Punjab Indian Restaurant

Punjab Indian Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.punjabarlington.com/
  • Phone: 7816430943
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Punjab Indian Restaurant
Since opening in 1999, Punjab restaurant has garnered rave reviews for quality and execution of our superb Indian cuisine. Only the freshest and highest quality ingredients are used to prepare it. Our staff is always friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. And you are always welcome here.
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Punjab Indian Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (18)good for groups (14)fit for foodies (10)special occasion (7)kid-friendly (6)great for lunch (4)romantic (3)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)notable wine list (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Great food !
    Grammy
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Always deliciously, wonderful. We had a terrific, young woman server. She was happy,friendly and had great food suggestions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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  • Really the best.
    eDitsVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Weird, but the best indiN food I've had is not in Cambridge or Boston. It's in Arlington.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome......
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Awesome as usual.....only minor issue, the waiters understanding of the english language was limit, took several attempts to order food.....not a huge deal. We have been coming here for a long time and the food is always great......Thanks again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Used to be my favorite Indian R
    Trinichap
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Lamb curry had six dry tasteless and smaller than bite sized pieces drowning in a sea of curry sauce that left an unpleasant taste. Too bland for medium vindaloo. Saag paneer was fabulous but I wondered if the kitchen ran out of bhindi. Our dish was all potatoes with hardly any bhindi in it. This is price gouging. The mixed tandoor grill was delicious. For the price, there should be more than one shrimp. I thought the quality food served had deteriorated since my last visit a year ago.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Standout Indian fare
    AvidRita
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    There is no shortage of Indian restaurants here, and we are not above a night of gloppy curry and slimy saag paneer. The food at Punjab was a cut above the rest. Didn't taste like the rogan josh was ladled from a pot where it had simmered since last week. Fresh tastes, tender meats, bright flavors. Well, the dal was a bit thin and bland; the mint chutney green a bit too bright. But even the naan was all that none should be, hot fresh from the hearty. Seating inside the beaded section is particularly pleasant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Indian food around
    goodfoodgoodserviceVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The food at Punjab is always exceptional - it's truly the best Indian food around. Unfortunately the other night the service did not match the quality of the food. While everything we ate was delicious, our waiter was often nowhere to be found and delivered our desserts before he cleared the leftover entrees off the table! And then they added an automatic 18% tip to our bill because there were 7 of us... We often just get takeout from here so I don't know if this is the new norm for service or if we hit them on a bad night. I'm hoping it was an off night.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • best Indian restaurant
    ebidge
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Punjab has the tastiest Indian food I've ever had. Our server was not only efficient, she was also warm and friendly. The decor is also very nice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 303 reviews are from the Punjab Indian Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Great Food
    Sall
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We think this is the best Indian food in the Boston area! The service is a bit spotty but the food more than makes up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for a large group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We had a great time at Punjab with a group of 10: excellent and patient service, convivial atmosphere, good food and drink (which was as spicy as requested). Highly recommended for special occasions!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, complex tastes
    Birchie7
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Fine shared dinners for discerning diners with different taste preferences. Around the corner from Regent Theater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly recommend this place
    Meatlover
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Had all vegetarian dishes. Great food! What more need I say... :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining at Punjab is always a win.
    Pcosta
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I have been coming to Punjab for 8 years and I always leave satisfied. The food is delicious — you can taste the quality and frehness of the ingredients in every bite. I especially recommend the curries, and vegetarian options are aplenty. And oh — lunch is a steal. The service great too; our waiter was attentive, we did not wait long for our meal, and the staff was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Bad Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My family has been going to Punjab for several years and have always enjoyed the food. However, over the past year the service has really gone downhill. It seems the wait staff isn't trained properly. We've waited too long for the main meal and for our drinks. Additionally, my wife has bad luck with the wine. It seems every time she orders a glass of red, it is sour and she requests another glass from the most recently opened bottle.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful neighborhood restaurant
    quiet
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    This restaurant never disappoints. We have consistently enjoyed dining here. The food is great, and the restaurant is very pleasant. It is comfortable, the service very good, and not too noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Local Indian Food
    Traveler
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Excellent and varied menu. Wait staff is knowledgeable, courteous and helpful. A place where one can dine formally, and often quietly, in a warm informal setting. I intend to be a regular.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious as Always!
    Gemfinder
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I was already sold on this place. I have been here several times, and have NEVER been disappointed. I thought I would share this gem with others. They were very pleased as well. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful, which made our dining experience even more enjoyable. She actually talked us into dessert, which I had never had there and it was pretty amazing. Overall, great experience and will be back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disaster
    bluenoser
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I've eaten at Punjab about a half dozen times but never again. Seated at 7:30, we didn't get served until 9:20. Utterly incompetent and lying staff. Never have I ever received such poor and indifferent service.
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  • Girls Night Out
    Suzy
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    I meet my girlfriends for dinner about 4x/year and we always enjoy ourselves but that is easy when we select Punjab b/c the food is always excellent, the wait staff is courteous and respects our time together and limits interruptions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food
    PattyPVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We enjoyed a late lunch, and the service and food were excellent. Attentive wait staff (we never had empty glasses). Dhosas were especially delicious. We ordered a hot/spicy lamb saagwala, and it wasn't especially hot, but the spice in every dish was well balanced. We'd eat here again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best standard Indian food around
    loon
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Of those restaurants with a more or less standard American Indian menu Punjab is about the best. There are a couple of better places with unique, "gourmet" menus, but outside of them you can't beat Punjab;.
