Swagat Indian Cuisine

★★★★☆
Indian cuisine served en masse to hungry business lunchers and big groups at dinner.
45.5297 -122.694
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971-200-5696

2074 NW Lovejoy St

Portland, OR

97209

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Hours
Lunch: Daily 11:30am-2:30pm Dinner: Daily 5pm-10pm
Special Offer
All You Can Eat Buffet
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My guy and I have been eating here regularly--at least 3 times a month for the last 3.5years. We are vegetarians and I am also sugar free. The food is almost always good and sometimes exceptionally good. Not gourmet, but reasonably priced, good tasting food. They serve dhosas which are wheat free huge crepes and they are delicious. We get the spinach palak paneer, and the dhosa regualrly. We can count on them to be good sometimes we'll try other things like their okra curry dish and it's inconsistent. Reasonable
price, good food and decent someetimes good service

4
★★★★☆

My guy and I have been eating here regularly--at least 3 times a month for the last 3.5years. We are vegetarians and I am also sugar free. The food is almost always good and sometimes exceptionally good. Not gourmet, but reasonably priced, good tasting food. They serve dhosas which are wheat free huge crepes and they are delicious. We get the spinach palak paneer, and the dhosa regualrly. We can count on them to be good sometimes we'll try other things like their okra curry dish and it's inconsistent. Reasonable
price, good food and decent someetimes good service

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Nice place for a indian dinner, good food choices, fresh food, great vegitarian dishes. Lovely place to take guest that are visiting, and a nice place to walk in the spring and summer.

4
★★★★☆

Nice place for a indian dinner, good food choices, fresh food, great vegitarian dishes. Lovely place to take guest that are visiting, and a nice place to walk in the spring and summer.

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my favorite restaurant EVER....
I have gone there many times. they never disappoint. They even have my favorite drink... a raspberry lemon martini.
love it

5
★★★★★

my favorite restaurant EVER....
I have gone there many times. they never disappoint. They even have my favorite drink... a raspberry lemon martini.
love it

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Excellent food, reasonable prices. I definitely recommend going here. Can be fairly busy on the weekends, so it is best to come early, and the parking lot is small.

But, I definitely enjoy Swagat, it is a great place to get *good* Indian food in Portland.

More "British" or "Formal" style food, more "Northern" India as opposed to a family cooking style, or more southern Indian style.

Family style dining, and if everyone orders a dish, you'll have lots of yummy leftovers.

4
★★★★☆

Excellent food, reasonable prices. I definitely recommend going here. Can be fairly busy on the weekends, so it is best to come early, and the parking lot is small.

But, I definitely enjoy Swagat, it is a great place to get *good* Indian food in Portland.

More "British" or "Formal" style food, more "Northern" India as opposed to a family cooking style, or more southern Indian style.

Family style dining, and if everyone orders a dish, you'll have lots of yummy leftovers.

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A whole new experience for me and i was quite impressed. One must have a taste for the exotic and they do a lovely job. The food may not be for everyone, but if you like India food, this restaurant is very good.

4
★★★★☆

A whole new experience for me and i was quite impressed. One must have a taste for the exotic and they do a lovely job. The food may not be for everyone, but if you like India food, this restaurant is very good.

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Very popular in the area, if you're just dipping your toes into Indian cuisine (OK, I could have phrased that better, but you get the idea) then this is an excellent place to start, because every day they have an all-you-can eat buffet for about $8. It includes about a dozen items, and from that you should get an excellent idea if the food is for you, and if so, what in particular you like about it.

4
★★★★☆

Very popular in the area, if you're just dipping your toes into Indian cuisine (OK, I could have phrased that better, but you get the idea) then this is an excellent place to start, because every day they have an all-you-can eat buffet for about $8. It includes about a dozen items, and from that you should get an excellent idea if the food is for you, and if so, what in particular you like about it.

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This was my first time dining at Swagat and I was pleasantly suprised. The prices are great, the portions are filling, and the food tastes great. It satisfied my craving for Indian food in a big way! The host was slightly rude and callous but our waiter was excellent. The bathrooms are sort of dirty and the decor leaves much to be desired, YET the food is the draw and it is very good.

4
★★★★☆

This was my first time dining at Swagat and I was pleasantly suprised. The prices are great, the portions are filling, and the food tastes great. It satisfied my craving for Indian food in a big way! The host was slightly rude and callous but our waiter was excellent. The bathrooms are sort of dirty and the decor leaves much to be desired, YET the food is the draw and it is very good.

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What can I say--I love this place! Such good food--the tandoori chicken and chicken tikka masala are my absolute favorites--better than any other Indian place I've tried

5
★★★★★

What can I say--I love this place! Such good food--the tandoori chicken and chicken tikka masala are my absolute favorites--better than any other Indian place I've tried

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Swagat is one of the best Indian food restaurants in Portland and the ambiance is perfect for a nice date night or a family dinner. I love their naan bread made at their restaurant; it is like eating fluffy clouds! If you like Indian food,

6
★★★★★

Swagat is one of the best Indian food restaurants in Portland and the ambiance is perfect for a nice date night or a family dinner. I love their naan bread made at their restaurant; it is like eating fluffy clouds! If you like Indian food,

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One of the better Indian buffets in town, but Swagat really shines for dinner. Order 'thali'-style for more fun & flavor, but try not to fill up on all the amazing flatbreads!

4
★★★★☆

One of the better Indian buffets in town, but Swagat really shines for dinner. Order 'thali'-style for more fun & flavor, but try not to fill up on all the amazing flatbreads!

