Sitar is definately the best Indian food around. Their lunch buffet is incredible. It has a great selection of food and is all you can eat. The prices are good and the atmosphere of the restaurant if great. Dinner dishes are great as well. The naan bread is great and the basmati rice is cooked perfectly.
Lovers of Indian cuisine will appreciate this mainstay, located close to Baptist Hospital and the Vanderbilt campus. Sitars lunch buffet is not to be missed, as the weekday lunch crowds will attest. The buffet features lots of tasty dishes such as vegetable biryani, tandoori chicken, lentil dal, herbed potatoes with eggplant or zucchini, and others. Basmati rice is always included. Many vegetarian dishes are on hand, and salad and a sweet dessert, and naan bread are always offered. During busy hours, dont plan on lingering, as the staff likes to keep the tables filling up quickly. During the dinner hour, however, feel free to be leisurely. Dishes can be adjusted to your tastes: mild, medium, or hot. The dcor is pleasant, and the music is never too loud. An outdoor seating area is open during the warmer months, and the restaurant is currently expanding to offer a larger dining area that can accommodate private functions.
Thank you guys for bringing those Indian flavor into our plates! I love Indian food and their spices, and I love this place!
Food very very very bad, hazardous to health eating soda is added to food, wont be able to eat.
When ordered separate Chicken Biryani got a bowl which is made up of white rice mixed with chicken curry present in buffet section, little color, corriander, and sprinkles of masala thats it.
Staff is bad at serving.
If you believe anyone of the 44-45 reviews that is here believe this one. I am a certified Indian food fanatic. I eat Indian food at least 4 days each week. All of the Indian resturants in town know me by name or at least by face so suffice ti to say I know a little bit about Indian food to say the least. This place is not all that great. I guess it is better than nothing if you are desperate and simply must get your hands on some Indian food but it is FAR, FAR from being the best. The food just isn't seasoned as well as most other places and I have been trying to figure out why the place stays so busy and my conclusion is that it is becuase of sites like this one. First of all it is conveniently located right near downtown and if someone is new to town they are going to visit the first one that pops up on the list and has lots of seemingly positive reviews. I wonder if they pay people to write good reviews because off all the friends of mine that have gone there none have given such gushing reviews and all prefer food from other Indian resturants. So I think they are just popular with people who are new to town and just go with the first name they see or with people who don;t have much experience with Indian food and don;t know the good from the bad. Also they ae very rude at this resturant. I have seen them be very short with customers and have a very condescending take it or leave it air which is very unbecoming in the hospitality industry. I am not here to start a war between resturants with my comments but if you want truly GREAT Indian food my favorite is Bombay Palace on West End. They are really, I mean really niceand the food is PHENOMENAL! That is my personal favorite and friends of mine that are in culinary school are also obsessed with Bombay Palace not Bombay Grill that is a totally separate and not so great place. But If you are one of those people who never heeds the warning then go ahead and try Sitar for yourself and I am most certain you will not come away with the feeling that you just had a great experience But if you have time and money to waste suit yourself. I'll see you at Bombay Palace, The Woodlands, Shalimar or anywhere else except this unwelcomig, substandard food serving place.
Sitar's buffet is tasty for the price, don't get me wrong. But as others have noted, it feels a little like you're eating leftovers. The food isn't really authentic, the spices are fairly generic and bland, and everything seems a bit watered down. It's not bad--it's just not as flavorful and fresh as it could be if they expended a little more effort. As with every Indian restaurant we've tried in Nashville, they use too much oil in their dishes. But it's the only Indian place in reasonable walking distance from Vanderbilt, and the price (around $9) isn't too shabby. For a bit more money you can get significantly better Indian food at Bombay Palace on West End, but by the relatively low standards of the 21st/West End area this place isn't bad.
The food here is great. I strongly recommend the chicken tikka masala and the naan is to die for!!! They have their own parking and a hookah bar next door. As for the matter of the owner. He is a great man and watt he does in his personal life is none of our business thank you Jason.
