Nawab Indian Cuisine - Williamsburg

Nawab Indian Cuisine - Williamsburg

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nawabonline.com/
  • Phone: (757) 565-3200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Indian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Our catering menu is available on our website or please call for more information.

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have plenty of parking.
A word from Nawab Indian Cuisine - Williamsburg
Nawab is a fine Indian restaurant featuring outstanding authentic North Indian Cuisine, served in an elegant surroundings. We are located in the Monticello Shopping Center.
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Nawab Indian Cuisine - Williamsburg reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (5)good for groups (4)neighborhood gem (4)fit for foodies (3)special occasion (2)romantic (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Another good visit.
    The3Cs
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This was our 5th or 6th visit to Nawab. Some of the food seemed slightly off their usual high standard. It was still very nice, but not quite at its peak. Still, overall this is an excellent dining option in Williamsburg.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Been a while
    diascund
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    It had been 2-3 years since I was last here. Went with a friend for lunch (buffet) and ate too much. Attentive, friendly service. Nicely decorated and clean with good food. Will not wait so long before I return
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely delicious
    Luvsford
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We always enjoy Nawab. It is our weekly go to restaurant. We go there for date night and just regular weeknights. And sometimes we take the kids.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious, authentic and friendly!
    Carrerascott
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Don't let the unassuming strip mall location fool you. This was some delicious authentic Indian food! Family run, they were very friendly and offered advice and expertise. We went on a very crowded night but service was still very good. I'd definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LDLD
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was our third time dining at Nawab and the food is always delicious. Our college student daughter loves the lunch buffet!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 52 reviews are from the Nawab Indian Cuisine - Williamsburg reviews archive.
  • Very pleasant dinner
    DawnK
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Our food was delicious. Especially enjoyed the Naan - the one with Cherries and coconut was a good substitute for dessert. Was nicely decorated inside. Don't let the old strip mall location deter you from dining here. The food and service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nawab Never Fails to Delight
    FishLover
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    As always this trip to Nawab in Williamsburg was delicious. Love the restaurant's refurbished look. Don't let the looks of the shopping center location keep you from experiencing Nawab's delicious food and gracious service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Nawab
    bill
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Very good Indian food..Friendly service..Sort of hidden in strip mall..
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Modest outlook but extremely tasty
    heclexVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    appetizer sampler, different kind of breads, sauces, tandoori entrees: all very balanced flavored and delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • IloveNawab
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Nawab is so delicious - some of the best Indian food I've ever had. It's easily one of the best restaurants in Williamsburg!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Indian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food and service at Nawab was very good. Definitely worth going again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    ZaraVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Food was wonderful. Service was attentive and helpful. Enjoy a delicious dinner ay Nawab!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service not up to par
    Wmbgfan
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    I have enjoyed Nawab for years but was disappointed that the service at my recent visit was not up to the usual high standard. None of the drink items on the menu ordered by our party were available though substitute items were brought. Service was inept and not well co-ordinated. Many of the servers seemed uncomfortable with English & were impossible for our table to understand. Communication was accomplished largely through hand signals. A vast departure from previous gracious service & congenial conversations of the host. Fortunately the food was delicious as always. The staff seemed new & completely overwhelmed by their busy dining room.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed my meal.
    WVUHammy
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Brought some family and friends to dinner here as an introduction to Indian food. The waitstaff was very helpful in explaining items and helping my friends pick accessible food for first timers. Food was good but not great, service was sincere and helpful. I would go again when I'm in Williamsburg.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly Good
    GothamFoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    As spoiled NYC expense account food snobs, we had low expectations for Indian food in Williamsburg, VA on our night out to escape the children during a Williamsburg vacation. What a pleasant surprise! It's white tablecloth, but a lively ambiance, not stuffy. The service was professional - with food delivered promptly and simultaneously to the table by multiple waters for larger tables - but friendly when we opened a conversation about my wife's time in India. The food was sensational. The great food and warm service made our mid-vacation date night a real treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious dinner
    MarleneM
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    We had a delicious dinner at Nawab while visiting Williamsburg. It was a welcome alternative from the more typical American fare and we enjoyed the leftovers from the generous portions. The atmosphere is comfortable and attractive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just great!
    BeegeVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    The food was outstanding and the service felt as though we were in a family home, enjoying a family meal! Wonderful! We shall be back as soon as possible!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    ilclbt
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    Although located in a strip mall that looks like it has seen better days, Nawab is a real hidden gem. The restaurant looks fresh and inviting with an attractive decor. The food is excellent and reasonably priced for quality Indian food. If you are in Willimsburg and looking for something a little different from the usual tourist spots, this is absolutely worth a visit.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Repeat Customer
    RCFlyer
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Have been here several times with friends and by ourselves and always have good time with good food and good service. First time thru the door was a plesant surprise. We have enjoyed it each time. While it has not affected the food or service, I have not seen the manager there recently that we always found helpful in advising us on dinner selections. May have just been there on his day off.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    NewtownSqGal
