1038 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205
Phone: (503) 241-1425
Fax: (503) 241-1425
Cuisines: Asian, Caterers, Indian, Seafood, Middle Eastern
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
Bike Parking: Yes
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
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07/08/2011Provided by Citysearch -
We have been going to India House for years and this is probably our favorite Portland restaurant. The owner, Tony, is very involved in the business and truly cares about the quality of the food and service. We have taken countless friends here to try Indian food for their first time and we have created many fans! I have had these guys cater everything from my wedding to my 40th birthday party and they are amazing! If you don't like spicy food, this may not be your place, even though EVERYTHING can be served mild...even our 9 year old enjoys it!
06/13/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I am visiting Portland this week with my family. Today June 12-2011, after a hike to Beacon Rock, we were quite late for lunch per se. In spite of the hunger, we decided not to go to a fast food restaurant along the way. Instead, we wanted to eat at a nice desi (south asian) restaurant and hence ended up at India House in Down Town Portland. The sign board said that they are ""OPEN"" even though it was already 3:30pm. A couple was eating at the restaurant. Still, my wife asked if they are serving food. The answer was yes, sure. We asked if they serve Halal meat. The waiter said, let me ask the Chef. She went inside and came back, telling us that there are two chicken dishes and one lamb dish which are made of Halal meat. I wondered how could it be that they get a portion of the chicken and lamb from Halal sources while most of the dishes are prepared from regular meat. But I still took their word for it. When I tried to order a chicken dish, the waiter told that's not Halal. It turned out that I can only order Chicken Tikka Masala and Lamb Kabob which I did. The chicken tikka masala actually turned out to be a ""butter chicken curry"" with a pathetic taste of lot of butter curry with few chicken pieces dipped inside. Kabob was ok. We also ordered side dishes of rice for our kids. The overall food quality was so so. We came out and were strolling down the nearby streets when my daughter threw it out everything she has eaten at the India House. We rushed back to our hotel so she can relax. Upon reaching the room, she threw it out again. After sometime we tried giving her Gatorade to replenish her fluids. She threw it out few times we tried. Later I went to Pharmacy and brought off-the-shelf anti-vomiting/stomach relief medicine for her. Couple of times we gave that to her and she threw it out. Now she is in the bed without anything in her stomach and I am writing this review. I am also feeling a burning stomach but may be it is holding on due to stronger immunity. I highly suspect that the food served to us was actually the left over food from lunch and that caused this food-poising to my daughter. They lied to us that they serve Halal meat and then pin-pointed to us to the only dishes they can serve us from the left over food telling us that those are the only Halal dishes. I was naive...may be confused and hungry....that I did not ask them to show any kind of halal authenticity. Although it is a common practice at many Halal (desi) restaurants to go by verbal assurances.
In any case, based on my experience, I would highly recommend NOT to go to this restaurant. Be mindful about your health and the health of your loved ones, especially when you are visiting out of town.
02/09/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Being a fan of Indian food, I have had the opportunity to try Indian restaurants from across the country and the UK. I find the India House in Portland to be one of my favorites. Their food is authentic and the taste is superb. I have to add that for those on this forum who “found the food too spicy,” it is in reality prepared just right--unless you are accustom to the cuisine at Applebee’s. This restaurant indeed has a loyal following.
03/06/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Food was way too freaking spicy. I asked for medium, it was beyond the spiciest dish I have ever had, so spicy I could hardly eat my meal. The rice didnt come with the entree, and the naan was served in very small portions. I will definitely go to Swagat next time, better food, better value.
07/17/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I've eaten at India House twice and been underwhelmed both times. It's not that it's bad exactly - the food is decent and the service has been fine. However, the atmosphere feels crowded (the tables are close together), and the quality of the food just isn't that great for the price. I think East India Co. (which is nearby) is a better value with much better food and atmosphere.
06/18/2009Provided by Citysearch -
India House offers more than the 'usual suspects' at every other Indian restaurants such as curry or vindaloo. OTOH you pay (a lot) for everything. A small portion of naan was almost $7. You pay extra for very dry tasteless rice and the main dishes were served in small pans.
OTOH the service was excellent and the food (what there was of it) was very tasty.
The Max rattles the walls and floors adding to the ambiance....yikes! Not a place for a relaxing or romantic dinner.
04/26/2009Provided by Citysearch -
So when i moved here from the midwest i thought there would be loads of great indian food to be found, but it seemed i was wring, i did not like any of the places i had been. but i tried this placed and liked it, didnt love it, but liked it. the food that is...the prices are usually a couple bucks more per entree than other indian restaurants, and you have to pay for rice...which is strange, i have been to lots of indian restaurants, never paid for rice. i have been here several times, decided to stop going, i dont feel i get anything extra for the extra money, including free rice or a nice staff, or speedy service....i would, however, recommed a little place called new delhi indian restaurant on barbur, good food good prices, nice people and fast.
04/25/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I looked for an email to the actual restaurant, but as I could not find one, I resort to this to voice my opinion.
Overall, I enjoy this place to eat. It perhaps is not the best Indian food in the world, or even the city, but it has some great dishes and I've always been pleased when eating here.
