Star of India Tandoori Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 7212 Melrose Ave

    Los Angeles, CA 90046

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  • 323-939-6815

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I have been blissfully ordering from this place for 12 years easily. Let me also say I am a total food snob who has eaten Indian food everywhere from London, Amsterdam, Brussels to France. I think this place is one of the best I have ever had. In fact it is always my comfort go to place when I return home. Yes, the Vindaloo will make your nose run but if you pair it with a Khurma or a Coconut dish it is fantastic. Although not the best ambiance in the world, I have converted numerous non Indian lovers with the food served here. I simply dont get the bad reviews? I have yet to have a bad or even unsatisfying meal there. I say, fantastic!!!

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★★★★★

I have been blissfully ordering from this place for 12 years easily. Let me also say I am a total food snob who has eaten Indian food everywhere from London, Amsterdam, Brussels to France. I think this place is one of the best I have ever had. In fact it is always my comfort go to place when I return home. Yes, the Vindaloo will make your nose run but if you pair it with a Khurma or a Coconut dish it is fantastic. Although not the best ambiance in the world, I have converted numerous non Indian lovers with the food served here. I simply dont get the bad reviews? I have yet to have a bad or even unsatisfying meal there. I say, fantastic!!!

Pros: Fantastic food

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Everyone in my party loved the food (except for the fried butterfly shrimp). The service was excellent. A good time was had by all. We all walked away quite satisfied and full to the brim. We'd definitely go back.

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★★★★★

Everyone in my party loved the food (except for the fried butterfly shrimp). The service was excellent. A good time was had by all. We all walked away quite satisfied and full to the brim. We'd definitely go back.

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If your a fan of spicy food...your like this place! I'm not going to give it bad reviews...just be prepared for very spicy food.

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★★★☆☆

If your a fan of spicy food...your like this place! I'm not going to give it bad reviews...just be prepared for very spicy food.

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I am puzzled by the bad reviews, especially regarding service. The place is open late and never crowded; my water glass was filled constantly. I have driven miles to come to Star of India just to eat mainly because there is no "knuckle meat", as I call it... weird bony inedible pieces of meat. The chicken is tender, the rice and naan are fluffy. And you even get a $15 off coupon always. The atmosphere is not hip or special, but it is clean and classy for a hole in the wall. If you want atmosphere (and a slightly larger tab) try Electric Lotus, but certainly Star of India is recommended.

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★★★★☆

I am puzzled by the bad reviews, especially regarding service. The place is open late and never crowded; my water glass was filled constantly. I have driven miles to come to Star of India just to eat mainly because there is no "knuckle meat", as I call it... weird bony inedible pieces of meat. The chicken is tender, the rice and naan are fluffy. And you even get a $15 off coupon always. The atmosphere is not hip or special, but it is clean and classy for a hole in the wall. If you want atmosphere (and a slightly larger tab) try Electric Lotus, but certainly Star of India is recommended.

Pros: Best food, never a wait, open late, full water glasses, 15% off coupon.

Cons: ?

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The only reason it's a 4star in my books is because of the service. They are not very attentive, or at least to busy! Other than that, the food is spectacular. I usually go here once a week. I love the Chicken Biriyani. Give it a shot and you'll be hooked too!

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★★★★☆

The only reason it's a 4star in my books is because of the service. They are not very attentive, or at least to busy! Other than that, the food is spectacular. I usually go here once a week. I love the Chicken Biriyani. Give it a shot and you'll be hooked too!

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This place has bad food, I informed the waiter that the Vegetables didnt taste right and had a stale smell. Almost sour smelling and I know my veges, I order Vege Korma at other restaurants all the time and this smell was rather unique. The waiter smelled it at the table, somewhat embarassing, and said that he was certain that it smelled fresh. To save myself of further embarrassment I just paid and left a note for the manager with my ph#. It has been over a month, no calls yet.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place has bad food, I informed the waiter that the Vegetables didnt taste right and had a stale smell. Almost sour smelling and I know my veges, I order Vege Korma at other restaurants all the time and this smell was rather unique. The waiter smelled it at the table, somewhat embarassing, and said that he was certain that it smelled fresh. To save myself of further embarrassment I just paid and left a note for the manager with my ph#. It has been over a month, no calls yet.

