9 Best Indian Restaurants in Colorado

From authentic curry in Denver to delicious gulab jamun in Glenwood Springs, Colorado’s Indian restaurants span a variety of styles and flavors. Next time you’re in the mood for complex spices and tastes, check out the 9 best Indian restaurants in the state! 

Sherpa Garden Restaurant & Bar, Colorado Springs, CO

The only guidance you need at this picturesque eatery is on what to choose from the menu of delicious Tibetan and Nepalese dishes. All capture the flavors and the culture of this Himalayan region. Tandoori spices are used in the Tikka Masala, Chicken Makani, as well as the favored marinated Tandoori chicken dish. Traditional curry comes with either veggies or a choice of meat. Vegetarian options abound. Finish a meal with a sweet serving of Kir.

Jaipur Indian Restaurant, Boulder, CO

From the bright yellow awning outside to the warm golden glow inside, you’ll feel welcome here. The food is classic Indian from the masalas to the vindaloos to a variety of specialty dishes that feature lamb, goat and chicken. Baked-to-order oven-hot breads include different naans, paratha and roti. Don’t leave without trying the Kulfi for dessert, an ice cream with pistachio and saffron. Lunch buffet daily. Vegan, gluten free and Halal meat options available.

Mr. Tandoori Urban Bar and Grill, Pueblo, CO

If you want to dip your fork into Indian food for the first time, the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet here is the way to go. There’s a wide-range of choices like vegetable korma, chicken makhani, lamb masala, saag and, of course, plenty of naan bread. Order off the menu for a more selective meal, all definitively Indian in flavors. Portions are quite large, so there’s plenty to take home for another meal. Vegetarian and vegan dishes available.

Masala & Curry, Glenwood Springs, CO

You know when the menu lists spice levels from mild to fiery hot it’s a place that not only cares about serving tasty food but also about the customer experience. There are a multitude of dishes as varied as Nepal and India to choose from. Vegan, vegetarians and those who are gluten-free will find much to enjoy. From the samosas to the gulab jamun dessert and all dishes in between, this restaurant attempts to curry favor with all who eat there … and succeeds.

Himalayan Pun Hill Kitchen, Montrose, CO

One of the most popular Tibetan dishes is mo-mo, a steamed dumpling made with chicken, lamb or vegetables served with an achaar dipping sauce. Try them here and you’ll be exclaiming, more-more please. Another popular Himalayan specialty Daahl-bhaat, a mixture of rice, lentils, Naan, served with a lamb or chicken curry, is also on the menu. This popular restaurant is a culinary delight of Indian and Tibetan food culture.

Himalayan Kitchen, Durango, CO

The chef here, a native of Nepal, brings the cuisine of his mountainous homeland to the people of this mountain area … mountain food for mountain people is the motto. An all-you-can-eat lunch buffet with a variety of vegetarian and no-vegetarian dishes is the perfect introduction to the bold and flavorful food served here. Menu highlights include Sherpa Stew, Kathmandu sekuwa and a Himalayan Chow-Chow.  The Himalayan spiced wine is a secret recipe … mums the word after trying it.

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Guru’s Restaurant, Montrose, CO

A meal here is a way to experience the adventure of Indian and Tibetan cuisine without ever leaving this country. The Khatmandu sampler is just that, a sample of non-vegetarian staples from Nepal. Of course, there’s naan bread, that puffy delight made plain or with multiple ingredients. There’s a variety of masalas, vindaloos, biryanis, as well as a selection of very specific Nepali and Himalayan fare. Vegans and vegetarians will find plenty to feast on.

Namaste Nepal Restaurant, Grand Junction, CO

Colorful prayer flags line the walls of this, from the outside, nondescript restaurant. Step inside and the unremarkable exterior fades away as the aromas of the savory food served here wafts throughout. There’s plenty of kick in the dishes and you can adjust according to taste based on a spiciness scale of one to 10. A huge menu with plenty of popular Indian and Nepalese dishes, but something for vegan, vegetarian, gluten and dairy free diners, too. The Chai tea is a must.

Sherpa Cafe, Crested Butte, CO

Every culture has its comfort food. At the top-of-the-world, the Himalayas, it’s fare like naan, dahl, samosas, korma, curry and masalas. You don’t have to go to 29,000 feet to find it, though, because it’s right here at 8,900 feet in the Rockies. The dishes are cooked to order and traditionally made with fresh local ingredients and authentic spices. Plenty of choices for meat and non-meat eaters. 

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