DO NOT EAT HERE, OWNERS are Theives and will take your money....THEY GOT SERIOUS PROBLEMS
Their food is mediocre and would probably TASTE better, if you didn't feel like you were a ""burden"" just being there. It is ridiculous that you feel so invisible, when you are paying a pretty penny! Very rude, non-friendly, waste of money, really. Try Shalimar in Green Hills....YUMMY and nice people! Also, it is cheaper to go to Trader Joe's, buy some frozen indian food and heat it up! Wow...you would think you were getting expensive upscale Indian food!
Because it's the best indian food in Nashville, that's why. Not only in my opinion, but the opinions of Nashville periodicals who make these kinds of judgements every day. They know what they're talking about.
I, for one, have never had bad service, or even mediocre service, it's always ALWAYS been utterly stellar. Maybe it's because I treat the staff like human beings, go figure, and they're glad to see me, remember me by name, remind me when I forget to order Garlic Naan... I've tried 3 other Indian places and they're all a joke compared to SITAR.
easy way to say it best indian reasturent in town. food is great ,service is excellent. we have been going to sitar since 1997. the best in town
Pros: best indian in town
we just moved here from LA and we went to sitar Indian cuisine for our Indian meal. the food was delicious and the service was excellent. we had lots of great restaurant in la but sitar i would say the best restaurant in Nashville. we also tried other Indian in Nashville. but if you r new to Nashville or from Nashville. great place to eat.
Pros: best indian reasturent in town
I'm sitting here in the restaurant right now and WOW, was the food amazing!!! My wife and I are visiting Nashville for only one day and we are so happy to have found this place. Plenty of space, very busy, lots of variety, incredible food. A must taste while you're in town. Try a Mango Lassi!
great lunch buffet! i stuff myself to the point of bursting. i take a doo doo 20 minutes after eating. every time.
Visiting Nashville for a day after 12 years of living in Chicago (we used to live in Nashville)we decided to visit Sitar which we had gone to once in our life before. The usher had no smiles for us when came in. After sitting down and after being served the standard appetizer we asked the usher who was passing by if he knew a particular address and he said with a rude ""No""; upon which I asked him for the white pages to which he said RUDELY we don't have any. I asked him again that he did not have a phone book and he begrudingly said the had yellow pages in front and gave us venomous stares.
We sat there steaming for a few mins and then walked out.
SAME AS THE OTHER REVIEWERS....SERVICE IS HORRIBLE AND PARKING LOT POSTAGE SIZE
Cons: horrible ,postage stamp size parking lot
The Chicken Tandoori is special because of the flavor...charcoal. No other Indian restaurants in town that I know of use charcoal to cook their Tandoori. The cuts of chicken seem a bit sub-standard though. Not the best quality chicken or cuts. Other food there is ok. The relishes are great. A constant irritant is the phone, which is set to ring loud, and it rings often. It is such an irritant that customers often stop talking and take notice when it happens. You can almost feel the atmosphere vaporize from the room everytime the phone rings, and it often rings on and on before answered. What are they thinking? Such a simple thing to fix. The waiters need to learn that Americans (especially in the south) prefer a friendlier approach. The wait staff seems genuinely unhappy and unappreciative. The convenient location make it an easy place to drop in.
Pros: Tandoori cooked with charcoal
Cons: Loud phone rings constantly. Unfriendly waiters
I would never recomend this place to anyone who wants to try out Indian cusine. My friends and I had a bad experience. The service was bad, seems like the staff there didnt want anyone coming in. Three out of the five of us who ate there ended up having stomach upsets. The food tasted like left overs from previous days.
Pros: Good location
Cons: Food was not at all good
Never ever, I have had food that tasted so bad. The curries were watery and to top it off we found a dead c--- r---- in our naan. I obviously got food poisioning. When I called them to report the issue, the owner said OKAY. No apologies. I don't recommend this restaurant to anyone. If you do visit. eat at your own risk!!!
It one of the worst experience we have, we called them to reserve tables for 15 members. We reach the resturant for lunch buffet at 2:25 PM, they close by 3:00 PM its sunday. By 2:45 itself those guys come and force us to take the food we need from buffet they said they are closing.. We have four kids, exactly at 3:00 they switch off the A/C and fans , we told to switch on the Fans, again after 15 mins they switched off again.
