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

Venue

Map

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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108 comments
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!

Michael Claire Tedford
Michael Claire Tedford

Since only two of those restaurants are actually in Denver, shouldn't it have said the greater Denver area?

Kay Dirling
Kay Dirling

I frequent Star of India and it is awesome. Great food and the owners are so sweet. Glad to see it made the list.

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

Yak and Yeti is amazing, as is Jewel of India. Wish I could get some Saag Paneer today!

Doug Miller
Doug Miller

India's kitchen in Parker! Best staff anywhere. Try the goat biryani. Fantastic!

Ian Hawkins
Ian Hawkins

I have to mention that India's Castle may have superb food, but I am unlikely to find out, as two of my friends were asked to leave because one of them chose to breast feed her child while in the restaurant. I am neither a woman nor a parent and I still find this kind of behaviour reprehensible.

Chris Cushman
Chris Cushman

Also, Little India have screwed up our order for the last (3rd) time and we will never be ordering from there again. Sub-par at best...

Chris Cushman
Chris Cushman

Yak and Yeti have a Flippin brewery in it! Not even in the same league as the rest. #1, Period!

Ryan Darling
Ryan Darling

Moving from Jersey, I've accepted the fact that there are no good Indian, Italian, or Bagel Places.... (Moe's is a slight exception)

Carl Wlodarczyk
Carl Wlodarczyk

Bombay Bowl, huh? I like them, but I wish you'd put them at #10 on the list so I would have known sooner not to take the rest seriously.

Si James
Si James

There is no good Indian restaurant in Denver. So being the best is not an accomplishment!

Becca Miller
Becca Miller

Glad Star of India made the list but confused as to the addition of Bombay Bowl and omission of Little India.

Mike Lopez
Mike Lopez

www.jewelofindia.com was prev best of denver, wtf.

A.J. Sandoval
A.J. Sandoval

India's is by far the best-in-Denver period. Glad Westword feels the same way.

Paul Malczewski
Paul Malczewski

Wrong! The Sherpa House in Golden should without a doubt be in at minimum the top 5. Clearly who ever did this list has not made all the rounds.

Ann Anderson
Ann Anderson

call Congress now and tell them NO ON TPP--- TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERS---This is NAFTA ON STEROIDS AND TAKES AWAY YOUR SOVEREIGNITY do not let this go through call your reps now.

Micki Pi
Micki Pi

Derick Morales Sarah Mack

Eric O Klinger
Eric O Klinger

Jewel of India is superb and should be on any list of top Indian restaurants in Denver.

Julie Barrickman
Julie Barrickman

Little India is sublime in my opinion and that of many I've heard over many years.

Jodie Wilson
Jodie Wilson

I'm so pleased to see that India's made #1. Nothing else compares.

Matt Baca
Matt Baca

How about a Westword Top 10 lists of 2013 redux? If lists are good, then listing lists would be great!

Phyllis O'Grady
Phyllis O'Grady

India's and India's Castle should be tied for #1!!! IMO

Manny Rodrigues III
Manny Rodrigues III

I've always wondered where to go for good Indian food in Denver. Thanks for the list!

Patty Leidy
Patty Leidy

I went to little indias yesterday..glad to see it's NOT on the list..it was not great, which surprised me

Devon Van Fleet
Devon Van Fleet

The one in Belmar is completely infested with cockroaches. You can have all of it. Yuck.

patricia.calhoun
patricia.calhoun moderator topcommentereditor

Thanks for the heads up on the Star of India photo, which somehow got attached to the restaurant's Best of Denver award years ago. We've updated.


As for advertising....it has nothing to do with this list. None of these restaurants knew that they'd been chosen by Cafe Society writers for the top ten.

TheFabulousMarkT
TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

Hi there,

There are many forums on which a post like this would be appropriate. May I ask why you chose an article about Indian food? I'm clearly missing some context here :)

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... and of course you notified the health department, right?


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