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This Restaurant is included in the category of Indian restaurant.
Indian Restaurants are few and far between in New England, so we were delighted to find this one in Portsmouth. It's a nice restaurant, but we were a little disappointed with some of the things we ordered, but that can be down to interpretation. What we Brits call hot is quite mild in parts of the US.
Not a trendy place but a good atmosphere. Nice for families to dine in. Taste of the food is good. Seems a bit pricey. Good staff. Tried mixed biryani which i feel is a different dish from other Indian restaurants and You can customize it. It tasted good. Limited parking. You can find a paid parking very near.
The food is fantastic! Service was excellent and attentive. If you are in Portsmouth and like Indian food this place is a must.
The food was delicious! The service was wonderful, their wine pour was generous, the food came out hot and at the same time.Shalimar India is wonderful.
Great service! Generous portions. Will come back next time I'm in the area!
Delicious. Every time. No matter what you order. Friendly, family-run feel. Excellent customer service.
I had a couple problems while I was there. The wife and I were super excited to come here because we were really craving some naan bread. We ordered a couple entrees (and fancy naan, of course) and they came out without the bread. We were assured it was coming, but we had almost finished our meals before it did. A small thing but naan was made for dipping, and serving it after the meal was a let down. The entrees were tasty and the rice was good. We asked for the leftovers to-go and I asked for another order of rice (we finished most of it with the entrees). They packed and stapled the to-go bag but I should've checked it. No rice. If this was a small takeout type place maybe I could let this slide, but this is a sit down restaurant and the meal wasn't cheap.
Just got back from Shalimar and we were very pleased with our first visit to this restaurant. It does live up to its reputation. We have recently moved to Portsmouth from the west coast and are trying a lot of restaurants in the area for the first time. Shalimar was not only the best Indian food I've ever had, it is one of the best ethnic food experiences I've ever had as well. The mild food was mild, the spicy was spicy and everything was delicious. I had been underwhelmed by Indian food before, but now I feel I understand what everyone is raving about - it really is that good! I also want to point out that it was very affordable ($40 for 2 people including drinks, specialty bread, entrees and dessert), a big bonus in a town with so many very expensive restaurants. Try it out! You won't regret it. PS: Wonderful service. The best in town, perhaps.
Very good okra curry. Good punjabi style food.
Very good food and friendly staff
I'm torn on this review. The food is very, very good. But the service is VERY, VERY bad. The place was nearly empty and and the two servers spent much more time cleaning and wrapping silverware than they did paying attention to my small table and me. Truely upsetting. Sorry to say we won't be back.
Do yourself a huge favor and get the Royal Dinner for One(/Two). It's only 26$(/$50) and you get a delicious Masala tea, enough food to take home for dinner the next day, AND a dessert.
This establishment is easily one of the top 3 restaurants in down town Portsmouth. It has one of he best and most welcoming atmospheres and their wait staff is super friendly. I've been here dozens of times and they have always gotten my food out in under 20 minutes, even when busy. The food is outstanding. It's rich, flavorful and served in generous portions. There are plenty of options for vegetarians too. I always go out of my way to visit.
Very good food and EXTREMELY friendly staff. As a vegetarian, I usually have quite a few options at Indian restaurants and Shalimar did not disappoint.
Great food and service. Lots of vegan options.
Great food and excellent service! Loved all the dishes we had ordered.
A classic! Great good, excellent service and friendly staff!
Food was good. Waiting sucked
Delicious authentic Indian food with some menu items that I've not seen commonly in an average Indian restaurant. Highly recommend.
Delightful meals! Very nice experience all around! Try the Royal Dinner if you have a chance.
Shalimar is one of the best Indian restaurants in NH. The food is fresh, delicately flavored, and delicious. The service is friendly and prompt, and the atmosphere is comfortable and spacious.
The best Indian restaurant in Portsmouth
Excellent! It was better than the place in Dover; yes it's little more expensive considering the location and there was a bit of a wait but the staff was very friendly and accommodating. Maybe a small thing but very clean place, and the water was really good (for some reason). The food was excellent! The curry was richer, had wide variety of flavors with spices and cream so it was just the kind of curry I was looking for. (I'm reading a lot of reviews that's pretty apparent they don't understand Indian cultures in general.) This place and Sake not too far away sure ranks very high in terms of overall quality and experience! The price is a bit higher though so just keep that in mind.
