India is a massive country with several distinct regional cuisines that have become popular worldwide, including right here in the United States.
And seeing as there are over 14,000 Indian Americans in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, it’s no surprise that there are several incredible Indian restaurants in the “Steel City.”
With so many options, where should you go to eat?
I’ve listed my favorite Indian spots across town and described them in detail so that you’ll know which restaurant best suits your vibe and tastes.
Here are our favorite Indian restaurants in Pittsburgh.
Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant
7795 McKnight Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Taj Mahal is an Indian restaurant in the Ross Township area of Pittsburgh, named after the renowned Taj Mahal, a famous white marble mausoleum in Agra, India.
This restaurant is my favorite spot to go to if I’m very hungry and want to eat my heart out at a lunch buffet.
They provide various classic and westernized Indian dishes, such as chicken tikka masala, palak paneer, chana masala, biryani, and Hakka noodles.
They also have lovely appetizers and bites, such as spring rolls, Kashmiri kulcha, and gulab jamun.
If you still have room left in your belly, I recommend grabbing some mango pudding for the finishing touch.
257 N Craig St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Located in North Oakland near Carnegie Museum of Art is Tamarind Flavor of India, a popular, spacious branch of a chain restaurant.
You might hear the word “chain” and think cold, dry, or overly manufactured, but this restaurant is set in a two-story house, so the atmosphere is as homey as it can get!
I love the South Indian dishes they serve, from tandoori chicken to veggie kofta and beyond.
I recommend getting your hands on the Mysore masala dosa.
As it’s probably the best South Indian-style dosa you’ll find in the whole city.
The chicken gobi is another favorite of mine, as it’s so well-spiced and flavorful.
315 N Craig St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Another North Oakland spot is called All India.
All India Restaurant is appropriately-named, as this restaurant offers dishes from various regions across the North and South of India.
I enjoy dining here due to the intentionally artful settings and airy, high ceilings.
I also appreciate that they play Bollywood music videos, just as they did in many of the restaurants I went to when I traveled around India!
Plus, they have an extensive list of dietary-specific menu items, such as gluten-free and vegan dishes.
Go for a lunch buffet if you want plenty of options or dinner if you want an irresistible entree, but whatever you do, make sure to try their goat curry.
320 Atwood St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Bengal Kabab House & Restaurant is in South Oakland, near the Oakland Square Historic District.
This modest, traditional Indian restaurant sticks with the basics and doesn’t try to get too creative or innovative, which I appreciate sometimes.
If you want traditional Indian and Bengali fare that tastes just as good as it looks, if not better, Bengal Kabab is a reliable spot.
I love several items on their menu, including but not limited to fish curry, tandoori chicken, samosa chaat, and so much more.
Bengal Kabab House is also one of the few places to get high-quality duck curry, so I highly recommend adding it to your order if you go!
6114 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Choolaah is a narrow but bright and airy counter-serve Indian spot, best known for its delicious tandoor-fried chicken, beef, and lamb.
They also have incredible salmon, which I didn’t expect the first time I visited.
Many people compare this fast-casual restaurant — located between Shadyside and East Liberty — to Chipotle because you can create a bowl with whatever tasty ingredients you choose.
I don’t want to tell you what to put in your bowl, but I recommend adding the black lentil daal because it amplifies all other ingredients.
Their Mango Lassi is the perfect drink if you opt for a spicy dish.
3033 Banksville Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Mintt Indian Cuisine is located in Banksville near Dormont Park and is notable for being one of the only places in Pittsburgh to get Andhra Pradesh-style cuisine.
This region is in the southeast of India and is known for its hot, spicy dishes.
Of the Andhra Pradesh dishes on the menu, the Chicken 65 is my favorite.
It’s a dry dish made with chicken marinated in spices, yogurt, and lemon juice, then deep-fried to perfection.
They also serve Indo-Chinese fare, such as their tasty chili chicken dish.
Mintt is small but mighty, as it offers a casual, lengthy buffet and allows you to bring your own bottles.
