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Fried fish covered in purple micro greens on a tan-colored plate, a metal bowl with some fried cauliflower, and a chicken dish with purple pickled onions and watermelon radish in a tan bowl, all on a grey surface.
Some dishes and a cocktail from chef Preeti Agarwal’s Fremont restaurant, Meesha.
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17 Incredible Indian and South Asian Restaurants in the Seattle Area

Amritsari fish, khati rolls, wonderful lassis, and more

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Some dishes and a cocktail from chef Preeti Agarwal’s Fremont restaurant, Meesha.
| Courtesy of Preeti Agarwal

The Seattle area’s South Asian food scene is quickly starting to represent a wide variety of regions and countries, with some restaurants offering innovative American and Pacific Northwest takes on Indian, Pakistani, and Sri Lankan cuisine. Good South Indian dosas have been available in the area for some years, but newcomers are increasing options with three-foot-long crepes studded with chopped onions in Bothell and and affordable, fast-food-style, potato-stuffed dosas in Bellevue. Meanwhile, Rupee Bar in Ballard has been serving Sri Lankan drinking snacks like prawns with chili paste and bottarga (a type of fish roe) since 2020. And Karachi Cowboys in Capitol Hill (opened in 2021) serves inventive dishes that combine elements of Pakistani and Texan cuisine with dishes like aloo sliders made with Hawaiian rolls and tamarind barbecue sauce. Here are some favorite South Asian and Indian restaurants from around the Seattle area. As usual, this list is not ranked; it’s organized geographically.

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1. Saffron Grill

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2132 N Northgate Way
Seattle, WA 98133
(206) 417-0707
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Saffron Grill has is 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.

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. Taste of India

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5517 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 528-1575
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Before the recent influx of excellent regional Indian restaurants, Taste of India was considered by many to be the best Indian food in the city. There are a ton of brag-worthy items on the menu, including a creamy, satisfying butter chicken, but perhaps none more so than the 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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4. 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 contemporary Indian tasting menu specialist Meesha became a full-fledged restaurant in 2020. Among some of the can’t-miss dishes from chef Preeti Agarwal are rarah keema pao with expertly prepared ground lamb, the fried Amritsari fish, and the paneer in tomato sauce with black cardamom. Takeout is still an option, but the lively dining room and patio are also open for business.

5. 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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6. 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, a tangy-sweet 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.

7. Spice Waala

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340 15th Ave E Suite 202
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 466-5195
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The Capitol Hill outpost of Uttam Mukherjee and Aakanksha Sinha’s Indian street food business, which started as a farmer’s market stall, serves kathi rolls made with roti wrapped around piles of paneer, potato, spicy chicken, and juicy lamb kebabs, whose rich flavors pair perfectly with a tangy mango lassi. Spice Waala also recently started serving soft-serve ice cream with Indian-inspired flavors like rose-cardamom and pistachio-cardamom.

8. 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. Chef Roshita Shrestha grew up in Nepal, and momos (Nepalese and Tibetan dumplings) are a highlight of the menu, with spinach and chicken versions served with peanut, sesame, and tomato chutneys.

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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9. 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 like 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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10. Nirmal's

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106 Occidental Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 683-9701
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Pioneer Square’s Indian food destination restaurant serves soups, biryani, and curries from a variety of regions, and happily caters to pescatarians and vegetarians with items like paneer-stuffed bell pepper with spicy tomato sauce. Owners Oliver and Gita Bangera have always made sure the takeout service is as robust as the dine-in experience — although seeing the gregarious Oliver in person usually adds a spark to the meal.

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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11. 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 spicy Mysore masala dosa is an ongoing favorite. After eating, peruse the market for South Asian vegetables, fruits, snacks and pantry items.

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.
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12. 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 (meat tossed with diced onion and tomatoes in a black pepper, onion, and garlic sauce).

A view of palak paneer from Naan ‘N’ Curry
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13. Samburna Indian Restaurant

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20806 Bothell Everett Hwy UNIT 100
Bothell, WA 98021
(425) 408-1368
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Samburna serves some of the Seattle area’s best South Indian cusine. The owners of the restaurant grew up in Tamil Nadu, on the Southern tip of the Indian Subcontinent, where dosa is a staple, and the restaurant serves several excellent versions, including one that’s over three feet in length; all dosas are served with sambar and a variety of chutneys. The goat curry is also a must-try, and madras coffee with a milk-based dessert makes a nice end to the meal. Order Samburna to go, or enjoy a meal with quick service in the dining room.

