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Lotus Chaat & Spices

1561 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901
+1 415-454-6887
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good51%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
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“dosas” (7 reviews)
“soup” (2 reviews)
11:30 - 20:00All hours
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
1561 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

The chaat appetizer, although not called that, is outstandingly delicious. Great food and service, but costly when compared to their lunch buffet on the same street further east.

Thank minimuffinlover
Reviewed 5 June 2017

This is a wonderful and very modest restaurant with delicious food. We had the sambar vada (Deep-fried donuts made of lentil flour), the Choley Samosey and different types of dosa (a crepe with lentils and rice with fresh coconut chutneys and sambar). We had folks...More

Thank SpikeIII
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This is my usual lunch place. I always order their dosas, and they have plenty of choices, with meat, vegan, or vegetarian. Most of their dishes are gluten free too. If you don't see anything you like on the menu, you can also ask if...More

1  Thank Bethanny R
Reviewed 1 February 2017

I have had the special once and then several times a dosa. The food is fantastic and the Mango Lassi is wonderful.More

Thank rebeccamZ6235EI
Surinder S, Owner at Lotus Chaat & Spices, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2017

My name is Surinder Sroa and I am the owner of Lotus Chaat & Spices Organic Indian Restaurant and Store in the West End of San Rafael. Lotus Chaat is a dining establishment that prides itself on its quality, cleanliness and service. We encourage our...More

Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

So many chaat houses are just average, decent but undistinguished. But this one stands out: spacious, well lighted and decorated, clean, and welcoming. Restrooms are spotless. There's even a small spice store attached. Our friends, San Rafael locals, come here often and recommended their dosas,...More

Thank babubenj
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

I love coming to this restaurant. Not sure if it's the good food, or the art on walls capturing various sides of Indian culture that always pulls my attention, or the man who is always there welcoming us with his kind smile or because it's...More

Thank Barbora J
Reviewed 28 December 2015 via mobile

From Chaat to Dosa to Thali, you can experience the flavors of Southern India in San Rafael without too much heat on the palate or too many bank notes left on the table. Open through the midday for lovely convenience the Dosa special and Chai...More

Thank 279tracy
Reviewed 24 October 2015

This is no ordinary Indian restaurant. This is the only place I know of in the North Bay that specializes in chaat -- the tangy, scrumptious STREET FOOD I fell in love with decades ago when I was a Peace Corps volunteer in India. Rarer...More

Thank HowardDaniel
Reviewed 12 July 2015

You can get a great selection for your cooking needs at home of have a slice of pizza here. Also good to have sidewalk seating and watch the world on a good day. The selection is large and the workers accommodating. Many of the other...More

1  Thank Thomas B
Reviewed 8 June 2014 via mobile

The prawn and the vegetarian dishes were tasty with delicious creamy sauces. Accompanied with brown rice, chapati, and beers, the meal was just perfect. The ambiance was nice and the open roof made it cooler on this very hot evening. Impeccable service. I will return.

Thank reise-tanta-di
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1561 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  San Rafael
  • Phone Number: +1 415-454-6887
Lotus Chaat & Spices is the North Bay’s only destination for delicious Indian Street food: dishes that will nourish you and tingle your tongue. Come provoke your palate with our kaleidoscope of flavors, textures and spices.
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