Sitar Indian Cuisine | Discover Durham

Lolita Courtney

Mar 3, 2022


The people are very kind and if you've never been before they will guide you in what you can eat and explain everything for for myself I let them pick the style of the meats I chose for me and my daughter, and it was delicious. First impression was a great one. Loved the food flavors and color's. And the kindness of the people waitress and Manger that helped me choose what to eat. All in all I would definitely recommend this place. And buffet is on weekends. I believe Friday Saturday and Sunday better prices during that time.

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Salvatore Barreca

Aug 24, 2021


Delicious food… lots to try for the novice exploring new cuisines. Would have been 5 stars but they started rushing us out 30 minutes before closing.

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Robin Richardson

Mar 16, 2022


The luncheon buffet was delicious and their quality is remarkable. The management & staff were most accommodating & quite lovely. Sitar has now become a favorite. They also have a lovely cocktail area.

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Feb 4, 2022


It always tastes wonderful, but it would be great if they would actually offer a hot version. I have to use a bag of Indian chili powder to make it beyond mild.
Some other Indian restaurants offer an actual Hot and an Indian Hot version. The Hot version from Sitar is slightly above mild at best.

Flavor is great, spice level is terrible

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Kylie Longoria

Feb 5, 2021


Just got done eating at Sitar and the experience couldn't have been better. My friend and I got the dinner buffet and we were not disappointed. The buffet was full of options, the food was delicious and fresh, it was served cafeteria style (I'm sure to reduce cross contamination), restaurant was clean, regulations adhered to, and the employees are VERY nice and attentive! Definitely will be a repeat! #sofull

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Michael Vaught

Jan 16, 2021


Very pleasant dining experience. The staff were very helpful and polite. The food was also very well prepared.

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Erin Gabriel

Jan 16, 2021


Great dining experience from start to finish. Hosting and serving staff is extremely friendly and engaged with the customer. They provide a pitcher of water for the table and a delicious weekend buffet. Have not tried the dinner buffet, but they have shrimp on Friday evenings and lamb on Saturday. Will definitely come back for dinner after an amazing lunch experience!

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Melissa Grahn

Jan 16, 2021


Enjoyed a delicious dinner at Sitar tonight. The food was amazing, fresh, and authentic. I think they have the best Indian food in the triangle! The service was wonderful. Staff is extremely friendly and very attentive. They are following strict CDC guides lines which made us feel very comfortable eating inside the restaurant. Would highly recommend Sitar. 5 stars all around!

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Jd Slatta

Nov 11, 2020


The menu is extensiv with several Indian dishes that I have never seen before at other restaurants. The dishes are a great value and the interior of the restaurant is beautiful. Takeout and dine in options are both available now and there is plenty of parking.

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John Morris

Nov 18, 2017


Service: 4/5. The hostess/waitress/bus girl/food prep woman was all over the place. As a result, she came off as curt and hurried. Come time for the bill, she tosses it on our table without even looking at us and says "Pay whenever you're ready" before tearing off again. We literally had had ONE PLATE when the bill came.

Price: 4/5. $38 for two all-you-can-eat dinners with only waters to drink. You're looking at around $18 bucks per person! Yeeesh! Way too expensive!

Cleanliness: 5/5. This place was incredibly clean! Cloth tables and napkins. Silverware spotless. Super clean buffet bar and bathrooms.

Quality: 5/5. The food here is incredible. I have never tasted such an incredible myriad of flavors and spices. The Lamb Ghosts was my favorite. Spicy and perfect. So many different powders to add for spice. I didn't feel like tampering with an already perfect product. I will definitely be back.

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Judy Shearin-Evans

Aug 30, 2020


Awesome food and service

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Bernard Jordan

Sep 11, 2020


Haven't been back here since we able to visit in person… used the "BeyondMenu" app via Sitar's website (apparently Grubhub is also an option for online ordering). Food quality didn't seem to suffer, so this is a viable option if you don't absolutely insist on the "touchless" experience.

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Peter Raines

Aug 30, 2020


Great food and fast service. They are about to add outdoor seating to help with pandemic related service.

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Shalabh Srivastava

Apr 13, 2018


Sitar Indian Cuisine is a specialty restaurant located in Durham. The ambience was superb. We went there for lunch buffet, they did not had variety in food to choose from. Just one non veg entree and 2 starters but the food was non spicy and fresh and tastes goodWe went there on a busy afternoon for lunch and staff was mostly busy attending customers. I would thumbs up Sitar for Nice ambience.

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Michael Tapper

Jun 29, 2020


We have been avid fans of Sitar for probably 20 years at both their current and old locations. We joke that both our boys (now ages 19 and 13) were raised on Indian food, most notably Sitar, since the time they were able to eat solid food. The variety, service and attention to detail are second to none! They are our "go-to" restaurant at least 2-3 times per month! So pleased that they remain open for take-out during the COVID-19 pandemic. We wish we could provide more than 5 stars for our favorite place!!!

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Anita P. Barla

Jun 20, 2019


Masala dosa we ordered was not crispy at all & the stuffing was bland too. Uttapam we got was slightly raw. We went there expecting to get authentic taste of Indian food but were disappointed. Tea & Coffee was fine. Gulab jamun was good. Ambience is great with soothing background music. Service could have been better.

