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
30 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (17)good for groups (14)fit for foodies (9)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
  • Pakora Heaven
    Sall
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    The food was exceptional, especially the vegetable pakoras and the korma sauce. The only disappointment was the meat samosas. They were so bland that they were almost tasteless. I have been many times to this restaurant and love it.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • good meal
    WantedToBeWowedVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2013
    We enjoyed our meal, liked the ambiance in the center of the restaurant (they have a nice setup that is surprisingly private seeming considering the size of the restaurant). We got the veg app platter, the yellow dal meal, a chickpea meal and two lamb meals. We loved the veg options and our friends enjoyed their lamb options but said they wished they had known their options would be dry (not like stewed lamb). Service was pretty attentive. Only annoyance was that despite my making a reservation through Opentable & checking in with the front desk when I arrived, they did not check our reservation in. Luckily OT was able to work with the restaurant to resolve this so I did get my points but it was a little annoying.
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  • Great Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    This was the best dining experience I've had in a long time. The ambiance was wonderful, the wait staff exceptional, and the food was perfect! But the best part was how well they handled multiple food allergies (dairy, nuts, eggs, sesame seed, coconut) with knowledge and care making us feel totally comfortable while choosing from the dozen or more allergy friendly dishes. We've definitely found our new favorite restaurant!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Local Indian Food
    Julie
    Dined on 6/9/2013
    Punjab boasts the best Indian food in the area. Plenty of excellent vegetarian selections as well. Even the mild has a little kick, so you can enjoy the spiciness without being overwhelmed.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Punjab Arlington MA
    dsswithnVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    This restaurants is very good for an Indian restaurant in the suburbs. All curries are good.. The vegetable curries are outstanding.
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  • Best Indian Food in Boston
    Campbell1186
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    I've been going to Punjab for years and have never once been disappointed. Amazing food and spectacular service. A true gem.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mostly bones and sauce - no
    JimboVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2013
    mostly bones and sauce - no meat. Why do I keep trying these restaurants hoping for a meal worth the money?
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  • Nice place
    knightshold
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We made a reservation and our table was ready for us even though it was mother's day. The service was good and not intrusive. We ordered south indian food, which is often not on most indian restaurant menus, The food arrived quickly (15 minutes) and was very good. Quite spicy, which we expected. The further south you go, the hotter the food. Anyone not used to spicy food should ask for mild. It was a nice experience & I would go back. The menu includes all 5 cuisines of India, and it would take many visits to sample them all.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Indian Restaurant in Boston
    Kimpe
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    The food is phenomenal. The service is always excellent. The decor is simple but lovely. I have an will continue to highly recommend it to anyone who likes Indian food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service wasn't very attentive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    Service wasn't very attentive or trained on basics of table service, but the food more than made up for it. Best Indian food I have ever had.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • not for gluten free but great food!
    lovetoeatoutVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2013
    Love this place !! My only wish is that they had a starch-free option instead of rice or naan with the grills and curries. We would come more often if there was! Service amazing as always and.
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    fit for foodies
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  • We'll be going back for sure.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    We'll be going back for sure. Best Indian food around!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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  • The restaurant features real
    LocalResidentVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2013
    The restaurant features real traditional Indian food, not typical buffet "stuff".
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Good not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    I've been looking for a great Indian restaurant in the Boston area. I still haven't found it. Best dish was the aloo gobi, but the eggplant bartha and saag paneer were pale, glutinous and insipid. The garlic naan and aloo paratha were also positives but overall, I was very disappointed.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had ordered the Duck Breast
    LexingtonVisitorVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    We had ordered the Duck Breast Kadahi and the duck was like leather. We talked to the manager, and he was most gracious. He took away the duck dish and had said that wasn't one of their frequently ordered dishes (now we know why) but he brought us absolutely delicious tandoori shrimp with an extra naan bread and a lentil sauce/soup. He also treated us to a Gulab Jamun for dessert. He was most accommodating and we'd return to try the food again.
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  • Best Indian food around!
    saddiner
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Everything about the restaraunt was perfect. WE had arrived and were seated right away. We were sat a a table, and asked that we be moved to a booth and the accomodated us immediately. Having in-laws that are from India, it was perfect that the food was traditional. Everything was perfect. The pricing was unbelievanly reasonable. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Valentines Day. Took my reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Valentines Day. Took my reservation just a few days prior. Was late due to traffic and they accommodated us and held our table. Food was great! Nothing on the menu was mild, but even with a mild palate it was great and we both very much enjoyed the experience. We'd definitely go again.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Amazing Indian food, both
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/27/2013
    Amazing Indian food, both southern and northern cuisine. A family favorite, expensive but worth every dollar. This time we came with some extended family and told our waiter to bring some appetizer platters and then had her decide on lunch for 7. Amazing food, from incredible goat chops to delicious saag, 2 kinds of Paratha , vegetable dishes, sizzling chicken and pork dishes, delicious naan. A great selection and wondrous leftovers for the next day. Not a cheap restaurant, but always worth every cent. It's food you could never make yourself, unless you were Indian and an amazing chef to boot! By no means your average Indian restaurant- exceptional is the only word that begins to describe the cuisine here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Yummy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    Food is so good... Perfect for a cold winter night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service very poor. Took an
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    Service very poor. Took an hour to get anything...bread (nan)...you name it. Food decent, ambiance surprisingly ok as we has a quiet table in a good spot.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • This is my favorite Indian
    seadew
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    This is my favorite Indian restaurant. It never disappoints.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    The curries are delicious and they serve great naans. Desserts were disappointing though. We ordered Gulab Jamun which seemed out of a can.
