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Shalimar

(Now Closed)
Pakistani Restaurant$$$$
Tenderloin, San Francisco
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  • Andres D.
    Andres DouglasJuly 12, 2016
    Authentic, smelly, delicious, cheap pakistani
  • Sandeep M.
    Sandeep MondkarApril 15, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best places to eat Pakistani food
  • John L.
    John LeeJanuary 15, 2016
    Awesome tandoori chicken
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongJuly 24, 2015
    Food is decent but not amazing...
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron MadduxJuly 20, 2015
    Authentic spice level. Yum.
  • Aziz S.
    Aziz ShamimMarch 13, 2015
    Amazing bihari kababs
  • David S.
    David SmithFebruary 11, 2015
    Order at the counter when you arrive and pay there when you leave.
  • Siddharth V.
    Siddharth VanchinathanDecember 26, 2014
    Murgh boti kababs are a must!
  • Fayeza M.
    Fayeza MullamithawalaDecember 20, 2014
    Authentic food! My favorites are the kabobs, but you can't go wrong with anything you order.
  • Chai H.
    Chai HDecember 3, 2014
    Indian Pakistani food
  • Time Out San Francisco
    Time Out San FranciscoSeptember 30, 2014
    Feast on what is perhaps the best Indian and Pakistan cuisine in this grubby corner of the Tenderloin. The dishes here are fairly spicy, turned out at speed and at predictably keen prices. Read more
  • Zain J.
    Zain JeewanjeeSeptember 17, 2014
    Question is what is not good here
  • Andrea R.
    Andrea ReynaSeptember 6, 2014
    Stumble over after drinks at Bourbon and Branch. The food here is to die for. The grill menu is not to be missed.
  • Michelle O.
    Michelle O'RiordanAugust 11, 2014
    Dirty, smoky, hectic AND the best Indian food in town!
  • Abhishek K.
    Abhishek KonaAugust 10, 2014
    The curries kababs and naan are delicious.
  • bijan
    bijanAugust 10, 2014
    Chichen kofta
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    In this divey, fluorescent-lit, bordering-on-unpleasant setting you can eat some of the best tasting North Indian and Pakistani dishes in town. They serve some of the best spiced vegetarian anywhere. Read more
  • Lukas
    LukasJune 15, 2014
    Great tasting, cheap Indian street style food in an unpretentious environment. That's a euphemism for "dodgy" for some, but it's relaxing to me. Highly recommended. Free chai by the entrance.
  • James A.
    James AlexanderMay 24, 2014
    A little bit of Karachi in our fair city.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew ShatnyyApril 25, 2014
    Wow one of those crack hood gems. Worth a visit. I wouldn't dine in. Take to go!
  • Gilles P.
    Gilles PoupardinMarch 15, 2014
    Good, cheap and authentic Indian food.
  • Fardeen R.
    Fardeen RahamanFebruary 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Goat Biriyani, Goat Karahi, Seekh Kababs are a big hit in this place
  • Nikki F.
    Nikki FatinDecember 27, 2013
    Unfriendly environment.
  • Sahil F.
    Sahil FarooqiDecember 2, 2013
    Hands down best Indian food in SF
  • Niketa M.
    Niketa MalhotraSeptember 29, 2013
    The ginger chicken is awesome!
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HyattAugust 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Bhuna Gosht and Onion Kulcha, eaten together. So good...
  • Frances P.
    Frances PaduaAugust 11, 2013
    Nihari was not the business. Beef was dripping with oil.
  • Maggie L.
    Maggie LJuly 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the Potatoe nann, goat curry, chicken tandoori n chicken tiki masala
  • Crystal
    CrystalJuly 12, 2013
    A little dodgy looking, and don't always have the items as listed on the menu, but pretty good food and fast service.
  • Vol T.
    Vol TronJune 2, 2013
    Murgh boti tandoori is juicy yummy pieces of white chicken!
  • Alex L.
    Alex LinMay 21, 2013
    Naan is delicious and nice texture. The chai is free and also good. Unsweetened, my favorite. Like hot milk on a cold, windy summer evening. Curry is good. Rice is nice and with bright colors.
