The Café at Taj Boston
The Café at Taj Boston

The Café at Taj Boston

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tajhotels.com/boston
  • Phone: (617) 598-5255
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday, 6:30am – 11:00am
    Lunch: Monday – Friday, 11:30am – 2:30pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday, 5:30pm – 10:30pm
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday, 7am – 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Certified Master Chef Daniel Dumont
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Newbury Street
  • Public Transit: Green Line - Arlington
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: There is also metered parking and garages on nearby streets (Newbury Street,Boylston Street & Charles Street).

A word from The Café at Taj Boston
A Boston landmark for over 55 years, its wall of windows overlooks the bustle of Newbury Street. The fresh New England flavors are accented by a subtle blending of Italian and French influences. Indian Specialties featured daily.


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The Café at Taj Boston reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (8)special occasion (8)great for lunch (5)neighborhood gem (5)romantic (5)scenic view (4)great for brunch (3)notable wine list (2)good for groups (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • gruff waiter, disappointing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    great location, nice vies of Newbury street. I went with my husband to celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary having gotten married at the old Ritz. The best part of the meal was the bread basket. The waiter would practically bark at us and seemed angry.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Dinner
    Geoff
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    A group of six of us came here for dinner last Sunday night. The food was really good, both the French-style food and the Indian food dishes. The atmosphere was very old school Boston, but not in an unpleasant way. The service was very good, although our waiter did disappear at one point for about four minutes (I think that he was getting a mixed drink for another table from the Ritz Bar). One really nice thing about this place is that some people in a party can have normal French-style food, while other people can have the more exotic Indian food. I lived in India for a while earlier in my life, and the Indian food here is very authentic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friends
    Mamasays
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Delightful reunion with special friends. A perfect place to chat, linger and giggle over a lovely lunch. We weren't rushed and had a chance to catch up with each other.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely fantastic
    NewFavorite
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The dinner at the Cafe at Taj was absolutely fantastic. Food was great. This is one place where you can get indian specialties and american food in the same menu. Wine list us extensive. They do have many old vintages if wines that are meant to be drank young.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Much Indian Food
    richVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    we've been going to this restaurant for years, even when it was the Ritz Carlton. Since the new ownership by the Taj Hotel Group, more and more Indian selections are appearing on the menu. Understandably, it's ownership would need some Indian food selection on the menu for their hotel guest, but the menu is now more Indian selections. After many years of enjoying this restaurant, I feel that our favorites are slowly disappearing: their long term traditional chicken pot pie and the traditional hamburger are gone. Sad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely lunch spot
    Boomaa
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Decor is very attractive, with a large bay looking onto Newbury St. and comfortable seats. Service is attentive without being overwhelming. My companion selected a bottle of champagne, so I didn't get a look at the wine list. Rolls served before our food were delicious - warm and yeasty, with sweet butter. Prices are high here, as you might expect from a luxury hotel, and although we enjoyed our food, we could have had better for less in any number of restaurants. The value for us was in being to linger and visit in a lovely and comfortable atmosphere. The only problem we encountered was a group of noisy diners, who thankfully finished their brunch soon after our arrival. I'd happily return as the overall experience was delightful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I wish they had been participating in the second week of Dine Out Boston. The DOB website was misleading. But The Taj personnel were kind and the experience was great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good
    Kath
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    but we thought it was Restaurant Week which we found to our surprise it wasn't. Though we spent more than we planned, it was well worth it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a mistake
    judithnortonVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Open Table included Café at Taj on their Dining Boston (Rest Wk) schedule, offering dinner both weeks and also on Sat. Upon our arrival we were told that Sat night was not part of that special menu. On your website, each restaurant has careful info re: whether lunch, dinner or both is offered, along with a personalized daily schedule of participation. It was totally wrong. Now, this is partly the restaurant's fault, because they didn't bother to check the official website, but also partly Open Table's fault. Slightly embarrassing to arrive for the special prices and see the Taj's real prices. We had an excellent dinner, without appetizer or dessert for about the same price as 3 courses might have been.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food & Ambience
    paip
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food was excellent. Definitely the food speaks a lot about the Chef. The ambience is really good for a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 213 reviews are from the The Café at Taj Boston reviews archive.
