Cleanse Your Chakra with a Little R&R at One of These Best Indian Restaurants in Miami

October 21, 2020
Food & Drink
jason wolfe

If you’ve never had Indian food, you are most definitely missing out. While the bold flavors and aromatic spices might not necessarily be for everything, there’s a balance to all cuisines, and you can definitely find some Indian restaurants in Miami that will help you find the perfect flavors for your palate. Below, we’ve put together a list of some of the best Indian restaurants in Miami.

The Best Indian Restaurants in Miami

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Bombay Darbar

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Website: bombaydarbar.com

Address: 2901 Florida Ave, Miami, FL 33133

Neighborhood: Coconut Grove

Sometimes what you need to strike the perfect balance of authentic and universally palatable is a fusion of a couple different cultures. 

There’s no denying that authentic Indian food is delicious, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone will enjoy it - especially in the western world where people are more sensitive to spices.

If you’re someone who loves authentic Indian food but is a little wary of how you might react to all those flavors, Bombay Darbar is the perfect Indian restaurant for you.

Run by a diverse group of people with very different culinary backgrounds, you’ll find Indian food food that’s made with a wider audience in mind here, so it will be a great way for you to dip your toes into the world of Indian cuisine if you haven’t already.

“5-star food, 5-star service, 5-star ambience (hey that averages 5 stars!). Great food with impeccable service with exotic high-style ambience. Bombay Darbar is hands-down the best Indian food in south Florida.” - Yelp Review

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Saffron at Grove

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Website: ayeshagroupmiami.com

Address: 2982 A Grande Ave, Miami, FL 33133

Neighborhood: Coconut Grove

Saffron at Grove isn’t the only Indian restaurant run by renowned Indian chef Mike Hussain, but it’s definitely one of our favorites in the Miami area. Named after one of the key spices you’ll often see featured in Indian cuisine, Saffron at Grove is one of the most aromatic restaurants in the city.

From their curries to their naan to their tikki masala, you’ll find some bold indian flavors in almost every bite at this restaurant. Be prepared to tuck in for quite a bit of time spent here, because there is so much for you to try.

All of their authentic Indian flavors have just a touch of Floridian flare, so even if you find yourself a bit uneasy about whether you’ll like what you find here, you can rest assured that they really do know their demographic.

“Best Indian food around. The flavors are unique blends of authentic spices. They use top-quality meats. The service is excellent and they cater to your special requests with pleasure.” - Yelp Review

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Ashoka Indian Cuisine

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Website: ashokamiami.com

Address: 295 NW 82nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126

Neighborhood: Flagami

While the quality and authenticity of the food definitely plays a significant role in any Indian restaurant, that’s not always all you should be focusing when you’re trying to decide on where to eat next.

After all, food isn’t the only thing that’s unique about Indian culture. Art, ambiance, and even the style in which their food and drinks all have a place in traditional Indian society, as well, so if you’re looking for a place that takes all of this into account, Ashoka Indian Cuisine should be your new go-to.

Serving up some of the tastiest authentic Indian food and drink in Miami, you’ll find that this restaurant also does a few extra things to elevate the experience here. From presentation to music to the general ambiance, you might just leave here planning your trip to the actual country.

“This is the best Indian restaurant in all of Miami & Broward!! They're food is authentic, always served fresh and bursting with flavor. They have great service and large portions.”  - Yelp Review

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Punjab Indian Cafe

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Website: punjabindiancafe.com

Address: 7950 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33144

Neighborhood: Boca Raton

Just as you’ll discover the more you venture out into cuisines around the world, not all Indian food is the same. Across different regions, you’ll find variations in flavors, ingredients, and even cooking techniques.

If you’re looking to delve into one of the more local cuisines you can find in India, look no further than Punjab Indian Cafe. Originating in Punjab, India, the cuisine here is very specific to that region - and it’s been carried all the way over to Miami for you to sample.

Using a combination of traditional Punjabi street food and dishes you might find in people’s homes at the end of the day, the menu here offers up a sample of everything that this locale-specific cuisine has to offer. Prepare yourself for some of the boldest flavors and textures in Miami!

“Best Indian food in South Florida and I've eaten at a lot of places. I normally don't finish my food but I never leave this place without an empty plate. Naan is phenomenal.” - Yelp Review

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Spice N Curry

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Website: facebook.com

Address: 123 SW 107th Ave, Miami, FL 33175

Neighborhood: Sweetwater

Dives don’t only appear in the form of bars. In fact, Miami’s Spice N Curry is the very definition of dive, and you’ll love every last bite that they have to offer.

Located in the back of an Indian goods grocery store, you might just miss this tiny restaurant. A lot of people might even go so far as to say that this isn’t actually a restaurant, but they have tables and they serve up some of the most delicious Indian food in Miami, so we say it counts.

Everything is homemade at this tiny restaurant, and as an added special bonus, you’ll also find that a lot of what they serve is also vegan and vegetarian friendly. Stop in to try their curries, and if you like what you taste, the grocery store right next door has everything you need to take home and enjoy on your own time!

“This is what Guy Fiery would consider a dive place. With just a few items on their specials board and only like 10 barstools this place has very good food. - Yelp Review

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Zaika Indian Cuisine

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Website: zaikamiami.com

Address: 2176 NE 123rd St, North Miami, FL 33181

Neighborhood: North Miami

Is it too on-the-nose to name your restaurant with the Hindi word for “flavor”? Not if we have anything to say about it. Here at Zaika Indian Cuisine, you can find a whole spectrum of delicious flavors in Indian food that is a mix of traditional and modern.

India has been well-known for the different spices it uses in its food for centuries now, and this is your chance to see everything that they have to offer. Zaika’s executive chef previously worked in the kitchens at the well-known Taj Mahal hotel in India, so you can be pretty sure that the food here is both delicious and authentic.

Everything at this restaurant is cooked to order, so you can have any dish cooked up to meet your dietary needs, and it’ll be like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. Get ready for lots of flavor!

“This is THE SPOT in North Miami for authentic Indian food that's satisfyingly savory in every way. You can tell they cook with love and intent. Why? Because you can taste it. Every bite of my dish kept me savoring for more.” - Yelp Review

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Taste Buds of India

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Website: tastebudsofindia.com

Address: 5850 Sunset Dr, Ste B, South Miami, FL 33143

Neighborhood: South Miami

Typically, when we think of taste buds and the reactions that they have to different flavors, we think of things like sweetness, saltiness, sourness, spiciness, and bitterness. This is fairly universal all around the world, but India has a slightly different way of perceiving flavors, and it plays a big role in how they make their food.

According to ancient traditions, they understand tastes in terms of things that are sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and pungent. While much of the western world tends to associate the word “pungent” with aromas, you’ll find, once you taste the food at Taste Buds of India, that it makes sense as a taste.

Enjoy all of the different flavors and tastes that Indian cuisine can bring to you here, and you’ll be treated to both delicious food and top-notch service. You’ll be treated really well at this restaurant. 

“Taste Buds of India is my family and I's go-to place for Indian food and to be quite honest, dinner in general! We come here almost every week. Sometimes, two times a week. The food is prepared well and tastes delicious!” - Yelp Review

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If you haven’t quite found that Indian restaurant that satisfies exactly the cuisine you’ve been thinking of when you’ve pictured it in your mind, there’s still hope. Indian restaurants are all around Miami, and these are definitely some of the best. Let us know what your favorite meal was in the comments below!

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