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Phone: (415) 928-0314

Primary Phone: (415) 928-0314

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Tenderloin, Northeast San Francisco
Middle Eastern Restaurants, Indian Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Caterers, Family Style Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Restaurants
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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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Provided by Citysearch - 
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.



Provided by Citysearch - 
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!



Provided by Citysearch - 
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



Provided by Citysearch - 
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.



Provided by Citysearch - 
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.



Provided by Citysearch - 
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 your order at the counter...



Provided by Citysearch - 
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.



Provided by Citysearch - 
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?



Provided by Citysearch - 

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.



Provided by Citysearch - 
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.



Provided by Citysearch - 
too oily, too spicy... too bad

There was a pool of oil in every dish, and everything was so spicy that by the end it all just tasted the same. The naan was nice and fresh, but nothing spectacular. Either the quality here is dwindling or the competition is getting more fierce, either way count me out on shalimar.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Cheap Indian I've found yet

Menu has lots of options: I tried my old stand-by Chicken Tikka Masala. It's been the best I've had in the city, and I plan on going back to try more. Dining room was crowded, noisy since it is divided by the kitchen only by a metal counter. I waited for 5 min to order, and couldn't pay until after I was done (usual for counter service places). Food came out quick (2 min?) and was nice and hot. Not great for a romatic date, but go for the food (can also take-out).



Provided by Citysearch - 
best indian food in the tenderloin

I highly recommend the aloo naan and chicken kofta. What's great is they don't use cream in their sauces, so the taste is unique from all the other Indian/Pakistani places in the Loin.



Provided by Citysearch - 
You'll Love It - HIGHLY Recommend

If you like spicy food Indian curry style, you'll love Shalimar. It for sure is not a fancy restaurant but who needs fancy when ya get good food and a clean place to eat it.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good Food but Beware ...

The food is really very good, healthy, and also fresh. I've also tried all the deserts, all very good.

The ambience is as bad as it gets but always packed with all kinds of people. Don't expect much.

The reason I gave them a lower review was because twice now I was overcharged there. I read another reviewer that said the same here on citysearch and it really upset me how they keep the food costs down but add a little more in the end. Each time it was $2-4. BAD BUSINESS! Service is okay, they really don't care.

For those with large groups that have a lot of food, beware and try to keep track cause your the easiest target of over charge. I think I will continue to go but (a) not as often and (b) will definately be double checking the bill and calling them on it.



Provided by Citysearch - 

This is one of my favorite places in the city! We eat there all the time, and have NEVER been disappointed! It is authentic, and therefore can be a bit spicy, so just be sure to order rice or nan with your main dish. It is fast, open late and not as difficult to park as the upper areas of union square. I LOVE IT!



Provided by Citysearch - 
The Best

The bes Pakistani food I have ever tasted. The food is wonderful to the point that we come from fremont just to enjoy the best food of this great restaurant. Especially the lamb chops and Chicken Booti with fresh hot bread and onion and chilli salad. Just amazing. Good Job Shalimar.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best and Cheapest

The tandoori chicken is incredible as is the Chicken Tikka Masala. We go at least once a month and are never disappointed. Even when we are full we can't stop eating this stuff! Go just don't pay attention to the decor or lack there of...



Provided by Citysearch - 
An Orgiastic Feast of the senses

They say this is the type of restaurant you take your friends to, but not your parents. Oddly enough, I walked in there and there were two families with their 6 month old babies waiting for a table. The food is superb, as is the service. The waitstaff clearly know the regulars and appreciate it when they return. I've gone with groups as small as 3 and as large as six and the price of the meal is consistently around $40. A great deal! The food is spicy, but not enough to cover the distinct of each dish. The na'an is incredible too, though i'd pass on the Mango La'asi.
One tip, don't wear anything you don't want smelling like Indian food the next day.



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Try the ground meet kabob, it is simply delicious and spicy!

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