  • Bob from Lexington
    RWA76
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Smoked salmon eggs benedict all world . .as was Pam's omelet
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AprilVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We were staying at the Taj hotel and since it was pouring rain, we decided to eat at The Cafe. Despite the fact that it is a hotel restaurant, it was better than I expected. The swordfish was delicious and my husband's steak was also good. We had breakfast here the next morning, and again we were pleased overall with the food and service. If you can get a table near the window, and the sun is shining, it is an even nicer experience. What really stands out is the service. Everyone from the maître d' to the waitress and other junior waiters were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you like "not so great"
    bigjamiectVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    then you will enjoy Taj. It's simply a hotel restaurant. no different than any other, except for spotty service and bland food. Careful ordering cocktails as the server has to leave the restaurant, go across the Hotel's lobby and order it, then wait and return with it while all the other customers wonder where there food and drinks are.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Emergency testing
    Lrubin
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The Taj is one of the only spots on Newbury Street to have a delicious lunch in a quiet, lovely setting. This time when I took my friend out for her birthday, a special birthday, and the hotel decided that lunch time was an acceptable time to test their emergency evacuation practices, the entire restaurant service came to a screeching halt. Our salads, yes I said SALADS, took 25+ minutes. Loud alarms and announcements played over and over again while staff in the hotel left the building. A complementary dessert, which we didn't like, and champagne were offered. The manager came to our table and never once even apologized for the disruption. The management needs to rethink the timing of practicing their emergency preparedness drills.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hotel restaurant
    Libra13VIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Just because the Cafe is in a hotel isn't a reason not to go - it was one of the best meals we had while in Boston. Give it a try!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Indian Food
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This was by far the best Indian food I have had in Boston. The Kottayam Crab curry and Lamb dish were delicious and the portions were a good size. The service was also very good and the waitstaff was very accommodating. Highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed - again
    frankc
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Went here fore Easter - dinner at 7:30 p.m. Greeting us and showing us to our table was haphazardly handled. Pre-fix menu. Oh well, it was Easter. Food was mediocre. The waiter seemed to rush us and just "yes yes" our questions away. My son is allergic to all tree nuts. The waiter didn't seem to know the menu. He said the sorbet was OK, but then brought it in an almond encrusted cookie. The café leaves a lot to be desired as the only dinner option in the hotel. If you are going to spend $100 per person on dinner, a glass of wine and maybe a coffee, they could serve it in a nicer room. The ambiance of the café is more fitting for a lunch. I have been here on other occasions and have felt the same way.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Taj is pricey, but very good
    TonyC
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The Taj cafe is a very elegant room with The Taj Hotel, Boston. Stop into the bar beforehand for a pre-dinner cocktail. The service is excellent and the room is timeless. The food at the Taj is excellent, inparticular, the Indian section of the menu which has some really delicate, yet full dishes. It is quiet and refined so if you are looking for a special hotel for a romantic evening or similar, I recommend it. Try for a table at the window as the Taj is brilliantly placed at Boston Common.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exactly what we were looking for
    Cdt518
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Brought my girlfried here for a nice evening dinner after seeing the sights and sounds of Boston. The service was great amd the food was just as fantastic. I couldnt have asked for anything better. Next to the public garden, the ambiance was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice overall
    keithmVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    The food here is always very good. Not quite up to the top gourmet restaurants of Boston, but still better than most. I had the Clam chowder to start. Extremely good with excellent flavor. One of the best chowders of the last few years. Not too thick, which seems to be the norm these days. Richard had the Minestrone, which was also excellent. Next up I had the Maple Glazed Salmon. Cooked just right. Richard had the Kotteyam Crab Curry, which is one of the best he's had. We were too full for dessert. Now here is the only downside. Due to a Sox game, many sloppy people came in & trashed the restroom. The toilet stalls were unusable. Not a pretty sight. It still hadn't been attended to after 2 mentions by me in a hour & a half time frame.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to snuff
    wildasparagus24VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We came here for an early, pre-theatre dinner, allowing plenty of time. The service was dreadful. We sat for just over 15 minutes before one of the many waiters who were bustling around busily finally came over to provide water. It took longer to order drinks. By then we were out of time to linger in conversation and had to order food immediately. The food was excellent, as it always is. The service in no way matched up.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We totally enjoyed our dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We totally enjoyed our dinner and the restaurant. The restaurant has an aura of elegance and an international ambiance. We loved it. The food was very good and the service was excellent. Will definitely go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious Indian
    momo
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Just back from 3 weeks of travel in south India, I appreciated the well-prepared entrees and breads from Indian cuisine in this elegant Boston setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Catching up..and then some
    Mamasays
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    I hadn't seen my friend in weeks and wanted a cozy, elegant spot to catch up and enjoy our friendship. The wait staff are perfect,Present, respectful of distance while being engaging. Our lobster roll lunch was delicious! We must have sat for two hours enjoying catching up while being treated like princesses ! :) Fabulous food and dining experience. Thank you Taj!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jewel in the Crown
    Princecharming
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We have lived in the neighborhood for many years but only recently "discovered" this wonderful spot. After a cocktail in the bar by the fireplace, we proceeded to a window table in the cafe. The room is strikingly beautiful. Our waiter was delightful and helpful. We shared an unusually delicious Caeser salad (with correct and freshly made dressing) and then, after a perfectly relaxing interval over wine, savored wonderful Indian dishes--one lamb and one crabmeat. The flavors were exotic and extraordinary. Just right. No room for dessert, but we have enjoyed creme brulee and opera cake here previously. The cafe at the Taj is a most elegant, civilized, and delicious spot in the Back Bay.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    It may not be the Ritz Cafe anymore, but the food, service and style are the same or better. This is not just really good food but an "experience" -- traditional and conservative -- but nonetheless an experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sorrowful service
    ICouldEatVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    For nearly a decade, our custom has been to take our daughter for Indian food on her birthday. We have stepped up the quality chain each year so we decided to go very high end this time. The outcome was poor. It took over 20 minutes to place our order but much longer for the food to arrive, so much so that we were given complimentary misted greens with jumbo shrimp. The entrees (dahl, murgh tikka masala, lamb rogan josh) were indeed fantastic but the garlic naan bread we ordered never arrived. My son and I felt his beef tenderloin had an offensive taste and he ate less than a third of it. We were so disappointed that we did not stick around for dessert (remember, this was my daughter's birthday celebration). Off night perhaps?