However, this evening we had $40.00 worth of take-out and much to our surprise when we opened up our food... had one slice of Naan. ONE. for two people. It was not a large flat piece either. It was a small, squished slice awkwardly cut in two that a Costco bread sample would put to shame. It was ""an order of naan"" which cost extra, and it was extremely disappointing to not have it to go with our food.
That's really my only gripe here.
We didn't get Naan.
10/28/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I ordered Indian salad, spicy lamb vindaloo, and naan. The Indian salad ($3.50) tasted like a Mexian salsa on a bad day. The tiny serving of so-called lamb vindaloo was bland, didn't taste like lamb, and was swimming in oily red sauce ($12.95). The naan was cold, dry, and hard $2. This lunch cost over $18 and I left hungry and not happy.
10/01/2008Provided by Citysearch -
this was the blandest indian food i've ever had. i got a vegetarian sampler platter and everything was so bland and muted. the naan was cold and dry. my husband had lamb vindaloo and said it tasted like lamb and tomato sauce. the waitress was very flat and curt, never smiled once. she forgot our rice. we reminded her. she forgot again. the atmosphere was decent. i really doubt we'll return. not a bad meal, just disappointing and unsatisfying.
09/09/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Atmosphere: Pretty nice, but a little chilly.
Service: The food and drinks came pretty quickly and the waitstaff was attentive. However, our waiter didn't know anything about the drinks they serve, was hesitant to make a suggestion between two dishes, and implied that rice was included with our meal when it was not.
Food: My chicken tikka masala was more like chicken in marinara sauce. It was a dark red color (not light orange as is customary), and seemed to lack any real curry flavor. My bf's lamb vindaloo was a failure in the savory department and didn't have nearly enough meat for the price. As previously mentioned the rice was not included with the meal, which is very strange and just plainly not the way it's done. We ended up paying $6 for a meager portion of not-that-tasty rice; this was especially ridiculous since the entrees were $14 each. The garlic naan was pretty good, but was small. The veggie pakoras were decent, but I didn't like the sauces they brought - there was no mint involved and the yogurt sauce was spicy.
04/29/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I was reading all of these negative reviews and can't understand it. This is one of my favorite restaurants in Portland. I've eaten here many times and have always had a good experience. If you're eating here on a weekend, be sure to make a reservation so you don't have to wait for a table, it does get busy.
04/15/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I am from diff state, am coming here for work . I always like to eat Indian food. This was very convenient place from my office place. I was eating here from last 3 & 1/2 months (2 times in a week @ dinner time and Avg 150$ business in a month). I had liked the Green chatni. I was always ordered extra and they were giving me. Suddenly they asked me to pay 2.50$ for extra one cup chatni. I felt very insulting. Its not a matter of $2.50. It means that "" they do not understand human feelings (as specially to indian).""
03/31/2008Provided by Citysearch -
this place is so bad it shouldn't even be classified Indian food -- it's Montezuma's Revenge. a ddiarrhea buffet. i swear, it is SO bad it must be a joke on all of us -- seeing how much they can get away with, serving soupy, watery, runny food to gringos who are none-the-wiser. it is SO bad, i can't even express my level of disgust without actually becoming physically naseaus to reenact how i felt. DON'T GO HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i cannot emphasize this enough. walk two blocks up to Chaat House -- their food is actually made with high-quality ingredients, is cooked with love, and has TEXTURE. or, for the same price as the lunch buffet, go over to Swagat! at least you get a VARIETY of foods that also have more texture than this skidmark on SW Morrison.
12/27/2007Provided by Citysearch -
This was our first experience of curry in Portland and it was quite frankly a worry. Both being seasoned curry lovers having grown up in London and Yorkshire, travel regularly to India, we were disappointed with the fare at the India House. The place was doing brisk business but we couldn?t figure out why. All the dishes tasted the same, covered in a mediocre gravy. How come this place gets an average 4+ star average, when the individual scores ad up to a median of 3.3?
10/05/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Way over priced. This place is really just a typical Indian restaurant. Mediocre food. Nothing unique, has all the usual dishes. Worst of all rather small portions and a high price. Try Tandoor in downtown where the food is better, the portions greater and the prices lower. Don't believe the hype about this place. Money grubbing owner, perhaps.
08/22/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We stopped at this India House last night as it was right on the Max line downtown. The food was alright. I've certianly had better in Seattle. The Chicken Tikka Marsala was *really* red, which to me indicated artificial coloring. The naan was fresh and warm. What soured us on the experience was what appears to be a very cheap (penny wise, pound foolish) owner. First, sauce dishes came out dirty and obviously reserved. Not a huge deal, we thought. After eating, I asked to take home my remaining Saag Paneer, and if they could please throw an extra spoon of rice in with it. The waiter (who was fine) informed me that he did put a spoon in (looks like a teaspoon), but that they'd have to charge me 50 cents. This is on top of $12+ for the chicken tikka marsala, and about $10 for the saag. Rice and naan are extra as well, and you get small portions. Beers were not cheap, either.
Not only are the prices a little high for the setting and the food, but the owner *insists* on charging .50 for a teaspoon of rice. Insulting. If the place were affordable, we'd maybe go back, but after being nickled-and-dimed, we'd rather not.