulting tasting menu is a culinary journey that brings to mind the ancient spice route.

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Babu Ji

Babu Ji opened about a year ago in the Mission District. The buzzy eatery from husband and wife duo, Jessi and Jennifer Singh, specializes in elevated takes on traditional recipes. Think twists on classic curries and other surprises that are meant to delight the diner. The kitchen has a Tandoor oven, so expect the food to be piping hot and authentic.

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Rooh

Rooh is the first US eatery from the Good Times Restaurant Group, a company that is based in India. It opened in the Dropbox building in SoMa in January and has been receiving rave reviews ever since. The menu is a delicate balance of east and west—a progressive interpretation of Indian cuisine.

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Dum Indian Soul Food

Dum started out as a food truck, but now is a brick and mortar in the Mission District. Chef Rupam Bhagat has a deep personal connection with the cuisine of his native India and his menu features creative spins on traditional cuisine. His cooking is similar to the sort of food you’d find in an Indian home—it’s comforting and soulful. Bhagat’s biryani might be the best in SF, so it’s a must order!

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