Ten Great Indian and South Asian Restaurants in Orange County

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What a shame the county line lies where it does; the best Indian restaurants in SoCal lie just five minutes from Buena Park, La Palma and Cypress, yet they're in Artesia, squarely in Squid Ink territory. Damn. Still, we have some good contenders, from Afghan to Southern Indian; it's just a tragedy that OC's Sri Lankan restaurant is no longer open to cap the list.

As always, if you don't like the contents or order of the list, let us have it in the comments!

10. Clay Oven Cuisine of India

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There's someone with a modern bent in the kitchen at Clay Oven; thoroughly European ingredients such as artichokes are incorporated into the cuisine, but the reason to go is for their maniacally good goat curry, which has pride of place as the first item in the house specialties section.

15435 Jeffrey Rd. #116, Irvine; 949-552-2851; clayovenirvine.com.

9. Dosa Place

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Dosa Place
Indian burritos? No, not really; but Dosa Place is the place to go for long tubes of incredibly thin dough wrapped around your choice of fillings, from the standard spiced potatoes, to chile-tinged eggs, to smoky goat curry. You'll need extra napkins.

17245 17th St., Tustin; 714-505-7777; dosaplace.com.

8. Tamarind of London

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Tamarind of London
This high-end, swank dining room's menu is unapologetically for carnivores; everything from masala crabs to tangy, spicy ghost chile vindaloo. Dress up and have a cocktail before dinner; this is about as far as it gets from steam-tray food slopped on rice. Bring money, too.

7862 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach; 949-715-8338; tamarindoflondon.com.

Location Info

Clay Oven Cuisine Of India

15435 Jeffrey Road, Irvine, CA

Category: Restaurant

Dosa Place

17245 17th St., Tustin, CA

Category: Restaurant

Tamarind of London

7862 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA

Category: Restaurant

Annapoorna

14450 Culver Drive, Irvine, CA

Category: Restaurant

Haveli

13882 Newport Ave., Tustin, CA

Category: Restaurant

Chili Chutney Restaurant

24301 Muirlands Blvd., Lake Forest, CA

Category: Restaurant

Punjabi Tandoor

327 Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA

Category: Restaurant

Traditions

14131 Red Hill Ave., Tustin, CA

Category: Restaurant

Namastey India

7232 Orangethorpe Ave., Buena Park, CA

Category: Restaurant


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I want to try Tamarind of London’s dishes. I love spicy foods and I want to try every Indian restaurant in Orange Country to choose who will be the best one to cater food for my wedding.  

Guest
Guest

thanks for this

Jnicholson
Jnicholson

Glad to see my favorite Indian restaurant, Haveli, made this list! Best in OC!!!

Ray
Ray

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The all restaurants are best in giving their services they all have their own specialty.

nitu cheyn
nitu cheyn

South IndianCuisine is a wonderful blend of flavors, colors, seasoning, nutritionalbalance, aroma, taste and appearance. After the initial work in the long run beginsin rice.

SugeAveryLemonade
SugeAveryLemonade

Great choices and recommendations. I loved the Dosa Place off Redhill. Hell, I love Indian food period!

909Jeff
909Jeff

I'm a bit bummed out that I worked a block from Dosa for a year and never went.  But when I worked in Irvine we used to go to Swaad on Alton and Culver and India Cook House on Culver and and the 5.  Both were pretty good. great lunch buffet specials. Swaad had really good Gobi Aloo.  

Xtreem
Xtreem

Dosa Place is one of my favorite place to be visited the dosa of this is famous all over the country. Lemonade i agree with you not only you but most o the foreigner of different country loves Indian food.

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