Saravana Palace

11725 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030



Neighborhood: Fairfax

Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Indian

Opening Hours:
Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 3. Open for dinner Monday through Friday 5 to 10. Open for lunch and dinner Saturday 11:30 to 10, Sunday 11:30 to 9:30.

Nearby Metro Stops: Vienna/Fairfax-GMU

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Intimate

Reservations: Not Needed


Best Dishes:
Idli; channa batura; medhu vada; potato bonda; poori bhaji; Jaipuri paneer dosa; coconut rice; gutti vankaya; carrot halwa; papri chat; crepe topped with ginger and chilies; chili-and-onion-topped uttapam; lemon rice.

Price Details:
Appetizers, $3 to $7.50; entrees, $5 to $12.

Dirt Cheap Eats 2007: Saravana Palace

Lunch & Dinner Feasts

Yellow dal at Saravana Palace. Photograph by Allison Dinner.
In the spectrum of lunch buffets, the spread offered daily at this vegetarian Indian restaurant ranks near the top. For $7.95—$9.95 on weekends—you can sample a dozen masterful dishes. Choices have included fiery fried okra, curried chickpeas with spinach, and lentil-flour doughnuts soaked in yogurt. Trays are replenished quickly, so nothing tastes tired. To go with the myriad chutneys, circulating waiters dole out one of the highlights—fresh-from-the-pan footlong dosas.