Swami's Dosa Grill Restaurant

Swami's Dosa Grill Restaurant

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Hours
Tue
11:30 am - 3:00 pm5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wed
11:30 am - 3:00 pm5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thu
11:30 am - 3:00 pm5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri
11:30 am - 3:00 pm5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sat
11:30 am - 3:00 pm5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Ratings and reviews
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.7 of 5 bubbles
Value
3.9 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
1.8 of 5 bubbles
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CUISINES
Indian, Asian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
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Can a gluten free person get a good meal at this restaurant?
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Authentic South Indian Vegetarian Cuisine
CUISINES
Indian, Asian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles69 reviews
Excellent
40
Very good
14
Average
5
Poor
3
Terrible
7
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

dshukla1
Appleton5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 couples
This place is inside a food court and when we arrived there was no one at counter. We ordered through a touch screen and it wasn’t difficult to order and pay. However while ordering it asks for payment with tip so you give tip assuming you will have good experience. After we ordered and found a clean enough table to sit at, a person came out, called our name to inform that they were out of what we ordered. That person didn’t show common courtesy of saying sorry or anything. We then changed our order to Masala Dosa. Dosa came with masala on the side. Dosa as well as masala and Sambhar were of very substandard quality and taste. We had heart burns in the night. Overall a poor experience. At the least I would have not paid tip but that was taken before you taste food or get any service. Unless they improve and unless you have to eat Dosa only and there is no one else selling it, this place is not worth visiting.
Written 29 May 2024
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Clive L
Vancouver3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 friends
We came to enjoy an Indian meal. What we got was a slipshod ensemble of rudimentary ingredients that were slapped together and called an Indian meal. Both of us could not finish our Uttapam dish as it was tasteless, with some ingredients thrown onto the top of the pancake concoction that gave it an impression of being a vegetable Uttapam. No creativity or taste. The eatery has it routine down well. Prepare as much in advance as possible, even if it works out to be a total disaster. The mango lassi was good, but the rest was a waste of effort and eating. We both left hungry and wished that we had not gone there. And as you can imagine, we will not be going back again...
Written 12 March 2024
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HolySoul
15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 family
Average South Indian food at rip off prices considering ambiance (which is shared dining inside food court mall. Self serve food when your name gets called and you will need to pick up cutlery on the way to table back). Lots of items displayed on Panel were not in the Kiosk and when asked about some options from panel, owner told us that only items in kiosk are available. What's stopping him from syncing kiosk menu with the panel. Both Panel and Kiosk are connected to menu using software. We ended up ordering something totally different (Podi dosa and Mysore Masala dosa ) due to unavailability of the item in mind. Each dosa was priced at $17 before taxes! Even sit in restaurants in US provide dosa for $10 to $13.
Written 7 January 2024
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Aadesh Banthia
Aloha, Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience you experienced during your visit. The prices of our ingredients on the Big Island are slightly higher than those on the mainland, which influences the pricing of our products. We hope for your understanding regarding this matter. We understand your concerns regarding the menu inconsistency and appreciate your suggestion about syncing the kiosk menu with the panel. Your feedback is crucial in helping us improve, and we hope you will consider giving us another chance to provide you with a better experience. Mahalo!
Written 2 February 2024
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Guide17118782610
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 family
Went in november, once dinner and once lunch. Great place for pure vegetarian food! Without onion garlic option was dosa, idly and coconut chutney only. Dosa was really good. Hope such pure veg places keep existing! Really helpful chef! Place to sit and eat.
Written 30 November 2023
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Aadesh Banthia
Thank you for your review! We're committed to providing a variety of delicious pure vegetarian options, and we're grateful for your kind words about our chef. Your support means a lot to us, and we hope to continue serving you fantastic vegetarian meals in the future. Looking forward to welcoming you back soon! Mahalo!
Written 18 December 2023
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Tan_7
245 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 couples
My last review in November 2019 (our last visit to Kona) was glowing. This time, not so much. What was a lovely little location with friendly, out going, happy staff, is now 1 surly guy in a run down food court. The food is still nice and there were groups of Indian/Sri Lankan people on vacation enjoying their Dosas, but no, we will not be coming back.
Written 27 November 2023
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Aadesh Banthia
Aloha Tan, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We appreciate your previous positive review and are genuinely sorry to hear about your recent experience. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and want to assure you that we take your comments seriously. We are committed to providing a positive and enjoyable dining experience for all our guests. Your feedback regarding the change in staff demeanor and overall ambiance is valuable to us, and we will address these concerns internally to ensure improvements are made. Mahalo!
Written 18 December 2023
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nitins905
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 family