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I enjoyed my experience at Swagat. I wasn't moaning with delight while I ate but I have nothing to complain about either. The service was good and the food was hot and tasty. If you are looking for some casual dining that is tasty and affordable then this is a good place for you.

3
★★★☆☆

I enjoyed my experience at Swagat. I wasn't moaning with delight while I ate but I have nothing to complain about either. The service was good and the food was hot and tasty. If you are looking for some casual dining that is tasty and affordable then this is a good place for you.

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This was an highly disappointing visit! The hostess didnt even ask if we were helped! She stood in front of us and kept counting her tips and didnt greet us! I think she was a Racist!!! She didnt even apologize properly! India's were not welcome in the Indian restaurant! It was annoying! I will never go to this place and will never recommend this place to anyone ever! I wonder how long they will be able to be in business with this kind of customer service!

1
★☆☆☆☆

This was an highly disappointing visit! The hostess didnt even ask if we were helped! She stood in front of us and kept counting her tips and didnt greet us! I think she was a Racist!!! She didnt even apologize properly! India's were not welcome in the Indian restaurant! It was annoying! I will never go to this place and will never recommend this place to anyone ever! I wonder how long they will be able to be in business with this kind of customer service!

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Keep in mind that Swagat's is not gourmet Indian food. Flavors are not complex. Good food, but not great. Atmosphere is pleasant. For the price, I recommend it.

3
★★★☆☆

Keep in mind that Swagat's is not gourmet Indian food. Flavors are not complex. Good food, but not great. Atmosphere is pleasant. For the price, I recommend it.

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I have been a big fan of Swagat for several years. I am an avid consumer of the Chicken Mahkni and such. However, it had been a while since my last visit, and today I was sadly disappointed. \n\nThe vegatable pakoras have turned into heavily battered fried French fries. The naan bread quickly hardens stiff like it's been microwaved. The cilantro chutney was doused in salt to the point it was almost unedable; the Chicken Mahkni was a spice disappointment. The vegetable curry had good flavor. But boasting a mix of 9 vegetables lead to disapointment when I realized it was the typical frozen mix you can find a local grocery store. \n\nWhere have you gone, Swagat? Will I ever get that sweet and flavorful Chicken Mahkni again? I am concerned.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I have been a big fan of Swagat for several years. I am an avid consumer of the Chicken Mahkni and such. However, it had been a while since my last visit, and today I was sadly disappointed. \n\nThe vegatable pakoras have turned into heavily battered fried French fries. The naan bread quickly hardens stiff like it's been microwaved. The cilantro chutney was doused in salt to the point it was almost unedable; the Chicken Mahkni was a spice disappointment. The vegetable curry had good flavor. But boasting a mix of 9 vegetables lead to disapointment when I realized it was the typical frozen mix you can find a local grocery store. \n\nWhere have you gone, Swagat? Will I ever get that sweet and flavorful Chicken Mahkni again? I am concerned.

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The family and I went to this place for the first time and it was a pleasant experience! Some of the food was a bit spicy, however the service was excellent and simply loved the atmosphere!

5
★★★★★

The family and I went to this place for the first time and it was a pleasant experience! Some of the food was a bit spicy, however the service was excellent and simply loved the atmosphere!

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My guy and I have been eating here regularly--at least 3 times a month for the last 3.5years. We are vegetarians and I am also sugar free. The food is almost always good and sometimes exceptionally good. Not gourmet, but reasonably priced, good tasting food. They serve dhosas which are wheat free huge crepes and they are delicious. We get the spinach palak paneer, and the dhosa regualrly. We can count on them to be good sometimes we'll try other things like their okra curry dish and it's inconsistent. Reasonable\n price, good food and decent service

5
★★★★★

My guy and I have been eating here regularly--at least 3 times a month for the last 3.5years. We are vegetarians and I am also sugar free. The food is almost always good and sometimes exceptionally good. Not gourmet, but reasonably priced, good tasting food. They serve dhosas which are wheat free huge crepes and they are delicious. We get the spinach palak paneer, and the dhosa regualrly. We can count on them to be good sometimes we'll try other things like their okra curry dish and it's inconsistent. Reasonable\n price, good food and decent service

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I am of the opinion that this is the best Indian food that you can get in Portland. I have frequented this establishment for over 7 years and have never been disappointed. \n\nTheir food is always good, but occasionally changing. Indian food is very complicated and you can taste the complexity in their dishes. I find this exciting as nearly every time that I visit, it is a little different. \n\nTheir prices have gone up over the years, but are not as of yet, unreasonable.

5
★★★★★

I am of the opinion that this is the best Indian food that you can get in Portland. I have frequented this establishment for over 7 years and have never been disappointed. \n\nTheir food is always good, but occasionally changing. Indian food is very complicated and you can taste the complexity in their dishes. I find this exciting as nearly every time that I visit, it is a little different. \n\nTheir prices have gone up over the years, but are not as of yet, unreasonable.

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Maybe its just Indian food in general that gives people the he-be-je-bees. It certainly did me. Some friends took me when I accidentally mentioned needing to broaden my horizons.\n\nFlavors were Interesting, Intriguing and ...Good! As a new come'r to the Indian world, and not having the taste for the Hot version of Spicy I went with the Chicken Makhani. Flippin Good. The soups and dips ( which I got confused) were... interesting but again...a learning experience. \n\nThe server was very lovely and good at his job. All and all a very lovely experience.

