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Darbar Indian Cuisine

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129 Lytton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1045
650-321-6688
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thu - Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 13
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 0
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  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good Indian food

Lots of vegetarian choices and pleasantly spiced dishes. Decor is simple. Nearby evening parking easier than much of Palo Alto.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 16, 2015
bobcardio
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my favorite restaurant. It sounds like it's not a favorite for Indian food purists as it's not heavy on spiciness, but the chicken tikka masala and palak paneer are always my first meal back when I've been away from home for awhile. They offer a reasonably priced lunch buffet that always has the best of the menu options.

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Thank Rebecca K
palo alto, ca
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

great buffet, fresh, veggies here rock, their mango lassi is supreme, the service and owners are pure nice, super sweet, great non veg dishes as well, the naans like they should be . have their rotis.

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Thank rajivsab
Granite Bay, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Yummy food and gracious staff. What more could you want? We always enjoy Darbar. It is one of our favorite peninsula spots.

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Thank Maevilyn
San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015 via mobile

Lots of vegetarian choices and pleasantly spiced dishes. Decor is simple. Nearby evening parking easier than much of Palo Alto.

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Thank bobcardio
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015 via mobile

The food is good. The waiters are friendly. The portions are great too. The best part is that the food is made just right and thanks to that, there are no after effects of eating here.

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Thank Prathamesh S
Palo Alto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This is one of two "birthday restaurants" for our family because they can accommodate a large group, the prices are reasonable and the food is great. Also, easy parking compared to other spots downtown since it is on the "other side" of University Ave.

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Thank Katie B
Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

My family orders Darbar pick up every Monday night and has done so for years. The food is delicious (if full of calories) and the portions are generous. It's Silicon Valley comfort food. Sit-down service isn't good, but don't go for that. Go for the food, especially the paneer do piaza, the chicken tikka masala in a butter chicken sauce,... More 

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Thank Jennie S
Greater Noida, India
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71 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I was slightly disappointed as the Sweet dish was not sweet enough and the other dishes were not spicy enough. Agreed that spices may not be palatable to the regular clientèle, but then altering the ethos of the region that you come from is not a great idea either, but then that is MY THOUGHT, not necessarily what you need... More 

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Thank Srivas_mk
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Was missing home food and hence visited Darbar off University Avenue in Palo Alto. It was quite busy and noisy. We had to wait a few mins to get a table though I must admit we went without a reservation. The food itself was average, nothing outstanding. Very mildly spiced food to suit the western palate. The good part was... More 

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Thank markrao
Palo Alto, California
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61 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We have been to Darbar many times in the past year, because it is near where we live and because the food is really very good. The butter chicken is always delicious, as is the tandoori chicken. The beef samosas are scrumptious! The specialty is southern Indian food, and although I sometimes get the dosas, I prefer the chicken dishes.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 129 Lytton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1045
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: 650-321-6688

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Indian
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 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?