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The 4 Best Indian Restaurants in Sausalito in 2023

When you’re looking for something interesting to eat, there’s nothing quite like Indian cuisine. Full of flavors like mustard, curry, cumin, and coriander, Indian dishes are both filling and fun to eat.

While Sausalito doesn’t have a dining scene anywhere near as big as San Francisco’s, it does have several varieties of ethnic cuisine – Indian included. There are a handful of Indian restaurants in Sausalito – and one nearby –, each worth trying if you have the time.

In this post, I’ll share a quick guide to your options for Indian food in Sausalito. For each restaurant, I’ve shared the neighborhood you’ll find the restaurant in and some of my favorite dishes. No matter which one you pick, I hope you’ll have a delicious, richly-spiced meal. अपने भोजन का आनंद लिजिये! (Enjoy your food!)

This post was originally published in December 2021, and was updated most recently in January 2023.

Avatar’s (Marinship)

Opened in 1989, Avatar’s is one of the most beloved Indian restaurants in Sausalito. Some locals even call Avatar’s their favorite place for samosas! A mix between Indian and Mexican cuisine, their food is exceptional and caters to every palate. You’ll find a bunch of vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian options on the menu. 

The Punjabi Enchilada is the restaurant’s gem, but their lamb curry and Dal are equally deserving of praise. Their service is beyond accommodating, and they will go out of their way to make you feel at home or prepare dishes to cater to your culinary needs. They have indoor and outside seating options. If you are out on a sunny day, I highly recommend snagging a table on the patio. 

Sartaj India Cafe (New Town)

Sartaj India Cafe is a good option if you want to enjoy authentic home-cooked Indian food in Sausalito. A family-run restaurant, Sartaj India Cafe is one of the few Indian restaurants in Sausalito that conjures up delicious North Indian dishes. All their recipes are an explosion of flavor and will elicit memories of past trips to India (if you’ve ever been there) or will make you want to plan one just to explore their cuisine. 

Paratha, Mango Lassi, and Vegetable Samosa are a must, but try their varieties of Thalis and the Chapati if you’re going with a big group. If you happen to visit during winter, ask for a cup of exquisite Masala chai– a sip of their steaming Masala chai is pure bliss when Sausalito gets chilly.

Taste of Himalayas (Nevada Street Valley)

Taste of Himalayas isn’t strictly one of Sausalito’s Indian restaurants since they offer a Himalayan fare as the name suggests. For those who don’t know, Himalayan cuisine is a fantastic blend of Nepalese, Tibetan, and Indian dishes. Sounds delicious, right? 

Dawa, Pasang, and Pemba T Sherpa are the three siblings running the charming restaurant. They grew up in the foothills of the Himalayas and have brought with them the flavors of the area. The menu offers an impressive assortment of curries, various appetizers, and plenty of tandoori items. Feel free to choose anything on the menu, for every dish is mouthwatering. However, here are my recommendations: if you’re craving Indian cuisine, order the soft and crispy Samosa Chaat or Tikka Masala; for Nepalese, go with the delicious Goat Curry.

Bonus: BBQ N Curry House (Marin City)

Chef Shahid runs BBQ & Curry, one of the best Indian restaurants in Sausalito – okay, technically, Marin City, but Sausalito will claim this one for another option! Shahid has created an exotic dining experience where the flavors from India and Pakistan meet on the same plate.

Given this joining of culinary traditions, BBQ N Curry House serves food with a unique taste. The dishes are unbeatably delicious and come in hearty portions. Even the rice –an expensive imported basmati variety– is delightful and special. The meats used for the curry are flavorful and tender. His Biryani is out of this world, incorporating the perfect amount of heady Indian spices. Diners who love Pakistani food always ask for his exquisite Halal Burgers.

So which one of these Indian restaurants in Sausalito will you be trying next? No matter which one you pick, you’ll be sure to enjoy a whole lot of flavors! Have any questions about these Sausalito Indian restaurants? Let me know in the comments.

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Valerie & Jacob fell in love with Sausalito after their very first visit; they then moved there in 2019. It's one of their favorite places in the Bay Area and they're excited to show you the best parts of their city.

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