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Himalayan Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Indian, Tibetan, Nepalese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
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2910 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406-1026 (Formerly Big Olaf's)
+1 612-332-0880
11:00 - 21:30
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Stillwater, Minnesota
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The wait was long, but it was a busy Friday night. It was worth it however. The mixed vegetable curry was awesome. The momo appetizer and various naans, also great. Not the best atmosphere, sitting by the cold front door, but service was fine and the overall experience was very good.

1 Thank Dogfishdawn
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We wanted a taste of Nepali food. The North West and South West twin cities areas have no Nepali restaurants, mainly Indian restaurants. So we drove down to this place. As others said, the friendly owner welcomed us and invited us to sit where we wished. We sat in the room closer to the car park with windows on two... More 

3 Thank nearmsp
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

We come here regularly and love the food. Service is great as well and they have reasonable beer/wine choices.

1 Thank Dean H
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

I ate here twice during a recent visit to the Twin Cities. (November 2016). The afternoon buffet is absolutely wonderful...the subtlety of the flavors mingled together is enough to make you weep for joy. Equally delicious are the appetizers and entrees ordered from the menu. The restaurant is modern and spotless. The staff is friendly and helpful and the owner... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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250 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

I was excited to try Himalayan restaurant. I found the cuisine to be more Indian than Nepalese, but my experience with the latter is limited. The food was hot and fresh. The service was attentive. I enjoyed the meal and found the price to be fair.

1 Thank KU90
Blaine, Minnesota
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

I have eaten here many times and I still love the food! Probably the best Indian/Nepalese cuisine in the Twin Cities! Excellent vegetarian choices, nice setting, very attentive staff and the food is always fresh. Never a long wait. My favorite dish is Aaloo Cauli, I have tried other vegetarian curries and think they are all great too. If you... More 

1 Thank Ron D
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

I visited the Himalayan with my college age son. Given the prodigious appetites of collegians, we are the veterans of many buffets, many of them Indian. What I loved about the Himalayan was that the dishes they served were fresh and different. Though they had their share of "old reliables" on the buffet, they also had several dishes I had... More 

1 Thank JN1966
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

I confess I have only gone to Himalayan for their weekend brunches. Bountiful, lots of opportunities to taste new flavors, and affordable. But that is where charm ends. Their new location, having migrated from Franklin Ave, is bigger but lacks the character and community feel of the previous joint. Where the buffet is situated is awkward, as the back side... More 

1 Thank trufflesque
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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66 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I was concerned a couple years ago when they moved into a bigger space--that usually means quality goes down and price goes up. That didn't happen. Same great quality and prices as in their old place. Great service. I'd recommend anything on the menu

1 Thank sheldon m
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Wonderful Nepali & Indian food. Great service; never disappoints. This is definitely one of my go-to spots in the city.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Indian, Tibetan, Nepalese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2910 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406-1026 (Formerly Big Olaf's)
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 612-332-0880

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