If you’re looking for tasty curry dishes, tender kebabs, or flavorful biryani, take a look at our list of the best Houston Indian restaurants. From samosas to naan, there’s something for everyone here. This list is also great for vegetarians and vegans, since a lot of Indian restaurants serve meatless options.
Top Indian Restaurants in Houston
1. Maharaja Bhog
Maharaja Bhog is the ultimate buffet experience. Diners get to sit down while waiters bring trays of food for them to eat from. And to be clear, it is all-you-can-eat. Guests can take as much as they want from the trays. The restaurant’s motto is “celebrate royally,” and their goal is to give you the experience of eating like a king. The meal include appetizers, entrees, desserts, and drinks on bronze thalis. If you’re not in the mood for a buffet, there are meal box and scaled-down business lunch options. Note that all meals served are vegetarian.
Where: 8338 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77074
2. Narin’s Bombay Brasserie
Narin’s Bombay Brasserie is a family-owned restaurant located in the Galleria. It’s been around since 1997, and it’s racked up quite a few awards and positive reviews over the years. For instance, it’s been praised for having the best buffet and the best Indian food in the city. Here, you can find options such as chicken tikka, rogan josh lamb curry, and lamb chops marinated in yogurt and ginger.
Where: 3115 W Loop S, Houston, TX 77027
3. India’s Restaurant
India’s Restaurant has been around for a few decades, and it’s popular for a reason. For one thing, India’s is a buffet that promises big portions at a reasonable price. For another, the food is consistently, reliably good. Expect North Indian staples such as curries, tandoori dishes, and steamed fish wrapped in banana leaves. You can also enjoy cauliflower Manchurian and spiced garbanzo peas, as well as desserts such as rasmalai, kheer, and gulab jamun.
Where: 5704 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77057
4. Biryani Pot
Biryani Pot is a fast-casual restaurant that is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. The restaurant also has almost 100 different menu items to choose from, so you can get enjoy a lot of variety from your time at Biryani Pot. Their claim to fame is, of course, biryani, which they make by slow-cooking rice and meat (or whatever protein you choose) together. The result is a flavorful, spicy, and filling dish that keeps their customers coming back for more. There are, of course, other items on the menu, such as soups, breads, and curries–what’s more, plenty of them are vegetarian.
Where: 6509 Westheimer Rd Suite B, Houston, TX 77057
Looking for something traditional? Then Verandah may be the place for you. Verandah’s menu is all about the most traditional Indian menu items. You’ll find richly marinated chicken tandoor, lamb biryani, and some mouth-numbingly spicy vegetable dishes. Although it does serve meat dishes, Verandah has a robust and well-labeled range of vegetarian options.
Where: 3300 Kirby Dr suite 7-A, Houston, TX 77098
6. Surya India
Surya India is an upscale restaurant that focuses on North Indian cuisine. The menu includes dishes like mint chicken, tandoori sea bass, and chicken korma. The standouts, though, are the Mangalorean dishes, which are spicy curry dishes made with coconut as their base.
Where: 700 Durham Dr, Houston, TX 77007
Pondicheri is great for anybody who wants to grab their food and go. Staples like butter chicken, saag paneer, vindaloo, and masala chicken are all here and all reliably delicious. Pondicheri has layers, too. In addition to being a restaurant, it’s also a bake shop, a juice bar, and a place to buy kitchen knick knacks. The restaurant is always looking to innovate, too. They recently came up with the Dwaffle, a waffle made from dosa batter and colored with things such as turmeric and rose.
Where: 2800 Kirby Dr b132, Houston, TX 77098
If you’re interested in a more upscale Houston Indian restaurant experience, then you should check out Musaafer. The restaurant is decked out with curtains in between each table to give it a whimsical feel. The menu is made up of foods like panipuri, lentil soup, and lamb shank, all artfully plated with vibrant garnishes.
Where: 5115 Westheimer Rd Suite C-3500, Houston, TX 77056
9. Himalaya Restaurant
A more casual dining spot, Himalaya Restaurant serves a mix of Pakistani and Indian food. The menu includes dishes like Himalaya fried chicken, which is extra-crispy and spiced with masala. The curry dishes and garlic naan are also top-tier. There are options on the menu for vegetarians and vegans, as well. Note: Himalaya is BYOB. There’s no corkage fee; guests are just expected to buy at least one entree and one order of naan.
Where: 6652 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77074
10. Govinda’s Vegetarian Cuisine
Govinda’s Vegetarian Cuisine more than lives up to its name. You can always swing by for a delicious vegetarian meal of curry, chana masala, or barbecue tofu. And don’t forget to follow it up with mango rice pudding or chocolate cake! On top of that, though, Govinda’s serves a completely vegan buffet on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, with dishes like scrambled tofu and vegan brownies on the menu. The menu changes every day, so you’ll always have some variety when you eat here.
Where: 1320 W 34th St, Houston, TX 77018
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