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You Will Delight in the Finest Variety of Authentic Northern India Dishes

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You will delight in the finest variety of authentic northern India dishes. India Star Restaurant has been serving the entire Des Moines area with authentic Indian food since 1997. Here, you will delight in the finest variety of authentic North Indian dishes. Introducing Des Moines to a variety of delicious North India dishes to the delight of many in the area, India Star continues to attract loyal customers with tasty North Indian cuisine and personal warmth. We offer dine-in seating, carry out orders, and dinner reservations. Stop in and enjoy an exceptional and memorable dining experience!

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Merle Hay
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Parking: Lot, Free

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

Services: Vacuum Repair


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Provided by Citysearch - 
bad food

This place is horrible.The food was old and cold i dont like this food. i think i should try other indian restrurant in town.I think tandoor is best place for indian food. Tandoor is much better than india star



Provided by Citysearch - 
Nice Indian Restaurant, haven't tried all of them yet.

The service was better than most restaurants I have visited and no it isn't ""the best"" but it's pretty darn good. We've tried HuHot, a Thai place, another Indian restaurant in this town and actually (out of Des Moines) this is probably the best place we have eaten. Basically, my husband and I will visit this restaurant again.

""Minneapolis, check out the place called ""Bombay Bistro"" in downtown or a place called ""Chapatti"" in Edina"" That is not in Des Moines! I bet they have good Indian food in India, hopefully. Compare restaurants within a city. Thank you for the rec but a town's standards are a town's standards. Doesn't Minn have more people? Not to mention, more Diverse people?



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good food reasonable price

So, I visited Des Moines for some work and was searching for Indian food. I was really afraid to go here because of the bad reviews. But, the food is very nice. This place is run by Punjabi folks, and the food tastes really great.
Also, buffet was the cheapest I have ever had, but that doesn't mean the quality was bad or anything. Do visit if you are in town.




Great Food!

I have been to this restaurant many times. The food is always delicious. I enjoy lunch buffet because it has a variety of classic Indian dishes. For such good quality food, the prices are surprisingly affordable. Best of all is the friendly service.



Provided by Citysearch - 
This is absolutely one of the best Indian restaurants I have ever been too.

I was just looking for India Star?s phone number to give a friend and I saw a review here that said their food was terrible. That prompted me to sit down and submit my own review.

I have been lucky enough to have traveled all of the world, including India, and with very rare exception India Star has some of the best Indian food I have ever had. In fact the Chicken Vindaloo (if you order it extremely hot) is the very best I have ever had anywhere in the World.

My vegetarian friends also rave about the excellent quality and taste of their food, so I can not understand how anyone could claim that this restaurant has terrible food. Quite the opposite from my experience. The best Indian food all around anywhere, period.

If I was to point out something that could improve, I would say that wait staff?s English skills could be better. But this is really nitpicking because at India Star you can get the best Indian food in world, right here in Des Moines, so what the problem?

Best Indian Food anywhere!

Todd Ferson
My real name and a long time happy customer



Junk Food

After looking at the menu, I thought prices are not bad. But, after tasting the food and looking at the quantity, I felt that it was microwavable food from an Indian Grocery store. Americans might like this food because they might not have tasted some good Indian food. But if you are an Indian and looking for some good food then I would not suggest this reastaurant. It's waste of time and money.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Amazing quality

I'm not sure why others have had a terrible experience here, but I've been ten times or more and have been highly impressed each time! (It's possible that the other reviews are people representing OTHER Indian restaurants and are threatened by India Star's quality) I agree that their former location was a bit of a dive, but they're now located on Douglas Ave and have expanded and updated. If you're a person who judges a restaurant solely on ambience, Tandoor is the right choice. However, if you prefer to judge a restaurant on the quality of their FOOD, India Star is the appropriate choice. Their staff is nice, and prompt. In fact, my boyfriend mentioned he liked the music that was playing, and the next time we came in the chef had burned the CD for him!



Provided by Citysearch - 
This place deserves ZERO STARS. Absolutely terrible food.

I've eaten PLENTY of Indian food, and I can even make a few dishes. I'm not the best at it, but even I can make better food than what I have tasted at India Star. I checked this place out even though my better judgment instructed me not to after I read the terrible reviews here. I was utterly disappointed the first time I went there. I had ordered one Paneer dish, one Malai Kofta, Naan, and mago lassi (yogurt drink with mango pulp). ALL OF IT WAS TERRIBLE.

The naan was cold and slightly burnt. Good naan should be soft, fluffy around the center, slightly crunchy on the sides, and very warm. Their naan is nowhere close to that.
The two curries I ordered were bland by Indian standards even though I had specifically asked them to be generous on the spices. Especially, the paparika. The mango lassi was too thin and simply tasted like sweet water. The service was nothing impressive either.

So, I had a terrible first experience at India Star. But, I'm all about the ""3 strikes"" rule. Even the finest of the restaurants have their bad days. So, I went back to India Star a second time. This time around, I was in the area during their lunch buffet so I went for that. ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE. Everything was either cold or lukewarm. Every item was completely tasteless and bland. Indian food is supposed to be served hot and flavorful. This junk wasn't even close to that.

For my third and final time I went there for dinner with a friend who also loves Indian food. Guess what? It was the exact same experience yet again. The food was just terrible. I'm not one to make a scene and I typically keep my silence unless something really crosses my line by a mile. I couldn't bear eating this food so I told the Indian waitress to take my dish back and redo it. She was pretty rude about the whole process. I got my food back and it still sucked.

At this point, my friend and I just walked out never to enter the doors of India Star ever again.



Provided by Citysearch - 

holy cow....wat a disgusting restaurant...being from india i knw what a shame it is to witness this restaurant......smelly place......stale food.....the chickenn was so yuckyy probably even a dog woulndt eat it.........the food had been carried over fo rgod knows how many days...not fresh food people yo will fall sick if you go there....ITS shame TO KNOW THAT THIS IS AN INDIAN RESTAURANT AND IAM FROM INDIA......WONDER WHY THEY DONT UPGRADE THE QUALITY....INSPECTION PEOPLE PLZ GO AND CLOSE DOWN THE PLACE



Provided by Citysearch - 
Cheap RIP-OFF of Indian Food. Horrible service at the counter.

First off, I'm an Indian. I was born & partially raised there. I've eaten at countless Indian restaurants and we also cook Indian food at home.

I recently moved to Des Moines and had the opportunity to eat at India Star. To be blunt, it was horrible. The food tasted like they took microwavable curries from an Indian grocery store and added some spices on top according to taste. Also, the naan bread was burnt! I asked them to replace it and the Indian woman at the counter argued with me that it isn't burnt! She humiliated me by grabbing the naan bread to inspect it and told me that it is cooked right! I told her that the other Indian place in town serves the same item and it isn't burnt like this, and she had the nerve to tell me to go eat over there!


Even if I didn't have to deal with this horrible person, I still wouldn't eat at this place because their food is a joke. It's a cheap rip-off of North-Indian food. I chuckled when I saw how many people leave complements in their little message book at the front counter, but then I looked around the restaurant and noticed that it was all Americans who probably haven't had the opportunity to try better Indian food.

This place is an insult to Indian food. Yes, they are slightly cheaper than the other two Indian restaurants in town, but I guess you get what you pay for.

If you ever get a chance to go to Minneapolis, check out the place called ""Bombay Bistro"" in downtown or a place called ""Chapatti"" in Edina. THAT is what Indian restaurants should be like.