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The 9 Best Indian Restaurants in South Florida

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Indian food in South Florida use to mean sad buffets teeming with questionable spicy dishes that all pretty much tasted the same way. Thankfully, times have changed and the Magic City and its neighbor to the north now offers bright, inventive, and varied Indian fare. Here’s the nine best places to find Indian food in South Florida.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Arun's Indian Kitchen

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10278 W Sample Rd
Coral Springs, FL 33065
(954) 227-1123
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This no-frills spot wedged inside a nondescript suburban strip mall focuses on Northern Indian food. The menu is a generous balance of chicken and lamb dishes like chicken tikka masala and lamb korma, and vegetarian items like channa masala, aloo gobhi and mushroom mutter. There are also seafood options such as shrimp curry with warm naan to scoop up all the sauce. Diners can order at the counter and hope to snag one of the handful of tables, or can ask for the meal to-go and join the battalion of delivery guys entering and exiting the small space.

Samosas, chicken tikka masala, aloo gobi, rice, and naan
photo by Alona Abbady Martinez

2. AIK Taco Masala

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5415 N University Dr
Lauderhill, FL 33351
(954) 616-5333
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Indian-style tacos are all the rage at this Lauderhill counter-service spot where diners get to build their own meal choosing from proteins like chicken tikka masala, lamb curry, or the vegan friendly chana masala, then go to town with toppings like pineapples, cilantro, purple cabbage, mozzarella cheese, mint sauce and hot sauce. All of this is nestled in three warm roti breads or on a bowl of saffron rice.

Roti tacos and rice bowls at AIK Taco Masala
photo by Alona Abbady Martinez

3. Zaika Indian Restaurant

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2176 NE 123rd St
North Miami, FL 33181
(786) 409-5187
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This quiet North Miami Indian restaurant housed inside a strip mall specializes in southern Indian fare. Expect generous portions of classic dishes like chicken tikka masala, samosas, yellow dal, butter chicken, and garlic naan, plus a popular lunch special with items for just $8-10, which includes two sides, that has people lining up daily to get a seat.

4. Maska Indian Kitchen + Bar

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3252 NE 1st Ave Suite 109
Miami, FL 33137
(786) 971-9100
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Chef Hemant Mathur is best known as the first Indian chef in the U.S. to be awarded a Michelin star. His latest eatery, Maska, is an expansive, modern space befitting of Miami’s swanky vibe. The menu is broken down from small to large plates with dishes such as octopus masala, crab tadka dumplings, lamb chops, lucknowi galouti kebab, and Maska chicken. And make sure to grab a nightcap at the selfie-worthy bar while ordering cocktails like the Maska Mule.

Maska chicken
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5. CHOTU

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3252 NE 1st Ave Suite 111
Miami, FL 33137
(786) 628-2517
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Sharing a wall with its more formal sister Maska, CHOTU highlights the casual — yet equally diverse — world of Indian street food. Flavors vary depending on regions, from northern region dishes like lamb samosas and crunchy onion fritters, frankies (India’s equivalent of a burrito) from Mumbai, and dosas, crispy rice crepes filled with the likes of mashed potatoes, lentil and coconut curry from the South. Drinks are a big a part of India’s street food scene, so give beverages like the mango lassi, masala chai, or falooda, a dessert drink made with rose petal syrup, a try.

Lamb samosa
CHOTU [official photo]

6. Ayesha Indian Fine Dining

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120 Buena Vista Blvd
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 549-5237
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At this Indian standout — with three locations throughout Miami — diners can opt for chef specials like fish infused with a ginger, coconut curry sauce, chole bhature, garbanzo stew served with fried bread, and nilgiri lamb khorma, a green curry lamb stew. There are extensive offerings here for vegetarians such as idly, steamed rice, and lentil cakes served with a variety of chutneys and sambar, a lentil-based vegetable stew.

Idly lentil cakes served with a variety of chutneys
Ayesha Indian Fine Dining [official photo]

7. Akash Miami Beach

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1435 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 397-8846
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This modern Indian restaurant in the heart of South Beach might be a bit hard to find, but is worth seeking out. Serving elevated Indian cuisine like tandoori lamb chops, dal tadka, and chicken lollipops, alongside cocktails from a full bar, it even boasts the rare free parking on Miami Beach, making it a neighborhood standout.

8. Bombay Darbar

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2901 Florida Ave
Miami, FL 33133
(305) 444-7272
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The popular Coconut Grove eatery just opened their second location on Ft. Lauderdale’s trendy Las Olas Boulevard. Both outposts share the same vibe with nightclub lighting, statues, and artfully presented food and drinks. Offerings include tandoori chicken wings, mango chicken curry, and Saag Gosht, a lamb cooked with spinach, garlic, onion, tomato and spices.

Neon lit bar inside Bombay Darbar
Stylish settings at Bombay Durbar
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9. Ghee Downtown Dadeland

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8965 SW 72nd Pl
Kendall, FL 33156
(305) 968-1850
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Ghee’s Niven Patel has played a critical roll in redefining Indian cuisine on South Florida’s stage, sourcing the restaurant’s ingredients from local farmers and from Patel’s two-acre property nicknamed Rancho Patel. The menu rotates often and features Indian-meets-Miami cuisine like backyard pakora with pickled onions and tamarind chutney, turmeric marinated black grouper with coconut curry, and smoked lamb necks with chickpeas and herbs. Plus, there’s a second location in the Miami Design District (3620 NE 2nd Avenue) helmed by chef Pushkar Marathe for those who don’t want to travel too far south.

