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1559 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901-2741
+1 415-454-6887
Sun 11:30 - 20:00
Tue - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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SF Bay Area
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134 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

So many chaat houses are just average, decent but undistinguished. But this one stands out: spacious, well lighted and decorated, clean, and welcoming. Restrooms are spotless. There's even a small spice store attached. Our friends, San Rafael locals, come here often and recommended their dosas, in our case both vegetarian and with meat. Excellent! They all had wine, but I... More 

Thank babubenj
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

I love coming to this restaurant. Not sure if it's the good food, or the art on walls capturing various sides of Indian culture that always pulls my attention, or the man who is always there welcoming us with his kind smile or because it's usually quiet with Indian music playing in the background. Probably all of the above.

Thank Barbora J
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2015 via mobile

From Chaat to Dosa to Thali, you can experience the flavors of Southern India in San Rafael without too much heat on the palate or too many bank notes left on the table. Open through the midday for lovely convenience the Dosa special and Chai warmed our ... everything on a chilly Sunday between games. Asked what spice level we... More 

Thank 279tracy
Santa Rosa, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2015

This is no ordinary Indian restaurant. This is the only place I know of in the North Bay that specializes in chaat -- the tangy, scrumptious STREET FOOD I fell in love with decades ago when I was a Peace Corps volunteer in India. Rarer than hen’s teeth in North America, this is the real deal – flavors that explode... More 

Thank HowardDaniel
San Rafael, California
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304 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2015

You can get a great selection for your cooking needs at home of have a slice of pizza here. Also good to have sidewalk seating and watch the world on a good day. The selection is large and the workers accommodating. Many of the other stores have closed so getting Indian supplies is hard until they made a presence.

1 Thank Thomas B
Lafayette, California
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403 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2014 via mobile

The prawn and the vegetarian dishes were tasty with delicious creamy sauces. Accompanied with brown rice, chapati, and beers, the meal was just perfect. The ambiance was nice and the open roof made it cooler on this very hot evening. Impeccable service. I will return.

Thank reise-tanta-di
Marin, CA
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81 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2014

This is a very pleasant - nothing fancy place to eat some delicious Southern Indian street food, prepared in a healthy - low oil way. While the Dosa's are very good, I like to get the Thali - a plate with a variety of items to taste and enjoy. For the atmosphere - which is diner-esque - the price for... More 

Thank REH999
San Rafael, California
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014

Nice place , food has a south Indian blend.. very clean maybe one of the most hygienic Indian joints i have been in ... keep up the good work ..

Thank Manny H
Burbank, California
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57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

Visited on a holiday weekend Sunday as a solo diner. Immediately seated and provided description of food: chaat - southern India's street food - is not common for US Indian restaurants, thus deserves a little introduction for most. Dosas and biryani also listed on menu. Advised if had "craving" for curry, the kitchen would make that as well. Excellent flexibility!... More 

Thank DandLtravel
Santa Rosa, California, United States
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61 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2014

My husband and I stopped in here on our way through town on a rainy morning, because I had a craving for idli sambar. I was SO EXCITED to find a restaurant in the North Bay that has chaat (and a lot of vegan options)! The restaurant is spacious and welcoming, and the food came out quickly. After we ate,... More 

Thank Renata M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1559 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901-2741
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  San Rafael
  • Phone Number: +1 415-454-6887

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