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03/05/2010Provided by Citysearch
So sad that many people were having bad experiences with service! I hate to say it, but most indian restaurants I go to seem to have a stuck up waiting staff. I don't know why that is. The service wasn't too bad. The staff was attentive and refilled our water when needed. But I did find a eyelash in my rice. GROSS. I don't know why it is, and hate generalizing, but I do find trouble with hygene sanitary conditions when dealing with the indian culture as well. I love indian food and all cultures, but I feel safer cooking indian food at home just to be on the safe side:( sad. some rest. need order and with indian experiences that Ive had I would feel safer eating at an Indian chain if they had one. And no I don't mean flavor of Indian that's not a chain. I mean a big corporate put you in order follow sanitary guideline chain
01/22/2010Provided by Citysearch
It pains me to say this because I have loved Gate of India's food for years, but it cannot be denied: the service here is the worst service I have ever had dining in Los Angeles. I recently brought several friends here for lunch and our waiter barely acknowledged our presence. We had to ask multiple time for silverware when our salad course arrived, which he finally brought out to us...two sets at a time. Is it really so hard to carry four sets of silverware in one trip? After the salad course our forks were taken away, and we had to ask several times for new ones...which NEVER came. We finally lifted them off of other tables. Our drink refill requests went almost completely ignored, and our bill NEVER came...though another employee (not our waiter) leapt to the register to ring us up when he saw us heading to the door. I'm normally a generous tipper, but after the atrocious service we had it was a struggle to leave a mere 8% tip...which was, upon reflection, too much. The restaurant grade here has gone from B to A and is now back to B, so who the heck knows what is going on with this restaurant. My sincere advice: call in your order TO GO and take it home to enjoy. You'll get all the pleasures of their delicious cuisine without having to endure, much less tip, the worst waiters in L.A.
05/23/2009Provided by Citysearch
My fiance and I decided to try this place for lunch today. We arrived at 2:30 just in time for the lunch special. We were greeted by a grumpy host who took us to a booth without place settings. He never brought them - we had to walk over and ask when our salads came. There were only 3 diners in the restaurant at the time, so it was not busy. The couple behind us ordered about 5 minutes before we did, and they ordered the exact same thing as us: Chicken Korma and Chicken Tikki Masala. The difference is, they got their entrees in about 15 minutes, and we waited 55 minutes. We were just about to walk out when rude Indian waiter brought our food. The galling thing was, we watched him serve entrees to two different couples who had come in 30 minutes after us. After we had been waiting for 20 minutes, I asked if I could change my order to white meat. Rude Indian Waiter gave me a dirty look and said, ""It's too late."" Then we waited another 35 minutes. He never came to check on us, to tell us what was taking so long, or anything. When it FINALLY arrived, the food itself was good, except I detest dark meat, so I just ate rice, naan and Korma sauce. My fiance and I both noticed Rude Indian Waiter's demeanor change as it was time to get the check and box the food. He suddenly became kinder and more efficient. Needless to say, I won't be back. There are other places in LA with great Indian food that treat customers better.
04/16/2009Provided by Citysearch
I have been a regular at Gate of India ever since I moved to Hollywood 4 years ago. This is my goto place for heartwarming Indian food. My usual Chicken Sag and Peshwari Naan.
02/05/2009Provided by Citysearch
My friends ordered from this place for take-out one night, and I made the mistake of not ordering anything for myself! The food was so delicious I ended up mooching off of everyone else's plates. I finally had the chance to try it again tonight, and the food is even better than I remember. The menu is huge, including a great selection for vegetarians. There was so much to choose from so I just played it safe and ordered vegetable masala, samosas, and garlic naan. Everything was amazing, down to the sauces and rice served on the side. The owner gave me my order and he was very friendly. The restaurant is deceptively nice inside considering it's location (inside a strip mall). I can't wait to go back to try some of the other menu items. Highly recommended!
12/22/2008Provided by Citysearch
We were recommended this place by friends. Being from NY, we love Indian food and we really enjoyed it. Got basic stuff, samosas, Chicken Tikka Masala, Paneer Korma. Nice flavor . Tried other joints in the neighborhood, this was definitely the best. We will recommend it to others.
12/19/2008Provided by Citysearch
Was craving good (at least good) indian food and as ""best of 2008"", how can we go wrong? Drove one and half hours just to get there, waisted soo much time in traffic. So, we had to take out instead of eating in (long drive back). Got home, opened the boxes and realized that for $53 we got old wormed up left overs from lunch or probably that lunch buffet ($6.99!!). For $53 they did not bother to cook our food fresh! Hard overcooked meats that we could't swallow, dry shriveled up okra, chewy gummy breads,flavorless spinach and so on. We are not hard critics, eat pretty much all kinds of foods and love it, but this time... our worst of 2008. Economy in this bad shape, they are not going to have a customers for long (may be food was bad for take outs only) Who would want to pay full price for leftovers? Shame, shame. Highly UNrecommended.
12/18/2008Provided by Citysearch
So over rated! Who writes these reviews... seriously?
First off I'm Indian, so I know good food. I went there Tuesday night with my family and the food was above average, but definitely not the best. I asked the waiter, ""As first time customers what would your recommend"". He replied, ""Everything is good"" and walked away.
The service was terrible! There were three other groups at this restaurant, it was dead! And some how it took 35mins for our apps (tandori hot wings = good) and then another 20 mins for our food. Finally we were done and waited 20 mins for our check. I eventually went up to the front to get him to bring out check.
