Valentine’s Day at Lotus is Special

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Time flies so quickly. A few days ago we celebrated Christmas and now it’s already the 2nd month of the year – February!

What exactly do you have in mind when you hear February? For some it is about Chinese New Year, but for much of the world it is Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day on the 14th of February became a tradition and one of the most celebrated days in the calendar. Although it is not considered a holiday, lovers all over make this day a special one. Give a very special gift to the one you love! Highlight the day by taking your partner out to a romantic dinner.

Why Lotus?

Where’s the best place to spend your Valentines? Lotus Cuisine of India! Call now and reserve your seat.

Lotus serves exquisite Indian cuisine in an exotic setting. With a cozy atmosphere and delightful ambiance framed by Indian décor. Lotus Cuisine also has retractable roof for more romantic view of the evening sightseeing the stars (weather permitting).

Full flavors of contemporary Indian cuisine complete with personally handpicked herbs and spices and food. Talk about a natural aphrodisiac!

We recommend you make your Valentines extraordinary with our Chef Special for Two!

Our Chef Special for Two includes 3 courses with our special Tandoori and Kabab for the main course.

But first, you have your choice of a soup and you can savor a Lotus appetizer platter.

The final course of our Chef’s Special offers Rogan Josh, Bengan Bartha, Chicken Tikka Masala, Saag Paneer, Rice, and Naan.

And for the last hooray, choose a dessert and whisper Happy Valentine’s Day! Did we mention that this entire meal for two will only set you back $69.95?

Please don’t wait! Make your reservation now for Valentine’s Day at Lotus Cuisine of India in downtown San Rafael.

P.S. For our health conscious and vegetarian patrons, you can pamper your loved ones with our mostly Vegetarian and 95% Gluten Free menu.


North Indian vs South Indian

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North vs South Indian cuisine  North Indian vs South Indian north vs southIndia is a large and diverse country. It has multiple cultures and languages. With that comes a multitude of cuisines. Some like to split the cuisine of India into North and South. So India has it’s on version of North vs South!

Here in San Rafael we have a similar distinction! Lotus Cuisine of India at 704 4th Street serves primarily North Indian Cuisine while Lotus Chaat and Spices serves mainly South Indian street food such as dosas along with fusion foods like Indian pizzas and burritos.

North Indian food has famous breads such as naan and chapati. There are tandoori oven meats like lamb and chicken. The dishes use plenty of chickpeas and lentil varieties. The base of North Indian foods includes onions, tomatoes, ginger and garlic.

South Indian food is mostly vegetarian with some fish. Instead of bread there is more rice and a plenty of coconut. A mix of rice and lentils are used to make the dosas, a very popular food of the South. Southern dishes are said to have sharp, intense flavors and often are spicier than northern dishes.


Lotus Cuisine takes a break between lunch and dinner, but Lotus Chaat stays open!

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Location of the two Lotus Indian restaurants in San Rafael, CA  Lotus Cuisine takes a break between lunch and dinner, but Lotus Chaat stays open! lotus chaat to lotus cuisine

Location of the two Lotus Indian restaurants in San Rafael, CA

Lotus Cuisine of India is closed between lunch and dinner from 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM.

During this time you can still order your delicious curries and other Indian food at Lotus Chaat & Spices.

That’s our other location just down the road at 1559 4th Street in San Rafael, CA.


Marin Green Drinks on January 12

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Marin Green Drinks  Marin Green Drinks on January 12 mgd cocktail 1Marin Green Drinks is a free business mixer with speakers that meets monthly every 2nd Tuesday from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at Lotus Cuisine of India in downtown San Rafael.

Next event:

January 12, 2016, 
Go on a Low Carbon Diet – Join a Resilient Neighborhoods EcoTeam
Speaker Tamra Peters, Director, Resilient Neighborhoods

Relax, mingle and network with people living and working as green as we can.

Marin Green Drinks is one of the non profits sponsored by Lotus family of restaurants. Come and learn and enjoy complimentary appetizers. 


Lotus welcomes Leila to our Family

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California Cuisine Leila by the Bay  Lotus welcomes Leila to our Family leila front croppedLeila By The Bay is a special place, a restaurant by the bay in Hercules, CA.

A hidden gem only half an hour from San Rafael. Leila By The Bay is now officially part of the Lotus Family of Restaurants.

As a special incentive for Lotus customers to visit Leila in Hercules here is a 20% off coupon!

Just visit Leila and tell them that Lotus sent you and you’ll get 20% off your meal. Offer valid until 12/31/15.

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Twenty percent off


Watch for the new Leila By The Bay menu coming out this month!



