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Viva Goa

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Marina District
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2420 Lombard St, between Scott St & United States Highway 101, San Francisco, CA 94123-2604
+1 415-440-2600
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Davenport, Florida
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

Good food, good service and good value. We prefer to dine different venues but this pulled us back the next evening for the reasons stated and pure conveniece

Thank ianjengemjac
San Francisco
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204 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

I'm one of those terrible San Franciscans who has a hard time taking anything on that ugly stretch of Lombard seriously. Well, that attitude is a big mistake when it comes to Viva Goa (and everything else, bad me). It's pretty subtle, but Viva Goa gives you a slightly different take on Indian food. The Portuguese influence from Goa does... More 

Thank rhopelain
Hershey, Pennsylvania
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134 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

I drove here hoping for authentic food. The mulligatawny soup was good with delicate complex flavours and not at all spicy. I then ordered lamb vindaloo medium (I hate the "how would you like it?" With chilli then l stirred in at the last moment as chillies really need to be cooked in from the beginning to taste right). It... More 

Thank Roger M
Metamora, MI
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

A visitor from rural Michigan and newcomer to Indian cuisine, I noticed Viva Goa while exploring the city on foot from the Marina District and decided to try the lunch buffet. Very much enjoyed the many well-presented and delicious flavors in a quiet atmosphere with superlative service. I plan to return to San Francisco in December and will invite my... More 

Thank lymamire
Los Angeles, California
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96 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

I had dinner here while attending a conference. It was really wonderful to taste authentic Goanese flavors after a long time. I nejoyed the SHrimp Xacuti and Pork Sorpotel.

Thank Ananta M
San Lorenzo, California
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112 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

I went there for the buffet lunch on a Sunday. The food was average, except for the very unusual and delicious Goan fish curry, but the quiet atmosphere and good service made the experience pleasant. There were also vegetarian, cheese, lamb, and chicken dishes. The fish and vegetarian dishes I ate were not at all spicy. I was told by... More 

Thank Wildwooder
Barrie, Canada
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I was in town alone and got a take out. The butter chicken and naan bread was awesome. Staff were very friendly. Spoke to other guests that say they come across town for this Indian Food. Was recommended by my hotel manager.

Thank taurusthebull14
Brisbane, Australia
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Dropped in for dinner after a Google search, warm welcome by friendly if somewhat shy staff, my husband and I tried a couple of dishes we didn't recognise from Australian Indian restaurants. We were asked what spice level we liked and they were pretty close to the mark (could have been a bit spicier). Overall a nice restaurant, good food... More 

Thank Janice D
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

The staff was friendly and very helpfull. The food was fantastic - very tasty indian food!. One of the best restaurants we have ever tried.

Thank Henriette H
Millom, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

My husband and I being Brummie are a bit particular about our Indian food. The guy in our motel recommended Viva Goa and he was spot on. Service was excellent as was the food. This is our sixth year touring America and the first good Indian meal we have had!!!!!!

Thank Dingle1963

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Indian, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2420 Lombard St, between Scott St & United States Highway 101, San Francisco, CA 94123-2604
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Marina District
  • Neighbourhood: Marina District
  • Phone Number: +1 415-440-2600

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Marina District

Neighbourhood Profile
Marina District
Beautiful homes, beautiful people, and a beautiful backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge welcome visitors to the Marina. Originally the location for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915 (whose remnants can be seen at the Palace of Fine Arts), much of the land was filled and flattened to accommodate a world’s fair. That ample space has given way to a jogger’s paradise at the northern edge of the city. With the picturesque bay setting as its backdrop, it’s no surprise that the area has hosted numerous movie productions. Daytime activities focus on café culture and boutique shopping, while the evenings turn this neighbourhood into a party-going hotspot.
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