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17 Incredible Indian and South Asian Restaurants in Los Angeles

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Southern California’s South Asian and Indian restaurants are abundant: Some might require a short trek to Artesia, the South Bay, or a jaunt to the San Fernando Valley. Wherever traveling for this regional food, one thing is certain — it travels well and reheats beautifully the following morning or (if we’re being honest) the middle of the night. And while not always dominant in every dish, South Asian spice can be turned up to palate-blistering levels, though the diner always dictates exactly how high. For best effect, be sure to order a sweet, milky lassi to counter the impact.

Eater curated a roving list of restaurants that prepares rich butter chicken, gorgeous curries, and one with some LA-inspired interpretations to traditional dishes. And now, head to one of these 17 essential Indian and South Asian restaurants in LA.

Added: Apey Kade, Bhani Indian Cuisine & Market, Jay Bharat

Removed: Spice Affair, Thali Express (closed)

A number of LA restaurants have resumed on-site dining service. However, this map should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Los Angeles Public Health website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Apey Kade Restaurant

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19662 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 609-7683
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Tucked into a Tarzana strip mall, Apey Kade’s husband and wife owners Lalith Rodrigo and Niza Hashim prepare Sri Lankan dishes, including a specialty dish called chicken lamprais made with chicken or beef curry in coconut milk and wrapped in banana leaf.

2. Lal Mirch

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11138 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 980-2273
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Lal Mirch’s friendly owners and attentive staff bring out flavorful plates of southern Indian food including naan, korma, biryani, sag paneer, and masala. If the timing is right, freshly made chai tea might be on the menu, and if there’s no space at the Studio City location, there’s a second restaurant in Agoura Hills.

3. Bhanu's Indian Grocery & Cuisine

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7246 Rosemead Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91775
(626) 291-2101
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Part grocery store and part sit-down restaurant, Bhanu’s Indian Grocery & Cuisine has been winning the hearts and stomachs of San Gabriel residents since 2011. Crowd-pleasing favorites include the chicken tikka masala, coconut fish curry, and butter chicken.

4. Cardamom

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7233 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 936-1000
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Mostly known for its white tablecloths and sleek dining room, Cardamom cooks nearly everything on its menu to-go in the heart of Beverly Grove. The dishes are a bit more involved here, with everything from jumbo prawn tandoori to lobster goan jhinga with fresh coconut, crushed chili, and curry leaves.

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5. Biriyani Kabob House

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3525 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 384-3570
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Little Bangladesh sits nestled into a small area on the northern edge of Koreatown with a small but great collection of restaurants. Biriyani Kabob House serves some of the best lamb biryani in town, fluffy basmati rice with tender chunks of lamb. The menu also has classics like chicken tikka masala, karahi, kebabs, and channa masala.

Grilled chicken from Biriyani Kabob House in Los Angeles, California
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Biriyani Kabob House

6. Bombay Beach

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1338 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 378-0555

Husband and wife team Angat and Gurpreet Gaada opened Bombay Beach in 2018, a splash of blue and white color and a youthful presence among Los Angeles’s Indian restaurants. Bombay Beach’s Northern Indian menu boasts favorites like butter chicken, samosas, and incredible vegan tikka masala (ask the kitchen for spicy). In a nod to Angat’s Los Angeles roots, the kitchen also crafts chicken tikka tacos and new menu item: tandoori chicken pizza.

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7. Mayura Indian Restaurant

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10406 Venice Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 559-9644
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One of Los Angeles ’s most beloved Indian restaurants and a longtime Jonathan Gold favorite, Mayura, specializes in Kerala-style food with dosas, uthappam, and fish curry. The popular lunch buffet has been discontinued thanks to COVID-19, but the restaurant serves on nearly every delivery channel, plus takeout.

Mayura Indian Restaurant in Culver City, California
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8. Tumbi

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115 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 829-7200
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Santa Monica is filled with casual Indian concepts, but Tumbi takes a modern approach with farmers market ingredients and fanciful presentations. Add in craft beer and wine for a night out on the town with flavors that might feel familiar, but could only happen in Los Angeles.

9. The Bombay Frankie Company

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6000 Sepulveda Blvd Suite 1601
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 444-9241
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The self-designated “home of the Indian burrito” moved from the Chevron gas station into a charming outdoor section of Westfield Culver City. They also have a small outpost in Koreatown, with another headed to Woodland Hills this spring. Order the vegan masala egg scramble, or chana masala bowl served over jeera rice that includes a side of raita.

The Bombay Frankie Company’s Indian Burrito in Culver City, California
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10. Al Watan Halal Tandoori Restaurant

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13619 S Inglewood Ave
Hawthorne, CA 90250
(310) 644-6395
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In business for 30 years, this halal Indian-Pakistani restaurant is one of the South Bay’s most respected. Chef Mumtaz makes traditional dishes like lamb korma and goat karahi stir-fried with onions and tomatoes, but also experiments with new recipes daily.

