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Himalayan Cafe

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$$ - $$$
Nepalese, Indian, International, Asian, Tibetan
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36 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105-1933
+1 626-564-1560
10:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 10:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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San Francisco, California
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in here for the lunch buffet on a saturday - excellent value at $9.99 and a great selection of dishes. The lamb curry and chicken tikka were especially good. The staff were exceptional - attentive when we needed them but also quiet and leave you to enjoy the food. We were especially happy that they found our sunglasses (expensive)... More 

Thank KEinSF
Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

The food was excellent, well prepared and well presented. Service was good and the atmosphere was relaxing.

Thank janesF1444NR
Sierra Madre, California
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152 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

I like it! I've never had Himalayan food before. I tried the lunch buffet so I could try lots of different things. I actually liked everything. The food has a spice flavor but it's not hot spicy. Just delicious. For 9.99 it was a good deal and a great way to this restaurant. I will be back. I have it... More 

Thank Laura H
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82 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Our family discovered this restaurant while we were walking around Old Town. A large menu selection, delicious food and nice cozy atmosphere. The momos (vegetable/Chicken) were tasty. Our group also ordered a variety of chicken and vegetarian dishes and everything looked and tasted great. If we lived closer we would happily dine here regularly. Look forward to a return visit... More 

Thank jvz13
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47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

A very late lunch found us in this neighborhood and we decided to try a restaurant we had never been to. Samosas were crispy, hot, & delicious. The sauce accompanying it might have had a touch of sugar (which I avoid), but the tangy tamarind was delicious. The lamb korma with some vegetables was great and the tandoori mixed grill... More 

Thank ninat727
Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

Delicious! I already enjoy Indian; and the dishes I ordered (I can't remember their names) were not noticeably different to my palate. Their Naan is wonderfully light and chewy and THICK (I've had some that were as thin as tortillas at other places).

Thank ahryunbunch
Los Angeles, California
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157 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

So we didn't know what to expect when we bought a Groupon voucher for dinner here. The service is great, the waiters are attentive and brought our drinks/appetizers quickly after ordering. We were pleasantly surprised at how good the mixed grill (recommended by the waiter) is and how big the portion is. For a weekday night, the restaurant was full... More 

Thank JaniBani06
Sedona, Arizona
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253 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016 via mobile

This region's food comes from several different countries and for Americans, mostly falls under the "Indian" category . It's popular here because the spices and sauces used are unique by OUR everyday standards. Therefore the recipes rarely change from Himalayan, to Indian, to Nepalese and so on. The food is authentic and tasty. This particular place had the same options... More 

Thank Arloredrock
Los Angeles, California
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706 reviews
498 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 362 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

The Skinny- Parking: nearby pay lot Decor: mom and pop Food: ok Coke: 2 liter bottle Restroom: somewhat usable Service: non existent I have never had Himalayan food and wanted to try this place out. I was surprised that the buffet looked exactly like every Indian buffet I have been too. The actual place is very dive like with glass... More 

Thank melobeam
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102 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016

If I was in Pasadena more often, I would be a regular here. The ambiance is authentic and inviting, and the service is very considerate. The compelling reason to come is the cuisine. I tried several dishes, and each one was presented elegantly and delicious to taste. The Lamb Vindaloo was a treat, and so was the garlic nan!

Thank 86michealb

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Nepalese, Indian, International, Asian, Tibetan
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 36 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105-1933
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-564-1560
Wonderful place in Old Town Pasadena serving great food at good prices.

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