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Lahore Karahi

Indian Restaurant$$$$
Tenderloin, San Francisco
99 Tips and reviews
  • naan
  • BYOB
  • hole in the wall
  • chicken
  • authentic
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  • Sarah E.
    Sarah ElizabethJuly 29, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Lahore is the best Indian food in SF. My go to's; naan, tandoori fish, chicken tikka masala & saag paneer. Fyi, don't wear your favorite clothes here. An SF hole in the wall treasure.
  • Vinayak S.
    Vinayak SuleyFebruary 9, 2014
    Awesome Nehari and goat curry. One of the best meals I've had in a while! The curries are really well integrated and feel like they've been cooked with the meat and not added in later. Good stuff!
  • Bradley R.
    Bradley RussellDecember 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Family-run feel and outright delicious Indian/Pakistani food; Gudu, previous owner/chef, lives on. Chicken Tikka Masala of course, tandoori chicken, lamb korma, samosa, naan -$10/pp- free chai! BYOB!
  • Brian T.
    Brian ThiviergeJune 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The last owner sold but the new family that purchased it is doing a great job. The menu changed slightly and the food seems to a be a little hotter (spice). Still highly recomended... And still BYOB
  • Sabina B.
    Sabina B.September 8, 2014
    Super good North Indian food. Split the Maharaja or Maharani feast with a friend and get the crispy bhindi on the side. The fish tikka and roganjosh are particularly delicious
  • Jason L.
    Jason LukAugust 23, 2013
    Best Indian we've had in the city thus far however 30 min wait for food was long at dinner time. Order ahead with the app on your way over as they get backed up by the takeout orders!
  • Aiah W.
    Aiah WiederOctober 22, 2011
    INCREDIBLE food—especially when you consider it's all turned out by one man and a prep cook/busboy/runner. Be patient, and you WILL NOT be disappointed. Try the chicken saag with garlic naan!
  • Kayvon T.
    Kayvon TehranianJune 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This bare bones operation has to be the best South Asian food in SF. Focus is on the food and nothing else. The vegetarian options, naan and samosas are all excellent!
  • Bruce S.
    Bruce ScottJanuary 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Hands down best Indian fare in SF. Not for the faint-hearted, but if you can handle food prepared with passion and intensity your meal here will be nothing short of a religious experience.
  • Barton S.
    Barton SmithJuly 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    It changed owners a few ago and isn't quite the same, but it's still one of the best Indian spots in SF. It's also a little spicier than before.
  • Melissa D.
    Melissa DagdaganApril 20, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Their fish kebab might be my favorite in the city. I'm so glad they now deliver via Caviar!
  • Liz E.
    Liz EllJune 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    All of Gudu's employees quit at the same time so he is left doing everything himself. The place is currently self serve (Like a taqueria). He is doing a great job by himself.
  • Calvin T.
    Calvin TennantAugust 31, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Indian in SF! Butter chicken, tandoori chicken, naan bread, rice, all of it. So good!
  • Michael W.
    Michael WallaceApril 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    It's kind of self-serve here but it's really good. Spicy Samosa, naan, and lamb tikka and korma are really spectacular
  • ViatorStaff
    ViatorStaffAugust 13, 2010
    We argue a lot about the best Pakastani-Indian food in SF, but we all basically agreed that Lahore is probably the best of the best. BYOB from a nearby corner store. Excellent biriyani.
  • Ni M.
    Ni MuJune 12, 2013
    Get the sweet naan: coconut, sweetened with sugar and raisins; perfection.
  • Jin R.
    Jin RickardJuly 29, 2014
    Don't pass on the garlic naan to help sop up all the saucy goodness! You may also need more than one order of naan.
  • Jordan S.
    Jordan StanisciaAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorite Indian place in the Tenderloin. Butter chicken and garlic naan are out of this world!
  • Jeff W.
    Tandori chicken, super good garlic naan, saag paneer, and hot tea. BYOB. Perfect hole in the wall.
  • Saadullah S.
    Saadullah SaeedFebruary 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This is by far the best Pakistani food in SF. Try the Beef Seekh Kebabs next time you're here, very authentic!
  • cyn k.
    cyn kMay 1, 2012
    i love all the vegetarian plates here, especially the eggplant and the naan. i also recommend getting the house rice.
  • Grace C.
    Grace CheungSeptember 1, 2013
    My favorite Indian restaurant in the city, so far. Their naan is perfectly crispy & delicious.
  • Zachary W.
