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The Maharaja

The Maharaja Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.maharajaboston.com
  • Phone: (617) 547-2757
  • Hours of Operation: Weekdays:
    Open all day from 11:30AM to 10:00PM.
    Lunch Buffet (and a la carte lunch) from 11:30AM till 2:30PM.
    Dinner - 2:30PM-10:00PM.

    Weekends:
    Open all day from 12:00PM to 11:00PM.
    Lunch Buffet (and a la carte lunch) from 12:00PM till 3:00PM.
    Dinner - 3:00PM-11:00PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from The Maharaja
Located in a heart of Harvard Square, The Maharaja is the Top Indian restaurant in Boston/Cambridge. The Maharaja serves an authentic Indian cuisine in a stunning setting, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking bustling Harvard Square.
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Diner Reviews
  • "You enter the beautiful restaurant and you are transported eith the smell of spices and the devoration. Loved the food."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Excellent Indian food - had chicken korma this time. Always lots of Indian diners - assuring that they serve "authentic" food… Service prompt - as requested, before TEMPEST at ART."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We have been here for brunch, lunch, dinner, and drinks/desert. So far each item has been between good and great (with the exception of the alcoholic Thai Tea which could have used more cardamom and tasted mostly like pineapple). They even understand how to do "spicy" as a true Indian dish. Of course it does require a conversation to convince them that you want it as hot as you say. (I only wish there was a shortcut for this conversation, I have it so often I have started asking for hot sauce and drinking it in front of the waitstaff before I order...kinda' works). Anyway, we so adore this place and feel the taste and quality is to be consistently high."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We enjoy Maharaja a lot. It's our go to Indian restaurant in Cambridge. Haven't found any that are nearly as good. On Sunday we took our son & his girlfriend out to dinner. Celebrating graduation.... Once again a very enjoyable meal. Tried the Khatta Dhuandar Gosht for the first time. Yummm!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I would have given the lunch buffet 5 stars but we got there later in the afternoon (2:00pm) and not all the entrees were replenished. There was still plenty of good food and choices but the tandoori chicken had just scraps left. I have been to dinner several times prior and always wanted to try their lunch buffet and it is well worth the effort! Maharaja never disappoints, even if you have to wait!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Maharaja occupies the space that was formerly the Bombay Club when I was a student here 15 years ago. Came here on Mother's Day with my wife and MIL. Menu is mostly North Indian standards. Excellent service, very nice ambience and great location, but you pay for it -- prices are generally $1-$3 higher than you will pay for the same entrees at Tanjore or Café of India, both within walking distance (and Café of India actually has a few South Indian entrees on the menu). "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This restaurant is on the 2nd floor of the building and offers windows on two sides where one can view the architecture of Cambridge and the passersby below. The tables and chairs are intricately carved and add to the ambience. Service was excellent and the food was very good. A great ethnic venue in Cambridge!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We have been to Maharaja for lunch, brunch and dinner and have found the food to be flavorful and well prepared. The portions are large and they can do spicy. Normally we have to argue with waitstaff that we are not from New England so our palettes can take spice. We promise not to send it back if it too hot, only if it lacks spice. At Maharaja they can bring the heat without loosing the flavor. The spice level does not overpower the pleasant tastes of the food but adds to it. Even at brunch where most restaurants go lightly on the flavor and spice, Maharaja keeps it genuine. Also, they have a good turn-over at their brunch buffet so the food does not get old and stale."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Food and drinks very good. View over park next door, excellent."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "We made a last-minute reservation at The Maharaja when we decided at the last minute to meet one of our kids after he finished working in Harvard Square. We were a few minutes early because we encountered no parking delays but our early arrival was cheerfully accommodated. The clientele was wonderfully diverse and very international. Lots of Indian and Pakistani groups of friends and family were eating there - a great sign. Our food was delicious, well prepared, spiced as requested (they will ramp it up or tone it down as you wish) and delivered in some lovely dishes that just added to the experience. The carved tables and wall décor just adds to the experience. Our waiter was great and our water glasses always filled. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The food took quite a while to come out, but the server brought us a second round of crackers. Food was very good when it arrived. Nice view of the park."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I was stunned to learn this restaurant has been in existence for four years. The food is well prepared, delicious, home style mediterranean, the prices very reasonable, the owner is onsite and accessible, the setting intimate. This past week was my first visit but I intend to frequent often. For those who scan the reviews, I dine out often both in the suburbs and Boston, This is a restaurant worth a visit."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The service on a Saturday evening was particularly outstanding, even though we were a group of three who all arrived at different times. Food at the Maharajah was excellent as always; there are a lot of great Indian restaurants in this area but the Maharajah is my favorite. There are lots of vegetarian and vegan options. Yum!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food is very good, and it's the best Indian buffet in the area. The waitstaff is very good."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Good food. Specially the buffet. Spacious and decent ambiance."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We have dined at The Majaraja several times now and have enjoyed ourselves each time. The food is terrific, the service excellent, and the view of the Harvard Square area out of their second floor windows a delight. Using Open Table we were able to make a last minute reservation and get seated promptly. I only wish we lived closer so that we could go more often!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We really liked this place. The food was not so spicy, but really great anyway. Nice view over the Winthrop square if you sit by the window."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The dining room is really quite nice, and the food is tasty. We appreciate being asked the level of heat we want. It's a dependable and appealing restaurant for an evening out."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "I love this place. The waitstaff is nice and the food is good. I haven't seen goat in the buffet line for several weeks, and that's a bummer. But everything else is good. The chicken tikka masala is a bit dry sometimes, but other than that, there are no complaints."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "We were hoping to get a taste of real north Indian food when this place opened. Despite of a nice ambiance, the food doesn't taste authentic. We got paneer tikka for appetizers, which was rubbery (overcooked). The Wajid Ali chicken is a nice touch but the chicken could have been tender. Malai kofta was good. The naans were average."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "This restaurant is the best Indian food in the Cambridge area. The selection for their buffets are good. The only thing they need to do is clearly post the prices for their weekday and weekend buffets."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I'm a huge sucker for naan and I didn't think it was all that great here. Kinda bland and I couldn't tell the difference between the 2 types we ordered. Other than that , the rest of the food was very good . The chicken in the tikki masala was so tender and the sauce was amazing. It is in a cute location overlooking Harvard square. Lots of space for big groups. Good service."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Our entrees were not at the "heat" level we'd hoped. The hot cauliflower and potato dish was too hot and the lamb saag was mild when it was to be very hot."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "I try to eat light, partly for reasons of health, and partly because I prefer not to have a heavy feeling in my stomach after a meal. I often find that the luncheon buffets at Indian restaurants are too heavy for my taste, with a lot of cream- or ghee-based dishes. At Maharaja, there seemed to me to be a much better balance of light, vegetarian dishes with the the ones based on heavier sauces. I had second helpings and left feeling comfortable and ready to get back to work, not a nap."