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    My family and I were visiting Williamsburg for a few days, and tried this local restaurant. The food was great and we will be sure to return next time we are in the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was very bad n service
    srinivas
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Food was very bad n service was bad. Customers were not treated soberly..
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  • Best Indian food around
    BarryVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Have eaten Indian food all over the world. From the Cinnamon Club in London to the small restaurants in New Delhi. This little restaurant in a small shopping center in Williamsburg is a great find with a family atmosphere and very traditional good food at modest prices. Would strongly recommend if you are a fan of Indian food
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Indian
    DCDiner52VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    As a college student at William & Mary, I always enjoyed Nawab, and I have been hard pressed to find better Indian anywhere else since. I returned this year for homecoming, and to my delight, Nawab was just as good, if not better, than I had remembered. The food was superb, the service quick and accomodating, and the ambience has been improved with better interior decorating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good service
    bl413
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    We received great service at Nawab. One of my dishes came out a little cold and they took it right back and brought me a new hot one. The food here seems to have gotten better this past year.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Conifer1
    Dined on 9/4/2013
    Very good food. They should charge just to walk in the door and breathe. We started with drinks and assorted appetizer plate, cut into pieces to share - easily enough for two, just a little sample for 4. I had the vegetarian creamed spinach w/cheese, and exchanged a few spoonfuls with meat-ordering tablemates. Others had 2 different chicken curries which they enjoyed. Another had lamb biryani, an enormous portion of lamb, rice and sauce. Had to order garlic naan. . .so good. Wish they had a few more wines by the glass (like sauvignon blanc) and craft beers. Also, with few in restaurant that evening, music got a little raucous/loud at times for easy conversation. Lunch Is a bargain, fabulous buffet. Love the rice pudding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nawab
    TXAg82
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    Food is great. If you are vegan or vegetarian, call before going to lunch buffet. Sometimes they have great options, and sometimes they have next to none.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nawab Cuisine Is Fanatastic
    Hadley
    Dined on 7/22/2013
    I had the Tandoori Shrimp Appetizer, Garlic Naan Bread, and The Curried Goat. All three were excellent. At first they gave me some poppadums with a light green chutney which was delicious. The food was of great quality, a nice atmosphere, and attentive service. I would definately reccomend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/4/2013
    Wasn't sure what to expect but my friends from manhattan loved it. Food was excellent and so was service !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting Mix
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    Its got Bollywood music but a fine dining atmosphere. The food was really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • End of year lunch
    WineFoodie
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    A group of us got together for lunch at the end of the school year. Nawab has a AWESOME lunch buffet. There is something for most everyone - both meat-eaters and vegetarians. I was glad I made a reservation because the place was packed. Even though it was packed the wait staff was very nice and seemed able to handle the number of people. I am hard of hearing and was worried that I would not be able to interact with my friends because of the number of people in the restaurant but that wasn't the case at all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Lunch
    historyisfun
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    The buffet is well worth coming to this restaurant in and of itself! Dinner is wonderful too and the staff is very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch buffet
    Hausfrau
    Dined on 4/29/2013
    Three of us had the buffet lunch at Nawab recently. The buffet space is a little cramped but the selection of dishes was good and mostly well executed. The food could have been a little spicier to suit us but overall we were happy with it. The restaurant has a simple, attractive decor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as other reviews.Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Not as good as other reviews.Food was average and not the depth of flavor I expect from Indian food. Service was very cordial. In a strip mall but inside as nice as they could make it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We visit Nawab every year,
    KirkinMDVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    We visit Nawab every year, during our vacation week in Williamsburg. It never disappoints us. This time, we were quite surprised at the speed with which our appetizers and entrees arrived at the table.
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  • Located in a nondescript strip
    Bobb
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Located in a nondescript strip mall, Nawab offers surprisingly tasty Indian food. My dining partner had the mixed grill and reported that the lamb was among the best she has had in quite some time. Nawab is obviously very popular with locals; even though the parking lot and surroundings were quiet, the restaurant was quite busy for relatively early on a Saturday night. If you happen to be in Williamsburg, avoid the tourist spots and come here instead. It is located equidistant from Colonial Williamsburg and the outlet malls, about five minutes drive from each.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • "I love the relaxed feel,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    "I love the relaxed feel, saver was polite and helpful. The food was Delicious .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My husband was a little hesitant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    My husband was a little hesitant to go to an Indian restaurant - but during the meal he kept saying: "This is SO GOOD!"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Out of India
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/26/2012
    We were all delighted with the experience of dining at Nawab. An unexpected pleasure. Service was very friendly and attentive. The food was delicious. We are out-of-towners from Texas and DC. We will put this restaurant on the top of our list when we have an opportunity to return to Williamsburg. We thought the idea of placing the sauces to the side was creative and up to date. I had the tandoori salmon. Don't be put off by the outside appearance of the restaurant located in a small, out of the way strip mall. Once through the door you enter a different ambiance especially in the candle light of evening dining. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small, friendly environment;
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2012
    Small, friendly environment; I was greeted and seated immediately upon my arrival; friendly hostess and waitress; my order arrived promptly and was good tasting although the appetizer could have been served just a tad warmer..not quite warm enough. Overall, a very good experience and I would return again to try another entree; recommend ..there is something on the menu for everybody.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food and service were excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/4/2012
    Food and service were excellent. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet