From Tandoori to Malabar, and everything in between, Rhode Island has no shortage of fine Indian-style dining establishments. The tastes of Northern and Southern India ring through this New England state and are as prevalent as pot roast and pot pie. Whether you are looking for a fabulous curry or chicken tikka, you will find it here in Rhode Island. So come with us as we tour around the state to explore the 7 best Indian restaurants in Rhode Island.
Featured on the Best of Rhode Island, this family-friendly restaurant offers traditional Indian cuisine, Bollywood films on the big screen, and authentic belly dancing. Find dishes like tandoori, curries, samosa, lamb, masala, and more. Plus, with a fully stocked bar, you will find cocktails, beer, wine, and more. What’s more, you find happy hour deals and even an Indian-style brunch on the weekends.
With a focus on the foods from South India and Indo-Chinese specialties, Godavari offers dishes like Chicken Manchurian, Mamsam Roast Goat, and Malabar fish curry. Plus they are open late. Really late. With a brief break from 2:30 to 5:30 a.m., you can pretty much get fresh authentic Indian food any time you want it, and they will deliver it, too.
Established in 1987, Kabob and Curry is possibly the longest-running Indian restaurant in the area, and they offer food to eat in, take out, catering, and weekend brunch. With gluten free and vegetarian options, you will find tandoori, curries, masala, biryani, dosas, lamb, seafood, and more. Plus, with a full bar, your favorite cocktail will only help to unlock those traditional Indian spices.
This spot is also a storefront, and the little eat-in restaurant prepares classic Indian and Pakistani bites. The winner of several “Best of” awards, this little spot offer dishes like potato and pea samosa, mussels Malabar, and shrimp balchao (char-grilled shrimp, tomatoes, and red onion in a sweet and spicy sauce).
Rasoi is Hindi for the kitchen, and this brightly colored eatery is owned by chefs Sanjiv and Vandana Dhar. With a mission to provide healthy, nutritious Indian food to the Rhode Island community, you can also expect to find personalized service and lots of veggie & gluten-free options in a casual, family-friendly environment. Check out dishes like vegetable mago curry, lamb kofta, and more.
Established in 2001, Not Just Snacks offers traditional Indian fare with a focus on simple, classic, and tasty. From naan to chicken tikka masala, you will find Indian standard fare offered in a basic setting with wall murals. Specials include palak shrimp, beef shank soup, and something called a Veggie Cocktail Curry (squash, beans, cauliflower, potatoes, and sweet pumpkin seasoned with traditional spices and spiced with dried chili, cilantro, and cumin).
Bollywood has been serving up authentic North Indian dishes for over 20 years, and this classic Indian restaurant also doubles as a sports bar. All of their dishes are cooked fresh to order, and the restaurant cautions that orders may take up to a half an hour to prepare. The wait is worth it, though, and Bollywood promises never to use animal fat, MSG, or preservatives. Plus, all of their meats are reportedly lean and fresh, so you get a healthy delicious meal in the Indian style every time.