Sitar was an interesting experience. I placed an order for takeout over the phone, and was hung up on before a name was requested. Upon getting to the restaurant and paying for the food, the gruff guy working the till points behind us. I was a bit confused as I'm accustomed to having someone bring me my food directly from the kitchen or the person working the till to reach down and grab the food from a somewhat hidden, temporary, food storage area. Well it turns out he was pointing at our order, which was sitting on the table in the waiting room, next to other random people. When I pay for food, I expect to not need to worry about it possibly having been used as an ash-tray.
Pros: Take away order ready quickly
Cons: Terrbile service
I had my lunch buffet there. The food is lousy and choice is limited. The vegitable biryany is soggy, rice are sticked together, mango yogurt is like jello (not liquid), no fruit, only one vegitable salad, and no desert!!!!
I've been dining at Sitar for years and it just seems to get better with each meal. Chicken Sagwala is the best i've ever eaten and the Chicken Peshawri is spicy hot and scrumptous with a nice glass of pinot grigio.
Pros: Best Indian food in town
Cons: Rated Best Indian 2007 by Nashville Scene -- now there's a line to get in sometimes
As visitors to Nashville, we found the parking situation throughout the city extremely frustrating. We were doing a geocache (high-tech treasure hunting with a GPS - check it out on the internet as this review will not let me type the website) 50 yards from the restaurant. There was no other parking, so we parked there for the 10 minutes it took to find the cache. Much to our surprise, upon our return my car was gone. It seems the restaurant owners called the tow company immediately after we parked and left the park. They did not take into consideration that the restaurant was CLOSED and we had out-of-town license plates. I am proud to say that in Kansas, as a visitor you will receive a polite notice on your car should you park in an incorrect place. (Assuming you have not parked in a handicapped spot or fire lane.) The employees of the Sitar restaurant should be ashamed for not only giving two visitors to your city a poor opinion of its citizens, but more importantly sitting watch of their precious lot because of a mere dispute with the medical center next door. Please keep this in mind when you choose your next dining location. I would not encourage this sort of rude, inconsiderate behavior!
The food here is great! There's a great buffet with many choices that change daily. I love the food here. What is really bad is the place itself. It's small, dirty and you never get a good table, because there aren't any in the whole restaurant! We now only get take out, and only once in a while. Cuisine of India is a much more pleasant dining experience.
Pros: The food
Cons: Restaurant is dirty and claustrophobic.
When my friend and I arrived a bit after 5pm on a friday night (they had just reopened for dinner time) we were seated right away and the server even let us choose any table we wanted (I thought that was nice). Server was very friendly and answered questions I had about the menu. Food was good but the rice looked and tasted a bit old. Since I am a slow eater and the restaurant was filling up and we were sitting on a 4 people table, we were never rushed or anything. The check arrived without us asking for it and I was wondering what if I wanted dessert? Also, we wanted to split the check but that was fine.
These people were just trying to fool the Non-Indians by mis-using the ""INDIA"" name. The food they are selling there is no where near what we used to get from the restaurants in India. For example, we ordered Biriyani yesterday, which they made by just mixing some rice and some chicken curry - thats not Biriyani. They should have named it Curry mixed in Rice or something like that. And we made a mistake by ordering something spicy - I got the dish which was topped by some raw chilli powder - thats not the way to make something spicy, right? And the service was horrible. Those people dont give any attention to any one.
Pros: Very Few Indian Restaurant
Cons: Bad Service,Bad Food
The worst Indian Restaurant i have been too.
Cons: Bad Customer Service,Poor Food Quality
I went there yesterday with my family and Friends and got the worst food I have ever tasted from anywhere. These people were just trying to fool the Non-Indians by mis-using the ""INDIA"" name. The food they are selling there is no where near what we used to get from the restaurants in India. For example, we ordered Biriyani yesterday, which they made by just mixing some rice and some chicken curry - thats not Biriyani. They should have named it Curry mixed in Rice or something like that.
