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Thanal Indian Tavern

4.6
324 reviews
$30 and under
Indian
Welcome to Thanal Indian Tavern!
Fresh Indian Cuisine for everyone!
Our attempt is to transport you to into culinary journey of India by skipping all the touristy spots and take you straight to the heart of the culture. This unique food and drinks menu are to inspire and appeal to the explorer in you to experience Indian culture in a whole new way. We have re calibrated Indian cuisine with all its authentic splendor in an innovative style of subtle fusion and tinges of barbecue.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 324 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.4
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
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vipChrisH
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was outstanding. Server was wonderful and beyond nice and pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Excellent food for first time Indian food eaters. Service was great everyone was very nice and attentive.

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PatriciaG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious! The food is absolutely delicious. The service is fine too. We enjoyed our first experience there so we went back a couple of weeks later with family to enlighten them and their tastebuds to our recent discovery. Did I say how delicious all our meals were?

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
130 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Thanal has great food and great service - it feels primarily like a takeout place (and it does a great business) but the food is worth the visit

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was outstanding

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Maddy
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2022
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

Service is so poor and rude...Food is Ok Ok kind of....

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Everything is spicy but amazing

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Love the food, and service with a smile

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JanL
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The food was great, service great and ambience wonderful with quiet fifties jazz overhead. The only negative, we brought guests from Wyoming who had never had Indian food before, and we wished that this place, like most other Indian restaurants, had had a sampler plate of appetizers.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Second visit here. Food is AMAZING! Staff was very attentive and very pleasant. Food was a little slow coming out, but worth the wait!

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MarkG
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service1Ambience3

Food was great. There was a service glitch which Thanal took responsibility for in a stand up way.

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AlejandroI
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Fantastic food at great value! The curries are amazing, so are the clay pot oven dishes. The service was great. 100% recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent!! Will be coming often!

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RachelD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service, great guy who took care of us. Get the onion pakora!

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SleepSocks
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Stellar meal! Special Goat Curry, Shrimp Tikka Masala, Saag Paneer, and Tandori Salmon were the selection for our family birthday meal, and we could not have been more pleased. Perfectly blended flavors, delicious garlic, and paneer naan, and very attentive wait staff made this a wonderful meal.

Parking is incredibly easy with a lot right across the street.

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enjoysdining
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The food was delicious. It was a quiet Monday evening, the lights were down pretty low, but we enjoyed our meals ! Our one diner likes things spicy and said the Vindaloo could have had a little more kick to it, but overall we enjoyed and would return !

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Wendy
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Our food was truly delicious: an onion appetizer, the eggplant, a chicken korma, I think I was, with garlic naan on the side, with copious servings. The restaurant's lunch buffet got rave reviews but is not happening now; we hope it will return.

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vipTerrenceG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always great food and impeccable management. The owner makes you feel like family.

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DanielitaS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed everything about Thanal!!! The food was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! The service was phenomenal; they were very attentive, knowledgeable, and accommodating. We had outdoor reservations; however, there was some rain before we arrived and they moved us inside no problem! The music, lighting, and atmosphere was perfect.

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SunnyP
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Food was not that great. I accepted to be more like Indian taste food but it was no where closer. I won’t recommend to anyone

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TheKatalist
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love. Love. Love.
Their food is above many levels.
Butter Fish
Tandoori Salmon
Ghobi Manchurian

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vipSCVisitor
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Great food! Service was a bit slow but they were very busy.

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Tcon06
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing meal here last night. The service was top notch and the owner even came over and introduced himself. I would absolutely recommend this neighborhood gem and we’ll definitely be back soon.

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LoisZ
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time I e been back since the pandemic started and Thanal
did not disappoint! Everything was just as good as I remembered it 💜

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was amazing. There was live music at the restaurant on Friday night. The Cauliflower dish was delicious. Great establishment

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DestinyP
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food and atmosphere with live music outside.

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vipDelighted
Philadelphia
193 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience1

Delicious food. We dined indoors, at our request. DON’T! It’s dark and unattractive, dishes get dumped noisily in plastic bins. Order takeout. Many people already do. We will the next time.

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VR17
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Love the food here. Some traditional dishes and some modern fusion dishes- everything we ordered was tasty. I would come back just for the crab naan because it was fantastic!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Absolutely delicious.

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vipChowHound
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Most delicious Indian food ever. Friendly service, and lovely to sit outside on a nice evening.

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Pinktennisball
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

They were very gracious when we couldn’t make it on time for our reservation and accommodated us at a later time. Then we had to leave quickly to catch a show and again very gracious and hurried our meal along so we could make it on time. Food was delicious! Recommend!

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vipmusicaltitan
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I absolutely LOVE this place! This was our third time having our weekly date at Thanal, and each time I walk in, I get excited for the experience. I also tend to order WAY more food than I can consume in one meal- just for the option of eating leftovers the next day. Thank you for the wonderful food!

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THOMAS
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Terrific place a block away from our hotel. Nice people, great service, great food , prices were veey fair. No complaints , would highly recommend, do it again.

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RestaurantSupporter
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

I'm a big outside diner, forecast was poor, made inside res, then got there, was beautiful night, they did let us grab the last outside table for 2. I ordered soup ('we're out of that'...) and lamb, friend had app/breads and entree as well. First app came out +/- 30 mins later, then an entree and another app +/- 30 mins after that, then the final entree after another +/- 30 mins. No apologies, no 'the kitchen is backed up', nothing... Server seemed to want to be anywhere else but at the restaurant. Overall the food was good. I try to be supportive of restaurants in general and specifically of late, but would I rush back? Unfortunately no...

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Before booking I confirmed if they could make any dishes without onion and garlic. They stated they could make Saag and Tadka lentils. When I got there all seemed to be good. They then stated they could not make the Saag. The lentils were my back up and I could not eat them so I did not eat. The rest of my party had a great experience. They loved their meals and enjoyed the several apps and main dishes. It all looked tasty and the service was polite. I think I’m general it seems like a great place to eat and I’m sure my SO could go back. I’m only a little annoyed because I prepped ahead of time only to be disappointed and hungry.

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Sheryl
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The place was packed. Service was very attentive and nice but SLOW!! The food was delicious. It is obvious they were severely understaffed.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Never had Indian food before! From NYC and Found this place on Open table so I had an idea of what I wanted to eat after going though a few reviews and reading the menu in advance. Can’t recall the names of everything but the tikka marsala and butter chicken were amaze as well as the lamb rice dish of whoms name I am totally forgetting. The spicy cauliflower dish (agin, name I can’t recall- eeek!) was delish ! Soooo spicy and delicious. I LOVE spicy food and thick curry and my guy and I have huge appetites and had plenty to take home. Enjoy this place! I know we did!

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vipsscp
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was fabulous and the service is friendly.

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Rwg27
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing, service was great and it was so cute inside. It was a great place to catch up with an old friend!

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vipCityGuy
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Best Indian food in the city.

FAQs

Thanal Indian Tavern does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Thanal Indian Tavern also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 515-2511.

Thanal Indian Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 324 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.