The 7 Best Indian Restaurants in St. Louis

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Jennifer Silverberg
Is this the best Indian food in St. Louis?

From restaurants that are bright and splashy to those that are nestled in unassuming strip malls, St. Louis has Indian restaurants to suit most any taste and budget (lots of these have excellent lunch buffets). So read to find where to get the best saag paneer, lamb vindaloo or a little something known as a "Bollywood Popper."

India's Rasoi
(25 North Euclid Avenue; 314-361-6911)
A modern twist on the standard Indian restaurant, India's Rasoi offers a sleek, colorful atmosphere and serves up equally bright dishes, not the least of which includes a "Bollywood Popper," an Anaheim pepper stuffed with shrimp in a coconut sauce. Or try a unique fusion dish, the spicy "Calcutta Fish and Chips" that demonstrates the wonderful impact of Indian cuisine has had on Great Britain. But don't worry, your traditional Indian favorites are still very much a part of the menu, ready to be enjoyed with basmati rice served in abundance alongside its excellent golden-brown naan. Tandoori offerings are classed up with the spicy, complex and exceptionally tender masadelar lamb chops, and palak paneer -- cubes of homemade cheese in creamed spinach -- is right on the money. Though India's Rasoi's inspired menu is bit pricier than some of the other locations on this list, its distinctive dishes are more than worth it.

See also:
- RFT Review: India's Rasoi
- 2006 Best of St. Louis: "Best Indian Restaurant"

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Gokul Indian Restaurant
(6101 Delmar Boulevard; 314-721-1888)
Sitting on the eastern end of the Delmar Loop, Gokul is a 100 percent vegetarian restaurant that offers both a set menu and an all-you-can-eat buffet. It is wondrous. For a mere $6.99 the lunch buffet is one of the best deals in town with no less than ten main dishes that are always accompanied by many fried appetizers and side dishes as well as desserts including kheer (rice pudding) and gulab jamun, milk pastry balls served in syrup. Traditional Indian fare includes the reliable saag paneer, a creamy sauce made with homemade cheese and spinach, or the vegetable korma, packed with a variety of vegetables drenched in a rich tomato sauce. And of course be sure to grab an order of naan to soak up every drop of it.

See also:
- The Veggielante: "Gokul Indian Restaurant a Haven for Vegetarian Diners"
- The Ten Best Vegetarian Restaurants in St. Louis

House of India
(8501 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-567-6850)
We were all a bit traumatized when word came that House of India was closing after a small fire a few months back. Thankfully, Riverfront Times' Best Indian Restaurant of 2012 came back better than ever, complete with new carpeting! The University City staple has sat atop the ranks of St. Louis' Indian cuisine for seventeen years, and it shows no signs of slowing down. A quick drive up Interstate 170 to the Delmar exit gets you straight to House of India's lunch buffet, and then it's on. Load up your plate with creamy vegetable korma, red tandoori meats straight out of the clay oven, doughy naan and rice pudding. And if that isn't incentive enough, House of India charges a flat rate of $5 per pound for a to-go buffet selection. If you're there for dinner, try lamb vindaloo or chicken karahi -- you know what? Pick whatever you want; it's going to be good.

See also:
- Lunch Bucket List: "Spicing Things Up with House of India"
- 2012 Best of St. Louis: "Best Indian Restaurant"


Location Info

Venue

Map

India's Rasoi

25 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Gokul Indian Restaurant - Delmar

6101 Delmar, St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

House of India

8501 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO

Category: Restaurant

Mayuri

12513 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, MO

Category: Restaurant

Spice-n-Grill

6800 Olive Blvd., St Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Haveli

9720 Page Ave., Overland, MO

Category: Restaurant

Raj's Rasoi

2286 McKelvey Road, Maryland Heights, MO

Category: Restaurant

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Donna Bunch Rice
Donna Bunch Rice

I couldn't pull up the list, but The Copper Chimney in St. Peters is awesome.

goingape
goingape

I used to work near Haveli. It's very, very mediocre. Gokul has a restaurant on Page as well. I was not impressed by their lunch buffet, and their decor was dingy. How can you skip Saffron and India Palace???

Stephanie Denise
Stephanie Denise

Haveli is a diamond in the rough for sure! I may have to go sometime this next week.

MsScahlett
MsScahlett

No Saffron?  How is that possible?  Saffron has the nicest, friendliest staff, the cleanest restaurant, consistently amazing food of any Indian in St. Louis!  I think we should have a re-vote!

Nikita Sparkle LeeBomb
Nikita Sparkle LeeBomb

Yeah Everest Café not on here... i eat a lot of food... and they are BY FAR the most humble, nutritious, best Indian food in Missouri. This list .. booooo!

Zach Samples
Zach Samples

India's Oven is pretty awesome too but you have to cross the river and drive to Belleville

Andy Knight
Andy Knight

Absent from this list is the wonderful India's Kitchen. The only Indian food worth a trek to the County.

nealk2
nealk2

No Saffron?  #1 in STL!  Mayuri to me is high on quantity but low on quality.  It's the Ryan Steakhouse of Indian Buffets.

Barry Bean
Barry Bean

Obviously I need to try Mayuri to see if it measures up to Rasoi!

Manju Pandey Owoso
Manju Pandey Owoso

Priya is not on the list. Take Rasoi off the list and replace it with Priya. I would take Mayuri off the list too.

John
John

Gokul - "with no less than ten main dishes" - fewer than

brad.mock
brad.mock

Thanks for including some restaurants out in the Wild West! It should also be noted that Gokul has a location on Page near Warson.

Thomas Elking
Thomas Elking

India's Kitchen isn't on here, and that's definitely one of the best Indian places in St Louis.

Nikita Sparkle LeeBomb
Nikita Sparkle LeeBomb

I dont know if i trust this if Cafe Everest isint on it! That place is amazing, and has the best customer appreciation!

allison.babka
allison.babka topcommenter

@brad.mock The Page location is way better than the Delmar location. They're so much friendlier and have better selection up north, it seems.

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