Top Spots For Indian Food In San Francisco

Photo of Ellen Frank-Delgado
10 December 2016

Want to know the hot San Francisco spots for the best tandoori chicken, naan bread, samosas and other authentic Indian dishes? These restaurants will spice up your life on a visit to the city.

Dessert at Dosa on Fillmore | © Torbakhopper/Flickr

Dosa on Fillmore

Dosa on Fillmore offers an extensive menu featuring flavorful spins on authentic Indian dishes. Try their white chocolate and turmeric pot de crème, or any item off their drink menu. Like each item on the food menu, all drinks boast a mixture of powerful spices.

Curry Leaf

When you mention Indian food in San Francisco, it is nearly impossible not to mention Curry Leaf. With only eight tables and a large fan following, it is unsurprising that Curry Leaf always seems to be busy. However, most would recommend you wait for a sit-down meal and enjoy the restaurant’s chai or BYOB.

Lunch Special at Pakwan | © Adam Engelhart/Flickr

Pakwan Restaurant

A relatively inexpensive favorite among locals is Pakwan Restaurant. Their chicken tikka masala is truly delectable. Be sure to stop by K&D Market across the street first to grab your favorite wine to bring to dinner. Additionally, this is the Indian joint you want to hit up if you’re feeling extra hungry.

Curry Up Now’s Street Food Take on Indian Cuisine | © Curry Up Now

Curry Up Now

Curry Up Now originally opened as a food truck in 2009. The owners wanted to bring the street food of their childhood to the hilly slopes of San Francisco. The truck is known for offering large servings of fusion food. Items on the menu combine different cuisines, so enjoy a bit of Italian influence with the fried ravioli with tikka masala dip.

Lahore Karahi

Lahore Karahi is located smack dab in the Tenderloin and can only be described as a hole in the wall. Don’t let their appearance fool you, and instead let their low prices lure you in. Like many local Indian spots, customers order at the counter. Although it is situated atop one of San Francisco’s famous hills, be sure to walk there so you can enjoy Lahore Karahi’s free chai.

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