Lehja

4.7
844 Reviews
$30 and under
Indian
Lehja is an award winning modern Indian restaurant in Richmond, Va .Our Executive Chef Sunny Baweja has been named Semifinalist for the prestigious James Beard Award for"Best Chef Mid Atlantic" category for 2019.We have been proudly named as “Restaurant of the Year” by Richmond Magazine this year in Richmond. Lehja serves outstanding authentic and modern Indian Cuisine, served in an elegant surounding. We are located at Short Pump Towne Center. Sunny Baweja, always strives the freshest ingredients and seasonal menu.Our Wine List Has been awarded "Award of excellence" by Wine Spectator.Sunny Baweja has been invited to Food Festivals across the country .Sunny has won many competitions around like Broad Appetit, Burger Blast, American Heart Association’s Heart ball 2018 “Chefs Challenge”to name a few.Sunny was also the Headliner Chef at 2018 “ Taste of Richmond” organized by Richmond Times Dispatch. Washingtonian magazine has also featured Lehja as one of the must visit Richmond Spots.
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This has become our favorite restaurant. We particularly like the fish and prawns.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, as always!

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JohnC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic experience. One of the better wine lists I’ve seen at an Indian restaurant and frankly better than most restaurants, period. Owner Sonny made us feel at home from the start. Highly recommend

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RachelB
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made this reservation as part of my sister's birthday celebration. I asked if they had anything that I could add to her celebration dinner. At the end of dinner they brought out a beautiful dessert. The food was absolutely delicious!!

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SarahG
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was incredible - our server was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and so friendly - would recommend for any occasion!

JP
JeanP
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Surprised to find it easy to order with the help of the knowledgeable servers. Delicious, I wasn't a fan of Indian food before now.

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pajolie
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The main issue here is the food and it was excellent. We especially liked the street food and cauliflower options, but all of our dishes were great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
71 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a taste for seafood and wanted to explore outside our “usual“ selections. We tried some things that we haven’t had previously and were pleased to find we have some new favorites. The house kebab was so very flavorful! Not a fan of salmon, they were able to easily substitute it for additional prawns.

We paired the meal with the Grover Sauvignon Blanc. It was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Lamb was extremely salty, butter chicken was good. Both dishes were small. Service was essentially nonexistent. No plates cleared, waited well past finishing our meal before water glasses were filled and the check brought. Not worth the cost.

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AntonEgo
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was absolutely delicious. The service was good, they were accommodating and flexible. Will return soon!

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vipIkeK
Richmond
36 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I feel bad for the owner since he has difficulty getting enough staff. The food is always excellent.

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viplynnseldon
Charleston
213 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of most favorite restaurants in all of Richmond and one of our fave Indian restaurants anywhere! Highly recommended!

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SteveB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and wine was outstanding. Highly recommend the shrimp and chicken zafrani.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience1

Awwwful service. We had to eventually clear our own dishes. We were there for over 2 hours and spent 85% of it waiting. No refills on drinks, no checking on food, no apologizing for delays. Too bad. Food was really good but wouldn’t go back.

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DanaG
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, great atmosphere, attentive staff! Can't wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day at Lehja was absolutely fabulous. We were early for our reservation and seated immediately. Service was prompt and great. The food was stellar as usual. Mom was happy :-). We will return

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ChristopherD
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our go to Indian- only place my mother will go and we always have a great meal.

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MIKEfromMechanicsville
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time there. Staff was super helpful navigating the menu and making suggestions. Environment was nice and food was very quick getting to the table.

Note, I like spicy and they asked me how I wanted my spice level from a 1 - 4. I chose a 3........doing it again, I’d go down to a 2. Just a heads up!

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MichaelE
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent! Wide variety of menu selections and all are incredible. Great service. Careful attention to details. It’s an experience to savor.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a life-changing experience at Lehja This time really blew our minds. I have such a picky family and every item was thoroughly enjoyed. My eight and 10-year-old loved their butter chicken and a shrimp dish in a cashew sauce. Loved every bite.

