• “It was the most unique version of rasam I've ever had - so, so good!” in 10 reviews

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  • “I have recently adopted a gluten free died and the dosa has definitely the spot for me.” in 138 reviews

  • “Their menu is unlike any traditional East Indian menu...dosas, sambar & idli...vegetarian and meaty platters...paneer, chicken, lamb.” in 8 reviews

    $10 Vegetarian South Indian Thali

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  • 4.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    I love this place, their RAVA and Paper Dosa is the bomb, dip it in with a side of butter chicken...

    It is good every time.  I can't even venture off to order anything else.

  • 2.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    Totally over hyped!!

    Heard it's under the same management as 'Curry up now' and boldly walked into this place on a weekend for dinner.

    Ordered a lot of food - thali, gangra noodles(don't be fooled; it's only noodles wrapped in small dosas along with a choice of fried paneer/chicken), uttappam tacos, hakka noodles, dosa, fried dumplings in sambar(vada sambar), Bombay dust fried idli, etc. The names are as exotic and unique as those at Curry up now but the food falls way below their standards.

    None of the dishes are noteworthy.

    Not coming back.

  • 4.0 star rating

    1.Different indo chinese menu n decent ambience.
    2. Most of them are good.
    3. Average priced like any other restaurant.

    Had the following:
    * fried idly - excellent
    * rasam avg - good
    * chilli chkn - average
    * malabar paratha - disastrous
    * madras onion dosa - good
    * panneer tikka dosa - good
    * mattar panneer dosa - good
    *Chinese thali - Very good ( fried rice, spring roll, gobi chilli, sweet corn soup, hakkah noodles )
    * non veg thali - below average
    * mango lassi - good
    * gulan jam - very good.

  • 4.0 star rating
    2 check-ins

    No more long drives for us to the South bay to get our south indian food fix. Chennai Club nails it with the south indian fare! The idlis, the dosas, the uttappams and the sambhar are all spot on. Haven't tried their North Indian dishes but i wouldn't be surprised if they aren't as good as the South Indian dishes. We tried the chilly chicken and it was not that great.  They were previously owned by the same people as Curry Up Now, but looks like its owned by different people now. The service was very quick and our food came very quickly, they also deliver via fluc.com.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Best South Indian taste in the Peninsula. Go with the regular Indian, not Indian-Chinese menu items. Really authentic flavors with barely a twist. The kale vada in sambar is fresh and out of this world tasty. Thali is also great, loved the accompanying lamb and chicken curries, though a bit under and over salted respectively. Spring veggie dosa is slim and not crisp, filling just ok. Would maybe pass on dosa here, seeking certain dosa specialty places for that Mysore masala dosa fix. Coconut and tomato chutneys are not quite as yummy as Spice Hut's, the former a bit thin in consistency, but are fine. Name and menu changed a few months ago but same great cooks. What a gem of an unassuming restaurant! Wish there were something like this in SF. There's good Pakistani-Indian up here, but less good South Indian food.

    Note, this used to be Dosa Republic before Dosa sued them for name similarities and they gave up the long lawsuit.

  • 2.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    The dosa is meant to be the thing to get, according to the staff. We got two different dosas and both tasted only ok. It's a bit dry too.

  • 4.0 star rating

    I ate here last weekend for lunch.  It's an unpretentious, place which serves some quick, spicy wrap-like concoctions for $10.  The only thing I can complain about is the somewhat difficult to read menu on the wall.  Aside from that it's a solid place.

  • 5.0 star rating

    Great fresh good. Perfect spice and extremely fast service. Will have to try more on the menu.

  • 1.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    This is NOT Dosa Republic.

    They claim to serve the same food with same but expanded menu.  I asked them why they changed the name, they just said the food is still the same.

    Well, the food is NOTHING like Dosa.  The lamb dish is waterly and bland.  The rice is poor quality basmati rice.  The chicken biryani was tasteless.

    Worse, we both got a stomachache afterwards which ruined our evening.

    The place is also not as clean as before.  The bathroom floor felt greasy, there were food crumbs on the floor, chairs, etc.

    Why is Yelp letting this place keep all the ratings and reviews from Dosa Republic, while this is clearly not the same restaurant?  curious...  I feel kind of misled.

  • 4.0 star rating

    The quality has improved a lot from Dosa republic days. However off late I think the quantities have reduced a little bit & the prices have gone up a little bit. Hopefully they don't keep doing this and lose customers like me. It will be another Annapoorna all over again.

    Dusted fried idly, Vada, and Malabar paratha with Paneer tikka masala (hidden menu item) are my favorite.

  • 1.0 star rating

    I visited this place recently and ordered the below items:

    1. malabar paratha with lamb curry:
    Guys, dont dare to order this item at this place plssss. when i told the person on counter about the bad quality, he simply ignored, he did not even bother to inquire more. very bad customer service, will never visit this place again just becoz of this reason.

