10 Best Indian Restaurants In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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India is known all over the world for flavored and spiced dishes and the rich Indian culture. This culture has also spread in many areas of the United States especially Philadelphia which today hosts countless Indian restaurants throughout the city. An important point to note about these Indian restaurants is their dedication to ensuring the comfort of customers. Their customer service is excellent and the ambiance is just right for solo visitors, families, friends, and colleagues looking to savor Indian delicacies far from India. Check out our list of the best Indian restaurants in Philadelphia to get a better idea of what and where to eat in Pennsylvania.

1. Indeblue Restaurant and Bar

Indeblue Restaurant and Bar boasts some of the best Indian dishes in Philadelphia. While in Philadelphia, Indeblue Restaurant and Bar is the perfect spot to enjoy lunch, or dinner with family, and friends. The restaurants offer a variety of fresh meat, homemade cheese, and delicious naans which can be served with a number of stews. Vegans are also covered given the range of vegetarian and gluten-free delicacies. Some signature dishes that you should try at Indeblue Restaurant include paneer tikka masala, spicy mirch masala with basmati rice, boneless chicken madras, and maharaja cheese board. You can enjoy the food with a glass of wine, beer and the range of cocktails inspired by Indian bar culture.

Indeblue Restaurant and Bar

Address: 205 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, United States

Website: Indeblue Restaurant and Bar

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11.30am - 3pm, 5pm - 10pm; Sat - Sun: 11am - 3pm, 5pm - 11pm

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2. Veda

Veda is clear evidence that Indian food is not just spice and curry but art that blends together different cultures and cuisines with love. At Veda, the chefs strive to preserve the rich Indian culture and flavors in their array of cuisines that have been carefully selected and prepared from scratch. Many people who have visited the establishment always come back for another taste of Veda’s special Goan prawn curry, tamarind fish and lamb chops served with spinach. Other factors that make Veda the perfect place to enjoy meals are its conducive atmosphere, cozy seating arrangement and friendly staff that takes great pride in ensuring your comfort at the establishment.


Address: 1920 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, United States

Website: Veda

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11:30am - 2:30pm; 5pm - 9:30pm; Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 2:30pm; 5pm - 10pm

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3. Masala Kitchen

Everything in Masala Kitchen (MK) from the name to its menu is unique. The restaurant strives to provide customers with delicious dishes specially crafted from natural and flavorful products. For instance, the variety of meat at MK is from animals that have been raised without hormones and artificial preservatives. Also, artificial colors are prohibited here so there is no need to worry about extra chemicals in your food. Many guests who have visited MK in the past have always had high regard for its marinated chicken and paneer biryani. Besides, there is a variety of vegetarian options which include veg dum biryani and paneer kati rolls complemented with sweet Indian lassi.

Masala Kitchen

Address: 1220 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, United States

Website: Masala Kitchen

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4. Utsav Indian Cuisine

Utsav Indian Cuisine offers a slice of India with its wonderful ambiance and variety of dishes that are inspired by the Indian culture. The fact that the owner is a chef places him in a better position to understand customer needs and this is one of the reasons why Utsav is among the best places to enjoy Indian dishes in Philadelphia. Another reason that brings customers to this Indian haven, again and again, is the food. Utsav serves many mouthwatering Indian dishes including garlic naan, chicken tikka masala, matar paneer, and lentil soup. You can enjoy these delicacies onsite or order take away to share with family at home.

Utsav Indian Cuisine

Address: 13314 Philmont Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19116, United States

Website: Utsav Indian Cuisine

Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 11.30am - 2.30pm, 5pm - 9.30pm; Fri: 11.30am - 2.30pm, 5pm - 10pm; Sat - Sun: 12am - 3pm, 5pm - 9.30pm (closed on Mon)

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Annie Leguennec

Annie Leguennec

My name is Annie. I am a local Tour guide based in Philadelphia enjoying fully what the city has to offer with its deep history, street arts, murals, architecture, traditional food, black history, Farmer Markets, green space, a melting pot of neighborhoods and its great locals. I am looking for to welcome you and show you this incredible city where you will gain a better understanding of the city's rich heritage and its continuing legacy as the birthplace of the United States of America. Book my tour. Explore and learn about this unique city where you will walk on the footsteps of our America's founding Fathers. My tours are conducted in English, French and Italian.

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Stephanie Eley

Stephanie Eley

I'm a graduate of ITMI, International Tour Management Institute and 17 years as a licensed Tour Director and Program Director. My expertise began in NYC and Washington, DC where I'm a licensed guide and has expanded to Europe, South America, Cuba and the Western / Southwestern National Parks of the US. I'd love to introduce you for a day or a week to Denver, Colorado and the 4 corners region of the US: Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona! Let's GO!! stepheley@gmail.com

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Vance Lehmkuhl

Vance Lehmkuhl

Tour operator and tour guide for American Vegan Center in historic Old City Philadelphia, administering walking tours focusing on Philadelphia's "veg history" - the vegans and vegetarians through history that started the US vegetarian and vegan movements in this city. Author of "Eating Vegan in Philly" (2016) and also "V for Veg: The Best of Philly's Vegan Food Column," a collection of my columns for the Philadelphia Daily News 2011-2016. Also a proficient musician (founded eco-conscious pop band Green Beings, 1999) and cartoonist (Philadelphia City Paper, VegNews, New York Times Syndicate). Developing french-language walking tour focusing on Anthony Benezet for March 2024.

