Conveniently located on historic Murphy Avenue in downtown Sunnyvale, Rasam’s serves classic regional Indian cuisine elevated with the finest local, seasonal ingredients. Our chef’s prix fixe can be customized to your preferences and occasion.
Our intimate private dining room is ideal for a sit-down dinner for up to 40 or a standing cocktail party for up to 50. It is tailor-made for corporate events or celebratory gatherings. With an overhead projector and large-screen, the space is also ideal for enjoying televised sports together with friends and family. Best yet, there is no venue fee.
Rasam’s also offers catering services for off-site events of any size. Let us make your company meeting or wedding extra special with our casual kebab sandwiches or high-end signature dishes that reflect the distinctive flavors of the six different regions of India.
Contemporary Indian, Indian, Crossover
Hours of Operation:
Rasam’s is pleased to launch a more personalized dining experience by becoming “reservation-only” restaurant. YES! We are OPEN for Group Dining by reservation only. Advance notice of 48 hours is requested.
South Murphy and Washington St
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
For large catering orders, please call manager during restaurant hours.
Opposite Sunnyvale Caltrain Station, easily accessible by rail, convenient parking, situated in downtown Sunnyvale (across from Macy's parking lot).
Private Party Facilities:
Group Dining only. For large tables please call 408-245-8500 for Rahul during restaurant hours.
Private Party Contact:
Rahul N: 408-245-8500x
Beer, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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Rasam's Ratings and Reviews
My family and I made a reservation using ...
My family and I made a reservation using open table for 2.15pm (ditching an available 2.30pm slot). As soon as we reached the restaurant, we were told that 2.15pm was the last order and there was no point coming in. WHAT??!!?? Why then does OpenTable offer a 2.15 (and worse) a 2.30pm slot then?
Fortunately, since this is located in Sunnyvale downtown, options were plenty.
The food and restaurant itself is excellent - but they ought to do a better job with open table.
Exceeded Expectations. Loved the fusion fare
We were four of us. 2 vegetarians in the group. The menu explained the dishes pretty well even though for those familiar with Indian cuisine it was plainly obvious. The starters we had was quite exotic & they used Western Sauces on Indian Street food, the end result was good. Quinoa kofta curry was an excellent entree so was the lamb. Overall, we enjoyed the dining experience.
We had the most relaxing birthday with great food!
Joe waited on us and he almost like read our minds what we wanted. Richard the manger stopped by and asked to be sure we got what we wanted. This restaurant has private area so we sat there noise level was very low. This restaurant has excellent food and great for special occasions. It's very romantic and also has a very good eating area outside. It's great for outdoor dining. When we checked the wine list I found excellent selection of hard to find wines
and this happens to be a vibrant late night find because there is often music. I love the place, this happens to be my neighborhood gem!
Our food was good. Our server "Mithee" was very helpful, and provided us with additional information, regarding the food we ordered, in terms of the pairing. She also ensured that our drinks was customized, per our order. We had a good night. Thank you.
Overall a good experience.
Food was really good. Service was a tad slow. My date was running a little late due to parking, so I was seated while I waited. It would have been nice if a waiter had come by as I would have ordered a glass of vino while I waited. Parking on a Saturday is horrendous due to the farmers market, so give yourself extra time to find a place to park and/or be willing to walk a bit.
Above average Indian in the South Bay
Went with my wife to try this place out on a Friday night and we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. The ambience and decor of the place is not great. The restaurant has very high ceilings and they have got a sound system and glitter ball in the back, presumably to make sure they can cater for weddings and parties etc. As a result the dining area doesn't feel very intimate or cosy.
The food was great, though. We had a lamb curry and an extremely tasty spinach curry with water chestnuts. The naan bread with olive oil and thyme was good too.
Service was fine, food came quickly and our server was cheerful and attentive.
Overall a good meal and probably the best Indian food we have found in the South Bay. We will be back!
A good Indian restaurant, with a fusion menu
Quinoa kofta anyone ? How about palak chaat...they have a decent cocktail menu. They are a good option for a large group. They have set menu options so it is hassle free for someone hosting a big group. Order in advance and you are all set. A little pricey but the food quality , ambiance, location and service are worth it.
Great Indian fusion food!
It's rare to find a restaurant that can skillfully fuse Indian and Western cuisine. I give Rasams 5 stars for the quality and innovation of their menu. Everything I've tried (been there twice so far) has been top notch. The salmon was very fresh and very flavorful, the quail dish with pesto was addictive and the upma served with the halibut outstanding. Would definitely eat here again. Have to say their cocktails are a little lackluster.
Service is first class
We are vegan and we have not been here one time when the servers didn't bend over backwards to take care of our dietary needs. Indian food is frequently vegetarian, but they do prepare some dishes with cream and /or clarified butter. They will always go in, speak with the chef, and come out with Vegan suggestions. They don't act as if it's a hassle at all. We love this place
Horrible service, way too expensive,small portions
They cancelled our reservation as we were 2 mins late. Food was okay, but very small portions and super expensive. Service was terrible, esp when a dinner costs $100. Not worth at all. Go to Dosa on Valencia/Filimore instead.
