Ganapati Restaurant
Ganapati Restaurant

Ganapati Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ganapatirestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 02072772928
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 6:00pm -11:30pm; Open for lunch and dinner Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: South Indian, Indian
  • Executive Chef: Claire Fisher
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Ganapati Outside Catering To date, Ganapati has catered for a number of weddings, private dinner parties, house parties and work conferences.

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Ganapati Restaurant
The kitchen is the soul of a restaurant as it is of a home, providing warmth, nourishment and evocative smells. An air of expectancy surrounds the kitchen as the work of the day begins. It is a place of hard work, companionship and great rewards, and most importantly, it brings people together to feast on the results. Ganapati is the south Indian name for the elephant-headed god Ganesh. He is the well-loved remover of obstacles, with a particular fondness for sweets.
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Ganapati Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
199 reviews since 21 May 2014
Average Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambience4.2
    Value4.1
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good vegetarian options (165)fit for foodies (140)special occasions (63)group bookings (50)outstanding value (44)romance (41)sunday lunch (25)child friendly (20)outdoor eating (16)pre/post theatre (7)disabled access (6)brunch (6)business meals (6)afternoon tea (1)Show More
  • Terrific
    TheDiner
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Delicious food, lovely atmosphere. Start your meal with an aperitif - the Ganapati elixir is delicious.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Yummy scrummy
    happymummy
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We'd be wanting to go here for 5 years but never managed to book in time (always busy) - was it worth the wait. Yes! Yummy yummy. Food was fab, esp the paratha which I could eat 10 of, setting beautiful, comfortable, inviting, unpretentious, staff were really friendly and v knowledgeable.... all in all a definite and surely to become a regular treat.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste sensation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Have wanted to come for years and having been to Kerala several times I had an idea what Keralan food tastes like. Well after 1 mouthful I was transported back to my holiday there. A must for anyone who likes Indian food.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ganapati - the right diet for Life!
    Honey4Daisybee
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    I absolutely love the imaginative variety of authentic and tasty South Indian dishes offered on the menus at Ganapati Restaurant and takeaway kitchen. Also, the friendly service both at Ganapati restaurant in Holly Grove and the additional takeaway kitchen at Maxted Road is simply quite exceptional. Finances permitting, I'd have a takeaway everyday from Ganapati :-) For me, it's the ideal soul food and diet my mind, body and spirit needs, during chemo for cancer. Jai Ganapati and OM SHANTI !
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    brunch, business meals, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still one of the best
    nicknamesareforchildren
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Ganapati remains one of my favourite places to eat. A cosy room with lovely staff but most importantly well cooked, properly spicy, fresh southern Indian food, plus imaginatively chosen drinks.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options
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  • LuckyBrixton
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    WE dined at Ganapati on Friday evening,the food was amazing,with little touches like homemade chutneys rather than from a catering jar,the staff were nice and knowledgable.Maybe a better choice of Beers rather than just from Meantime...but thats just nit picking.We will be back again to explore more of the menu.
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  • Brilliant
    James
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    Don't go expecting a run of the mill Indian restaurant. Ganapati is nothing of the sort. From the delicious pickles and chutneys to the unusual ice creams (strawberry/peach/dark chocolate/blackpeppercorn, anyone?) you can't fail to be won over by this local gem.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • Lovely food, friendly staff
    JennyM
    Dined on 12/8/2014
    I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner at Ganapati. The 'mini' massala dosa certainly wasn't small! It was delicately spiced and tasty. It came with sambar and coconut, and another tomato-based sauce that I couldn't identify but tasted great. My main was a generous portion of the lamb dish, which was good if not quite as flavourful as the starter. I had a nice cocktail to start. They offer tap water freely and top up throughout the meal, which is a nice touch. I don't like the hard sell on bottled water that I get at many restaurants! It wasn't the cheapest meal but moderately priced, and perfectly reasonable for a well-prepared dinner with quality, fresh ingredients. Nice job Ganapati, I'll be back!
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings
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  • delicious food
    jojo
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    interesting menu and very tasty food. would definitely return.
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  • Great South Indian Resturant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    I have always had a great meal here, they change their menu regularly and its my 15 year old sons favourite restaurant .
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    brunch, business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so authentic after all....
    Malar
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Better spend a few extra quid taking the tube to eat at Saravana Bhavan for a more authentic South Indian thali experience. I was served tomato rice with my thali to eat with sambhar, rasam, daal, etc. when in pointed out that these dishes are eaten with plain rice, the waitress was precocious enough to tell me this is way they do it. I asked for a replacement of plain rice and was promptly charged extra for it!
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  • Fantastic
    HLFood
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We live a few doors down from Ganapati but had never been until the other night! Food was fantastic, we will be returning very soon.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As ever... just delicious...
    fattmoney
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    i am a regular visitor, but i'm not bias, the foord is different and delicious all the time
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Outstanding as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 27/7/2014
    This is by far the best Indian restaurant in southeast London and we have to keep going back for more, even though it is a bit out of the way for us.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, romance
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  • Gem of a restaurant
    rwats
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    Ganapati has some of the best Indian food you will find in London. Plenty of authentic dishes and some of their own takes on the food style. Having been a number of times the food is always to a great standard. Service is good. Always busy, be sure to book well in advance for Friday/Saturday and evening slots.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ganapati Restaurant, Peckham Rye
    KS921
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    A trendy little restaurant, with a laid back atmosphere and excellent Indian food. The staff were a little opinionated/unfriendly... in a trendy sort of way! But great, great food!!!
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a favourite
    sazz
    Dined on 24/7/2014
    Been coming here for years. Always good food and friendly service.
