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Lotus Chaat & Spices

1559 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901-2741
+1 415-454-6887
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  • Average5%
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1559 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901-2741
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Reviewed 17 December 2017

As my wife lived in India as a child, we sometimes cook our own Indian food. So we visit the attached store to get ingredients. They have a few tables and whip up vegetarian street food to order, so one day we stopped for a...More

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank EugeneE545
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.

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank minimuffinlover
Reviewed 4 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

Date of visit: June 2017
Thank SpikeIII
Reviewed 10 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

Date of visit: April 2017
1  Thank Bethanny R
Reviewed 31 January 2017

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

Date of visit: September 2016
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

Date of visit: September 2016
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

Date of visit: August 2016
Thank Barbora J
Reviewed 27 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

Date of visit: December 2015
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

Date of visit: September 2015
Thank HowardDaniel
Reviewed 11 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

Date of visit: May 2015
1  Thank Thomas B
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Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1559 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901-2741
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  San Rafael
  • Phone Number: +1 415-454-6887
Lotus Chaat & Spices is an Indian Grocery in the West End of San Rafael with a huge selection of Frozen and prepared Indian foods, spices and more. We sell many organic items including a wide assortment of Gluten free flour. We also have frozen and prepared Indian foods, imported from India’s most renowned food producers. We introduced Indian Street Food “Chaat” dishes to Marin County, and we also sell all you need to make them yourself, be it a DOSA or Idli or any other Chaat snack or meal.
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