Spice of America
This is, hands-down, the best Indian food in San Francisco. In fact, it's the best Indian food I've had outside of India.
We started out by ordering the vegetarian momo, but we received the chicken momo instead. I don't like to waste food, so we didn't send it back. It ended up being absolutely delicious and a great kick-off to our meal. Next was the kale bhel. It was perfectly cispy, and the hardy greens really held their own against the bold textures and flavors. The meyer lemon shrimp appetizer was one of my favorite dishes. I took one bite and was transported back to our trip to India years ago. "This tastes like Kerala," I said to my partner. The salmon vindaloo was fiery and packed with flavor. We greedily sopped up the sauce with our garlic naan.
For some reason, their grilled sandwiches only appear on their takeout menu. We'd read about them in the Chronicle and asked if we could order the vegetarian cheese chilli sandwich. They obliged. It took a while to make it to our table, but it was worth it. Ketchup, which I normally hate, was served on the side. "What the hell," I thought, and dove in. It was heavenly. The sweetness of the ketchup was the perfect foil for the saltiness of the cilantro chutney. I wanted to order another one but thought better of it. Do yourself a favor and ask for this sandwich.
I can't wait to eat my way through the rest of Spice of America's menu.
Dont be fooled by the pedestrian setting...the food is exceptional
The food of Spice of America is delicious. The charred cauliflower is perfectly cooked and the flavor is a bomb. The flavor of the shrimp curry is also intense, except the shrimp itself. My friend and I sucked up the curry sauce with the naan and lemon rice.
The servers are friendly and pleasant but very unprofessional. A few times, they were totally disappear in the back, nobody was in the restaurant. They really need to pay more attention on the service.
We had a great time. The service was great, food was very good, made to meet our varying levels of spice. We will go again.
Great Indian food! Wonderful flavors and very ethentic!
Superb food with fresh ingredients, creatively crafted way beyond the usual Indian fare. Knowledgeable and attentive service. Perfect location for before performance eating near Civic Center.
Not the best neighborhood, but the best food. Really tasty and interesting. On the spicy side, but I like spice. Very good inobtrusive service. Quiet enough to actually talk. All in all, a very pleasant, enjoyable restaurant.
Fantastic take on Indian food. Very good. Creative.
We certainly didn't start out on the right foot. The server was trying hard and had a great attitude, but didn't have any experience at food allergies or what dishes worked with a gluten and lactose allergy.
He didn't let that stop him though, after several tries, we finally got it worked out.
The wine we picked, they didn't have, so they brought another one, without telling us first. It was annoying, but in the end, we went with the wine they brought, and it was delicious.
The food, was amazing. I don't know what else to say about that. Go try it. Seafood Curry was wonderful, as was the eggplant.
In the end, the rough start was worth the end result. I would be happy to try it again.
Great food. While the menu is limited, we were able to find something for everyone, including a vegetarian and vegan.
This is a hidden-in-plain-site gem, on a stretch of Market Street where you would never imagine finding an excellent Indian food restaurant. The interior is a total surprise: immaculate, delicious scents greet you immediately, intimate, and pleasant. The service is attentive but not intrusive, and the food is brought quickly & efficiently, every dish rich and luxurious.
The ONLY downside is that the big screen TV has a remarkable video of gorgeous Indian cities and is hard not to watch!
Very friendly staff. Super helpful with the menu suggestions
Yummy flavors and unique spices and herbs. Very pleasant service and clean/simple interior. The food is more sophisticated and is North Indian with Nepal influences. We are foodies and this is now our go to place for Indian food given the flavors and more unique dishes.
This is a quiet out of the way place in not necessarily the most inviting neighborhood, but well worth the trip. The food was tasty, the waitress attentive, the atmosphere quiet (though this was an early sitting without the place full). I would strongly recommend it.
We enjoyed this restaurant. The service was quick and friendly. The food was delicious -- Hubby had the sampler plate, which offered many small portions of differently spiced Indian and Himalayan food. He cleaned his plate. I had the Seafood Curry, and loved the flavor, but I think some of the mussels were a bit chewy. There are more vegetarian dishes on this menu, so there is not a huge variety of meat dishes to choose from. Wine was a value at $8 to $10 a glass. This was our first time here, and we would definitely go back.