Good food, the portions are a tad small for the price. The place is clean and quiet.
Good food, pleasant staff, just not as tasty as Tulsi.
Good Indian food with a decent buffet spread on Fridays.
If you are a biryani lover, Never visit this place.
This is one of the best indian restaurants in the country - hands down. I've traveled extensively and eaten at many indian restaurants. This place is a gem to behold. And they're not pretentious in the least. The plates and silverware are incredibly authentic, the owners are lovely - "the real deal" . Right in downtown portsmouth too!
Food wad pathetic and so as the service. Lady owner was quite arrogant with a customer who was giving frank feedback about food. Navratan corma looked and tasted like the curry gets served in hospital and masala paneer looked and tasted like paneer dipped in tomato catchup. Who the hell put broccoli in biryaani...it tasted like crap. When we asked to make biryani spicy..they simply sprinkled chilly powder. Will never go there again.
Lost 2 very loyal customers! Will never go back after the way we were treated. Use to live in Kittery & have been a patron of Shalimar for 2 years . Recently moved to North Berwick but still made the drive from North Berwick to Portsmouth only to walk in the door after a long drive to be completely ignored. After being ignored the 1 waitress came over & told us she had to clear some tables & we needed to wait. The restaurant was an absolute sea of open & clean set tables! Everywhere you looked there were available tables. It was absurd she left us to wait longer. After leaving us we were basically forgotten for a long time. The waitress should have just told us to leave & they don't want customers because that was certainly how it felt. Didn't feel welcomed at all. Finally a waiter came & grunted at us to go to the table right next to the door. Restaurant was pretty empty but we were given the worst table in restaurant. He doesn't even seat us properly, doesn't give us menus! Just leaves us to wait for a 3rd time. We felt at this point we should just get up & walk out. Drove all that way to be treated so poorly. After eating we asked for the bill & our food to be packed twice & no one ever helped us. We had to go & get the containers & do it ourselves. All this while the 1 waitress stood & chit chatted for a very long time with a patron. She didn't care others were waiting & dissatisfied. Restaurant must be under new management or something has changed as the vibe is basically we don't care if you come to our restaurant or not. You lost 2 very loyal customers. You won't get our money ever again & we will tell all our friends & family.
Great staff, amazing food, Friday lunch buffet is one of the best around.
We ordered the lamb biryani. Lamb was good but I didn't like the rice. I was kind of burnt and didn't taste good. Also ordered the nan. The nan was burned at the bottom.
BEST indian food!! I have gone to counteless indian restaurants and this one is hands down amazing.
Above average Indian restaurant and the prices are decent.
A misunderstanding was quickly resolved. Greatly appreciate the swift response.
Loved the food Kheer and kulfi was yummy
This place is so good!
Very, very basic decor but very good Indian cooking by a family who cares. A Burlington institution.
India in New England. If you are really a taste lover try this place
Best food from India in seacoast and we Always have some left over to take home.
Excellent food!! I am never disappointed when I come here and I have been coming here for almost 20 years.
Let me start with a strings of quotes that my wife and I produced candidly while dining here for our first time. "I think we should move to India. " " I'm eating an irresponsible amount of food, but I can't stop. " "This is the closest I've felt to God in my life, and it's the wrong god!" "This place has takeout!? " " This is delicious. " Other noteworthy things : Service was excellent and informative of the menu. Went at night, it was dark inside, comically so- but its about the food here for sure.
Hands down Shalimar has the best Indian food! Everything I've ever eaten there - and we often go a few times a week - has been well spiced and delicious, from the chicken korma to the saag. Much, much better than Tulsi for both food and service. Great food, amazing service, and it's affordable. Better than any of the Indian restaurants we've tried in NYC and Boston.
Great food. Great service
Tasty food and good service.
Lunch Buffet very tasty, responsible price.
Average/. Please never order chappati here.
Great food, make sure you try and attend their yearly buffet, it will be crowded and you will wait for a table, but it is absolutely worth it.
Food prepared delicately, service excellent
Friendly staff. No expert on Indian cuisine, but thought the food was very good.
Worst food any one can take...! I ordered panneer biryani last night and that was the worst biryani I ever ate in my life. Me and my friend both had stomachache after eating the biryani. Though we had only few spoons of it. Food was completely spoiled.
