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Lotus Cuisine of India

704 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901-3213
415-456-5808
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Ranked #6 of 212 Restaurants in San Rafael
Price range: $25 - $25
Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Tamalpias Ave.
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English first
Gorham, Maine
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84 reviews 84 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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114 reviews 114 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
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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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66 reviews 66 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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81 reviews 81 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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San Francisco, CA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We had dinner here on a Sunday evening, 2/3 of tables were occupied. At $12 to $14 per entree, prices are too high for small servings. After ordering it took over 20 minutes for main dishes to arrive. Ordered pappadum crackers plus mushroom masala, and prawn coconut curry. Pappadum were OK, but the other two dishes arrived in small bowls... More

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San Francisco, California, United States
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39 reviews 39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

You must try this once! The buffet is truly excellent, with a large variety of healthy and delicious dishes. The Tandoori chicken is superb! It is so well priced and very filling... all you can eat! This is the best Indian food in Marin. Dinner is more expensive, but lunch buffet is a steal!

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Additional Information about Lotus Cuisine of India

Address: 704 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901-3213
Phone Number: 415-456-5808
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  San Rafael
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
Average Prices: USD 25 - 25
Cuisine: Indian

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