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Universal Market

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905 W Dove Ave, McAllen, TX 78504-3502
+1 956-631-4414
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

A couple things about Universal Market: The service here is super, super slow, and several of the waiters don't really seem to know what they are doing. Just be forewarned. I think that the management changed, or the cooks changed in the last year. When we first came down to the Valley about a year ago, the food was GREAT,... More 

Thank Max F
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

My wife and I love Indian food and decided to try this place out when Taste of India (RIP) closed. The restaurant is part of a small ethnic store. The restaurant is very narrow and long and probably has 15 total booths. The service here was not good. It was only a step above unacceptable. The waiters mostly grunted at... More 

Thank Craig S
McAllen, Texas
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016

The restaurant is one aisle with seven or eight four-person booths on either side. When we arrived only two of the booths had two people seated. We chose our spot and then noticed that the booth immediately next to ours was full of dirty dishes. Over the course of the next hour only two more parties of two arrived, but... More 

Thank JGT4
Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2016

Had a wonderful time at this restaurant. Very good service and food made to order and set to your preference as far as spiciness. Warning, I like spicy food and chose medium and it was perfect. Since food is made to order it is not the fastest place for dinner (there is a lunch buffet ). Decor is nothing to... More 

Thank MJM_62_DP
McAllen, Texas
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2016

When my favourite Taste of India closed for good, I was beyond sad...as I read reviews about indian food, I noticed one reviewer said they found this place when a note was left at the Taste of India...It was a clue to the next adventure!!! Universal Market is an indian store in McAllen, plus a small, little buffet with great... More 

2 Thank FiannaWarrior
Gold Beach, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2015 via mobile

Had previously eaten at Taste of India which is now closed so ate here. For a small buffet they had a decent selection of dishes. The chicken was white meat and a little dry for my taste but otherwise everything was good. I like spicy food so this was not spicy enough for me and a friend can't eat spicy... More 

1 Thank Alison S
Thrissur, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015

Ok spread tends to repeat the same menu which makes it a bit boring, I wish they keep the menu changing more often.

1 Thank Premkumar M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2015 via mobile

I can't begin to describe how wonderful the food is. You just have to try it for yourself! If you have seen the movie "100 Foot Journey" you will understand!

Thank Joyzinha
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33 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2014

This is a small restaurant attached to a grocery store at 905 Dove Street, literally behind the Walgreens off 10th street north in McAllen. Great food, excellent service and a good variety of choices for meat lovers and vegetarians, at an affordable price. The owners recently re-modeled the seating arrangements in the restaurant proof that they have a loyal following.

Thank LuizadelaLoca
Houston, Texas
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014

I visited this grocery store and restaurant on July 4, 2014. The buffet at the restaurant is 100% better than the food offered in Indian restaurants in Houston and its suburbs.

Thank George C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Indian, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 905 W Dove Ave, McAllen, TX 78504-3502
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  McAllen
  • Phone Number: +1 956-631-4414

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