Whether you’re in the mood for frankies, Mexican/Indian fusion, a piping hot plate of chicken tikka masala, or just some sweets, you certainly won’t go hungry when it comes to finding great Indian and Pakistani food in LA. In nearly every corner of town, restaurants have quickly pivoted to takeout and delivery, making formerly hard-to-get-to spots readily available during quarantine. Here are 28 spots we recommend checking out first.
Abhiruchi Grill is among our favorite Indian restaurants in Culver City, with a large menu full of curries, tandoori, and excellent desserts. The section you should spend most of your time in, however, is the biryani. And in particular, the Vijayawada paneer biryani. Named for the city on the Krishna River in southeast India, this is a fairly mild biryani (even compared to others on Abhiruchi’s menu), but the paneer adds a certain savory-sweetness that makes it one of the most unique in LA. Takeout and delivery available on most major apps or by calling (310) 204-2569.
One of the South Bay’s best Indian restaurants, Addi’s Tandor, closed last year, but has since reemerged as Addi’s Darbar - and the food hasn’t missed a beat. The menu is full of staples like lamb biryani and chicken korma, and the good news is there is no wrong order. Call (424) 350-7121 to order.
If you’re looking for classic, home-style Indian dishes like chicken tikka masala, palak paneer, and lamb korma, you’ll be hard-pressed to find better versions than the ones at Al-Noor. Located right off the 405 in Lawndale (about five minutes from LAX), this strip-mall spot is currently offering both takeout and delivery on most major delivery platforms. Be sure to throw in some garlic naan as well.
Located just a few blocks north of Al-Noor (and also Zam Zam Market), Al-Watan has found its niche on this highly competitive stretch with its mixed tandoori. Plain and simple, this is the best version in town and once you try it, you’ll wonder why you’ve ever eaten it anywhere else. Both takeout and delivery are available online, or by calling (310) 644-6395.
Amar Desh Indian Cuisine
Amar Desh is a halal restaurant on the outskirts of Koreatown. At first glance, the menu looks fairly similar to others around town, but the magic lies in the “Chef’s Specials” section. Here is where you’ll find an incredible East Indian-style roast chicken marinated in yogurt and bhuna, a savory tomato and bell pepper-based curry that comes with either eggs or tilapia. The entire menu is available for delivery and takeout on all major platforms.
With five locations spanning from Los Feliz and Westlake Village, Anarbagh has become its own mini-empire in LA and for good reason - the food is excellent. Whether you’re craving tandoori, biryani, or curry, this family-owned restaurant has got you covered. Takeout and delivery available at all locations.
Anarkali Indian Restaurant
If you live in the Melrose/Fairfax area, Anarkali has probably been your go-to Indian spot for a while. If you don’t live around there, it’s time to make it your go-to spot, because the food is that good. The matar paneer is one of our favorite paneers in LA, second only to their paneer coconut curry. What we’re trying to say is order all the paneer. Takeout and delivery available through their website.
Annapurna is a vegetarian southern Indian restaurant in Culver City with a menu featuring specialties from the chef’s home city of Chennai. Dishes across the menu here are spicy, rich, and deeply aromatic. This includes spinach masala dosa, cheese uthappam, and one of our favorite biryanis in LA. There’s a lot of excellent South Asian restaurants on Venice Blvd., but make sure you prioritize Annapurna. Takeout and delivery available on most major apps, or by calling (310) 204-5500.
Badmaash is one of the most popular Indian restaurants in Los Angeles and it’s easy to see why - the food is fantastic. With a menu that features dishes like chicken tikka poutine, chili cheese naan, and masala potato fries, this isn’t traditional Indian food by any means, but it’s also some of the most inventive in town. Both the Downtown and Fairfax locations are open for takeout and delivery.
Bhanu’s is a family-run Indian grocery store in San Gabriel with a tiny counter in the back that’s cranking out tremendous home-style Indian food. You can order anything a la carte, but we prefer the thali plate. One entree of your choice, plus two sides, yogurt, rice, and garlic naan - all for about $12. Both takeout and delivery available.
This tiny Pakistani/Bangladeshi restaurant in Little Bangladesh is one of those places we often think about late at night (and not just because we’re very lonely). From Hyderbadi biriyani to lamb shank curry to spicy nali nihari stew, this is complex, flavor-packed food - and it’ll only take only one meal here before you also partake in said late night fantasies. Delivery available on most major platforms.