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "We love Indian food and have enjoyed it all over the US. We ordered several of our "benchmark" dishes at the Maharajah: Butter Chicken, Lamb Saag, Vegetable Korma, Garlic Naan, and Onion Kulcha. Every dish was outstanding (even better than our NYC go-to places). Portions were generous and the pappadum and condiments were delicious. Service was friendly and efficient. Since the restaurant is on the second floor, windows provide a lovely view of Cambridge street life."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "The, somewhat palatial, place was rather gloomy, always a delight when you are trying to read a menu. The food was fair at best. Everything was overcooked and generally failed to meet expectations. The service was very good though."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "My family enjoyed an incredible dinner on Saturday night. The service was impeccable. The decor transport diners to India. On my short list of repeat restaurants. Amazing!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "We were happy to find The Maharaja through Open Table. We're in Cambridge fairly regularly but do not often eat near Harvard. The food was quite good, as was the service. I appreciated that they asked about the level of heat (spice) we wanted. We will return."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "Excellent menu with many unique dishes. Nice second floor location affrords views onto vibrant neighborhood."
    Dined on 10/2/2013
  • "Restaurants like Maharaja should find a way to let customers refill their own soda. For a buffet lunch, this makes sense to prevent overloading the staff. During my last visit, I had to wait 15 minutes for my soda to be refilled. Other than that the food and ambience were good."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "If you want to go to a place where you know the food will be good, then go to Maharaja. Everything is good, and the restaurant is in a great location."
    Dined on 9/18/2013
  • "Really good food, attentive service. The wine list is pretty mediocre."
    Dined on 9/19/2013
  • "The service is excellent, the food well prepared, the atmosphere friendly, the decor warm and culturally relevant. I have had multiple lunches and dinners, the quality, preparation and portions are consistent."
    Dined on 9/17/2013
  • "The lunch buffet is very affordable. There were a large selections of food. I really like their broccoli curry and the Tandoori chicken. Lassi came in big glasses. Service was attentive."
    Dined on 9/14/2013
  • "I love this place. But sadly, one of the waiters did something super shady. The bill came out to something like $27.32. I gave $50 and asked for change, and when he gave the change to me, there was only $22. Waiters shouldn't be rounding up food bills."
    Dined on 9/14/2013
  • "I go to Maharaja about once a week with my friend. She loves goat which they stopped serving on Saturdays, but then this Saturday they had it again. Yes, it's a little more expensive than other Indian buffets around Cambridge, but it's clearly the best."
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "Standard Indian dishes all quite good, if not outstanding. A bit noisy, but overall nice ambience compared to most Indian restaurants. Excellent, attentive, friendly service. Rather limited wine list (if you care about wine with Indian food)."
    Dined on 9/5/2013
  • "This place has the best Indian buffet in Harvard Square."
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "I never had Indian food before and decided to go out on a limb and came across this restaurant online. My boyfriend and I loved it. I had The Tandoori Wings and the Shrimp Tandoori Masala. I got Naan by mistake but I wasn't complaining it was really good, went great with my shrimp sauce. Both were great and portions were sizable. My boyfriend loved the Chicken Curry. We sat by the window at night overlooking Harvard Square (people watching of course) and everything about the decor from the engraved chairs to the detailed glass tables was beautiful. Our server was timely and courteous constantly checking in and making sure we were all set. I would definitely go back, it's a great place to try something new that I now really like."
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "I've gone to just about every Indian buffet in Cambridge and most of the ones in Boston. I think that most of these places are average. But Maharaja is above all the ones I've tried. The location is great for people watching while you eat (because it's on the second floor at the corner of a busy street in the heart of Harvard Square and the façade is all glass. Also, the waitstaff is well-trained, even for the buffet. Fortunately, someone there realized that it was absurd to put the condiments at the beginning of the buffet line, and this is one of the few Indian restaurants that actually puts it at the end of the line."
    Dined on 8/17/2013