Pros: ?

Cons: Stale food, bad service, poor management

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"Indians will be treated like an insect..." may be this quote suits to this restaurant perfectly. I went to LA for a trip Last week, unfortunately Google resulted this restaurant as search result, People work here don't listen to order fully. yes of course they have a rocket to build in NASA.. An American couple came, without even taking the order from us the guy left and serving water to them and asking "How are u doing today?" and all.. After waiting for 10 mins, i couldn't resist myself from asking for water.. No minimum decency for Indians of course. I hate 45 mins of my time while sitting in this Restaurant. I have been to numerous Restaurant in US so far, This is the WORST Restaurant among all.

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★☆☆☆☆

"Indians will be treated like an insect..." may be this quote suits to this restaurant perfectly. I went to LA for a trip Last week, unfortunately Google resulted this restaurant as search result, People work here don't listen to order fully. yes of course they have a rocket to build in NASA.. An American couple came, without even taking the order from us the guy left and serving water to them and asking "How are u doing today?" and all.. After waiting for 10 mins, i couldn't resist myself from asking for water.. No minimum decency for Indians of course. I hate 45 mins of my time while sitting in this Restaurant. I have been to numerous Restaurant in US so far, This is the WORST Restaurant among all.

Pros: Is there any??

Cons: Everyting

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I went to LA from Minneapolis and though tasting good indian food. Google resulted this WORST restaurant.. Service is really worst i have ever seen.. Thinking of good and good indian food.. please don't even look at this restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to LA from Minneapolis and though tasting good indian food. Google resulted this WORST restaurant.. Service is really worst i have ever seen.. Thinking of good and good indian food.. please don't even look at this restaurant.

Pros: None

Cons: ALL

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I have Indian food delivered every Tuesday night, from Star of India. I get the same thing: Shrimp Tandoori Masala, Veggie Samosas with Mango Chutney, 4 pieces of Naan and their "fried Rice" (basmati rice with raisins, almonds, peas, etc) Every Tuesday, I thank God for this restaurant. Seriously... the Tandoor Masala is by far the most scrumptious dish I've ever eaten. (My pal says the chicken Tandoori Masala is the best SHE'S had too.) So sweet and savory. It's Weds morning now, and I am craving the leftovers in my fridge, as I type this review.

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★★★★★

I have Indian food delivered every Tuesday night, from Star of India. I get the same thing: Shrimp Tandoori Masala, Veggie Samosas with Mango Chutney, 4 pieces of Naan and their "fried Rice" (basmati rice with raisins, almonds, peas, etc) Every Tuesday, I thank God for this restaurant. Seriously... the Tandoor Masala is by far the most scrumptious dish I've ever eaten. (My pal says the chicken Tandoori Masala is the best SHE'S had too.) So sweet and savory. It's Weds morning now, and I am craving the leftovers in my fridge, as I type this review.

Pros: Tandoor Masala sauce, Free delivery, 15% Off for Citysearchers!

Cons: Melrose parking

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I have eaten at every single indian food restaurant you can possibly name... Bombay, other star of Indias, by the way, this is not the same as other "star of indias" they don't compare to this one...

This is by far the best ever, its inexpensive, friendly, and their food is the best EVER! The Chicken Tikka Marsala is the most amazing thing on the entire planet, its rich, creamy and tastes like CANDY literally this thing taste like CANDY! I like to order it with no spice, just a preference... The naan is simply amazing, nowhere else could serve better either...

If anything, you have to go there and try the chicken tikka marsala its the best in the world, I have taken numerous people there who say the same thing... YOU WILL BE INSTANTLY HOOKED>

I live in florida now and I had the opportunity to get in contact with them and they where so nice about handing out the recipe now that I was away, since I am a frequent customer they know me well..

I LOVE THIS PLACE!

