Top 11 Indian Restaurants in Austin that Locals Love

September 27, 2021
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.

If you’ve been itching to dine out for a while now, we recommend starting with one of these 11 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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Taj Palace

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

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

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 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. 

“The food was hands down delicious! This is one of the freshest authentic Indian food ever! You can't be disappointed. I'll order again. Thank you, Taj!” — Yelp Review

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Tarka

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 Instagram

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. 

“My colleague suggested this place and I am so so happy they did! What a gem! I had the Chicken Tikka Masala and Garlic Naan which were delicious (highly suggest both). The rice was fragrant, the Tikka Masala was flavorful, and the Garlic Naan was a must-have!” — Yelp Review

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Swad

Welcoming Indian restaurant dedicated to providing homestyle Indian meals to patrons

Swad is known for its immense portions. Make sure to come hungry!  Image courtesy of Instagram.

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! 

“They helped me to order vegan. They were very nice! I love the look inside the restaurant.

If you like tempura I would recommend their mixed vegetable pakoras” — Yelp Review

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Clay Pit

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

Too many options to decide? Try the mixed grill plate the next time you stop in. Image courtesy of Instagram.

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 Kabab Kebob and Malai Kabab Kebob 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 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm, 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.

“Perfectly nestled downtown with plenty of space to accommodate both large and small parties alike. Not only will you love the amazing food but even better is the atmosphere you get to experience while you dine! Full five stars from our experience and we look forward to visiting again soon!” — Yelp Review

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Nasha

Indian restaurant in Austin that serves fusion tacos and curried margaritas

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

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

Located in East Austin, Nasha 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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G’raj Mahal Cafe & Lounge

Former Indian food truck turned popular late-night lounge

G’raj Mahal Cafe & Lounge is known for its unique and funky atmosphere. Image courtesy of Instagram.

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 Mahal 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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Biryani and Co.

Order in or Take Out for the Whole Family at this South Indian Restaurant

Grab some entrees and sides at this Indian food restaurant in Austin! Their appetizers and entrees make it an excellent choice to grab a bite. Image courtesy of Instagram.

11150 Research Blvd #210 | Austin | biryaniusa.com

Biryani is a specially cooked rice dish served with the chef’s special combination of ingredients, spices, and sauce. At Biryani and Co, their chefs are experts at crafting unique, flavorful, and delicious biryani dishes. With 15 different biryani, there is sure to be one that catches your eye!

If not, no worries. Their extensive menu covers tandoori, chicken, goat, and vegetable entrees as well. Their menu is packed with appetizers, entrees, and sides so you’ll never run out of new foods to try! 

“My fiancé and I went here for the first time tonight. It's the best Indian cuisine I've ever had. Hands down. Great service, food was hot and super freshly made, portions are very decent and the price is fair.” — Yelp Review

Saffron Austin

Grab a Meal You’ll Never Forget at One of Austin’s Gems!

Swing by Saffron for an authentic Indian meal with inspiration from India, China, and Nepal!. Image courtesy of Instagram.

3616 Far W Blvd #113 | Austin | saffronaustin.com

Ever wanted to grab a taste of the Himalayas? At Saffron, their chefs have perfected a wide array of Indian cuisine with the flavors of the mountains. They make all of their dishes, sauces, naans, and desserts in-house, and their dedication to the craft is noticeable in every bite. 

Saffron is the first Indian restaurant in Austin with a dedicated Nepalese menu, adding to their beautifully eclectic menu. At Saffron, there is something for everyone. Whether you order your own entrees or grab a few plates to share family-style, prepare for an assault on your senses in the best possible way. The presentation, aroma, and taste of their dishes are an amazing experience. 

“In the last couple of months, my family and I have tried about everything on the menu. All authentically spiced with a wide mix of vegetarian/vegan and meat options. And the best part is the leftovers the next day-i always order more than we can eat for the leftovers.” — Yelp Review

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Asiana

Sit Down at Asiana for a Fine Indian Meal

Grab some friends! The portions at Asiana are generous, and with one look at the menu, you’ll know there’s more than one dish you want to try. Image courtesy of Instagram.

801 E William Cannon Dr. | Austin | asianaindiancuisine.com

Asiana is a no-nonsense, straight-to-the-point restaurant that believes in outstanding service and exceptional food. Their extensive menu delivers an authentic Indian meal in the heart of Austin, their recipes perfected over years of cooking. 

Alongside their food, Asiana prides themselves on their service. They guarantee a pleasant atmosphere, an attentive server, and an excellent meal. Some menu must-haves are the vegetable samosas, the chicken tikka masala, and the butter chicken.

“Very good Indian food and excellent service! I would definitely go back if I was in south Austin again.” — Yelp Review

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Jaipur Palace

Craving a fine Indian meal? This is the perfect place to stop for lunch or dinner

Their vegetable biryani is filled to the brim with delicious spices. Next time you are in the area make sure to swing by for some unbelievable Indian food. Image courtesy of Instagram.

9900 S I-35 | Austin | jaipurpalaceatx.com

Jaipur Palace endeavors to bring a unique dining experience to Austin — and they succeed. The owner of Jaipur Palace is passionate about creating the best possible dining experience for the people of Austin, and he is constantly learning new ways to bring his food to the next level. Jaipur Palace brings out the traditions and heritage of Jaipur, Rajasthan in their menu.

Must-haves on their menu include the Malai Kofta, the Paneer Makhani, the Gobi Manchurian, and the Paneer Tikka. Similar to other restaurants on this list they have a substantial menu. If you aren’t sure where to start, your server will be more than happy to point you in the right direction. 

“My family and I were so happy to find this restaurant so close to us and have been back multiple times as well as recommended to friends. There is nothing that we have tried that we did not enjoy!.” — Yelp Review

Whip In

Wine, Beer, and Indian Street Food. What’s not to Like?

The Whip In loves to brighten up the place with live music! Image courtesy of Instagram

1950 S. I-35 Frontage Road | Austin | whipin.com

The Whip In is an absolute must. They are more of a pub than a restaurant in all of the best ways. They come from humble beginnings when they were a grocery and convenience store, and have since grown into a go-to spot for bar food with an Indian twist, draft beer, and a great atmosphere. 

They host a lot of events and live music, keeping the place lively in every way they can. With both indoor and outdoor seating it is a perfect spot all year long!

“What's not to love about a convenience store/taproom/Indian restaurant/package store? Efficient & friendly service. Indoor & outdoor seating. Nice, clean restrooms (a very pleasant surprise). Easy parking. Convenient location. It has everything. The food is genuinely good whether you're getting standard bar fare or the tasty Indian specialties.” — Yelp Review

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There is no shortage of great Indian restaurants in Austin. Don’t see your favorite on this list? Let us know what it is in the comments!

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