4
★★★★☆

Maybe its just Indian food in general that gives people the he-be-je-bees. It certainly did me. Some friends took me when I accidentally mentioned needing to broaden my horizons.\n\nFlavors were Interesting, Intriguing and ...Good! As a new come'r to the Indian world, and not having the taste for the Hot version of Spicy I went with the Chicken Makhani. Flippin Good. The soups and dips ( which I got confused) were... interesting but again...a learning experience. \n\nThe server was very lovely and good at his job. All and all a very lovely experience.

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So since I moved to Portland I have only had Indian food once and it was kinda nasty, at this house turned restaurant that was later caugh on camera as having rats and roaches. GROSS!\r\n\r\nSo I had heard a lot of good things about Swagat so we decided to try it one day for lunch, we were definitely happy w/the selection and the food, as well as the flavors. \r\n\r\nNow that I read the other reviews, I do remember the guy dumping water on our table every time he came by so they could improve on their service but for an easy lunch it was great. I would go back.

4
★★★★☆

So since I moved to Portland I have only had Indian food once and it was kinda nasty, at this house turned restaurant that was later caugh on camera as having rats and roaches. GROSS!\r\n\r\nSo I had heard a lot of good things about Swagat so we decided to try it one day for lunch, we were definitely happy w/the selection and the food, as well as the flavors. \r\n\r\nNow that I read the other reviews, I do remember the guy dumping water on our table every time he came by so they could improve on their service but for an easy lunch it was great. I would go back.

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We have eaten here twice...both times we were charged twice and had to have chargebacks issued. If you read Yelp reviews...you will see similiar stories

1
★☆☆☆☆

We have eaten here twice...both times we were charged twice and had to have chargebacks issued. If you read Yelp reviews...you will see similiar stories

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I am sharing my experience of the first and the last visit to this restaurant. We wanted to try some Indian ""authentic"" food so we were going through some books on Portland and Swagat was mentioned quite many times, so we decided to go there. As we entered things looked good, the first turnoff--the waiter poured water not on the glass but on the table. Its so irritating. Then this waitress comes in. She was behaving as if she was forced to work there. She was always in a hurry to throw us out of the restaurant. She bought food, and dropped the ""sambhar"" on the table --second turn off. And lastly before we finished, she asked us if we wanted a box. Couldnt she wait for us to ask? Now coming to food: This place serves NO authentic food. The dosa was sad and by the way when we asked the waitress about the Hyd. Biryani she said --it was not good, many customers complain, and apparently Swagat is run by AP folks. Good to know that right? The place is no good. The Bombay Chat on the streets servces better and fresh food. \r\n\r\nThis is my only suggestion: Do not go to this place. You would not leave with a wow factor.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I am sharing my experience of the first and the last visit to this restaurant. We wanted to try some Indian ""authentic"" food so we were going through some books on Portland and Swagat was mentioned quite many times, so we decided to go there. As we entered things looked good, the first turnoff--the waiter poured water not on the glass but on the table. Its so irritating. Then this waitress comes in. She was behaving as if she was forced to work there. She was always in a hurry to throw us out of the restaurant. She bought food, and dropped the ""sambhar"" on the table --second turn off. And lastly before we finished, she asked us if we wanted a box. Couldnt she wait for us to ask? Now coming to food: This place serves NO authentic food. The dosa was sad and by the way when we asked the waitress about the Hyd. Biryani she said --it was not good, many customers complain, and apparently Swagat is run by AP folks. Good to know that right? The place is no good. The Bombay Chat on the streets servces better and fresh food. \r\n\r\nThis is my only suggestion: Do not go to this place. You would not leave with a wow factor.

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I'm a city where Indian is done well. Finding it in Portland is like a scavenger hunt. Don't waste time hunting, go to Swagat. The food is warm and tasty and probably the best you can find in Portland. It's not like New York City or San Fran Indian, but you'll walk away happy.

5
★★★★★

I'm a city where Indian is done well. Finding it in Portland is like a scavenger hunt. Don't waste time hunting, go to Swagat. The food is warm and tasty and probably the best you can find in Portland. It's not like New York City or San Fran Indian, but you'll walk away happy.

Pros: Warm, cozy environment, hot food, good service

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This is without doubt the best Indian restaurant in Portland, OR. Thus, on a national scale, it is a little below average, say 4/10 or so.\n\nPortland has no Indian community. None, zero, nada. If you are visiting from outside our area, use your powers of observation. How many Indians did you see today?\n\nThink hard.\n\nThe food is below average. If you absolutely must have Indian food while you're in Portland, well, this is as good as any.\n\nI have some Tandoori mixed grill leftovers. If you want them, call quick, otherwise Merry, my aussie shepherd, is about to have a feast.

2
★★☆☆☆

This is without doubt the best Indian restaurant in Portland, OR. Thus, on a national scale, it is a little below average, say 4/10 or so.\n\nPortland has no Indian community. None, zero, nada. If you are visiting from outside our area, use your powers of observation. How many Indians did you see today?\n\nThink hard.\n\nThe food is below average. If you absolutely must have Indian food while you're in Portland, well, this is as good as any.\n\nI have some Tandoori mixed grill leftovers. If you want them, call quick, otherwise Merry, my aussie shepherd, is about to have a feast.