    2. samosa chat:  Below average

    3. some paneer dosa: Average

  • 4.0 star rating

    Exploring my neighborhood for Indian food, I am pleased to know there alternatives to local Bombay Garden and Curry Up Now.  The restaurant was nicer than I imagined, being next to a porn shop.  

    I'm familiar with Pakistani and common Indian dishes, but I think menu item descriptions (with pictures please) would do a LOT of justice.  Fortunately I had enough battery life in my phone to Google the dishes, and I ended up ordering Idli and chicken biryani.  Biryani is always a safe dish to get.  I can even make this myself (feel free to message me for a tasty and easy recipe).  

    Great flavors.  The idli was a bit spongier than I imagined, but paired with the chutneys made them a great appetizer.  I have no complaints about the biryani.  The chicken was well-cooked and tender.  Good-sized portion as well.

    I want to try the dosas next time.  Dosas are traditionally inexpensive, so I'm not sure why it's around $8-10 locally...hope they fill me up for that price.

  • 3.0 star rating
    Purchased a Yelp Deal

    Let me start with saying that the food is good and love their sambhar. But I feel the owner does not apply good business practices or policies.

    I am a big fan on their sambhar. When I sit there I get sufficient which is more than one small side they give and the same goes with chutney's.

    But sometimes I feel like doing a take out and eat it at home. When I pick up food they give almost half of the side of sambhar one gets when sitting their. When today I asked for making it at least equal to the one side of sambhar I get when I sit their, I was told to pay $2 extra. When asked for a reason to do so they could not give one. I was told the when you do table service you can order more but when you take out you only get these few table spoons. I feel this is unfair to a consumer especially when I am paying the same. In fact I would argue then they should give more when the customer is not using there table service. Something to think about from a better business practice point of view. I gave them options to maybe ask customers to get container if cost of packaging take out order is a concern or maybe charge 10 to 20 cents extra for packaging but why $2 for getting less quantity of food and no dine in service.

    With that said I will definitely go there less than I used to because I take out more often than eat there. For folks who want to sit tans eat there, it is not a problem.

  • 3.0 star rating

    Bad: Non veg items are not so good.. Esp, chilli chicken
    Good for vegetarians, they have plenty of veggie options and the taste is so yummy.

  • 2.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    Nicely designed menus.
    Food tastes very mediocre.

  • 1.0 star rating
    4/15/2014 Updated review

    I just got contacted by someone who claims to be employed by The Chennai Club,
    Destany F., aka Alyona, who asked me to take my negative review down, with the following message.

    "Take dosa review off
    Chris you like to complain, don`t you? And you wish for each neg review u can get money back...oh, dear you can`t play with that.  I think  you are just a cheap scape and I can clearly tell it to your face as I am the one who helped you and all your friends get accommadated! But you paid first for yourself. The last college paid for every single person in group-BUT YOU. that`s why you are mad....cheap...cheap....cheap Alyona is my name, in case you change your mind"

    If this person truly represents the business, I would avoid this place at all costs. If not, I am amazed at the lengths people will go to impersonate a business and not use Yelp's proper response system to address customer complaints.

    As an aside, I left one small detail out of my review, but will include it now:

    My boss' intent was to treat everyone to lunch that day, but before she was able to say this, I had already paid for my order in full.  The inept person at the register didn't know how to combine our orders or refund my transaction, so my boss simply paid me in cash and we didn't make any issue of it. Funny how the restaurant went out of their way to call me cheap when they don't know the backstory, of course I thought it irrelevant to the review, until now.

    2.0 star rating
    12/3/2013 Previous review
    The Good:

    I have gone here a few times with co-workers, both when it was Dosa Republic and now the…
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  • 3.0 star rating

    Fast food style Indian place that was quite busy at 8:30PM.  To be fair, I didn't try their dosa, which seems to be what they make the most of.  I got the cumin lamb ($11, comes with white rice and some vegetables) and their crispy garlic fried rice ($9).  Both were pretty salty and mediocre.  Both of these items came off their Indian-Chinese portion of their menu, which I was lukewarm on.  The serving size / cost of the cumin lamb was fair -- it makes a complete meal with the rice and vegetables.  The garlic fried rice tasted more or less like fried rice I can make at home, which makes $9 pretty steep given that there wasn't anything in it that really justifies the cost.  Parking seems to be only side of the street and it's on El Camino Real so I guess convenience might vary by time of day.  

    As a plus, there's online ordering through the yelp mobile app and the order comes out pretty fast.  The menu is also pretty extensive so I can only speak for 2 things they make.