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★★★★★

I have eaten at every single indian food restaurant you can possibly name... Bombay, other star of Indias, by the way, this is not the same as other "star of indias" they don't compare to this one...

This is by far the best ever, its inexpensive, friendly, and their food is the best EVER! The Chicken Tikka Marsala is the most amazing thing on the entire planet, its rich, creamy and tastes like CANDY literally this thing taste like CANDY! I like to order it with no spice, just a preference... The naan is simply amazing, nowhere else could serve better either...

If anything, you have to go there and try the chicken tikka marsala its the best in the world, I have taken numerous people there who say the same thing... YOU WILL BE INSTANTLY HOOKED>

I live in florida now and I had the opportunity to get in contact with them and they where so nice about handing out the recipe now that I was away, since I am a frequent customer they know me well..

I LOVE THIS PLACE!

Pros: best indian food ever, best price, best service

Cons: none.

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We arrived on a Saturday at noon and the waiter seemed to expect us to eat the buffet. After waiting about ten minutes to flag the waiter down again after seating us we asked to see menus. We ordered two chicken curry entrees and ended up waiting about twenty minutes before receiving food. When we received the food it was only the meat dish, no rice or soup though the menu specified that they should be included. We asked for naan and the waiter seemed very irritated but brought it out eventually. When we received the bill we were charged the "a la carte" rate instead of the lunch rate even though it was about 1pm by that time. So all told we paid 30 bucks for two dishes of chicken curry, no rice, no soup and were charged for the naan. We asked the waiter about the bill and were told we'd have to talk to someone in charge. We waited around to talk to someone but when no one seemed willing to come out from the back we finally left.
So if you want the buffet it seems to work ok judging by what other revieweres have said, but don't try ordering from the menu or you will be RIPPED OFF.

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★☆☆☆☆

We arrived on a Saturday at noon and the waiter seemed to expect us to eat the buffet. After waiting about ten minutes to flag the waiter down again after seating us we asked to see menus. We ordered two chicken curry entrees and ended up waiting about twenty minutes before receiving food. When we received the food it was only the meat dish, no rice or soup though the menu specified that they should be included. We asked for naan and the waiter seemed very irritated but brought it out eventually. When we received the bill we were charged the "a la carte" rate instead of the lunch rate even though it was about 1pm by that time. So all told we paid 30 bucks for two dishes of chicken curry, no rice, no soup and were charged for the naan. We asked the waiter about the bill and were told we'd have to talk to someone in charge. We waited around to talk to someone but when no one seemed willing to come out from the back we finally left.
So if you want the buffet it seems to work ok judging by what other revieweres have said, but don't try ordering from the menu or you will be RIPPED OFF.

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Best Indian Food I've ever tried. The weekend buffet includes all of my favs including salad, rice, curry, nan, chicken tandoori, and more! Great value, not so good service but who cares...it's a buffet. Opens at different times so you should call before going.

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★★★★★

Best Indian Food I've ever tried. The weekend buffet includes all of my favs including salad, rice, curry, nan, chicken tandoori, and more! Great value, not so good service but who cares...it's a buffet. Opens at different times so you should call before going.

Pros: Food, Price

Cons: service

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Okay, so I've eaten at nearly every Indian Restaurant in Los Angeles (and several in London) and this one is my favorite. No, not for decor and atmosphere (Bombay Palace and Electric Lotus win there) but for the food. And not only is it arguably the best Indian food in LA, it's also a bargain. The cheap lunch buffet is fine, but if you only go for the buffet you'll miss some of the best things on the menu.
The Chicken Tikka is the best I've had - large chunks of all white meat chicken, perfectly seasoned (great for all you low carb folks). The khurmas and the masalas are excellent as well. Saag Paneer, saag aloo, the various naans... It's all great (they make a naan with coconut and fruit in it that is suitable for dessert). The soup that comes with each dinner is average, but it's free.
All in all, a great undiscovered gem. Service is great (partly because the place is rarely crowded) and the atmosphere is a bit plain but clean.

