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Udupi Palace

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    ( 8 reviews )
Contact 510-843-6600
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1901 University Ave (at Martin Luther King Jr Wy), Berkeley, California, USA, 94704

Vegetarian Indian restaurant, affiliated with the Udupi in San Francisco Mission District. Most dishes can be made vegan. A walk from downtown Berkeley BART. Open Mon-Thu 11:30am-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-10:00pm, Sun 11:30am-9:30pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Indian, Take-out, Catering

Reviews (8)

First Review by secret reviewer

Tasty dishes take the asterisk out of vegan dining - Edit

Tired of uninspired vegan menu offerings, such as, garden burger or hummus with veggie sticks? Udupi Palace's menu is the ultimate is budget-wise, tasty, veg-friendly. Single asterisk items (11) are non-vegan, vegetarian which use ghee, egg, cottage cheese yogurt or cream. Double-asterisk items (11) may be veganized upon request. Remaining 35 food items are vegan. For a famished family of four, familiar with dosas, the Udupi Combo was just what we needed. It took a moment for an employee to appear to greet and seat us. Served neatly on a tin tray our huge dosas and accompaniments were tasty. Combo includes one white rice and lentil patty and one fried lentil doughnut. Both paired yummily with coconut chutney. For an extra dollar your combo can be from one of the higher-end dosas, such as the Udupi Special Spring Dosa packed with cabbage, peas and cilantro added to the basic potato and chutney dosa. The combo is also available with your choice of Uthappam (rice and lentil pancake). Bargain family dining, although not organic.

Pros: Dozens of vegan options, Priced right with generous portions, Clean, well-maintained interior

Cons: Menu lacks sufficient descriptions for t, Not all vegan, Not organic


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Spicy and delicious! - Edit

I love Indian food and am sooo happy this place exists.
Everything I've ordered has been tasty and the people that work there are really nice.
The food is a bit oily but that's normal for Indian food. I recommend the Special Vegetable Curry. Yomay!

Pros: lots to choose from, spicy!, tasty!

Cons: it's a bit "cozy" inside


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Respectable Indian meals at reasonable prices - Edit

Udupi Palace does pretty good dosas, vadas, and other South Indian staples. Their samosas are well above average. The staff have always been very warm and friendly. Whenever we've taken friends from India, most of them have been very pleased, with few disappointments.

We would go more often if they used organic ingredients and made efforts to be eco-friendly. There are now so many more health-conscious vegan places in the East Bay that we rarely eat at those with a lower bar for healthful ingredients.

Pros: Better than average Indian food, Quite reasonable prices for the location

Cons: Not all vegan, Not organic

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Good Food Cheap - Edit

Coming from a city that has, for the most part, only two kinds of restaurants--steakhouses and burger joints--I was not prepared for the variety of vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants in Berkeley. There are incredibly upscale (and expensive) vegan restaurants, and there are modest, inexpensive (and yet still vegan!) places like the Udupi Palace. Possibly the name seems slightly ironic, because the restaurant is not large or fancy. The plates are plastic, the walls and tables are worn, and the decorations are not as fancy or colorful as I've seen in other Indian restaurants. But the prices are low, the portions are large, and the food is delicious. My wife and I ordered dosas, and they were huge! This is the ideal place for students or anyone on a budget, for a quick lunch or dinner, or for fans of Indian food (like my wife and me). The only people I wouldn't recommend it to are business people looking for a place to impress clients, or for couples wanting someplace romantic to dine (not fancy enough).

Pros: Good food, Cheap, Big portions

Cons: A bit worn-down


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Good food - Edit

I like it here. I've only had two of the dosas, one of them my favorite (masala dosa), samosas, and the lentil donuts (they have an indian name though). I've liked everything. The dining atmosphere itself is casual, and the staff is friendly, helpful, and accomodating.

Pros: great food, accomodating staff, reasonable prices


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