My Husband and I are in new Hampshire for vacation and have eaten from here twice, Great food! Second time i ordered they messed my order up but the manager went out of her way to make it right. Customer service is superb! Thanks again!!
Good Indian food, they definitely make food Indian "HOT". Quick service and good number of vegetarian options as well.
I had the lamb samosas, onion kulcha, and a chicken curry that I can't remember the name of (it was gingery and delicious!). Everything was fantastic! The dishes my friends got were equally amazing.
Excellent food, kind staff.
Everything was fantastic. We had the Garlic Nan, one of the lamb dishes and the tandor mixer platter. This was more than enough for my wife and I. The medium heat on the platter was not overly spicy and everything came out perfectly cooked (not dried out). The interior was a bit dark for my liking but it wasn't without it's charm. The service was great. I'm pretty sure I butchered some of the pronunciations but the server was kind enough not to let it show. They were attentive and kind. We will definitely be going back.
We stopped in for a late lunch and shared the chicken tikka masala and naan. By far the best tikka masala we have had--so creamy and delicious!
Shai Paneer and garlic naan. An awesome combination! Don't forget the mango lassi!
Good food, great location, great customer service. Decent portion sizes.
I love Shalimar. I make sure to eat here whenever I'm in Portsmouth. Great food and great staff
Friday buffet is awesome.
Though the food was expensive for a lunch menu, it was tasty and there was plenty on my plate to leave me full and satisfied. The taste didn't floor me, but it was still good, so it's not a perfect score, but really good all the same.
My granddaughter heads back to college tomorrow. We topped off the summer with a LOVELY lunch at Shalimar. The food was delicious and the service was really pleasant. The rose ice cream was to die for!
I try to eat at an Indian restaurant whenever I'm traveling. This is one, if not the best, that I've come across. The fresh curry leaves and onion chutney were a splendid treat! Food was top notch!
Absolutely amazing food!
Right in the heart of downtown Portsmouth, we all had a great meal. I generally order Vegetable Biryani where ever I go. The dish here wasn't as good as other places I've been to, but definitely good. If you order a dish here as "hot," prepared for the spice level to be over the top. I could handle it, but others may not. My partner and friends were all really satisfied with their dishes. And yes, the staff were super friendly!
Always good food
Portions were very small for the prices they expected. The quality of the meal was just ok, but the portion downgraded it to below average. Taste of India in nearby Dover is a better deal.
I liked their food and they had generous serving of wine and good service and fair prices but on lunch they close too often
Great food with lots of vegetarian and vegan option
Excellent food, terrific ambience and reasonable prices. Parking is a bit of a headache but otherwise this was a great experience.
Authentic and delicious. Friendly staff, relaxing atmosphere and very quick with the food. I’ll be back when I’m next in town.
What a good Indian restaurant. Simply scrumptious and reasonably priced
This is an incredible Indian restaurant. The moment I stepped in the door, the decor and smells transported me back to India. They have great affordable lunch specials. The Masala Chai tea is perfectly authentic. All of the food was delicious and tasted like it was shipped express from India. The staff is warm and friendly. The portions are generous. It's amazing that such an authentic place exists in Portsmouth!
Awesome food! Buffet on Fridays is Amazing :)
The people here are absolutely fantastic. Great food and service. Nice intimate setting, perfect for a birthday date. They are also willing to answer questions.
I love Indian food, always have. Shalimar India provides great food and great service. Highly recommend. Certainly will be going back!
Good food for the most part, Staff a bit strange or sluggish at times.
Love the curry! Curry chicken was a teeny bit dry the last couple times I've gotten it, but the lamb is phenomenal! Love all the naan choices, too.
Best Indian food in New Hampshire
Authentic (north) Indian food! Highly recommend. The chicken Peshawari, paneer do piaza, paratha and badami kulfi are some of the best items in the menu! Paratha reminded me of my mom - it was that good! Badami kulfi was also very refreshing and amazing flavor. Definitely recommend this place!
Love this place. Best Indian food in the area. Probably in all of New Hampshire.
It was bland and uninteresting.
Amazing Food!!! Friendly staff.. Very good prices and worth every penny. Fridays they have Buffett which is amazing for kids who may be picky eaters.
