Where to find authentic, awesome Indian food in Chicago

Chicago's Indian food is not only delicious, it's authentic. And it's also an excellent value. Heaping plates of basmati rice, naan (a pita-like bread), grilled meats, samosas, dosai (a thin crepe) and bean and vegetable dishes will guarantee you leave stuffed and happy. Have some water or a cold beer handy, because some of these foods  are spicy! When we're in the mood for Indian food in Chicago, we head to Indian Garden - a reader favorite - or we count on Udupi Palace's solid track record and consistently great dishes. You'll find these places - and the other restaurants on our list - to be fantastic options for Indian cuisine. If you're looking to concentrate your efforts, start along Devon Avenue, in the far north side West Rogers Park neighborhood. It's home to a mile-long stretch known as "Little India," and is also an international melting pot of Asian, Russian, Pakastani, and Orthodox Jewish residents.

Locals love that this neighborhood Indian establishment delivers oversized portions and hosts a tasty lunch buffet. The dining room, accented by subdued lighting and a dramatic color scheme, adds a touch of class to the proceedings. Try...  Read More

Indian fare and Nuevo Latino cusine collide at this hip and trendy restaurant in River North. The black and white decor includes modern lighting and paintings. And the food is eclectic and spicy. A signature entree is the Lobster Portuguese,...  Read More

This eatery with the interesting name – it serves Indian and Nepalese cuisine – serves top-quality fare, and the lunch buffet provides great value with hot entrees, salads, and desserts. The menu features vegetarian selections, tandoori...  Read More

Ukranian Village
Pub Royale
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This modern British-Indian pub is a Chicago standout, thanks to its outstanding beer and drink selection, its Indian food menu, and its eccentric decor (there's a motorcycle and peacock feathers on the wall, among other items). Located in...  Read More

This elegant restaurant specializes in Northern Indian cuisine and is known for its tandoori cooking. Clay ovens powered by mesquite wood cook not only breads but fish, chicken, and lamb to perfection. The unobtrusive, attentive staff and...  Read More

This modern and newly opened Indian and Nepalese restaurant is not on Devon Avenue, but its food is just as authentic. This sleek restaurant in the hip Wicker Park neighborhood, so it draws more American diners than Indians. They come for the...  Read More

Viceroy of India

This relaxed restaurant serves truly authentic Indian food. The lunch buffet is a big draw thanks to a variety of options at reasonable prices. Popular choices are the vegetable samosa appetizer, and the tandori mixed grill. But you can't go...  Read More

Udupi Palace

A sister restaurant to Tiffin, this Indian establishment is more scaled down and not quite as elegant interior-wise. However, the food is just as tasty. Try the South Indian vegetarian cuisine that includes a range of options. Start off with the...  Read More

Tiffin boasts an upscale interior and very qualified servers. Ceilings painted with blue clouds and walls with wood wainscoting define the interior. The authentic menu features specialties such as tandoori king prawns, chicken tikka masala...  Read More

Warren Park
Hema's Kitchen

A friendly, family-run business with excellent (but sometimes very spicy) food, Hema's Kitchen is a standout among the Indian restaurants on Devon Avenue. You'll likely be greeted by Hema or one of her family members, who will be happy to answer...  Read More


Meet Jamie Bartosch

Jamie Bartosch is a lifelong Chicagoan who thinks her hometown is the greatest city in the world. She is an award-winning newspaper reporter, a freelance travel writer, and the mother of two great kids.

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