Green star Taste of India (University District)

5517 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 528-1575

Indian flavors this amped-up usually come accompanied by an afterpool of oiliness. But at Taste of India in the U-District—some say the best Indian restaurant in the city—the food is bright and fresh without tasting remotely virtuous or health-like. A vast array of dishes are rich and ample and not too expensive.
Hours: Mon-Sat 11 am-10 pm, Sun 4 pm-9 pm
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Good but be careful!

So, yes the food at Taste of India is delicious. One word of warning. If you are vegetarian, vegan or have any allergies/food preferences be careful. The owner tells you what you want to hear (we can make that without...) and doesn't actually change the order. I worked there for awhile and routinely saw them tell customers things were halal or vegan when they weren't.
Posted by fennec fox on June 28, 2011 at 4:40 PM · Report this

Not trustworthy for Muslims looking to eat halal/kosher

I do not trust the owner at all. The owner listed this place as "Halal" and told us himself it was all halal w/ no alcohol meaning Kosher for Muslims but now that is very doubtfull.

We just went to this restaurant May 22, 2011 and we saw the owner walking around serving wine himself to the customers. The tables had signs saying "Now serving Beer & Wine". Their website also says "Now serving Beer & Wine". We are so dissapointed since we even went out of our way to tell him how much we appreciated that he had stopped serving alcohol and only served halal at one point. But now he has gone back to his old ways and he cannot be trusted. They just lost another loyal customer. I doubt very much they even have a hala/kosher menu anymore since they are obviously catering mainly to non-Muslims and don't have the "halal" sign up anywhere on their website.

Posted by mehakali on May 24, 2011 at 8:32 PM · Report this

I really want to hate that the staff doesn't get the tips, but the food is just so fucking good. If suffering babies were working their fingers to little nubs in the kitchen I might still come here, because it is just so obscenely delicious.
Posted by TMK on November 5, 2010 at 9:39 PM · Report this


Do not tip at taste of india. 0% of your tip money goes to the staff. 100% goes to the restaurant itself. Do not tip at taste of india. i worked there in last year for six months and watched 1000's of dollars go to the owner. MISLEADING BUSINESS PRACTICE!
Posted by tasterobstips on March 11, 2010 at 4:02 PM · Report this

It's more than a Taste, it's a delight

I've been visiting this wonderful restaurant for 10 years and brought many of my friends there, including Indian nationals, and all agree - it's the best Indian food in Seattle. My favorites are the bottomless chai tea, the spinach naan, and the tikka masala. Yum!
Posted by Menacing Muffin on November 11, 2009 at 10:07 AM · Report this
just a warning from a former taste of india employee... the owners keep the tips. if you ask them they'll say that they split it up between the servers but this is a lie. also if someone is caught accepting a tip from someone in the know, they are accused of stealing by the owners. eat the food, keep the tip.
Posted by beware on February 26, 2009 at 7:05 PM · Report this

Very Good

I've eaten at a lot of Indian places, and this one is definitely up there on the list. Also, I completely agree that the butter curry is amazing; be sure to try it. My only caution is that this restaurant is in the cheap eats category, and this is a miscategorization. If you're going to go, expect to pay a bit on your tab. Indian food is meant to be eaten family style, which means you need to order a bunch of dishes, and entrees are $12-18, with another $4 tacked on for each naan.
Posted by duckweights on February 7, 2009 at 3:51 AM · Report this

Butter chicken & Chai

This is my favorite Indian food in Seattle. The first dish I try at a new Indian resterant is the butter chicken and this one has by a long shot the best. The chai is also the best I have had, but I like it sweet. The only downside is that there is no buffet at lunch, and when it gets busy they tend to hurry you.
Posted by Kelsey on October 30, 2007 at 1:13 PM · Report this

They've got it all.

Great Service, Atmosphere, and Food. I have tried many Indian restaurants around Seattle and this place is by far the best.
Posted by leftstar07 on August 16, 2007 at 11:19 PM · Report this

Agreed - best Indian in Seattle

Always reliable. Spinach nan and lamb vindlaloo should not be missed. And the beautiful rugs on the wall make for a wonderfully pleasing ambiance.
Posted by Brecky Brown on August 2, 2007 at 1:25 AM · Report this

Butter Chicken...I want it now!

My mouth salivates just thinking of their Butter Chicken...what is their secret??? I challenge you to let me know where I can find better!
Posted by Triple X on July 13, 2007 at 3:44 PM · Report this

Great Seattle Indian food

The title says it, hands down. If I'm craving good Indian food I head to Taste of India
Posted by mtnmd15 on July 11, 2007 at 9:46 PM · Report this

Oh please

This is one of the worst Indian places I have ever visited. Coming from India dosent make me an expert but god! the curries made are half cooked. You can actually taste the tomatoes in the curry which is something no respectable Indian chef would like to see. Indian curry needs to be have its spices sauted to avoid having a raw taste to the meal, which is just what the dishes here have. Try other places around University Ave that have much better fare.
Posted by log in on July 11, 2007 at 7:01 AM · Report this


Honestly, I've eaten quite a bit of Indian food in many places and this is hands down my fav in Seattle. They have THE best chai anywhere and the usual short wait is worth it for a wonderful and reasonably priced meal. It does get very hot inside during the summer, but it's worth every bead of sweat!
Posted by HappyFun on July 10, 2007 at 6:45 PM · Report this

A Place for GODS!!

Best Food in Seattle if you are on the cheap food hunt. Go there, just GO THERE!! Go there NOW!!! Super food!!!!!
Posted by Just Me on May 29, 2007 at 10:24 AM · Report this

Best Indian in Seattle

This is my favorite Indian restaurant in Seattle. Undending cups of chai, great service from all staff, nice atmosphere, many dishes to choose from and one of my most favorite items is the pesto nan - delicious!
Posted by pezspu on May 18, 2007 at 4:22 PM · Report this

Gotta Love It!

This is one of the best Indian places I've been too. The food is spectacular, it has a good selection of veggie dishes and the Chai is excellent. This is also a good place to take folks who aren't that keen on Indian food. I took my sister, one of the pickest eaters, and she found a salad that enjoyed. It can get really busy, so if you're going on a whim with no reservation be prepared to wait awhile. But remember this, it is so worth the wait!
Posted by Staci on May 18, 2007 at 12:11 PM · Report this

My Fave Indian place

I LOVE this place. It is so adorable, and I've been going there religiously for over 4 years now, and we recommended it to so many people and they've done the same...I've probably recruited a following of 100 . I love it that much. Unlimited cups of the best Chai tea, amazing service, great tasting food and great location. You can't ask for more than that.
Posted by Megan on May 18, 2007 at 11:31 AM · Report this

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