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Lotus Cuisine of India

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704 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901-3213 (Tamalpias Ave.)
+1 415-456-5808
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 4 January 2016 via mobile

Good was nice but not much variety for vegetarians. Only about 3-4 dishes for buffet. Buffet price was cheap though. About 9-10 bucks per person for lunch time buffet. Other than that the food was not bad. North Indian food only available.

Thank Vikash B
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 20 December 2015 via mobile

We have eaten at Lotus about 10 times over the past 4 years. On a recent visit I thought the food was better than ever. We had lamb biryani rather than our usual shrimp and it was delicious. We also had shrimp saag ( it had a slightly different name ) rather than lamb saag and it too was delicious.... More 

Thank Guy R
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2015

Food poorly prepared, greasy and reheated in microwave. Maybe the worst Indian food I have had. This is the location of an old standard French restaurant and do not let the lovely building fool you into thinking it hold a place you will enjoy. Only good point is it is cheap.

1 Thank James D. B
San Rafael, California
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2015

Five of us had a pleasant meal. We arrived on a Saturday night without a reservation. The restaurant was crowded, but we were able to get a nice round table in the back of the room right away. The service was pretty quick and pleasant and Our food was very good.

Thank nonsmokinglady
North of San Francisco
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48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2015

I have been going to Lotus for many years now and lately they have really made an impression by offering organic, non-GMO and vegan foods. Most days the restaurant is pretty crowded but we always manage to find a seat. The buffet usually has around 20 choices with the usual daal and samosas to sag paneer and tandoor chicken. The... More 

Thank efejle
Brookings, Oregon
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41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2015 via mobile

My spouse and I took a friend here for Mew Years Eve dinner. Not only was the restaurant open, but it was a fabulous dining experience. The food was great and there was a lot of variety on the menu. There was a decent wine selection and the waitstaff were able to help us order gluten and dairy free off... More 

Thank Restaurant_Lover_SJC
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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28 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 23 September 2015 via mobile

Dinner was delicious. Samosas were fully stuffed. Naan was warm and tasty. My fish dish in coconut was good. My friends lamb was good. But when i tasted both sauces there was too much similarity.Perhaps better to try other places.

1 Thank Artist T
Mill Valley, California
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 August 2015

Extremely řelaxing atmosphere! Quiet with soft music and pleasant lighting. When I walked in from outside, I immediately felt calm. I did not feel that I was still in the hustle of San Rafael. I think mature children win enjoy it here but it would be very inappropriate for running around or speaking loudly. Service excellent and easy to get... More 

1 Thank fussy214
Saint Gabriel, Louisiana
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48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 5 August 2015

I took my son here a few years ago when visiting the area, and he still talks about the meal he had. So, when visiting with my daughter recently, we had to go. And she will now be talking forever about her meal there, too. What a great place. Very reasonable prices, health-conscious options, and aromas you just want to... More 

Thank Van R
San Francisco, California
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67 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 31 July 2015

I was just amazed at the great food and very warm and friendly service by this wonderful family run restaurant. The food is out of this world. I have had Indian food many times and always went away with a YUK feeling. Lotus is wonderful, the food is presented well and the staff are amazing in advising you what to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 704 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901-3213
    (Tamalpias Ave.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  San Rafael
  • Phone Number: +1 415-456-5808
Serving the best Indian Food in Marin County in downtown San Rafael since 1999. Vegan and Vegetarian, Gluten free, all organic. Lunch Buffet, Online Take Out Ordering, Zagat rated. Ranked #1 Marin Indian Restaurant. Certified Green Business.

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