Lake Tahoe is an infinite, shimmering ribbon of jade and turquoise, and boasts a fascinating and picturesque shoreline. The stunning lake is not only one of the highest-elevation lakes in the US, but it is also the second-deepest lake in the country. Whether you are undertaking water adventures like kayaking, boating, swimming, stand-up paddleboarding, or indulging in camping and hiking, you’re sure to work-up one heck of an appetite. And despite what you might think, one of the best cuisines that work wonders for the weather and climate around Lake Tahoe is Indian cuisine. Whether it is South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Village, or the beautiful Little Reno, there are some fantastic Indian restaurants to satiate your hunger. Here are the top Indian restaurants in Lake Tahoe, the United States.
1. Curry & Grill
If you smell the heady aromas of coriander, cumin, and curry after walking into Keys Liquor Market in South Lake Tahoe, don’t be surprised. Located in a small kitchen is the fabulous and popular Curry & Grill, which has amassed a huge following since it first opened its doors. Dig into a plate of fresh, crunchy samosas before moving on to a hearty meal of aloo gobi, chicken tikka masala, vegetable biryani, paneer tikka masala, daal tadka, naan, and rice. This restaurant is also a take-out place, with one table for people waiting for their to-go food to come.
Curry & Grill
Address: 2297 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Website: Curry & Grill
Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 12pm - 9pm (closed on Mon)
2. Nikki's Chaat Cafe
An underrated gem for Indian cuisine in South Lake Tahoe is Nikki’s Chaat Cafe, which is a fantastic place if you have a hankering for some Indian food. Do try out the chicken tikka masala, kadhai paneer, aloo paratha paired with piquant lentil soup, goat curry, tandoori chicken, and keema naan. They also have vegan-friendly food options for patrons who need it. Plus, this place doesn’t only put out a great lunch, but also a fabulous breakfast as well.
Nikki's Chaat Cafe
Address: 3469 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Website: Nikki’s Chaat Cafe
Opening hours: Mon - Tue, Thu - Fri: 9am - 3pm, 5pm - 9pm; Sat - Sun: 9am - 9pm (closed on Wed)
3. Flame of India (Truckee, California)
Newcomer Flame of India made an immediate and big impression the minute it arrived in Truckee, California. The Indian cuisine restaurant boasts that its menu, cooking method, and ingredients originated from the foothills of Punjab, which is famous for its lip-smacking North Indian cuisine. Apart from the brilliant presentation of dishes, the restaurant is known for preparing sizzling-hot tandoori from the kitchen. Some must-try dishes in Flame of India include veggie pakoras, baingan bharta, chicken korma, chicken tikka masala, bhindi masala, rice, and naan.
Flame of India
Address: 11421 Deerfield Dr, Truckee, CA 96161
Website: Flame of India
Opening hours: 11am - 10pm (daily)
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4. Clay Oven (Incline Village, Nevada)
Clay Oven is located in the heart of Incline Village in Nevada, at the northern tip of Lake Tahoe. It is an interesting Asian cuisine restaurant that serves not only Indian but also Sri Lankan, Chinese, and Vietnamese cuisines. The décor of the restaurant might be simple with its non-descript tables and booths, but the food served is superb and the portions are wonderful too. While you’re here, do try out the bhindi masala, chicken tandoori, chana masala, saag paneer, and tandoori chicken with some hot, buttery soft naan.
Address: 868 Tahoe Blvd #18-19, Incline Village, NV 89451
Website: Clay Oven
Opening hours: 11am - 10pm (daily)
5. Bawarchi Indian Cuisine (Reno, Nevada)
From the Bawarchi chain of restaurants in California comes their amazing Reno outlet in the form of the upscale, casual Bawarchi Indian Cuisine. When Bawarchi’s Reno outlet opened, they even gave discounts of 20% off their food prices. The staff is super-friendly and is more than willing to answer every question about the ingredients that a patron might have. Some must-eat dishes at Bawarchi include the crunchy samosas, bhindi masala, gobi pepper masala, aloo gobi, and Andhra dal — all to be wrapped-up with soft naan.
Bawarchi Indian Cuisine
Address: 9333 Double R Blvd #600, Reno, NV 89521
Website: Bawarchi Indian Cuisine
Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 11:30am - 9:30pm; Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 10pm; Sun: 11:30am - 9:30pm (closed on Mon)
6. Haveli (Sparks, Nevada)
People looking for a family-friendly Indian restaurant in Sparks should look no further than Haveli. This beautiful restaurant has amazing decorations and extremely friendly service. Plus, they even have a very cool dance floor with foot-tapping and catchy Indian music that will have your kids dancing in no time. Some house recommendations include the gobi masala with a bread basket mix, chana masala, boneless chicken curry, baingan bharta, and palak paneer. What’s more, they have a nice bar area serving some strong beers, as well as a counter full of delectable-looking sweets.
Address: 287 Los Altos Pkwy #107, Sparks, NV 89436
Opening hours: 11am - 9:30pm (daily)
7. India Kabab & Curry (Reno, Nevada)
Located in the heart of Reno, India Kabab & Curry has quickly gone on to become one of the most popular Indian restaurants in the city. It’s one of the few Indian restaurants in the area with an extremely reasonably priced lunch buffet special and a la carte dinner menu items. Apart from the soup of the day, their extensive lunch buffet serves up vegetarian options, fresh fruits, and salads. Some must-try items on their menu include samosas, pakoras, murgh vindaloo, chicken tikka masala, chicken tandoori, and salad bar items like the anise-spiced carrots.
India Kabab & Curry
Address: 1091 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 89502
Website: India Kabab & Curry
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 11am - 10pm; Sun: 10am - 10pm
8. Cafe Masala (Sparks, Nevada)
Located in the heart of the quaint town of Sparks, Cafe Masala serves not only American and Indian dishes but also Indian-American fusion dishes. Plus, the restaurant boasts a wide-ranging dish with varying levels of spiciness along with an equally eclectic menu that appeals to a diverse food-loving crowd. Fusion appetizers include hot chicken wings stirred in special masala sauce and served with a ranch dressing. Some must-try Indian items on the menu include fried chicken, steaks, burgers, south Indian dosas, biryanis, curries, vindaloos, masalas, and paneers, among others.
Address: 1450 E Prater Way #104, Sparks, NV 89434
Website: Cafe Masala
Opening hours: 11am - 9:30pm (daily)
9. Taste of India (Reno, Nevada)
If you’re someone who craves spicy food, then you will absolutely love Taste of India in Reno. The Indian restaurant which is attached to a motel just off the I-80 boasts moderately spiced and delicious Indian food. Plus, the restaurant boasts a full vegetarian and vegan options in their lunch buffet, as well as chai, mango lassi, and unlimited samosas and veggie pakoras. Some must-order a la carte items include the tangy chicken tikka masala, and aloo chaouli, among others.
Taste of India
Address: 1255 Stardust St, Reno, NV 89503
Website: Taste of India
Opening hours: Mon, Wed - Sun: 11am - 10pm (closed on Tue)
Delectable Indian cuisine around Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe’s outdoor activities can really tire you and whet your appetite. It is highly recommended that you try out these nine fabulous Indian restaurants that lie in and around Lake Tahoe. Your hunger pangs are sure to be more than just satiated and the delicious food here will have you coming back for more.
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