This is a stall in a beat up food court which is super old, and barely surviving with total three vendors. The guy is working alone; very slow and a super sad face. We had just one family ahead of us, serving three dosas for them and mine was the next. But the wait time was about one and half hour. I was server a very thin, completely burnt Rava dosa. when I refused to take it, he said he does not have any more batter and refunded me the money. The other dosa server was a regular one (not Rava dosa). The dos was small for $18. Served in thermacoal tray. Tasteless cold sambar and potato veg.
Written 17 August 2023
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Aadesh Banthia
Aloha Nitin, I'm genuinely sorry to hear about your disappointing experience at our restaurant. Your feedback is very important to us, and we appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. We apologize for the long wait, and we'll work on speeding up our service. Regarding the quality of the dosa you received. We'll be looking into our batter supply to ensure this doesn't happen again. Furthermore, your comments about the portion size and the taste of the dosa, sambar, and potato veg are noted. We strive to provide delicious and satisfying meals, and we'll take this feedback to heart as we work on improving our offerings. We hope you can give us another chance in the future to provide you with a much better dining experience. Your feedback helps us make the necessary changes to ensure our customers leave happy. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Mahalo!
Written 28 August 2023
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visitor70
104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 couples
We were very pleasantly surprised with the quality of food! Loved it and are planning on going back before leaving the island. The service was excellent and choices of food fantastic! Pls visit if you like flavorful food and want vegetarian options. The ambiance isn’t fancy - it’s outdoors food court environment but we didn’t mind it since the food was so good!
Written 25 January 2023
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AadeshBanthia
Aloha, We can't thank you enough for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. Your review means a lot to us and lets us know we're on the right track. We're really glad you enjoyed our recommendations, we've found it's a definite customer favorite! Thank you again for your kind words. Looking forward to seeing you soon. Mahalo!
Written 26 January 2023
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Sara_Ramaswamy
South Riding115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 family
We dined at Swami’s Dosa grill in Dec ‘22 and liked everything that we ordered - Dosa , idli, vada including the filter coffee. Service was prompt and there were lots of seating in the food court . Food was hot and tasty. We went when the restaurant opened for business and soon there were a number of people trickling in that showed how popular the place was. Nice to get authentic vegetarian South Indian food in the Big Island.
Written 24 December 2022
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AadeshBanthia
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 food. Looking forward to seeing you soon. :)
Written 30 December 2022
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GOLD420
Mumbai2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 none
The name itself specifies that the restaurant caters to the delicacies of South Indian dishes. The prices are a little more higher than mainland restaurants. Yet we enjoyed the quality food served there and also the food we carried to take for dinner in the flight.
Written 2 December 2022
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AadeshBanthia
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 food. Looking forward to seeing you soon. :)
Written 5 December 2022
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PM
Beaverton6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 family
There was only one person in the kitchen who was cooking and putting orders on the counter once ready. The guy wasn’t making eye contact or smile or greet to anyone. The worst thing was that he was dripping with sweat. I was watching him and hoping the sweat drops don’t go in the food, but I am sure it didn’t escape. He had a napkin on his shoulder, but he never wiped his face! We ordered 3 dosas and didn’t like the taste. Also, they were out of red chutney by the time our turn came. I was so excited to go to this place, but then felt bad going.
Written 29 July 2022
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AadeshBanthia
Thank you for sharing your feedback. Heartfelt apologies that the services did not please you,. However, circumstances like these are very rare. We're known for our fresh and best-quality Indian food and service in Kona. We regret that this was not your impression and offer our apologies. We hope you understand our concern here. Mahalo!
Written 9 August 2022
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Kitcrazy
Calgary411 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 couples
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!!!
Written 1 February 2022
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AadeshBanthia
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 food. Looking forward to seeing you soon. :)
Written 2 February 2022
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NN41
53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 none
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.
Written 1 January 2022
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Lotus C
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 food. Looking forward to seeing you soon. :)
Written 4 January 2022
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Rajesh
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 family
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.
Written 24 December 2021
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Lotus C
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 you too. Thanks!
Written 27 December 2021
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Meena B
Houston68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 family
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.
Written 23 December 2021
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Lotus C
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 our food. Looking forward to seeing you soon. :)
Written 27 December 2021
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kytraveler
Shelbyville193 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 none
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.
Written 30 September 2021
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AadeshBanthia
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 our food. Looking forward to seeing you soon. :)
Written 6 October 2021
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