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Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India

#672 of 3,848 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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3960 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103-3112 (Washington Ave)
+1 619-297-7777
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Sun - Sat 11:00 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:30
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206 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Vegetarian entrees are $16.95 (their online menu says $14.95 but it was $2 more) and includes rice. The serving is larger than most Indian restaurants and was enough to share between two people. The Malai Kofta was really, really good! They have a Groupon, so it was an alright deal! The Batata Vada appetizer (photo attached) was AWESOME but expensive... More 

Thank expat_mbk
New Braunfels, Texas
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food here is so good and the service is quick. I love coming here for lunch because they have a buffet and you can sample a little of everything.

Thank jmboze1
Conway, South Carolina
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384 reviews
265 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

I don't eat Indian food very often but on a chilly night it really works well. This is a delightful restaurant in the heart of Hillcrest. The menu is extensive with choices of more than just curry. I don't think that you will be disappointed. My dish which was a chicken Korma was excellent. It had a delightful onion sauce... More 

Thank ggcaiazzo
Danbury, Connecticut
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

We called beforehand as it was xmas eve and weren't sure that it will be open. They said we are open till 9:30pm,so we left our hotel to reach thereby 9pm.But,the moment we entered through the door, the server told us that they are closed for the day. We tried asking about almost ready options if any .. but he... More 

Thank R00pika
San Diego, California
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158 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016

We chose this restaurant for Christmas--it's one of the few nice places open here that day. We were happy with our choice. The decor is rich and relaxing, with indirect lighting, attractive Hindu and Buddhist sculpture, a waterfall, and comfortable seating. The music was slightly too loud for our taste, but we're more sensitive than most folks. We could have... More 

Thank Tony C
San Diego
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

This is a very cute restaurant but the food is just average. My mom and I went there on a Monday night the restaurant was not busy. We had the buffet it was $15. I had one of their drinks is was weak. I like stronger drinks. I would go back for the atmosphere but still looking for a better... More 

Thank amytud1
San Diego, California
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61 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Love the food here. Delicious. Unfortunately the service is always a problem. Slow or busy. It will take 20 minutes to be able to order your food. Maybe 30 minutes later you will get it. They are just a different pace here. Hard to get any attention.

Thank Amanda Q
Malibu, California
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105 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

GREAT atmosphere and GREAT service! Is it cheap/inexpensive? No. But is it good? Yes! Candidly it's a little pricey for Indian food and the portions weren't very big but we enjoyed ourselves (and their FANTASTIC cocktails) and would definitely come back! The eggplant Bhartha was AMAZING we really enjoyed that entree most! As for appetizers, the aloo paratha (bread stuffed... More 

Thank SandyQTraveler
Rancho Santa Fe, California
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485 reviews
274 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

I go there at least once a month and im never tired of this place. The food is awesome and if you go there at lunch time there is a very nice buffet.

Thank AlbertoMay
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Food was awesome! We loved everything we got, I just wish the portion was a tiny bit bigger for what you pay for the curries. Our waiter was AMAZING, I wish I could remember his name! He was helpful with suggestions, friendly and funny. One of the best servers I have ever had anywhere worldwide! Samosas and the cheese naan... More 

Thank Meghann K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3960 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103-3112
    (Washington Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-297-7777

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?