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“Exotic”

Lotus Cuisine of India
Ranked #13 of 229 Restaurants in San Rafael
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Tamalpias Ave.
Description: 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.
San Rafael, California
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Exotic”
Reviewed March 23, 2012

Great Indian food prepared with careful attention to taste and appearance.

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  • English first
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English first
San Rafael, California
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41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Authentic Food”
Reviewed March 13, 2012

Want to take a trip without the airfare, enjoy India in your back yard. Good service, great food.

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San Francisco, California
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207 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Excellent Northern Indian Food”
Reviewed January 4, 2012

The Indian food here is quite good, although there are relatively few original or unique dishes. My best frame of reference is Royal Khyber, near South Coast Plaza in Orange County, with a national reputation for its cuisine. I find the tandoori dishes at Lotus to be far superior, especially the chicken and the ground lamb seekh kabob, as is the lamb rogan josh. Other dishes are at least on a par, especially the saag (spinach) dishes, the began bharta (eggplant puree), the aloo gobi (cauliflower and potatoes), and the bhindi masaala (okra). The last dish is done in a different style from Royal Khyber. The latter dry fries the okra with cumin, pepper, salt, onion, and diced potato, where Lotus wet fries theirs with tomato, cilantro, and onion. Both are excellent, just different. Although Lotus will make their food as spicy as you want, it is best to remember that this is North Indian cuisine, and thus much milder than its South India cousins. Insofar as the wait staff is concerned, there is definitely not the personable touch Americans are used to, but I find them nonetheless responsive and efficient. PS: the restaurant's roof opens, creating an indoor/outdoor terrace in the summer.

  • Visited December 2011
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san rafael
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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“Always the same.........Consistently Good”
Reviewed October 31, 2011

Good place to get a clean decent meal. I'm always happy with the Tandori Chicken, Aloo Gobi, Veg. Samosas and a few orders of Nan. The service is very friendly and you can get food to go.

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Ashland, Oregon
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223 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Smooth, easy, comfortable here plus good food too”
Reviewed July 21, 2011

Although we have been here only twice for dinner, my brother came here often for lunch. We always feel welcome in Paul's nice atmosphere. Good, varied selection to eat. Everything nice and fresh. It is a special treat when the ceiling rolls back and you see the stars!

  • Visited April 2011
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