About Kanishka's Gastro Pub
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Noted for Top 100 Best Bites of East Bay #29 (Aug 2016) for Chef's Shikampuri Lamb Sliders by Diablo. Recognized as "Best Gastropub", "Diner's Choice Award 2015-2014", "Fit for Foodies", by OpenTable Diners, "Best Tapas 2015,2014" by Culinary 86 deg Excellence.
Kanishka's brings you the experience of globally inspired "sharable small plates" and Gastro-Curry cuisine with Indian influences by Exec Chef Paramita Roy in a socializing trendy ambiance. The cuisine is offered over a list of seasonally changing craft beers, wines.
Our innovative cuisine has been developed by Exec Chef/Owner Paramita Roy based on her global epicurean travels, comfort cooking, and has East Indian influences as well. Her cuisine also expands to include vegan and 'no-oil' choices. Kanishka's is a neighborhood perfect spot for foodies, travelers, socializing with friends and date night.
Available for events, caterings and weddings on-site and off-site.
Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary Indian
Hours of Operation:
Weekdays Dinner: Tues-Thurs 5 pm - 10 pm
Weekend Lunch: Fri-Sat: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Weekend Dinner: Fri-Sun 5:00pm-10:00pm
Tues-Sun: 5 pm - 6:30 pm
Main St and Locust St.
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Modern Rock, EDM, New Age Music
Sports Entertainment, Travel Channel on TV
Catering: Pick up/Delivery. Please call 650.995.4113 for catering details. Menu selections (not limited to restaurant menu) created with and/or without beer & wine package based on requirements.
Parking Garage: within 1-2 blocks
BART stop - Walnut Creek
Local Bus services within Contra Costa County
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Kanishka's Gastro Pub Ratings and Reviews
The food is tapas style and basically Indian with a twist. We loved the food. It was delicious. Service was pretty poor on a sunday night. The waitress was very slow and took a while to comprehend - seemed like she had a computing problem - not processing fast enough. Having said that the beer flight and quality of food made up for it.
Used to love this place! But unfortunately the quality has deteriorated.
Shrimp was not fresh in the popcorn shrimp. The spiciness of the coating and in the dip provided masked this fact , but could not hide it completely.
The kathi roll was just ok.
The Poutine was just Chicken Tikka poured over fries.. no way innovative ..did not have the ingenuity I had associated the Chef Paromita Das' style with.
The roasted cauliflower and beet salad served had simply blanched cauliflowers (they forgot to roast them, I think) and negligibly thin slices of uncooked beet (was expecting them to be roasted as well, to bring out their sweetness)
Paneer lollipops were over coated,still a tad than other dishes.
The worst was the Lamb Bhuna Keema Masala....surprisingly the dish was over tangy and the fried egg served with it, was over cooked and rubbery! So was the San served it the entree.
Certainly the place seems to have lost its Mojo or its executive Chef's attention!
Have been coming here occasionally, many times in the past few years and had been raving about it's uniqueness in my circle.
But this is the second time we were disappointed ! Not coming back.
Delicious Indian inspired small plates to share. The chickpea sliders and cauliflower pakora (I think that is the name) were amazing. The chef is willing to cater to special dietary needs. We were impressed with the vegan options. If required, lots of gluten free options too. Highly recommend that you give it a try. We plan to go back.
Awful awful service. Poorly made and served drinks.
I will not be returning here. It's too expensive for what you get.
They have a prime location, but they won't last too long if they continue the way they are.
It's a cold atmosphere and incredibly loud. Difficult to have a conversation.
Again, the service......ugh.
Spent my New Year's Eve dinner date here and really enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant and outstanding tapas selection. Very well hand crafted tapas that are outside of the box, being unique of anything I've ever tasted. I would highly recommend this restaurant for future special date nights! I will be frequenting this spot much more often!
I had high hopes for this place since a friend told me how great it was. Unfortunately my husband and I were not pleased at all. The host seemed cold and uninterested, the champagne was flat, the wine tasted like it was previously corked, the fries In the poutin were stale, and the naan was undercooked. The only pros for us was our friendly and attentive waitress. The lamb sliders were tasty but over salted.
We stopped in after a movie - love the small plates concept so we can try several dishes. Each plate was flavorful and unique. Service was a bit slow to start, but not a problem throughout the meal. I would recommend this place for date night, special occasions or night out with friends!
The service was great but we didn't enjoy our food too much. We went because our friends recommended it but our experience wasn't that great. We ordered a few appetizers that were okay. I like their concept of modernizing indian street food but it wasn't executed that well. The good tasted okay and some of it was easy too salty. It might be worth a try for someone that haset been and hopefully they will have a better experience than us.
The food here is divine & has been every time I've been in. (That kind of consistency is not easy to come by in dining out.). The dishes are inventive, full of flavor, & bc its small plates, one can try so many different things. A unique gem in downtown WC.
The food was good but very small portions for the price. Everything was pretty expensive - probably 2-3 bucks over what it shld have been. I ordered a Cauliflower and Beet salad that literally had 1 1/2 pieces of cauliflower and 2 slivers of beet on a pile of Arugula for 9 dollars! Really - I mean throw a few more veggies in there. They are cheap! All the dishes felt stingy on the sizing. Food was ok. Tacos were great but I won't go back. Restaurants churn a lot in Walnut Creek. I don't predict this one will be around very long.
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