3614 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Prince of India is another small yet comprehensive Indian eatery with a buffet-style setup and several indoor tables and booths.
There is a large menu and an all-you-can-eat buffet, so I never go there if I’m not starving.
But when I am hungrier than normal, it’s one of the first places I think of!
What I love the most about Prince of India is how delectable their naan is.
The plain, butter, and garlic naan are all scrumptious, although I usually go for the garlic naan.
It just makes every dish and sauce taste that much better.
Prince of India also has yummy chicken samosas, notable chicken cherries, and memorable tandoori shrimp.
Towne Center, 2101 Greentree Road, Suite B-116 Scott, Pittsburgh, PA 15220
First and foremost, I love the name of Tamarind Savoring India Pittsburgh.
When I saw the word “savoring,” I could resist visiting.
This restaurant is in the Scott Town Shopping Center, which I don’t usually go to, as it’s a bit out of the way from downtown Pittsburgh.
But if you’re ever there, I recommend stopping by this casual spot, especially for their buffet.
Get there early because they don’t refill items as often as other Indian buffets in town.
However, if you get there in time, you can have first dibs on some delicious masala, tandoori chicken, and veggie biryani.
If you want to sit down for a meal, I would order their thali, as it tastes very authentic.
2201 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Coriander India Grill is a casual Indian restaurant with a colorful wall and a good amount of booth seating.
It’s located west of Frick Park, so it’s relatively convenient to get to from downtown.
It’s another spot with a sizable buffet, but I enjoy their entree dinners more.
Coriander’s veggie curry, crab fritter, veggie jalfrezi, and Khama stuffed with lamb were all scrumptious and satisfying.
They don’t always have the quickest service, but if you’re in the mood for good, authentic Indian food, this is your spot.
2890 Banksville Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Kabab and Curry Restaurant is a spacious restaurant serving both Indian and Pakistani fare in Banksville, near Dormant Park.
I haven’t had a lot of Pakistani food in my life, but I have to say that the chicken karahi here was outstanding.
It’s a Pakistani dish made with chicken, ginger, garlic, tomatoes, and many spices.
The chicken was cooked perfectly, and the spices were just right, not too overwhelming.
I also really enjoyed their vegetable samosas and aloo gobi, a dish made with potato, cauliflower, and spices.
If you’re looking for a new Indian or Pakistani restaurant to try, don’t hesitate to visit Kebab and Curry.
5102 Baum Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Masala House Indian Bistro is a small and cozy Indian restaurant located on Baum Boulevard in the Bloomfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
It is undoubtedly one of the best Indian restaurants in Pittsburgh.
This spot is fantastic for both meat-eaters and vegetarians, as they have a wide variety of menu options.
I am a big fan of meat dishes such as chicken biryani and goat curry, but I must say, their veggie items are stiff competition.
I tend to go with my partner and split a big veggie thali, which always feels like a private mini buffet on our table.
5147 Penn Ave #1, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
People’s Indian Restaurant is a relaxed Indian restaurant serving lunch and dinner in a relatively spacious dining area.
The restaurant is between Garfield and Bloomfield, next to Boom Concepts.
I love going here with a hearty appetite because I always plan on getting appetizers, entrees, and desserts.
Otherwise, I’m going for their lunch buffet!
I’m a huge fan of their vindaloo, and I can’t choose between the lamb and the goat for which one is better, so I recommend trying both.
If you want something a bit out of the box for an Indian restaurant, their chicken tikka masala pizza is quite good!
8 Brilliant Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Spice Affair might sound like a restaurant serving exceptionally spicy food, but while they can and will make your food spicy if you want it, that is not necessarily the case.
In reality, I think they named themselves Spice Affair because all of their food is well-spiced, thus exceptionally flavorful.
Both a BYOB restaurant and restaurant with an outdoor patio, Spice Affair is another fun spot to hang out with a few friends.
I recommend ordering chicken curry, chicken saag, and palak paneer, then enjoying all three of those items with their naan sampler.