11th Free Thanksgiving Dinner at Lotus Restaurants

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Thanksgiving Dinner at Lotus  11th Free Thanksgiving Dinner at Lotus Restaurants ls 5868For over a decade the Lotus Family of Restaurants (lead by Lotus Cuisine of India in San Rafael) has had an annual tradition of opening their doors and providing free meals for up to a thousand people on the night before Thanksgiving.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 from 5-9 PM

WHERE: Lotus Cuisine of India in San Rafael and Cafe Lotus in Fairfax.The Lotus Family of Restaurants gives back to the community by hosting our annual FREE Thanksgiving Dinner on the night before Thanksgiving.

Both San Rafael’s Lotus Cuisine of India and Fairfax’s Cafe Lotus will serve a free Indian buffet on Thursday, November 25 from 5 – 9 PM. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. No reservations.

Lotus invites anyone in our community who needs a good free meal! Please come enjoy our healthy and delicious Indian food for FREE.

This year we will again be collecting donations for our local Marin Community Food Bank. We thank all of you who can donate for your generous support.

We make sure we’ll never run out of food, no matter how many people will turn up. This is our way of GIVING THANKS to our community.

Anyone – not only those who are homeless, needy, poor, or hungry – is welcome to join us for a wonderful Thanksgiving meal.

The addresses are:

Lotus Cuisine of India
704 4th St San Rafael
Tel 415 456 5808

Cafe Lotus
1912 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax
Tel 415 457 7836

NOTE: We will be closed Thanksgiving day November 26 to celebrate with all our staff members

Learn more about Lotus and our community support:

2014 Thanksgiving invitation to the public:

2014 Lotus Thanksgiving was featured on ABC – here’s the video:

and see also:


Zagat 2015 Best of San Francisco Restaurants

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$10 off your next meal from ZAGAT

Calling all foodies! Vote for your favorite restaurants! Zagat promises you ten bucks to blow on food (using the “Cover” app).

Review just 12 restaurants and get Zagat’s 2015 Top Restaurants guide as well.

On top of that, by giving a review you earn rewards and a chance at prizes.

All you do is review restaurants. So let the fun begin!

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Lotus is on Zagat! Tell Zagat about your favorite Lotus Restaurant:

Lotus Cuisine of India:

Lotus Chaat & Spices:

Cafe Lotus

THANK YOU for voiting on ZAGAT! Once you vote Lotus has a little surprise for you – 15% OFF your next meat at Lotus location. Just tell us that you voted on Zagat!

Survey ends this Sunday, November 15, 2015


Happy Diwali

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Diwali Day   Happy Diwali Download Happy Diwali Profile Pictures For Whatsapp 4Diwali is an ancient Hindu Festival also known as the Festival of Lights. It is the biggest and the brightest festival held in India every autumn between mid-October and mid-November.

In 2015 Diwali falls on November 11. It is observed by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists to mark different historical events, stories or myths but they all symbolize the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, hope over despair.



Marin Green Drinks on Nov. 11th

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Marin Green Drinks on Nov 11   Marin Green Drinks on Nov. 11th mgd moms nov 11 15Marin Green Drinks is a free business mixer with speakers that meets monthly every 2nd Tuesday from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at Lotus Cuisine of India in downtown San Rafael.

On November 11, 2015 Marin Green Drinks will hear from Debbie Friedman, Co-Chair of MOMS Advocating Sustainability. Debbie will give us a GMO Labeling Update. Moms Advocating Sustainability is a Bay Area based organization committed to creating healthy communities for children by reducing their exposure to household and environmental toxins. MOMS advocate for pesticide-free policies and the use of nontoxic or safer alternatives at home primarily through education and outreach to mothers and families, and also to policy makers.

Every month people who support environmentally friendly commerce meet up at the informal business mixers known as Marin Green Drinks. Come to Lotus Cuisine of India in downtown San Rafael for Marin Green Drinks and enjoy networking, free appetizers, monthly speakers and organic food, wine and beer.

This video from October 2015 shows Bioneers executive director Joshua Fouts telling the Marin Green Drinks attendees what Bioneers is all about.


Bioneers say Thank You Lotus

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Lotus Sponsors Bioneers  Bioneers say Thank You Lotus bioneers 1
Roberta at Bioneers writes Lotus:

I wanted to extend my heartfelt appreciation to you and your crew for supporting the youth tent this year!

Volunteers at Bionners  Bioneers say Thank You Lotus 2015 10 16 13The delicious and healthy food that you provided to the space truly made the Youth Leadership Program into an incredible experience for all youth attendees! Without you, the program would not have been so incredible!

I hope to see you again in the future and to further maintain this awesome collaboration.

Thank you for all you do for Bioneers!

Our Locations

Lotus Cuisine of India 704 Fourth Street, San Rafael Cafe Lotus 1912 Sir Francis Drake, Fairfax Lotus Chaat 1559 4th Street, San Rafael Leila by the bay 1991 Railroad Ave, Hercules

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Lotus Cuisine of India
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San Rafael, CA 94901

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