11. Zam Zam Market

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13649 S Inglewood Ave
Hawthorne, CA 90250
(310) 978-1927
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This humble market and takeout restaurant has a smaller but excellent array of mostly Pakistani dishes, starting with flavor-packed biryani. Chicken tikka, beef kabob, and plush naan are also on the small menu, along with chicken karahi. Weekends bring some specials like lamb pulao. Call in to order ahead, and pick up a dried lentils to take home from Zam Zam’s small market.

Chicken karahi at Zam Zam Market
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12. Al-Noor Restaurant

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15112 S Inglewood Ave
Lawndale, CA 90260
(310) 675-4700
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Al-Noor is a convenient 10-minute drive from LAX, making it quite the spot to refuel after a day of traveling. This Lawndale gem offers great takes on all the favorites, as well as rarer dishes like the Pakistani nehrani, a braised beef shank topped with fresh ginger and jalapeno and served with a wheat flour paratha.  

Naan and Indian gravies.
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13. Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen

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229 E Commonwealth Ave Unit A
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 853-1081
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Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen opened one month before the pandemic began. There, chef Imran Ali Mookhi combines dishes from Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan that is completely halal, including a wood-fired bone-in tomahawk steak, kabobs, and a breakfast curry.

Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen in Fullerton, California
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14. Chennai Dosa Corner

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18413 Pioneer Blvd
Artesia, CA 90701
(562) 924-3555
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Dosas, or Southern Indian crepes, dominate the menu at Chennai Dosa Corner. They’re best eaten hot, so head straight to your car to quickly consume the butter masala or dosa with lentil topping and vegetables.

15. Rajdhani

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18525 Pioneer Blvd
Artesia, CA 90701
(562) 402-9102
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While there are many great Indian restaurants in Artesia, Rajdhani might just be the best. This western Indian specialist shines with its vegetarian thalis — big metal platters filled with various vegetarian curries and eaten with freshly made bread.

16. Jay Bharat, Artesia

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18701 Pioneer Blvd
Artesia, CA 90701
(562) 924-3310
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Open since 1988, Jay Bharat’s Artesia location is incredibly busy. Order ahead from this seasoned restaurant to pick-up Punjabi-style samosas, cheese dosas, or a very filling thali platter with rice, gujarati dal, vegetable curries.

17. Famous Tandoori

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1817 CA-1
Lomita, CA 90717
(310) 325-0411
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This hidden gem in Lomita serves a solid mix of Pakistani and Indian classics. The malai kofta is the menu highlight — vegetarian potato-and-paneer balls swimming in a creamy gravy — along with fluffy and flavorful biryani.

Biryani from Famous Tandoori in Lomita, California
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1. Apey Kade Restaurant

19662 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

Tucked into a Tarzana strip mall, Apey Kade’s husband and wife owners Lalith Rodrigo and Niza Hashim prepare Sri Lankan dishes, including a specialty dish called chicken lamprais made with chicken or beef curry in coconut milk and wrapped in banana leaf.

19662 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana, CA 91356

2. Lal Mirch

11138 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

Lal Mirch’s friendly owners and attentive staff bring out flavorful plates of southern Indian food including naan, korma, biryani, sag paneer, and masala. If the timing is right, freshly made chai tea might be on the menu, and if there’s no space at the Studio City location, there’s a second restaurant in Agoura Hills.

11138 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

3. Bhanu's Indian Grocery & Cuisine

7246 Rosemead Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91775

Part grocery store and part sit-down restaurant, Bhanu’s Indian Grocery & Cuisine has been winning the hearts and stomachs of San Gabriel residents since 2011. Crowd-pleasing favorites include the chicken tikka masala, coconut fish curry, and butter chicken.

7246 Rosemead Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91775

4. Cardamom

7233 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Cardamom restaurant’s butter chicken in Los Angeles, California
Cardamom
Cardamom website

Mostly known for its white tablecloths and sleek dining room, Cardamom cooks nearly everything on its menu to-go in the heart of Beverly Grove. The dishes are a bit more involved here, with everything from jumbo prawn tandoori to lobster goan jhinga with fresh coconut, crushed chili, and curry leaves.

7233 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

5. Biriyani Kabob House

3525 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Grilled chicken from Biriyani Kabob House in Los Angeles, California
Biriyani Kabob House
Biriyani Kabob House

Little Bangladesh sits nestled into a small area on the northern edge of Koreatown with a small but great collection of restaurants. Biriyani Kabob House serves some of the best lamb biryani in town, fluffy basmati rice with tender chunks of lamb. The menu also has classics like chicken tikka masala, karahi, kebabs, and channa masala.

3525 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

6. Bombay Beach

1338 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Bombay Beach restaurant assortment platters
Bombay Beach
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Husband and wife team Angat and Gurpreet Gaada opened Bombay Beach in 2018, a splash of blue and white color and a youthful presence among Los Angeles’s Indian restaurants. Bombay Beach’s Northern Indian menu boasts favorites like butter chicken, samosas, and incredible vegan tikka masala (ask the kitchen for spicy). In a nod to Angat’s Los Angeles roots, the kitchen also crafts chicken tikka tacos and new menu item: tandoori chicken pizza.

