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Nikki's Chaat Cafe

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Indian, Family Fare
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3469 Hwy. 50, CA 96150
(530) 541-3354
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Today
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Buffet, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 25
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Those Manchurian balls!!!

We stopped by for the buffet: wanted something simple and quick. It has familiar offerings: chicken curry, butter chicken, tandoori, vegetarian options, rice pudding... but the flavors were a little different from the Indian places we frequent in the Bay Area. With that said, it was all enjoyable... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
tei_88
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California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I was their with my family,worst Indian food I have ever tasted in my life. My kids got sick ..... Tandoori chicken was over burnt,lamb curry was worst. It smelled horrible and old. I just want to say that it is waste of money and over expensive. Shame on owner who is representing Indian food in worst taste.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I had been here with family and the gone for buffet, no proper service and rice is not boiled, don't ever taste veg pullav there very salty . Overall waste of money

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We stopped by for the buffet: wanted something simple and quick. It has familiar offerings: chicken curry, butter chicken, tandoori, vegetarian options, rice pudding... but the flavors were a little different from the Indian places we frequent in the Bay Area. With that said, it was all enjoyable. We were introduced to Manchurian balls, served with a delish spicy-sweet sauce.... More 

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Oneonta, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

We were delighted with our stop after my family had a hankering for Indian food. We ordered a variety of dishes for four, and found the service and taste to be right up there with very good fare in most contemporary cities. So when in Tahoe, if the urge strikes you will not be disappointed!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Tried lunch buffet here and food was good. All dishes were tasty but its very expensive for buffet. If you specially love indian cuisine and are vegetarian, this place is not a bad option.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The food itself was good and there were a lot of choices on the buffet. They were constantly refilling the empty containers with fresh food and the service was good overall. The place was crowded but it was spacious enough to accommodate a lot of people. There was also a bar at the restaurant. The main downside was the price... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I am an indian staying in US since last 3 years and this is the worst indian food I ever had. The food was tasteless. The atmosphere was awful. The service was very poor.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Lunch Buffet was ~$63.00 for 3 persons. Felt it was overpriced since a majority of the food was vegetable based. The place was busy and a line formed at the small buffet counter. No frills--Wasn't served water and there wasn't a water dispenser. We had to ask someone working there if we could get some water and then we were... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

If you check my reviews I rarely do negative reviews, mainly because we have been lucky in our choice and used the reviews posted on sites like this. On this occasion we really fancied a curry and too be honest it was not what we expected and was over priced and not to our liking. I think the problem is,... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We ordered egg biryani and mutton tikka masala. We got taste less broken rice with egg burji( scrambled) totally tasteless. Overcooked tough mutton pieces were dipped in a pre prepared sweet gravy. We saw the same gravy for shahi paneer, chhote etc. Don't waste your money n time. I had biscuits in a dinner. Manager argued with us and charged... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3469 Hwy. 50, CA 96150
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Tahoe (California)
  • Phone Number: (530) 541-3354

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: Indian, Family Fare
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?