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  • Excellent Indian fare
    fount
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    The food is excellent, and the menu includes Indian dishes I've not seen at other restaurants, and it is reasonably priced. The interior design is understated and cozy, cleverly separating diners from the bar area and its TVs. The wait staff is attentive and friendly. We had a delightful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, decent price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Good Indian food at decent price. Great variety. Spicy if you want to. Great Indian deserts as well.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Craving
    Rosie
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Satisfies your craving for Indian food. Nothing unusual or unique, just good flavors and friendly service.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently terrific!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    The chicken tikka masala and the naan bread are addictive there!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Best Indian in Boston
    Sall
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    This is not French cooking, but it is the very best Indian food in the Greater Boston area. We try others, but keep coming back over and over.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is great, drinks even better
    LBee
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Punjab is the best Indian restaurant in the Metro West area of Boston. The food is second to none, and the menu has more to offer than most. The surprising bonus is that they also have a great drinks menu. Try the Mangorita with your spicy Indian cuisine - not too sweet, it's cold and refreshing and you taste the tequila. Top that off with the nicest wait staff and you have a great night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal!
    Nick
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Our party of 6 enjoyed appetizers, breads and 5 great entrees to share. Punjab always does an excellen job on everything they put on the table. Fresh and clean flavors were the order of the day. Our only disappointment was their unwillingness to make a special order of chili pepper naan (it is not on their menu). Other than that we would highly recommend a visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Punjab, one year later.
    johnm1888
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Having run the gauntlet of curry houses in Brick Lane, East London and beyond, the wife and I are more than pleased with this establishment. We first experienced Punjab last year for our 10th anniversary and it was such a great time we did the same for our 11th. The food is fresh and authentic, the staff could not have been more considerate and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. And what may become my favorite mixed drink of all time, the "Punjabi Summertime" was a brilliant night-cap.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Indian food
    Newtonite
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    Good meal. Fun watching the tandoori oven. Love the South Indian food which is not often available. Major complaint was service. Despite the restaurant being quite empty we were initially seated in a thoroughfare and only on request were we seated in the back. Also took awhile to get the attention of a waiter to get our check
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This restaurant, a former
    drhsVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    This restaurant, a former favorite, has decreased both food service and food quality. They clearly cannot handle a busy Saturday night with reduced staff.
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  • Party of 6
    sjr13
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    I was able to get a table for 6 people on a Saturday night, without any problem. The food was delicious. My husband and I shared the Chicken Curry, Chicken Tikka Marsala, and Garlic Naan - which were all fabulous. Once our party all arrived, however, it took about 20 minutes for someone to visit our table and even bring us menus and take a drink order. We made sure to order our food as soon as our drinks returned, just in case there was another long delay. There were also long periods between checking in at the table, refilling waters, ordering a second round of drinks, etc. Maybe it's European style service?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    I could eat here every night. Consistently delicious, hot food. Consistently attentive, friendly wait staff.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Splendid Indian Fare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    Thoroughly enjoyed our first dining experience at Punjab; will definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Indian Restaurant in Arlingto
    Nick
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Punjab has taken over as our favorite Indian place. We used to go to Cambridge with excellent results but find this place a touch better. I think the best way to describe it is that all of there sauces are "cleaner." By that I mean each sauce is distinct and different. Five of us went last Saturday and each ordered something different (we shared!). The goat curry, chicken tikka masala, lamb josht, shrimp vindaloo and duck kebab were so tasty that we didn't have anything left to bring home! The appetizer plate with Papdum and two different Naans all disappeared. I lert my credit card behind by mistake and when I called to see if they found it they cheerfully mailed it to my home. Great people and excellen food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 6 for dinner
    EKZooVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    Everyone ordered a different dish and we all shared. We enjoyed it all.
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  • Delicious food, wide-ranging menu
    Dave
    Dined on 10/7/2013
    I've dined in many Indian restaurants, and was thrilled to find new delicious items on Punjab's menu. Everything was tasty and enjoyable. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but service was
    Pb2356VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    Good food but service was slow and it was a week night
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best korma ever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    I took my friend here for her birthday. She eats a LOT of Indian food, and she just raved about the korma here (she got one of the veggie dishes). It was the best korma I've ever had, too. I got the saag paneer, which was fine but a little bland (it seemed to have more flavor as leftovers 2 days later). The plain naan was also very good - nice and buttery. It's a nice atmosphere - spacious layout, and one of the nicest Indian restaurants I've been to (I usually find them to be decorated rather blandly, or a bit overly ornate).
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a hit
    Jaimbe
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    No matter if I'm stopping in for a quick bite an my way to here or there, meeting a friend for dinner, or accommodating a larger group before an event, my experiences here have been nothing but wonderful. The food is always good, if you've not had Indian food you need not worry what to start with. Medium hot is tastefully spivey, go from there :) The Masala (chai) 'tea' is beautifully spiced and since they offer a rock candy sugar stick you can decided how sweet to make it, if at all ;) There's nothing like a dosa for lunch! Namaste!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food-perfect for sharing
    greenshamrox
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    We had a large party of 12, and the service was both fast and attentive. After sharing a few appetizer platters, we each ordered our own entree, which were all big enough for passing around and having everyone try something new. We had some people with us whose first time it was eating Indian cuisine- and the meal was exemplary of the variety and sheer tastiness that the style has to offer. The Biryani, Korma, and naan were all to die for. The channa bhaturi was also fantastic- and the bhaturi came out as two enormous puffs- everyone at the table wanted to pop them and try some.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.