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5655 Hillcroft St, Houston, TX 77036-2213
+1 713-783-1126
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Wed - Mon 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Tampa, Florida
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51 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016 via mobile

Had a bad feeling when we saw four cooks in the kitchen fighting. We should have left. If you want to eat chat, etc., then there are better places nearby. The price was right but the quality was not. I ordered one of the lunch special, masala dosa which was not a good idea. It was too oily and the... More 

Thank Pratim B
Management response:

Pratim B., First off I would like to thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to write us a review. It is our belief that regardless if the review that we receive is a positive one or a negative one, sites like TripAdvisor.com give us a good understanding on what it is we are doing right... More 

Kenner, Louisiana
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346 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

we were looking for some good choole bhature and online (tripadvisor) said this was the best place to get it so we decided to try it out. Overall, the place provides some nice vegetarian Indian and South Indian options. While mostly South Indian, there were some North Indian dishes as well. The choole bhature were alright - the bhature were... More 

Thank 0504Traveller
Houston, Texas
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016

If you're not familiar with Southern Indian food, you may want to take a friend who is to interpret the menu. The atmosphere is nothing to write home about, but the food is outstanding. They serve it Indian style - on banana leaves. Expect to wait in line, but you can be sure that the food is worth the wait.

Thank Kathy K
Houston, Texas
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2016

Good & budget restaurant if you can tolerate food full of hot spices & chilly. No concept of customer service and it is ok, given it is such a budget restaurant.

Thank Rohan D
Sugar Land, Texas
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49 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2016

Our experiences here tend to be consistent. The quality of the food is excellent, and that's what keeps us returning. When it gets busy, sometimes the wait times are long - as much as 45 minutes. The service is acceptable, but not overly courteous. It gets the job done. Nothing more. The location of this place is not the best,... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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103 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2015

This restaurant has been in Houston for nearly 40 hours and they have good food at great price. They have south indian food with chaat and other options. It is completely vegetarian.

Thank P D
Indore, India
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181 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2015

Shri balaji Bhavan at Hillcroft St. is a paradise for Indian food lovers and moreover who are vegetarian only. They offer nearly 80 different items on their menu from North to South Indian dishes. They are relatively very cheap as compared to Indian restaurants in Dallas or Austin area. However, since they are cheap don't expect their quality to be... More 

Thank the787
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91 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2015 via mobile

Good place for Indian fast food..well reasonably fast food. Typical South Indian fare served here. We typically have Mysore masala dosa or Paav Bhaji dosa. Both are hot and spicy. Idli and dosa are good. Sambar is really good. Highly recommend it!!

Thank LathasLover
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2015

Good taste, Good quality and reasonable price over the years. They have variety of options to choose from such as -chaats , regular south indian tiffin items. They used to be always crowded but has eased up due to competition now. Spacewise its a little cramped and dark and noisy, but the good food compensates for all of that. If... More 

Thank CosmicDancer D
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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78 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2015

Whenever I visit Houston, this is one of the restaurant I visit. It is very simple restaurant in so called little India of Houston i.e. Hillcroft. I wont call it a pure or authentic South Indian Restaurant, yet it serves South Indian various varieties of Dosas, Idlies, Uttapams. It also serves thalis. It needs a bit more of cleaniness. Filter... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Indian, Asian, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Television, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5655 Hillcroft St, Houston, TX 77036-2213
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston
  • Phone Number: +1 713-783-1126
For over 20 years, we have been serving Houston the best South Indian food this city has to offer. We strive in making the freshest and most authentic South Indian food! For the past 4 years we have made the Houston Chronicle, Alison Cook's Houston's Top 100 restaurants, and for 2016 the Houston Press named us as the best Indian restaurant in Houston, Texas. Have you had your Dosa yet? No? Don't wait, come in and dine with us today!!!

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