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Shalimar Indian Restaurant

1820 S Hurstbourne Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40220-1644 (East Louisville)
+1 502-493-8899
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Ranked #215 of 1,480 restaurants in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: East Louisville
Cross street: Bunsen Way
Description: Growing up in an immigrant Indian family, we understood that America is the land of opportunity, where dreams come true. We're grateful to all the guests who have given us the opportunity to share our vision. Some restaurants are ideal for special occasions. Indeed we hope many of you, our guests, will celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and other memorable events with us. But, at Shalimar we strive to make every lunch and dinner a special occasion for every guest. When we open the doors to the restaurant for lunch, dinner or catering, it's as if we're opening the doors to our own homes and inviting guests to enjoy extraordinary food paired with a rich Indian lager beer or a glass of wine from our extensive wine list. Our menu features the finest Northern Indian entrees and our specialty Tandoori (Clay Oven) dishes. Shalimar is elegant, relaxed, and affordable, inviting guests to enjoy the hospitality that reflects our Indian heritage.
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English first
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Shalimar has good ambiance.. Service is good.. Food is fine.. Suitable for people who would like to try Indian cuisine but can't take em hot n spicy.. It is not Indian spicy.. U gotta tell em to make it extra spicy, yet smtn dsn add up.. Failed to impress me. Over all it is an OK restaurant.. But if u... More

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Sukh B, Owner at Shalimar Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

While I'm glad you appreciated our service, it breaks my heart to hear our food described as just average. We only cook with authentic Indian ingredients and spices, so I'm surprised it didn't taste that way. As you mentioned, we're more than happy to make any dish extra spicy. If you have any suggestions for us to improve, please let... More

Lexington, Kentucky
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

I visited Shalimar for the first time the other night for my friends Birthday. Between everyone in the group we ordered a large variety of things off the menu. I personally tried the garlic Naan, Lentil Soup, and the Chicken Saag. I ordered my Saag mild, but it came out more like medium at most Indian restaurants. I also heard... More

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Sukh B, Owner at Shalimar Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for celebrating your friends birthday with us, Karen! While I'm glad you enjoyed your meal overall, I'm sorry you felt our food was a tad too spicy. I'll be sure to pass along your feedback to the kitchen so that mild actually tastes mild. I hope you keep us in mind the next time you're in the mood for... More

Louisville, Kentucky
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

I am a foodie. Being in Louisville Ky. is heaven. This town has innumerable choices in dinning. I also happen to have some gastrointestinal issues so I have to be careful where and what I eat. A few years ago I decided to try Indian cuisine, given my previously mentioned issues I was apprehensive. I tried a lamb dish and... More

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Sukh B, Owner at Shalimar Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for all your support over the last 6 years. It's an honor to know you find our food "literally amazing." I really appreciate you introducing us to your friends, and I'm glad each has left a new fan. The next time you dine with us, be sure to say hello so I can thank you in... More

Delhi, India
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Being from out of town, I'm not sure how this outlet compares to other area Indian offerings, but I have to say Shalimar barely passes muster for its lunch buffet. Most of the staples are there... chicken tikka, butter chicken, etc. If a paneer offering was there I didn't see it, and truthfully I didn't notice daal either. The food... More

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Sukh B, Owner at Shalimar Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

Scott, I'm sorry to hear you were underwhelmed by our Indian cuisine. As demonstrated by our reputation on TripAdvisor, we're one of Louisville's favorite Indian restaurants. That's because we only serve authentic Indian dishes, inspired by old family recipes. Do you have any suggestions for us to improve? I appreciate your feedback and hope to hear back from you soon.... More

Lexington, Kentucky
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

WOW! I have always wanted to try Indian food before and finally got the chance. It was amazing. I had the Chicken Tikka Masala, Broccoli Masala, and Cheese Kulcha. The Chicken Tikka Masala so far is my favorite dish! I need to check out the lunch buffet one day. I love the atmosphere and the staff is very polite.

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Sukh B, Owner at Shalimar Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much, Jaime! I know I've said this already, but it really means a lot to me that you took the time to recommend us on all the review sites. I'm passionate about Indian food, so I'm thrilled that your first experience trying it was so fantastic. The next time you visit, be sure to say hello so... More

Louisville, Kentucky
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

I have eaten in this restaurant 4-5 times (all due to inevitable business reasons ) and all the time whemever I have had oily food here, I have had an upset stomach. I now know that the safest option here is the sweet yogurt drink. The desserts are ok but I find the food very greasy.

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Sukh B, Owner at Shalimar Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm truly sorry to hear you find our food overly greasy. We only cook with high quality, authentic Indian ingredients and spices. As such, the last thing I want is for cooking oil to mask the vibrant flavor of our food. If you decide to give us another chance, please feel free to ask your server to request that your... More

Louisville, Kentucky
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

One of my absolute favorite places to bring my family! It has that very warm and friendly atmosphere. The kids are great fans of chicken tikka masala and some mango shake! I just love coming here, my family and I enjoy it so much! Deffinatly recommend people to try their food very authentic food, just fabulous!

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Sukh B, Owner at Shalimar Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

Wow, the best authentic Indian restaurant you've been to! Thank you so much, Kathy. As a small family business, it's nice to know you recognized and appreciated our warm family atmosphere. Next time you and the kids feel like Indian food, be sure to stop by! All the best, Sukh Bains, Owner More

1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

I go twice a month to this restaurant and enjoy very delicious food here always. Today had great buffet Loved the chicken masala. Buffet including Indian vegetables and fresh made meat with green salad and cucumber salad. SERVICE is always appreciable as things are always on table in less than 5 minutes. Quality is GREAT. Food is awesome from appetizers... More

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Sukh B, Owner at Shalimar Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for recommending us. I'm honored to hear you think we're the best Indian restaurant in Louisville. As a small business owner, I appreciate you dining with us twice a month. I'll be sure to let the staff know you appreciate their great service as well. The next time you feel like Indian food, be sure to... More

Shelbyville, Kentucky, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

I know that it always seems like an urban legend when you read what I am about to post, but I promise I am no making this up and i will never eat here again! Me and a group of co-workers have always enjoyed going to Shalimar for the lunch buffet. We usually go about once a month with no... More

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Sukh B, Owner at Shalimar Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

Jennifer, I'm absolutely alarmed by your review. We take the health and well-being of our customers very seriously. That's why we prepare our buffet food fresh every day and inspect our restaurant for pests regularly. I'll be sure to look into the matter right away to prevent your experience from ever happening again. If you'd like to discuss your concerns... More

Louisville
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

We've been coming here for years. Love the food. Chicken Chili is great, always more than enough and plenty to take home. Service is always excellent, never have to ask for refills, food comes out quickly and is always hot.

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Sukh B, Owner at Shalimar Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks! It's been a pleasure cooking for you all these years, and I look forward to the years to come. I'll be sure to pass along your message to the staff. They'll be thrilled to know you find their service excellent. Take care, Sukh Bains, Owner More

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