Located just outside of Downtown in Westlake, Bombay Beach is a family-run restaurant that focuses on healthy, homestyle Indian cuisine. Their menu has massive vegan and vegetarian sections, as well as fresh juices and even acai bowls. Be sure to take advantage of their excellent breads, too - they’ve got everything from tandoori roti to six different kinds of naan. Delivery and takeout available.
The Bombay Frankie Company
You might think that an Indian fusion cafe inside a gas station is a fairly niche concept, but it’s actually the first of two on this list. As the name suggests, this tiny West LA spot is all about the frankies - Indian wraps from Mumbai. Fillings include everything from chicken tikka masala to saag paneer to fried fish. Takeout and delivery available on most major platforms.
Cardamom is one of the most underrated Indian restaurants in central LA, with an excellent menu that focuses primarily on dishes from the southwestern state of Kerala. Think lamb biryani, madras curry, and bhindi bhajee (spiced okra). Available for takeout and delivery.
Electric Karma is a popular restaurant on W. 3rd St. and one of our go-to Indian spots in Beverly Grove. Unfortunately, the romantic, dimly lit dining room is closed right now, but you can still take advantage of their very solid food, which is available for both takeout and delivery. The menu is large and full of classic dishes, but our move is always one of the combination platters for two - that’ll get you samosas, three vegetarian dishes of your choice, naan, nice, and dessert for under $50.
Electric Lotus in Los Feliz has solid food across-the-board, but is probably best known for being one of the only Indian restaurants in town with Impossible meat on its menu (check for available - it often sells out). They’re on all major delivery platforms, but if you order through their website, you get 15% off.
India Sweet House
Open since 1981, India Sweet House on Pico is an LA institution and one of our favorite places in town to pick up Indian sweets and other snacks. Standouts include the jalebi (flour spirals in syrup), rasmalai (cheese curds in cream), and gulab jamun (milk solids in rosewater syrup). They also have solid main entrees as well that range from masala dosa to saag paneer. Takeout and delivery available.
Located on the second floor of a giant Brentwood office building, India’s Oven is a longtime neighborhood standby with an array of very good vegetarian dishes. The channa masala, dal makhani (lentil-based curry), and aloo gobi (spiced cauliflower) are all stand-outs. Takeout and delivery available.
India’s Restaurant is located on the Los Feliz/Silver Lake border and has built an almost cult-like following over the years. Like many places on this list, this family-run restaurant sticks primarily to classic dishes, but does them all incredibly well. The lamb vindaloo is a favorite. Takeout and delivery available on most major platforms.
This tiny Indian/Mexican fusion cafe inside a Hollywood car wash is about as LA as it gets, but it isn’t just a gimmick - the food is good, too. The menu is full of classic Indian dishes, but IndiMex’s strength lies in the “Meat Lovers” section, where you’ll find chicken tikka burritos, quesadillas with masala sauce, and tacos covered in chutney. Takeout and delivery available through their website.
If you’re looking for good Indian food in Studio City, Lal Mirch is our favorite in the neighborhood. The colorful, family-run spot on Ventura has every staple in the book and everything is currently available for takeout and delivery.
Located on Venice Blvd. in Culver City, Mayura often gets overlooked, but this family-run spot continues to serve some of our favorite Indian food in LA. The menu is massive, so concentrate on the Southern Indian specialties like Kerala fish curry, cheese uthappam (rice pancake), and the Kerala special avail (curried vegetables). Takeout and delivery available, or call (310) 559- 9644.
Royal Curry Cafe
As the name suggests, the name of the game at this tiny North Hollywood Indian restaurant is, in fact, the curry. From lamb korma to shrimp vindaloo to chicken coconut, Royal Curry Cafe’s curries are bold and fiery, and you should plan accordingly. Delivery and takeout available.
Open since 1979, Samosa House is an LA classic and its original location in Culver City West makes it convenient for just about anyone on the Westside. Their entire menu is available for takeout and delivery, but if you’re looking to pick-up some sweets or ingredients to cook at home, Samosa House also happens to be home to Bharat Bazaar, one of our favorite Indian grocery stores in town.
This family-run spot in Westchester has good food, plenty of options, and prices that won’t break the bank (almost all entrees fall under $15). In other words, it’s an ideal midweek quarantine dinner. Takeout and delivery available on most major platforms.
Tumbi’s modern street food is some of our favorite Indian on the Westside, and right now, you can get it for takeout and delivery on most major platforms. The patiala chicken, papadum and chutneys, and toothfish masala are musts.
We don’t want to overstate it, but this tiny marketplace in Hawthorne makes a biryani rice that changed our lives, and the fact that you can now get it for takeout or delivery is a true quarantine silver lining. Stop what you’re doing and order now.