The Bombay Bistro
The Bombay Bistro

The Bombay Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thebombaybistro.net/
  • Phone: 9089180330x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Indian
  • Executive Chef: Collin Crasto
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Let The Bombay Bistro create a memorable experience for you and your guests without even setting your foot in the kitchen. Choose through a wide array of carefully picked menu sets and push play!!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Maple
  • Public Transit: NJ Transit Morristown and Gladstone train lines stop at Summit Station. Five minute walk to restaurant.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free 1 hour parking available till 6 pm. Evenings and Sundays free parking available. Rear access to restaurant from parking lot. Parking Lot No.2 is located on DeForest Avenue.
A word from The Bombay Bistro
The Bombay Bistro, formerly known as Dabbawalla, in its newer and slicker avatar, serves up a wide array of classic delights with a contemporary twist to the traditional Indian flavors. Expressed best through the evolution of its multicultural food, service and ambiance, one cannot miss out on the warmth and buoyancy of the Indian spirit at The Bombay Bistro.
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The Bombay Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
11 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (7)good for groups (6)great for lunch (5)neighborhood gem (5)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (1)romantic (1)special occasion (1)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • An Indian Jewel
    Samben
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    A wonderful excursion to Bombay! The decor is bright and comfortable; the lunch buffet is varied, plentiful, and delicious!; and the service is friendly and attentive. I'm looking forward to returning with my family for a quick trip to India.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Curlymom62
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was really good. The hostess was stressed and rude. Although we had a reservation, she walked us to the worst table in house (in front of the kitchen). It would have been very loud and busy. She was offended when we asked for one of the other open tables. They have great booths but were "saving" them (only one became occupied). Other than the hostess (who also glared at us as we left), the staff was lovely. The food was tasty and well presented. The restaurant's acoustics aren't great but the food was worth returning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • afoodie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We frequent Bombay Bistro often. The food is always good and the menu is different from the usual Indian fare so we like it for that reason as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Indian with a twist
    barbarisms
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We stumbled across this restaurant a few weeks ago and this was our second time back. We had the Aloo Tuk for an appetizer and it was a very inventive potato dish. I got the vegetarian Dabba, which was very tasty and plentiful, and my husband added the roasted eggplant. All were delicious. We'll be back often.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good Indian Food
    JohnGVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Contemporary Indian dishes with good vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices. My out of town business colleague had a great experience and found the cuisine exotic!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very fresh Indian
    barbarisms
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We stumbled over this restaurant on another one and decided to try it. We weren't disappointed We like the look of the place and some of the new to us items on the menu. They bring ut a glass of chat to spoon on your plate first. Then came stuffed poori, whig was delicious - stuffed with potatoes. We then had chicken in tamarind chutney which was delicious and roasted eggplant, which was scrumptious. We ordered a piece of mango cheesecake to go but it was not in the bag when we got home. We called the restaurant and they were willing to either give us a refund or a piece of cake the next day even though they couldn't find our receipt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a Good Experience
    Yogabear
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Continues to be a favorite after many visits. The cooking is tasty and inventive! Plus they are always willing to add little bit of "this" or take away a little bit of "that"! Also, sometimes it takes people in a few visits to discover there is rear entrance from the public parking lot in case the street out front is full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice Dinner
    BBBB
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Wait staff, hostess, owner were friendly and professional. The dishes were not brought together but the delay was short and acceptable. The food was well prepared and delicious. We were not rushed at the end of our meal as the place filled up. A great value in terms of the price; for this quality.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 47 reviews are from the The Bombay Bistro reviews archive.