  • 2.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    The food is very inconsistent. Once it was really good however today the food was close to horrible.

    We ordered the tangra dosa, chettinad dosa and sinhala dosa (with paneer) and all very very dry with paneer cooked like rubber.

  • 5.0 star rating

    One word! AMAZING

    Trier chettandu chicken was amazing, so was their Indo chinese and appetizers. Looking forward to go there soon.

  • 4.0 star rating


    Great indo chinese fusion restaurant. Clean restaurant, good service, and good vegetarian options.

    I came here with a few friends last night and we ordered the following -

    1) Uttapum Tacos with Paneer - Comes with chutney
    2) Garlic Fried Rice - Spicy!
    3) Schezuan Garam Masala Potatoes - Spicy!
    4) Noodle Dosa (hakka noodles with paneer inside a dosa) - Comes with chutney
    5) Gobi Cauliflower Chili

    I think the Gobi Chili was the best dish. The gobi was perfectly coated with masala and was not soggy at all. Everything was pretty spicy (my friends and I like spicy food). The portion sizes are large enough so that you can share dishes with others.

  • 4.0 star rating
    Purchased a Yelp Deal 3 check-ins

    Pretty good indian food. Hakka noodles and american chopsuey are one of the best you can get here.

  • 3.0 star rating
    Purchased a Yelp Deal

    Decent place for Veg Indian, paper dosa are good.  The red sauce though I have no idea what that is.. it sure isn't Indian.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    I've never had south Indian food before, but this place set the bar high.

    I had the American Punjabi Dosa with chicken, which is chicken, spinach, potatoes wrapped up in a crepe-like substance. This could be shared between two people -- it's THAT big. The dosa came with multiple sauces, but it doesn't need it because it's already tasty. If you've never tried dosas or south Indian food, you will not be disappointed with the Chennai Club.

    Don't forget to check-in through yelp (I received free spring rolls)!

  • 4.0 star rating

    love this place being so close to home. Cute decor and authentic flavours. And best yet its got great gluten free and veg options. Soooo good!

  • 4.0 star rating

    What an unexpected surprise! Enjoyed our Saturday lunch thoroughly at chennai club while visiting the Bay Area. Simple, non assuming place but had the following yummy delights- chicken wings, chilli prawn, dosa, etc.
    But the best dish for us was definitely the chettinad chicken- not too spicy, rich decadent gravy served with delicious parathas! I subtracted a star because somehow, the service was strange. The staff had no real expression or enthusiasm. They took the order so mechanically- never really trying to elaborate, upsell or clarify. Maybe even a smile would've gone a long way?

    But will definitely be back...

  • 4.0 star rating

    The dosa food truck is pretty good.   The food is fresh and nice.  I've eaten here many times.

  • 5.0 star rating

    I've always wondered what it would be like to have dosa filled with meat and now I know. It's awesome. We split the American dosa which had butter chicken and saag inside and the old deli lamb dosa which had... lamb. I enjoyed both immensely and the slight sourness of the dosa batter added more than you'd think flavorwise to the whole experience. They're large portions too so leftovers are a real possibility.

    I'd really like to go back and try more of their stuff as well as one of the traditional dosas.

  • 2.0 star rating

    I hate to say this but this place has gone down the toilet. Used to be a cool tasty innovative place. Last time I went, the food was totally bland and flavorless and the dosa just completely fell apart. I had to eat it entirely with a fork.

  • 5.0 star rating

    Gluten free..!
    Over 20 kinds of Dosa in a menu!

    And has daily SPECIALS on a board!!!
    What else can you crave for.
    Let me open a lit secret about this 8th Indian World Wonder-

    the true secret is- IT`S ALWAYS FRESH, just like at home.
    These guys cook twice daily just to bring the best flavor of south Indian curry.
    The staff member- the chef, the dosa maker guy, the guru behind the counter who will promptly point you the right direction on the menu- ARE ALL BELONG TO THE COUNTRY OF CURRY EMPIRE....they follow the tradition of the culture, heritated from generation to generation-bringing THE BEST TO OUR TABLE.
    & when I am in experimentive mood- I go for Indian Chinese.........very good variety.

    Chennai Club has a nice vibe, pleasant ambience,
    and everything to satisfy your hunger.
    You easy can get in-out within 15 min getting your quick lunch.
    Or sipping a sweet madras coffe watch the lights through the window meeting the sunset

    I truely love this DOSA Place for the whole creation I get.

  • 2.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    Two stars for great service. They are quiet accommodating and friendly. But unfortunately, it's 0 stars for food. All they have to do is get the basics right. Taste, freshness etc. Get a better chef maybe. They've got everything else going on ok.

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/23/2014 Updated review

    They updated since the last time I went and are no longer the Dosa Republic, but they expanded their menu a bit, and everything we tried was delicious!

