1621 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040334.028937 -118.486486
Monday 11:30 AM - 2:15 PM
Tuesday 11:30 AM - 2:15 PM
Wednesday 11:30 AM - 2:15 PM
Thursday 11:30 AM - 2:15 PM
Friday 11:30 AM - 2:15 PM
Saturday 11:30 AM - 2:15 PM
Sunday 11:30 AM - 2:15 PM
Neighborhoods: Wilshire Montana, West LA
Indian – we had dineer there for 4 people and the food was tasty and good qulity, the service was friendly too. I will recommend it
decent buffet – The place did not look appealing as it was old and unpainted. It was recently painted in brick color and t looks much better. I have only been for the lunch buffet and it is very satisfying. The Tandori chicken is excellent and the rice is so flavorfull. Now that it looks more like a restaurant and less like a cafeteria, I wil give it a shot for dinner.
Best Indian in LA – At least, so far. I have been to quite a few Indian places but my foodie buddies have always recommended Nawab over others in the area. There are booths and linen napkins. A bit on the quiet side, it was really empty but perhaps because we ate a bit later. The mint chutney was obviously fresh and thick and tasty. The shrimp, lamp, and chicken dishes I've ordered here and there have been terrific. There's a lunch buffet that's actually quite good. $18 per plate, plus naan, plus rice, plus appetizer equals about $25/person for dinner. The rice was a bit dry but the curries more than make up for it.
Excellent Food – I have always had a good experience at this place. The food is rich and tasty, and there are many different varieties to try. The ambience is ok, there are better, but its not bad either. Overall, I would definitely recommend this place.
I liked this place! – We were nearly put off by the bad reviews on this site, but my husband is a big fan of Poori which we don't see in every Indian restaurant and so we decided to give it a go, regardless. I'm certainly glad we did, and feel sad that some people have had bad experiences with what we found to be friendly and attentive wait staff. The food was really authentic to our tastes (I'm English, my husband is from NYC) and not too expensive at all. The Mint Chicken Tikka was delicious! We went on a Friday night at about 8.30pm without reservations and were seated immediately.
It's authentic, trust me – Having grown up eating Indian/Pakistani food, Nawab is one of the best options you can find in LA. The change in menu/chef/ownership was a positive thing, as many more of the dishes you would eat at home have made it on to the menu (shaami kabab, plain ol' yellow daal). The ingredients are fresh, the food flavorful, and the service warm and attentive.
First Restaurant I've Ever Walked Out On. – Almost immediately after our arrival, my mother and I were seated by two of the restaurants staff. When we were ready to order, we were assured our server was on his way. We then waited and waited and waited some more. During this time, several parties who arrived after us had their orders taken (but even their service was not in the order of their arrival). Whats more, the waiter taking their orders was one of the very men who seated us. By the time the waiter got to our table, we were ready to leave. Upon hearing this, the waiter vehemently made it clear he didnt care whether or not we left. Other reviews seem to indicate I am not alone in my experience. If you plan to eat here, understand youre taking a gamble with their service; perhaps its good at times, but when its bad, its horrendous.
No Longer Worth It – The food was great and inexpensive the first three times I went -- which was two years ago. The time I went a month ago, the service was slow and the food was not as good as I remembered it. The prices had also risen. The last time I went (this past week), my party of three was seated promptly and then forgotten for 25 minutes. After the server went to get the orders from two other tables that had been seated AFTER us, he came to us with a surly attitude! We left. I was lamenting that we had lost a great restaurant, but after reading the other reviews, I realize that others also believe the food has gone downhill while the prices have been climbing. Since we live in L.A., there are plenty of other Indian restaurants to frequent.
Probably the best Indian food I've had in LA – Before I moved to LA I lived in "Little India" in NYC, so was worried I wouldn't get my chana masala fix out west. Luckily I've found Nawab! The food and service are always great. Every one of my friends that I've brought here agrees, this place rocks. Order a side of raita, you won't regret it.
Good food, slow service, very expensive beverages – I'm not generally a fan of buffets, but Nawab's lunch buffet is actually tasty most of the time. If you're not a water drinker with lunch, beware. Each soft drink is $2.50 and served in ridiculously small glasses. This wouldn't be a problem in and of itself, however, there are no refills on soda. While this might seem trivial, with a lunch group of 4 to 5 people and a couple of refills, your drink order quickly becomes half of the price tag. Although they're generally quick to seat your party and clear your plates if you're having the lunch buffet, service after that can be painfully slow. Despite these negatives, however, I still frequent and recommend the restaurant. The food can be quite good.
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