This is one of the best restaurants in Durham. The food is outstanding and if you're not familiar with Indian cuisine, the buffet will give you a good tour of well-labeled options that are fresh and delicious. For a special treat though, please order off the menu because the dishes stand out. I could be imagining it, but everything tastes better when ordered off the menu. Also if you have special requests like extra spicy or less spicy, this is the best way to accommodate you. Also make it a point to try every dish, some dishes I've only seen in this restaurant and they are all fantastic. If you're fond of the buffet-style eating though, your meal will be fast and incredibly delicious, and a good value.
The family that runs Sitar have got to be the most friendly and helpful group of people ever. They remember you after only a few visits and are always glad to greet you by name when you're a regular.
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!
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.
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
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.
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 you..as 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.
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
Jan 29, 2022
My husband and I recently relocated to the Raleigh/Durham area and were looking for a restaurant to make our regular and we found it. This place is AWESOME! Tasty food, friendly and professional staff, great atmosphere and they have a buffet. We ordered both to go and tried the buffet, and both were delicious. I really like their dosa, tandoori chicken and chicken tikka masala. The buffet was fresh and had many choices. I definitely recommend this restaurant. We will be back again soon!
Dec 17, 2021
Very good.. I went for the lunch buffet. They had rices, different flavored chicken or fish, mixed vegetables, cooked potatoes in vegetables, fried vegetables, naan bread, salad, rice pudding and different sauces to add if you like. That doesn't sound like much for a buffet but I think it was perfect and all of the dishes were delicious. The chicken meat was white meat chunks of great quality. I agree that the spice level was just right, not to hot but a warm spice that lasts. If you like hotter they had hot sauces to add. I also had sweet tea and water both of which tasted clean and refreshing. I am very glad that they have a lunch buffet and more so that it includes high quality chicken meat dishes. I recommend this restaurant.