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The Café at Taj Boston
The Café at Taj Boston

The Café at Taj Boston Details

  • 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: Contemporary American, Indian
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Smoked salmon eggs benedict all world . .as was Pam's omelet"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "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?"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Best Valentine's Day dinner ever! Superb food, outstanding warm and personalized service, elegant atmosphere. This place is a treasure."
    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."
    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!!!!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "food was average.I had the Indian food.Taj has amazing restaurents all over the world.This is subpar."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We loved our meal... terrific food, and we had a perfect table!"
    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."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "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)."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "The Cafe at Taj Boston is a gem that all locals and visitors alike should experience. The atmosphere is a beautifully decorated respite and the view onto Newbury Street is great for people watching. The menu has been updated to include made to order Indian specialties while still offering sophisticated New England classics. The service is attentive but not overbearing."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "I hadn't been to this restaurant for years -- it used to be the Ritz Cafe. The Taj chain is very good but this place was marginal, to say the least. Overbearing waitstaff, too intrusive, not respectful, hanging over us, etc. We were 4, we had expensive food and a very good wine, and there wewre vacant tables, but didn't seem to matter at all. I won't go there again"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "I have rave reviews of the Taj. I love the food, the service and the ambience each time I go. It is my favorite restaurant in Boston."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Wonderful dinner and exceptional service - great menu!"
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "One of my favorite restaurants in Boston. The food and service is outstanding. You are not rush during the meal. I cannot wait to go back again."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "The table clothes are gone at dinner, placemat take their place. Sad, it 's more like in a bistro, than fine dining. T pie has been moved Also, the tradition chicken to the lounge. The food and service is still outstanding, but changes are sad at this Boston institution."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "I first went alone and had one of the best clam chowders ever. Returned a week later to have another go. The clam chowder was good but not as good as the first night. The curries delighted guests and the scallops were divine. The room is beautifully decorated and the noise level is civilized. For a lovely evening when you can talk to your guests this should be high on your list."
    Dined on 9/24/2013
  • "my guest, an indian woman, commented that the food, indian, tasted home-made, which we considered the highest form of praise, and well-deserved. a total treat for all."
    Dined on 9/11/2013
  • "The food we chose, the scallop special, lobster risotto, watermelon cucumber salad, and orange mango mousse was unique, delicious, and artistically served."
    Dined on 9/2/2013
  • "everything tasted great - even the drinks were among the strongest I've had (especially dangerous at lunch) Crowd was a bit on the older side though - this being a Friday late lunch before a long holiday weekend. Not for the younger crowd"
    Dined on 8/30/2013