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Lotus Cuisine of India

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704 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901-3213 (Tamalpias Ave.)
+1 415-456-5808
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
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san rafael
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

The roof opens! What a wonderful evening. Great ambience. I recommend the mixed veggie pakoras. All of the sauces are rich. The fish dish was not very spicy so ask for it spicy if you like heat! The mixed thali is a good way to try a bit of many items. The owner Pal is a very warm, wonderful, fun... More 

Thank aimimi58
San Rafael, CA
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199 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

I eat here about once a month with a girlfriend; many of my friends like this place. The lunch buffet always has two appetizers and about ten dishes to choose from, including Tandoori chicken and another chicken with sauce, curry or masala, and often a lamb dish. The chai is very good and runs about $1.75 a cup. The buffet... More 

Thank Frankee11
San Rafael, California
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135 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Lotus has an all-you-can-eat buffet Monday through Saturday. While chai tea is not included, their nicely flavorful dishes with some organic ingredients are a great lunch value. Healthy, with salad and several cooked vegetable choices and some chicken. There is also fruit and dessert. The service is fine - there are lots of waiters.

Thank minimuffinlover
San Francisco Bay Area
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88 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

I do not get the opportunity to come here as often as I would like because it is a bit pricier than many of my other usual spots, but it is delicious! I crave the coconut curry often, and cannot wait to go back. Food here is all divine. They can be somewhat busy, but staff are usually quick to... More 

Thank Adventursaurus
San Rafael
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

This is an upscale Indian restaurant. It has an attractive decor and is more formal than many Marin restaurants. The food is very good. The servers are efficient and helpful when ordering. They will describe menu items that are unfamiliar to you.

1 Thank Josephine L
Los Angeles, California
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017

My sister brought my husband and me to this restaurant on a rainy evening recently. I remembered I had been here for lunch before, probably about 15 yrs ago. We were immediately seated, and though my sister and I were familiar with Indian food, my husband was rather new to this cuisine. We ordered lots of naan, and Tandoori chicken... More 

Thank twilight26
San Anselmo
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016

Sag Paneer, Chicken Tikka or Tika Masala, naan, curries, pakora--all so good here. I've tended to get the same dishes for takeout over the years, because I love them so much. When I do venture into the menu to share dishes or try something new, I'm delighted. We stopped into Lotus after an early movie recently, were shown right to... More 

1 Thank Carolyn I
Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

beautiful setting, attentive staff, great service, delicious food. Our waiter was great, he gave us good suggestions.

1 Thank jayscot59
San Rafael, California
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103 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

Great Indian restaurant with abundant and friendly service staff. Nicely decorated restaurant with a retractable roof. Classic Indian dishes prepared to desired spice level and nicely served and presented. Excellent quality food. Some service hick-ups which were quickly rectified. Not cheap but overall good value. Do recommend and will come back.

1 Thank GoGlobalMan
Marin, CA
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80 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

This and Sartaj in Sausalito are my 2 go to Indian restaurants in Marin. While Sartaj is completely casual, almost a hole in the wall atmosphere (with delicious food prepared when you order), Lotus is white table-cloth restaurant. On warm evenings they sometimes open the roof over the middle of the restaurant. Good food at a good price with excellent... More 

1 Thank REH999

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 704 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901-3213
    (Tamalpias Ave.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  San Rafael
  • Phone Number: +1 415-456-5808
Serving the best Indian Food in Marin County in downtown San Rafael since 1999. Vegan and Vegetarian, Gluten free, all organic. Lunch Buffet, Online Take Out Ordering, Zagat rated. Ranked #1 Marin Indian Restaurant. Certified Green Business.

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