Delicious, creative dishes
Rasam's has taken what most Americans think of as "Indian food" and made it reflective of our global culture, here in Sunnyvale. Each dish retains the fundamental components of Asian Indian cuisine (specifically, they claim, "modern Hindustani" cuisine) and then integrates other ethnic cuisine elements seamlessly. However, these dishes do not reflect the Hindu Dharmaśāstras that outlines which foods are the Hindu equivalent of kosher. They serve dairy-based foods (e.g., for tandoor-prepared dishes) and (a little) beef. There is a substantial vegetarian menu. Most other dishes use either chicken or lamb.
The flavor balances are well executed. The presentation is attractive, especially for dishes like the "Fisherman's Bowl." (Yes, they make this dish with delicious Indian herbs and spices.) This dish includes large prawns, large scallops, and large pieces of salmon. The sauce is worth ordering naan so you have a way to get the last of it, once you've devoured the seafood. My dining partner ordered Pind Da Kukad (a chicken curry), which had a totally different flavor profile and was equally delicious.
I've eaten here twice and will definitely go back... again and again.
The *best* contemporary Hindustani cuisine
We happened to have reservations at Rasam's on a rare evening when the restaurant was not packed. Our server was appropriately attentive without hovering. My dinner partner and I both chose a chicken curry that was unlike any either of us had ever had (and we both love Indian food). The dish was delicious. We agreed that we'd be back because not only was our meal wonderful but also there are so many other dishes on the menu that we would love to try. We were served by a small team who made sure our water glasses were full and empty plates were removed in a timely way.
Had lunch here - it was a nice day and we chose to sit outside. Seating on Murphy street was in the shade and very pleasant. Service was very good and the food was delicious. I had the Roti-pe-boti from the lunch bites menu. The lamb was tender, the spices great and the naan was fresh. Altogether wonderful. My guest had the butter chicken lunch and said it was delicious. The lunch came with salad, rice and a basket of Naan.
Excellent food - slow service
Had a business lunch - very impressed with both the quality of the food and the execution. Some interesting modern takes on classic dishes. The kitchen is really firing on all cylinders . Unfortunately though the servers were very solicitous and polite they forgot to put in our order ! We got served 40 min later than people who cam in after us
Good Food, Sloppy service
I ate lunch here with a friend in mid June. After checking in with the server and announcing I had a reservation we were seated outside on Murphy Avenue.
The table was pleasant and the food tasty .
My complaint is that I was later emailed by Open Table asking why I had missed my reservation. Since the place was almost empty when I checked in, I assume the server had not bothered to log me in with the Open Table software which resulted in a black mark against my OT account. I had to submit a detailed explanation of the situation to avoid being blacklisted and having my Open Table account closed! Not good Rassam. Your wait staff needs training.
Tony, the waiter, will steer you well at ...
Tony, the waiter, will steer you well at this fab Indian restaurant. The chicken was succulent and steamed to perfection with the fragrantly spiced rice in a sort of pot pie. Lamb korma was excellent-- no fatty, gristle as is some places. Nice wine list. The inside looks "lounge-y" so we sat out on a lovely evening, people watching on Murphy St, the one block in Sunnyvale with character!
Nice fusion of Indian food. Good items on menu. They do good job in preparing dishes that have Indian flavor with either fusion from different parts of India or using non-Indian food style. I particularly found Tandoori Salmon creative and tasty.
Fantastic food with a wide variety
The menu was impressive for restaurant week and we had a tasty sampling of their most enticing-sounding dishes. We were so impressed we added on several small dishes and a cocktail and we're really wowed and pleased with our first time there. Our server was a little spacey at times but we did appreciate the manager/owner stopping by to personally see how the meal was going.
The food was wonderful service good
WE really enjoyed the food, it was tasty and different. Can't say so much for the music that was advertised. Turned into easy listening instead of real Gypsy music, that's not to say it wasn't good, just not what we were expecting. The service was good as well, friendly easy folks. This is a nice place to come for night out or for a different dining experience. The only real problem was a couple of families with extremely loud kids that the management didn't seem to care about how disruptive they were. Hopefully they do well in the location they're in and stay around for a good long time. We plan on visiting again in the near future. I think doing some research about the area this food and the people are from is a good idea before you go!
Classy, authentic fare with polish
There's some great talent in the kitchen here. Impressed by the authentic tastes created with subtle variations which stayed true to the original, and the creative and elegant presentation. Papdi chat with a guac topping was excellent. The Pineapple Rasam was completely satisfying. The chutneys were spot on. So was the Golgappa pani. Bhindi was fried and spiced to perfection. Paneer tikka was tasty and well cooked. The Balti chicken had absorbed flavors, which is hard to do. The Biryani was cooked and spiced perfectly. Our lotus kofta was also well done, with an excellent silky gravy. The only miss was the Dal Makhni, which needs rework.
As we were leaving, a jazz band was setting up in the lounge!
Will definitely be going there more often!
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