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“Small Strip Mall Restaurant - Great Taste and Service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Himalaya

Himalaya
35 W Main St, Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 643-0795
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Ranked #11 of 383 Restaurants in Ventura
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Indian, Nepali
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Ventura Avenue
San Diego, California
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“Small Strip Mall Restaurant - Great Taste and Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

We decided to stop over at Ventura for lunch on our way back from the Bay Area. A quick yelp search showed us Himalaya. We were skeptical about the small strip mall restaurant. But the skepticism ended there. The food was excellent and the service prompt and good. The butter chicken (makhni) was excellent and so was the paneer masala. The portion sizes were really good. If you crave Indian food in Ventura this is a sure hit.Take it from the brown guy :-)

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
San Diego, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Best Indian And tibetan food in Ventura!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

The food here is so delicious. It is my and all my friends favorite restaurant. We love the little tables where you can sit on the floor. Of course, there are tables where you don't have to sit on the floor. They bring you a scrumptious soup to start. So healthful and a wonderful way to start a meal. Often we get vegetarian fare, but the chicken tikka masala is so good! Even my children who don't like Indian food like it. There seems to be something for everyone, in other words, not too spicy. I always feel great when I finish eating! Healthy wonderful place, with a warm accommodating staff, will not dissaapoint! They also have a system where you check in and after a certain amount of meals, you get a free meal. Awesome!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ojai, CA
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7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Don't let the location deter you!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Himalaya may have arguably the worst location in the city, but don't for a second let that deter you from joining them for an amazing meal. The service staff is incredibly friendly and very willing to make suggestions if you are not familiar with Tibetan/Indian cuisine. They will also add the appropriate heat to suit your tastes using what they call the spice-o-meter, which ranges from 1 for kids to 5 for the very brave. I've had a few lunches and dinners there, and everything was thoughtfully prepared and delicious. They also have a little tienda to the side selling trinkets from the region. Don't miss an opportunity to dine in this little gem!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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ojai, california
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“fine Tibetan food in surprising location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Had lunch there today for the first time. It was a light luncheon, so experience was somewhat limited with their diverse food offerings, but very pleasing. Service was courteous and unhurried.
Off the Avenue in Ventura, one would not expect this family run ethnic restaurant there... but there it is! A nice surprise, at the opposite end of Vons, sharing their ample parking lot.
I expect to go back soon and try a lot more of their specialties!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ventura, California
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“An eclectic menu, good for vegetarians, but uneven service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

Himalaya is a Nepalese, Indian, and Tibetan restaurant. There's a vast array of appetizers. We sampled several and they were all tasty and freshly prepared. We've ordered the Momo chili on both our visits and it was outstanding The vegetable pakora was a stand out, too. My green bean potato dish was bland, with boiled potatoes instead of braised. Stick with the curries, and if you want spicy, be adamant, otherwise dishes will be bland, even if marked on the menu as spicy. The madras lamb was supposed to be spicy but the chicken tikka masala was better.The lamb tikka masala was delicious, and we loved their chewy spicy naan.
A wide selection of vegetarian/vegan entrees makes it a good choice for vegetarians.They offer a complete menu including fusion items-burritos, quesadillas, pizza, yak, and goat, wine, and beer-something for everyone. (They were out of yak both times we were there).The service is uneven, so don't eat here if you are in a hurry. But if you're looking for something different,Himalaya is a pleasant option.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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