Pros: Not offensive food; recognizable as Indian cuisine

Cons: below average as Indian cuisine

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Being from India, and having eaten at ALL the Indian places in Portland my advice is to AVOID all the SWAGATs. If you have to eat at one, try the one in Hillsboro (orenco). The food is uniformly bad, the meats a little stale, and flavor uninspiring. \nThey may have been the oldest Indian place in Portland but need a change in cooks and management.\nOur waiter was drinking whiskey while on the job and was rude.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Being from India, and having eaten at ALL the Indian places in Portland my advice is to AVOID all the SWAGATs. If you have to eat at one, try the one in Hillsboro (orenco). The food is uniformly bad, the meats a little stale, and flavor uninspiring. \nThey may have been the oldest Indian place in Portland but need a change in cooks and management.\nOur waiter was drinking whiskey while on the job and was rude.

Pros: location

Cons: Terrible food. Unprofessional.

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Ok...being a huge Indian food fan...had to try out this spot in NW...so went in for the lunch buffet. Wow, just not good. I found the dining room to have that kind-of dirty filmy feel to it, the food was average at best, the middle aged woman that seated us behaved as if she would rather be ANYWHERE else but there. My friend suggested that we come back for dinner and try again, but truthfully I don't think I could get past the sticky dirty feeling...sorry.

2
★★☆☆☆

Ok...being a huge Indian food fan...had to try out this spot in NW...so went in for the lunch buffet. Wow, just not good. I found the dining room to have that kind-of dirty filmy feel to it, the food was average at best, the middle aged woman that seated us behaved as if she would rather be ANYWHERE else but there. My friend suggested that we come back for dinner and try again, but truthfully I don't think I could get past the sticky dirty feeling...sorry.

Pros: I'm still thinking

Cons: Dirty, unfriendly, average food

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The restaurant was not overly busy and we were seated right away. This is only the second time I've had Indian food but I think I have found a new favorite cuisine. The chicken tikka masala was scrumptous and the lamb curry (red) was great. The restaurant looks really fancy but they were seating people dressed up as well as people in jeans and t-shirts. The service was slow but maybe she had a reason? If so, she didn't say anything. Altogether I think the experience was good and the food great; I'd go again.

4
★★★★☆

The restaurant was not overly busy and we were seated right away. This is only the second time I've had Indian food but I think I have found a new favorite cuisine. The chicken tikka masala was scrumptous and the lamb curry (red) was great. The restaurant looks really fancy but they were seating people dressed up as well as people in jeans and t-shirts. The service was slow but maybe she had a reason? If so, she didn't say anything. Altogether I think the experience was good and the food great; I'd go again.

Pros: good food, interesting decor

Cons: slow service

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Portland has a number of good Indian restaurants but very few good Indian Lunch Buffets. For my money, and from my experience, Swagat is the best. It's only $8.95 for all-you-can-eat and they frequently replenish the day's dishes, so things are always fresh, hot and tasty. They could probably use more staff for the all-important water-glass-filling, but who couldn't these days?

5
★★★★★

Portland has a number of good Indian restaurants but very few good Indian Lunch Buffets. For my money, and from my experience, Swagat is the best. It's only $8.95 for all-you-can-eat and they frequently replenish the day's dishes, so things are always fresh, hot and tasty. They could probably use more staff for the all-important water-glass-filling, but who couldn't these days?

Pros: Great food! Great Lunch Buffet.

Cons: Can get a little crowded, seems a little under-staffed

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Awesome buffet! Fairly inexpensive, fresh, hot, and tasty...especially for a buffet. I had low expectations going in, but a friend suggested I go and it was great. There is this creamy curry with pieces of chicken that is the best.

5
★★★★★

Awesome buffet! Fairly inexpensive, fresh, hot, and tasty...especially for a buffet. I had low expectations going in, but a friend suggested I go and it was great. There is this creamy curry with pieces of chicken that is the best.

Pros: hot, fresh, very flavorful

Cons: service was ""ok""

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Our first night in Portland so after a long day of travelling we wanted dinner, a shower and sleep. I thought it was neat that Swagat was located in a house but that was the only thing that was okay. My husband is from India so we have been to India and beyond for Indian food so we know what we are talking about. We have never been to a Indian restuarant that had non-Indian servers so we were immediately on alert. When asking for Masala tea, the server did not even know what masala tea was which was a joke. She said you mean Chai tea which actually means ""tea tea"". How can you work in an Indian Restaurant and not know what Masala tea is!!? The chutneys had been sitting out all day and were awful. We ordered thali meals which included sides, desserts, etc. The egg curry sauce was a mystery sauce to say the least. The Dal was too thick and tasteless and somebody must have put corn starch in the Rasam soup because it had the consistency of gravy. The Mutter Paneer was okay but it is not supposed as spicy as this dish was. The naan was actually okay. (surprise). The server then left us way too long and I had to get up to find her to bring out dessert which was Galub Jamon. It was too dry and just tasted like globs of pound cake. It is supposed to be extra moist with rose water sweetened sauce. What a dissapointment! If you do not know Indian food you may think this place is okay but it truly was a waste of our money. Hopefully we will find the rest of our Portland culinary visits worthwhile.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Our first night in Portland so after a long day of travelling we wanted dinner, a shower and sleep. I thought it was neat that Swagat was located in a house but that was the only thing that was okay. My husband is from India so we have been to India and beyond for Indian food so we know what we are talking about. We have never been to a Indian restuarant that had non-Indian servers so we were immediately on alert. When asking for Masala tea, the server did not even know what masala tea was which was a joke. She said you mean Chai tea which actually means ""tea tea"". How can you work in an Indian Restaurant and not know what Masala tea is!!? The chutneys had been sitting out all day and were awful. We ordered thali meals which included sides, desserts, etc. The egg curry sauce was a mystery sauce to say the least. The Dal was too thick and tasteless and somebody must have put corn starch in the Rasam soup because it had the consistency of gravy. The Mutter Paneer was okay but it is not supposed as spicy as this dish was. The naan was actually okay. (surprise). The server then left us way too long and I had to get up to find her to bring out dessert which was Galub Jamon. It was too dry and just tasted like globs of pound cake. It is supposed to be extra moist with rose water sweetened sauce. What a dissapointment! If you do not know Indian food you may think this place is okay but it truly was a waste of our money. Hopefully we will find the rest of our Portland culinary visits worthwhile.

