For those of us who enjoy burning our tongues with bold spices and can withstand the heat over a long period of time, there is probably no better cuisine for us to indulge in than Indian food. You may find yourself wondering just how likely you are to find authentic Indian food in Texas of all places, but you would be surprised - particularly in Dallas. Ready to get your fill of Indian food but not quite sure where you should start? Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best Indian restaurants in Dallas.
Most of us who have that one cuisine we absolutely love but is too hard to make at home know that when the craving strikes, eating out is just about our only option. Unfortunately, it’s hard to control exactly when those cravings will strike, and you may just find yourself draining your budget on your favorite food more quickly than you ever intended to. GiftYa understands that eating out can have a negative impact on your bank account, but they’re also strong believers that you shouldn’t deny yourself those small things that make you happy. That’s why they’ve come up with a way to provide you with e-gift cards to your favorite local restaurants. Order one for your favorite Indian food lover today!
4438 Mckinney Ave, Ste 100 | Uptown | freshindianfood.com
Sometimes simplicity can go a lot farther than complex and nuanced dining experiences ever could. If you’re not sure what we mean by that, you’re probably going to prefer a restaurant that keeps things simple anyway - and we have the perfect one for you.
Roti Grill is an Uptown staple for Indian food lovers, specializing in quick service, welcoming hospitality, and food so delicious you’ll be wondering what took you so long to get out there in the first place. Their menu is simple, but that’s what most of the customers who rave about the restaurant love the most.
Most days, you can walk in and order quickly because you won’t have to spend too much time thinking about what exactly all of those individual ingredients listed under the menu item might mean for the overall flavor. And the best bit: they have an open window into their kitchen so you can watch them prepare and make your food while you wait!
“My favorite Indian take out! Menu is simple and everything is delicious. My Husband and I have ordered from here many times and the food is consistently good.” - Yelp Review
17370 Preston Rd, Ste 490 | North Dallas | mumbaigrilldallas.com
Similarly to how you’ll find the cooking styles of a cuisine varying as you move throughout different regions (think of Neapolitan pizza and the special wood fired oven it’s cooked in as opposed to the grill you’ll find in other regions), India is also home to a few different cooking styles.
Here at Mumbai Grill, they prefer to stick to the Tandoor - “clay oven” - style of cooking with which their chef grew up learning. In fact, Mumbai Grill is owned and operated by that exact chef, who, after working for other people for over 25 years, decided it was finally time for him to venture out on his own.
Named after his favorite city in all of India, the chef and owner of Mumbai Grill has made this restaurant an homage to all of the things he loves most in the world - including the top secret family recipes that have been passed down for generations to land in his hands.
“This is my go to Indian place in the area. The food is so flavorful but at a spice level I can tolerate, they have a range of spice levels so if you are a wimp or head sweater they can get you what you want.” - Yelp Review
1001 Ross Ave, Unit 132 | Downtown | shivasbarandgrill.com
Of all of the cuisines out there in the world, there are very few that follow so many different dietary standards at the same time, but if there’s one that checks most - if not all - of the boxes (depending on which restaurant you head to), it’s definitely Indian cuisine.
At Shivas Bar & Grill, you won’t just find yourself face-to-face with some of the most delicious Indian food in all of Dallas. You’ll also discover that their menu is extensive and inclusive, providing options for vegetarians, vegans, and people who are gluten free - not to mention halal options.
Enjoy anything from vegetable samosas to chicken tikka masala to their special homemade curries. Spices are key to the recipes here at Shivas Bar & Grill, so if you’re not afraid of Indian food that has a little kick to it, stop by this restaurant to experience some of the most touted Indian food in Dallas.
“After a good half dozen visits I give this place a 5. Everything we order is fantastic. It's so good I don't even want to try another Indian restaurant in Dallas.” - Yelp Review
920 S Harwood St, Ste 180 | Downtown | 8cloves.com
If you think the Indian spices at any other restaurant around Dallas pack the same punch that the ones at 8 Cloves do, you might want to think again. That’s not to say that their food is spicier than others, but rather that the spices are what ultimately tie these dishes together.
Combined with fresh produce from the Dallas Farmers Market, some of the Indian cuisine here might be a bit different from what you’re used to experiencing - but that won’t make it any less valuable of a culinary experience.
When we say that the spices are important to the folks here at 8 Cloves, what we really mean to say is that the spices are actually what bring about those unmistakable Indian flavors that you might otherwise miss if the spices were left out. Come in to enjoy fresh Indian food made up of some of the freshest ingredients in Dallas - straight from the Farmers Market!
“Wow. This chicken and veggie tikka masala is so smooth and so good. Literally the chicken melts in your mouth and the rice goes so well with it! This is pretty good Indian food for the Dallas farmers market!!” - Yelp Review
1512 Commerce St, Ste 100 | Downtown | facebook.com
Are you someone who loves Indian food but never gets the chance to go out and enjoy it because your partner or all of the friends or family you’d normally go out to eat with just aren’t big fans? Well, look no further than downtown Dallas’ Spice in the City.
Marketed as both an Indian restaurant and a fusion restaurant, there’s a good chance that everyone you bring here will be able to find a little bit of something that they enjoy (as long as they’re at least a little adventurous). Whether you’re in it for the potato samosas, the tikka nachos or just to try their naan with some curry, they’ve got something for everyone.
American classics combined with Indian flavors means that your closest friends and family won’t have to step too far outside of their comfort zone to enjoy some Indian food with you - even if they’ve never known themselves to enjoy it before.
“This was delicious. Has some unique flavor. I went with my aunt who loves this place. I had the chicken Tikkadilla. They load this thing with tons of chicken.” - Yelp Review
4701 Frankford Rd, Ste 237 | North Dallas | vindudallas.com
Think about your ideal Indian restaurant and imagine what three qualities it might possess that would really make it fit into that ideal box you’ve created in your mind. Now, while we can’t read your mind, we can tell you the three things you’ll encounter at Vindu Indian Cuisine: fresh ingredients, hospitable service, and a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere.
All of the ingredients they use in their dishes here at Vindu Indian cuisine are actually delivered to them from local markets every day, which ensures that everything they make you will be as fresh as possible.
They also make everything completely to order - so if you have a specific dietary restriction, they will happily oblige by making whatever adjustments are necessary to their recipes to create the perfect dish for you. Stop in to experience some of the best Indian food in all of Dallas!
“I had the chicken tikka masala with a side of naan. It was soooo good. Tender, delicious chicken - large chucks and lots of them; a generous portion size; and the lightest, fluffiest rice I've had in a long time.” - Yelp Review
Fans of Indian food know that there’s always a good local place if you know where to look. If you’re not yet sure of where to start, though, don’t worry - we’ve got you covered. Let us know which of these Indian restaurants curbed your cravings in the comments below!