Pondicheri

2800 Kirby Dr (at Westheimer), Houston, TX 77098, United States
Hours:
Closed until 7:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 7:30 AM–10:00 PM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
9.1/10

Based on 168 votes

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  • breakfast food
  • meatless monday
  • shrimp chutney salad
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  • healthy food
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  • pastries
  • butter chicken
  • trendy
  • cookies
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  • Eater

    Don't let the swankiness fool you, the food is damn good. Breakfast and lunch are counter service while dinner is tableside. [Eater 38 Member]

    Eater · October 5, 2011
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  • AskMen

    Are you ready for Indian breakfast, or "Nashta?" Well hold that thought. Your morning dosas and Thepla will be ready in a few short weeks..

    AskMen · March 11, 2011
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  • CultureMap Houston

    Pondicheri has Houston's only "pondi exchange," a delivery system based on the tiffin carriers of India. For a $25 deposit, get takeout in sleek, stacked steel containers.

    CultureMap Houston · December 28, 2011
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  • Houston Press

    2011 Best of Houston Winner: Best New Restaurant. Check out more Houston Press Best of Houston Winners here: http://bit.ly/JCaGyR Or go mobile with the free Best Of app.

    Houston Press · May 31, 2012
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  • Jenn

    Edgy food, and great beers.. The best dishes are often street-food appetizers and thali combination plates. Indian food with atmosphere.

    Jenn · January 21, 2012
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  • Laura B.

    Best new restaurant

    Laura Bosche · October 2, 2011
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  • AlmostVeggies.com

    Order the shrimp chutney salad with cilantro chutney sautéed shrimp, roasted beets, avocado & mango AND Texas shrimp chaat with pickled shrimp, roasted corn, avocado, and black salt. THE BEST! Read more

    AlmostVeggies.com · October 15, 2011
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  • Jenn

    Chutney!! The best dishes are often street-food appetizers and thali combination plates.

    Jenn · January 21, 2012
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  • Alexis

    They serve breakfast until 3 pm! I love that.

    Alexis · December 22, 2011
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  • Social News Network

    Try gluten-free Indian food in a traditional indian thali at pondicheri. Their paneer curry, pumpkin-coconut curry, smoky eggplant, sautéed greens, dal, pickled apples, kheer with naan is delicious!

    Social News Network · August 14, 2013
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  • Guy F.

    Get the chocolate chip chili oatmeal cookie.

    Guy F · November 30, 2011
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  • Vaidehi K.

    Unusual Indian food. Quinoa khichri is yum!

    Vaidehi K · December 22, 2014
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  • Patricia D.

    Lamb mint burger is delicious!

    Patricia Dublis · November 12, 2014
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  • June L.

    Watch for the coveted booths. Special breakfast menu during weekends: brioche! It's a must. The thali is delish, but gets rather spicy. Oatmeal & yogurt are both surprising and tasty.

    June L · December 24, 2012
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  • Joshua J.

    Just devoured the Vishnu platter for Meatless Monday. It was delicious.

    Joshua Jones · October 30, 2012
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  • Sage K.

    Shrimp chutney salad is great! Try the cookies too!

    Sage K · June 20, 2012
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  • Mark C.

    Uh-mazing Indian food! The Rancher Thali was a fantastic sampler.

    Mark Collado · June 14, 2012
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  • Laura B.

    Houston Press We Love Food - favorite Houston dishes - Texas shrimp chaat

    Laura Bosche · February 14, 2012
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  • Gagan S.

    Meatless Mondays. Do not miss them.

    Gagan Singh · January 16, 2012
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  • Gagan S.

    Meatless Mondays starting in 2012. Can't wait.

    Gagan Singh · December 23, 2011
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  • Oliver G.

    You might want to ask your server how spicy the food you're about to order is.

    Oliver G. · November 22, 2011
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  • NCM P.

    Waiter said no samosas. Sold out. Table next us had samosas just delivered. Complained. He said Oh we just must've gotten them in again. The phucker.

    NCM Passion · August 10, 2011
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  • Daniel E.