Pros: Located in old house, naan

Cons: Service, Indian dishes

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Well, I don't know how an American would rate this restaurant, but for Europeans this was the place we were looking for so far in order to eat normal natural food. After being stuffed by giant steaks and XXXL-sized burgers, me and my collegues were happy to walk in this restaurant.\r\n\r\nRestaurant is beautiful, athmosfere is authentic, service is nice and Lamb tandoori is just awesome! \r\n\r\n

5
★★★★★

Well, I don't know how an American would rate this restaurant, but for Europeans this was the place we were looking for so far in order to eat normal natural food. After being stuffed by giant steaks and XXXL-sized burgers, me and my collegues were happy to walk in this restaurant.\r\n\r\nRestaurant is beautiful, athmosfere is authentic, service is nice and Lamb tandoori is just awesome! \r\n\r\n

Pros: Food

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It's interesting that people are rating Swagat highly when their commentary suggests they think the food is mediocre - which it is. I have given the place a fair chance, trust me. We moved to the neighborhood, and, being 4 blocks away really wanted to love the place. It's so convenient so we'll still eat there, but only if i am both having a very bad craving for indian food AND am feeling incredibly lazy - one or the other just isn't enough. now, i am not from india (although as another reviewer pointed out, that doesn't make you an expert anyway, and I also don't have any familial or regional prejudices about the food), but I grew up in NYC and I went out to eat with my family 3x/week from the age of 2 - at least once a week was Indian food. anyway - the food is so salty, I think to make up for the lack of flavor, you end up with major salt bloat, really really uncomfortable, and also - oh yeah - gross! Even the chutneys and the dough for the gulab jamun are too salty, not even sure how they managed that. \r\n\r\nAlso, during a recent outing to Swagat, we were seated by a window facing the parking lot and had a prime view of two of the busboys doing some kitchen work: dragging a gigantic bucket (bucket!) of something steamy (appeared to be something in a nondescript brown sauce - daal? chicken tikka masala? could really be about half the stuff on the menu) *through the parking lot*. right out the front door over to a side door...if that wasn't bad enough, they seemed to be struggling with it's heft, and so paused for a while (several minutes), stirring the vat once in a while. Outside. In the parking lot. With a bucket of food. Outside. In the parking lot! I know disgusting stuff goes on in all restaurants, and I am realistic about this so we'll still eat here when craving Indian but incredibly lazy, but at least grossness usually goes on inside at other restaurants. If I'm not horribly lazy, I head to India House. A little more expensive, yeah, but good!

3
★★★☆☆

It's interesting that people are rating Swagat highly when their commentary suggests they think the food is mediocre - which it is. I have given the place a fair chance, trust me. We moved to the neighborhood, and, being 4 blocks away really wanted to love the place. It's so convenient so we'll still eat there, but only if i am both having a very bad craving for indian food AND am feeling incredibly lazy - one or the other just isn't enough. now, i am not from india (although as another reviewer pointed out, that doesn't make you an expert anyway, and I also don't have any familial or regional prejudices about the food), but I grew up in NYC and I went out to eat with my family 3x/week from the age of 2 - at least once a week was Indian food. anyway - the food is so salty, I think to make up for the lack of flavor, you end up with major salt bloat, really really uncomfortable, and also - oh yeah - gross! Even the chutneys and the dough for the gulab jamun are too salty, not even sure how they managed that. \r\n\r\nAlso, during a recent outing to Swagat, we were seated by a window facing the parking lot and had a prime view of two of the busboys doing some kitchen work: dragging a gigantic bucket (bucket!) of something steamy (appeared to be something in a nondescript brown sauce - daal? chicken tikka masala? could really be about half the stuff on the menu) *through the parking lot*. right out the front door over to a side door...if that wasn't bad enough, they seemed to be struggling with it's heft, and so paused for a while (several minutes), stirring the vat once in a while. Outside. In the parking lot. With a bucket of food. Outside. In the parking lot! I know disgusting stuff goes on in all restaurants, and I am realistic about this so we'll still eat here when craving Indian but incredibly lazy, but at least grossness usually goes on inside at other restaurants. If I'm not horribly lazy, I head to India House. A little more expensive, yeah, but good!

Pros: In my neighborhood (Hahaha). Waitstaff fine.

Cons: Too salty (get bloated), takeout service slightly incompetent, gross parking lot food

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As with so many Indian restaurants the service here is mostly terrible. However the food is top notch. Go for the lunch buffet and enjoy some of the best Indian around at a very reasonable price and you don't have to worry about getting served, you do it yourself!

5
★★★★★

As with so many Indian restaurants the service here is mostly terrible. However the food is top notch. Go for the lunch buffet and enjoy some of the best Indian around at a very reasonable price and you don't have to worry about getting served, you do it yourself!

