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12 Stellar Indian Restaurants Around Phoenix

Where to feast on chaat, tandoori chicken, dosas, and more

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Phoenix has a lot to offer when it comes to Indian cuisine. Indian restaurants in Phoenix draw from all of the regions of the South Asian country from piping hot Punjabi tandoor naan to South Indian dosas to Indo-Chinese Hakka noodles. Within the metro area, customers can find a handful of pleasing spots to fill up on pani-puri, chaat, biryani, and plump vegetable samosas.

Above all, remember that no matter how normal it may feel to go out and eat again, dining right now is not the same. Takeout is generally considered by health experts to be lower-risk than in-person service. Whenever possible (or required) it’s essential that customers wear a mask and wash their hands regularly. This is a tough time for the restaurant industry and its staff, too, so please, if you do choose to grab a bite, be kind and remember to tip well — even if you’re taking something to-go.

A number of Phoenix restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Arizona Public Health website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tandoori Times 2 Indian Bistro

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5626 W Bell Rd A-103
Glendale, AZ 85308
(602) 993-1422
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When visiting Tandoori Times 2 there are several highlights one mustn’t overlook including coconut curry chicken, lamb vindaloo, and the (sigh) pesto naan bread. The large portions and affordable menu make this local favorite a great spot for a casual lunch, a birthday celebration, or a night out with friends. Online ordering is available. On Friday and Saturday evenings the restaurant hosts belly dancers.

2. Saffron

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4330 W Union Hills Dr b016
Glendale, AZ 85308
(623) 581-7576
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The mantra at Saffron is food made the old fashioned way. The kebabs are handmade and the meats are fresh and not frozen. The menu also boasts Indo-Chinese dishes such as Hakka noodles and gobi Manchurian. Guests shouldn’t leave without trying the saffron biryani with subtle hints of fragrance flavoring a choice of protein — lamb, shrimp, or chicken.

3. India Palace

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2941 W Bell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85053
(602) 942-4224
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Intimate and cozy, patrons frequent India Palace for its onion kulcha and lamb vindaloo. The garlic naan is one not to miss, as well the samosas. Couples or families will not find it difficult to share — portions are large. The chicken tikka masala is also a hit, moist and spice levels are adjusted to accommodate a variety of palates. Regulars rave about the entrees being consistently excellent.

4. Chennai Chettinaad Palace

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2814 W Bell Rd # 1445
Phoenix, AZ 85053
(602) 993-0085
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With a menu of over a 160 items and an expansive buffet, Chennai Chettinaad Palace showcases pan-Indian favorites like tandoori chicken, vegetable samosas, korma, and naan. The biryani is a must at Chennai and tastes similar to what one might find on the streets of India. Whether you opt for the buffet or a customized dinner, the menu items won’t disappoint. Dine-in and carry out options are currently available.

5. OM Indian Bistro Restaurant

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18631 N 19th Ave UNIT 150
Phoenix, AZ 85027
(602) 497-4971
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Om Indian Bistro Restaurant is a great spot for vegetarian Gujarati and South Indian cuisine. Start the meal with chai — hot with hints of cardamom — to help prepare for appetizers. Choose from Indian street foods like Delhi chaat, pani-puri, samosas, or the like. The entrees don’t disappoint with large dosas and dipping sauces. (Yes, naan and curry are available, too.) The restaurant also serves egg-free desserts. Indoor dining is available, but customers can also place orders online for pickup.

6. Tikka Shack Indian Grub

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21001 N Tatum Blvd 48 - 1520
Phoenix, AZ 85050
(602) 354-8800
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Quick service Indian chain Tikka Shack keeps its menu simple. Choose a curry and a protein (paneer, chicken, lamb, or shrimp) and the level of spice. Don’t forget to add naan: Tikka Shack has a version topped with cilantro, garlic, and cheese that’s worth the extra coins. Dine-in patrons can also order draft beer. Place orders online for pickup and delivery.

7. Marigold Maison

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4720 E Cactus Rd Ste D118
Phoenix, AZ 85032
(602) 795-0020
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Start your meal with the mango lassi at Marigold Maison. This beverage is not a canned version of mango dropped in milk, but, instead, offers a fresh fruit blend of sweetness and tang. Don’t overlook the paneer pakora and turmeric lentil soup or the malai kofta paired with the hot and fresh naan. Dine-in and takeout currently available with online ordering.