If you think you've ate great Indian food before, come here first and see if that opinion remains the same. This is probably the best exotic food restraunt I've been to in years, and look forward to going again. The spice is spicy and the rice is ricey, and it's surprisingly not all that pricey.
Best Indian food I’ve had outside of India, and we eat Indian wherever we go.
I have never had a bad experience at this restaurant. The staff are always gracious, helpful. The food is always exceptional, and the atmosphere is relaxing.
If you are looking for authentic indian food, not the place to go. Very few veggies options. Very reasonably priced and nice ambience.
Great food, great flavors, great atmosphere!
The food was amazing! Not to mention it was a buffet! I have never seen a buffet at an Indian food restaurant. I can't wait to go back.
Delicious Indian cuisine. The buffet was very large and had many different foods. It is beautifully decorated on the inside. Will defiantly come again when I’m in the area.
First off, I've had Indian food around the world. We are well travelled. The food from here has the wow factor. Did takeoutguys to get this to the hotel as I'm working from my room, so can't review the staff or restaurant direct. I had the chicken Tikka masala and must say this is in the top 10 dishes I've had period, if not in the top 3. Wow, will most certainly return. Only suggestion to management would be to provide utensils. If I were not at a hotel that supplied them, I would've needed to eat with my fingers (which is done in other places of world) no problem but a suggestion. Thanks and I WILL be back.
We ordered chana masala and lamb biryani. The taste was really good. In the end we got tempted by kulfi on menu. Kulfi tasted quite different and was not so creamy. It had semolina in it which is unusual ingredient for kulfi. Would have given 5 star if kulfi tasted as good as the main course. Service and ambience is remarkable.
This place is absolutely one of the best Indian restaurants in New England. The staff is super friendly and every Friday offers a lunch buffet which is of exceptional quality.
loVE THE mOLI kFTA AND GARLIC NAN!
Honestly one of the best Indian restaurants in the area . The food is exceptional.
Nice place. Good food and good service. They can do many of the things with very mild spicy, which is great for people like me who can't eat spicy.
Great food. The host had an attitude but the food was worth it.
Good, consistent food. Reasonable price. Friendly staff. Not great Indian food, but I am spoiled. Parking is a pain, but that's Portsmouth.
Very good Indian food! The quality of food, the presentation, the service were all top notch! The samosas were delicious, the Mughlai Chicken was lip smacking and the badam kulfi was to die for. We did not like the gobhi paratha as the filling was not as spicy as we would have liked, but to each his own! Highly recommended.
Great food!! Love the Chicken Tika Masala and the Lamb Curry. Great service, nice people, pleasant ambiance.
Decent food. Friendly staff. Right in the middle of downtown.
I have eaten at many Indian restaurants all around New England and Shalimar India is by far the best! I am so glad my husband introduced me to this place. We both love it so much we eat here once a month. I'm gluten intolerant and I have issues with soy as well. Shalimar India can cater to both my needs, which is a rare gem to me. If you are gluten sensitive like me you know how hard it is to get delicious food. Not here. I must say I'm a creature of habit and I tend to order the same thing sometimes but everything is always delicious, fast and proper portion size too. I love that I can choose my spice level as well. The decor is simple and I find it less distracting than other places. This restaurant makes it easy to have a real conversation with someone and enjoy amazing food! Even if you've never had Indian food I'm sure you can find something on their menu to suit your taste. Everyone is always friendly and welcoming and have never had a bad experience here. You have to go! You will not be disappointed!!
Best Indian Food I've had other than at the homes of Indians. Complex flavors excellent spice profiles. Tandoori was moist and flavorful, vegetable dish blew my mind with spice meaning runny nose and dragon breath in the best way. Also dig the interior decoration walls are nicely painted big and open, maintaining a low key relaxed vibe
I enjoyed the Pakora, Punjabi tomato soup and the Chicken Tikka Masala. I love their basmati rice. It's the best.
My favorite Indian restaurant for over 20 years!
Best Indian cuisine on the Seacoast. The staff and owners are all super friendly and remember you after a few visits. We've had just about every dish on the menu and it's all great. Our favorites include the murg pakora, aloo naan and the muglai . Also the veggie biryani is amazing
Great food, nice ambience and the restaurant is at nice location. Overall a great experience at Shalimar India.
