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Business Details

21

years

in Business

Hours:

Regular Hours

Extra Phones:

Phone: (415) 928-0314

Primary Phone: (415) 928-0314

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Neighborhoods:
Tenderloin, Northeast San Francisco
Categories:
Middle Eastern Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Caterers, Indian Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information:

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Asian, Caterers, Family Style, Indian, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Middle Eastern

Alcohol: Yes, No

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Below Average

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04/07/2008

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Overall
Dirtiest Kitchen.

I heard food was great so decided to check it out. Man i wish i would not gone there. I ended up having a foot long hair in my chicken tikka masala. I am still shocked, i wonder how the city allows such a nasty kitchen with there food all over on the floor and that too next to the rest room. This place should be shut down. Worst KItchen.

03/26/2008

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Simply the Worst!

I love Indian food and have tried hundreds of restaurants in the Bay Area and Shalimar takes the prize for the worst Indian food in the city. I recently went in with friends for lunch and ordered Chicken Tikki Masala with naan, a lamb curry dish and another chicken dish. All were covered in a thick layer of grease and all three dishes were the same exact color and consistency. The lamb and tikki masala dishes had tiny bones in the sauce and the flavor was terrible. To make matters worse, the place was filthy. An absolute waste of time and $$$. Go anywhere but Shalimar!

11/18/2006

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Overall
Seems like an authentic place

I've never been to Pakistan or India but this is what I imagine it would be like. Been here a few times and it's the best in class if you're looking for 1. cheap 2. fast 3. minimal but good service 4. a unique but not elegant ambience 5. a fine San Francisco location.
Other reviewers have said anything that I might say so no need repeating. I would recomment this restaurant to tourists and locals and those who don't need to park a car around here. Just what to update the reviews to let you know it's all still true and good up to November 2006

10/26/2006

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Total dive but oh so good!

A quintessential dive so you've got to have a strong stomach for a place lacking in hygiene and fancy restaurant amenities. But if you're into food that's authentic, finely tuned with spices and gives you the true-to-form flavors of the region, this is it! Everything is made to order and you can watch them make it in the open kitchen. Plus it's SO cheap!

It was the first visit for 3 of us so we ordered a variety of dishes and after gorging ourselves, still had plenty left over. It all totaled less than $25. I'm definitely going back! As first-timers, we took their recommended dishes and had a tandoori chicken, curry dish, okra, lentils, garlic naan and rice.

10/04/2006

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Overall
Authentic Truck-stop Style Pakistani/Indian Restaurant

Shalimar is without any doubt the best authentic Pakistani restaurant in the city. This restaurant caters to the expat Pakistanis/Indians looking for a spicy, cheap and authentic (i.e. not-Americanized) meal, but who are otherwise unconcerned about the environment. It cannot be compared to the upscale Pakistani/Indian restaurants that cater towards the American crowd.


This place is a truck-stop and everything from furniture to silverware is very basic. There is no full-waiter service. You order your food at the counter and someone will bring it to you. Staff is usually polite but will probably not have much eye contact or conversation with you. I recommend the Polk street location because it is in a much better neighborhood than the jones street location.

09/30/2006

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Overall
Awsome Food...Watch out when walking to the place...bums all over

man this place was jumpin...been here about 15 times ant have taken out about 5 times and it keeps getting better and better...very flavorful dishes...staff is kinda lousy but hey its all about the food...prices are very good...place your order at the counter...

04/19/2006

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Fantastic Indian Food!

I went to Shalimar last night for the first time, after exhausting all the other options in Little Bombay (Jones and O'Farrell). Shalimar is by far the best -- every dish had a complex spice taste to it that was unlike any other Indian meal I've ever had. The ghost was fantastic, the tandoori was flavorful and JUICY (really hard to pull off), the mango lassi was perfect. A bit oily and in a sheisty neighborhood, but well worth it. One of my top meals ever.

11/18/2005

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Overall
What do you expect?

The place was confusing (we had no idea we had to order at the counter), the restaurant was noisy and chaotic, and they forgot one of our dishes. But have you SEEN the PRICES? I didn't expect five star dining, just five star food. And it was. Absolutely the cheapest, most delicious Indian food I have had in a long while. And that's the point, isn't it? Good food?

09/26/2005

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Overall
Overrated

Good naan isn't enough to redeem Shalimar. The service was chaotic and confusing - even though we went in expecting a counter-service experience. No one explained where or how to get beverages, or whether we or a roving waiter were supposed to pick up our food when it was reader, or who we were supposed to pay. Add to that a noisy, jam-packed dinining room, and it's hard to understand what people like about the place. The prices are cheap, yes, but the food isn't anything to write home about.

05/16/2005

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Best Indian Food in the City

Fabulous naan. The chicken tikka masala was spicy and delicious. We had a super filling meal for $20 total for 2 people, including drinks. The decor isn't much, but who cares? You're there for the cheap and tasty food.

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532 Jones StSan FranciscoCA 94102

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