14131 Red Hill Ave.
Tustin, CA 92780
Best Of
Traditions +

Kimberly Valenzuela


  • Sun, Sat 12pm-10pm, Tue-Fri 11am-10pm
  • $$
  • Delivery, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted
Traditions isn't in a pretty part of Tustin. The building it now occupies was abandoned by Roderick's-the kind of nightclub-cum-restaurant that looked best in the dark. In the harsh light of day, the place reeked of urban blight, weather-worn and tired. The standalone structure, flanked by a gas station, is dusty and adrift on the hot asphalt parking lot of a near treeless mini-mall. But the minute you walk through its doors, you enter a dimly-lit sanctuary decorated with peacock feathers and cooled by a hard-working A/C system. Also in the air: the syncopated rhythms of Indian drums and the bold aromas of what could only be Indian curries, bubbly breads, and char-singed tandoor meats.

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