Janta Indian Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 369 Lytton Ave

    Palo Alto, CA 94301

    Map & Directions
  • 650-462-5903

About Janta Indian Restaurant

Hours
Monday 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM Tuesday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Wednesday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Thursday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Friday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Saturday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Sunday 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM

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I am a big fan of Janta for Indian food in downtown Palo Alto. They have been there forever and have consistently offered good quality, tasty treats from the sub-continent. I particularly like the papadan bread that they bring you while you're waiting for your food. Don't expect anything fancy, though: the place has a relaxed atmosphere with very casual service.

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I am a big fan of Janta for Indian food in downtown Palo Alto. They have been there forever and have consistently offered good quality, tasty treats from the sub-continent. I particularly like the papadan bread that they bring you while you're waiting for your food. Don't expect anything fancy, though: the place has a relaxed atmosphere with very casual service.

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Janta provides a great week-day buffet. The selection is reliably tasty, familiar and not oily. They also serve warm and creamy chai. Because it's a buffet, service is minimal but the woman who brings the warm nan and the bill is nicely unobtrusive and efficient. Try it Monday-Friday for lunch.

PROS: Great flavor, reasonable price, cute building
CONS: Small space

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★★★★★

Janta provides a great week-day buffet. The selection is reliably tasty, familiar and not oily. They also serve warm and creamy chai. Because it's a buffet, service is minimal but the woman who brings the warm nan and the bill is nicely unobtrusive and efficient. Try it Monday-Friday for lunch.

PROS: Great flavor, reasonable price, cute building
CONS: Small space

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Janta is one of my favorite Indian restaurants. The vegetarian dishes are delicious. The appetizers are great and the restaurant offers many types of bread.

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Janta is one of my favorite Indian restaurants. The vegetarian dishes are delicious. The appetizers are great and the restaurant offers many types of bread.

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The positive is that this cute, quiet Indian restaurant off-the-beaten-path (as far as downtown PA goes) is family-friendly and has decent service. The negative (and it's a big one) is the food. The vegetarian standards here are unfortunately lacking. The food tastes fresh, but is simply not well-seasoned. Aloo Ghobi is the only dish I've had here with any semblance of flavor. I've tried pretty much every veggie dish on the menu, hoping to find something palatable, but to no avail. My omnivorous friends tell me some of the chicken dishes are fine, but I cannot speak to that. You can do much better than this on the Peninsula.

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The positive is that this cute, quiet Indian restaurant off-the-beaten-path (as far as downtown PA goes) is family-friendly and has decent service. The negative (and it's a big one) is the food. The vegetarian standards here are unfortunately lacking. The food tastes fresh, but is simply not well-seasoned. Aloo Ghobi is the only dish I've had here with any semblance of flavor. I've tried pretty much every veggie dish on the menu, hoping to find something palatable, but to no avail. My omnivorous friends tell me some of the chicken dishes are fine, but I cannot speak to that. You can do much better than this on the Peninsula.

Pros: Easy Lytton Parking, Family Friendly, Decent Service

Cons: Poorly seasoned food

 

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