    Everything. Must get Madras Coffee and chai pie.

    Daniel Egan · 5 days ago
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  • Tovka T.

    It was so American style Indian restaraunt. Quite didn't understood the food.

    Tovka Tovuusuren · January 27
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  • Glenn B.

    Wonderful place. We chose to celebrate our anniversary here and told them so. They kindly gave us free dessert!

    Glenn Burns · January 12
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  • Himmad K.

    The gulab jaman donut

    Himmad Khan · December 6, 2014
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  • Dhruv B.

    Lamb burger is solid but I think other items in the menu are better

    Dhruv B · December 4, 2014
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  • Hussain S.

    Papdi chat is good but a little over seasoned.

    Hussain Sukhyani · November 9, 2014
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  • Suresh K.

    Thali breakfast

    Suresh Kumar · November 1, 2014
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  • Ani S.

    Laal juice and the Frankie!

    Ani Sathe · October 18, 2014
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  • Ted W.

    Paneer curry and the mango lassi

    Ted Wyss · October 3, 2014
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  • TV Food Maps

    Check out Pondicheri as seen on Unique Eats Read more

    TV Food Maps · September 1, 2014
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  • Chefs Feed

    Mark Cox, chef of Mark’s American Cuisine, eats here on his nights off. He loves the French toast. Read more

    Chefs Feed · August 22, 2014
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  • Ramanand S.

    Something very different! Low marks on quantity high on ambience

    Ramanand Shetty · August 16, 2014
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  • Houston Press

    Upper Kirby's Pondicheri is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering casual counter service during the day and upscale table service by night. Read more

    Houston Press · August 4, 2014
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  • Houston Chronicle

    Inside track: On Tuesdays, the fried-chicken platter for two puts a clever Indian spin on a Deep South classic. Read more

    Houston Chronicle · August 3, 2014
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  • Houston Chronicle

    Don't miss: Breakfast Thali; Frankies (roti wrap sandwiches); Bostok pastry; Pondi bar; Earth Thali of local and seasonal vegetables; Friday vindaloo ribs special. Read more

    Houston Chronicle · August 3, 2014
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  • Flavia v.

    Fabulous food and lamb burger was awesome

    Flavia valle · June 28, 2014
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  • Fernando C.

    You might not expect it because of the location and the awesome interior design, but this place does pretty solid food. No need to haul yourself to Hillcroft- ingredients here are really fresh.

    Fernando Covas · June 13, 2014
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  • Kirby T.

    Vishnu Thali plate is to die for! Great outdoor seating on a breezy day!

    Kirby Trapolino · May 2, 2014
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  • Joe D.

    I read on culture map that all the awesome pastries are going to be available upstairs once they finish building out their bakery up top. Try the Sayel Lamb!

    Joe Davis · March 14, 2014
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  • Gregg K.

    My fried chicken came out raw. Needless to say, not a positive experience.

    Gregg Kligman · February 12, 2014
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  • Saf an

    Dish: once-a-week special of chickpea-flour fried chicken

    Saf an · January 31, 2014
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  • Ted F.

    In addition to all the hoity-toity fusion stuff on the menu, they perfectly execute a butter chicken with the right amount of heat.

    Ted Frank · November 6, 2013
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  • Vina

    The paneer curry is yummy!!!

    Vina · September 29, 2013
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  • Snehanshu S.

    Awesome food - very affordable - great service - try the Chicken Frankie

    Snehanshu Shah · September 25, 2013
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  • Garrick P.

    Very low key place, perfect for a mellow night. Interior will relax you and the outdoor patio is chill too. Oh and amazing organic juices. I split the Habi and the Naka with my best friend. Delicious.

    Garrick Piñón · September 4, 2013
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  • Murray N.

    Great bar.

    Murray Newman · August 11, 2013
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  • Joe D.

    If you like spicy, go for the Sayel Lamb. It's good with a cool glass of their mint lemonade.

    Joe Davis · June 22, 2013
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  • R .

    Это очень вкусное место!

    R 🔯 · November 4, 2012
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