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About Lehja

Lehja is a modern Indian restaurant now the best Indian rated by Todd Kliman of Washingtonian outside of Washington DC region featuring outstanding authentic and modern Indian Cuisine, served in an elegant surounding. We are located at Short Pump Towne Center.Lehja under the expert command of Sandeep(Sunny) Baweja, always strives the freshest ingredients and seasonal menu.Lehja's has also acclaimed "Award of Excellence" for 2011, 2012 & 2013 from Wine Spectator for its extensive wine list. Lehja has been the winner at the Broad Appetit for its award winning Dishes of Coffee and Donuts, Tawa Style Seabass & Mango Glazed prawns with five beans and mango salad.Lehja has been named one of the best Richmond Restaurants by Varoius media.April issue of Washingtonian featured Lehja as one of the must visit Richmond Spots.

Short Pump Town Center
11800 West Broad Street, Suite 910
Richmond, VA 23233
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Indian, Wine Bar, Vegetarian / Vegan

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday -Thursday: 4.30pm - 10:00pm, Friday : 4.30pm - 10:30pm
Saturday : 3.00pm - 10.30pm, Sunday : 3:00pm - 9:00 pm

Cross Street:
Located inside the Town Center underneath Hotel Hyatt House

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(804) 364-1111

Website:
http://www.lehja.com/

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Lehja Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.9

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (18)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Creative Cuisine (15)
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Special Occasion (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Good for a Date (12)
Spicy (11)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Casual (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Business Meals (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Fun (4)
Healthy (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Romantic (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Cozy (3)
Great Beer (3)
Happy Hour (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Vegan (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was very tasty, service excellent, very good first impression, food is very good, enjoyed my dish which was made spicy to my liking.

Tags: Business Meals, Vegan, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined 3 days ago

Splendid dinner. Do not miss the crab appetizer - very delicately seasoned dish that was just terrific. Also, the cocktail made with black-cherry infused Maker's Mark is delicious. And our entrees were very tasty. We'll be back.

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·Dined 3 days ago

We were very pleased with the lamb vindaloo, chicken tikka masala, and vegetable korma. Flavors were perfect. The naan was also fantastic.

Tags: Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Richmond)·Dined 5 days ago

The atmosphere was nicely understated and relaxed. The appetizer and main entrees were tasty but the service a bit spotty. Looking forward to going back again and trying some of the other menu items.

Tags: Business Meals, Spicy, Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Creative menu with delicious taste!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Amazing as always! The food was superb and everyone was eager to please. Easily the best Indian food in the area.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Creative and delicious modern Indian cuisine. Each dish exhibited a fresh approach while incorporating traditional menu items. Staff was helpful and attentive. Delicious cocktails to start the meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Butter chicken was amazing!

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Sunny the manager is so welcoming and great at explaining the Indian dishes. Wonderful food and wine list

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Delicious Indian food from many regions, wonderfully prepared in nice atmosphere. Not inexpensive, but not outrageous. Wonderful service.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was amazing. Honestly the best, most authentic I've had. The service was wonderful. I presume it was the owner who immediately greeted our table and made a connection. I will certainly make this my go to for excellent Indian cuisine.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Food is always spot on and one of our favorite spots to go!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Cozy, Good for Groups, Fun, Quick Bite, Spicy, Kid-friendly, Casual, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on September 22, 2017

I frequent Lehja because it is consistently great. Service and food are both always on point. Every time I go, the owner stops by the table to check on things and always shares some story or information about the food prep that is always interesting. Last visits he told us the restaurant uses his mom's recipes. This time he told us about the extensive process of rinsing the rice. Delicious and authentic Indian food! I won't go anywhere else for my Indian food fix:)

Tags: Business Meals, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Fun, Good for Groups, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Casual, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Much good. Such wow. Very food!

This place was in-freaking-credible. You see 4.5+ stars and you wonder... Are they actually as good as all that? Let me say, I would move to Richmond just to get up in this restaurant. Hands down the best Indian food I've ever tasted. Deserts were good, not great. Food was exceptional.

Only thing I'd say is they could use some background music or something to make the dining experience less stark, or if you don't want to talk to the people you came with.

Don't bring a date though. The food is too good. You'll both eat till you're stuffed, and then it's nap time...

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Fabulous anniversary dinner thanks to Sunny and company. He picked us a divine bottle of champagne and made a special dish for me when I couldn't decide what I wanted. Fabulous service, food and wine. There's a reason why this is one of the few restaurants at which we dine.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

A lovely gem found at the mall!! A bit tricky to find if yoh don't know the area but definitely worth it. Our waiter Zeke was awesome and got me to try something new, which tasted fabulous. We'd love to visit again the next time we're in Richmond.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on August 26, 2017

It's always great to have a chance to have a good meal with friends. Even better when the quality of the food and service is something you never have to think twice about. More than a few items on the menu we asked to be changed to suit our wishes. It was done without hesitation. Staff made suggestions regarding food and beverage, all were spot on.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for Groups, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Sonny and his staff are fabulous Chicken makhani isn't on the menu, but he will gladly make it upon request. And it's delicious And. Best Riesling selection in Richmond

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·Dined on August 18, 2017

The food is simply outstanding with one of the best service experience I have encountered in RVA. Got a chance to meet Seems like the Owner / Chef , who was very passionate about and proud of what they do.
Decor is not your typical Indian restaurants .


