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Naan Stop
966 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista
Phone: (805) 685-4715

  • Category: Indian
  • Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-10:30pm
  • Price: < $10
  • Serving: Lunch & Dinner
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Reviews by the General Public

Great food, scary service
Reviewer: Kat from Santa Barbara, CA
The food here is simply amazing. I have eaten here many, many, times and haven't gotten a bad dish yet. I also highly reccomend their milk teas, which are to die for. My only complaint is the service. Either the owner or manager who is always there is consistently rude. I have tried being bright and sunny every time I go in there but without fail he gives the impression that he really wishes all the customers would simply disappear. You have to go for the trade off, awesome food, but a feeling of crushing inferiority to go with it.


For the sake of the boba
Reviewer: Tae-Sik from Palo Alto
As a boba addict I can tell you that Naan Stops boba is the second worst boba I've ever had. I ordered the almond boba and as soon as I started drinking it, I could feel all of the artificial and chemical substances attacking my taste buds. I've heard great things about the food but stay away from the boba.


Average indian fare
Reviewer: Vinay Shivakumar from Santa Barbara, CA
The Channa was good , however the vegetable rice was poor and aloo-mutter was very average. The naan was pre-made , hence it was tough to tear. If you dont have your expectations very high or if you haven't eaten a lot of Indian food , you might like it ! One big positive is that its quite cheap ....


5 stars from the surf team captain
Reviewer: Joe Riggio Jr. from Santa Barbara, CA
for 2 years i was the surf team captain, i needed so many carbs after gnarly workout at sands. After taking off my atwater wetsuit, the fist place I went to was Naan Stop to fill my hunger. The best food in IV for sure.


Best food in Santa Barbara- SURF TEAM CAPTAIN
Reviewer: Joe Riggio Jr. from Santa Barbara, CA
I went to UCSB for 4 years and didn't find a more delicious place to eat!!! I was a surf team captain for 2 years and living a faced paced radical life style I needed all the carbs I could get. After hours of training each and every day Naan Stop was my first stop after taking off my atwater wetsuit. The chicken tiki masala makes my mouth water to this day. I miss it so much.


Naan
Reviewer: Marco from Santa Barbara, CA
It's funny to watch the employees work. They scowl at everybody as they take orders, acting like they have better things to do. But when a cute blonde walks in, they are suddenly all smiles. The food is pretty good, and a good value.


Eh.
Reviewer: Annie from Santa Barbara, CA
The main foods (the curry, rice, etc.) never fail to get me hungry when I smell them. It's always warm and flavorful, though I wish the naan wasn't so tough. However, the boba and the milk teas are genuinely gross; lots of powders and such that give it a very artificial taste and make me think the owner hasn't tasted genuine boba in years. It appalls me that it would be so bad when it's advertised in the shop sign. I think the only people who would like it are people who have never tried it anywhere else and don't know what it's supposed to actually taste like. Of course, "good" boba typically requires specific equipment and ingredients that might be too much for a non-specialty shop to carry, and that I don't mind so much; what I do mind is that they have such an extensive menu of bad milk teas when I think they would do a lot better to narrow their focus and make fewer but better drinks. The newer workers I see there are nice, but the older guy I see the most (the owner?) is... unpleasant. I've seen him talking to some customers on friendly terms, and then I'll walk up and he'll turn cold and tight-lipped. I've been there maybe five times, and two times he took my money without giving me change until I reminded him to. What the hell? He is the only reason why I don't go there often.


Addicted
Reviewer: Angie from Santa Barbara, CA
My boyfriend brought me here for a bobba tea and got hooked. The next time we went in and got food and it was awesome. The workers there are always nice. I'm addicted to this place best Indian food I've had so far.


Good food but could work on "friendly" service
Reviewer: Marie from Santa Barbara, CA
The food here is really good for the price. I wish the saag tofu was saag paneer instead (cheese rather than tofu) but i still happily eat it. I appreciate all the vegetarian options. But the guy who is always there (maybe the manager?) is such a grouch. He makes it really unpleasant to come in. I'd say I'm not going back but since there are no other indian places I can bike to, I'm sure I'll be back many times.


Not bad at all for the price
Reviewer: Curtis L. from Santa Barbara, CA
As a curry lover, I found the Indian food here to be pretty good considering the price. Portions are decent as well. Naan Stop won't beat higher end restaurants or home cooking, but considering the scarcity of non-Western food in the area, you'd do well to at least try it out. The spicy curry is great, but I recommend the chicken tikka masala for people who can't handle the spiciness. My only main gripe is that the naan bread is cheap and unseasoned, which is a slight concern since it's in the name.


Dosa Stop for us
Reviewer: jrk from Santa Barbara, CA
The nearest place for Dosas for us Dosa starved folks here. The quality of the Dosas is improving always. Being South Indian, I can tell that it is pretty authentic. The Sambar (side soup) needs some improvement, which is already happening. The Chutneys are fresh most of the time. So no complaints, and a pat on the back!


Great Food Great Price
Reviewer: Adrian from Santa Barbara, CA
I'm a regular at their sister restaurant, Spice Ave that is hands down the best Indian restaurant around. Their Tofu Saag at Spice Ave is the best I've ever had by far and I've been to Indian restaurants all over the west. Naan Stop is great for a local place to sample great food at a great price. Highly recommend both places but for a great buffet or dinner you won't beat Spice Ave.


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