Ten best Indian restaurants in Denver

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Danielle Lirette
Denver has a vast array of Indian restaurants, everything from small, family-owned hole-in-the-wall spots to massive establishments with expansive menus and multiple locations. And with the temperatures plummeting, a hearty, spicy -- very spicy -- Indian feast could be just the thing to turn up the heat. Here, in no particular order, are our ten favorite Indian restaurants in the Denver area.

See also: Twelve best restaurants on Larimer Street

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10) India's Castle
9555 East Arapahoe Road, Centennial
Since 2005, India's Castle has offered authentic tastes of Punjab, a state in the northern region of India. Tapestries and cozy lighting make a comfortable setting as you feast on kormas, curries, flaky samosas and creamy saag. And as an added bonus on Fridays, you can experience India Castle's weekly belly-dancing night.

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9) Azitra
535 Zang Street, Suite C, Broomfield
Azitra, dubbed an "Indian culinary nirvana," is a departure from your typical Indian restaurant in both design (modern and minimal) and menu, which is divided into two categories: contemporary offerings and traditional entrees. The contemporary offerings range from a tulsi-scented salmon filet in spiced coconut creme to a masala-spiced rack of lamb; goat curry, spiced vindaloo and steamed biryanis satisfy cravings for old standbys.

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8) Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub
7803 Ralston Road, Arvada
Yak & Yeti serves up perfectly-spiced Indian and Nepalese fare -- with the additional draw of award-winning beers, brewed in-house and inspired by Indian flavors. Diners can enjoy a Himalayan IPA or Chai Stout while cleaning a plate loaded at the all-you-can-eat buffet. That spread is packed with carnivorous and vegetarian options, including daal, paneer pakora, tandoori breads and meats, masala, vindaloo and Tibetan thupka. For added atmosphere, it's all served in the oldest house in Arvada.

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7) Star of India
3102 South Parker Road, Aurora
Star of India is a shining example of good Indian food, and a Westword Best Indian Restaurant pick. The setting is traditional and homey, filled with plants and nick-knacks; the family-recipe Indian cuisine is served community-style in beautiful copper bowls. Be warned: The hot here is definitely hot, so if your tastebuds are timid, as for mild.

Location Info

India's Castle

9555 E. Arapahoe Road, Englewood, CO

Category: Restaurant

Azitra

535 Zang St., Broomfield, CO

Category: Restaurant

Yak and Yeti

7803 Ralston Road, Arvada, CO

Category: Music

Star of India

3106 S. Parker Road, Aurora, CO

Category: Restaurant

Namaste India

5545 Wadsworth Bypass, Arvada, CO

Category: Restaurant

India's Best

1500 W. Littleton Blvd., Littleton, CO

Category: Restaurant

Masalaa

3140 S. Parker Road, Aurora, CO

Category: Restaurant

Bombay Bowl

575 Lincoln St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Namaste

3355 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Cuisine of the Himalayas

1262 Bergen Parkway, Centennial, CO

Category: Restaurant


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Paul Malczewski
Paul Malczewski

You blew it. the ( Sherpa house ) in Golden Co is the bomb with great ambiance and beautiful outdoor patio. Better luck next year Mr food critic!

Joshua Wesner
Joshua Wesner

Number 1 is spot on. Best Indian food in Denver.

Jason Gannon
Jason Gannon

Number 1 is right down the street from us but we've never actually been.

Christopher H Ziliotto
Christopher H Ziliotto

this doesn't help me although I have been looking in Austin... if you hear of anything let me know... hahaha

Kedhrin Gonzalez
Kedhrin Gonzalez

the fact little india isn't on this list is just a massive face palm.

Lisa Carman
Lisa Carman

Little India in Belmar has great food, but the service always sucks horribly and there is never any parking. The one on 6th is way better. Belmar LI can't seem to get it right. I think our server was drunk the last time we were there. I was in the service industry for a long time, so have no tolerance for servers who get in the "weeds" with one table or who hate their jobs. Less vodka during your shift will help immensely. :)

Joe Broussard IV
Joe Broussard IV

Little India should have made the list. I live near India's & I don't understand all of the hype they get. Admittedly though, I'm a Tikka Masala & lunch buffet kind of Indian food eater.

Jeff Hulsing
Jeff Hulsing

I saw a roach at Yak at Yeti. Food was tasty, but no thanks

Stephanie Messick
Stephanie Messick

Tonight? Ok! Chris Collapse. We are supposed to go eat Indian with Ross McAfee

Christopher Johnston
Christopher Johnston

Yak and Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub for sure. Also, Little India is damn good. But the Nepali and Indian place in Estes Park beats them ALL.

John Elliott
John Elliott

Having lived in India for thr best part of a year, the only place that comes close straight off the menu is Yak & Yeti. Little India is decent, but you have to get to know the kitchen to get more authentic fare.

Aaron Gallegos
Aaron Gallegos

Bombay bowl is great idk what Tara Woiderski is smokin

Brian Mosbey
Brian Mosbey

India's Best off of Littleton Blvd is really nice. Good food, the spices taste fresh....good stuff. Decent prices too.

Maxx Smith
Maxx Smith

Yak and Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub, no contest.

Stacey Lestina
Stacey Lestina

Yak and Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub Great jalapeno beer!

Harold Robbins
Harold Robbins

Monsoons is new in southlands yummy home cooking!

Hussain Sola
Hussain Sola

I'm very passionate about Indian food and would love to find a restaurant that was even kind of good. I've ben to 5 on the list.

Hussain Sola
Hussain Sola

You guys need to learn some stuff about Indian food. Tried your best of restaurants and they were not good. Reference: I'm indian. Dingy Indian restaurants in england beat the crap out of all the restaurants I've tried.in.Denver. its not just about how spicy the food is, it has to have certain subtleties to be good. And I haven't found that yet.

Josh Mishell
Josh Mishell

India's has always been the best. I've been going from the first month they've been open. Mmmmm.

Jessica Loera
Jessica Loera

The list. Put this on it Sean I've only been to one of them #8

Ahnaf Kalam
Ahnaf Kalam

Jamie Lynn Stedman - show this to your mom!

bigtentent
bigtentent

What i find is a hint of the real complexity- minus the heat.  I think cooks are afraid to unleash the beast-   whereas in India i felt cooks were strutting their stuff with every bite...

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