Santa Rosa Indian Restaurant Sizzling Tandoor Impressing Critics Under New Ownership

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Sizzling Tandoor, the longstanding Indian restaurant serving locals and visitors of the Sonoma Valley, is getting great reviews thanks to the new direction of the ownership.

The Sizzling Tandoor Indian restaurant has been a fixture on Santa Rosa's Mendocino Avenue for more than 20 years, but now that it's under new ownership the restaurant is making a big impression on local food critics. A recent review in the Press Democrat, the leading newspaper for Sonoma and Napa counties, raved about their broader selection of adventurous southern Indian dishes. The restaurant also impressed critics at the Bohemian, a North Bay Area publication that offers news, music, movies, restaurants and wine culture.

Vinay Patel has owned and operated the Sizzling Tandoor three years now, but as these reviews show, the new direction he has taken the restaurant is really starting to take hold. "What used to be an uninspired Indian restaurant now offers an adventuresome menu, including…southern Indian dishes seldom seen in these parts," said Press Democrat food critic Jeff Cox. The writer went on to explain the spicing of the dishes, and the lineup of Indian spice blends called masalas that customers can purchase for their own home cooking. Other impressive features new to the restaurant under Patel's ownership include a nice selection of Indian and domestic beers and fine wines, a selection of 11 breads, spicy vegetarian options, and meat and seafood dishes from around India.
Similar accolades have recently come out of the Bohemian, which is known for spotting the best places to eat and drink around the North Bay Area. After almost 20 years in downtown Santa Rosa, Sizzling Tandoor has managed to impress food writer Carey Sweet with its remarkable range of menu options. There are well over 100 different dishes on the menu, including lamb saag, creamy chicken sahi, vegetarian bhindi masala, and other assorted dishes using meat, seafood and vegetables of the Indian subcontinent.    

Sizzling Tandoor is located at 409 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, California 95401. They are open Monday through Saturday for lunch and daily for dinner. For more information, visit or call 707-579-5999.

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About Sizzling Tandoor:
For more than 20 years as the premier gourmet Indian food restaurant in the Sonoma Valley Wine Country, Sizzling Tandoor has created culinary delights for many locals and tourists. With an extensive wine by the glass list and huge selection of local and Indian beers, customers return time and again to enjoy their traditional Tandoori chicken, curries, samosas and nan, while exploring more exotic cuisine from North and South India and Indo-Chinese fusion cuisine in a relaxing and uplifting ambiance. In Indian culture, all celebrations occur around food. Food, celebration, well-being, closeness to the land and its many crops, and happiness are all tied together. Sizzling Tandoor endeavors to represent the very best of Indian culture, and strive to bring the richness of this culture to every guest at their tables.

Voted best in Sonoma County for the past 16 years, their unsurpassed cuisine includes:

  • North Indian Moguhlai
  • South Indian Fusion Cuisine
  • Indo-Chinese Fusion Cuisine
  • Gujarati-style catering services


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