    Looks can be deceiving. I'm not going to understate it – it looks like it'll be a shithole, but my food was amazing. Chicken Korma and Mango Lassi; I'd come back anytime.
  • Wojciech Z.
    Wojciech ZalotOctober 31, 2014
    We tried Chicken Tikka Masala twice and it rocks! Sad that such a good place is localised in Tenderloin
  • Arash N.
    Arash NarchiApril 2, 2015
    Butter chicken and garlic naan is a gem here. Can't go wrong with their mango lasse either
  • katie n.
    katie naglJanuary 17, 2012
    Beware: this place will leave you smelling like a tandoori oven, but it has some of the most authentic indian/pakistani food in sf. yum.
  • Brodie O.
    Brodie OlmsteadDecember 10, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorite Indian spot in the city. Can't go wrong with the saag paneer and garlic naan.
  • Vera K.
    Vera KozyrMay 17, 2014
    Don't be scared of the interior :) the food is amazing - beware of big portions
  • Bastian G.
    Great vegetarian food and free tea. Also: you are allowed to bring your own drinks.
  • Teresa
    TeresaNovember 29, 2014
    Tikka masala, tandoori, goat curry. Check out their specials on the board.
  • Matt S.
    Matt ShirkJanuary 5, 2013
    I love this place because it is BYOB - I usually bring tall cans of Budweiser
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BattagliaJanuary 21, 2013
    The food was incredible! This is a great little hole in the wall find.
  • Eugenio G.
    Eugenio GarzaMarch 13, 2014
    Rice comes in large portions. Mango lassi creamy rich wonderful. Garlic naan is overrated.
  • OrderAhead
    OrderAheadMarch 5, 2013
    Lahore Karahi now lets you order and pay ahead with your phone. Download the OrderAhead App. Read more
  • Janice L.
    Janice LiMay 13, 2014
    Garlic naan yum. Also remember to pay after you eat!
  • Christian D.
    Christian DickmannMay 21, 2016
    Good hole in the wall. Biryani, lamb, cheese Naan were highlights.
  • Ullz I.
    Ullz IvJune 15, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Lamb korma and special goat curry are the gems here.
  • Miguel C.
    Miguel CerveraFebruary 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Korma chicken and butter chicken are great.
  • Roe N.
    Roe NavarroFebruary 21, 2011
    Hands down, best indian food in the city. Masala never fails and the best garlic naan.
  • Neesha J.
    Neesha JivanSeptember 14, 2014
    tandoori, naan, gobi, butter chicken and daal
  • Srikanth R.
    Srikanth RajuOctober 1, 2015
    BYOB, garlic naan and goat curry was great.
  • Vic P.
    Vic PsNovember 19, 2016
    Under mediocre I would say.The rice was dry,and so was the naan.The raita and the eggplants were ok,but the vindaloo chicken was not that spicy,not that much and not that good.Wouldn't recommend .
  • Bruno M.
    Bruno MarinhoMay 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Lamb Korma & Garlic Naan Bread! Omg! So good!
  • Siw S.
    Siw S.August 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Butter chicken, garlic Naan and mango Lassi, I need it once a week
  • Krakatau B.
    Krakatau BataviaJuly 27, 2014
    Must order Goat Curry & Goat Biryani
  • Eric P.
    Eric PanAugust 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken Korma and Naan. Can't go wrong with that.
  • Barton S.
    Barton SmithJune 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Vegetable Pakora is an amazing starter.
  • purnima k.
    purnima khandhadaiJuly 28, 2011
    This place is bomb! He makes a tandoori fish to die for
  • cyn k.
    cyn kMay 1, 2012
    sad news peeps- sounds like the fantastic owner/chef just sold. :-(
  • Rahul P.
    Rahul PatilSeptember 1, 2012
    This restaurant has A fresh look and a new owner. The service is quick and the food is decent.
  • Heidi S.
    Heidi SteklisOctober 1, 2013
    The place doesn't look like much but the food is fantastic.
  • Kristin V.
    Kristin VApril 26, 2011
    Make sure to say hi to Guudu, the owner and chef. He's amazing!
  • Miha R.
    Miha RebernikSeptember 27, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Amazing tikka masala and saf paneers.
  • Erik H.
    Erik HinzpeterJuly 23, 2010
    Food is great and affordable, but they are no longer BYOB after getting hassled by the city. So sad.
  • Venkatesh A.
    Venkatesh ApsingekarFebruary 24, 2013
    Shahee Paneer is authentic Pakistani !! Yum yum yummy
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SchoenknechtAugust 11, 2012
    Amazing. Cheap. Nice family. BYOB.
