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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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11:00 am - 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

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  • 14
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  • 9
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Very good!!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 19, 2015
NancyJVR
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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 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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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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Greater Noida, India
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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 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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Palo Alto, California
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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

6 people in the party who choosed 6 different dishes. All of us where satisfied although all of us would like indian food somewhat more spicy. Good and priceworthy in short.

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Solid lunch buffet. Always crowded, but which place in Palo Alto isn't these days? Recommended for a quick lunch while in downtown Palo Alto.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

We really like the vegetarian Shahi Paneer and Saag Paneer. Chicken Tikka gravy was great but chicken not completely cooked. Definitely worth visiting.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Loved the Punjabi food offered at this place. Little disappointed with the quality of Biriyani, but it can be ignored that the place has wonderful Punjabi food. Biriyani cannot be their speciality.

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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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?