Mesa, Arizona is home to great views and great restaurants, neither of which you’ll want to miss out on whether you live in the area or are just passing through. The third largest city in Arizona, Mesa is the perfect place to go for a sightseeing trip.
In and around Mesa, you’ll find some of the best Indian restaurants in Arizona. So, if you’re looking for a great place to grab a bite to eat while there, GiftYa has you covered.
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So, consider buying a GiftYa for one of the supported restaurants on this list while you consider where you want to go for Indian food in Mesa.
1315 S Gilbert Rd #5204 | Mesa | azindiaoven.com
Whether you want a buffet or your pick of delicious dishes from the menu, India Oven is the place to go. India Oven serves both lunch and dinner buffets, and the restaurant has 2 different spacious banquet halls.
On the menu you’ll find appetizers, tandoori, vegetable, chicken, lamb, goat, seafood, and rice dishes, tandoori breads, and desserts. There’s also a full bar available with Indian beers and scotches.
India Oven is open for lunch from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. for dinner every day of the week!
“They serve all day buffet!! We loved the paneer tikka masala and the palak paneer. Our absolute favorite was the mango lassi so we got tons of refills! We will definitely come back!” - Yelp Review
1872 Apache Blvd | Tempe | the-dhaba.com
This restaurant, located in Tempe’s India Plaza, takes pride in serving traditional Punjabi dishes. Named after local restaurants that serve food to truck stop drivers in India and Pakistan, The Dhaba has won many awards for their great flavors and service.
There are separate starter, lunch, dinner, and beverage menus, and The Dhaba offers several special offers as well.
All seven days of the week, The Dhaba is open from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.
“It was flavorful and the spice level of 3 was great! The garlic naan was good too! I got it without butter but I know it would have been better with butter. Service was friendly and quick too.” - Yelp Review
857 E Warner Rd Ste 101 | Gilbert | flavorsofindia.shopsettings.com
This restaurant in Gilbert, Arizona— very close to Mesa —looks simple on the outside, but the food is anything but. Stop by for classic northern Indian cuisine or a buffet for lunch.
Flavors of India serves appetizers, clay oven dishes, tandoori breads, vegetarian dishes, chicken dishes, lamb dishes, seafood dishes, rice, soups, salads, extras, beverages, and desserts.
Lunch hours at Flavors of India are from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., and dinner hours are from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. This doesn’t change for any day except Sunday, when the restaurant is closed.
“The medium was pretty spicy so be aware of that if you don't like [it] too spicy. The garlic naan was amazing and fresh[ly] made. It also made for excellent left overs the next day.” - Yelp Review
2048 E Baseline Rd | Mesa | gurupalacearizona.com
Guru Palace takes inspiration from cuisine in many different parts of India, and only uses the best and freshest ingredients to make their delicious dishes. The traditional spices served at this restaurant add great flavor to your food.
You can choose between a vegetarian dinner, a non-vegetarian dinner, and tandoori dinner. Guru Palace also serves sides, soups, salads, appetizers, curries, tandoori specials, chef specialties, and much more!
Guru Palace is open from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. all seven days of the week.
“The reason this is my go-to when it comes to Indian cuisine: the palak paneer & naan. Both are entirely unbeatable. I can make a meal out of that, alone.” - Yelp Review
1845 Broadway Rd #101 | Tempe | ordernandinicuisine.com
Nandini Indian Cuisine cares deeply about keeping their dishes authentic and keeping their customers satisfied. With fresh and high-quality ingredients used to make every dish, you won’t want to miss out on this restaurant.
Some specialties on the menu— and very popular dishes —are vegetable biryani, chicken biryani, lamb biryani, and goat biryani.
This restaurant is open from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. for dinner all seven days of the week. Lunch hours are from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
“I was skeptical since the place was lonely for a Sunday evening. But let me tell you, the food was amazing. I ordered the Chicken Tikka Masala-medium to spicy. It was mouth watering. Juicy and tender pieces of chicken.” - Yelp Review
2043 S Alma School Rd | Mesa | 602-842-7005
Located within the Lotus International Food Store in Mesa, this restaurant is definitely a hidden gem. It may be small, but that only adds to the cozy atmosphere. Besides, the dishes are worth it.
Puri, bhajis, chaat, lassi, and much more are on the menu at Lotus Deli Indian Kitchen. It’s the perfect place to go for both a quick grab-and-go meal or a long sit-down dining experience. It depends what the day has in store for you.
Lotus Deli Indian Kitchen is open from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. all seven days a week.
“Amazing! This is totally a hidden gem. I've had it bookmarked for a long time and was so happy to try it.… some of the best Indian food I have had, I am really glad I tried it.” - Yelp Review
4427 S Rural Rd Suite 3 and 4 | Tempe | indiasflame.com
Chef Surinder Singh of India’s Flame has been working in the Indian food industry with his family for over 30 years, so suffice it to say that they know what they’re doing. This family-owned restaurant has become a very popular local business in Tempe, ArIzona— very close to Mesa.
India’s Flame serves fresh salads, soups, appetizers, tandoori specials, complete dinners, vegetarian dishes, rice dishes, chef’s specialties, tandoori breads, sides, and desserts— and all of that isn’t even including the main menu. There’s also a daily lunch buffet for a great price.
This restaurant is open from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. for lunch and from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. for dinner on weekdays. On weekends, hours are from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.
“Delicious, authentic Indian food! I placed a large online order for 10 entrees the night before picking up and was warmly greeted by the staff. Their lunch buffet was set up which looked fresh and appetizing as well.” - Yelp Review
1813 E Baseline Rd #108 | Tempe | littleindiaaz.com
This restaurant is another hole-in-the-wall of Arizona. Little India is a great place to go for lunch or dinner, but you can also buy groceries here if you live in this area of Arizona. They also do catering!
On the menu are snacks, specials, paratha and roti, curry, and chaat— the star of the show. You can also order a shake, spiced tea, or desi coffee to drink, and from a variety of choices for dessert.
Hours at Little India Chaat & Restaurant are from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays and Sundays, and from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.
“The prices are incredibly reasonable so it's easy to try a few different dishes… Definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of Indian food and maybe want to try more home style cooking.” - Yelp Review
4939 W Ray Rd #1 | Chandler | azindiagate.com
New India Gate sticks to traditional North Indian flavors cooked homestyle by one of the owners and brought to your table. That’s how this family-owned business has been operating for over 20 years in Chandler, Arizona— very close to Mesa.
This restaurant has a lot of choices on the menu. There are beef, chicken, lamb, goat, seafood, and vegetarian dishes available, as well as a host of vegan and gluten-free options to accommodate your dietary needs. You won’t want to miss out on the dessert either!
New India Gate is closed on Sundays, but every other week they’re open for lunch from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. for dinner.
“I can't tell you how happy we are with this family run business! We live nearby and come here or order in and are always happy… The family is friendly and adore[s] their clientele.” - Yelp Review
So, while you’re in Mesa— or even just the Arizona area —consider paying one of these great Indian restaurants a visit. Between the choices on this list, you’ll definitely be able to find what you’re looking for.
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