8. Curry Corner

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1212 E Apache Blvd
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 894-1276
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A staple for 20 years, Curry Corner is a casual Indian eatery with sophisticated flavors. Crowd favorites from the menu include the chicken keema and the tandoori wings. Vegetarians also won’t feel left out with equally worthy choices like dals and paneer. Make sure to order the masala fries. Online ordering and delivery is available.

9. The Dhaba

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1872 Apache Blvd
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 557-8800
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The Dhaba features dishes from the Punjab region and is known for mixing its own blend of cumin, coriander, cloves, cinnamon, chili powder, cardamom, and nutmeg. There is no shortage of tandoor naan or halal meats on the menu and there’s also plenty of street foods like pani-puri, bhel puri, and samosa chaat. The restaurant offers options for online ordering.

10. India Oven

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1315 S Gilbert Rd #5204
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 892-3333
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India Oven serves up fresh, hot naan that pairs well with the wide selection of dishes like chicken tikka masala, goat curry, vegetable jalfrezi, and pakoras. The spice level is moderate here and not overwhelming. Patrons are able to taste the cumin, coriander, and garam masala, instead of reaching for water after every bite. Don’t skip the mango lassi, and, after dinner, be sure to grab dessert. The gulab jamun, a syrup-soaked fried treat, is especially satisfying. The buffet has many choices, but there is an option to order off the menu as well. Call to place an order or get delivery from a variety of third-party apps.

11. New India Gate

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4939 W Ray Rd #1
Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 427-4141
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Don’t let the strip mall dissuade you from trying New India Gate. The lunch buffet is particularly expansive with several vegetarian dishes like dal makhani, mattar paneer, and vegetable korma. Meat lovers shouldn’t worry either — chicken tikka, as well as lamb dishes are available. The vibe at the restaurant is casual, but with ample space. Service is friendly. The buffet is available seven days a week for around $10. With that price, it’s easy to make New India Gate a go-to for lunch.

12. Pastries 'N' Chaat

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3491 W Frye Rd St # 1
Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 812-2166
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Street food is the thing at Pastries ‘N’ Chaat. Try the samosa chaat — prepared with curry-marinated garbanzo beans topped on a crushed samosa, onions, and chutney. The goodness doesn’t stop there. Biryani, a classic rice dish in India, comes in many variations at Pastries ‘N’ Chaat, including vegetables, shrimp, chicken, or goat. Online ordering is available.

1. Tandoori Times 2 Indian Bistro

5626 W Bell Rd A-103, Glendale, AZ 85308

When visiting Tandoori Times 2 there are several highlights one mustn’t overlook including coconut curry chicken, lamb vindaloo, and the (sigh) pesto naan bread. The large portions and affordable menu make this local favorite a great spot for a casual lunch, a birthday celebration, or a night out with friends. Online ordering is available. On Friday and Saturday evenings the restaurant hosts belly dancers.

5626 W Bell Rd A-103
Glendale, AZ 85308

2. Saffron

4330 W Union Hills Dr b016, Glendale, AZ 85308

The mantra at Saffron is food made the old fashioned way. The kebabs are handmade and the meats are fresh and not frozen. The menu also boasts Indo-Chinese dishes such as Hakka noodles and gobi Manchurian. Guests shouldn’t leave without trying the saffron biryani with subtle hints of fragrance flavoring a choice of protein — lamb, shrimp, or chicken.

4330 W Union Hills Dr b016
Glendale, AZ 85308

3. India Palace

2941 W Bell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85053

Intimate and cozy, patrons frequent India Palace for its onion kulcha and lamb vindaloo. The garlic naan is one not to miss, as well the samosas. Couples or families will not find it difficult to share — portions are large. The chicken tikka masala is also a hit, moist and spice levels are adjusted to accommodate a variety of palates. Regulars rave about the entrees being consistently excellent.

2941 W Bell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85053

4. Chennai Chettinaad Palace

2814 W Bell Rd # 1445, Phoenix, AZ 85053

With a menu of over a 160 items and an expansive buffet, Chennai Chettinaad Palace showcases pan-Indian favorites like tandoori chicken, vegetable samosas, korma, and naan. The biryani is a must at Chennai and tastes similar to what one might find on the streets of India. Whether you opt for the buffet or a customized dinner, the menu items won’t disappoint. Dine-in and carry out options are currently available.

