Seattle’s Indian food scene represents a variety of regions, and is getting stronger every year. During the pandemic, many spots around the area have adjusted to new regulations nimbly, creating takeout experiences that are great for any occasion, and one has recently converted from a pop-up into a full-fledged restaurant all its own. Here’s a guide to where to get great dosas, curries, buttery kulcha, kathi rolls, and other dishes.Read More
16 Incredible Indian Restaurants Around the Seattle Area
Amritsari fish, khati rolls, wonderful lassis, and more
1. Saffron Grill
The particularly popular Saffron Grill has made a rapid ascension as one of the best-loved Indian restaurants in the city. Serving up a fusion of Indian and Mediterranean cuisine, the Northgate spot exudes a family friendly vibe in both its service and its menu. Classic dishes such as the mango chutney chicken curry fare well, but the real winners are the delectable okra masala and the wide assortment of desserts. Delivery is available via most apps.
2. Kathakali Indian Cuisine
This South Indian spot in Kirkland draws critical raves for its Kerala-influenced cuisine, with a menu that sources local, organic ingredients when possible, and a kitchen that mills its own spices. The dosas, in particular, are part of the reason Kathakali is so well-liked. Online orders for pickup are accepted for lunch and dinner, every day but Monday.
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3. Dakshin South Indian Bistro
Despite its unassuming strip-mall location in Kirkland, Dakshin has truly fantastic Indian fare, including some of the best dosas in the city, alongside regional favorites, like idli and vada with various chutneys. The menu is full of vegetarian options and chai is always available, free-of-charge. Delivery is available via Doordash, Seamless, and other apps.
4. Taste of India
The name is apropos for what many consider the best Indian food in Seattle. There are a ton of brag-worthy items on the menu, but perhaps none more so than the inconceivably good naan (try the paneer or spinach options).
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5. India Bistro
India Bistro has been a Ballard mainstay since 1998. Hearty curries run the gamut from jalfrezi and korma to Kashmiri curries, and the desserts are excellent, too. Call for delivery or takeout orders.
6. Cedars on Brooklyn
Ask any current or former UW student and they'll gush about Cedars in the heart of the U District. Conveniently located with plenty of surrounding parking, The 46-year-old restaurant has perfected the delicate balance of spices in the coconut curry, and butter chicken is equally phenomenal. Takeout and delivery available via multiple apps (Toast, Waiter, Seamless).
7. Chili's South Indian Restaurant
One of the first popular Indian restaurants in Seattle, Chili’s continues to serve a great lineup of dosas, complemented by other popular dishes such as the spicy Chettinadu lamb and chicken biryani. There’s no dine-in at present, but call to order takeout, or use UberEats for delivery.
8. Meesha 127
After building a strong following as a pop-up inside Fremont’s Pomerol, the Indian tasting menu specialist Meesha is now a full-fledged restaurant. Among some of the can’t-miss dishes are ram ladoo (crispy lentil fritters with radish slaw), the fried Amritsari fish, and the handi paneer in tomato fenugreek sauce.
9. The Roll Pod
Known for its kathi rolls and rice bowls, this food truck is a cheap and convenient option for weekday lunch in South Lake Union (and it’s still operating mostly in that area during the pandemic), but also opened this fixed location in Bellevue with much longer hours. Both the truck and restaurant offer online ordering for takeout and delivery.
10. Lassi and Spice
South Lake Union’s Indian-influenced café that serves up variations on the classic lassi, the smoothie-adjacent Indian yogurt drink. Flavors range from blueberry cardamom to pistachio and the café serves up a number of snacks and Indian sweets to pair it with. Those lassis and an assortment of small dishes and sweet treats such as ladoo are available for takeout and delivery.
11. Spice Waala
Having gained a following with stalls at South Lake Union and Fremont farmers markets, Spice Waala’s permanent new Capitol Hill haunt has quickly gaining traction as one of the best spots for Indian street food in the city. The lamb kebab and chicken tikka kathi rolls are both popular picks, and there’s a new Ballard outpost coming soon.
12. Annapurna Cafe
The distinct cultures of India, Nepal, and Tibet reverberate throughout this Capitol Hill restaurant and its Himalayan and Nepalese curries. Also worthy are the chicken or vegetarian versions of momos, a type of South Asian dumpling. Order online or via Doordash for delivery.
This Indian newcomer on Capitol Hill specializes in well-crafted fusion dishes such as tandoori burgers, alongside some more staple curry options, out of a prime location in the old Tango space on Pike Street. It’s open every day but Tuesday for takeout or delivery.
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Pioneer Square’s destination restaurant serves excellent soups, biryani, and curries from a variety of regions, and happily caters to pescatarians and vegetarians with items from a paneer-stuffed bell pepper with spicy tomato sauce to tamarind coconut curry with Dungeness crab. Delivery orders can be made via Doordash, UberEats, and Seamless.
15. Maurya Indian Grocery and Cafe
This cozy café and grocery store specializes in a variety of South Indian specials, including fried idlis and sambhar. The Mysore masala dosa is an ongoing favorite. Order online for takeout, or try Grubhub or Seamless for delivery.
16. Naan ‘N’ Curry
Somewhat of a hidden gem, this Renton spot (with a location in Issaquah as well) is a great choice for those looking for some quality Indian and Pakistani dishes, from fantastic biryani and paneer to mouthwatering baalti gosht. Delivery is available through Postmates and Doordash.