Top 9 Indian Restaurants In Iowa City, Iowa

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No doubt that Indians live all across the globe. If you are an Indian and are living in Iowa, or planning a trip to Iowa with your friends or family, then surely you are going to be mesmerized by the range of Indian restaurants available here. Iowa is dotted with an incredible string of big and small restaurants serving a range of specialties. You need not worry about the food, as the restaurants in Iowa are surely going to impress you. Out of so many Indian restaurants available here, it becomes difficult to find the best ones. Therefore, in this article, we have listed the top Indian restaurants in Iowa City.

1. Masala Indian Cuisine

Posted by Waewdao Sirisook on Saturday, 12 December 2015

Masala Indian Restaurant has a fair seating capacity and features an excellent ambiance which makes it a perfect place for you to take selfies with your friends. It offers a wide range of dishes to suit everyone’s taste. Be it samosa, pakora, paneer vegetable, biryani, or naan, the place has it all. The prices of all the dishes are value-for-money per the taste and quality they offer. Come here to enjoy the lip-smacking delicacies without digging a hole in your pocket.

Masala Indian Cuisine

Address: 9 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240, United States

Website: Masala Indian Cuisine

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 9:30pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 3pm, 5pm - 9:30pm; Sun: 5pm - 9:30pm

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2. India Cafe

India Cafe in Iowa City

Posted by MyTernNow on Sunday, 29 August 2010

Be it vegetarian or non-vegetarian, India Cafe offers tasty food for all. It has been serving fresh food since 1994. The place offers a wide range of scrumptious items which are surely going to excite your tastebuds. The ambience of this place is also quite calm and family-friendly. Whether you want crispy pakoras, or yummy samosa, or piping hot naan, this place would not disappoint you at all. The signature dish of this place is malai kofta (vegetarian meatballs) that is softer than meat yet as delicious.

India Cafe

Address: 50 W Burlington Ave, Fairfield, IA 52556, United States

Website: India Cafe

Opening hours: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 10pm (daily)

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3. Sabi's Cafe

Posted by Sabi's Cafe on Friday, 20 December 2019

Sabi’s cafe offers a casual dine-in atmosphere where you can come with your friends and have a taste of the most authentic Indian delicacies. Taste and quality are the first preference for Sabi’s cafe and the service they offer spellbinds your experience there. The lunch menu changes every day of the week, with gulab jamun as dessert and saffron mango lassi as the drink being constant. Overall, this is an interesting place to enjoy delicious Indian food.

Sabi's Cafe

Address: 2094, 185th Street, Golden Gate Building, Suite #22 Fairfield, Iowa 52556

Website: Sabi’s Cafe

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 12pm - 1:30pm (closed on Sat & Sun)

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4. Paradise Bar & Grill

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Posted by FeedNow on Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Paradise Bar & Grill is one of the best Indian restaurants available in town. Featuring a great lunch buffet, this place has a perfect mixture of traditional and modern Indian dishes. It offers a classy interior and has a wide range of dishes for you to choose from. In addition to the Indian delicacies, it also serves continental dishes and beer. So if you are willing to try some Indian dishes along with the native cuisines and chilled beer, then head on to the Paradise Bar & Grill.

Paradise Bar & Grill

Address: 5200 Fountains Dr NE, Ste 100, Cedar Rapids, IA 52411-6612

Website: Paradise Bar & Grill

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 11:30am - 2pm, 4:30pm - 9pm (closed on Mon)

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5. Melting Bite

Posted by NewBo City Market on Friday, 28 September 2018

Melting Bite is a perfect place to get Indian delicacies along with a bite of Indian desserts. The restaurant has its menu divided into combo meals, Griddle bites, Street Hawker, Roadside Romeo, and Street Smart. Each section consists of a perfect blend of Indian dishes that would make you crave for more of it. The “combo meals” have meals such as a perfect Indian breakfast combo which consists of parantha and masala tea. The customers can even opt for their own choice of the parantha. The dessert section has a variety of options, such as cakes and pastries. Griddle Bites section consists of different types of paranthas while the street hawker specializes in Indian street food such as chaat. Roadside Romeo features a variety of rolls, where different stuffings are used in flatbreads and Indian sauces are used. Street Smart section offers a variety of Indian curries, both non-vegetarian, and vegetarian.

