An Editor’s Guide To Cincinnati’s Indian Food Scene


Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Cincinnati has such a vibrant Indian Food Scene, but we’re here to remind you that there are so many delicious choices around the area. Whether you’re looking for some tame curry or spicy vindaloo, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for in one of these places…

1. Dusmesh (Clifton)


Everyone comes for the lunch buffet, but they keep coming back for how ridiculously fantastic the Vindaloo and Saag Paneer. You could argue that pretty much every Indian Restaurant on the planet offers both of these, and you’d be right, but there’s something special about them here. Maybe it’s the spices, maybe it’s just that the chicken is extra juicy, but you have to love it. While you’re at it, make sure to add some Aloo Tikki on the side. It makes the meal that much better…

2. Guru (Ft. Mitchell)


Yeah, yeah… Chicken Curry is as typical as it gets with Indian. What you can’t usually get, though, is this curry teamed up with an Indian Beer. At Guru, you’ll have a choice between four different varieties of Indian Beer, and they team up perfectly with any curry dish you try. We recommend going for the Maharaja. They also have an epic lunch buffet that’s never too packed during the week days. You can never have too much Indian…

3. Shaan (Oakley)


One may argue that the spices are all that matter when it comes to Indian, and, if that’s the case, Shaan definitely knows what they’re doing. The Chicken Tikka Masala is the best we’ve ever had. The spices meld together so perfectly. When it comes standard, it’s not too spicy, but still has a little bit of a zing. Vegetarians can definitely rejoice here, too, because they have a group of vegetarian options that simply can’t be beat. If you’re eating on the lighter side, go with Dal Mahkani. It’s sweet, it’s healthy, and it’s just plain amazing.

4. Krishna (Clifton)


Want to enjoy Authentic Indian from the comfort of your home while watching Netflix? Look no further than Krishna. Let’s face it, the buffets and sit-down dinners are nice and all, but sometimes you don’t want to deal with the whole routine of actually staying at the restaurant. If you do decide to dine in, though, you can get all the naan you want alongside your meal. Oh, and our recommendation? Go with the Vindaloo. It’s definitely the best thing on their entire menu.


5. Swad India (North College Hill)


Lamb Korma might not be the first dish that comes to mind when people think of Indian Food. Hell, some people may have never even heard of it. Just because you haven’t heard of it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a try. Out of an extensive menu, this is the one item on Swad’s menu that stuck out to us most. Not only do they have that, but they also sell Sweet Lassi at this spot, which is something we haven’t seen on any other menus in town. It’s sweetness is the cherry on top to what’s already an excellent meal.

6. Deep India (Clifton)


Deep India has been a haven for college students looking for their Indian fix for years now, and it’s become a mainstay for one simple reason: they know what they’re doing. Whether it’s something spicy or something mellow, they’re going to have it. Not only is the food amazing, but they also deliver! Gotta love being lazy while chowing down on delicious Indian. The portions are pretty big, too, so you won’t have to worry about being hungry with this stuff. The Paag Saneer is a favorite, but the Ginger Chicken will always be our favorite. Make sure to come in for their $8 lunch special!

7. Akash Indian (Downtown)


When it comes to Downtown Indian, there aren’t may options, but who needs many when there’s a place as good as Akash. Make sure to go down during your lunch break before 2:00 P.M. to get your fill, because there’s plenty to enjoy. Definitely start off with some Paneer Pakora, but leave room for Chicken Tikka. Make sure you top it off with Gulab Jamun. Served warm, it’s the best way to end any meal.