Badmaash Downtown LA

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$30 and under
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Indian
BADMAASH is indian food in LA.

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In a city without much in the way of unique Indian food, Badmaash is breaking the mold.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anytime we don't know where to eat we always end up at Badmaash. The food is always delicious and the staff is attentive.

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H
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and excellent service. A real find.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a small place with fantastic food. The samosas (both) were the best I have ever had. The curry was great. Nothing was greasy and the flavors were so dynamic.

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AG
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The smells of spices meet you at the curb and entice you indoors to party

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SC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food delectable. Had the butter chicken and the pork cheeks. Could eat here every day. Food took a long time to arrive. Worth the wait.

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SD
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! We went as a party of 8 and enjoyed the ambiance and every single dish. We ordered a lot of dishes that were appetizers and main dishes. We were able to order vegan and meat dishes depending on the dietary restrictions of each person. We impressed by the service and how tasty each dish was.

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MM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Good food, nice selection of Beer. Service was okay, we asked for the dessert menu, and the waiter forgot us for about 15-20 mins. We then asked for the check, at which time he didn't bother to apologize or ask if needed any dessert. Might come back for the food, certainly not for the service.

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f
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great, best Indian food in LA, maybe in the whole USA

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V
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Everything is a disguise.
Nothing is like what they have mentioned or seen in the internet.
It's a big NO NO.

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MG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food tasted great!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Finally really good Indian food (from a Londoner).

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot recommend this place enough. I had the butter chicken. It was perfection! Our waitress was very pleasant and patiently took our order as she answered ALL of our questions. I was happy that I did Uber. Parking is not that great. But I will say the area is nice and walking a couple blocks near for parking can be quite pleasant.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

The food was not that good for a change. It was probably due to the busy night but I am disappointed.

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J
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went in for a work lunch with a large group. They were very accommodating and sat us quickly. We ordered the samomosas, chicken being the favorite of the two. Also, had the spicy lamb vindaloo, which packed a punch, Badass chicken tiki marsala, fish moliee, saag paneer and black lentils. The cheesy naan was tasty too. The flavors of these dishes took us a way. It was a huge hit and we will be back. Recommend dining with a group you can share with.

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J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food has gone down since the last time. I did not see any reason to go back after we really used to love this place.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fabulous! Interesting and complex tastes!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All kinds of people enjoying great Indian food.
Artistic hip looking spot, but never felt trendy.

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J
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great restaurant that was perfect for a small group of friends to share food with! The dishes are easily shareable and the food was fantastic! Loved the fusion options as well as the traditional Indian options. Chicken Tikka poutine was BOMB.

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n
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

no the food was quite poor for indian and the ambiance was horribly noisy

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DV
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Out waiter was awesome! Wish we lived near so we could eat here again!

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m
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thank you for the excellent service. Loved the food and thanks for the ice cream sandwich.

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DS
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

one of my absolute favorite places to eat!! so delicious every single time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

took my visiting parents and the staff and kitchen SMASHED (lol) all expectations

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A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The best Indian food I've ever had , the service is good but the noise is deafening and keep you from having serious conversation ! If you go there for the food you'll be very happy ! If you go there for conversation .... go somewhere else !

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D
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent butter chicken...great service! Highly recommended place to dine!

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PK
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Small, hip space with excellently executed dishes. I'm now a regular. Get a reservation, especially on the weekend.

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RB
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and great service! Never disappointed when I come here. Recommend for authentic Indian cuisine with another side to the menu for a different take on traditional

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NA
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Badmash was a refreshing change to the Indian cuisine scenario in LA. The menu was simple but the food was really good and tasty. The ambience was like being in an up market dhaba. The servers were polite and knew the menu well.

Overall a good experience and definitely recommend travellers hungry fro authentic Indian Dhaba food.

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KT
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so good that we went back again in less than a week! Don’t skip the samosas!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great wine, food, chai, and excellent service! They sometimes bring a complimentary treat or lassi to your table which we haven’t ever experienced in LA so it really makes us feel welcome and special! It was our 3rd time there and were definitely coming back! They have veggie options which we love too.

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C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the menu options and local beer list. Visiting from east coast and needed some tasty bites in Downtown LA. Hit the spot. Nice staff too.

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DT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We went for dinner before going to nearby club. We arrived on time for our reservation and were seated promptly. Place was packed. Server was super friendly and recommended the perfect beer to go with our food. The tikka masala poutine was amazing. Fun place.

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MT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

Dishes that were cold were requested to be reheated. This request was not taken well nor obliged politely. The waitress couldn’t wait to get rid of us. No spoons with food. No knives. Just a lot of basic elements of service missing.

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AS
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place. Delicious food. Parking a problem. 5/5

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Buen restaurante en el downtown de LA. Ambiente desenfadado. La comida muy rica.

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LF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food tastes fresh and delicious! The dahi poori is my favorite!

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C
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always make rez Place is small but Killer
Non-traditional with the old school. Nice mix of dishes. Great loft space
Parking can be tuff

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NR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

growing up watching bollywood movies and living in a ghetto neighborhood made me love this place because they really focus on indian street food. This place hit home being i was in california and i am from new jersey. the owners seriously knew what they were doing. Samosas were fantastic so was the butter chicken. Service was awesome! Only thing i wish the pouhri was warmer.

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S
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food is great here. Service is attentive but the waiter we had was a bit pushy...but attentive nonetheless. They really need to work on the acoustics in the restaurant or turn down the music...it may look good inside (and we love the projection of the old Indian movies) but when you're yelling to the person across the table from you, it weakens the overall dining experience.

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KK
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been wanting to check it out since hearing the brother's stories on NPR. Did not disappoint. Everyone enjoyed the entrees we ordered and they even brought a celebration birthday dessert. Parking kinda sucks, though.........

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