Melting Bite

Address: 1100 3rd Street SE Suite 3 & 4 located inside NewBo City Market, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401, United States

Website: Melting Bite

Opening hours: Wed - Fri: 10am - 8pm; Sat: 10am - 6pm; Sun: 10am - 4pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

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6. Taj Mahal Cuisine of India

Don't this plate look pretty?

Posted by Reynier Martinez on Friday, 18 April 2014

Located in Cedar Rapids, Taj Mahal Cuisine of India is not only known for providing excellent food but also for mood-uplifting decor. The decoration in the restaurant is simple yet beautiful. The menu is divided into appetizers, tandoori cuisine, seafood, lamb, chicken dishes, Bahar-E-Sabaz (vegetarian dishes), biryani, bread, cold beverages, and desserts. The tandoori section is a must-try. Other than that, biryani, which is made with basmati rice, cooked with either meat or vegetables and spices, creating a flavorful aroma, is a crowd favorite. The chef special is the lamb curry which is made with a variety of spices and is quite tasty. The dessert section has some of the famous Indian desserts such as the gulab jamun and halwa.

Taj Mahal Cuisine of India

Address: 3939 Center Point Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402, United States

Website: Taj Mahal Cuisine of India

Opening hours: Mon, Wed - Fri: 11:30am - 2pm, 5pm - 9pm; Sat - Sun: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 9pm (closed on Tue)

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7. Haveli Indian Cuisine

Posted by Haveli Indian Cuisine on Sunday, 31 May 2015

The Haveli Indian Cuisine has a chain of restaurants spread all over the city. The menu is the same for all of its branches. The decor of each restaurant is a bit different yet pleasing to the eye. The Haveli Indian Cuisine offers Indian food in both veg and non-veg categories. It starts with soup, chats, appetizers, bread, tandoori specialties, chicken specialties, lamb and goat specialties, beverages, veg specialties, rice specialties, egg dishes and a particular section for chef special. The menu even offers house recommendations which are based on the suggestions given by the restaurants. Along with that, there is a seafood section, desserts, and white wines. While you are in this restaurant, you should try the chaat section and the chef special. The latter includes dishes such as chicken makhani, chicken karhai, lamb bhuna and paneer (cottage cheese) shahi korma, each one made with different spices and ingredients.

Haveli Indian Cuisine

Address: 943 25th Ave, Coralville, IA 52241, United States

Website: Haveli Indian Cuisine

Opening hours: Tue: 5pm - 9:15pm; Wed - Sun: 10am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 9:30pm; Mon: 11am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 9pm

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8. Mantra Indian Cuisine

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Posted by Mantra Indian Cuisine & Spirits on Friday, 5 September 2014

If you are in Davenport, Iowa, searching for Indian food, then you should definitely lookout for this new restaurant, Mantra Indian Cuisine. The restaurant has buffet options throughout the week, from 11am to 2:30pm. Apart from the buffet, the restaurant is known for providing vegan dishes that are not only healthy but are even tasty. There are lots of unique options in the snacks section, which you would not find in any other Indian restaurant, such as mirchi pakoras and water balls. The main course consists of all vegetarian items, cottage cheese dishes and many more. The bread provided is also vegan. If you wish to add clarified butter, it is available. All in all, this restaurant is excellent for all the vegan lovers of Indian food.

Mantra Indian Cuisine

Address:220 N Harrison St Davenport, Iowa 52801

Website: Mantra Indian Cuisine

Opening hours: 11am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 9:30pm (daily)

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9. Exotic India

This restaurant, as the name suggests, has some of the best exotic Indian dishes for people to try out. The interiors are beautiful, and the service is excellent. Coming to the dishes, the menu of Exotic India has appetizers, soups, salads, tandoori sizzlers, biryani, colorful curries beverages, momos and many more. The restaurant even has a lunch buffet throughout the week, except on Mondays. You can grab dinner here too. The restaurant specializes in non-veg Indian dishes, especially butter chicken and tikka masala, which is a must-try while in here.

Exotic India

Address: 102 2nd Ave # B, Coralville, IA 52241, United States

Website: Exotic India

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 11:15am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 10pm; Mon: 5pm - 10pm

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Indian restaurants in Iowa City
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Next time, let your palate be enticed by the flavors of India. Try out any of these famous and popular Indian restaurants in Iowa for a feast of mouthwatering Indian delicacies.

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