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  • This was our second time and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    This was our second time and the service is consistently fair - forgetting to bring our food - and no apology for it.
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    fit for foodies
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  • My family and two other families
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    My family and two other families went to Punjab after a Christmas concert to celebrate. Punjab is a great pick for larger groups. It has lot of space and you don't feel cramped. It also has an excellent atmosphere. Three small kids we had did fine. The food is excellent and perfect for sharing among friends. The food came promptly and the waitress was very friendly. Definitely recommend for special occassions or for a fun time out with friends.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Most of our curry experiences
    johnm1888
    Dined on 12/13/2012
    Most of our curry experiences have been in the very competitive Brick Lane in East London and we were looking very much looking forward to see how Punjab compared. We were not disappointed. We were greeted and seated immediately. The service was warm, friendly, professional and pretty much perfect. The food was excellent,as was the entire experience. We will definitely be back.
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  • Service could be better...paying
    DomeVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2012
    Service could be better...paying more attention, being helpful, engaging, etc...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The menu promises a lot of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/2/2012
    The menu promises a lot of "tender", but some of the meat (Chicken & Lamb) was really very hard. Otherwise nice place.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food. Also a wide
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/27/2012
    Delicious food. Also a wide range of options to cover most diners. Biryani is mild, everything else varies widely. You cannot depend on the spiciness rating that they give, or that you request. Many dishes that were requested to be mild were hotter than dishes that were requested to be hot. Service can be slow, both in taking your order and in delivering food. Very friendly staff, though. The space is lovely, from the lighting to the decor to the tent in the middle.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a great dinner with friends
    Tanya
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    Had a great dinner with friends for my birthday... food was delish!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Usually great, today BAD service
    lovetoeatoutVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2012
    Punjab is one of our standbys. We eat here so often that we know many waiters by name and the menu by heart. This most recent visit was a very different experience. We had a waiter, Padam as our waiter. When we told him we were ready to order he said WAIT, I will come back. Our water was refilled by another waiter. We got a different appetizer than what we ordered. He never checked in after the ap or the entree was delivered to see how it was -- both times we needed something but I had to literally wave my hands across the restaurant to get his attention. When we finished we waited almost 10 minutes for him to clear our plates. After the appetizer, he never cleared any plates and I had to put them on a windowsill to make room.Just terrible.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • We had a great experience
    Belfast10
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    We had a great experience at Punjab, the food was delicious and our server was fantastic.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Over several years the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    Over several years the food has been consistently good. The location is great with public parking a within a block. Service is courteous and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Punjab is one of the many
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/19/2012
    Punjab is one of the many Indian restaurants in the Boston/Cambridge area. However, it ranks #1 on my list. It's better then any of the Boston Indian restaurants. The food is always solid and excellent. Everyone is so nice and the wait staff are great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • I love this place!! The staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/22/2012
    I love this place!! The staff is very friendly and the food is some of the best Indian food I have had. In my most recent visit, I went with a group of 13 people. Everything went off without a hitch and we all had a great time. Everyone should try this place!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • We're Regulars for a Reason
    lovetoeatoutVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2012
    Solidly good food, always excellent service -- Punjab never fails. A favorite for us. We sometimes eat here weekly -- more than any other restaurant. They are also nice to children -- my three-year-old love Indian food because of it!
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • an off night?
    happycamper
    Dined on 6/23/2012
    We go to Punjab quite often as we like it a lot. However, for some reason, it wasn't as good as usual. Our waiter was prompt but not particularly cheerful or helpful. The food seemed a bit dry. The dishes we asked to have spicy were not more spicy than the mild ones. I hope it was just an off night.
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  • Kids Declare Punjab Best Restaurant
    WolverineGoBlue
    Dined on 6/16/2012
    Took a friend and my family to the restaurant. This included my 6 and 3 year olds ... both Indian food novices. My 3-year-old summed it up after eating a piece of chicken tikka masala, "Dad, I like this a lot." They both proceeded to eat their dinners like they eat their desserts: fast and lots. The family had a great time and the recipes at Punjab are near the top of the best I've had. The decor is THE best of any Indian restaurant I've been in. All around it was a great experience and we'll be back
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • The food does not live up
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 6/14/2012
    The food does not live up to the expectations set by previous reviews; perhaps this place is simply past its prime, or needs a new chef. The menu looks interesting but the food actually is not.
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  • Excellent food and great portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/27/2012
    Excellent food and great portions (not too much - but filling). I plan to come again on either a weekday or weekend.
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  • Great service
    nbptgirl
    Dined on 5/19/2012
    The service particularly stood out. They were friendly, informative, and attentive.
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