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3182 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3363
+1 415-255-2440
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Quezon City, Philippines
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189 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

The paneer was so good I almost finished the whole serving by myself. The nan bread was big! The mango lassi was helpful in calming my tastebuds after eating the spicy dish. It is self service- you order and pay at the counter and they give you a number so you can pick up your food once they call your... More 

Thank mimabama
Zürich, Switzerland
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72 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

It's a great place to eat in mission however, prices increased consistently each year. the usual pakistani/indian menu, freshly cooked, delicous sources !

Thank Johannes R
Southern Nevada
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379 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

This a no frills Pakistani, Indian eatery in the Mission. It's self-service and they don't stand on ceremony. You order at the counter, collect your napkins, silverware, glass of water all on your own. If you don't want to do that, don't come here. Then you pick up your plate(s) of food and rush to your table because the aromas... More 

Thank beetcanner
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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96 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

Friends recommended this Pakistani/Indian restaurant, which is right near the northwestern edge of San Francisco’s Mission District. We found it very delicious and (amazingly for San Francisco) cheap! The restaurant was very busy when we walked in around 6 (completely packed but for a couple of spots), but staff quickly cleared tables for us, and kindly made sure there was... More 

Thank Mr_and_Mrs_Cuddles
Bentonville, Arkansas
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244 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

I have never, ever seen a dirtier restaurant in USA. There was an actual cockroach in my food. They waived the bill for the evening and apologized, but reading reviews it doesn't look like this was the first time. Someone in family tried to use the restroom and reported the filthy stench coming out of the storage area. Not to... More 

Thank seharmd
Austin, TX
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258 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 324 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

Read a zillion great reviews, so picked up a tikki masala, saag paneer and naan to go, and asked that dishes be made MILD. Got around the nightmarish block, and discovered no rice in the order, so went back and were charged $5 for rice. Got it home and after spooning the grease off the top of each container, we... More 

1 Thank LuckyWest
Miami Usa
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67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

Good value, popular (get menu before you go into line), can bring in beer, food has good flavors but nothing exceptional

Thank Busy T
London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

The atmosphere is dire, peeling walls and sticky linoleum floors. You have to order at a counter and grab your own drinks, cutlery, plates...possibly wash your own cutlery, plates, glasses... pehaps bring your own cutlery, plat and glasses...But the biryani was absolutely delicious, as were the curries and naans. Really, the best ever.

Thank Foodie M
Edmonton, Canada
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212 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

This is not fine dining but the food is delicious, the staff are friendly, the price is very reasonable, the place is packed and oh, did I say the food is delicious? Just the right amount of heat. We have eaten here a couple of times. Most recently we ordered the dal, saag paneer, baigan bhurta, chicken boti, chicken biryani,... More 

Thank albertasn0wbird
New Orleans, Louisiana
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016

I went to dinner at Pakwan and had their special, fish curry. It was terrible! The manager working the register was unfriendly and would hardly answer any questions I had. There was no one behind me in line so he had the time. The restaurant was dirty and nasty.

Thank riverboatjoy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Indian, Middle Eastern, Pakistani
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3182 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3363
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Mission District
  • Neighbourhood: Mission District
  • Phone Number: +1 415-255-2440

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Mission District

Neighbourhood Profile
Mission District
From burritos to bicyclists, the Mission is the foundation for all things hip in the city. Cultural attractions, an independent arts community, sumptuous street murals and a high density of bars and cafes make this neighbourhood a magnet for young people. While terrific inexpensive food is abundant, its top-of-the-line restaurants now compete with the city’s best for fashionable diners. Indulge as the locals do by heading to Mission Dolores Park, buy some ice cream, and savor one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in the country.
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