• CLOSED: Udipi Cafe

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Fast food

Serves meat, vegan options available. Indian restaurant in a family-friendly setting. Formerly Banaras. Under new management September 2022 and no longer fully vegetarian. Reported closed December 2022.

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7 Reviews

First Review by sam-i-am


Points +87

08 Mar 2018

Great South Indian Food

Best dosa in Atlanta. Have been eating here for years, and continue to enjoy the experience. Vegan and vegetarian foods. They accommodate all tastes happily, and there is something for every palate here.



Points +33

25 Dec 2017

Best Vegetarian and Vegan Food

I checked them out. Food was delicious and the variety was fabulous. They have a separate menu with vegan, gluten free options marked and with great explanations on the ingredients. Very healthy and enjoyable. Their service was fabulous and better than five stars! As a good critic I would certainly encourage vegetarians and vegans to frequent this restaurant in Duluth, Ga.

Pros: Tasty and variety of food , Great service , Very hygienic

Cons: Closed on Tuesdays

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Points +1070

19 Sep 2017

food with watered down gravies

We had been to this restaurant several years ago and went back recently. We were thoroughly disappointed. The puris in the dahi puri were stale. All the gravies and chutneys were watered down and very unflavorful. The paneer makhani had so few paneers in it that it is hardly worth mentioning that it is a paneer dish and the gravy was watered down to no flavor. The coconut rava dosa was okay but the sambhar and chutney were both diluted! The rice was stale. The gobi Manchurian was full of food coloring and the gravy was watered down - tasteless! The service was good. They were also overpriced for the portions served.


Points +13

04 Sep 2017

Udipi Cafe is under New Management - Vegan Options and Endless Hospitality

Udipi Cafe is now under New Management since end 2016. It is family owned and very FAMILY/Cimmunity friendly.

A new menu features Vegan, Gluten Free and Jain (No Garlic/No Onion Options). All menu options are customizable and if you don't receive the best service, the owners will intervene immediately to ensure you have the best experience. Ambience is updated with music video for a lively atmosphere, new traditional but chic decor and impeccable hygiene..

The goal is to delight all your five senses of taste, touch, sight, hearing and smell. Outdoor seating is also available.

Pros: Customizable menu option , Family Friendly , Large variety of vegetarian and vegan options

Cons: Pets not allowed , No alcohol served


Points +3144

10 Feb 2014

It's Okay

I frequent the buffet at the Upidi in Smyrna so I thought this one would be comparable. There's no buffet here. I was told by the waiter that everything in one section of the menu was "no diary" but on closer inspection I saw items with cheese. After inquiring again I was told that most items had either butter or cheese. He did not offer to make these items vegan for me. I ate a crepe that was vegan-friendly and good, but I do not know that I will return here anytime soon.


Points +174

01 Jan 2013



I noticed a bit of the same thing as the first reviewer- the staff are very reluctant to change the menu! I like the dosai with the chickpeas instead of the potatoes, but they flat out told me they can't do that (ok, maybe it's not be the traditional way to eat it, but still...). Anyway, they reluctantly agreed. I go there a lot with my family. Very tasty and cheap food (albeit quite oily).

Pros: cheap, tasty, vegan-friendly

Cons: oily


Points +18

20 Dec 2011

New Owner/Management RUDE!!! 3 strikes you're out!

Udipi, in Duluth GA, was GREAT when it was Banaras (sp?). I returned when it changed names and ownership. The first time was just ok. Service was not great and I was not impressed with the way mgmt. treated their water server/bus girl. The food was good but they refused to assist with my vegan concerns.
Went a second time. Service was great if you were from India. I waited a very long time to order but noticed "others" were being catered to. It irritated me and before I left, I wrote them a very nice "letter" and made them aware of my concerns. I had actually planned on never returning again.
Third visit, not my choice, one of my very best friends is Middle Eastern and wanted to try Indian food for the first time. So we went. It was a nightmare!!! They treated her so horribly, I wanted to get up and leave. For example: She asked for a side of tofu and they refused to bring it to her, saying "That does not go with that (menu item) it is not served that way." I asked "Can you just put some tofu in a bowl and bring it out...we will pay for it?" He said "No" and walked away. My friend got up and went to the bathroom and I called the owner over and told him that I knew he could go in the kitchen, get a bowl, and put tofu in it. That I was aware it was not how they served the dish but it was what she wanted. He said "I will do it." He was irritated. My friend came out at the end of that conversation and told him "No, it's okay. I'm fine. Don't worry about it I will eat it the way you want me to." When he brought it, it was without the tofu. Sad...


Pros: location, location, location

Cons: Horrible Service, Not the best Indian food, The new decor is unwelcoming

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