  • Farzana G.
    Farzana GMay 14, 2013
    Kebabs are pretty good.
  • Ramsey H.
    Ramsey HomsanyMay 14, 2013
    If you don't know, now you know...
  • Gail S.
    Gail ShinglerApril 16, 2013
    Try it all!
  • Mohammed H.
    Mohammed HisamuddinApril 8, 2013
    Nihari, Brain Masala, Beef Jaflrezi, Naan, Mango Lassi and free Indian tea. As someone already said Better Indian food than in India <3
  • Piotr G.
    Piotr GajosFebruary 23, 2013
    Great albeit heavy food and rather quick service. They accept credit cards, contrary to one of the previous tips.
  • Binil A.
    Binil AntonyFebruary 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If u love to have a lot (and i mean a LOT) of meat, go for the goat biriyani.
  • Marijke V.
    This is thé best indian food that I ever ate! Order several entrées and share. The garlic bread & ginger chicken are amazing!
  • Umesh G.
    Umesh GopinathJuly 8, 2012
    Its good. Very economical for SF standards. Try once and see if you like the environment
  • Jean-Luc D.
    Jean-Luc DavidJuly 2, 2012
    Awesome Indian restaurant in the heart of SF. Great authentic tandoori & lamb curry. Highly recommended.
  • Valeria K.
    good grub, make no mistake about it.
  • Jassim L.
    Jassim LatifJanuary 28, 2012
    Nihari. Garlic naan. Chicken tikka (leg pieces). Goat Karahi. 40s from the corner store.
  • John C.
    John ChangJanuary 7, 2012
    No alcohol license, but they let you buy it from the corner shop and bring it in.
  • Jason M.
    Jason MahoneyOctober 16, 2011
    Whenever I'm in SF, I come here twice: once for nihari, once for haleem.
  • James L.
    James LuiOctober 6, 2011
    Knives (tableware-butter) are hard to come by, and a must for some whole meat and cartilage menu items - bring a your own for an effective workaround.
  • Jassim L.
    Jassim LatifAugust 23, 2011
    Nihari. Haleem. Chicken tikka. Did I mention the Nihari?
  • Greg O.
    Greg OgarrioAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Only 86 all-time check-ins. IRL must be near 1000x.
  • Kina Jane J.
    Kina Jane JansenAugust 5, 2011
    Try the goat karahi, garlic naan bread, king of curries, beef kabab. Chai is complimentary :)
  • Dave C.
    Dave CoppsJune 6, 2011
    Lamb curry rocks. Order it with an onion kulcha
  • Dave C.
    Dave CoppsJune 6, 2011
    The onion kulcha naan is to die for. The garlic naan is a little strong.
  • Tarun W.
    Tarun WaliaMay 3, 2011
    Mango lassi is amazing to start with.
  • Ish H.
    Ish HarshawatFebruary 18, 2011
    Two words: brain curry. Try it with rice your life will never be the same. It's delicious.
  • Chanel A.
    Chanel AlexanderSeptember 18, 2010
    went to this place for the first time and can't wait to go back..food is phenomenal and their eggplant dish and lamb chops the best!!!
  • arash m.
    arash mSeptember 3, 2010
    very tasty lamb chops
  • Eric C.
    Eric ChowApril 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Very great tandoori spot. Could smell it blocks away.
  • Greg O.
    Greg OgarrioFebruary 19, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Haleem the most overlooked gem on the menu: lentils, barley, spices, shredded chicken. Exquisitely satisfying.
  • Wouter V.
    Wouter VermeulenJanuary 25, 2010
    Chai tea rocks here!
  • Greg O.
    Greg OsuriJanuary 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the chicken leg. A must try.
  • Paul B.
    Paul BoehmOctober 7, 2009
    grab some free chai from the bar while here
  • Mike M.
    Mike MorrisAugust 18, 2009
    Shalimar
  • Tom M.
    Tom MurphyApril 12, 2009
    Need to try for myself some "better Indian food than in India".
  • Jose L.
    Jose LledoOctober 25, 2014
    Amazing Pakistaní food
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