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“This is why you go "out" to eat” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Shahi Palace

Shahi Palace
Ranked #29 of 370 Restaurants in Sioux Falls
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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107 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“This is why you go "out" to eat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Tonight's dinner was the 7th time I've eaten at Shahi Palace...and the first time with people who have had experience with real (Punjab and Nepalese food).

The flavor, the service, the quality of all the food is consistently awesome and to hear others (first timers) absolutely RAVE is unusual. I mean...when was the last time you went out to dinner and everyone at the table carried on about how great the meal was (for more than 30 seconds)?

We got to meet the owner...and our server was pretty cool about teaching us Indian words for "Thank you" and "This is good!".

However, for the upper-midwesterner, try the sampler appetizer and start with the Chicken Tandoori. On the next trip, try Curry "mild" and work your way up; but recognize that "hot" with Indian cuisine is nothing like "hot" with Mexican or even Thai food...it's a different 'feeling' altogether. In fact, I think Indian "hot" is a lot easier to take than the raw chili-power of Mexican or Thai.

Anyway, the quality, uniqueness and fresh experience is why we go out to eat in the first place (why replicate what you can at home better and cheaper?) The servers answer questions well and the food is of the variety that one can easily see this place replacing American-style comfort-food (steak, burgers, pizza) altogether.

Go with a group and share food, too.

However, for an end-cap at a strip mall, don't expect the accoutrement of fine-dining. It's nice, but it kinda feels like a local Chinese restaurant - sparse, open dining area...but that's not the point. The food is why you go here and it will not disappoint.

AND, for those who are a little freaked out about anything outside of the norm...the place is clean, the food was well done, served professionally...I'd worry more about a Mall food court than Shahi Palace and I got the vibe the owner was especially sensitive about presenting his best-self to the the normally conservative and reluctant Scandinavian-Germans around here... ;)

Totally recommended.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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English first
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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43 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Excellent food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

The food is so good and flavorful! I love Indian food, but am not great with super spicy foods, and they are able to accommodate all levels of spice for most dishes. We went for dinner with friends and ended up eating 'family style' to try all the great dishes.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Sarah B
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Sioux Falls SD
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Best place to eat in Sioux Falls”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Great food, great staff. I have only ate the lunch buffet but there is several dishes to try and all are very good.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank HEATHSiouxFallsSD
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Favorite Place in Sioux Falls”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014 via mobile

Never had Indian food? Try the lunch time buffet, great way to explore. Service is as good as the food, not once have we not had an amazing meal.

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Thank TJay B
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Pierre, South Dakota
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73 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Nice introduction to Indian cusine.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

My wife and I have not had any real experience with Indian food but ate here based on reviews. We went for lunch and the noon buffet gave us an opportunity to sample different Indian dishes. This is not your typical assembly line buffet. It offers a small variety of items with excellent presentation. Our server explained the dishes to us and was very attentive during our meal. The small dining room, table settings, and decor give you a feel of fine dining. Based on our lunch experience, the Shahi should be an excellent dinner choice.
Don't let the strip mall location put you off. The Shahi Palace has a very nice interior, is clean, and has excellent staff. The Masala Chai tea was a nice new experience. We enjoyed our visit very much.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank tworxers
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