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“Marindian cuisine at its finest” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Radiance Vegetarian Cuisine

Radiance Vegetarian Cuisine
923 C St, San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 686-3442
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Ranked #14 of 219 Restaurants in San Rafael
Cuisines: Vegetarian
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Bir, India
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33 restaurant reviews
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“Marindian cuisine at its finest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Radiance serves health-optimized Californian interpretations of Indian staples such as dal and curries, along with salubrious green stuff almost unheard-of in far-away India.

Radiance isn't trying to be authentic Indian cuisine (for which your body will thank you, whether or not your taste buds concur), and the flavor and texture experiments are done more skillfully here than at many other pseudo-Indian places (read: it's a step above your typical hippy-Indian fare).

I had the yogi bowl and found it quite satisfying, and the choco-laddu dessert is excellent.

Central location is convenient, and on my visit everyone on both sides of the counter was warm and friendly, so it was a pleasant experience all around.

Prices are reasonable considering the quality of the ingredients (organic and local), as long as you don't consider table service an important part of the value proposition (it's an order-at-the-counter place).


  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Vegan Vegan creations made with lots of love . . . the magic ingredient”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

I have been to many vegetarian, macrobiotic, and vegan restaurants, but Radiance comes in first place hands down. Radhanath and Kilimba, the young couple who do all the shopping and cooking are passionate about the healing properties in food. Everything they prepare is colorful and delicious. Their "yogi bowls" combine the day's grain, soup, veggies or you can order large or small Radiance platters. The ginger teas, the garbanzo chocolate deserts, the tapioca puddings, the grain combinations all leave you satisfied and nurtured physically, mentally, and spiritually. Lunchtime is your best bet for being able to sample everything because by their 7 p.m. closing time a lot of the food is gone. The restaurant is set up inside a bookstore so the place is full of interesting people, even someone who does Tarot card reading if you're so inclined. Live music, Kirtan style, is offered some evenings and there is a feeling of community there, a community that is very welcoming. Radiance has limited hours, from Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. so plan ahead

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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