Pros: Food

Cons: service

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Swagat disappointed me years ago by making me wait for a take out order for 30 minutes then getting home to cold old curry that somehow they forgot to microwave during those 30 minutes. So I thought I would give it another go since my spouse had yet to dine there. I was hoping for a better experience since I was craving indian food. \r\nUnfortunately, I should of known better than giving this place a second chance. The dishes were all chipped. There was lipstick marks on the water glasses. The food was again cold and so obviously not fresh. It must of been in their fridge for days. It was disgusting to be served cold old food. I would never go there again!

1
★☆☆☆☆

Swagat disappointed me years ago by making me wait for a take out order for 30 minutes then getting home to cold old curry that somehow they forgot to microwave during those 30 minutes. So I thought I would give it another go since my spouse had yet to dine there. I was hoping for a better experience since I was craving indian food. \r\nUnfortunately, I should of known better than giving this place a second chance. The dishes were all chipped. There was lipstick marks on the water glasses. The food was again cold and so obviously not fresh. It must of been in their fridge for days. It was disgusting to be served cold old food. I would never go there again!

Pros: pretty indian ambience

Cons: Food absolutely horrid.

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I live in Seattle and would travel to Portland just for this food. This food is wonderful. I heard an old tale that says that this restaurant started in San Fran and then when Intel moved into the Northwest, the software engineers would not relocate unless this restaurant also opened up shop in Portland. There are locations in Portland and in San Fran. Been to all locations. They are all excellent! Food is 100% 5 star. Decor of the restaurants are somewhat inconsistant with each location. My favorit location is the Hillsboro for decor. My favorit location for taste of the food prepared is down town Portland. Older building in downtown Portland is OLD and a little stinky due to the age of the building.

5
★★★★★

I live in Seattle and would travel to Portland just for this food. This food is wonderful. I heard an old tale that says that this restaurant started in San Fran and then when Intel moved into the Northwest, the software engineers would not relocate unless this restaurant also opened up shop in Portland. There are locations in Portland and in San Fran. Been to all locations. They are all excellent! Food is 100% 5 star. Decor of the restaurants are somewhat inconsistant with each location. My favorit location is the Hillsboro for decor. My favorit location for taste of the food prepared is down town Portland. Older building in downtown Portland is OLD and a little stinky due to the age of the building.

Pros: Food

Cons: decor

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We have searched for good, affordable Indian food in Portland, and have finally found the place. Swagat is an unassuming, authentic, and extremely affordable Indian restaurant. They have all the favorites and more. We had CHicken Tikka Massala and the Tandoori Lamb dinner platters. The kabobs were an insane amount of meat for the money. Both dinner platters included tons of sides/complementary items which is what I love the most about Indian food. We both left beyond stuffed and can't wait to return for more.

5
★★★★★

We have searched for good, affordable Indian food in Portland, and have finally found the place. Swagat is an unassuming, authentic, and extremely affordable Indian restaurant. They have all the favorites and more. We had CHicken Tikka Massala and the Tandoori Lamb dinner platters. The kabobs were an insane amount of meat for the money. Both dinner platters included tons of sides/complementary items which is what I love the most about Indian food. We both left beyond stuffed and can't wait to return for more.

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I've been eating here since '99 and have had no problems besides a few bad staff members every once in a while. They are a family owned/run restaurant, so the food is authentic in taste(if you want it spicier just ask). They make my dish for me whenever I go in for dinner(its not even on the menu). I agree that they could have more selection for their buffet, but for the price and tastes, its a great deal! The food is cooked with lovely consistency that keeps me coming back to appease my cravings. I really like that the kitchen is open for customers to peek in. Don't expect the service to be ""professional""(ie. I'm just here to do my job.), expect a more laid-back/family/friendly approach. No need to rush things...would you rush through your own family dinner or dinner party? If you want Americanized versions go somewhere else and pay the higher prices for it...or just the higher prices in general.

5
★★★★★

I've been eating here since '99 and have had no problems besides a few bad staff members every once in a while. They are a family owned/run restaurant, so the food is authentic in taste(if you want it spicier just ask). They make my dish for me whenever I go in for dinner(its not even on the menu). I agree that they could have more selection for their buffet, but for the price and tastes, its a great deal! The food is cooked with lovely consistency that keeps me coming back to appease my cravings. I really like that the kitchen is open for customers to peek in. Don't expect the service to be ""professional""(ie. I'm just here to do my job.), expect a more laid-back/family/friendly approach. No need to rush things...would you rush through your own family dinner or dinner party? If you want Americanized versions go somewhere else and pay the higher prices for it...or just the higher prices in general.

Pros: Everything!

Cons: very little parking

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1. They sat us in the bar when we had three children with us! (And we had reservations)\r\n2. Their dosas were are crisp as potato chips (they chould be pliable, like a pancake)\r\n3. They utappam was as hard and dry as leather\r\n3. The waitress did not bring us out any condiments with our appitizers\r\n4. The tandoori chicken tasted like pure salt\r\n5. The service took forever\r\n\r\nWhen we complained about this we were told that they did not have any bus staff for the evening, no bar tender (is that why it was okay to put a 7,9, and 11 year old in a bar?), and they had only half the cook staff. We were told the owner knew about it, but had other plans and could not help out. In other words BAD management.\r\n\r\nWe took our southern Indian friends there and they said simply that the menu looked good, but that was as far as it went.\r\n\r\nNaseem Rakha