A dosa on a metal tray with sambar and various chutneys
A potato-stuffed masala dosa from Samburna restaurant.
Madhi Oli

14. Dosa House Pure Vegetarian Indian Food

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15259 Bel-Red Rd
Bellevue, WA 98007
(425) 999-1248
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Dosa House owner Ajay Kumar says he owns the only Indian fast-food restaurants in the Seattle area: Chaat House, Curry House and Dosa House. They’re also all 100% vegetarian and all in Bellevue. Dosa house serves a wide variety of dosas, including the classic potato-stuffed masala dosa and an Indo-Chinese “Schezwan Noodle Dosa” (stuffed with spicy, greasy chow mein) for around $10, and all of them are served with tomato, coconut and peanut chutneys, a side of sambar (lentil soup) and kheer (sweet milk with vermicelli) for dessert. 

15. Karachi Cowboy

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1517 12th Ave #100
Seattle, WA 98122

This Indo-Pakistani-Texan food pop-up landed a brick-and-mortar location in Capitol Hill this summer. Chef Nasir Zubair and his wife Nicole Greenwald have filled out the dinner menu with offerings like aloo sliders, chana masala, and kheema — halal ground beef simmered with spices and sweet green peas. The menu is inspired by Zubair’s Pakistani and African American ancestry and his upbringing in Texas. Follow Karachi Cowboys’ Instagram account for the most current specials.

16. Rupee Bar

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6307 24th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 397-3263
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This Ballard bar and kitchen is led by Elisabeth Kenyon, previously of Manolin, who crafts an assortment of Sri Lankan and South Indian snacks like egg rolls stuffed with lamb and potato curry, tomato, and curry leaf, and yogurt-marinated spiced fried chicken. The cocktail menu includes South Asian ingredients like toasted coriander seeds, turmeric, and tamarind date chutney. The bar won a James Beard award for best design for restaurants with under 75 seats in 2020.

17. Kricket Club

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2404 NE 65th St
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 556-3176
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Kricket Club is chef Preeti Agarwal’s follow-up to her Fremont Indian restaurant Meesha. It’s a similar concept: tapas-style small plates and entrees served family style. Located in the old Salare space in Ravenna, Kricket Club looks to New Delhi and Mumbai for inspiration for its street food, from the masala potato papadi chaat to spiced puffed lotus seeds. Bigger dinner portions include a goat biryani and a lentil rice risotto. Cocktails are tweaked with South Asian ingredients including a mezcal drink with pomegranate, harissa and rose. The single malts and scotch are a good deal here too, with 2-ounce pours that cost $2-$3 less than what you would pay at bars on Capitol Hill and in Ballard.

1. Saffron Grill

2132 N Northgate Way, Seattle, WA 98133

Saffron Grill has is 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.

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. 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

Before the recent influx of excellent regional Indian restaurants, Taste of India was considered by many to be the best Indian food in the city. There are a ton of brag-worthy items on the menu, including a creamy, satisfying butter chicken, but perhaps none more so than the naan (try the paneer or spinach options).

5517 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

4. Meesha 127

127 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103

After building a strong following as a pop-up inside Fremont’s Pomerol, the contemporary Indian tasting menu specialist Meesha became a full-fledged restaurant in 2020. Among some of the can’t-miss dishes from chef Preeti Agarwal are rarah keema pao with expertly prepared ground lamb, the fried Amritsari fish, and the paneer in tomato sauce with black cardamom. Takeout is still an option, but the lively dining room and patio are also open for business.

127 N 36th St
Seattle, WA 98103

5. 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

6. 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, a tangy-sweet 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

7. Spice Waala

340 15th Ave E Suite 202, Seattle, WA 98112

The Capitol Hill outpost of Uttam Mukherjee and Aakanksha Sinha’s Indian street food business, which started as a farmer’s market stall, serves kathi rolls made with roti wrapped around piles of paneer, potato, spicy chicken, and juicy lamb kebabs, whose rich flavors pair perfectly with a tangy mango lassi. Spice Waala also recently started serving soft-serve ice cream with Indian-inspired flavors like rose-cardamom and pistachio-cardamom.

340 15th Ave E Suite 202
Seattle, WA 98112

8. 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. Chef Roshita Shrestha grew up in Nepal, and momos (Nepalese and Tibetan dumplings) are a highlight of the menu, with spinach and chicken versions served with peanut, sesame, and tomato chutneys.