Pros: Only a few indian Restaurants in Nashville :(
Cons: Quality of Food, Service
I've eaten at Sitar about a dozen times in the last 18 months. I've had shoddy service twice in that time (one lost order and one long wait for food in a large group on a weekend night). If you are polite, you will get great table service (water refills every few minutes). I've seen rude service to other customers who, frankly, were rude in the first place. The buffet is a little overrated, but the cost ($7) is an amazing value and allowed me to try some vegetarian dishes I would have otherwise not tried. The papadum and naan are amazing and I have not had any dishes that I would not recommend (Chana Sag [hearty dish with spinach and chickpeas] is my all-time favorite). Expect to pay about $30 with tip for 2 people for dinner.
Pros: value, variety of food for different tastes, great taste
Cons: inconsistent service
My husband and I moved back to Nashville from Phoenix, Az. We had tried Shalimar and Taste of India...then we discovered Sitar and we absolutely love it!! Very flavorful food and great service! We have eaten there twice this week. Highly recommended for Indian lovers!
Pros: Great food and service!
I love Sitar and have yet to eat at a better Indian restaurant in Nashville. Have been going there for almost five years, but unfortunately the service does not match the quality of the food. I am not the type of person who needs to be checked on five times during a meal, or chatted with -- which is lucky or I wouldn't be able to go here anymore -- but unfortunately there have been a handful of times when the server did not even perform his basic function of getting the order in and the food to the table in a timely fashion. If you are not prepared for the possibility of having to wait or put up with spotty service, go for lunch instead.
Pros: delicious food, water glass is usually kept full at least
Cons: occasionally rude and perfunctory service
The food is absolutely delicious and you can order it as spicy or as mild as you want. Nearly everything on menu is worth trying at least once. You may have to wait a little while for your food because the Sitar is usually busy, especially around dinnertime on Fridays and Saturdays. The servers are attentive and polite. I highly recommend trying the Sitar if you are a fan of Indian food.
Pros: Great Food and Good Service
Cons: Small parking area
Having been to many Indian restaurants over the years Sitar is right at the top. No other restaurant beats there lunch buffet an excellent deal at $6.99 a person. Dinners are pricier, but always excellent. Yes, occasionally the cook or staff may have an off day, but after dining here nearly every week for the past 5 years I recommend them without hesitation. All the sauces are deliciously full of flavors from cumin to clove, ginger, garlic or onion. Their meats never require a knife to cut and are always very melt in your mouth delicious (though sometimes a small piece of bone squeaks in) and the naan is also always delicious.
Pros: food, staff, atmosphere
Cons: parking a bit cramped
I've been going to this place for years now, and it's some of my favorite food in all of Nashville. Sitar is the restaurant where my Indian friends like to dine. This restaurant serves northern Indian food, so it can be quite spicy, and (unlike southern India) they serve various meats. The meat is always cut-it-with-a-fork tender, and the sauces taste almost like homemade. It's inexpensive, the wait staff is attentive, and you'll leave having eaten way too much. Their lunch buffet is the best I've been to, though it is very crowded.
Pros: good service, great price
Cons: small parking lot, somewhat cramped
When we arrived we had to wait to be seated...then we had to wait to order...then we had to wait for drinks...and then we really had to wait to get our food. it was about 45 minutes for the food. later we had to wait for the check...it never came so we waited at the counter. the waiter obviously didn't feel like talking--or checking in on us, or pretty much anything. people just threw down plates on our table or dumped some water and ran. the food was average...not worth putting up with the slow and dis-interested service. there are alot of other indian places in nashville. i suggest you try something else, especially if you think you may have questions about what to order or how food is prepared.
Again, it's hard to make Indian food taste bad, there are Palak Paneer TV dinners that are good, but this is just all blobby, taste the same food.
Cons: Besides the boring blobby food, the wait staff appears to be sexist.
The food is ok. But there is no friendly service. If we ask for a catering... he thinks that we are begging him to cater. That is not good for business. Even tough they are here for a while.. they don't know how to behave.
In recent times I have not been a strong fan of eating at ""Indian"" restaurants, sine the service or the food seem to always fail. At last a place that has food with flavor, and service too! Highly recommend trying this one!!!
