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“Decent food, but expensive” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Gate of India

Gate of India
115 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2201
(310) 656-1664
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Ranked #417 of 561 restaurants in Santa Monica
Price range: $1 - $25
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations
San Diego, California
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31 restaurant reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Decent food, but expensive”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

I came in on a business trip and saw the mixed reviews online. Let me start by saying that the food was pretty good. I enjoyed the flavors and were it not for the price and the service, I would've given it a much higher rating. I ordered the lamb vindaloo. It came out in a very small bowl, and there was nothing else. No rice. No naan. There were 3 people helping to serve our table of 3. One appeared to be a bus boy who spoke little to no English. He seemed willing to help, but the language barrier made it difficult. The next was a woman who either was annoyed by us (and I'm not sure why, we were trying to be friendly) or was also facing a language barrier. The third was a middle aged gentleman who I think may be the owner. He was very nice and did a great job of check on us and was very friendly. Unfortunately, the other two made us feel unwelcome.
If the owners are reading this, increase the portion size a bit, add some sides and encourage the staff to be a bit more friendly and you'd have a huge winner.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Food good, service not so good...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

We tried this as had never tried an Indian Meal away from home, especially in America. We weren't disappointed with the food but where slightly disappointed with the service and the toilets were pretty shabby too.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles, California
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10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“GREAT GREAT BUTTER CHICKEN”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

I love this place because of the butter chicken. The naan is also very good. Tandoori is very delicious. A bit expensive but great location and yummy food!

  • Visited March 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Mildura, Australia
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3 restaurant reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Good dinner option”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2011

Staff friendly, food fresh, tasty and honest. Good value for money.

Visited October 2011
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Derby
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Overrated and very overpriced . Give it a miss !”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011 via mobile

Chose this restaurant as our first evening meal in Santa Monica , overall it was a very poor experience , service was not particulary friendly and the food was very expensive for a mediocre Indian restaurant . We ordered 2 average main courses , 1 plain rice, I naan and 2 drinks each and the bill came to $80 . Expensive for indian food , we had paid $50 elsewhere and had a much nicer meal . Don't waste your money .

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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