1833 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122

9. 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 like 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

10. 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 Indian food destination restaurant serves soups, biryani, and curries from a variety of regions, and happily caters to pescatarians and vegetarians with items like paneer-stuffed bell pepper with spicy tomato sauce. Owners Oliver and Gita Bangera have always made sure the takeout service is as robust as the dine-in experience — although seeing the gregarious Oliver in person usually adds a spark to the meal.

106 Occidental Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

11. 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 spicy Mysore masala dosa is an ongoing favorite. After eating, peruse the market for South Asian vegetables, fruits, snacks and pantry items.

385 NW Gilman Blvd
Issaquah, WA 98027

12. 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 (meat tossed with diced onion and tomatoes in a black pepper, onion, and garlic sauce).

709 S 3rd St
Renton, WA 98057

13. Samburna Indian Restaurant

20806 Bothell Everett Hwy UNIT 100, Bothell, WA 98021
A dosa on a metal tray with sambar and various chutneys
A potato-stuffed masala dosa from Samburna restaurant.
Madhi Oli

Samburna serves some of the Seattle area’s best South Indian cusine. The owners of the restaurant grew up in Tamil Nadu, on the Southern tip of the Indian Subcontinent, where dosa is a staple, and the restaurant serves several excellent versions, including one that’s over three feet in length; all dosas are served with sambar and a variety of chutneys. The goat curry is also a must-try, and madras coffee with a milk-based dessert makes a nice end to the meal. Order Samburna to go, or enjoy a meal with quick service in the dining room.

20806 Bothell Everett Hwy UNIT 100
Bothell, WA 98021

14. Dosa House Pure Vegetarian Indian Food

15259 Bel-Red Rd, Bellevue, WA 98007

Dosa House owner Ajay Kumar says he owns the only Indian fast-food restaurants in the Seattle area: Chaat House, Curry House and Dosa House. They’re also all 100% vegetarian and all in Bellevue. Dosa house serves a wide variety of dosas, including the classic potato-stuffed masala dosa and an Indo-Chinese “Schezwan Noodle Dosa” (stuffed with spicy, greasy chow mein) for around $10, and all of them are served with tomato, coconut and peanut chutneys, a side of sambar (lentil soup) and kheer (sweet milk with vermicelli) for dessert. 

15259 Bel-Red Rd
Bellevue, WA 98007

15. Karachi Cowboy

1517 12th Ave #100, Seattle, WA 98122

This Indo-Pakistani-Texan food pop-up landed a brick-and-mortar location in Capitol Hill this summer. Chef Nasir Zubair and his wife Nicole Greenwald have filled out the dinner menu with offerings like aloo sliders, chana masala, and kheema — halal ground beef simmered with spices and sweet green peas. The menu is inspired by Zubair’s Pakistani and African American ancestry and his upbringing in Texas. Follow Karachi Cowboys’ Instagram account for the most current specials.

1517 12th Ave #100
Seattle, WA 98122

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16. Rupee Bar

6307 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

This Ballard bar and kitchen is led by Elisabeth Kenyon, previously of Manolin, who crafts an assortment of Sri Lankan and South Indian snacks like egg rolls stuffed with lamb and potato curry, tomato, and curry leaf, and yogurt-marinated spiced fried chicken. The cocktail menu includes South Asian ingredients like toasted coriander seeds, turmeric, and tamarind date chutney. The bar won a James Beard award for best design for restaurants with under 75 seats in 2020.

6307 24th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

17. Kricket Club

2404 NE 65th St, Seattle, WA 98115

Kricket Club is chef Preeti Agarwal’s follow-up to her Fremont Indian restaurant Meesha. It’s a similar concept: tapas-style small plates and entrees served family style. Located in the old Salare space in Ravenna, Kricket Club looks to New Delhi and Mumbai for inspiration for its street food, from the masala potato papadi chaat to spiced puffed lotus seeds. Bigger dinner portions include a goat biryani and a lentil rice risotto. Cocktails are tweaked with South Asian ingredients including a mezcal drink with pomegranate, harissa and rose. The single malts and scotch are a good deal here too, with 2-ounce pours that cost $2-$3 less than what you would pay at bars on Capitol Hill and in Ballard.

2404 NE 65th St
Seattle, WA 98115

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