    3.0 star rating
    6/17/2012 Previous review
    Drop 1 star for the excessively loud hiphop music which kinda f'd the ambience.  It's not the… Read more
    4.0 star rating
    5/18/2012 Previous review

    Friendly staff.  I'm told by my friend that the samba is very aunthentic south Indian...…
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  • 4.0 star rating
    5/8/2014 Updated review
    2 check-ins

    The Malabar Paratha (Indian bread) and the paneer tikka masala is really good on the new 'Specials' menu. Also, the lamb curry is worth a try.

    5.0 star rating
    3/15/2014 Previous review
    Chennai club, formerly the dosa Republic, has been a long time favorite for South Indian food around… Read more
  • 3.0 star rating
    3 check-ins

    I was here when it was Dosa Republic and now again with its new name.  Both times the food was good and large portions.  This recent visit we had the lamb & vegetarian dosas.  Both were good.  Tea was ok.  Service was ok.  Staff are not overly friendly or helpful, more like uninterested.  Like others said, the wall menu is difficult to read because of the font and layout.

  • 5.0 star rating
    Purchased a Yelp Deal

    Five stars for the great service.  The nice woman who took our order was very helpful in creating a nice meal for my wife and me. She made numerous recommendations and we decided on the cauliflower chili appetizer, fried idly, lamb traditional dosa, and thali combo.  All were really tasty and not too oily as other places tend I be.

    Took advantage of the yelp $20 for $30 and again the lady was very accommodating and helped us max out our deal. Def will be back!

  • 3.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    It's a good attempt at fusion south indian cuisine, i'll give you that but some of the flavors fall flat. I've been here even when it was called Dosa Republic (not sure if management changed too or just the name) and my experience was similar.

    Not bad overall, but I wouldn't make it a first choice. Just my opinion folks!

  • 5.0 star rating
    2 check-ins

    So my fiancé and I came in here and we were not expecting much as this was the only place open nearby on Christmas day and it looks pretty casual when you walk in; however, it was not only a delicious restaurant but it really was authentic South Indian food.

    My fiancé and I love spicy Indian food, and we especially love dosa!  So when we stopped by Chennai Club, we were surprised at how tasty the sambar, coconut, and spicy chutneys were.  In addition, the masala (potatoes) had so much flavor and every bite was even better than the first.  Now, I am prone to getting heartburn/ acidity after eating dosa and sambar at some places but even after sitting in the car driving from SF to LA, I was totally fine and would totally love to dine at the Chennai Club again.

    FYI, if you don't like too much oil in your food, mention it to them.  That is one slight change I would suggest next time I dine here, but overall excellent food!

  • 4.0 star rating
    Purchased a Yelp Deal

    I love this place. Really good indian food, fast and friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

    Only downside is that when it's busy it ends up quite loud.

  • 4.0 star rating
    12/17/2013 Updated review
    Purchased a Yelp Deal 3 check-ins

    Paper dosa is so good! And only $9! It's soooo good! Also try the vada with yogurt sauce it's soooo good! The tamarind with the yogurt and green onions is muy delicious. Vada..from what little I know are fried balls of lentil flour. So gooood.

    Lots of gluten free options here! Dosas are gluten free!

    4.0 star rating
    12/4/2013 Previous review
    It's good and I liked the yelp deal, which brought us here. They have a good mix of fusion dosas and… Read more
  • 4.0 star rating

    Beware: they just changed their name from Dosa Republic to The Chennai Club due to another Indian restaurant in SF with the  name Dosa. Same owners so no worries there if you are a loyal Dosa Republican.

    New signage not up yet so hard to find if you haven't been there before like me. My wife and I wasn't sure what to get so asked the cashier for some recommendations. She recommended the American Punjabi w/ Chicken and the Cumin lamb stew from the unique Indian/Chinese section of the menu. Both were equally tasty, but I enjoyed the lamb a bit more. Super tender and rice was perfect.

    Quick service, great food, reasonable prices so definitely recommend.

    Only negatives is no towels in the bathroom and did not expect to hear Flo Rida in an Indian restaurant. :)

  • 4.0 star rating

    Been here many times and even done catering from this place for our housewarming. Really nice dosas and love their uttapam tacos (rice pancake as tacos). Service is really good and Feroza was so kind when handling the catering.

    Paper dosa is like we get it in South India (I can certify it given that I hail from Madras). Their idli/mini-idli sambar and vada sambar are also great - spicy, tangy.
    My friends have had the thali and it is really good.

    Reasonably priced. Got the uttapam tacos and pakodas (take-out only) which my guests loved and added to the variety on the table. (Yes, Feroza managed to pack the tacos without breakage).

    I would recommend finishing up with a nice cup of good south Indian coffee.