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Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything I've tried on the menu has been phenomenal. I've had multiple types of Dosa, Ven Pongal, Somosas, and an assortment of other items. All of them are phenomenal. However, there is often a very long wait in the evening. You can call your order...ahead, but it still might be over an hour wait.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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AadeshBanthia, General Manager at Swami's Dosa Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you, We are incredibly grateful that you took the time to leave us this note. We're pleased to know that we are able to serve you with authentic South Indian flavor in Hawaii. We always try our best to serve fresh quality food to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

All the dishes we ordered - dosas, uttapam, vadas, lassi, and tea along with their sides of chutneys and sambhars were really good. Pricey for a food truck but we were craving Indian food during our week's stay in Kona and this really hit the...spot. It is also in a nice park by an outdoor mall. So, can eat and shop later.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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AadeshBanthia, General Manager at Swami's Dosa Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you, We are incredibly grateful that you took the time to leave us this note. We're pleased to know that we are able to serve you with authentic South Indian flavor in Hawaii. We always try our best to serve fresh quality food to...More

Reviewed 11 March 2021 via mobile

This was so good, we ate here twice in 5 days while in kona. Probably the best dosas in the US, the service is fast and quick. We got the tangy tomato dosa, masala dosa, chili cheese uttapam, Mysore dosa, fried idli and filter coffee...and they were all fantastic. I cannot recommend this place more. It is located in the heart of downtown, by a gas station. We called ahead place our order because we were going to be late (close to the closing time), but the guy made the dosas fresh for us when we got there, which was very appreciated.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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AadeshBanthia, General Manager at Swami's Dosa Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2021

Thank you, We are incredibly grateful that you took the time to leave us this note. We're pleased to know that we are able to serve you with authentic South Indian flavor in Hawaii. We always try our best to serve fresh quality food to...More

Reviewed 24 February 2021 via mobile

I don’t know where to begin, if the food had been any good at all it would still be very expensive for the portion. In the words of Woody Allan “ the food was terrible and such small portions “. The Dosa was tasteless pancake,...that dip into 3 unpleasant dips, one was like runny porridge without salt or sugar for flavor, one thick paste of crushed spices in oil and the 3rd was a watered down version of a vegetable curry of the cheapest variety. Vegetable biryani was a claggy mass of overcooked rice with little flavor. The generous 20% Kama’aini discount softened the $42 lunch bill but we won’t be returning.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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AadeshBanthia, General Manager at Swami's Dosa Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2021

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. Sincere apologies that we could not meet your expectations. We prepare our dishes with the utmost care to preserve and serve the authentic taste of the beautiful cuisine of the South of India. However, we understand that...More

Reviewed 14 February 2021 via mobile

As an indian I was impressed! Loved the Szewan dosa. Good chutney. Nice spice. My mouth is watering mow! Maybe pass on vada. Nice people working there.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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AadeshBanthia, General Manager at Swami's Dosa Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2021

Thank you, We are incredibly grateful that you took the time to leave us this note. We're pleased to know that we are able to serve you with authentic South Indian flavor in Hawaii. We always try our best to serve fresh quality food to...More

Reviewed 9 January 2021 via mobile

Literally stumbled upon this place biking back from the beach and I’m so glad I did! I was starving and being Both vegan and a longtime aficionado of Indian cuisine, I couldn’t have been dealt a better hand today. I ordered the Vegan biryani and...it was delicious!! It’s spicy, so for those who can’t handle it, I would order something else. The chef will give you a heads up before he starts making it anyway as he did for me. Good customer service as well and price is very reasonable at $12. I will be coming back and frequently.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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AadeshBanthia, General Manager at Swami's Dosa Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2021

Aloha! Thank you very much for your review. We work really hard to offer fresh and best-quality food, and such reviews act as a great motivation for us. We're delighted to hear that you liked our service. Looking forward to seeing you soon. :) Mahalo!

Reviewed 21 December 2020

If you like spicy, you will love the potu (red gun powder) they use. Its really spicy . Amazing fresh and delicious dishes, They have a tent with a seating for 3 families. If its raining or busy then you might want to use the...trunk of your car. The food truck has two sepatare locations for lunch and dinner. They are parked at the Dixon gas station in Kona and there are few parking spaces for the cars where you can park and eat in your trunk without being worried about space or table under the small tent they offer. Good experience. You can also call them and place your order before hand.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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AadeshBanthia, General Manager at Swami's Dosa Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 28 December 2020

Thank you, We are incredibly grateful that you took the time to leave us this note. We're pleased to know that we are able to serve you with authentic South Indian flavor in Hawaii. We always try our best to serve fresh quality food to...More

Reviewed 30 November 2020

It's a food truck, the food is really good, the owners (Aadesh and his wife) are genuinely nice people. They care about putting out a quality product and it shows in the taste of the food. It's South Indian vegetarian food, while in Kona we...went there multiple times and pretty much tried everything. JUST YUMMY!More

Date of visit: November 2020
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AadeshBanthia, General Manager at Swami's Dosa Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 2 December 2020

Thank you, We are incredibly grateful that you took the time to leave us this note. We're pleased to know that we are able to serve you with authentic South Indian flavor in Hawaii. We always try our best to serve fresh quality food to...More

Reviewed 6 March 2020

We LOVE Swami's Dosa Grill Food Truck. We have found it is best to call ahead. Not that they take phone orders, they don't. But to make sure where they are or what time they will arrive. Right now in March, 2020, it seems they...arrive around 11 am to their lunchtime Ali'i Gardens location and then, at least on some days, relocate around 3:30 to the gas station at the corner of Hualalai and Kuakini for dinner. There is always a line for dinner. Be prepared to wait. It is a small food truck with often only 1 person working. Is it worth the wait? We think so. We are partial to their Dosa plate made with potatoes. So delicious and while warm with chilies, not hot-hot-hot.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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AadeshBanthia, General Manager at Swami's Dosa Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2020

Aloha Seaside.Thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that you loved our food and we were able to serve you with authentic south Indian flavor. We put customer satisfaction as our priority, and your review reaffirms the hard work we put...More

Reviewed 16 February 2020

OMG didn’t expect South Indian food let alone the amazing tasting Mysore masala dosa. I visited the place once every day while on big island. Single man running the food truck but worth all the wait. Thank you, I didn’t miss my desi flavor food...while on long vacation. Must must try.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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AadeshBanthia, General Manager at Swami's Dosa Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2020

Aloha Seaside.Thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that you loved our food and we were able to serve you with authentic south Indian flavor. We put customer satisfaction as our priority, and your review reaffirms the hard work we put...More

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  • Swami's Dosa Grill is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 4.5