1
★☆☆☆☆

1. They sat us in the bar when we had three children with us! (And we had reservations)\r\n2. Their dosas were are crisp as potato chips (they chould be pliable, like a pancake)\r\n3. They utappam was as hard and dry as leather\r\n3. The waitress did not bring us out any condiments with our appitizers\r\n4. The tandoori chicken tasted like pure salt\r\n5. The service took forever\r\n\r\nWhen we complained about this we were told that they did not have any bus staff for the evening, no bar tender (is that why it was okay to put a 7,9, and 11 year old in a bar?), and they had only half the cook staff. We were told the owner knew about it, but had other plans and could not help out. In other words BAD management.\r\n\r\nWe took our southern Indian friends there and they said simply that the menu looked good, but that was as far as it went.\r\n\r\nNaseem Rakha

Pros: can't think of one

Cons: too many to list

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Swagat has a decent, moderately-priced lunch buffet which is worth checking out. It seems to offer plenty of vegetarian options - last time they offered chana masala, dhal, sambar, some type of fritter, turnip curry, vegetable korma, and naan. I'm not dying to go back, but it's worth stopping by.

4
★★★★☆

Swagat has a decent, moderately-priced lunch buffet which is worth checking out. It seems to offer plenty of vegetarian options - last time they offered chana masala, dhal, sambar, some type of fritter, turnip curry, vegetable korma, and naan. I'm not dying to go back, but it's worth stopping by.

Pros: Affordable lunch buffet

Cons: Not outstanding

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We are on a continual search for great Norther Indian cuisine - sadly, this isn't it. Don't get us wrong, they do have the Chicken Tika Masala, Saag Paneer, papadum and naan you are used to - it is just that they all taste like you made them yourself. Very little differentiated each dish - they were all the same. We found ourselves dousing the curry with spices and provided sauces to give them some life. Perhaps the lunch buffet is a reason to come back, and if it is, I'll update. But, for now... sorry Swagat all you did was push us to search for someplace else.

3
★★★☆☆

We are on a continual search for great Norther Indian cuisine - sadly, this isn't it. Don't get us wrong, they do have the Chicken Tika Masala, Saag Paneer, papadum and naan you are used to - it is just that they all taste like you made them yourself. Very little differentiated each dish - they were all the same. We found ourselves dousing the curry with spices and provided sauces to give them some life. Perhaps the lunch buffet is a reason to come back, and if it is, I'll update. But, for now... sorry Swagat all you did was push us to search for someplace else.

Pros: Seated promptly, friendly staff, tasty papadum

Cons: Bland meal.

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I've only dined here in the evening, but have always been able to drop in and get a table immediately. The food is good, service is good. Not outstanding, but a great place to go when you're too lazy to cook!

4
★★★★☆

I've only dined here in the evening, but have always been able to drop in and get a table immediately. The food is good, service is good. Not outstanding, but a great place to go when you're too lazy to cook!

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This place is great for a quiet-ish dinner with a date or friends. Their lunch buffet can't be beat and their servers are always nice. The booths are large and sequestered away from the rest of the customers so you can maintain some kind of intimacy while enjoying good Indian food.

4
★★★★☆

This place is great for a quiet-ish dinner with a date or friends. Their lunch buffet can't be beat and their servers are always nice. The booths are large and sequestered away from the rest of the customers so you can maintain some kind of intimacy while enjoying good Indian food.

Pros: Easy to find, great price, consistent service

Cons: parking.

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Its small, but its good. Certainly there are better ones out there, but Portland still has a lot to learn in terms of solid Indian establishments. The prices here are similar to most Indian places, except the variety is a lot less.

4
★★★★☆

Its small, but its good. Certainly there are better ones out there, but Portland still has a lot to learn in terms of solid Indian establishments. The prices here are similar to most Indian places, except the variety is a lot less.

Pros: Food, Service, Prices, Parking

Cons: Small Buffet

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Very good Indian Buffet for a great price.\r\nThe food is seasoned just right for most people tastes.\r\nIt has never been to crowded when I have went and there is always an open table to sit at.

4
★★★★☆

Very good Indian Buffet for a great price.\r\nThe food is seasoned just right for most people tastes.\r\nIt has never been to crowded when I have went and there is always an open table to sit at.

Pros: Great Buffet

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Excellent authentic indian food. Friendly service. One of my favorite resturaunts in town! No complaints.

5
★★★★★

Excellent authentic indian food. Friendly service. One of my favorite resturaunts in town! No complaints.

Pros: Food, service

Cons: -

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Wonderful, wonderful staff. Very attentive and professional. Unfortunately, just average food. We went in for lunch buffet and found very little variety offered. When we sat down to eat, the food was okay. Nothing had much flare or flavor, but it wasn't bad either. Price was okay so I guess it's a place for an average meal at an average price.\r\nGood parking, though.

3
★★★☆☆

Wonderful, wonderful staff. Very attentive and professional. Unfortunately, just average food. We went in for lunch buffet and found very little variety offered. When we sat down to eat, the food was okay. Nothing had much flare or flavor, but it wasn't bad either. Price was okay so I guess it's a place for an average meal at an average price.\r\nGood parking, though.

Pros: Nice ambience, service and staff.

Cons: Average food.

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One the best places i like to hang out, its a cool place, i have been around to all of their locations, evryone is different isd their own sense, but food is excellent where ever you go. I had been to their Hillboro restaurant last week, and it was realli good. There is this new waiter upthere, whos realli cute !!!!!!

5
★★★★★

One the best places i like to hang out, its a cool place, i have been around to all of their locations, evryone is different isd their own sense, but food is excellent where ever you go. I had been to their Hillboro restaurant last week, and it was realli good. There is this new waiter upthere, whos realli cute !!!!!!

