Shalimar Restaurant
Shalimar Restaurant

Shalimar Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.shalimarrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7346631500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout
  • Catering: Shalimar offers full menu, alcohol, service & rentals (linens, tableware, etc.). Food drop off also available.
  • Private Party Facilities: Shalimar offers private space for up to 60 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Mr. Jeet Reen 248-709-5338x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Liberty
  • Public Transit: Near downtown AATA Bus Depot
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public parking structure available at William & 4th Streets. Street parking also available in the area.
A word from Shalimar Restaurant
Welcome to Shalimar... Metro Detroit's finest Indian restaurant, specializing in superb Mughlai cooking of North India and tasty Tandoor delicacies. The magic of Indian cooking is in the blending of spices and other fresh ingredients. At Shalimar we make each entree to satisfy YOU.
Representing the best in Indian cuisine, Shalimar offers an atmosphere that will make it an enjoyable experience for all.
Serving both lunch & dinner, Shalimar also offers complete event catering & carry out services.
Party room available for your special parties and Seminars, upto 50 guests.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Shalimar Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.5
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (11)neighborhood gem (9)good for groups (4)special occasion (4)great for outdoor dining (4)romantic (2)hot spot (1)great for lunch (1)notable wine list (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great Indian food
    A2Doug
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is my favorite downtown Indian restaurant. I suggest asking for the chicken peppercorn. It is no longer on the menu but they will fix it upon request.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud and didn't like reserved table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I made a reservation and was taken to the worst table in the restaurant, back by the kitchen and by the plates. It was very loud and busy and I was upset that this is where my open table reservation got me. I thought I would have gotten a better table. And they seemed to be surprised I had even made a reservation. Food was excellent.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • hatetocookgirl
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food and service was ok. High noise level. Temperature in restaurant a little too warm. Probably won't go again. We like food at Raja Rani better.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • reservation given away
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I made a reservation for a table by the window if the patio was not available (patio is first come first serve). When we came, the reserved table was there and a couple was ahead of us. Our reserved table was given to the couple. I asked the host and was told that the couple did not have a reservation. We ended up at the very back of the restaurant by the kitchen.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Indian Gem!
    JoeydUMGOBlue
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    A very nice Indian place in Ann Arbor they have outdoor seating which is where I ate. The food was EXCELLENT and the seating was wonderful and well attended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely gross food and service
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Worst dining experience we've had--by far--among the hundreds of restaurants we've visited via OpenTable. Cold, tasteless food. Told waiter, he turned and walked away--very unfriendly, indifferent, hard to even flag him to our table. Asked for food to be staged--not delivered all at once--ignored request and walked away as I asked him about this. Entree basically inedible. Told him; disappeared until he presented bill. Said he took (what was absolutely token) $10 off bill. Then he stood over my shoulder, looking down at me, clearly seeking to intimidate me in paying the bill. Incredible how bad this was. Wondering how many other reviews are shills
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, great service!
    musiclady75
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Shalimar is fantastic! The food was great - just the right portion size, too! My Murgh Angaar was so good - you have to try this! I opted for salad instead of rice and it was not your typical salad, but was vegetables lightly cooked with the chicken. (Unless they just forgot to bring the salad; in any case, I was happy!) My daughter's Murgh Tikka Masala was great, too! The waiter was very good - he explained the dishes to us, answered questions and even brought out a spice I'd never heard of for me to see and smell. We ate outside, which made it a bit noisy, but that's to be expected. We will definitely return to Shalimar!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Excellent food and service. Only issue is food is WAY TOO SALTY.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Indian Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    If you want great tasting Indian food, this restaurant is the place to go. Service was not fast, but we were with friends and had a nice time chatting, although we would have liked the food to come out a little quicker. The ambiance is pleasant, and matches the restaurant theme. Bathrooms were clean.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Delicious.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great food. Delicious. Great food. Delicious. Great food. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 288 reviews are from the Shalimar Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Fabulous Food
    forthefood
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We've been to Shalimar often because the food is just so fabulous. Service is wonderful, too, and we always leave feeling satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Indian food
    ashtme
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    A little more traditional taste than the regular Indian Cuisine around.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummyVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Great food, took about 15 minutes to get greeted. Promt service after that.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food, BAD service
    desiboy
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Had booked a table via opentable, they didn't even acknowledge it!!!Told me I had no reservation made at all! Luckily they had a table for us available anyway. Service was terrible. Waiters were purposely avoiding people and they wanted to get your entire order at once (didn't like being called a second time). Were in general rude and unfriendly. Was forced to pay a gratuity due to the group size (is that maybe why we were treated this way??). Was a busy night though.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • poor seating
    zayzee22
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We love to come to Shalimar and quite often too. We were rather disappointed that with the restaurant being only one half full that we were seated in the back next to a family of two screaming toddlers. It took away the joy of a Saturday night date.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DougEG
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    I took my wife and kids for birthday dinner. We used to eat a lot of Indian when we lived in Ohio but not much since moving to A2 area. Shalimar was very good -- vindaloo was rich and spicy, matar paneer was very good, and the tandoori chicken was above average. They were very accommodating to our kids ages 9 and 6, who enjoyed it. It was a little pricey, which is par for the Main St scene, so we will likely only return occasionally.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy To Revisit
    Dgrant
