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Lotus Chaat & Spices

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1559 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901-2741
+1 415-454-6887
11:30 - 21:00
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Larkspur, California
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is my usual lunch place. I always order their dosas, and they have plenty of choices, with meat, vegan, or vegetarian. Most of their dishes are gluten free too. If you don't see anything you like on the menu, you can also ask if they can make something special. Most of their meal comes with a soup, so don't... More 

Thank Bethanny R
Woodacre, California
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54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

I have had the special once and then several times a dosa. The food is fantastic and the Mango Lassi is wonderful.

Thank rebeccamZ6235EI
Surinder S, Owner at Lotus Chaat & Spices, responded to this review

My name is Surinder Sroa and I am the owner of Lotus Chaat & Spices Organic Indian Restaurant and Store in the West End of San Rafael. Lotus Chaat is a dining establishment that prides itself on its quality, cleanliness and service. We encourage our customers to speak with our staff about their experiences so we can learn from them.... More 

SF Bay Area
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142 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

So many chaat houses are just average, decent but undistinguished. But this one stands out: spacious, well lighted and decorated, clean, and welcoming. Restrooms are spotless. There's even a small spice store attached. Our friends, San Rafael locals, come here often and recommended their dosas, in our case both vegetarian and with meat. Excellent! They all had wine, but I... More 

Thank babubenj
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

I love coming to this restaurant. Not sure if it's the good food, or the art on walls capturing various sides of Indian culture that always pulls my attention, or the man who is always there welcoming us with his kind smile or because it's usually quiet with Indian music playing in the background. Probably all of the above.

Thank Barbora J
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2015 via mobile

From Chaat to Dosa to Thali, you can experience the flavors of Southern India in San Rafael without too much heat on the palate or too many bank notes left on the table. Open through the midday for lovely convenience the Dosa special and Chai warmed our ... everything on a chilly Sunday between games. Asked what spice level we... More 

Thank 279tracy
Santa Rosa, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 October 2015

This is no ordinary Indian restaurant. This is the only place I know of in the North Bay that specializes in chaat -- the tangy, scrumptious STREET FOOD I fell in love with decades ago when I was a Peace Corps volunteer in India. Rarer than hen’s teeth in North America, this is the real deal – flavors that explode... More 

Thank HowardDaniel
San Rafael, California
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304 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2015

You can get a great selection for your cooking needs at home of have a slice of pizza here. Also good to have sidewalk seating and watch the world on a good day. The selection is large and the workers accommodating. Many of the other stores have closed so getting Indian supplies is hard until they made a presence.

1 Thank Thomas B
Lafayette, California
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441 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2014 via mobile

The prawn and the vegetarian dishes were tasty with delicious creamy sauces. Accompanied with brown rice, chapati, and beers, the meal was just perfect. The ambiance was nice and the open roof made it cooler on this very hot evening. Impeccable service. I will return.

Thank reise-tanta-di
Marin, CA
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80 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2014

This is a very pleasant - nothing fancy place to eat some delicious Southern Indian street food, prepared in a healthy - low oil way. While the Dosa's are very good, I like to get the Thali - a plate with a variety of items to taste and enjoy. For the atmosphere - which is diner-esque - the price for... More 

Thank REH999
San Rafael, California
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2014

Nice place , food has a south Indian blend.. very clean maybe one of the most hygienic Indian joints i have been in ... keep up the good work ..

Thank Manny H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
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Open Hours
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1559 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901-2741
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  San Rafael
  • Phone Number: +1 415-454-6887

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