Cincinnati has many amazing Indian restaurants just waiting to be tried!
India is famous for its perfectly spiced food, and like many U.S. cities, there is no shortage of Indian restaurants in Cincinnati. Because of this, diners are able to sample and try many different ways of preparing their favorite Indian cuisines such as curries, tandoori, and fried rices. With so many regional styles of cooking, there’s always something new to try when it comes to Indian food! So no matter what your favorite dish is, there’s a fantastic restaurant in Cincinnati that’s ready to cater to your needs. We’ve come up with a couple that are worth a try, but by no means should this list be considered extensive. Enjoy!
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Nothing says welcome to an Indian restaurant quite like a warm basket of naan.
350 Ludlow Ave.
Whether you’re in the mood for lunch or dinner while you’re in the Clifton gaslight district, a stop into Ambar India is always a good idea. There are plenty of your favorite Northern Indian cuisines for you to enjoy, including all kinds of curries, lamb tandoori, chicken vindaloo, and even some sweet treats to cap off your meal. Per usual, feel free to let the staff know what spice level you prefer.
Ambar India also has quite an extensive list of vegetarian options, specifically utilizing lentils in patties or soups, which prove to be very popular with the locals. Complete with white tablecloths and chandeliers, this place is sure to please your taste buds.
“The food is good, staff is welcoming and atmosphere of the place is lively! A great place to eat, spend time, relish !! Totally worth many more visits.” -Yelp Review
There’s so many amazing items to choose from at this Indian buffet.
354 Ludlow Ave.
This is one of the most popular buffets in Cincinnati, and depending on when your Indian food craving hits, you can stop in for a sizable buffet for either lunch or dinner! This place is also in an area that is very conducive to post-meal walks, so make sure you take advantage of that if you’re able to as well.
The buffet has popular dishes such as chicken and shrimp tandoori, ghobi, aloo choley, and of course plenty of naan options as well. If you’re a vegetarian, that’s no problem either! There are plenty of veggie choices available at the buffet too. At the Grill of India, you can eat until your heart’s content, and we’re confident you’ll be back for more!
“Wow the food was exceptional today...I walked away happy and very glad I stopped in. I highly recommend this place it's probably the best Indian food I've ever had, no joke.” -Yelp Review
Eating at this popular restaurant is always a worthwhile adventure. Image courtesy of Elephant Walk.
170 W McMillan St.
If you’re feeling a little adventurous and looking for something different, why not stop by Elephant Walk for a wonderful array of delicious options? At this restaurant, you can order up all your favorite Indian delicacies such as tikka masala or a sharing portion of seekh kabab, all complete with some warm naan or basmati rice.
If you’d prefer to try the Ethiopian side, you can’t go wrong with the kitfo (filet mignon beef tartare) or the doro tibs (chicken with cardamom and awaze sauce), which are very popular menu options. No matter what type of food you decide on, you can be sure that all the options are farm fresh and organic, and can be made to cater to a vegan or halal diet.
“This has become my go-to Indian restaurant in Cincinnati. The food is tasty and spice level is excellent (I do a 2 for mild).” -Yelp Review
There’ so many sumptuous items full of Indian flavor on this menu. Image courtesy of Yelp.
7633 Reading Rd.
If you’re new to Indian cuisine, Amma’s Kitchen is a great place to visit! Their helpful and attentive staff can help you navigate through all the options, as well as the appropriate spice levels. Here you can order off the menu, or stop in for their popular lunch-time buffet. If you happen to stop by on a Wednesday, you’ll be treated to an all vegan buffet--talk about a healthy lunch!
If you’re looking for delicious Southern Indian food--or you would like to try some more of this region’s specialties--then this is the Indian restaurant for you. Popular menu items include their onion masala dosa, the paneer dosa, or Amma’s tiffin special. If you have a picky eater in your group, not a problem as this place also offers more familiar Indo-Chinese options such as vegetable fried rice as well.
“Delicious, affordable, and great service! Came here on recommendation for a vegetarian menu. Got the dinner for two and wow did it expand our taste buds to south Asian food..” -Yelp Review
No matter if you choose the buffet or order off the menu, your taste buds are in for a treat. Image courtesy of Yelp.
24 E 6th St.
If you happen to be in the downtown Cincinnati area and are in the mood for some delicious Indian--especially if you like saag or chicken curry-- then Akash India needs to be on your list! This unassuming restaurant has been satisfying locals for years with their large variety of Indian items you can order off of the menu, or experience in their buffet.
With any dish you choose, you can let the chef know what your preferred level of spice is, ensuring you get the full, tasty experience of Indian food-- but not at an uncomfortable spice level. Make sure you save room for dessert and treat yourself to some kheer or kulfi at the end of your meal!
“If you want quality Indian food in downtown Cincinnati - this is the spot. I cannot wait to return!” -Yelp Review
There’s so many wonderful options to choose from, you’ll need to make multiple visits to this Indian restaurant! Image courtesy of Indian Spice Train.
7165 Liberty Centre Dr.
Whether you choose to visit Indian Spice Train for lunch or dinner, you’re definitely going to be in for one tasty meal. For lunch you can choose from the many delectable selections offered in their buffet, or decide to order off the menu. If you do order off the menu, prepare to share since meals such as tikka masala and chicken makhani arrive in generous proportions! That shouldn’t be a problem, since you can easily get another fantastic meal out of your left-overs.
If you go for dinner, know that their happy hour is from 5-6:30pm, and they offer a great selection of beer, wine, and cocktails for you to enjoy. The staff is very friendly and can help with any dietary restrictions, or if you have any questions regarding the menu items. No worries about bringing the kids either, they offer a kids’ menu as well!
“Every time I visit this place, I'm reminded just how good food can be, & the effect it can have deep within your soul. Truly a step up from the rest!” -Yelp Review
Come and enjoy a special evening out at Bombay Brazier! Image courtesy of Yelp.
12140 Royal Point Dr.
If you’re looking for an upscale Indian dining experience, look no further than Bombay Brazier. The beautiful dining room is full of plush booths and white tablecloths--perfect for an interesting date night or special occasion dinner!
The locals like to order dal makhani, malai kofta, garlic naan, or jalfrezi, and if you feel like you can handle the spice, the fish 65. No matter what you decide to order off of the menu, you’re going to be in for a fun evening full of plentiful portions, wonderful tastes, and some fun Bollywood music as well!
“This couple has taken Indian cuisine to the next level. The dishes are aesthetic and portions are generous, and the flavor combinations are out of this world.” -Yelp Review
You can try all the flavors of India at this delicious restaurant!
3120 Madison Rd.
When you’re in the Oakley area, make sure to stop by the lovely Baba India restaurant if you happen to be in the mood for amazingly spiced Indian food. You can’t go wrong with the welcoming atmosphere, and servers who are ready to answer all your questions and attend to any request.
If you want to try a couple of items while you’re there, consider getting one of their specials to share with the table. They include a variety of different items such as chicken tandoori, lamb curry, dal, matar paneer, naan, and rice all for one price. You can always adjust the spice levels as well, so go ahead and enjoy your Indian cuisine experience to the fullest!
“Good price for great food. Will definitely be back for the buffet. The service was very nice and the waiter was nice and helped us pick what we wanted and he picked a good one.” -Yelp Review
It doesn’t matter what your favorite Indian dish is--or even if you can’t choose just one favorite-- these Cincinnati Indian restaurants are going to make you glad you stopped by! Did we mention your favorite Indian restaurant? Let us know what it is in the comments!