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New Delhi Restaurant

160 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94102-2122
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Ranked #1,677 of 4,919 restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Indian
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Powell and Mason
Transit: Bart and Muni – both one block from restaurant
Description: For over 25 years, New Delhi Restaurant has been serving a robust andflavorful menu fit for foodies from San Francisco to India. With each meal and each dish, New Delhi Restaurant strives to uphold its long time reputation of extraordinary Indian cuisine elegantly served.New Delhi Restaurant is the premier restaurant for upscale Indian cuisine in San Francisco. Decorated like a Maharajah's ornate banquet room, the restaurant serves food made from recipes culled from the royalIndian menus dating back 300 to 400 years using the freshest ingredientsavailable. An authentic Tandoori oven and specialty crafted spices bring theflavors of India straight to every plate.Within walking distance of major hotels and Union Square, the word of New Delhi Restaurant's authentic fare has spread far: from Bill Clinton to Julia Child, celebrities, Silicon Valley moguls, and politicians frequent the restaurant.
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54% Recommend
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San Francisco, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This used to be a good go to mid range Indian restaurant. Went there years later this weekend (as there are many other options now) and food was awful. Ordered Rogan Josh...swimming with onions and no flavor. The saag paneer....can't get that wrong was spinach with paneer and again no flavor. Finally the seekh kebab...hard as rock. I would not... More

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New Delhi, India
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We went twice to this restaurant in Union Square and both times we felt the food was really good : Indian and not 'American Indian' as sometimes happens in these restaurants. This among other things also meant that they spiced the food precisely as they do in India, and did not make food bland for customers not used to the... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

My brother-in-law and I were on a 'tram-spotting' holiday in San Francisco and our last night was at the New Delhi restaurant on Ellis Street. Doesn't look much from the outside but minside is a different kettle of fish. Marble columns etc. add to the lovely atmosphere. The meal was excellent as well.

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Being from the UK the bar is set high to impress for indian food and whilst this wasn't the best I've ever had it certainly wasn't the worst We were stopping in Union square and there are 2 indian food places this and another - walked past the other and glad we chose this We arrived around 8pm and had... More

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I had the non vegetarian dinner for $26.95. The tandoori chicken was very good. The rest of the meal ranged from mediocre (nan and rice) to really bad (bland and watery) chicken masala and mixed vegetable curry.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Food was good though was ill expensive. We went there twice. First nite we ordered A La carte n it came out to be around $25 each n food was very spicy. Friends had asked for spicy believing American spicy is bland for Indian taste buds. But believe me it was spicy for me. Next day we ordered for Thali... More

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McKinney, Texas, United States
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86 reviews 86 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

I ate here with a college while on business in SF. He chose this, as he likes Indian cuisine. We arrived for lunch to find only 5 tables occupied (is that a sign?) in this large establishment. The decor is a bit dark and dreary for my taste, but we were here and I was ready to make the best... More

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

My first Indian meal in America and it was ok. The location is close to the hotels and not far from Union Square. Inside it is a bit rustic and the menus has seen better days but ten food was ok and the service was good. I had Badami Chicken, pilau rice and naan bread washed down with a kingfisher.... More

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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57 reviews 57 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

We loved that New Delhi was right around the corner from our hotel, and that they weren't too busy to seat 6 at short notice. We tried a variety of dishes, all good. Saag paneer and tandoori shrimp were stand-outs for me. This is a great place for a relaxed group dinner.

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Seminary, Mississippi, United States
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87 reviews 87 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014 via mobile

Satisfied my craving for Indian food, but was only average. The food was "okay," but not a place I would go back to for Indian food. Our waitress never once smiled. I ordered a chicken dish and asked for it to be spicy. It was mild at best and I could only find two (2) little small "pieces" of chicken... More

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