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Shri Balaji Bhavan

5655 Hillcroft St, Houston, TX 77036-2213
+1 713-783-1126
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good30%
  • Average12%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible0%
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“dosas” (8 reviews)
“thali” (6 reviews)
“indian food” (5 reviews)
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Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
5655 Hillcroft St, Houston, TX 77036-2213
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been here a few times. The food is tasty, but service is almost non existent. You stand in a line, order, pay, and are given a number, which is called (shouted) when your food is ready, and you pick it up. Standard South...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank kmudan
Reviewed 30 October 2018

I went with my family and a few friends at their suggestion; at the time I had no idea that it was a vegetarian restaurant; and I'm a proud dyed-in-the-wool carnivore... Hence, I'm generally not all that partial to vegetarian food. Nonetheless, I was willing...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Craig L
Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

We came here with an open mind wanting to try something new at about 12:30 on a Thursday for lunch. There were plenty of seats - about half of the small seating area was empty. Most of the people seated had number flags at their...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Darla G
AakashL25, Owner at Shri Balaji Bhavan, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2018

Hi Darla, I would like to sincerely apologize that you felt unwelcomed and that my staff in front did not offer any recommendation. It’s not excuse but the lady that’s at the front is new and still learning, but I promise that I will have...More

Reviewed 27 August 2018

We arrived just before closing time and the staff was super kind about taking our order, and serving us as they were technically closing. Dosa is delicious! Looking forward to next time in Houston so I can repeat to taste more of the options on...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank SwampcityTraveller
Reviewed 2 April 2018

This was one of Alison Cook's (Houston Chronicle) top restaurants in 2018. It is a casual place--order at the counter. But the quality is great. Eating freshly prepared vada is entirely different than what I've had before at buffets. The donut-shaped items are crispy on...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Robert J
Reviewed 19 March 2018

Took a few people here, two of whom never tried Indian food. Thankfully, they all enjoyed the dosa dishes,to the point that they tried all for dosa that we ordered. The two favorites were the Masala and the Palaak (I believe that was the one)....More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank BHEBfoodie
Reviewed 25 December 2017

The Masala Dosa was drenched in oil and very soggy. Dirty dishes were not taken and we had to remove them.More

Date of visit: December 2017
Aakash L, Owner at Shri Balaji Bhavan, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2017

Hello AIWIW, I’m so sorry to read that your recent visit to our restaurant was less than satisfactory. We thank you so much for bringing this up to our attention and we promise to work harder to make sure mistakes like this do not occur...More

Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

This is a very authentic vegetarian Indian restaurant where all the food prepared to order, nothing pre-made. I have been here several times at different times of the day and it is always busy but I have never been rushed to order. Everyone there, including...More

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank nurse420
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Have been to this place recently but have never come out with happy tummy in last couple of visits. The amount of spices they add to the curries is unbearable for normal Indian to eat. The rava dosa was dry and hard (not crispy). The...More

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank Raman K
Aakash L, Owner at Shri Balaji Bhavan, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2017

Raman K., Thank you leaving us your feedback. We’re sad to read that you feel that our standard has gone down. I can assure you every item that you mentioned your feedback we will have a look at and have a word with our chefs...More

Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

Delicious spicy south indian vegetarian food. Food had a very nice spice level and was very tasty. We had Dosas and a Thali. Both were good portions and tasty. Will definitely go back there. Seating was nice and the restaurant did not smell like some...More

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank STravelsHappy
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Restaurant Details

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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Television, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
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11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5655 Hillcroft St, Houston, TX 77036-2213
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston
  • Phone Number: +1 713-783-1126
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For over 20 years, we have been serving Houston the best South Indian food this city has to offer. We strive in making the freshest and most authentic South Indian food! For the past 4 years we have made the Houston Chronicle, Alison Cook's Houston's Top 100 restaurants, and for 2016 the Houston Press named us as the best Indian restaurant in Houston, Texas. Have you had your Dosa yet? No? Don't wait, come in and dine with us today!!!
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