Top 7 Indian Restaurants in Austin That Locals Love

December 10, 2020
GiftYa
jason wolfe

Are you looking for a new restaurant to try? Austin is a food lover’s paradise. Within this bustling city, you can find a wide variety of South Asian restaurants. The Indian food scene, in particular, boasts a number of great restaurants to try on your next night out.

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If you’ve been itching to dine out for a while now, we recommend starting with one of these 7 most popular Indian restaurants in Austin. From tikka masala to murgh makhani, you can find the best Indian dishes in Austin at these top restaurants! 

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1. Taj Palace Indian Restaurant

Popular Indian restaurant in Austin known for its authentic food and hospitable atmosphere

Enjoy delicious Indian cuisine inside an upscale atmosphere. Image courtesy of Yelp

6700 Middle Fiskville Rd | Austin | tajpalaceaustin.net

Since 1990, Taj Palace has served as a top destination for Indian food in Austin. While Taj Palace is closed for dine-in services, it still offers take-out and delivery. On the menu, you’ll find Paneer Tikka, Tandoori Roti, Lamb Biryani, and more delicious and authentic Indian cuisine to enjoy. If you’re still hungry for dessert by the end of the meal, you can order the Gulab Jamun a or Badamee Kheer. Taj Palace does not have a bar, but it does offer fun drinks like the Mango Lassi or Indian Chai to enjoy alongside your meal. 

“They have your usual assortment of curries and I opted for a personal favorite - saag paneer, which is for all purposes creamed spinach with chunks of cheese to the uninitiated, though very satisfying and filling. Pair that with some airy, spotty charred naan and you'll be pleasantly surprised how full you'll be.” - Yelp Review

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2. Tarka Indian Kitchen

Indian restaurant in Austin recognized for its green practices

Treat yourself to a plate of authentic Indian food alongside your closest friends and family members. Image courtesy of Yelp

5207 Brodie Ln, Suite 120 | Austin | tarkaindiankitchen.com

Tarka Indian Kitchen is another popular lunch and dinner spot in Austin for enjoying flavorful and authentic Indian food. The restaurant’s first branch opened in Austin in 2009 and it has expanded to several cities around Texas since then. Each location serves fresh and authentic Indian cuisine within a contemporary and laid back atmosphere. 

On the menu, you’ll find numerous curries, vegetarian dishes, soups, salads, kababs, and biryanis. Whether you order the Samosa Chaat or the Tarka Daal, you are sure to leave filled and satisfied. Soft drinks, mango lemonade, chai, lassis, wine, and beer are also available to enjoy with your main dish. 

“This is one of my favorite restaurants in Austin! Everything I have ordered is always incredible!! I have celiac disease so it's hard to find gluten free food but almost everything on the menu is safe! Highly recommended!” - Yelp Review

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3. Bombay Grill Indian Restaurant

Laidback Indian restaurant where you can enjoy classic dishes

Authentic Indian cuisine awaits you at this popular spot. Image courtesy of Yelp.

3201 Bee Caves Rd, Suite 148 | Westlake Hills | bombaygrill.io 

Located in Westlake Hills, the Bombay Grill Indian Restaurant is another popular lunch and dinner spot in Austin. Classic Indian dishes like chicken tikka masala and malai kofta can be found on the restaurant’s extensive menu. Visitors love the large portions they get for their meals as well as the relaxed atmosphere the restaurant offers for dining. 

“My friend and I were looking for Indian food in the bee cave area. This was the closest place, so we decided to give it a try. Excellent service & delicious food. I had a chickpea dish and my friend had the sag paneer. The naan was really nice and buttery and hot too. Will be back!” - Yelp Review

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4. Swad Indian Vegetarian Restaurant

Welcoming Indian restaurant dedicated to providing homestyle Indian meals to patrons

Photo of Swad Indian Vegetarian Restaurant - Round Rock, TX, United States. Thali Special with poori
Pictured above is the Thali Special with poori. Image courtesy of Yelp

1401 SIH35, Suite 220 | Round Rock | swadroundrock.com

At Swad Indian Vegetarian Restaurant, you can find a wide variety of food from North and South India as well as Indo Chinese Street Food. Some of the restaurant’s most popular appetizers include the Dahi Vada, Vada Pav, and Pani Puri. For your main dish, we recommend the Mysore Masala Dosa or Uttapam. Indo Chinese cuisine like the Gobi Manchurian and Vegetable Hakka Noodles are also popular among guests. On Fridays, Swad also offers $5 and $7 specials for popular meals like the Soya Biryani and Desi Pizza. 

