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“Good South Indian cuisine” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Island Spice

Island Spice
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian, Gluten Free
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Good South Indian cuisine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

We were looking for something different and found it with Island Spice. It's a tiny little place with only a few tables, but it wasn't busy on July 4th. We ordered standard veggie fare and a lamb dish, all of which were nicely spiced and very tasty. I especially liked the raita; excellent flavors. Next time, I'll try the dosas, which are a South Indian specialty. We'd definitely eat there again. Great change of pace.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Food
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Thank frenchteacher47
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English first
Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
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41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“When you're in the mood for Indian . . .”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This restaurant is a nice change from the usual beach fare. The vegetable samosas were delicious, and the raita and chutney sauces were good. I ordered the butter chicken mild. Was just right on the spice. The meat was a little tough, but rice and sauce was spiced just right. My husband had the lamb and there was a piece way overcooked. The place is not terribly busy, but it was fairly clean and the waiter was nice.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Toby M
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Chicago
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49 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“My kids always ask for this place when we are in Anna Maria”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

My kids love this place. They would eat every meal here if they could.

Its a small place with an authentic menu and all the food made from scratch. The favorite is veggie stuffed dosa and dahl. Also the samosas and tamarind chutney are a big hit. For dessert the sweet rice and carrot halwa are excellent. Service is fast and courteous. When the owner is there, you get a super friendly face and a great guy to talk to. We sometimes sit in and at other times take out. 20 minutes is normal time to have take-out ready.

Many people don't realize it but the little bushes in front of the place are Tulsi plants, which are sacred to Hindus.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank LoveSunBeachMountain
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Been wanting to visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014 via mobile

Pros: Good flavor. Pleasant staff. Quick service. Good location.

Cons: Pricy. Mostly "sauce", little meat.

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Thank R T
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Watertown, NY
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We have a wonderful Indian restaurant we eat at back home. Our party of 6 was very excited to find Indian food on the island. The food was amazing bland even when ordered medium or spicy hot. The restaurant was very clean but we were not impressed by our food.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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4 Thank birdwidow
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