  • Great Indian Food, Casual Setting
    Chazoo
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    A fun restaurant that serves up high quality Indian food in comfortable, casual setting. Atmosphere rather plain, but it works with the fare & dining style here. Large booths can fit eight. Family friendly, plenty of options for kids, and long list of appetizers & specialties. Prices reasonable. Always a great time dining there with friends or just our own family. Seating usually available walk-in, but reservations recommended. It does get busy - a good sign. Take out is another option. A few suggestions: Had to request utensils a couple of times and had to ask for water refills - more attentive wait staff would have noticed those things instead of our having to ask. Recommended! You'll keeping coming back for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Indian Restaurant
    MillburnResident
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    We have been here frequently with our college age children. The decor is cafeteria style but the food, prices, and service are all very good. Not a romantic Saturday night date place, but a perfectly pleasant Sunday night dinner place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    Nate
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Our meal was really fantastic - great food and great service! Every item on the menu looked delicious and everything we ordered was great. Will definitely be back to explore the rest of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1 Hr Wait w/ Reservation
    Andrew
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Made a reservation for 5 people at 7:30 on a Friday night. We arrived on time, and were told that it would be a few minutes. Well, after an hour of waiting we headed to Begum Palace in Madison, NJ. Bombay Bistro told me that they were unprepared for a busy night (Friday night of restaurant week), but they were not very sympathetic until we were on our way out the door. We've been before, and the food is pleasant enough, but this experience was very disappointing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed on Valentine's Day
    pbc1
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had not been to the restaurant for over a year, so we wanted to give it a try again on Valentine's Day. They were obviously overbooked as we had to wait for a table, despite making a reservation through Open Table. Service was extremely slow, but it had more to do with lack of management and experience, and less to do with a busy night. (There were many empty tables.) The wait staff was unfamiliar with the dishes and repeatedly brought the wrong order to our table. Several times they came over when we had nothing at our table to ask how everything was. The food was not as good as our previous visits. They seem to be cutting corners on quality of ingredients and portion size.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food
    JerseyKVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was delicious. Service was good even with a packed restaurant. Delicious naan. Very good prices. Strange table set up for small parties, very loud and close. Tile floor made noise and voices even louder. We will be back with friends so we can sit in a nice comfortable booth!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Appalling night
    cava
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Service was very very slow, and it is a noisy place. They forgot my entree which was paleek paneer and by the time it arrived it was rubbery, the spinach had an almost fluorescent green tinge to it! It did taste ok though. The men I were eating with ordered meat dishes and neither were asked how spicy they wanted it and at no point did the waiter come and ask us if everything was ok, we just got topped up with drinks as you would expect. A place to avoid.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent and creative cuisine
    Tokyodoc
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Portion size is large, and it is tempting to order a lot of food as all was excellent and prices are reasonable. Restaurant hidden in Summit NJ with creative and novel Indian fare, friendly and attentive service. Somewhat bright and noisy room, but easy to hold a conversation. BYO -- wine store located 2 doors away.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dad bd dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    we had a great time. the woman/waitress was very pleasant and informative. She helped guide us thru the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Indian Buffet
    OpenTableDiner2013VIP
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    This is a great place for a quick lunch. They offer a lunch buffet for around $10.00 with a good mix of choices. Because it's served buffet style, there are no delays and the food is hot and tasty! You can park behind the restaurant in a public lot that offers the first hour at no cost. There's also metered parking out front.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Menu has the best variety
    Dion2
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Menu has the best variety I've seen for Indian restaurants. Have been back twice since this visit for take out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very flavorful, excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Very flavorful, excellent helpful and attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic Indian food
    SuranjanVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Very authentic. excellent service - manager came around and chatted with us for quite some time - made sure everything was perfect. Minor mistake with our order, and they comped that particular plate. Enjoyed the dinner very much, will certainly return. Try the special dhabas that are offered on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Indian food
    Monika
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    If you want to enjoy delicious Indian food with awesome service, then this is the place. Cheers!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Indian food.