Pros: Excellent Indian Food and have improved on serving

Cons: Still neeeds some improvement on envitonment

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For 8 bucks a pop you can satisfy even the biggest craving for home cooked indian fare. With endless naan and fluffy basmati rice to accompany a variety of meat and vegetarian dishes it is a culianry delight. Help yourself to generous portions of 3 chutney flavors, chunky raita and lentil soup and waddle out the door with only a small dent in your wallet. The ambiance is nice enough to take a date with cozy seating in back, but also big enough to accomodate an impressive business lunch. Take your friends!! Best indian buffet in town!!! ( and no - i dont work there!! )

5
★★★★★

For 8 bucks a pop you can satisfy even the biggest craving for home cooked indian fare. With endless naan and fluffy basmati rice to accompany a variety of meat and vegetarian dishes it is a culianry delight. Help yourself to generous portions of 3 chutney flavors, chunky raita and lentil soup and waddle out the door with only a small dent in your wallet. The ambiance is nice enough to take a date with cozy seating in back, but also big enough to accomodate an impressive business lunch. Take your friends!! Best indian buffet in town!!! ( and no - i dont work there!! )

Pros: great value, great food, speedy service

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Got what I need and sat on the chair. Lady from the counter kept me water with ice by the time I went to the chair. I was looking for th waiter for water with no ice. He was just ignoring me couple of times, chatting with another waiter. When he was passing by seat and I said ""Can I get water with no ice please"". He bent and saw my glass and said ""....There are just two pieces of ice man."" and went away sharking his head carelessly. I was very upset and stood over. I said to the lady ""I am not going to eat here. Do you want me to pay for the plate"" (I just took one byte before all this happened). She said no need to pay. I just walked out. No body felt responsible for what happened there.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Got what I need and sat on the chair. Lady from the counter kept me water with ice by the time I went to the chair. I was looking for th waiter for water with no ice. He was just ignoring me couple of times, chatting with another waiter. When he was passing by seat and I said ""Can I get water with no ice please"". He bent and saw my glass and said ""....There are just two pieces of ice man."" and went away sharking his head carelessly. I was very upset and stood over. I said to the lady ""I am not going to eat here. Do you want me to pay for the plate"" (I just took one byte before all this happened). She said no need to pay. I just walked out. No body felt responsible for what happened there.

Cons: I won't go there agai

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The host wasn't very friendly. He didn't smile or respond when we said thanks...neither did the waiter. The food was alright. We had the lunch buffet. This is the first time my husband and I tried Indian food. We love spicy food and curry so we decided to give this place a try with all the reviews of it having great food despite the lousy service. Nothing was really spicy and everything just tasted okay. I wish there were a little more meat dishes and more variety of vegetables. I wouldn't say the food was horrible but it wasn't amazing either, just average. We aren't going to go back to this place again but will definitely try another indian restaurant.

3
★★★☆☆

The host wasn't very friendly. He didn't smile or respond when we said thanks...neither did the waiter. The food was alright. We had the lunch buffet. This is the first time my husband and I tried Indian food. We love spicy food and curry so we decided to give this place a try with all the reviews of it having great food despite the lousy service. Nothing was really spicy and everything just tasted okay. I wish there were a little more meat dishes and more variety of vegetables. I wouldn't say the food was horrible but it wasn't amazing either, just average. We aren't going to go back to this place again but will definitely try another indian restaurant.

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: Host has bad manners, Not much meat

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I'm at a loss for words. My husband and I moved up here from SF, Ca. Coming from the Bay area where Fremont if often called Little New Delhi. Once we moved to this gorgeous town, we were constantly asking our friends, ""Where can we get good indian food?"" Each person kept coming up with ""Swagat's"" On that note, we went. We ate there once, we won't be going back. At times I considering even trading our friends for new ones or at least have their taste buds checked. The food tasted bland in our opinion. It keeps busy because people seem to enjoy it, just happens we're not one of them.

3
★★★☆☆

I'm at a loss for words. My husband and I moved up here from SF, Ca. Coming from the Bay area where Fremont if often called Little New Delhi. Once we moved to this gorgeous town, we were constantly asking our friends, ""Where can we get good indian food?"" Each person kept coming up with ""Swagat's"" On that note, we went. We ate there once, we won't be going back. At times I considering even trading our friends for new ones or at least have their taste buds checked. The food tasted bland in our opinion. It keeps busy because people seem to enjoy it, just happens we're not one of them.

Message from Swagat Indian Cuisine

Welcome to Swagat, the finest choice for North and South Indian dining in Portland! We're here to serve you, seven days a week, with mouth-watering dishes from India's vast range of cuisines.



If it's a quick lunch you're looking for, we have a 14 course lunch buffet. If it is that cozy atmosphere and relaxed ambience you want, we have a dinner menu that'll delight you while you settle back and enjoy your evening.



For over a decade now, we've been the most popular Indian restaurant in Portland. But don't just take our word for it, the Zagat Survey rates us highly too!



Specializing in catering for every event, special menus on request, Swagat Restaurant. Can cater any event. No mater how small or how large. From 15 and up.

Editorial from

On a busy corner in Northwest Portland, this longstanding Indian restaurant offers a serene and comfortable welcome---Swagat means "welcome" in Hindi. The all-you-can-eat lunch buffet is popular with workers in the area, and vegetarians…

Key Points

  • Lunch Buffet
  • Catering
  • Zagat Rated
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