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Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India

#513 of 3,773 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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3960 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3112 (Washington Ave)
+1 619-297-7777
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Sun - Sat 11:00 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:30
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San Diego
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very cute restaurant but the food is just average. My mom and I went there on a Monday night the restaurant was not busy. We had the buffet it was $15. I had one of their drinks is was weak. I like stronger drinks. I would go back for the atmosphere but still looking for a better... More 

Thank amytud1
San Diego, California
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61 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Love the food here. Delicious. Unfortunately the service is always a problem. Slow or busy. It will take 20 minutes to be able to order your food. Maybe 30 minutes later you will get it. They are just a different pace here. Hard to get any attention.

Thank Amanda Q
Malibu, California
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101 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

GREAT atmosphere and GREAT service! Is it cheap/inexpensive? No. But is it good? Yes! Candidly it's a little pricey for Indian food and the portions weren't very big but we enjoyed ourselves (and their FANTASTIC cocktails) and would definitely come back! The eggplant Bhartha was AMAZING we really enjoyed that entree most! As for appetizers, the aloo paratha (bread stuffed... More 

Thank SandyQTraveler
Rancho Santa Fe, California
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428 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

I go there at least once a month and im never tired of this place. The food is awesome and if you go there at lunch time there is a very nice buffet.

Thank AlbertoMay
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Food was awesome! We loved everything we got, I just wish the portion was a tiny bit bigger for what you pay for the curries. Our waiter was AMAZING, I wish I could remember his name! He was helpful with suggestions, friendly and funny. One of the best servers I have ever had anywhere worldwide! Samosas and the cheese naan... More 

Thank Meghann K
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

My spouse and I had a wonderful experience at this establishment. The food was fantastic, service was great and atmosphere was beautiful! We are considering them for catering our next event.

Thank shelleyvasey
Level Contributor
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Tried as much as I could during the lunch buffet. Loved it all till I was stuffed. My girlfriend loved it too. Definitely coming back.

Thank Christopher V
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Bombay was AMAZING!!! Five stars for the food! Five stars for the service! Five stars for the atmosphere! Five stars for the entertainment! My husband and I flew into San Diego from Seattle for our anniversary and had heard about Bombay from a friend that lived there. They said the food was amazing and they had belly dancers with snakes... More 

Thank LaDonna S
Solana Beach, California
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201 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

I am not from India and I am not an expert on Indian food but I really liked eating here. The food was tasty and the service was good. I love the decor and would love to throw a party here. So fun. It is in the super cool Hillcrest area.

Thank beachmamaesq
Phoenix, Arizona
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36 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Loved the decor. Looks clean. The food is quite okay. Went in for buffet. I wouldn't rate a buffet good if it did not offer paneer for vegetarians. This place unfortunately did not have any paneer. The samosa was nice. Food wasn't spicy. They should be more generous with serving naan. Jamoon was not fresh. Good staff.

Thank Veggie4eva

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3960 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3112
    (Washington Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-297-7777

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