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    good vegetarian options, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual
    PhoebeAnna
    Dined on 23/7/2014
    Always great food for both veggies and meat eaters.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ganapati so worth a visit
    Moncha
    Dined on 23/7/2014
    Went to Ganapati for the first time and will definitely come back. The food was very tasty, great vegetarian options and the ambience was lovely too! Def come back to try one of the other vegetarian dishes!
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  • Hotter than Goa!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 18/7/2014
    Great food as ever; but for the hottest days of the year a fan - at least in the back section of the restaurant - is badly needed. Sweltering!
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  • Perfect spot for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Beautiful homemade style southern Indian food. Lunch deals excellent value. .. lovely staff and really passionate about cooking top notch indian cuisine.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Southern Indian food
    b3020
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This was our first visit to Ganapati and it certainly won't be our last. The food was exemplary and the staff couldn't have been more helpful. We loved it and can't wait to go back. Our fingers are also poised to ring for a takeaway too! First class.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FHKT
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Well balanced menu, delicious food and excellent service plus a very pleasant and relaxed atmosphere.
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    brunch, child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best place to eat in Peckham!
    Catty
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Lovely little restaurant in Pecks. Lovely twist on Indian cuisine. Great food & ambience. Good value for money.
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  • disappointing
    mouseybites
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    To be honest I was disappointed - ate there many moons ago and it was truly memorable. But this time I felt all the food was just too spicey and we had to request raita to cool us down. Also felt that at these prices the meat dishes should have come automatically with a vegetable accompaniment and chutneys. The masal dosa starter was delicious though, so it's probably better to stick with the vegetarian options, as befits a south Indian restaurant. I found it pretty expensive for what it was, and had forgotten that it is so small and are packed in. And it's a shame there are none of the delicious Indian lagers are on offer - only pale ales.
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  • local restaurant with a difference
    hellsbells
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Lovely little restaurant that's brightly painted and cheerful. Staff were helpful and polite and service was quick. They have a range of unusual aperitifs on the menu. I tried one which included a ginger spirit - delicious. The menu was larger than I expected and had a good range of Southern based Indian dishes including snacks and lighter meals such as dosas but also full thalis. I chose a fish curry which was beautifully cooked and light and refreshing. Wish we'd had room for desert!
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious every time
    MishMish
    Dined on 27/6/2014
    Fresh South Indian spicing applied with an intensity and vigour at odds with the relaxed atmosphere at this chilled and well run eatery. Well worth a visit.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peckhamite
    Dined on 27/6/2014
    Excellent, as ever. I was among its first customers. It has since become deservedly popular.
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    disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Curry in London!
    Beans
    Dined on 25/6/2014
    Ganapati is possibly my favourite London restaurant, certainly my favourite one in South East. I always take visiting friends & family. The food is absolutely delicious! The staff are always friendly & welcoming & I love the ambience. I only wish they were open 7 days a week! I am so pleased that they now offer a delivery service. Can't get enough of that crispy paratha & that gorgeous dahl!
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Mike
    Dined on 20/6/2014
    Absolutely great menu, was unfamiliar with a few dishes offered within the South Indian cuisin. This was a perfect introduction. Try the Kampala bread, fantastic!
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 18/6/2014
    Ganapati's never fails to impress me, great fresh south indian food. The Paratha's are amazing!!! Staff are great and friendly and I always leave with the most satisfied belly!!
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  • Lovely restaurant
    trix
    Dined on 15/6/2014
    Just charming, lovely food -- the sauces really summoned up south India. Wish wine could be a little cheaper -- it would probably encourage more people to order bottles.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, Sunday lunch
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  • Lunch at Ganapati
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This little enclave of South India remains a hidden gem in urban Peckham. Go there for the sensationally good masala dosa, the mini-thalis for a taste of everything delicious and the parathas are unmissable.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • Dine in style!
    Evansstag2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    A superb restaurant with an excellent quality of Southern Indian food. The staff were very accommodating and looked after the entire group. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough, a great experience so make your booking now!
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    group bookings, outstanding value
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  • Always yummy
    mashdez
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    One of the very best authentic South Indian food places in London.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Delicious food!
    Anita
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    Ganapati was recommended by a foodie friend so we knew it'd be good! But we didn't expect it to be soooo good! It looks really cute from outside, very colorful, clean but inside a bit small and they sat us at a large table with other people (not that we minded). The menu was very interesting, I had duck curry with tamarind sauce and coconut pieces, absolutely divine!! It is pricey, £45 for 2 mains, 1 side and 2 soft drinks, but worth the experience.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peckham delight
    swest21
    Dined on 14/5/2014
    I've paid a few visits to Ganapati over the years and it never disappoints. Deciding which dish to pick is always hard as there are so many delicious choices to tempt. The food part from tasting delicious also is very fresh and unlike some Indian restaurants tastes nutritious and healthy too. Whenever I've been to the restaurant they are always busy, that confirms their success, so would recommend booking. They have also recently opened a take-away close by that I am looking forward to sampling soon.
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  • As always, great food
    mmvv
    Dined on 13/5/2014
    Booked for lunch and of only did we have a fantastic meal, but the service was great. Eaten here before so not surprise by price, but woth mentioning it's a bit pricey.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very tasty
    Sc12
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    An interesting menu andvery tasty food. We went on a Friday night and it was busy, a lively atmosphere andfriendly service. Definitely worth a visit and worth trying out the starters
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous & Fragrant
    FrangipaniVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Took the parents mid week for another slice of authentic Southern Indian cuisine. Chicken, lamb and veg dishes were all beautiful. I had the Ganapati Thali which was a delight and a worthy replacement to the Mahatma thali. Service was friendly and efficient. The place smelt great (as always). We sat inside but for outside dining the 'glass box' is back in use. Go for authentic, light, spicy and fragrant Southern Indian. Don't go for a Friday night curry post pub session.
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