We've been about four times now. In hindsight, we should have notified our waitperson that we had theater tickets right at the start. Service was slower than usual from our previous visits, and we barely made it on time for our event. They did apologize for the lengthy wait for our food, and we didn't have enough time to have our desserts which were included with the tasting menu. Their food is good, friendly service, but could improve on the timeliness in serving.
Our second visit to Spice of America and it did not disappoint. We went before a performance at the nearby SF Jazz center with friends who are vegeterians. There is a wide variety of tasty and interesting Indian entrees that encourage sharing and experimentation. There are many Indian restaurants, but SOA is one of the best and excellent value.
Food is delicious, service is excellent. Wonderful flavors. Most challenging part is the neighborhood at night and getting a friend to BART.
Food is delicious and several dishes were unique to Bay Area Indian restaurants. Service was attentive and informative. The constant flow of food delivery bicyclists standing around in the dining area devalued my dine-in experience. They looked kinda sweaty, and stood around staring at their phones just right there. Maybe that's what the back door is for?
The food could not be more delicious and interesting. The service could not be more gracious. Spice of America is in a location with which many people are familiar, directly across Market Street from the Zuni.
Went for a pre-show dinner. We had a party of seven and they were very accommodating. Had a table ready right away, and served us promptly. The meal was delicious, and the restaurant was a good choice as we had a vegan and 2 vegetarian's in our party. Everybody was able to select food they really enjoyed.
Nondescript from the outside. Very nice once in the restaurant. The food was excellent.
Dishes beautifully presented. Food excellent. Service was gracious, attentive. A new favorite restaurant.
We will go back to this restaurant. The food is very good. Each dish has a unique flavor...it's not just about curry. The wait person was helpful in suggesting alternative dishes to have more variety. The combination type dinner is large with 6 different items plus dessert . Two of us could have split that with an appetizer and been full. Papadums to start was a plus. Only issue was...since the stellar review in the Chronicle last week they got very busy and we had a hard time getting out to our play.
Excellent fresh food
Will definitely be coming back. The food was delicious.
Incredible food, incredible ambiance and great service! Will definitely be coming back here.
We were pleasantly surprised to find this lovely jewel: the food was not run-of-the-Mill Indian but creative takes on traditional dishes. Well appointed, nice service. We will return!
Fantastic innovative food justifies return visits. Family run with excellent personal service. Clearly opened on a budget with little spent on furnishings or decor. Food quality makes up for it. Hopefully better decor will come in time. It is a bargain for food you would pay double for at many other Indian restaurants. We will be back.
Consistently great Indian food, much better than other places in the area. Being a few blocks from the action, it often gets overlooked but it's really a gem.
We brought a group of friends here and had an amazing meal. It was our first time so we were a little nervous but were entranced by the great flavors and friendly service. Each of the dishes had a perfect combination of flavors. Everyone left talking about the food and kept talking about it through the evening. And to top it all off, it was not too noisy. We could have a conversation as we enjoyed our meal. We will definitely be coming back.
Fantastic service and INCREDIBLE food. Really cool ambiance too. Excellent spot for some amazing Indian food.
Worst experience in a restaurant. Our waitress really didn’t know a thing about providing service. Would not recommend
This was our first time at Spice of America. It's on an uninteresting block of Market (though it's right across from Zuni) and doesn't look at all attractive from the outside. The inside is a different story, with comfortable seating and clean decor. The food was beautiful and delicious, particularly the Himalayan lamb curry. Service was friendly but sketchy. It took at least 5 minutes for the one server to notice me standing in the doorway, and she didn't know how to check me in for my OpenTable points. But she was friendly and helpful, and everything worked out. There was hardly anyone else there, so it was really quiet and relaxing.
Food and service was excellent! I would definitely go back. Pricing was also very reasonable and easy to get reservations.
Amazing food, flavors are so great. Once they work on service it will be difficult to get in here.
Best Indian food I’ve ever had!
Spice of America is a very pleasant place to dine before the ballet or symphony. The food is excellent, and the service is extremely pleasant, if sometimes a bit disorganized. It is also quiet enough to have a conversation in a normal subdued voice--a rarity among Civic Center restaurants. The prices are reasonable: two of us dines with appetizers and main courses with rice and naaan and one beer, for less than $60. WE have been there 3 or 4 times over the past year and agree that it is a terrific addition to the area.
The food was fresh and delicious. The service was cheerful and quick.
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