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Madras Cafe

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1177 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087-1026
+1 408-737-2323
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Today
08:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
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Tue - Fri 08:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 08:30 - 22:00
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California
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59 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tough call. The little shopping center behind McDonalds has Madras Cafe and a pho restaurant a door down. I was almost going to choose pho when I found out the wait was 20 minutes. Glad I didn't. Love the masala dosa - yummy crepes for the initiated in S Indian cuisine. I also ordered something else that I can't remember... More 

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Thank Alan T
San Francisco, California
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92 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I introduced a good friend to South Indian food who was leery of just having a vegetarian meal and leerier still when she saw the huge crowds of people waiting in the lobby for food etc. Great sign - every waiting seemed to be Indian / South Asian -:) The food itself - we ordered each one dish of Pongal... More 

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Thank Alex B
Palo Alto, California
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

Some restaurants excel in certain dishes, Madras Cafe must be visited for their Kara Masala Dosa which is spicy. My US-born teenager loves it also, although she will not eat most other things on the menu. Their methu vada is also excellent.

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Thank jazzradhika
usha5357
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

My second day visit at USA was to this hotel. Tiffins were very tasty. Saw the Owner cleaning the floor. Good snacks Dosa Vada with three different Chutney and Sambar. Heavy rush being a Sunday.

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Thank kondu
Stanford, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Madras Cafe is in the ranks of restaurants like Saravana Bhavan. Anyone who hasn't experienced the delights of dosa and idli need to make their way here. The ambience is no-frills so I would say this is a good second date location.

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Thank JasmineLane93
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

I've tried almost all the popular South Indian restaurants in the area and Madras Cafe is absolutely my favorite. The food has always been fresh and hot. Their service is quick no matter the time of day. Expect wait times during peak dinner hours especially on weekends. If one likes spicy food, I would definitely recommend the Kara dosa -... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Go to place for a piping hot sambar vada and Madras coffee. Delicious fare and a great place to bump into acquaintances and friends

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Thank Hareesh R
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

This restaurant reminds me of old-time 'Madrasi cafeterias' in India, with names like Kamala Vilas, Prem Vilas, Jyoti Vihar, Arya Bhavan, Saravana Bhavana. Same dining-room style fast-paced service, same spicy steaming dosa-vada-utthapam served in stainless steel plates, and same aroma from hot "filter" coffee in tiny steel glasses. Differences are minute, caught in the expert palate - of a bland... More 

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Thank Bokuli
Mumbai, India
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36 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

We had dinner at the Madras Cafe in Sunnyvale CA on Nov !2 2016 . In this restaurant, we are required to first place order at the counter and make payment. Then , we are seated . We were hungry and placed order for various items as required . Onion tomato uhtappa, masala dosa , pongal rice and puri bhaji... More 

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Thank Mussooriewala
Los Altos, California
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117 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

The coffee, rava dosa and dosas take you back to authentic chennai food scene. The vadai is average and salty. Dont expect service as it is always crowded and self service.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
08:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
08:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
08:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
Thursday
08:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
Friday
08:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
Saturday
08:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1177 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087-1026
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sunnyvale
  • Phone Number: +1 408-737-2323

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