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The Dhaba
The Dhaba

The Dhaba Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.the-dhaba.com
  • Phone: (480) 557-8800
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Dhaba
The embodiment of food in the spirit of the nation is an integral part of its identity. Our Dhaba is the embodiment of Punjabi food and Punjab – a state that has been the envy of the nation (India). In India and Pakistan, highways are dotted with local restaurants popularly known as ‘Dhabas’, providing local cuisine and serving as stops for truck drivers. Dhabas are traditionally characterized by casual seating on cots (called chaarpai in Hindi) and food prepared in clay ovens (tandoor). Over time Dhabas have come to define a culture, centered on food. Real Punjabi has been influenced by the diverse culinary cultures of Persia, Afghanistan and Central Asia. Punjab provided a conduit to caravans from Bukhara, Kabul & Kashmir. The wonderful frontier foods intertwined with the rich stream of Hindu, Sikh, Pathan, Muslim and Kashmiri migrants enriched the Punjabi cuisine.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Great food, nice people very clean. This is one of my new favorites."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great food! You'll love it! Use the app to set the reservation "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Claire and staff are always helpful and attentive! I have organized numerous get-togethers with friends there and we always leave happy!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We went with a toddler (yikes) but the delicious naan kept her entertained while we enjoyed awesome food! The service was great as well. Definitely will be going back!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I found Dhaba on Open Table and gave it a try for lunch. When I arrived there was a table ready for me and the service was prompt and curteous. The food was fantastic. I would highly recommend this resturant to anyone. I will be back."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We actually ate here during Restaurant Week, but ended up ordering off of the normal menu because so many of the entrees looked wonderful. Luckily, we were not disappointed. We ordered the murgh vindaloo and the mango chicken curries, with kashmiri naan. Service was impeccable...the staff was friendly, attentive, and not at all intrusive. My only complaint was that our waitress said that the mango chicken could be prepared with white meat; however, we were served dark meat. It's hard to be upset, however, given how full-flavored the curry was. Everything was served steaming hot, and I found myself savoring every bite of our dinner. I am a professional chef, and a critical customer, but left the meal utterly satiated. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Went here for Arizona Restaurant week for the delicious sounding preset menu. All of the food was great, there's no way we could've gone wrong ordering. The issue was the servers made us feel rushed and unwelcome, by bringing out the entrees before we finished our appetizer, brought boxes before we were finished eating our entrees, and rushed us with the check. I would go back for the food, but not with high expectations for service. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The food was top notch. The service unrivaled. From The time we were seated until the time we left we never waited for anything nor did we have to ask for anything. The food was very flavorful and was prepared to order. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "you will love Dhaba. This is the best Indian food I have ever had ! Since moving here from L.A. 12 years ago I have tried many Indian food restuarants in the Phoenix area and Dhaba is the only one I go to now. The menu has something for everyone rather it's for gluten free, vegatarian or someone who wants to control the spiciness of their meal. The menu is quite extensive and everything I have tried is wonderful,Tandooris, dals ,curries and rice dishes are all so flavorful.The potions are generous and the service is always excellent."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Been a faithful customer for years. Love this place. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Would recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves Indian food, some of the best I've found in the PHX metro area. There are some nice touches with a complimentary papadum appetizer with excellent sauces, genuine plates and glasses and a good beer list, both Indian and local. It's a quiet, small space and quite busy, so plan accordingly, even on a generally slow restaurant night (Tuesday) there were people waiting."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Love the food here! I think it is my favorite Indian restaurant in phoenix!!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We've been going to The Dhaba for years and the food is amazing. I definitely recommend the chicken tikka masala and Samosa Chaat. They can make the food as spicy or mild as you like. The naan is fresh and the saffron rice is superb. Everything is fresh. It's my favorite Indian restaurant in the valley. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Our meal was fantastic and the service spot on. The palak paneer was some of the best we've ever had. We loved the onion naan. Absolutely delicious!! We will also order the Ras Malai again. Thanks for a great evening!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "This is some of the best Indian food I've eaten anywhere. We were staying nearby, and we found Dhaba on OpenTable. I wish I lived locally so I could come here weekly. If you like Indian food, you won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "It's a pleasure to dine at The Dhaba; the food is consistently delicious, the family run establishment is welcoming."