Get Your Naan On

In search of savory smells, colors, textures and spices? Let your local Indian restaurant check all those boxes off your list. No matter what end of the heat spectrum you sit on—whether you’re happy with just plain naan and cooling yogurt raita, or you like to go extreme curry burn—menus of Indian food will oblige.

Let the fragrant recipes of masala, saffron and cumin at one of these BARTable SF restaurants take you on a culinary trek to South Asia. And don’t forget the mango lassi to cleanse the palate after each round. 

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Even though it’s a few steps from Market Street’s downtown SF buzz near Powell Station, Amber India’s upscale ambiance and favored authentic plates create another world on Yerba Buena Lane. At the multi-level restaurant, traditional Indian cuisine comes in a modern-chic setting and patrons can enjoy exotic cocktails alongside the popular lunch buffet. 

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Amber India

Powell St. (SF)

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Highly frequented by vegetarians, Udupi Palace serves up a lengthy assortment of veggie-stuffed dosas and meat-free curries on Valencia Street in the Mission. The setting itself may be basic, but the south Indian flavors and portions are big. Trays of chutneys and sauces will keep your naan and napkins busy.

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Udupi Palace: SF

24th St. Mission (SF)

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As the name suggests, northern Indian cuisine is the specialty at this popular restaurant a quick walk from Montgomery Station. High ceilings, colored walls and dim lighting set the stage for large downtown crowds hungry for creamy chicken tikka masala and those sweet Gulab jamun donuts.

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North India Restaurant

Montgomery St. (SF)

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Conveniently around the corner from 16th St. Mission Station, Pakwan Restaurant lures crowds off the train for its array of authentic Indian and Pakistani fare in a quick and very casual environment. Classics like lamb biryani, saag paneer and chicken tikka masala paired with fluffed-up garlic naan keep regular walk-ins returning.  

 
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Pakwan Restaurant

16th St. Mission (SF)

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