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Pan fried Amritsari fish with fenugreek leaves, ajwain, ginger, and masala on a white plate
Pan fried Amritsari fish at Meesha 127
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16 Incredible Indian Restaurants Around the Seattle Area

Amritsari fish, khati rolls, wonderful lassis, and more

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Pan fried Amritsari fish at Meesha 127
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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Saffron Grill

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2132 N Northgate Way
Seattle, WA 98133
(206) 417-0707
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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

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11451 98th Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 821-8188
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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.

3. Dakshin South Indian Bistro

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238 Park Ln
Kirkland, WA 98005
(425) 803-0330
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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

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5517 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 528-1575
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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).

A bird’s eye view of an Indian dish with tomato sauce and vegetables.
The soups, curries, and masalas at Taste of India are among the best in the city.
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5. India Bistro

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2301 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 783-5080
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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.

A view of three copper bowls filled with spiced potatoes and rice.
India Bistro is known for its excellent lunch buffet.
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6. Cedars on Brooklyn

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4759 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 527-4000
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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).

The brightly lit exterior of Cedars on Brooklyn, which looks like a residential house.
Cedars has been a U District staple for years.
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7. Chili's South Indian Restaurant

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4220 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 633-1458
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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

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127 N 36th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 632-0135
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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.

Pan fried Amritsari fish with fenugreek leaves, ajwain, ginger, and masala on a white plate
Pan fried Amritsari fish with fenugreek leaves, ajwain, ginger, and masala
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9. The Roll Pod

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14125 NE 20th St suite g
Bellevue, WA 98007
(425) 449-8643
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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.

A view of masala rolls from the Roll Pod against a white background.
Chicken masala rolls.
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10. Lassi and Spice

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423 Fairview Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 403-1632
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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

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340 15th Ave E Suite 202
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 466-5195
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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.

A closeup view of a variety of kathi rolls from Spice Waala, wrapped in tin foil.
Kathi rolls.
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12. Annapurna Cafe

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1833 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 320-7770
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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.

A closeup view of a metal plate of momos with an array of sauces.
A plate of momos with an array of sauces.
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13. Zaika

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1100 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 432-9355
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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.

The exterior of Zaika, with rust-colored accents on the windows and the restaurant’s metal purple sign on a lamp post to the left.
Zaika is one of Capitol Hill’s newer Indian restaurants.
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14. Nirmal's

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106 Occidental Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 683-9701
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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.

The expansive dining room at Nirmal’s, with a large wooden communal table in the center
Nirmal’s has a sleek dining room, good for groups and families.
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15. Maurya Indian Grocery and Cafe

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385 NW Gilman Blvd
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 270-3739
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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.

A closeup view of a dish stewed in a red sauce, with sides of naan and rice in the background.
Maurya specializes in South Indian cuisine.
Maurya/Official

16. Naan ‘N’ Curry

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709 S 3rd St
Renton, WA 98057
(425) 271-6226
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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.

A view of palak paneer from Naan ‘N’ Curry
Palak paneer
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1. Saffron Grill

2132 N Northgate Way, Seattle, WA 98133

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.

2132 N Northgate Way
Seattle, WA 98133

2. Kathakali Indian Cuisine

11451 98th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98033

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.

11451 98th Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98033

3. Dakshin South Indian Bistro

238 Park Ln, Kirkland, WA 98005

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.

238 Park Ln
Kirkland, WA 98005

4. Taste of India

5517 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
A bird’s eye view of an Indian dish with tomato sauce and vegetables.
The soups, curries, and masalas at Taste of India are among the best in the city.
Taste of India/Official

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).

5517 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

5. India Bistro

2301 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
A view of three copper bowls filled with spiced potatoes and rice.
India Bistro is known for its excellent lunch buffet.
India Bistro/Official

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.

2301 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107

6. Cedars on Brooklyn

4759 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
The brightly lit exterior of Cedars on Brooklyn, which looks like a residential house.
Cedars has been a U District staple for years.
Cedars/Official

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).

4759 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

7. Chili's South Indian Restaurant

4220 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

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.

4220 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

8. Meesha 127

127 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Pan fried Amritsari fish with fenugreek leaves, ajwain, ginger, and masala on a white plate
Pan fried Amritsari fish with fenugreek leaves, ajwain, ginger, and masala
Meesha 127/Instagram

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.

127 N 36th St
Seattle, WA 98103

9. The Roll Pod

14125 NE 20th St suite g, Bellevue, WA 98007
A view of masala rolls from the Roll Pod against a white background.
Chicken masala rolls.
The Roll Pod/Official

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.

14125 NE 20th St suite g
Bellevue, WA 98007

10. Lassi and Spice

423 Fairview Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

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.

423 Fairview Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

11. Spice Waala

340 15th Ave E Suite 202, Seattle, WA 98112
A closeup view of a variety of kathi rolls from Spice Waala, wrapped in tin foil.
Kathi rolls.
Spice Waala/Official

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.

340 15th Ave E Suite 202
Seattle, WA 98112

12. Annapurna Cafe

1833 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122
A closeup view of a metal plate of momos with an array of sauces.
A plate of momos with an array of sauces.
Jay Friedman/Eater Seattle

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.

1833 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122

13. Zaika

1100 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101
The exterior of Zaika, with rust-colored accents on the windows and the restaurant’s metal purple sign on a lamp post to the left.
Zaika is one of Capitol Hill’s newer Indian restaurants.
Suzi Pratt

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.

1100 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101

14. Nirmal's

106 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
The expansive dining room at Nirmal’s, with a large wooden communal table in the center
Nirmal’s has a sleek dining room, good for groups and families.
Nirmal’s/Facebook

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.

106 Occidental Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

15. Maurya Indian Grocery and Cafe

385 NW Gilman Blvd, Issaquah, WA 98027
A closeup view of a dish stewed in a red sauce, with sides of naan and rice in the background.
Maurya specializes in South Indian cuisine.
Maurya/Official

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.

385 NW Gilman Blvd
Issaquah, WA 98027

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16. Naan ‘N’ Curry

709 S 3rd St, Renton, WA 98057
A view of palak paneer from Naan ‘N’ Curry
Palak paneer
Naan ‘N’ Curry [Official Photo]

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.

709 S 3rd St
Renton, WA 98057

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