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We have been so busy that we had not taken the time to drive to Shalimar. We are thrilled that we revisited them as they never fail to please. Great food, service, atmosphere, and back on our must go there list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always excellent
    Pickles
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Our waiter was friendly and attentive. Food was excellent: my 'medium' Punjabi masala was just the right spicyness, although could have been a little hotter temperature-wise.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful meal every time
    mrpants
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This is our favorite Indian restaurant in the area. Great meal for vegetarians. highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall good experience
    Dahlia
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Love the food, always tastes great. Making a reservation online was a great idea because the place was pretty busy
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service
    DrOhNoVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Delicious, flavorful food and quick service are the hallmarks of this Indian restaurant. Not unusual to see Indian families dining here. Noise level can be pretty high, tables a bit crowded. I recommend requesting a booth, perfect for 4. More upscale than most Indian restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Robin
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    I own a bookstore and for the first time took an author to dinner here - we both loved the food, it was quiet enough to actually talk and while the waiter was somewhat imperious he gave us good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    Terris
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    We ordered the chicken Tiki with rice Naan. The food arrived sizzling hot after a very short wait. The food was was delicious!!! The waitstaff was always available and our water glasses were never empty. We enjoyed the friendliness of the employees, too!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Servings are huge. I ordered an appetizer for dinner and even that was a lot of food. Everything we tried (vegetarian) was excellent. The only problem was paying the bill. Everyone was so busy that we could find no waiter or person in charge at the cash-out area which is right in the front of the restaurant where everyone else was coming in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I have been to Shalimar multiple times and each time it is better than I remember. I have not had a thing on the menu that I wasn't floored by.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small portions
    Andrew
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The restaurant is good, but more expensive and smaller portions compared to other Indian restaurants. You're basically paying for main street location and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    AlexisVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in Ann Arbor, hands down. The food is EXCELLENT and I can't say enough good things about it. For me, the taste of something is everything. The service is okay....not the best and not the worst. They know me and my family now so I think they give us time to chat and prolong our night. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that wants an AWESOME meal with an authentic indian taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spicy food
    luvindianfood
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    We ordered the food mid because my husband doesn't care for spicy but it was still too spicy for him but the rest of us loved it! He did love the tandoori chicken. My daughter and I loved all the spices and different tastes. We also enjoyed the chai tea. It was delicious! The service was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Honesty
    SPhil
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    The waiter was honest to come back and inform that the gratuity was already added to the bill when I put a 30 $ tip in the bill. Not at all common to see that quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week 2013
    bobbarker
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    The food was ok. I have been to Shalimar before and the food was great! However, this time the food seemed to be a bit sloppy, and sitting out for a bit. The service was rushed and mildly impatient. I would go back, but only when I crave Indian food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Indian food
    LinWynn
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants. Food and service are always great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The overall meal was quite
    Annarborfood
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The overall meal was quite good. The food was great and it came out quickly. The service was not stellar. It felt like we were a burden on the server. But, they were not rude or unattentive, just a little unfriendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite
    weink
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Very good Indian food, pleasant atmosphere, capable servers, and moderate prices. What's not to like?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not too bad
    Longstretch
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    The food was quite good; the service wasn't as good. A bit slow and not very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The real thing
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Never been to India, but the local East Indian people say it's pretty authentic, especially if, as a non-Indian, you ask for your entree "Indian spicy." Great tandoori dishes, and the samosas are the best I've eaten since my days in East Africa, 30 years ago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome food
    Andy
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    Nice relaxed place. The food was perfect, would definitely come again with family
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently delicious
    violet37VIP
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    We've been eating at Shalimar several times a year for 6 years now and have never had a bad meal. They even pay attention to spice-level requests. At other places when I've requested mild, I've gotten either still-too-spicy food or totally tasteless food. Here they bring me delicious, well-spiced dishes that don't burn my (admittedly very sensitive) tongue off. The rest of my family likes their food moderate to spicy, and always get exactly what they request. We can heartily recommend the chicken tikka masala, chicken biryani, lamb vindaloo, chicken saag, veggie mixed appetizers... and more. It's often busy and can be hard to get into, but worth the wait!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Indian restaurant around!
    Indianfarelover
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    Shalimar is the best Indian restaurant in the Metro Detroit are. The food and the service are exceptional!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic but Inconsistent
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    Been to Shalimar every time we visit Ann Arbor. Best Indian food around. But...they seem to be unable to handle a full restsurant seating. Our food was long coming, not hot (temperature) and the waitstaff made excuses. When we complained, our waiter finally brought a second serving of Murgh that was, indeed, up to standard. The problem with Shalimar is that, when they are on their game, their food is outstanding...and when they're bad...well then they're just like any other Asian restaurant!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but the service
    Momo
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    Great food, but the service was absolutely horrible. I felt like I was being glared at the entire time at the restaurant, from the hostess to the busboy. It took at least 20 minutes to get the check, possibly more. Some of the appetizers are overpriced, as well as the food, but overall the food was good. I would go back, but not often.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate