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Reviewed July 28, 2020 via mobile

I’m grateful that we have an Indian Restaurant sort of close to home and Avatar doesn’t disappoint! I usually order the Vegetable Samosas, the Aloo Gobi and the Mattar Paneer, which is all quite good. I always order my food medium spicy and it’s usually...just right under that mark for my tastes... but still delicious flavors. I’ve had delivery and have done pick-up since COVID19 and was satisfied with both. The folks that work here are always friendly.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed February 8, 2020 via mobile

My wife and I were looking for something different while in town for the AT & T Pro Am. Our hotel suggested we try Avatar. Small family run restaurant. Food was delicious and the service was great. Also, everything was reasonably priced. I had the...garlic nan and lamb biryani. Thoroughly enjoyed.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed April 16, 2019 via mobile

Chicken curry and chicken tikka masala were delicious. The chicken curry was particularly good. The butter naan was thin and tasty. Mango lassi had a bit more mango than milk but I personally liked it. The waiter was quick and polite.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed January 13, 2019

We found this place by accident, and were delighted. This was the best meal we had in over 2 weeks of travelling around California. Vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters were all pleased with the excellent food! The staff were so friendly and it was great...value too. We were sorry we were not in Salinas for long enough to go back again - don't miss if you are in the area.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed September 3, 2018

We went here for the buffet on a Friday and then regular lunch on Sunday. This was a great place to go to in the Monterey area. It might not have the variety of the buffets in the Bay Area, but the food is very...tasty. The service is great, the place is small, but they take care of you. We obviously would come back here as we did twice in one weekend. This was my husband's first time with Indian food, and he loved it.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed February 11, 2018

I eat here regularly for lunch. The buffet has quite a selection, also great for vegetarians/vegans. Typical for indian food it is very tasty. Over the years, the prices have crept up slowly. Oh well, I think it is the only Indian in Salinas so...I guess no competition.More

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed January 15, 2018

Just tried this great little reastaurant for the lunch buffet. The food is excellent, just the right spice level, and delicious. There’s a decent selection of chicken and vegetarian dishes with salad, naan and rice pudding. Very pleasant, open dining room with nice light and...windows. Interesting Indian music playing in the background, and pleasant staff. Well worth several visits.More

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed July 12, 2017

I was looking for a place for lunch between meetings and found this place. Excellent authentic Indian food. A nice buffet with a good selection. It's comfortable, clean, and I received good service.

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

Delicious food, prepared with fresh ingredients. Authentic flavors and generous portions. We have also come here for the lunch buffet and they offer a wonderful selection of vegetarian and nonvegetarian items. The food here is delicious and reasonably priced. We would recommend it

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed June 16, 2017 via mobile

Very authentic place in nice architecture mall with mixed use stores and apartments upstairs. We went with my wife and teen grandson and other couple from where we drive up from Ventura to spend two days Monterey area. We were in Silenus to spend night...at Monterey Zoo ; See another review . We used Trip Adviser to look at restaurant s in area. India Food caught our eye . Used Waze to get to off Beaton path and you go thru older and new parts city. Worth it. Nice servers and great selection . There's a lunch buffet but we got there 7 pm on a Fri. Tandoori chicken . Chicken Tiki Masala, Farmers cheese and sauce over rice . Coconut curry w vegetables . I opted for very spicy and mist satisfying dinner didn't miss meat. I'm not vegan and eat meat two three times week . Big pieces cauliflower. Good beer selection ; we had someone drive us. Garlic Na non bread tasty and hot .,Small place and nice art walls . I'll make point if on road trip to Bay Area to stop here . Best Indian good outside London that I can compare it to . Step outside box and go here.More

Date of visit: June 2017
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Reviewed June 11, 2017

Avatar is all about the food. The decor is nice but simple. Go for the very nice Indian dishes. The portions are very good. The tandoori cooked Basa was excellent. They even had Sula and Indian wine. I have eaten a lot on India food...both here and in India. Avatar is a fine spot for the experienced as well and the novice.More

Date of visit: June 2017
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Reviewed May 7, 2017

As in the case of Salinas' first authentic Thai restaurant, which opened around the same time, there were skeptics who thought that there would never be Indian food in Salinas, that the city had no interest in such things. People also once scoffed at the...horseless carriage and the Wright brothers. In other words, they were all wrong. Not only does Salinas now have an Indian restaurant, but they have an exceptionally good one. This is the restaurant that showed me that Paneer Tikka Masala is one of my all time favorite dishes, and that in the right hands, every bite of Tandoori vegetables is memorably delicious. Clearly the cooks know what they are doing. I wish them continued success.More

Date of visit: October 2016
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Reviewed September 28, 2016 via mobile

We ordered the tandoori chicken, vegetable curry, butter chicken and coconut rice. Coconut rice is a must try! One of the best Indian meals I have had.

Date of visit: September 2016
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Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

Very good vindaloo and butter chicken. Very good vindaloo and butter chicken. Very good vindaloo and butter chicken..

Date of visit: August 2016
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Reviewed July 27, 2016

Avatar is awesome. I usually go there for lunch for the buffet-the food is ready so it is great if you don't have much time. I love that they have vegan and vegetarian options. I try something new each time and it is all good....I can't wait to go back.More

Date of visit: July 2016
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3