10 Best Indian Restaurants: San Francisco

Due to the recent proliferation of neighborhood curry houses in the city, the competition for the 10 best Indian rsestaurant in San Francisco has gone from red hot to blazing like an inferno.

  1. Shalimar The king of hole-in-the-wall dive Indian restaurants in San Francisco, Shalimar has spawned at least a half a dozen imitators, many of which have opened shop across the street or down the block. The secret to Shalimar's explosively flavored curries and perfectly tender tandooris, which have landed it the Best Indian Restaurant in San Francisco title on many lists, is in their use of market fresh ingredients. Shalimar, like many of the Tenderloin Indian joints, allows you to brown bag your own wine and beer for no extra charge. 532 Jones Street (415) 928-0333
  2. Indian Oven  Voted best Indian restaurant in San Francisco multiple times by both the Guardian and SF Weekly, Indian Oven is a Lower Haight Street institution that serves steaming North Indian specialities on white tablecloths. The interior is artistically decorated and can be packed to the gills with locals and visitors  who have read the reviews and are ready to experience the reality. Reservations are recommended. 233 Fillmore Street (415) 626-1628
  3. Kennedy's Irish Pub and Curry House An unlikely combination that hits the nail right on the head, Kennedy's not only serves some of the best curries in town but is one of the few San Francisco Indian restaurants that serves Southern specialties like Masala Dosa. Perfectly poured Guinness stout on draft and daily happy hour specials are icing on the cake. 1040 Columbus Avenue (415) 441-8855
  4. Little Dehli With a small storefront that opens into a cavernous dining area and a long classic bar, Little Dehli is one of the Union Square area's gastronomical secrets. The fine dining style entrees are meticulously prepared and the bar is a popular after work gathering spot for those that work in the area. 83 Eddy Street (415) 398-3173
  5. Lahore Karahi Another Tenderloin dive, Lahore has been been edging in on Shalimar's reputation for full flavor curries at rock bottom prices for several years now. Many locals now consider this cozy hole in the wall with a modest homey feel to be the best Indian restaurant in San Francisco. 612 O'Farrell Street (415) 567-8603
  6. Dosa A relative newcomer to the San Francisco Indian restaurant scene, Dosa has two locations-one in the Mission and one in Pacific Heights-that serve modern style South Indian Cuisine in a trendy setting. Dosa has racked up close to a dozen awards since it opened in 2006 and doesn't look like its going to stop. 995 Valenica Street and 1700 Fillmore Street (415) 642-3672
  7. Naan and Curry First opened on an unassuming corner in the Tenderloin, Naan and Curry has long been considered one of the best Indian restaurants in San Francisco and now has four locations in the city as well as one in Berkeley and one in Washington State. The original curry house on O'Farrell street has moved down the block to fancier digs across from the Hilton and is open until 4 a.m. nightly. 336 O'Farrell Street (415) 664-7225
  8. Amber India One of the few upscale Indian restaurants that has food actually worthy of the price tag, Amber India serves Indian fusion cuisine in its three story location near Yerba Buena Gardens. 25 Yerba Buena Lane (415) 777-0500
  9. Golden Gate Pizza and Indian Cuisine One of the most unlikely candidates to make the top ten list for best Indian restaurants in San Francisco, but even the most hardcore nonbelievers will be wowed by its perfectly spiced curries and deeply marinated tandooris, which also come on top of a cheese slice. 1388 46th Avenue (415) 564-5514
  10. Indian Garden One of the best Indian restaurants in San Francisco to go to on warm summer nights, when clay oven specialities can be enjoyed in the lush outdoor patio.1261 Folsom Street (415) 626-2798
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