Date cake at Ghee
photo by Andres Acero Phood Productions

1. Arun's Indian Kitchen

10278 W Sample Rd, Coral Springs, FL 33065
Samosas, chicken tikka masala, aloo gobi, rice, and naan
photo by Alona Abbady Martinez

This no-frills spot wedged inside a nondescript suburban strip mall focuses on Northern Indian food. The menu is a generous balance of chicken and lamb dishes like chicken tikka masala and lamb korma, and vegetarian items like channa masala, aloo gobhi and mushroom mutter. There are also seafood options such as shrimp curry with warm naan to scoop up all the sauce. Diners can order at the counter and hope to snag one of the handful of tables, or can ask for the meal to-go and join the battalion of delivery guys entering and exiting the small space.

10278 W Sample Rd
Coral Springs, FL 33065

2. AIK Taco Masala

5415 N University Dr, Lauderhill, FL 33351
Roti tacos and rice bowls at AIK Taco Masala
photo by Alona Abbady Martinez

Indian-style tacos are all the rage at this Lauderhill counter-service spot where diners get to build their own meal choosing from proteins like chicken tikka masala, lamb curry, or the vegan friendly chana masala, then go to town with toppings like pineapples, cilantro, purple cabbage, mozzarella cheese, mint sauce and hot sauce. All of this is nestled in three warm roti breads or on a bowl of saffron rice.

5415 N University Dr
Lauderhill, FL 33351

3. Zaika Indian Restaurant

2176 NE 123rd St, North Miami, FL 33181

This quiet North Miami Indian restaurant housed inside a strip mall specializes in southern Indian fare. Expect generous portions of classic dishes like chicken tikka masala, samosas, yellow dal, butter chicken, and garlic naan, plus a popular lunch special with items for just $8-10, which includes two sides, that has people lining up daily to get a seat.

2176 NE 123rd St
North Miami, FL 33181

4. Maska Indian Kitchen + Bar

3252 NE 1st Ave Suite 109, Miami, FL 33137
Maska chicken
Maska [official photo]

Chef Hemant Mathur is best known as the first Indian chef in the U.S. to be awarded a Michelin star. His latest eatery, Maska, is an expansive, modern space befitting of Miami’s swanky vibe. The menu is broken down from small to large plates with dishes such as octopus masala, crab tadka dumplings, lamb chops, lucknowi galouti kebab, and Maska chicken. And make sure to grab a nightcap at the selfie-worthy bar while ordering cocktails like the Maska Mule.

3252 NE 1st Ave Suite 109
Miami, FL 33137

5. CHOTU

3252 NE 1st Ave Suite 111, Miami, FL 33137
Lamb samosa
CHOTU [official photo]

Sharing a wall with its more formal sister Maska, CHOTU highlights the casual — yet equally diverse — world of Indian street food. Flavors vary depending on regions, from northern region dishes like lamb samosas and crunchy onion fritters, frankies (India’s equivalent of a burrito) from Mumbai, and dosas, crispy rice crepes filled with the likes of mashed potatoes, lentil and coconut curry from the South. Drinks are a big a part of India’s street food scene, so give beverages like the mango lassi, masala chai, or falooda, a dessert drink made with rose petal syrup, a try.

3252 NE 1st Ave Suite 111
Miami, FL 33137

6. Ayesha Indian Fine Dining

120 Buena Vista Blvd, Miami, FL 33127
Idly lentil cakes served with a variety of chutneys
Ayesha Indian Fine Dining [official photo]

At this Indian standout — with three locations throughout Miami — diners can opt for chef specials like fish infused with a ginger, coconut curry sauce, chole bhature, garbanzo stew served with fried bread, and nilgiri lamb khorma, a green curry lamb stew. There are extensive offerings here for vegetarians such as idly, steamed rice, and lentil cakes served with a variety of chutneys and sambar, a lentil-based vegetable stew.

120 Buena Vista Blvd
Miami, FL 33127

7. Akash Miami Beach

1435 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

This modern Indian restaurant in the heart of South Beach might be a bit hard to find, but is worth seeking out. Serving elevated Indian cuisine like tandoori lamb chops, dal tadka, and chicken lollipops, alongside cocktails from a full bar, it even boasts the rare free parking on Miami Beach, making it a neighborhood standout.

1435 Alton Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

8. Bombay Darbar

2901 Florida Ave, Miami, FL 33133
Neon lit bar inside Bombay Darbar
Stylish settings at Bombay Durbar
Bombay Darbar [Facebook]

The popular Coconut Grove eatery just opened their second location on Ft. Lauderdale’s trendy Las Olas Boulevard. Both outposts share the same vibe with nightclub lighting, statues, and artfully presented food and drinks. Offerings include tandoori chicken wings, mango chicken curry, and Saag Gosht, a lamb cooked with spinach, garlic, onion, tomato and spices.

2901 Florida Ave
Miami, FL 33133

9. Ghee Downtown Dadeland

8965 SW 72nd Pl, Kendall, FL 33156
Date cake at Ghee
photo by Andres Acero Phood Productions

Ghee’s Niven Patel has played a critical roll in redefining Indian cuisine on South Florida’s stage, sourcing the restaurant’s ingredients from local farmers and from Patel’s two-acre property nicknamed Rancho Patel. The menu rotates often and features Indian-meets-Miami cuisine like backyard pakora with pickled onions and tamarind chutney, turmeric marinated black grouper with coconut curry, and smoked lamb necks with chickpeas and herbs. Plus, there’s a second location in the Miami Design District (3620 NE 2nd Avenue) helmed by chef Pushkar Marathe for those who don’t want to travel too far south.

8965 SW 72nd Pl
Kendall, FL 33156

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