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Best Valentine's Day dinner ever! Superb food, outstanding warm and personalized service, elegant atmosphere. This place is a treasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Cafe has a great ambience
    skmjdsi
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The Cafe has a great ambience - casual but still with an elegant feel. The Staff was attentive and helpful and the food ( from the Valentine's Day prix fixe menu) was very good. The cocktails were delcicious. Overall, we had a very enjoyable evening and the long-stemmed red rose as a parting gift was a nice gesture. Highly recommed for a special evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines day dinner
    Finediningfor4
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This was the perfect experience for me and my date. Upon arrival at 5:30pm to the Cafe, the matri'd walked us to the best seat I'm the house. We sat right in the middle bay window overlooking the sidewalk of Newbury street. It was very nice and quiet. We had tickets to the boston baroque at 8:00, so we thought we would be in and out quickly. Not at all! Our waiter suggested a bottle of wine, which turned our not to get the most expensive on the list. And, it was probably the best bottle of Pino we ever had. We each ordered different items on the prix fixe menu to try. The food was absolutely superb!! By the time we left at 7:30, the matri'd gave my date a red rose and got to the show on time. The staff, waiter and valet was excellent!!!!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was average.I had the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    food was average.I had the Indian food.Taj has amazing restaurents all over the world.This is subpar.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New Menu
    MimiVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We recently celebrated my husband's birthday at the Taj cafe which we've visited a number of times before. It is one of the prettiest dining rooms in Boston overlooking Newburyport St, elegant and quiet. The new menu or chef is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful respite
    EnigmanderVIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    This gorgeous cafe with windows fronting Newbury Street allow an intimate setting for a lovely meal with a never ending scene outside. Perfect service! Our 11:30 meal allowed for breakfast or lunch options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A very memorable meal experience
    davidfrombostonVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    The experience starts with the maitre 'd. He was amazing - when we arrived and said that we had reservations, since we were the only party of 3 with reservations he welcomed us by name and took us right to our seats. At dessert time, he also made sure that there was a delicious birthday dessert treat for my wife, making the dinner truly special. We started with the carpaccio, seafood ceviche, and caesar salad. All were really well prepared, but the carpaccio was particularly good - the best I've ever had, actually. For the main courses, we had the sea bass, halibut and okra/bhindi and all were very well prepared and plated. Desserts were exceptional. We had the 3 creme brulees, a pudding and a mousse; I recommend them all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We loved our meal... terrific
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We loved our meal... terrific food, and we had a perfect table!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Dining Experience!
    landernj
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    This was our second time dining at The Cafe at Taj Boston. If you want good old fashioned service, classic food in a wonderful atomosphere then this is the place for you! We started with a drink at the bar (very nice cocktails, a great wine list and a nice fire place) and then into the beautiful dining room. There are many classic choices on the menu, however, I recommend the Indian food. The lamb rogan josh is outstanding. We also tried the dal which was wonderful. Try the garlic naan to complete the meal. We didn't leave room for dessert but we were very satisfied and can't wait to go back! The bar has a nice view of The Commons and if you like people watching the dining room overlooks Newbury Street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice low key brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    We went to the Taj the day before my sister's wedding to have a 'ladies lunch.' The food was absolutely delicious, and it's a beautiful room with a great elegant vibe. The service was a bit lacking - no one was rude, but it was challenging to get the waiter's attention (this is partly due to the architecture of the space, too).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoyable.
    Gigi
    Dined on 12/9/2013
    This nice place has been around for many Years. It can be on the expensive side but you always know your food will be good, and tastefully prepared. The service is impeccable. The ambience is one of comfort and charm. I would recommend this to anyone exceptexcept someone I know to be economy-minded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic elegant evening
    Deborah
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    We have been to the Taj multiple times. It is always a wonderful experience. There is a sense of history within the restaurant space. Pictures of visiting celebrities from the early 50's hang on the wall. The food is wonderful. The service is elegant. We recently brought our pre-teens. The staff was excited to have them there and very kind.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love the Cafe at the Taj.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    I love the Cafe at the Taj. I have been coming here for a long time and find that everything is perfect. The waitress who served us was very efficient and pleasant. A wonderful restaurant with excellent food and wine!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.