Final Results: Above average food, poor poor service, stoned waiter (very dumb), small portions, decent price.
Hope this helps!
THEY HAVE A ""B"" RATING ON THEIR WINDOW. THATS GROSS!
09/24/2008Provided by Citysearch
I used to live in Hollywood and would frequent the restaurant on a weekly basis. Once I moved away, I missed them terribly. One day, I decided to order from Gate of India for our company luncheon in Downtown. Robin helped me with my order and it was so much high end food for 12 people at an unbelievable price. My boss was impressed and I scored major brownie points. Thanks Robin! :-) My favorites are the Tikka Masala, Aloo Matar, Vegetable Biryani, and the Peshwari Naan which is bread stuffed with a blend of coconut, raisins, almonds and cashews.
09/11/2008Provided by Citysearch
I'm really into Indian food and curries and this place has simply average curries in my taste. The curries were pretty standard, the flavor wasn't spectacular but its not the worst I've had. However, there was one curry that we ordered (Forgot the name) but it tasted like a combination of alfredo sauce and tomatoes.
The decor was also quite standard for an Indian restaurant, they could probably do a little more than what is there. The Christmas lights that were up and turned on looked pretty out of place considering the feel of the restaurant. Our waiter was pretty nice, and answered all our questions about the food. We went on a Thursday night around 7-8ish and it was pretty empty, parking was pretty easy to find.
07/02/2008Provided by Citysearch
We love this place! We usually dine in and the dining room is very nice, a good place for kids too. The food is amazing and the service is always friendly. We recently moved to the valley and miss coming here on a whim...luckily I work close by for take out lunches!
05/28/2008Provided by Citysearch
My friends and I meet up at this place atleast twice a month for our girls night out. This is a great place for catching up and chatting over great food and wine. We really enjoy the food and the indian ice cream that tops it off. The staff has been very courteous, sometimes if we are running late, we just call ahead and give them our food choices before we arrive.
03/11/2008Provided by Citysearch
This place knocks my socks off every time I go. And every time I've gone, I've tried something different. Large portions, everything is fresh and made to order. The service is great and their hours of operation are awesome, as they are open regular hours even on Christmas Day! Indian food just doesn't get any better than this.
02/01/2008Provided by Citysearch
love it...love it...love it. Food is cooked to order, so tell em how you want it baby. Dont be shy. They ask you if you how spicy you want your food....its on the menu....just tell em. To all those people complaining about bland food, order the more daring dishes on the menu. This place has the most accomodating staff and they customize dishes for my picky roommate all the time. Ive eaten up and down the East and West coastline and never seen any place better.
12/10/2007Provided by Citysearch
Gate of India has a fantastic atmosphere, delicious food, and stellar service. It's everything you'd want from Indian cuisine at a very affordable price. I often go with a group of fellow college students and we never have to pinch pennies to enjoy our dinner. To top it all off, you'll catch a celebrity sighting if you're lucky. Justin Timberlake was in the restaurant the night we were there and we learned that he frequents the place quite often. Highly recommended.
12/06/2007Provided by Citysearch
I moved down the street so I thought I'd give the place a try. The staff is very pleasant and the place is clean. Unfortunately, the food was very bland. I ordered a salty lassi that was very thin and not very seasoned. I am used to thicker more savory versions. I also ordered the vegetable korma. The korma itself was still cold (not even tepid) inside. The sauce was warm at least. I had also asked for it to be spiced ""Indian medium"" and not American medium. It was still very mild for my taste. The rice was fine. I could taste the burlap sack it came in, which is something that happens if the rice isn't rinsed well before cooking. Perhaps I just had bad luck and ate on a strange day. The soup was pleasant, but nothing to rave over. I at least liked the papadam and the naan. Both were very good.
The place itself was nearly empty for a Wednesday night at 6 PM. This is usually a bad sign for a place. I think I won't be going back. However, they were super pleasant and I could see if someone wants more Americanized Indian food then this will suit their needs. I just like mine more authentic.
10/11/2007Provided by Citysearch
I've only ever ordered delivery from this place, but I've tried many Indian places around LA and this is one of the places I return to frequently. The menu has a good selection of everything, and I've never ordered anything that disappointed me. Gate of India has especially good Kormas, in my opinion, but everything is good.
Once I ordered delivery and it took two hours for some reason. The manager was more than willing to set things right and more than made up for it, though. Prices are reasonable. I highly recommend.
09/01/2007Provided by Citysearch
Absolutely perfect. Everything we ordered tasted great! We had spinach samosas, chicken tikka masala, saag paneer, vegetable makhani, naan and plain rice. The spices were just right, medium-mild. We ordered plain naan, but it was anything but plain, with its dough flavored with herbs and spices. The samosas were made with light, crispy and THIN dough. The main dishes were fragrant and perfectly prepared. They also have very good Indian beer. The service was welcoming, prompt, friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back! P.S. They also deliver.
More Business Info
- Regular Hours
Mon - Sun:
- Extra Phones
Primary Phone: 323-874-9680
- Payment method
- diners club, all major credit cards, amex, discover, master card, visa
- Price Range
- Central LA, Hollywood Hills West
- Indian Restaurants, Restaurants
- Other Information
Parking: Street, On Site
Wi-Fi: No, Free
Price Range : Average