1338 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90017

7. Mayura Indian Restaurant

10406 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Mayura Indian Restaurant in Culver City, California
Mayura Indian
Cathy Chaplin

One of Los Angeles ’s most beloved Indian restaurants and a longtime Jonathan Gold favorite, Mayura, specializes in Kerala-style food with dosas, uthappam, and fish curry. The popular lunch buffet has been discontinued thanks to COVID-19, but the restaurant serves on nearly every delivery channel, plus takeout.

10406 Venice Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

8. Tumbi

115 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Santa Monica is filled with casual Indian concepts, but Tumbi takes a modern approach with farmers market ingredients and fanciful presentations. Add in craft beer and wine for a night out on the town with flavors that might feel familiar, but could only happen in Los Angeles.

115 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

9. The Bombay Frankie Company

6000 Sepulveda Blvd Suite 1601, Culver City, CA 90230
The Bombay Frankie Company’s Indian Burrito in Culver City, California
The Bombay Frankie Company
The Bombay Frankie Company website

The self-designated “home of the Indian burrito” moved from the Chevron gas station into a charming outdoor section of Westfield Culver City. They also have a small outpost in Koreatown, with another headed to Woodland Hills this spring. Order the vegan masala egg scramble, or chana masala bowl served over jeera rice that includes a side of raita.

6000 Sepulveda Blvd Suite 1601
Culver City, CA 90230

10. Al Watan Halal Tandoori Restaurant

13619 S Inglewood Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250

In business for 30 years, this halal Indian-Pakistani restaurant is one of the South Bay’s most respected. Chef Mumtaz makes traditional dishes like lamb korma and goat karahi stir-fried with onions and tomatoes, but also experiments with new recipes daily.

13619 S Inglewood Ave
Hawthorne, CA 90250

11. Zam Zam Market

13649 S Inglewood Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250
Chicken karahi at Zam Zam Market
Zam Zam Market
Stan Lee

This humble market and takeout restaurant has a smaller but excellent array of mostly Pakistani dishes, starting with flavor-packed biryani. Chicken tikka, beef kabob, and plush naan are also on the small menu, along with chicken karahi. Weekends bring some specials like lamb pulao. Call in to order ahead, and pick up a dried lentils to take home from Zam Zam’s small market.

13649 S Inglewood Ave
Hawthorne, CA 90250

12. Al-Noor Restaurant

15112 S Inglewood Ave, Lawndale, CA 90260
Naan and Indian gravies.
Al-Noor Restaurant
Crystal Coser

Al-Noor is a convenient 10-minute drive from LAX, making it quite the spot to refuel after a day of traveling. This Lawndale gem offers great takes on all the favorites, as well as rarer dishes like the Pakistani nehrani, a braised beef shank topped with fresh ginger and jalapeno and served with a wheat flour paratha.  

15112 S Inglewood Ave
Lawndale, CA 90260

13. Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen

229 E Commonwealth Ave Unit A, Fullerton, CA 92832
Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen in Fullerton, California
Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen
Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen website

Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen opened one month before the pandemic began. There, chef Imran Ali Mookhi combines dishes from Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan that is completely halal, including a wood-fired bone-in tomahawk steak, kabobs, and a breakfast curry.

229 E Commonwealth Ave Unit A
Fullerton, CA 92832

14. Chennai Dosa Corner

18413 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

Dosas, or Southern Indian crepes, dominate the menu at Chennai Dosa Corner. They’re best eaten hot, so head straight to your car to quickly consume the butter masala or dosa with lentil topping and vegetables.

18413 Pioneer Blvd
Artesia, CA 90701

15. Rajdhani

18525 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

While there are many great Indian restaurants in Artesia, Rajdhani might just be the best. This western Indian specialist shines with its vegetarian thalis — big metal platters filled with various vegetarian curries and eaten with freshly made bread.

18525 Pioneer Blvd
Artesia, CA 90701

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16. Jay Bharat, Artesia

18701 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

Open since 1988, Jay Bharat’s Artesia location is incredibly busy. Order ahead from this seasoned restaurant to pick-up Punjabi-style samosas, cheese dosas, or a very filling thali platter with rice, gujarati dal, vegetable curries.

18701 Pioneer Blvd
Artesia, CA 90701

17. Famous Tandoori

1817 CA-1, Lomita, CA 90717
Biryani from Famous Tandoori in Lomita, California
Famous Tandoori
Famous Tandoori restaurant

This hidden gem in Lomita serves a solid mix of Pakistani and Indian classics. The malai kofta is the menu highlight — vegetarian potato-and-paneer balls swimming in a creamy gravy — along with fluffy and flavorful biryani.

1817 CA-1
Lomita, CA 90717

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