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Lotus Cuisine of India

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Indian, Vegetarian, Vegan
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704 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901-3213 (Tamalpias Ave.)
415-456-5808
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Good for:
Casual Dining
Doing business

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  • 19
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Always a favorite destination for lunch

My co-workers and I hit Lotus when we want Indian, the service is great and the food even better. They have a great buffet. I particularly love the Chicken Tika Masala and Tandori Chicken. I have been coming to Lotus for years and will continue to do so.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 9, 2015
65Dragon
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Marin County CA
Good for:
  • Doing business
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English first
Novato, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Comparing against all the restaurants I have had food at in Santa Rosa, this is Zagat rated and rightly so. Love their achaari paneer and other curries. Have been there twice already and will go for more in the future. Ambience is good too!

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Marin County CA
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

My co-workers and I hit Lotus when we want Indian, the service is great and the food even better. They have a great buffet. I particularly love the Chicken Tika Masala and Tandori Chicken. I have been coming to Lotus for years and will continue to do so.

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Gorham, Maine
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89 reviews 89 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We thought the luncheon buffet was terrific so we could try a variety of foods at a good price. We loved the pakora, different kinds of chicken dishes, variety of sauces, and desserts. My husband, who is just beginning to really enjoy Indian foods, declared this the best Indian restaurant he has ever been to. If we had more time... More 

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Novato, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Good lunch buffet. Fairly expensive at dinner time. Standard fare, very consistent quality. No surprises. Chai is only OK, gulab jam in are not good. gruff staff. music has not changed in 15 years.

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California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The restaurant has an interesting ambiance. The food is decent though not the best Indian food. Given that it located in Marin County, far away from all the great Indian food places in the Bay Area, it may work for many people just for the sake of convenience, We had the lunch buffet. The naan was okay but not crispy... More 

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San Francisco
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130 reviews 130 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Lotus does traditional Indian dishes very well, using top-notch ingredients. In the few times we have eaten at Lotus, we have not had one bad dish, and we have had a fairly large range of dish types. Nearly all have been very good or excellent. And they do not make the dishes insipidly unspiced to cater to a western taste,... More 

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San Francisco, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The food is top notch; and a step up from usual Indian fare and the team service is excellent. I have probably had 50 meals here over the years and have always enjoyed it.

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San Rafael
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Love going to this restaurant. Keep going back again and again. Superb Indian fare, excellent service - If you are a "curry" fan, you wont find better. I can recommend Lotus.

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Novato, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My teen daughter had never tried Indian food before, so I took her here for their lunch buffet. It had been a while since I've dined here....but as usual, I was really impressed. Décor is very nice with traditional Indian Hindu touches. Very calming music playing. The buffet is wonderful....nothing weird or spicy, just a nice sampling of different Indian... More 

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marin
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35 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I've eaten the buffet lunch here many times and it is always good. The dinners are great. Their lamb naan is delicious, the chicken mahkini scrumptious and lamb vindaloo is very tasty. The have a good selection of wines by the glass and usual Indian beers. I've spent a bit of time in Rajasthan and this food is authentic.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 704 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901-3213
    (Tamalpias Ave.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  San Rafael
  • Phone Number: 415-456-5808

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 25
  • Cuisine: Indian, Vegetarian, Vegan

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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