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$3 - $18
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Indian, Asian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 2 February 2022 via mobile

The restaurant is in the Kona international market food court which is behind the 76 gas station. Go around to the back to find it even if the building looks closed. They were the only restaurant open for dinner. To order, you enter your order...and pay at the self serve device. Everything you order is prepared once your order is placed. So the food is absolutely fresh. We had to wait about 15 minutes to get our food and the wait was worth it. My spouse had a dosa and I had the samosas. Both were fresh and delicious . There was only one person preparing the food and he attended to one order at a time. Be patient because the food was great!!!More

Date of visit: February 2022
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AadeshBanthia, General Manager at Swami's Dosa Grill Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2022

Aloha, Thank you so much to give us time to write such lovely feedback. We try our best to serve authentic South Indian taste here in Hawaii and such reviews act as a great motivation for us. We're delighted to hear that you liked our...More

Reviewed 1 January 2022

We were a large group and ordered lots of dosas. Everyone enjoyed the food. It was a very busy time and the two people who were working in the food truck were working very diligently and hard.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Lotus C, Marketing at Swami's Dosa Grill Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2022

Aloha, Thank you so much to give us time to write such lovely feedback. We try our best to serve authentic South Indian taste here in Hawaii and such reviews act as a great motivation for us. We're delighted to hear that you liked our...More

Reviewed 25 December 2021

We had ordered Masala dosa and uttapam . the sambar had gone bad and so was the red chutney. surprised to see that getting served even when many people reported the that it was bad. so for the price and quality the rating for Swamis...Dos Grill would be 1 Terrible . At the same location adjacent Asian food place had excellent fresh food reasonably priced.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Lotus C, Marketing at Swami's Dosa Grill Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2021

Thank you for sharing your honest feedback. Heartfelt apologies that the food did not please you, however, circumstances like this are very rare. Your feedback helps us serve better. We would love to have you at our food truck again and look forward to impressing...More

Reviewed 24 December 2021

If you want to try only dosa then this a good place to try. Most varieties of dosas were good but when it comes to rice or puri pls stay away. It’s not even close to South Indian. I tried both Sambar rice n rasam...rice. Qty is very very little even by HI standard but very pricey. Filter coffee is another disappointment. So stick to dosas then you will be good.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Lotus C, Marketing at Swami's Dosa Grill Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2021

Aloha Meena, Thank you so much to give us time to write such lovely feedback. We try our best to serve authentic South Indian taste here in Hawaii and such reviews act as a great motivation for us. We're delighted to hear that you liked...More

Reviewed 30 September 2021

Being personally unfamiliar with South Indian food, a member of our party with more experience did all of the ordering for us. She did not steer us wrong. We had dosa, biryani and uthappam. While all of it was delicious, hands down our favorite was...the uthappam. Just sorry we did not opt for a dessert but there was quite a crowd so we chose to give up our space at the picnic table. Wishing the owners the best of luck with their brick and mortar space.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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AadeshBanthia, General Manager at Swami's Dosa Grill Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2021

Aloha Denise, Thank you so much to give us time to write such lovely feedback. We try our best to serve authentic South Indian taste here in Hawaii and such reviews act as a great motivation for us. We're delighted to hear that you liked...More

Reviewed 16 August 2021

If you are a South Indian craving for dosa or idli or vada, Swami’s dosa grill is good choice. Its a food truck and they operate both for lunch and dinner. But in different locations. So google swami’s dosa grill lunch for lunch location and...Swam’s dosa grill dinner for dinner location. They have few seats to sit and dine. Very pricy dosa($17.95) and basically expensive dishes. You cannot eat here every day. We went for dinner had 3 dosa, 1 uthappam, 1 cofee and 1 mango lassi and paid almost $100. So consider this place to indulge yourself once during your stay in Big Island. They serve pretty quick. But my mysore masala dosa was uncooked at few places and too garlicky for my taste. The potato masala had fennel seeds which is not a norm in the traditional aloo masala for dosa. Sambar was more dal like. Their red chutney was flavorful. The schezwan dosa had mainly carrot filling. And the mixed vegetable uthappam had mainly carrots as well. But their vadas were very crispy and tasty. They also had pongal and samosa in their menu. They owners seemed young people. So I don’t mind spending $100 there. I will consider that as a gesture to support a fellow desi who are working hard to keep their business going. So if you are in big island do give them a try.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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AadeshBanthia, General Manager at Swami's Dosa Grill Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 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 14 July 2021

The only way to sum-up our experience is: this is the best dosa we have had in the US [my wife is south Indian and I have lived in south India for 6yrs, so very familiar with dosa and related items]. The food is authentic,...delicious, fresh and worth the money you spend. Service is not bad too once you call Kush (the owner) and figure out where his food truck will park for lunch/dinner (he has separate locations for them) and at what time. Definitely try if you like good dosa, vada, or just Indian food, in general. Oh, btw: the chai here is made the way it should be, if you know what I mean!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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AadeshBanthia, General Manager at Swami's Dosa Grill Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 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 5 July 2021 via mobile

Great food!! Waited about 20 min but was worth the wait. Second time eating Indian food. Young man cooking and looked like his sister. Highly recommending eating here. Low key with some tables by the food truck at the farmers market.!!More

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

Thank you Carol, 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...More

Reviewed 5 July 2021

I would give this place 0 stars. We got to the food truck and ordered at 2:10 and were told it would be 30 minutes, is that OK? We said yes but the first dish didn’t arrive until 70 minutes later. Then each dish trickled...in. All the 6 picnic tables were full and it seemed that everyone was waiting over an hour for their food and getting one dish at a time. When the food came the the sambhar was watery, tasteless and was served in a 2 ounce portion cup. How generous! The potato stuffing should be dry but was watery, tasteless and you could still see the potato cubes instead of being fully cooked and slightly mashed. The samasas were 2 for $10! and not good. The Kuzhi Paniyaram were tiny with raw dough in the center. It’s the worst South Indian food I’ve had anywhere and our worst food experience in years. The prices are high even for Hawaii. The food quality and quantity are lacking. The wait time was ridiculous causing us to lose valuable daylight time we could have used sightseeing. Do yourself a favor and don’t waste your money or valuable time here. There are many better food options on the Big Island.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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AadeshBanthia, General Manager at Swami's Dosa Grill Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2021

Thank you for sharing your honest feedback. Heartfelt apologies that the food did not please you, however, circumstances like this are very rare. Your feedback helps us serve better. We would love to have you at our food truck again and look forward to impressing...More

Reviewed 26 May 2021

I think this is the first restaurant that I've given such a low score out of hundreds of reviews. This food truck is not worth the time or money to patronize. Prices are outrageous for what you get, even for Hawaii. Service was ok but...the dosas were mediocre at best (very boring, not flavorful). The cheese dosa was essentially a slightly larger crepe with a small bit of melted cheese and three chutneys for $17. We were both hungry after our $52 lunch and the wait time to receive it was ridiculous. Would really not recommend this at all – find another vegetarian option in the area.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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AadeshBanthia, General Manager at Swami's Dosa Grill Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2021

Thank you for sharing your honest feedback. HHearlfelt apologies that the food did not please you, however, circumstances like this are very rare. Your feedback helps us serve better. We would love to have you at our food truck again and look forward to impressing...More

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