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The 5 Best Indian Restaurants In San Francisco

Updated: October 6, 2021

Feeling spicy? Then it’s time to eat butter chicken and naan bread from these top Indian restaurants in San Francisco. After analyzing millions of reviews from top sites we can say that these are San Francisco’s best Indian restaurants. Sate your appetite for Indian with lamb korma paired with chai tea at the San Francisco restaurants below.

Find the perfect Indian restaurant

ROOH

Indian, $$$, South BeachIndian, $$$San Francisco, South Beach
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • TimeOut

    The best Indian restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area

    TimeOut
  • Zagat

    12 Contemporary Indian Restaurants to Try in the SF Bay Area

    Zagat

Ritu Indian Soul Food

Indian, $$, MissionIndian, $$San Francisco, Mission
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 4.0
  • Zagat

    12 Contemporary Indian Restaurants to Try in the SF Bay Area

    Zagat
  • Michelin Guide

    The Plate • Fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal (2019)

    Michelin Guide

Udupi Palace

Indian, $, MissionIndian, $San Francisco, Mission
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 4.0
  • TimeOut

    The best Indian restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area

    TimeOut
  • Zagat

    Best Indian Restaurants in San Francisco

    Zagat

Besharam

Indian, $$, Central Waterfront - DogpatchIndian, $$San Francisco, Central Waterfront - Dogpatch
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 4.0
  • Thrillist

    The Best Restaurants in San Francisco Right Now

    Thrillist
  • Infatuation

    Where To Eat In Potrero Hill & Dogpatch

    Infatuation

Curry Up Now

Indian, $, MissionIndian, $San Francisco, Mission
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5
  • CultureTrip

    Top spots for Indian food in San Francisco

    CultureTrip
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

    Best Indian Food in San Francisco/Bay Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

How was this list created?

Picking the right Indian restaurant can be tough, especially when you’re exploring new restaurants. We analyzed 28808 San Francisco restaurants on Yelp and Google, 3104661 San Francisco restaurant reviews, and 1901 lists and articles – looking closely at what Infatuation, Thrillist and Michelin Guide had to say – and applied our boam magic. The spots that made the cut have been featured in Infatuation - Where To Eat In Potrero Hill & Dogpatch, Thrillist - The Best Restaurants in San Francisco Right Now and Michelin Guide - The Plate • Fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal (2019). If it’s on the list, we’ve checked and verified that the restaurant is still open and will showcase any updated hours and services you need to be aware of. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so you can trust what you see and enjoy the city’s hidden gems. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Drink pairing tips

  • Enjoy chicken makhanwalla with Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    To elevate your chicken makhanwalla experience, we recommend some Châteauneuf-du-Pape to go with your dish. This pairing works especially well because this white wine harmonises with the dish.

  • The perfect complement to korma


    When ordering korma, experts suggest pairing it with a glass of Garnacha, a popular red wine.

Interesting facts

  • The go-to pairing

    Often considered one of the most go-to drinks in India, haldi doodh is a popular choice across the country, often prepared with turmeric, milk, cardamom, black pepper, ginger, cloves, allspice.

Parking info

We’ve all struggled to find good parking near restaurants in San Francisco. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen Indian spot.

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