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5. Ekta Indian Cuisine

Ekta Indian Cuisine is a group of Indian food joints in Philadelphia which is famous for its buffets and à la carte menu. The food at Ekta Indian Cuisine is heavenly; it is properly cooked, not over-spiced, and is usually served in large quantities to ensure customers’ satisfaction. Here, non-vegetarians have a wider range of options than their counterparts the vegans. If you are a non-vegan, give the following meals a try and you won’t regret Kadai Chicken and lamp biryani served with basmati rice and homemade naan. On the other hand, vegans are offered a well-seasoned vegetable samosa as an appetizer before digging into the main course of tandoori vegetables, saag aur paneer, eggplant or chickpea.

Ekta Indian Cuisine

Address: 106 S 40th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States

Website: Ekta Indian Cuisine

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 9.30pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 10.30pm

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6. Sitar India

Sitar India is a favorite spot for people on a budget. The restaurant offers a wide range of snacks, dishes, buffets, and drinks at reasonable prices. With just USD 10 you can enjoy a mixed platter comprising of samosas, chicken pakora, bhujia, and chana chat. Further, with a slightly higher budget, you can indulge your taste buds with yummy lamb vindaloo, lamp black peppercorn or tender lamp morsels and their signature rogan josh. If you are a fan of seafood, Sitar India will also interest you with its fish masala, shrimp masala, shrimp vindaloo and Goan fish curry among other delicacies. The drinks at Sitar India are quite affordable too. Here, you can enjoy different beers for as low as USD 2 per bottle.

Sitar India

Address: 60 S 38th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States

Website: Sitar India

Opening hours: Sun - Mon: 11.30am - 10pm; Wed - Thu: 11.30am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11.30am - 10.30pm (closed on Tue)

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7. Amma's South Indian Cuisine

The English translation of Amma is a mother and it is with the spirit that the modus operandi in Amma’s South Indian Cuisine is to serve customers with tasty meals that remind them of our motherland India and what our mothers used to feed us back at home. To achieve that, the recipes at Amma’s South Indian Cuisine are all fresh, natural and they have been tried for generations but each time, a few modifications are made to suit the current generation. At the restaurant, you can treat yourself with India’s popular dishes such as rasam, non-veg curry, and a variety of biryanis.

Amma's South Indian Cuisine

Address: 1518 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, United States

Website: Amma’s South Indian Cuisine

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 8am - 11pm; Thu - Sat: 8am - 12am; Sun: 8am - 10pm

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8. Zaika Indian Cuisine

Zaika Indian Cuisine is a well-decorated and welcoming restaurant that serves the best of Indo-Pak diets in Philadelphia. The restaurant is spacious with ample sitting space and a considerable number of customers prefer take-outs so the place is usually less crowded which is ideal for anyone who fancies tranquility and peace when eating. Besides the comfort, the food at Zaika Indian Cuisine is heavenly. Here, once you are seated you should expect different drinks and appetizers to set up the mood after which you can dive into some fried shrimp, garlic cheese naan or chicken karahi for those who love spiced foods.

Zaika Indian Cuisine

Address: 2481 Grant Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19114, United States

Website: Zaika Indian Cuisine

Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 10pm; Sun: 11am - 9pm (closed on Mon)

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9. Spice End

Spice End has made good use of today’s technological advancement with its online ordering and delivery system. This system is one of the reasons the services at Spice End are excellent and deliveries are fast also considering the food joint is conveniently situated at Center City. Besides home deliveries, the restaurant boasts other dining options including onsite dining and takeaways. Late-night dining is also available and so you can pull up at any time of the day to enjoy the outstanding kati rolls, pav bhaji, and platters at Spice End. The rolls are even better when served with some extra sauce.

Spice End

Address: 2004 Chestnut St #7704, Philadelphia, PA 19103, United States

Website: Spice End

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 12am; Fri: 11am - 3am; Sat: 12pm - 3am; Sun: 12pm - 12am

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10. Karma Restaurant & Bar

Karma Restaurant & Bar is an Indian joint in Philly renowned for its amazing dishes full of flavor, drinks, cool music and occasional concerts by famous artists. Previous customers have also recommended the establishment for its chilled atmosphere, magnificent decor and mouthwatering dishes that keeps people coming back for more. For instance, Karma’s banana flower thoran is a must-try for vegans. The dish is perfectly blended with fresh Indian herbs and spices giving it a zucchini-like flavor. Above all, this mix is healthy and it has proven to be an effective remedy against kidney stones. Upstairs, the restaurant feature another dining area with a cozy sitting space which is ideal for corporate events, birthdays and graduation parties.

Karma Restaurant & Bar

Address: 246 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, United States

Website: Karma Restaurant & Bar

Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 11.30am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11.30am - 11pm; Sun: 11.30am - 10pm (closed on Mon)

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The best of Indian cuisine

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Indeed India is famous for many things but one thing that stands out is its delicious dishes that have been embraced in many parts of the US. So whether you are looking for Indian vegetarian or non-vegetarian dishes, the restaurants in the US have it all. Come one come all for a slice of the Indian culture in one of the best Indian restaurants in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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