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Timothy Mutambuki

Feb 18, 2020


Very nice atmosphere. The food was tasty but it did not blow me away. That may probably be because I was there for the buffet. Very polite and attentive staff too.

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Cynthia Campbell

Jan 24, 2020


Delicious dishes from North and South India. Appetizers, main dishes, and breads are all wonderful. This is our favorite Indian restaurant in the Triangle.

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Sean Haugh

Dec 29, 2019


Ms Sweetie and I have been eating here at least twice a month for, golly, years now. The food and the service are both consistently excellent. Holiday buffet offerings are especially fun. We both avoid wheat, so we appreciate how all the dishes are labeled with possible allergens, and if we have any questions the staff is always happy to answer them. We hope to be enjoying this family's home cooking for many more years to come.

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Christine Dickerson

Nov 23, 2019


A friendly, clean atmosphere with an accomplished sitar player for entertainment. . The delicious buffet is reasonably priced with an ample variety Indian dishes to choose from. An A+ experience!

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Stephanie Pratt

Nov 16, 2019


Love this place! Food is excellent! Great atmosphere and service.
Family owned and they are always so sweet and grateful for their customers! Support local, family owned eats like this, you won’t be sorry 🙂

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Omer Butt

Nov 10, 2019


Good quality is good…Tandoori stuff is always on the very dry side…and the weekend buffet price is little on the higher side for the dishes provided in the buffet..17.99 + tax / person…
i have to mention though that their sweets/desserts are exceptional.

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Shahzad Ali

Oct 27, 2019


Saturday lunch buffet was ok. I've been to many Indian buffets with larger buffets and more selection than here. Polite servers, but were a bit slow to bring drinks, etc. Overall I would prefer more buffet options like similar restaurants in the area.

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Bala Goparaju

Oct 10, 2019


Non-veg dishes are NOT separated from Veg dishes.

Fish curry is in veg items and Rice is in non-veg items… Hence they get spill from other dishes…

Taste of items is good.

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Oct 18, 2019


This place is the best Indian restaurant I have ever gone to. You can taste the quality ingredients in every bite!!! I can't wait to come back.

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Davis Dawson

Oct 5, 2019


Went here for the first time for dinner and will definitely be going back. While there was a full buffet, we decided to order off of the menu. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Great atmosphere, too! Upscale finish and generally quiet makes perfect place for a date. Also, real sitar playing on Saturday nights!

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Cristina Avila

Jul 3, 2019


I wanted to post a food pic but it looked so good I couldn't stop. The service was sociable and attentive. The bill won't break you. They have a lot of great reviews for a reason.

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Jerry Bell

Jul 5, 2019


We were very impressed as the exotic smells awaits you as you exit your vehicle. Opening the doors was like entering a myriad of spices and music flooding the senses. The food was amazing! Period end of discussion and well worth the visit!

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David Van Wagener

May 10, 2019


I really like Sitar. I like the veggie dishes. I like the curries. I like the tandoori dishes. I tend to like spicy foods, but some friends don't and you can get either. I think the vegetable pakoras are wonderful. I am not a huge fan of Indian desserts though. I walk away from the last trip to the buffet line knowing I will be stuffed.

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Mar 19, 2019


Love to go here for Indian food. I feel like they really create an experience when you go. The food was fresh, hot, and tasted amazing. The staff is always so nice and friendly. I love the atmosphere of Sitar. Well worth checking out!

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Sony George

May 18, 2019


Last day visited Sitar for discussing the menu options for a party. Pleased with their experiences and patience to listen our requirements. And as always best price and quality. Waiting to visit for a buffet with family.

My last rating was from a pop up click while driving. Apologize!!!

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Angie Anderson

Jun 1, 2022


Always love coming here when we’re in town. Came on a Wednesday for lunch. $13.95 adult, $8 for 8 yr old and $7 for 5 yr old. Didn’t ask ages. My kids are tall. Service was friendly and food good. Could use a little more spice but they generally have the same thing every time we’re here and very mild so kids enjoy

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Dave C.

Jun 14, 2022


I've lived in a number of cities over the years and I've traveled to every State but Alaska and I feel I have a good range of experiences with restaurants, Indian included.

I've enjoyed a bunch of Indian restaurants in the Triangle yet they all must be compared to Sitar for them to make the grade. I've set the bar at Sitar which is a great designation in my book.

I'd say Sitar always allows me to explore new dishes and set new standards. My suggestion: Test out Sitar and make a list of what you like. Then try those same dishes at other restaurants. See who wins!

For me, in nearly every case, it's Sitar for the win.

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LA Adkins

Jun 24, 2022


I love Indian food and have been wanting to try this place for the longest! My friend recently treated me to dinner here, and I loved it! He got food from their buffet, which I didn't feel comfortable with given that we're still in a pandemic so I opted to order from the menu. I've also never really been fond of buffets. I ordered the fish malabar, which was SPECTACULAR! It was a lot of food so I only ate half of it and finished the rest the next day for lunch. They have many options to choose from, and you can always stick with what they have at the buffet. My friend really liked it. This is the perfect place for a date night or to enjoy quality time with friends. They have ample parking, a nice view from the window where we sat, and they sometimes have live music, which we will likely go back for. The staff were kind, and their food is reasonably-priced. This is the best Indian food I've had in the Triangle area so I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND you try it!