For dessert, you can try the Gulab Jamoon, Rasgulla, or Rasmalai. All three options are relatively inexpensive and great for finishing off an already perfect meal! 

“I came to order during lockdown. It may look dark, but it's open. They do not have seating in, but they do deliver to your car after you come in an order at the counter. Very nice people. The samosas are big.  The temperature is ready to eat and won't burn your tongue. The spice is mild heat. The sauce is very sweet. Great balance. Enjoy!” - Yelp Review

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5. Clay Pit Contemporary Indian Cuisine

Popular restaurant known for providing delicious Indian food to Downtown Austin since 1998

Try the Tandoori Chicken and Turkey Korma the next time you stop in. Image courtesy of Yelp

1601 Guadalupe St. | Downtown | claypit.com

Since 1998, the Clay Pit has enjoyed a stellar reputation as one of the best Indian restaurants in Downtown Austin. The Clay Pit offers a number of enticing specialty dishes like the Lamb Rogan Josh and Goan Yellow Curry. Dishes made inside a tandoor, such as the Boti KababKebob and Malai KababKebob are also customer favorites. 

If you’re looking for a new Happy Hour spot, you need to head to the Clay Pit. Held every day from 3:30pm to 6:30pm, Happy Hour at the Clay Pit features great deals for drinks and appetizers. You can also enjoy a $5 Moscow Mule on Mule Mondays! During non-COVID times, you can also reserve the Clay Pit for special events. The restaurant’s wine room, cellar, and hall are all perfect for special gatherings. 

“Clay Pit has wonderful food and an even kinder staff. My friends and I try to go once a month and always order the chicken Korma and a copious amount on Naan (The chicken korma is awesome!)” - Yelp Review

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6. Nasha Restaurant

Indian restaurant in Austin that serves fusion tacos and curried margaritas

Nasha might be your next favorite lunch spot. Image courtesy of Yelp.

1614 E 7th St. | East Austin | nashaindia.com

Located in East Austin, Nasha Restaurant is a great destination for delicious and authentic Indian cuisine. Using rustic style cooking, Nasha offers all of the classic Indian dishes you’ve already heard of like tikka masala and vindaloo. All of the restaurant’s dishes are primarily Indian with a little bit of Tex-Mex blended in. Nasha also offers a wide selection of wine, beer, cocktails, and soft drinks. 

“The food is really tremendous here. We got takeout but they are serving and have a cute outside area. The paneer and mozzarella quesadilla was really good, and so was the jalapeño naan, but the tandoori chicken tacos and the kheema masala were flat out awesome. We are DEFINITELY going back again!” - Yelp Review

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7. G’raj Mahal Cafe & Lounge

Former Indian food truck turned popular late night lounge

Photo of G'Raj Mahal Cafe & Lounge - Austin, TX, United States
G’raj Mahal Cafe & Lounge is known for its unique and funky atmosphere. Image courtesy of Yelp

73 Rainey St. | Austin | grajmahalaustin.com

If you’re looking for an Indian restaurant with a more rustic and modern setting, you’ll love the G’raj MahalMahai Cafe & Lounge. Biryani, tikka, naan, and more are served inside this popular Indian restaurant. 

G’raj Mahai actually started out as a food truck, but as it grew in popularity the owners soon realized they needed to expand. The restaurant is now situated in a renovated house featuring a gorgeous back patio and spacious indoor dining space. 

“This is a favorite dining spot whenever I'm in Austin. Good food and libations served in a laid-back atmosphere complete with indoor/outdoor seating.” - Yelp Review

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Austin offers a vibrant and exciting food scene. If you’re looking for great Indian food in this bustling city, you won’t be disappointed. What Indian restaurants are you planning to visit? Let us know in the comments! We love hearing from you.

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