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Flavor of India
3026 State St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 682-6561

  • Category: Indian
  • Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-3pm & Mon-Thu 5:30pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-10:30pm, Sun closed
  • Price: $10 - $20
  • Serving: Lunch & Dinner
  • Reservations: Yes, recommended
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Best Indian food in Santa Barbara county
Reviewer: Brad from Santa Barbara, CA
FoI has been at this location for 20 years. It is a very good restaurant. There is a broad selection of dishes, beer and wine. The service ranges from good to excellent, and I have seen some of the same employees working there for two decades. The food is consistently very good and you can tailor the hotness to your liking (mild, medium, or spicy). There are tables and booths, and some outside seating.

.99 per oz waste-charge at buffet!!!
Reviewer: Indian-food-lover from Santa Barbara, CA
For Buffet, customer has added charge for food not eaten! Yes, you read that correctly. There are signs at the buffet station stating .99 per ounce for uneaten buffet food. So if i don't eat their dry dry dry chicken, i get charged! I do like their non-chicken buffet items.

Bland Buffet
Reviewer: Charlotte from Goleta
Third time and last at the buffet here. Continuously bland, super dry chicken and boring selection. The service is ok and I like the ambiance. Perhaps the food off the menu is better? Garlic Naan is fantastic.

Great Food and Friendly Staff
Reviewer: Kae from Santa Barbara, CA
Had Indian food here after seeing The 100 Foot Journey. Had Mixed Tandoori, Naan, and rice. It was so delicious! Ordered my food to go and was served iced tea on patio as I waited on a very hot day! I'm new to Indian cuisine and found I LOVE it. This place has great food, great service, and super friendly staff. I can't wait to go back.

Reviewer: Heidi from Santa Barbara, CA
My family has enjoyed this restaurant since they first opened in Santa Barbara. The food has been consistently good. Nevertheless, we will not be returning! As loyal customers it's not unreasonable to expect a warm welcome, or "Can I bring you anything else", or a "thank you for coming." The staff is devoid of any hospitality or warmth. Thankfully, there are other Indian food options.

Reviewer: Mukesh Kumar from Santa Barbara, CA
I have been going to this place for the past 8 years, the food is good and the service is excellent.The family which runs the place is very friendly, one time I called then about the chicken not being good and they apologized and made sure that all was good next time, they also gave me some free desert.I would recommend the peshwari naan and veg korma. You can also ask for chappatii instead of naan's for your lunch buffer

Great Indian Food
Reviewer: Henry from Santa Barbara, CA
This was the first Indian food place my wife and I went after moving to Santa Barbara and it is still the only one. The food here is very good and reasonably priced and we don't even consider going anywhere else when we think of Indian food.

Terrible food and service
Reviewer: Peter from Santa Barbara, CA
A quiet Thursday night in Santa Barbara, you'd figure the service would be great when there are almost as many staff as customers. No, you're wrong. The waiter spent the whole time on his cell phone, then sat down to eat. He NEVER came by. Our only service was the very nice busboy, who didn't speak English. The Vindaloo tasted like raw tomato sauce ... I didn't know you could DO that to Vindaloo! We would've asked for help with this, but see previous comment about the absentee waiter. Overall, very disappointing, and I used to consider Flavor of India the best in SB. I won't ever be back.

So delicious, will definitely go back!
Reviewer: Samantha from Santa Barbara, CA
My grandparents came into town this week to visit me at school and wanted to take me out to dinner, which no college student will ever turn down. So we decided Indian and chose Flavor of India. Best decision ever! We didn't have reservations but it was a wednesday night so weekends might be busier. However, the restaurant was almost empty when we got there so we got a seat right away. Our server was great, we asked for suggestions and we gave us lots of information on the food. We ended up ordering Lamb Kormah, Mango Chicken, Bengan Bharta, and veggie Biryani with two orders of Naan to go with it. We had plenty of food between the three of us and we odered family style, meaning we all shared. Everything was delicious, we got a mild spice which is perfect. If you do like some heat to your food then go with the medium spice. The service was wonderful, prices were fair and order a Mango Lassi to go with it all (it's a mango/yogurt drink that's like desert). I will for sure go back!

Best indian buffet I ever went to!
Reviewer: Violet from Goleta
Last week I went there with my best friend and it has delicious. I had Chicken Tika Masala and it was so flavorfull and almost sweet in a satisfying way. The mint chutney was vary spicy but it went perfectly with the delicious optional garlic Naan. I had a Mango Lassi and it was sweet and good. For dessert I had rice pudding, they used the regular rice, counut milk,and a little cinnamon and cardamom. I love the Indian decor and the restaurant was cool and comfortable.

Strayed from Spice
Reviewer: Charlotte from Goleta
I was in the San Roque area the other day and smelled the intoxicating aroma of Indian food. I decided to stray from Spice and give Flavor shot..and I'm glad I did! The buffet was fabulous! Not as good as Spice but quite good indeed. The garlic naan was the best I've had! The relaxing and civilized environment, very attentive service was appreciated. The service at Spice sucks! I had a nice, cold glass of Meridian Chardonney for $5.00 ( generous pour too..imagine that!) I sat there for an 1 1/2 hours with continued great service. That's my new lunch spot on my day off!!! I wish they'd make the thin, crispy potatoes they have at the Spice buffet!

Excellent service
Reviewer: Roose from Santa Barbara, CA
Chicken tikka masala is the best dish of flavor of india. And the service is superb...I am truly appreciated the food and service of flavor of india. In a week i have visited 2 times. Every-time i feel deliciousness in the food which never be goes away from flavor of india. I am personally refer to you go and take a look.

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