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India Cafe

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227 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA 52240-3927
+1 319-354-2775
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
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17:00 - 22:00
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here with friend for lunch buffet. Not a very big buffet, but was wanting to try something new. Sat down at the table with my plate and noticed a cockroach crawling across the table. The waiter moved us to another seat which was fine, but didn't comp our meal or even give us a discount. I will not be... More 

Thank Amanda D
new albany, indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

It was a favorite back then and it is still as tasty today as then. This is a great place to try Indian food if you are not sure if you have a guests who are shy. The staff is very nice, willing to share their expertise and guide you through a great meal.

Thank hoosierscience
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016 via mobile

We dine here regularly. The food equals that of the best London Indian restaurants. Authentic dishes are perfectly spiced, served piping hot with good size portions. The servers are consistently excellent.

Thank Sandy K
Iowa City, Iowa
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93 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2015

This is our office's go to place for lunch. The food is quite good for a buffet. The flavors are pretty authentic. The naan, tandoori chicken, and veggie masala are really good. The chai is great and reminds me of India. The staff are friendly and clear your plate so you can grab some more food. The restaurant has a... More 

Thank YourTravelPath
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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12 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2015

We've dined there twice in the last year. The second time to give it another chance since we really like Indian food. Same experience: the place was nearly empty the first time and we were the ONLY party the second time. And the harsh lighting just makes the place seem cold, isolated and wanting. The food is quite good, but... More 

Thank BR938
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70 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2015

Being mostly vegetarian, Indian food is one the default choices. India Cafe in Iowa City is quite good, not the best but certainly in my 70s percentile rank. Their Masala Chai is particularly good. I like very much the atmosphere. Even when crowded, it's never too loud, and if you get a booth you get a good amount of privacy.... More 

Thank TurtleSenior
Rapid City, South Dakota
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2014

We were not impressed. Dining are was cold and had a cafeteria atmosphere. We ordered three entrees to share - all order medium spice level. One had not heat at all, one was medium, and the the third was almost too spicy to eat. beyond the spice levels, the food was pretty basic. Even though the restaurant was almost empty... More 

1 Thank JulieSmoragiewicz
Stillwater, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

I am a huge fan of Indian food. The the India Cafe is pretty good compared to others, but not my favorite. I had the lunch buffet, which was a decent price. The staff is friendly. I would recommend this to a person that enjoys Indian food.

1 Thank Keaton C
Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014

Great food, affordable, such courteous and friendly service!! Am only driving through here and so can experience this but once. I do know that if I am ever here again, this is the place I will visit :) Highly recommended: mango ice cream... Fresh, home made with actual mango pieces and pulp..... Yummmm

2 Thank shaha84
Salem, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2014

Perfectly adequate lunch buffet. Excellent Nann. The food on the buffet was fresh and well replensihed and a nice selection.

1 Thank Michael L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
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Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 227 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA 52240-3927
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-354-2775

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