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Prakrit
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

As an Indian family, we were treated were poorly by the owner who prioritized all other guests. We had a reservation and still had to wait 20 minutes for a table even though the restaurant was empty. There was no apology from the owner either. We were placed in the back with dim lights and next to the kitchen while others were given much better seats and personal visits from the owner.

The food was very very overpriced and the quality and portion sizes were both underwhelming. I would not recommend this to any of my friends.

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Felippe
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always!

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WilliamS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think the food preparation and presentation at Lehja is as good as it gets in any Indian restaurant around.

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Kantscholar
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food at Lehja was very good. Portion sizes were great. No one left hungry and we left food behind. If we hadn't been traveling, we would have all had a marvelous lunch the next day. The staff were friendly and accommodating. It was a delightful experience.

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BethF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious. Had the Chicken Tikka Masala and it was wonderful. I highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and customer service!

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DavidW
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Manager made some excellent recommendations. I enjoyed introducing my kids to Indian food. It was a little pricey, but very excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last minute reservation on a crazy busy day at the mall. We were seated right away and were lucky to sit in the indoor patio style area. It was absolutely perfect! The food was amazing and the server was super helpful in guiding us through the menu. The food was fresh and just incredible! And my mango gimlet perfectly paired for the spicy curry I ordered. This is now one of our favorites - a truly lucky find and we’ll be regulars here now!

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GregL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very enjoyable evening with dining room doors open to the outside. All of our meals were delicious and delivered in a timely fashion, in other words, the main course was not delivered with the appetizers. The staff was cheerful and enthusiastic and even the owner helped out. We look forward to a return visit!

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Disappointed
Richmond
42 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

We'd previously had good experience at Lehja, but not this time. Service was poor, waiting 15 minutes to meet our waiter. One diner ordered beer when food ordered, which did not arrive until end of meal. One diner's food was tasty and met expectations, but another requested main dish with no hot spice and when it arrived it was too hot for consumption. Craft beer, 4 oz, was $9. Will not return.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a great place for date night or any occasion!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is always delicious. Sonny and his team are great with giving recommendations.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Love the owner! So knowledgeable on wines!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is extensive and creative. The service is very good. Their wine selection was surprisingly extensive and included wines from India.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Birthday experience! Kind and prompt service.

JR
vipJoannRLehja
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Several of our friends suggested we try Lehja as the chef is highly regarded. We went there on a Saturday night around 6pm. The layout is ok, but noisy and the takeout area is close and sort of blocking the way to the dining area. There was no feeling of India. Just a small place with tables.

The wine list was extensive and VERY expensive. There was not much in the less than $40/bottle range. The waiter offered to find us a Syrah. I was hoping for less, but he was happy to say it was under $50. They charged us $49 for it and said it was a deal because it is usually $69. Well I looked it up and the wine is a 92 point bottle that costs $21 retail. Not sure a great bargain.

The food was good and also pretty expensive. We had the Cauliflower appetizer which was good, but served haphazardly on a much bigger than required plate. Very unappealing. I ordered the surf and turf curry which I expected to be grilled with a sauce, but which came as chunks of meat in a bowl of sauce. It was mostly just chucks of lamb with a very small piece of Salmon and 2 shrimps for $29. My husband has the Lamb tiki masala. That was pretty good and seemed appropriately priced at $22. Big surprise too as $11 charge for nan bread basket.

All in all, our bill was about $150 dollars for some lamb, bread and a $22 bottle of wine. Too expensive for the experience.

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MartinB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always! My go-to Indian restaurant.excellent food and service.

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vipDebraW
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was only our second visit to Lejha and we will be returning. The food was outstanding. It was very flavorful with good sized portions. The service was outstanding with just the right amount of attention. This place is highly recommended.

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ShaniceH
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Delicious! I would go back. Prices are what you'd expect to see in the Short Pump area. Asked for a level 3 spicy and it wasn't spicy at all.

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jenniferB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and experience. Service was great. Perfect for a Valentine’s Day lunch.

FAQs

Lehja offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (804) 364-1111.

Lehja is rated 4.7 stars by 844 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.