Cons: A little hard to find!
I love this place. The chicken tikka masala on the buffet is the perfect blend of spicy and savory. I enjoy this delicacy with the tasty Naan bread. The curry dishes are very good also. This place is also very vegetarian-friendly. There are many items that herbivores can munch on with out-of-this-world flavors of India. The lunch buffet cannot be beat for the price. My wife loves the chicken tendoori. If you like spicy food with full flavor as much as I do, this place is worth a looksee.
Pros: Chicken tikka masala is tender and spicy. All you can eat lunch buffet.
Cons: Spicy Indian food is not to everyone's taste. Orange and yellow colors mean curry.
Have been going to the Sitar for last 6 years - love the food. Last Saturday went to the Cuisine of India for a change on someones recommendation - big mistake. Not a patch on the Sitar. We have not once had a bad experience here. When friends visit we always take them to the Sitar for a meal and all of them have loved the food.
Food is not great at all. We were a party of 5 and had ordered 4 curries (veg and non-veg). None of them tasted good. Chicken in the chicken curry didn't taste fresh at all. Service was not good either.
I have been in so many Restaurants including Indian Restaurant. My experience is very bad with this.I heard the same from other friends.They have some good foods but service is worst. They talk rude. Basically. they do not care.I do not go any more and also suggest my friends. They do the same thing.
Pros: some good foods
Cons: worst service, seating
Sitar is one of my favorite restaraunts. The enticing fragrance of spices, chutnies, and more made me forget my promise to restrain myself from gluttony. As soon as I sat down, a waiter came and filled my glass, and soon some puri with a wild onion chutney, coriander, and a brown sauce came. My friends and I gorged ourselves on the hot and satisfying flavors and we ordered samosas. Now, I personally prefer the vegetable samosas, they are spicier, but some of my carnivorous friends preferred the meat samosa, not so spicy. We then ordered naan, and I ordered chicken tikka. My food was literally to die for.
The only downfall of this restaraunt is now I am craving Indian food everyday, I even tried to cook it, but it was not nearly as good as Sitar.
Pros: Flavor, Water Patrol, Service
Cons: Crowded, Overeating
Very poor customer service and rude response.
We were three families togather. My child (8 months old) and my friends wife was pregnent and we had planned to go to Sitar. Called up this guy and asked him for how long they were open and the gentleman sand buffet is open till 3:00. We all reached there around another 2:40 and when we went in that guy said we are closed and when i asked I had called I was told that they were open till 3:00. That guy rudely replied you all wont finish by 3:00 anyway. I felt very bad we had to go around and search for another place in that cold weather.
When we moved to Nashville from Detroit, one of our concerns was finding quality ethnic food with vegetarian options in the ""Land of Meat-n-3."" Sitar has become our favorite restaurant and we have to talk ourselves into trying other restaurants now that we have eaten at Sitar. The staff is polite, not too chatty, but very attentive (we drink a lot of water but never have empty glasses). We usually have to ask for more rice, but it's never a problem once we ask. There are a lot of vegetarian options and all of them are delicious. This is the style of Indian food that I like (people have preferences of North Indian or South Indian and if you like one, you usually are not too fond of the other) and I never walk away without that wondeful curry buzz that puts my brain into a state of euphoria.
Pros: Great food, Convenient location, Vegetarian options
Cons: Crowded space, Hard 2 find 1st visit
The food is great and the service is excellent. I like Sitar Indian Restaurant because they are nice to other Indians that dine there. There are few Indian restaurants in Nashville that are rude to other Indian customers (will not mention). These other Indian restaurant do not seem to acknowledge that Indian customers are providing business for them, but Sitar and few others have exceptional customer service.
Pros: Food, Customer Service, Parking
I have driven across town on many occasions to eat at Sitar, where the food is wonderful and the staff are prompt. If you go for lunch and don't want the buffet then ask for a menu. The buffet is always good and filling. It is usually crowded at lunch so go early or late to miss the rush. I highly recommend this restaurant.
Pros: Variety, Amble servings, Value
Cons: Parking is limited