2814 W Bell Rd # 1445
Phoenix, AZ 85053

5. OM Indian Bistro Restaurant

18631 N 19th Ave UNIT 150, Phoenix, AZ 85027

Om Indian Bistro Restaurant is a great spot for vegetarian Gujarati and South Indian cuisine. Start the meal with chai — hot with hints of cardamom — to help prepare for appetizers. Choose from Indian street foods like Delhi chaat, pani-puri, samosas, or the like. The entrees don’t disappoint with large dosas and dipping sauces. (Yes, naan and curry are available, too.) The restaurant also serves egg-free desserts. Indoor dining is available, but customers can also place orders online for pickup.

18631 N 19th Ave UNIT 150
Phoenix, AZ 85027

6. Tikka Shack Indian Grub

21001 N Tatum Blvd 48 - 1520, Phoenix, AZ 85050

Quick service Indian chain Tikka Shack keeps its menu simple. Choose a curry and a protein (paneer, chicken, lamb, or shrimp) and the level of spice. Don’t forget to add naan: Tikka Shack has a version topped with cilantro, garlic, and cheese that’s worth the extra coins. Dine-in patrons can also order draft beer. Place orders online for pickup and delivery.

21001 N Tatum Blvd 48 - 1520
Phoenix, AZ 85050

7. Marigold Maison

4720 E Cactus Rd Ste D118, Phoenix, AZ 85032

Start your meal with the mango lassi at Marigold Maison. This beverage is not a canned version of mango dropped in milk, but, instead, offers a fresh fruit blend of sweetness and tang. Don’t overlook the paneer pakora and turmeric lentil soup or the malai kofta paired with the hot and fresh naan. Dine-in and takeout currently available with online ordering.

4720 E Cactus Rd Ste D118
Phoenix, AZ 85032

8. Curry Corner

1212 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281

A staple for 20 years, Curry Corner is a casual Indian eatery with sophisticated flavors. Crowd favorites from the menu include the chicken keema and the tandoori wings. Vegetarians also won’t feel left out with equally worthy choices like dals and paneer. Make sure to order the masala fries. Online ordering and delivery is available.

1212 E Apache Blvd
Tempe, AZ 85281

9. The Dhaba

1872 Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281

The Dhaba features dishes from the Punjab region and is known for mixing its own blend of cumin, coriander, cloves, cinnamon, chili powder, cardamom, and nutmeg. There is no shortage of tandoor naan or halal meats on the menu and there’s also plenty of street foods like pani-puri, bhel puri, and samosa chaat. The restaurant offers options for online ordering.

1872 Apache Blvd
Tempe, AZ 85281

10. India Oven

1315 S Gilbert Rd #5204, Mesa, AZ 85204

India Oven serves up fresh, hot naan that pairs well with the wide selection of dishes like chicken tikka masala, goat curry, vegetable jalfrezi, and pakoras. The spice level is moderate here and not overwhelming. Patrons are able to taste the cumin, coriander, and garam masala, instead of reaching for water after every bite. Don’t skip the mango lassi, and, after dinner, be sure to grab dessert. The gulab jamun, a syrup-soaked fried treat, is especially satisfying. The buffet has many choices, but there is an option to order off the menu as well. Call to place an order or get delivery from a variety of third-party apps.

1315 S Gilbert Rd #5204
Mesa, AZ 85204

11. New India Gate

4939 W Ray Rd #1, Chandler, AZ 85226

Don’t let the strip mall dissuade you from trying New India Gate. The lunch buffet is particularly expansive with several vegetarian dishes like dal makhani, mattar paneer, and vegetable korma. Meat lovers shouldn’t worry either — chicken tikka, as well as lamb dishes are available. The vibe at the restaurant is casual, but with ample space. Service is friendly. The buffet is available seven days a week for around $10. With that price, it’s easy to make New India Gate a go-to for lunch.

4939 W Ray Rd #1
Chandler, AZ 85226

12. Pastries 'N' Chaat

3491 W Frye Rd St # 1, Chandler, AZ 85226

Street food is the thing at Pastries ‘N’ Chaat. Try the samosa chaat — prepared with curry-marinated garbanzo beans topped on a crushed samosa, onions, and chutney. The goodness doesn’t stop there. Biryani, a classic rice dish in India, comes in many variations at Pastries ‘N’ Chaat, including vegetables, shrimp, chicken, or goat. Online ordering is available.

3491 W Frye Rd St # 1
Chandler, AZ 85226

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