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Lotus Cuisine of India

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704 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901-3213 (Tamalpias Ave.)
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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San Rafael, California
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88 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great Indian restaurant with abundant and friendly service staff. Nicely decorated restaurant with a retractable roof. Classic Indian dishes prepared to desired spice level and nicely served and presented. Excellent quality food. Some service hick-ups which were quickly rectified. Not cheap but overall good value. Do recommend and will come back.

Thank GoGlobalMan
Marin, CA
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81 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

This and Sartaj in Sausalito are my 2 go to Indian restaurants in Marin. While Sartaj is completely casual, almost a hole in the wall atmosphere (with delicious food prepared when you order), Lotus is white table-cloth restaurant. On warm evenings they sometimes open the roof over the middle of the restaurant. Good food at a good price with excellent... More 

Thank REH999
San Rafael, California
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016

The buffet lunch is great. Delicious, standard Indian Fare, great services, and for a good price. One of my go to lunch spots.

Thank cbd222
Coppell, Texas
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51 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

Ordered vegetarian food over the phone and the lady who took the order was less than friendly. Upon arrival at the restaurant, I requested if they had plates and silverware. She plopped a can with spoons and forks and said " take what you need". I guess they didn't hv paper plates. No big deal- just say that. Food was... More 

Thank Sanjay C
San Francisco, California
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

Not only am I in "Gluten-Free Food Paradise" every time we visit for dinner, but all my friends (who eat wheat) love it, too. The owner warmly greets everyone and the servers anticipate your every need. Get the Saag Paneer, the Malai Kofta, and the Benghan Bharta with Raita on the side. The Paneer Pakoras were great as well!

Thank KarenBluestone
Petaluma, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

Lotus is my favorite restaraunt. Every meal I've had there is outstanding and the wait staff are quick to respond to their guest's needs. Guests are seated promptly and waiters take your order swiftly. The naan is delicious and they even have gluten free options.

Thank Bxxbaddboyy
Incline Village, Nevada
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31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2016

Love Lotus food, service, staff and the retractable roof during warm weather. When we arrive back in town, our first response is "Let's go to Lotus because we are craving their delicious Indian food." The staff always greets us with big smiles and makes us feel at home. The service is so quick and fast. The food is organic and... More 

Thank 785karenf
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

Lotus is what happiness means to food. It's amazing. Just go once and you'll see the light. The food is epic all of it. Saag paneer is creamy tikka masala is dope and lamb vindaloo is perfect. Ask for the garlic naan and enjoy

Thank Chris N
San Rafael, California
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132 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2016

My husband and I eep finding ourselves back here when we want a delicious and varied meal. The appetizers could make a whole meal. Everything is beautifully presented. The servers are solicitous. Save room for the dessert.

Thank MarcieLeach
Harwich, Massachusetts
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2016

What a find! Best Indian restaurant in America, having traveled through 32 States in 18 years and having Indian friends who know how to cook the real deal!! I had the lamb which was perfectly spicy with all the flavor locked into the meat, loved the fact they use organic ingredients. The staff were brilliant too.

Thank Englishlass63

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $25
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 704 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901-3213
    (Tamalpias Ave.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  San Rafael
  • Phone Number: 14154565808
Serving the best Indian Food in Marin County in downtown San Rafael since 1999. Vegan and Vegetarian, Gluten free, all organic. Lunch Buffet, Online Take Out Ordering, Zagat rated. Ranked #1 Marin Indian Restaurant. Certified Green Business.

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