Thanal Indian Tavern

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180 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian

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Good Vegetarian Options
Welcome to Thanal Indian Tavern!
Fresh Indian Cuisine for everyone!
Our attempt is to transport you to into culinary journey of India by skipping all the touristy spots and take you straight to the heart of the culture. This unique food and drinks menu are to inspire and appeal to the explorer in you to experience Indian culture in a whole new way. We have re calibrated Indian cuisine with all its authentic splendor in an innovative style of subtle fusion and tinges of barbecue.

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GMD5
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was okay. Nothing spectacular, but not bad either. The prices however were a bit high compared to other Indian places in the city offering similar quality and ambiance.

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vipMLLINPA
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. SUPER sweet owners!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is amazing!! Friendly buzzing atmosphere.

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vipkkat
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! The servers really made some good recommendations they know their food they're also quite attentive. It's a great neighborhood gem. My favorite is anything that has the korma sauce, and my new favorite is this mushroom curry delicious.

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vipLaurenP
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad I tried this place finally, it is FANTASTIC. We had a reservation, but decided to sit at the bar, and service was impeccable. The variety of items on the menu is excellent, and there are a ton of vegetarian options. The gobi manchurian and chili paneer were fantastic, after having them already decided we will definitely be coming back! Portions were excellent for our meal and everything was cooked perfectly. Will be coming back, and definitely want to check out their happy hour as well!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best Indian food I have had! Chili paneer is absolutely amazing. The service is top notch and they also have a great drink selection.

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EspyE
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

All the food was really tasty and delicious, the only downside to our experience is that the food did take quite a while to come to our table and the dishes were brought out at separate times so not everyone at our table was able to eat at the same time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Born and raised in Kerala, this by far reminded me of my mom delicious and loving cooking. All dishes were made at the moment . Drinks were great and staff was wonderful.

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vipJSENC
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and each dish tastier than the one before.

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HeatherL
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! From stepping in the door until we left, we were extended amazing service. The food had such amazing depth of flavor... everything we tried was absolutely delicious. A little on the pricey side but worth it for a special occasion.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, as usual. This place has never let me down.

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MarcB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

My date is a vegan. The server wasn’t super knowledgeable about the menu and recommended a starter that was not vegan. She also did not seem very concerned with providing a positive dining experience. We waited close to 30 min for our entrees after finishing our starters. I would not recommend the restaurant based on my experience.

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vipHappydiner
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good South Indian food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

One of my favorite Indian restaurants in Philadelphia. I would highly recommend the mutton sukka, and gongura mutton curry

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NancyM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious! We had never had Indian food so we depended on our waitress recommendations which were outstanding. She was a great server. Will definitely go back!

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clare
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

This lunch buffet is worth making a reservation (a must if you will arrive after 11:55am). You don't really see your server again once you're seated, so don't plan on ordering a cocktail. The food is beyond excellent and you're never rushed out, no matter the line to get in.

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vipNatalia
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious food. More than normal excellent service. Look forward to going to Thanal as often as possible

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
111 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Wonderful Indian flavors and caring service! We have been to Thanal three times and come away more impressed with each visit. Large menu with many diverse choices - everything so appealing it’s hard to decide what to order.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Extremely friendly staff and management. Cocktails are creative and pare well with the food. Food is outstanding!

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Andre
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Awesome flavors, good service and ambiance. Will come back.

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vipAviation
Philadelphia
164 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went on X mas. Service was great, food perfect (although we should have asked for no raw onions in Chaat) and nice selection of beers. We will definitely return

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vipJmac1977
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Best Indian food in Philadelphia. Small and always busy. Amazing service. Amazing food. Amazing flavor.

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vipLisa
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent neighborhood place. Good for takeout too

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, as well as the service, was absolutely outstanding! We will definitely be back again.

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Likesgoodfood
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Enjoyed well prepared and seasoned Indian food with a wide choice of regions. A bit pricey for Indian, it is an upscale tavern. Service was helpful and attentive. It was quick enough for us to get to our concert in a timely manner. We will go there again with many enticing options to explore.

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JohnT
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Tasty food, and really inventive cocktails. Indian food with a difference, it's not like anywhere else in Philly.

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TammyW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was great! I was struggling to find a vegan friendly location by the Franklin Institute. Thanal fit the bill. The service was top notch. We were paid close attention to, but not hovered over (we ate at the bar). The HH cocktails were super tasty. There were so many vegan options on the menu that I had trouble picking what to eat. That is not something I'm used to at all. Definitely check it out.

I recommend making reservations if you are going on a busy dining out night.

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vipkolby100
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch buffet is excellent, probably the best Indian buffet I've ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

As a first timer I was very impressed. The service was great and the food was flavorful. Will definitely go again.

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vipEugeneE
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very good food, very good service. Will go there again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Bill was lower than expected - when does that happen?

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Musab
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff, and some of the best Indian food I had anywhere. It is highly recommended.

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Dave
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent!

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vipRadicalDiner
Miami
36 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Well balanced Indian dishes with good sized portions in a clean and comfortable dining room.

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TravelChill
17 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was very good. Highly recommend for Indian food, and will return next time we are in Philly.

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ElizabethM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thanal Indian Tavern serves the best Indian food in Center City, hands down! It is our new go-to spot- can't wait for many more visits in the future. A word of advice to everyone- order the butter chicken! It's life-changing :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our new favorite Indian restaurant. Went there with my daughter a couple of weeks ago and back with my wife and our daughter as quickly as I could. Outstanding selection, preparation and service. Our thanks to Sean, who does a wonderful job navigating patrons through the choices.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Probably one of the best Indian restaurants in Philadelphia. The food is really good, but the service can be a little slow. Highly recommend this place.

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Schmave
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Unquestionably the best Indian restaurant in Center City. No close second. I went with a friend of Indian descent whose wife cooks Indian food, and they both love it there, too.