You might not expect Indian cuisine to feature big on a list of the best restaurants in Las Vegas. Think again. For a city whose Indian population is relatively small, Vegas is surprisingly strong on eateries serving samosas, naan and tandoori chicken both on and off the Strip. So, before drinking the night away at the best Las Vegas clubs and music venues or spending hours at the best Las Vegas casinos, you might want to consider grabbing a bite at the best Indian restaurants in Las Vegas.
Best Indian restaurants in Las Vegas
Located in the strangest of places, in the back of a sports bar on the west side of town, Toddy Shop offers scrumptious Southern Indian fare to the adventurers who seek it out. Chef Hemant Kishore’s takes on queen karimeen (a spicy fried fish made with pompano) and rajah masala (think Indian pico de gallo) are just two reasons to make the journey to this off-the-beaten-path hole in the wall.
The popular restaurant from New Zealand took a minute to find its footing in Sin City but, since master chef Tarun Kapoor took over the kitchen, it’s putting out some of the most interesting Indian food in Las Vegas. Kapoor, who specializes in Indian street food, shows his adept skills executing all types of regional specialties at a high level—including a vegan buffet on certain days!
A favorite among foodies, this stalwart on the east side of town has become so popular it recently opened another location in the southwest. The venue’s philosophy, proclaimed on the official website, is “simple, fresh, flavorful and colorful food that appeals to all five senses.” Boy, does the staff succeed in making that a reality. Specialties include an inferno menu for those looking for extreme heat and a lassi bar featuring about 10 different types of the refreshing Indian fruit shake.
A favorite among University of Nevada, Las Vegas students, Dehli might sit in a nondescript strip mall but it certainly delivers big and memorable flavors. As far as lunch buffets go, this one might be the best in town, featuring more dishes than most and including both classic favorites and lesser known delicacies (think chicken makhani and Punjab curry).
Yes, you read that right: An Indian burrito place! Continuing the Indian food tour through the college corridor, this tiny space used to house a drive-through coffee shop. Now, it is responsible for seving Indian-Mexican mashups. Diners pick their proteins of choice—anything from lamb stir fry to tofu chilli—then select a masala spiced rice, the desired spice level and finally choose their tortilla type for a taste that is as unique as it sounds.
Located near the north of the Strip in a food heavy part of Sahara Avenue, this restaurant brings in gamblers, business people and food connoisseurs alike. Tandoori specials, which include chicken tikka and seekh kabob, are favorites here. Order the mixed grill platter to try a bit of everything, including a variety of meats marinated in garlic basil sauce with lemon juice.
For those looking for something bolder than usual, look no further. Rani’s is a large market featuring aisles filled with spices, oils, candies and more but the star of the show is a delightful woman in the back who cooks authentic Indian cuisine. Instead of going à la carte, order the thali, which features a number of freshly made delicacies, and get lost in the culinary experience.
A new and audacious recent addition to the Vegas dining scene, Tumeric Flavors of India is housed in a very popular area of Downtown Las Vegas and turns into a night club after the sun goes down with booming music and drinks-a-plenty. Choose from a nice variety of dishes on the menu, including spinach dumplings, stuffed portobello mushrooms and South Indian specialties like dosa and uttappum. Come for dinner… Stay for the party.
Venture out to the suburbs to taste the cuisine of a chef from Gujarat, India. The legend states that he was once an engineer but his passion for cooking got the best of him. From appetizers like kerara kekda—crispy soft shell crab, spice squid ring salad, lime and cumin dressing—to desserts like house-made kulfi whole milk ice cream, the menu features a variety of delicious offerings.
Run by a pair of brothers who have helmed a number of successful Indian eateries in Southern California, this quaint joint on the outskirts of town is doing its best version of Indian cuisine’s greatest hits. Diners will recognize most dishes and enjoy the high quality in which they are prepared.