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“Decent service, average food” 3 of 5 stars
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Dancing Ganesha
1100 Harmon Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403-2019 (Downtown)
612-338-1877
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Ranked #378 of 1,596 Restaurants in Minneapolis
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Indian
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
Various Bases, Antarctica
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“Decent service, average food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

I've eaten at quite a few Indian lunch buffets, and finding myself in town alone, thought I'd try this one.

Friendly folks; I was seated promptly and upon request was given a short explanation of the buffet. Used dishes were quickly whisked away, and my water was always full.

The buffet quality left a bit to be desired... I know I arrived within 40min of the end of the buffet, but many of the dishes were close to empty, and other than rice, nothing got refilled (even when asked about). The naan was oldish, saag-daal tasted a bit burned (though the pan was not overheated, so it must have happened during preparation), tamarind chutney was too sweet and tasted more like prunes, and the mint chutney was a bit watered down.

My main complaint however was the lack of variety. There were three curry dishes - either eggplant, chicken, or lamb. While they were, individually, quite tasty, the sauce was the exact same on all of them and other than the Tandoori Chicken and the above-mentioned Saag, there was only a chickpea-dish to add variety...

For 11$, not so bad. There was enough to eat and enough flavors to keep busy, but the place could use a rejuvenation or imagination... I wouldn't recommend against going there, but know what you're getting into.

I did not try the a la carte menu which had some very interesting options, but would hesitate going back to try them due to the perceived lack of imagination...

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Great Indian Restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

This was my fourth visit to the Dancing Ganesha, and this by far was my best experience. It was all due to the service from Kristen. Kristen greeted us at the hostess stand (Not sure where the hostess was), then proceeded to provide us with outstanding service. The wine and food were brought timely, and she checked back to make sure everything was okay. I have such a hard time understanding why other restaurants and wait staff do not get it when it comes to service. You could tell our waitress really enjoyed her job and proceeded to make our dinning experience very pleasurable. Oh, by the way, the food was very good as well.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Edison, New Jersey, USA
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24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Mixed experience...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

It was a mixed experience. Appetizer - gobi manchurian was good. Entree' was fine - dal and paneer tikka masala.
Wine was stale..

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Minneapolis MN
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“an upscale place to eat Indian”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Having visited India a number of times, I am always on the prowl for good Indian food here in the US. After moving to the Twin Cities a few years ago, I began looking for the best Indian food for me and my children. To this point, Dancing Ganesha has been the best. Their biryani is the best I have eaten yet here in Minnesota, and they have dosas in many varieties. Their curries are also above average. Finally, the atmosphere, somewhat upscale, is an inviting place to bring family or a date. It's definitely a cut above others in the area.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Indian restaurant without Indian customer ?”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

Why did I stopped in this Indian place ? The good practice should be that when you try a foreign restaurant and don't see any people from this community eating, better to run away....
Anyway I tried and was disappointed... Food was spicy as it should but lamb was poor quality (fat and tasteless)
Atmosphere was strange because it has some nice Indian decoration but with the huge bar in the middle, looks more like a student pub....
Service was really poor.... Each waithress work for himself, no team spirit and atmosphere.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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