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Shalimar

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Indian, Middle Eastern, Pakistani
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1409 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-4615
415-776-4642
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9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Takeout

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  • 10
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  • 12
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Best Indian/Pakistani Food in the City!

This place is phenomenal! I have been going here for years and would go every week if I lived closer. Not the post decorative place but the Chicken Tikki Masala is ADDICTING (you have been warned), the Naan is baked fresh and not too doughy or crips but just right, and they have complimentary tea... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 29, 2015
lailams
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Berkeley, California
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Berkeley, California
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

This place is phenomenal! I have been going here for years and would go every week if I lived closer. Not the post decorative place but the Chicken Tikki Masala is ADDICTING (you have been warned), the Naan is baked fresh and not too doughy or crips but just right, and they have complimentary tea PLUS BYOB with NO corking... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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236 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

Great little whole in the wall place that serves truly authentic pakistani food. Ignore the interior and go there for an amazing meal --must try the brain masala it is absolutely delicious! Also, the chicken karahi was one of the best we've ever eaten. Would recommend it for anyone who only cares about food and not the whole "dinning experience".

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San Francisco, California
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40 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Only place to enjoy Haleem (apologized if misspelled) plus Chicken Kofta. Also butter chicken and biryani rice is good (only on Saturdays).

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Thank LSlamet
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

We were visiting San Francisco on a business trip for a week and found this restaurant close to our hotel. They served authentic food and the serving size was very good. We liked the food so much that we ate at this place throughout our stay.

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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

Visited here for a quick lunch. It'd a basic restaurant with typical Indian menu, but they cook it so well. The tandoori and briyani were delicious. Good place to grab a good lunch.

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Kingston, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Don't go for the ambience, or a quiet romantic supper. There's an noisy open kitchen, diner style tables, a chaotic feel to the place and not much in the way of decor, but very good food. The place was packed when we arrived, all local families having their supper. We took that as a good sign and paired up with... More 

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Houston, Texas
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This is quite possibly the best Indian cuisine I've ever enjoyed, and living from Houston, we have excellent Indian restaurants. However, Shalimar (on Polk) has the most amazing chicken tiki masala I have ever tasted. The naan was about 15 seconds old when it hit our table - so fresh. And the grass-fed lamb was so tender and savory without... More 

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Thank Brian W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 via mobile

Dont be decieve by the building or exterior, neither how it looks; it's a great, one of the best Indian food I ever had... Went two times in 2 days, before leaving SF.

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United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

If you are looking for halal restaurants in San Francisco you will find that they tend to be clustered in popular ethnic areas such as Little India. This was a busy place when we arrived, lucky to get a free table. As there were local people of Indian or Pakistani origin eating there was a good sign. We were given... More 

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Ohio
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Tikka Masala!! SAAG GOSHT!! GARLIC NANN!! enough said! A bit on the back alley location and parking not the easiest. I love this place... GREAT experience, service, and food..... Don't expect a clean bathroom or perfectly clean joint.... this is a dive that cooks up great food and an atmosphere that is exactly perfect for the dining experience. Did I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1409 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109-4615
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Nob Hill
  • Neighborhood: Nob Hill
  • Phone Number: 415-776-4642

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Indian, Middle Eastern, Pakistani
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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

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