The Dhaba
The Dhaba

The Dhaba

  • 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.
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The Dhaba reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (19)neighborhood gem (18)romantic (9)great for lunch (8)good for groups (7)special occasion (5)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (3)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Diverse Veg and Non Veg menu. Delicious Desserts!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Easy to reserve table, great setting. Amazingly friendly management and staff. Variety of delicious (Veg and Non Veg) dishes. Lovely flavors with the Lamb Tikka masal, Palak Paneer, Kashmiri or Garlic Nan, even the Gulabh Jamun. A little disappointed by portion (only a couple of small Lamb pieces in the dish). Otherwise, everything else was fantastic! I am repeat customer, always return w/new friends, who leaving raving of the quality of food and service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food in a unique location
    frytator
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    I would not have picked this restaurant in a drive by but from MANY recommendation and now my own experience...I will be back again and again sharing with my friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Dhaba is my Favorite
    TheDesiDevil
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    At a restaurant, the most important thing is the food (stating the obvious) and the owners understand this, their food quality and taste is very consistent which is hard to find at Indian Restaurants. They cater to the pallets of Indians and non-Indians alike. The ambiance is good and the service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Indian!
    ShanLS
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Cute place with character & the food was great! Fun & live Indian music as well. One of our dishes was a bit spicey than expected & the server quickly resolve the problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quite Good
    carolyn
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    my friend and I had dinner there recently and overall it was quite good: breads and rice particularly. We ordered two different curries and they came out looking the same and tasted similarly.They were good just not as different as one would expect.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    crispus
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had received a recommendation for the restaurant - and it lived up to our expectations! The food was very good and we experienced a good selection of the tastes of India.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!!
    ang364
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I've been to The Dhaba 2x in the past week. Both times the food was fabulous! The restaurant is very small so I would recommend a reservation-but if you don't make one it is still worth the wait!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in the valley!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The menu is huge and the food is fantastic. An man from India sat next to us and said that he comes here every time he visits Phoenix. Everything is EXCELLENT. Our waitress was very helpful explaining the choices on the menu. We had a chicken and lamb dish and shared them. They were excellent and we will go back. If you want to experience authentic Indian try Dhaba!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Menu!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    What a great find. I can't wait to try more from the Menu!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    MacItaly
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We couldn't help but notice the numerous placards and "Best of..." awards hung all around the entryway. There was one hostess who also took orders while 3-4 other servers brought out food, refilled water, and pre-bussed the tables. We never needed a refill, never had dirty plates, and were always taken care of. This was a wonderful aspect of our dinner. The food was wonderful. The flavors were delightful as I mixed them together. Tandoori Chicken in Tikka Masala sauce with garlic Naan bites. Yummerz! The presentation of the dishes looked beautiful and the servers were attending to our every need. We were very impressed with the customer service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dhaba Delicious
    ruthinaz
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I find it difficult to locate tasty Indian food in the Phoenix area and was thrilled to find it last year after seeing a social media post by a friend. Since then, the Dhaba has become my go-to spot for Indian Cuisine. While the exterior location offers little in the way of appeal, the interior is decorated nicely, the wait staff are incredibly sweet and the food is consistently on point. I would encourage making reservations if dining after 6:30, since it's a small dining area. A great spot if you are group who enjoy sharing plates for more options or just a wonderful spot for two. I'd order a variety of items to share, then expect to take home a few leftovers (two lovely meals for the price of one). Order the chai.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The dhaba never disappoints. Even though I don't always know what I'm ordering, it's always hot, fresh and tasty. I especially liked ordering the whole meal experience (Maharaja Patiala Tandoori Thali) so I could try a few things. More than enough food and soooo good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dhaba Always Delivers
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    If you like Indian food than this is the place to go in the valley. Family operated the food is always good! I't not a large restaurant so I would recommend reservations.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love this place
    ps71
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food here is fresh and authentic. The service is always top notch. Friendly staff and prompt courteous attention.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Indian Food at its Best
    AkddeepdiverVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We've been here a few times with Groupons and now Living Social coupons. We normally come for dinner with an Open Table reservation. We've always been seating on time, served water and the yummy Papadum and Chutney. We did take note that they have expanded their beer and wine list which we were very pleased about along with the selections. Service has always been at its best, greeted and checked by the owners. The only con about Dhaba is the location and parking. Not in the best of best neighborhood at night and parking is extremely limited in the front so you are forced to park in the back, and at night it is a bit seedy. Dhaba is well worth it to get your fix of good Indian food with a nice atmosphere and good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.9
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 194 reviews are from the The Dhaba reviews archive.
  • Breezy
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I would have to agree with Yelp reviews. It is a little pricey for the food quality/portion size. The hostess is civil and polite, but, not welcoming or friendly. The food is good, the service is good. A solid 3.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect for Pre-Gamage theater
    Dman
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Probably the best Indian food we've had! The hostess/server was a delight, very welcoming & so helpful with our menu selections. She was careful to find out what we like and how adventuresome we wanted to be (also how hot we liked our food which was important when we ordered the lamb vindaloo as the heat in that can only be turned up, not down.) We also had chicken tika masala which was perfectly seasoned. Their special nan with pecans and other nuts was yummy. The restaurant is in an small Indian shopping center and the grocery next door was fun to check out. The restaurant was nicely decorated with artistic touches. It's about 10 minutes from ASU Gamage theater on the same street so it was extremely convenient for a pre-theater dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Dhaba! great finding!
    CYB3RC4T
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Slightly tricky to get to due to the one way Main St restricted turns, but well worth the trip! Food was fantastic, just the perfect combination of presentation, ambiance and spices, all wrapped in a small intimate atmosphere perfect for a romantic dinner or a small gathering. Recommended 100% will go back again, and again...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dhaba Rocks!
    RobinVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    My husband and I absolutely LOVE The Dhaba. We feel like family when we walk in the door. The service is outstanding - you are greeted warmly, served fashionably, and treated with kindness. The food is absolutely amazing - we have tried all from appetizers to dessert (not too many desserts because we are always FULL). Our favorites are the lamb korma, gosht biriyani, and all naan bread especially the Peshwari. If you are looking for authentic Indian food - this is the place to go! Our next experience will be to try the cooking classes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • one of my new favorites
    Eileen
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Great food, nice people very clean. This is one of my new favorites.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummmm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Great food! You'll love it! Use the app to set the reservation
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yvonne
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Claire and staff are always helpful and attentive! I have organized numerous get-togethers with friends there and we always leave happy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, awesome service
    Kookiekika
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first experience
    AAflyguy
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a surprising find
    Marc
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner
    Salut
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but felt rushed
    Qmcstz
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    Terry
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Been a faithful customer for years. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you like Indian food----
    foodfan
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Give it a try...
    DoggieCombover
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food!
    OmNomNom
    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.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awesome!
    Lauren
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Love the food here! I think it is my favorite Indian restaurant in phoenix!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrific Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT Indian food in Tempe!
    rbeatingtonVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    It's a pleasure to dine at The Dhaba; the food is consistently delicious, the family run establishment is welcoming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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.
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  • Consistently good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow
    Stitch
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Indian Food
    Loves2eat
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Large menu and good food
    Kipp
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.