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★★★★★

Okay, so I've eaten at nearly every Indian Restaurant in Los Angeles (and several in London) and this one is my favorite. No, not for decor and atmosphere (Bombay Palace and Electric Lotus win there) but for the food. And not only is it arguably the best Indian food in LA, it's also a bargain. The cheap lunch buffet is fine, but if you only go for the buffet you'll miss some of the best things on the menu.
The Chicken Tikka is the best I've had - large chunks of all white meat chicken, perfectly seasoned (great for all you low carb folks). The khurmas and the masalas are excellent as well. Saag Paneer, saag aloo, the various naans... It's all great (they make a naan with coconut and fruit in it that is suitable for dessert). The soup that comes with each dinner is average, but it's free.
All in all, a great undiscovered gem. Service is great (partly because the place is rarely crowded) and the atmosphere is a bit plain but clean.

Pros: best food at the best prices, a large back room for banquets and parties

Cons: parking on melrose can be tricky

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This restaurant's food is grate.I never see like that kind of food and service.there's checken takka mosala, tandorry fish and shirmp is best in all over the world.nice staf, good for indevidual or patry.

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★★★★☆

This restaurant's food is grate.I never see like that kind of food and service.there's checken takka mosala, tandorry fish and shirmp is best in all over the world.nice staf, good for indevidual or patry.

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The service sucked pretty bad. The food was "Okay" I've had much better. I chose this resturant based on the reviews from this site and I have no idea why this resturant received a 9.1.....I would give it a 4. The servers were not organized or friendly, they all seemed tired and bored. The atmosphere was kind of cramped and very plain, no color. There are two other indian resturants within walking distance of this one and I suggest checking out one of those first....well unless you want the 15% discount coupon that is offered through city search/star of india....I wonder why they are the only resturant offering this discount....Hmmm?

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★★☆☆☆

The service sucked pretty bad. The food was "Okay" I've had much better. I chose this resturant based on the reviews from this site and I have no idea why this resturant received a 9.1.....I would give it a 4. The servers were not organized or friendly, they all seemed tired and bored. The atmosphere was kind of cramped and very plain, no color. There are two other indian resturants within walking distance of this one and I suggest checking out one of those first....well unless you want the 15% discount coupon that is offered through city search/star of india....I wonder why they are the only resturant offering this discount....Hmmm?

Cons: sad & tired waitstaff, Eh...Food, Boring ambience

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My husband is British, and so, quite particular about Indian cuisine, and
I've eaten in many, many Indian restaurants over the years. I have to say
that Star of India is by far the best and most consistent Indian restaurant in Los Angeles, that I've visited.

The dining room is clean and pretty, and the service is prompt and very
friendly. Their menu has all the typical dishes, plus some slightly different
ones - and everything is just well-prepared and tasty. Their Saag dishes
are wonderful, their chicken tikka masala is one of the best I've had anywhere.
Their Bhuna dishes have plenty of fresh tomato and onions - and overall most dishes are not very oily. I'd recommend Star of India to anyone.

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★★★★★

My husband is British, and so, quite particular about Indian cuisine, and
I've eaten in many, many Indian restaurants over the years. I have to say
that Star of India is by far the best and most consistent Indian restaurant in Los Angeles, that I've visited.

The dining room is clean and pretty, and the service is prompt and very
friendly. Their menu has all the typical dishes, plus some slightly different
ones - and everything is just well-prepared and tasty. Their Saag dishes
are wonderful, their chicken tikka masala is one of the best I've had anywhere.
Their Bhuna dishes have plenty of fresh tomato and onions - and overall most dishes are not very oily. I'd recommend Star of India to anyone.

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Excellent, fresh food - good variety, bread was hot and the waiter was friendly, attentive and frequently followed up.

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★★★★★

Excellent, fresh food - good variety, bread was hot and the waiter was friendly, attentive and frequently followed up.

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Most of the Indian Restaurant serve almost same food except one in North hollywood and may be that one mix up Indian and Bangladeshi style of cooking thats why they are different. What makes different is the Service and this particular restaurant is just like the cheap restaurant you can see in the road side of Bombay or Calcutta. Sorry to say that we were not satisfied at all.

