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5514 Douglas Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310-1842
+1 515-279-2118
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11:15 - 21:30
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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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281 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Dark and dirty dining room, surly staff, a limited buffet of terrible food - what more can I say? The buffet choices were extremely limited with few veg options and only one chutney. At least it was inexpensive.

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Thank Drew K
Urbandale, Iowa
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75 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

Service was great, my friends really liked their food, but my Lamb Tikka was tough, tough, tough. Good flavor, but I will never order it again, indeed I'd be leery of any lamb dish that wasn't ground lamb. Very disappointing to me, because lamb is my go to at Indian restaurants. mulligatawny soup was good. I've eaten Indian in three... More 

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Thank JohnnyB33
Des Moines, Iowa
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112 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2015

India Star serves a pale imitation of Indian food. Don't go here. If you like Indian food, and like this restaurant, then you don't know what it's supposed to taste like. Go to the India Market on Douglas Ave (more authentic and not recommended for initiates), or Namaste on University Ave (a great introduction) or Paradise Point Biryani by Jordan... More 

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Thank JASON H
Des Moines, Iowa
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015 via mobile

Love this place! Excellent Indian food. I have eaten Indian all over the country, and this is a fave! Maybe even the best I have had.

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Thank Foxydo10
Des Moines
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221 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2015

The best Indian food in town. My wife and I regularly eat there.The spice is just right and the folks are very friendly It's not so hot that it will take your breath away but they will kick it up if you ask.

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Thank Proteeus3
Dyersburg, Tennessee
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164 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2015

Indian cuisine is my favorite. The chicken curry and Tandoor chicken was perfect. Tender and full of flavor. Naan bread was perfect. The spinach potato dish was not as sweet as I prefer, yet still good. Service was excellent and priced good.

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Thank CellularMan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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78 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2015

After driving for hours, I was so looking forward to eating Indian food buffet here for lunch. Sadly, I was disappointed. The food wasn’t that good. (Considering I was famished, that says a lot.) They were bland (to my taste…and I’m a regular Indian food eater.) and barely have an “Indian” taste to them. For example, all the curry dishes... More 

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Thank ExplorerOne
West Des Moines, Iowa
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2014

From the humble start in Beverdale, India Star has maintained his humble roots in the current posh location. The visual experience is overpowered the olfactory which makes you taste every dish in the menu, and do not restrict yourself! Every menu item is worth trying. If you cannot have go through more than two today, make plans for another day... More 

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Thank Joe D
West Des Moines, Iowa
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311 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2014

The food was very good, we loved it. The service was very friendly, but not extraordinary, and the atmosphere was average. This is a great place to try very good Indian food.

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Thank David W
Bettendorf, Iowa
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170 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

Limited Indian buffet, Palak Paneer was a little off, curries, tandoori chicken were average as was the Dahl. Naans and rice were good. Dessert consisted of cut cantaloupe and burfi. Overall, a rather average lunch buffet. Pass...

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$16
Cuisine
Indian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout
Open Hours
Monday
11:15 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:15 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:15 - 21:30
Thursday
11:15 - 21:30
Friday
11:15 - 21:30
Saturday
11:15 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5514 Douglas Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310-1842
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-279-2118

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?