    nsfmd
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    As per the other reviews, we found the food a cut above most of the other local Indian restaurants. In particular the appetizers were exceptional (Aloo Tuk and the tuna tartare) and the dessert we tried (Coconut) was both good and unusual. The service was solicitous and friendly. The restaurant is a bit noisy when full on the Saturday night we came. We are looking forward to returning, and had a very nice evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Indian restaurant
    Hobokengirl
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    An excellent Indian restaurant. The staples, paleek paneer and chicken tikka masala were excellent. Their mango lassi is delicious. There also this great drink with mango, ginger and ginger ale. So delicious. Must try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice change of pace
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Hadn't had indian food in while. Never tried BB before. Food suggestions from our server were very good. They have dishes on the menu that you wouldn't normally find at an indian restaurant. I felt the lighting and decor could be improved - not my personal taste. But it would not prevent me from going back sometime.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EXCELLENT CUISINE AND SERVICE
    dr007
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    The desi food here is excellent & tasted really healthy w/o all the oil & debris that you see @ the average indian restaurant; the food was wholesome, fresh, & HOT as it was right off the stove. We felt like we were at home.It is a BYOB so we got a few bottles of wine from across the starbucks and really enjoyed the night. The prices were reasonable and on the moderate end; the appetizers were just terrific as well as the entrees and dessert.The waitress was friendly and competent as well as the other staff and chef! We will definitely go there again and the food was so tasty. We are of Indian origin ourselves and know "good Indian food" from average restaurants in the area. Also, you will not go broke here and service portions are huge!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for sharing
    LovetoTravelVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    This is our go-to restaurant before we see a play at the PaperMill Playhouse. It is approx a 10 minute drive. The portions are huge and the entrees are diverse. It is fun to go with a group and order a bunch of different things that we can all try.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the food here is excellent!
    laylaVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    the food here is excellent! especially like the fried okra appetizer. they have a very welcoming staff also. it is byo, so if you want wine, bring it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Some of the best Indian food
    HowardVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Some of the best Indian food I have eaten, including some meals I have had in India
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem
    Saef420
    Dined on 7/2/2013
    We had tandoori mushrooms as an appetizer, really unique and delicious. Great food overall. The best palak paneer I have ever had in my life. Elegant trendy ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    WmdgVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2013
    We have tried different items each time we visit (6) with no regrets. This is Indian food at its very best. Be adventurous and try to agitate your tastes buds to total bliss. It's worth the visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food is exceptional, service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    food is exceptional, service is just right. They leave you to enjoy your food, theyare there when you need them. it is a well oiled foodie machine. Fresh produce, you can see what you are eating.......first class, great value and surpasses expectation every time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Indian food. Very different
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Great Indian food. Very different from the ordinary Indian places that are all over NJ. Definitely worth trying.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Indian Food
    Shamwow
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    The Bombay Bistro is a really great restaurant. The food is close to perfect. Updated yet authentic Indian. Only downside is the noise. The restaurant was full on a Saturday night and we had a hard time hearing each other! But, the food was worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious authenticIndian Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    Wonderful Indian restaurant...Excellent food, well priced, terrific service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Many interesting dishes on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Many interesting dishes on the menu. Healthy portions, especially the appetizers. A great place.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was our second time and
    LovetoTravelVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    This was our second time and the food and service were great. There were four of us. We had 2 appetizers and 4 entrees. All the food was really yummy but it was way too much food. You could easily only 3 entrees and still have leftovers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Divine Indian cuiisine in Summit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    I decided to go here for dinner with my husband and my twelve year old son after having their lunch buffet a few weeks prior. The atmosphere is elegant withiut being stuffy, so that anyone can feel comfortable sitting down for a meal as long as you are wearing tasteful attire. The food is absolutely authentic and delicious. Each dish is bursting with wonderful Indian herbs and spices. My husband recently went on a business trip to India and he said that the food is very authentic and this was clearly evidenced by Indian locals who were dining there as well. The service was terrific and our waiter was very attentive. I am looking forward to many more visits!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dining Experience
    DeborahVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Great dinner at The Bombay Bistro. Just had a wonderful dinner with another couple, we all enjoyed our food, the service was very attentive and the setting is very pretty. We are looking forward to returning!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • This is the best Indian food
    Nigel
    Dined on 2/12/2013
    This is the best Indian food in the area, prepared with great care .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall