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172 E 3RD Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4013
(650) 548-9966
Today
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am

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    Very good
  • 6
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Inexpensive but yummy enough

Because of the spices, I think even mediocre Indian food is tasty in comparison to other cuisines, and their buffet is delicious enough for the price--my go-tos are the lemon rice, the mint sauce, the butter chicken, curry goat, tandoori chicken, palak paneer, aloo mutter, and dal with their hot... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 3, 2014
Anna L
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San Mateo, California, United States
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19 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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San Mateo, California, United States
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Because of the spices, I think even mediocre Indian food is tasty in comparison to other cuisines, and their buffet is delicious enough for the price--my go-tos are the lemon rice, the mint sauce, the butter chicken, curry goat, tandoori chicken, palak paneer, aloo mutter, and dal with their hot naan bread. When Trader Joe's frozen Indian entrees and the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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78 reviews 78 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

I have been coming to this restaurant since it opened in late 90s. I have tried their buffet and dinner several times. Most recently, I was there for dinner this week. I ordered Shish Kebob, Daal and Naan with Masala Chai. The service is good and the food was tasty. When I am in the San Mateo area, I usually... More 

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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We have been here a few times on Saturday for the Buffet. Big food choice, reasonable price and good food. We compared the food choices by looking in at a few other Indian buffets nearby and like this one the best.

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Foster City, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Very good Indian buffet in San Mateo downtown. I go their all the time. Price is reasonable for lunch buffet but might be a bit pricey for dinner.

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San Francisco
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60 reviews 60 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This last weekend my wife and I went there for lunch. The Chicken Maharajah in their buffet was simply amazing. The sauce on this was something that I could put on bread, rice, pasta, or spoon it directly in my pie-hole without a second thought. However, their complementary Naan was rubbery. It used to be so perfectly crispy-hot with a... More 

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Marlboro,nj,usa
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80 reviews 80 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Nothing extra ordinary. Same old poor service, average North Indian cuisine, same old buffet. Overall a very forgettable experience. We ate here before we flew out of SFO based on a friends recommendation. The food was very oily. The restaurant is very small and not a good place for large groups etc.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

The quality of food is a great mark of how busy a restaurant is for dinner on a Friday evening! My wife and I went to this restaurant for our last dinner in the bay area before we fly back home to UK. And I have to say that after the amazing food we have been served across the bay,... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

They got the most important thing for a restaurant, the taste of the food, right. I had Paneer Tikka and enjoyed it. My friend had Biryani and he said it was excellent too. If you are an India, you can judge the food from the way it looks and smells too, there is an authenticity in their preparation. Try it... More 

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Texas
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012 via mobile

We went for the lunch buffet, which was priced at $10.50 per person. There were a lot of meat and vegetarian choices, but they were all pretty bland. The service can be a little slow during peak hours. Not a particularly big restaurant. We felt that since the food was bland and service little slow, we would probably not go... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

The garlic naan was simply superb. Crisp, hot, tasty and straight out of the tandoor. must visit place !! definitely recommending.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 172 E 3RD Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401-4013
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: (650) 548-9966

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Indian
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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