  • Devang G.
    Devang GandhiDecember 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best masala tea :) and that too unlimited :)
  • Praniti S.
    Praniti ShettiwarOctober 19, 2016
    Great chicken karahi, loved it !!
  • Ed A.
    Ed AtenMay 28, 2011
    They sell beer now and you can still BYOB. Double rainbow!
  • Nghia L.
    Nghia LyAugust 25, 2012
    Chicken masala is great!
  • Michael F.
    Michael FieldsAugust 6, 2014
    My favorite Indian Pakistani in the city. The smell alone of the restaurant always starts my Indian craving
  • Pratik
    PratikSeptember 20, 2014
    Their tandoori chicken is amazing...
  • Nick L.
    Nick LashinskyAugust 26, 2015
    Best Indian food I've had in SF so far
  • Dora M.
    Dora MillerJune 4, 2014
    Lamb saag was great!
  • Brian S.
    Brian SperdutoAugust 26, 2015
    They'll make it nice and spicy if you ask.
  • Christina A.
    Christina ArmenanteApril 29, 2016
    The naan is extra fluffy!
  • charles h.
    charles houstonJanuary 16, 2011
    If u don't get the chicken tandoori as a side dish, you're not a very responsible person...
  • Marshall S.
    Marshall St. ClairJune 20, 2015
    Tandoori fish and the curries
  • Hadas W.
    Hadas WeissAugust 10, 2015
    Veg korma and butter chicken
  • Tammy M.
    Tammy McCrayDecember 8, 2015
    Tasty food and great prices.
  • Shatha S.
    Shatha S.September 27, 2015
    Biryani lamb and butter chicken
  • Crystal W.
    Crystal WilliamsJune 20, 2012
    Under new ownership and really not the place it was. Sad. We're going to miss the Tandoori fish.
  • Athena
    AthenaFebruary 2, 2013
    Bring your own wine or beer.
  • Patricija V.
    Patricija ValentinuzziNovember 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorite places in the city.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Matthew Accarrino, chef of SPQR, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Vegetable biryani. Read more
  • Nick L.
    Nick LashinskyAugust 26, 2015
    Best Indian food in SF
  • Charlie A.
    Charlie ArenasJuly 17, 2011
    Tandoori fish is the best in town
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HuynhFebruary 21, 2012
    Karahi Chicken - $7.00
  • Natarajan C.
    Superb garlic naan
  • tt t.
    tt tuOctober 8, 2015
    There was literally a cockroach crawling on the wall
  • Kapil D.
    Kapil DalwaniDecember 25, 2014
    Worst Indian food. Slow service, meat is not cooked well. And, we had to leave our Lamb half way as it was very hard.
  • Derek S.
    Derek ShanahanJune 11, 2013
    Hours are wrong.
  • Jared T.
    Jared ThompsonMay 2, 2014
    Hidden gem
  • Athena
    AthenaFebruary 2, 2013
    Not quite the old Karahi. But still a good Indian joint.
  • Liz
    LizOctober 26, 2010
    tandoori fish. do it.
  • Ujaas B.
    Ujaas BarvaliaJuly 9, 2010
    Lassi was sour.. The paneer was ok. Much better indian food back home in NJ
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 7, 2010
    Try the garlic naan
  • Carla
    CarlaSeptember 11, 2010
    Best indian in the city!
  • Justine D.
    Justine D'AmourJanuary 16, 2012
    This meal is fucking religious.
  • Dominic P.
    Dominic PerroneApril 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Indian/pakistani food in sf
  • Akram J.
    Akram Jamal-AllailJune 6, 2014
    The food is ookaaay.. But the service sucks..
  • Brian M.
    Brian MoseleyJuly 12, 2009
    bring your beer, or grab it at the corner store next door
  • Janine K.
    Janine KahnJuly 20, 2009
    try the garbanzo beans. Best you'll have ever.
  • squeasel
    squeaselOctober 8, 2014
    Delivers. Still pretty decent food, meh service.
  • Aneel R.
    Aneel RanadiveMarch 28, 2010
    Awesome fish and tikka masala
  • K T.
    K TFebruary 10, 2010
    My favorite South Asian restaurant in the city...
  • Usman G.
    Usman GSeptember 3, 2013
    It was kind of ok ok ..... Nothing great
  • slightly d.
    slightly delightfulApril 1, 2009
    Chicken Tikka Masala, Benghan Bharta, Garlic Naan, BYOB!
  • David Robert
    David RobertMay 31, 2015
    Restaurante bem simples mas a comida é muito boa.
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