The Maharaja

The Maharaja

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.maharajaboston.com/
  • Phone: 6175472757x
  • 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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The Maharaja reviews from OpenTable diners
3 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food4
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (2)good for groups (2)kid-friendly (1)special occasion (1)neighborhood gem (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Indian food
    Foodlover
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    You enter the beautiful restaurant and you are transported eith the smell of spices and the devoration. Loved the food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 2 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating3
    • Food3.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service2.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 138 reviews are from the The Maharaja reviews archive.
  • MAGIC
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Always enjoyable
    Eric
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Quality and Tasty
    TheComputerMedicVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch buffet
    familyman
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Indian restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Great ambience and location
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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  • Indian like it should be
    TheComputerMedicVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Right Place, Nice Time
    OTwist
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Food and drinks very good. View over park next door, excellent.
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    Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our first visit, but not our last
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food took quite a while
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Unrecognized Gem
    GeorgeDVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service on a Saturday
    dorbarr
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Food
    HoggerVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The food is very good, and it's the best Indian buffet in the area. The waitstaff is very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good buffet
    occasionaldiner
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Good food. Specially the buffet. Spacious and decent ambiance.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food on great location
    pax5
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good indian food
    Nettak
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good and spicy food
    PennyVIP
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best Indian buffet in Cambridge
    HoggerVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I'm a huge sucker for naan
    Cath
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good place
    HoggerVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hot and hotter
    Pannie
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    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.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were hoping to get a taste
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    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.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good balance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Great Indian!
    GourmandineVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gloomy and disappointing
    greatExpectations
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    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.
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  • Best Indian food ever!
    Luvtoeat
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good new dining in Cambridge
    PennyVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    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.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent menu with many unique
    ReviewerVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    Excellent menu with many unique dishes. Nice second floor location affrords views onto vibrant neighborhood.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for lunch
    HoggerVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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  • Really good Indian Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    Really good food, attentive service. The wine list is pretty mediocre.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another solid meal
    HoggerVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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  • Service Excellence
    GeorgeDVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Good Buffet
    thurein
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great but a little shady
    HoggerVIP
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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  • My weekly fix
    HoggerVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Nice upscale Indian
    MJ88VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2013
    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).
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, regal atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
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    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Indian Food
    HoggerVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    This place has the best Indian buffet in Harvard Square.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommended Indian food
    Annkalra
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Hi we were a group if seven and I blindly chose this restaurant because I knew it willbe spacious! I had a stroller and a napping baby so needed that extra room to fit in a stroller. This was perfect and the restaurant gave us a perfect table overlooking the park. Everybody in our group loved the buffet! The food was tasty and being an Indian when I say that I really mean it. :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.