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★☆☆☆☆

Most of the Indian Restaurant serve almost same food except one in North hollywood and may be that one mix up Indian and Bangladeshi style of cooking thats why they are different. What makes different is the Service and this particular restaurant is just like the cheap restaurant you can see in the road side of Bombay or Calcutta. Sorry to say that we were not satisfied at all.

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The best value is their buffet. It is very nice and spacious inside.
The food was excellent. There are not many other Indian restaurants where I liked the food as much as here. Buffet included a delicious selection.
If you like Indian food you should definitely try this place.

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★★★★★

The best value is their buffet. It is very nice and spacious inside.
The food was excellent. There are not many other Indian restaurants where I liked the food as much as here. Buffet included a delicious selection.
If you like Indian food you should definitely try this place.

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The best tandoori chicken is here. I always like to try the mikka tika and the saffron rice, totally yum. The thing to do is to park in the back alley and go through the back. You will see a guy named "Bob" tell him that his friends have sent you there and he is so nice he even offered me a complimentary courtesy beer, when I was picking up food. They are vary gracious when you dine with them, and afterwards you can bum Melrose Ave.

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★★★★★

The best tandoori chicken is here. I always like to try the mikka tika and the saffron rice, totally yum. The thing to do is to park in the back alley and go through the back. You will see a guy named "Bob" tell him that his friends have sent you there and he is so nice he even offered me a complimentary courtesy beer, when I was picking up food. They are vary gracious when you dine with them, and afterwards you can bum Melrose Ave.

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We absolutely love this place particulary for its all you can eat lunch buffet for 9 bucks. Their food is very tasty. That naan is awesome, and if there's a dish you like for the buffet that's not up there, they'll make it for you! What more could you want.

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★★★★★

We absolutely love this place particulary for its all you can eat lunch buffet for 9 bucks. Their food is very tasty. That naan is awesome, and if there's a dish you like for the buffet that's not up there, they'll make it for you! What more could you want.

Pros: inexpensive, good food, good service

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WOW!!! What a find! I had never heard of "Star" untill the first time I passed by and decided to walk in. It was absolutly the BEST Indian food I have ever eaten. The smells, flavors, and warm feelings were all amazing. I will definitly be back very soon.

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WOW!!! What a find! I had never heard of "Star" untill the first time I passed by and decided to walk in. It was absolutly the BEST Indian food I have ever eaten. The smells, flavors, and warm feelings were all amazing. I will definitly be back very soon.

Pros: Good Deals, excellent food, friendly service

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I have been going to indian restraunt in LA, but this place is the best Indian restraunt so far. my bf who's british, and known for picky for indian food is also agrees. their checkin tikha masala is the best. so creamy and tasty. the waiter's are friendly and answer any question about their menu.
they also are flexible. i told them what i like and don't like and they made a special dish for me! how nice! you definitely should try if you are a indian food lover!

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★★★★☆

I have been going to indian restraunt in LA, but this place is the best Indian restraunt so far. my bf who's british, and known for picky for indian food is also agrees. their checkin tikha masala is the best. so creamy and tasty. the waiter's are friendly and answer any question about their menu.
they also are flexible. i told them what i like and don't like and they made a special dish for me! how nice! you definitely should try if you are a indian food lover!

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I come here for the $8 lunch buffet, when it's virtually empty during the weekdays. It's got the standard dishes - rice, tandoori chicken, daal, naan, etc. But the chicken tikka masala is unusually creamy and tasty. No desserts, but it's still well worth the price. Tip: Ask them for the hot sauce which isn't out on the buffet table. It definitely kicks the spice level up! This place is better than Mumtaz down the street.

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★★★★☆

I come here for the $8 lunch buffet, when it's virtually empty during the weekdays. It's got the standard dishes - rice, tandoori chicken, daal, naan, etc. But the chicken tikka masala is unusually creamy and tasty. No desserts, but it's still well worth the price. Tip: Ask them for the hot sauce which isn't out on the buffet table. It definitely kicks the spice level up! This place is better than Mumtaz down the street.

 

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