Best indian food! Everything tastes great! Nice people! :)
Had beef biriyani. Was good. I don't like nuts in biriyani, other than that it was a great meal.
Always a pleasant experience.
Great Indian cuisine, very authentic and a fantastic lunch buffet on Friday with decent vegetarian options too.
Friendly staff. Good is good..
Excellent for Friday Buffet's
Great Indian food, great service. Decent price. Well worth a lot of visits
Very good place for authentic Indian food. Nice appetizers, main course . Neat and clean place. Only the quantity served could have been a lot more for the prices charged.
We hadn't been here in several years & had a great meal. Chicken Makhanwala & Aloo Gobhi were awesome. The garlic nan was spot on. Really nice family? working there. We'll be back
Food was fantastic. We stopped in for lunch with a big crew (8), including 4 kids. Everyone found something they liked, the spices were really good - many choices for naan, description of spiciness was accurate. We would definitely come again!
Very good food and fullfilling. Lots of vegan options, good looking spot, definitely worth going too
Love this place have been coming here for years! Food and service is always outstanding!
One of my favorite places to eat since I was a kid!
This was our first time eating Indian food and It was absolutely delicious! The service and the place we’re great as well. Best meal in a long time!!!
Great, authentic food.
Food taste was okay! Not authentic Indian.
Great & Authentic
Absolutely love this place! My boyfriend and I went for dinner last night (9/30/17) -- it was busy! We didn't mind the wait, and the service team crushed it. We know how hard it can be and they apologized, but we were happy when our food came and despite them being busy, the quality was there in spades. I tried something different, their Shalimar Baji, and it was divine. I've always loved their sauces and their keen attention to flavor. Where some restaurants steer away from the spice to suit Western palates, they keep things perfectly spicy and I'm in love with their red onion sauce. My boyfriend got his usual chicken tikka masala and cleared the plate. We love this place and it was nice to see it hopping. I hope Portsmouth will always have a home for Shalimar. Outside of Jewel in the Crown in Newburyport there aren't many strong choices for quality Indian food cooked authentically with care.
Tasteful and delicious North Indian food!! Must try :)
I love Shalimar! The best Indian food I've ever had. The staff is so friendly. The food is so fresh, and decadent!!! Your missing out if you haven't tried it yet.
Best tomato soup I've ever had! Everything was absolutely delicious and the the staff was super friendly and helpful.
Great food staff,music,location and ambiance. This is the only indian eestaurant in New England that serves CHAPATI. It is a whole wheat bread and healthier than Naan. Shalimar India Chapati's are soft, thick and hence very filling. I am going to come back to Shalimar India again and again. Sameer Moreshver
I was surprised when I read some good reviews. I asked for a Biriyani. It was horrible! Basically most of the Indian Restaurant make average or bad food pretending that that is the best Indian Food. They are trying to fool all of us. No one knows the real recipe of a biriyani, dhum biriyani, chicken chettinadu, chilli chicken, or even chicken fried rice. Please Google it ,download some real recipe and learn and do cooking. Please don't say that this is the real Indian Food.
Everything was great! Next time going with hot though, the medium was pretty tame. Mango lassi reminded of home, so good!
Best Indian food ever. Great people. Great food. Good times.
Great food ... vegans and omnivores in our party were all well satisfied.
Northern Indian cooking at its very best ! Excellent ambiance and service at moderate prices !
No complaints, food good and reasonably priced
Great service and amazing dishes. I’m looking forward to coming back for the Friday buffet.
Wonderful food and service. Atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Especially love the lunch time buffet on Fridays.
Enjoyed the place. Nice and Clean with a variety of Indian cuisines. Great services.
Great Indian food experience and excellent ambience. Their service was really good.
Best Indian food around.
Great food. Loved the royal dinner for one person!
Excellent food, and a good portion size. They have a variety of options for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Nice light decor complements the atmosphere. Overall, a good Indian restaurant in the area.
I've been going there for ages. And the foods just get better every time.
Best Indian food in Portsmouth. The lunch buffet is awesome.
Had the extra polish and and variety of flavors to make the meal interesting.
Food is very tasty, Authentic Punjabi style food. Chicken do pyaaza, mughlai chicken etc dishes were mouth watering. Must try this restaurant. Our host,she was very sweet, Definitely must visit restaurant.