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I made a reservation according to the website. I arrived and waited an additional 15 minutes for the table, then an addition 10-15 minutes before she even took my order. Food was average and not worth a repeat visit in my humble opinion. I'll be headed to curry corner next, my best friends kid here Tempe recommended it highly. Next curry craving I get I'm headed there instead."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great to take out of town guests from areas where they don't have many restaurants that are not chains. Dhaba food is always good. Service was a little slow this night. We had reservations and were seated immediately after entering the restaurant (5:40 on a Saturday night coming straight from the airport). But we waited quite a while before our order was taken and after being served we did not have anyone come back to check on us until we were finished."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I made the reservation through open table and in the comments section I noted my guest had an allergy. When we were seated they made recommendations on foods accordingly. Food was fantastic and rich in flavor. Service was great."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We eat quite a bit of Indian food this was very good, we did not care for the chicken wings appetizer it was not done enough for us. The shrimp korma was delicious."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Indian food in the punjabi style with a large menu and street treats which are authentic and not always served at Indian restaurants the US, so if you like to try new dishes, this is a great restaurant to visit. Casual atmosphere. Good dining experience."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Bit overpriced as compared to other Indian restaurant in the valley however food quality is good. Go there with coupons."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "I have been to quite a few Indian joints in town and this is by far the best. Dishes are very tasty and staff is friendly. They even have a cooking school."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "We are from San Francisco and now live in Mesa. This place is one of the best places we've eaten in Arizona. Truly quality food and the servers were very kind and attentive."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "We have been to The Dhaba many times and love their food and the ambience of the restaurant. The owners and staff are very helpful and attentive. We love going here."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Authentic Indian food, served with family atmosphere. Good anytime. Unpretentious store front, but delicious food, which is more important to this Indian food lover."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "The Dhaba is a small neighborhood gem. It is our favorite place to go for Indian food, PERIOD!"
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "The spices of India are blended and cooked perfectly. The owners go out of their way to make you feel welcome and comfortable. They have won a few more awards recently, which seems very warranted."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Great time we had with friends. A real family run restAurant."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Me and my spouse found this restaurant by accident. Neverthless it was the best find in Phoenix so far. I am already a fan of Dhaba in India. This one was real surprise to me and taste of food was really outstanding."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Food is amazing, flavorful and authentic! Great service, nice ambience!"
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Mr. Flintstone said it best: "Yabba Dhaba Dooo!" The food is really outstanding and it's location near the Phoenix Park N Ride station makes this a real winner on many levels. We had tikka masala that was really the best that any of our party of four could remember and the curry was delicious. Reasonable prices, good parking, outstanding food, and happy servers made this a wonderful experience. We'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "I was impressed with the vegetarian selection. The sauces were super flavorful and the amount of spiciness was right on when we asked for a 7 out of 10."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "I had a wonderful experience. I took my wife to the restaurant for her birthday, The food was fantastic, service was excellent and the atmosphere was perfect."
    Dined on 11/18/2013
  • "We come here often as a family. This time we brought another family along and we had a great time. Food and service great as always."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "Great for Wedding, Christening Receptions. I would highly recommend to all my contacts."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Love this place. Food is quite tasty and staff is friendly."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Met a friend out for Indian food and decided on the Dhaba for a reason. We've both been there before and decided to return because the food and service are wonderful. The portions are plentiful, the food very tasteful and an overall great experience. I look forward to returning to the Dhaba in the future."
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "I went with a group very experienced with Indian food and we all loved the place. They have traditional street foods and other dishes not usually found on menus. The service was excellent and the server recommended some dishes that were out if this world."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "The Dhaba is our favorite Indian restaurant in Phoenix. The menu is extensive with some regional dishes not found in other restaurants. The food is consistently excellent. It is always crowded, but service is friendly and prompt. Our special lamb curry was perfect. Our tandoori chicken sizzled with grilled vegetables. It is a very comfortable dining spot."
    Dined on 10/18/2013