I had Beet Root - Ragda Tikki , was simply outstanding . It was like Beet Meat Balls .
I have never seen a duck dish in an Indian place , Duck Ala Pondicherry was simply out of this world . Delicious !!

Wild Mushroom Bread , Kulfi Pistachio the list keep going on !! Did I mention the Wine list and -------
Do yourself a favor and go there if you haven't !! On the best meals I have had this year with one of the most friendliest service !!

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Spicy, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Vegan, Healthy, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Cozy, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Best Indian restaurant we've experienced in the region. If we weren't an hour's drive from Charlottesville, we'd come more often. It was late afternoon on Saturday, and we were the only ones dining, so we got a lot of personal attention. They even prepared dishes for us that weren't on the menu. We used to live in NYC and have dined in numerous Indian restaurants there. The food here is authentic, fresh, and delicious and the surroundings have a modern, comfortable ambiance. We shall return soon.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Food excellent and service we really enjoyed it

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 5, 2017

If you like Indian cuisine, do yourself a favor and visit this restaurant. The food was excellent and the service efficient. The owner is VERY involved and came by to talk, check in on our experience, and regale us with stories about the wine we ordered. He is a spectacular example of enthusiasm and energy layered on top of vision and skill...making our evening even better. The Ghost Pepper Chicken Tikka was spicy without blowing your head off and so terder and juicy I had to ask the secret (homemade yogurt!!), the Goan Lamb Vin d'Alho curry perfect with a hint of vinegar, and the tandoori lamb chops worth every penny. A simple, authentic Rasmalai was the perfect ending. I heartily recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for a Indian cuisine at its best.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Authentic, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Lehja is consistently perfect! Anytime I want an incredible meal, I go to Lehja. Occasionally, when I am craving an awesome dining experience, I go somewhere other than Lehja and leave disappointed.

The food is perfection- every dish that I had tried has been divine. The paneer in the dishes is creamy and delicious. The rice is fragrant and rich in flavor. Dessert- try everything and you will not be disappointed! Pista kulfi is my favorite!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Lehja's food and service were terrific. I'm relatively new to Indian food and the waitstaff was very helpful. I had many questions and all were answered with a positive and friendly attitude. The waitstaff consulted with the chef and made several suggestions. The seating was comfortable and the indirect lighting was relaxing. The meal was delicious and I look forward to returning to Lehja's soon.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 15, 2017

All of the dishes the table had were amazing. The wine selection is so carefully crafted and at proper temperature. Still believe all around this in one of Richmond's best restaurants. A gem!

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Lehja is an order of magnitude better than most Indian restaurant in the area which offer buffets. The menu is extensive with wide array of flavors. Indian cuisine is notable for its spiciness; Lehja will accommodate your level of heat tolerance if you request it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Some of the most authentic and creative Indian dishes. True North Indian flavors that go beyond the usual Punjabi fare. Their Baingan and the Banjarmasin veggies are worth dying for. Hands down some of the best North Indian food in USA. And to top it all, they have an amazing wine cellar with a fantastic ambience to go with it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Gluten Free Options, Vegan
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Chana du jour is like an Indian Frito chili pie. Just enough heat. The goat was rich and scrumptious. Garlic naan was hot and crisp great for smearing the sauce on. Drinks from bar were well balanced and tasty. Great for lunch or dinner.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on June 29, 2017

For all of the times that we have dined in this establishment, I believe this is the first time we ordered off the lunch menu. What a discovery! Elmer Fudd knew what he was doing when he was hunting duck. There is a duck dish– that is just too good to be true. Paired with a soft French white, great choice.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 1, 2017

The good was great and Sunny and staff were excellent.

Tags: Happy Hour, Scenic View, Romantic, Fun, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Lehja is always a treat. Everything I've had there is fantastic. On this visit, I was with a colleague from out of town, and she shared my rave.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Our first visit to Lehja was outstanding, but this time we were very disappointed by the food and the service that took a long time. The rogan josh was far too spicy. We have lived in Asia, have traveled in India, and love spicy food, so the fact that we found it too hot is significant. I feel the waiter should have advised us about the heat level if our choice of 4 was going to be too hot. The roasted cauliflower appetizer had a heavy coating on it which made it less appealing and the spicey chicken tikka appetizer was nothing special. I don't know if they have changed chefs but we walked away feeling very let down and feeling badly that we had encouraged our friends to join us.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on May 20, 2017

The food was very good, but what really impressed me was the service. We arrived at 7:50 PM and needed to be at a nearby show at 9 PM. The waitstaff was extremely accommodating and efficient when we told them about our situation. Two thumbs up!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Spicy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Took friends from out of town. Cauliflower appetizer was excellent - lamb one was okay. Ask them to make the spinach/kale/chard salad - not on the menu but FABULOUS! Chicken Tikka Masala, Butter Chicken delish as well as all the Tandooris. Our one guest is a vegetarian and told the Owner what veggies and sauce flavors she liked, and her heat preference and he made her the most delicious dinner she's ever had. Highly recommend this restaurant - they want to come back just to go here!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Excellent service. Food was excellent. Menu had plenty choices. Four in our party all were impressed with the food and service.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Not satisfied with quantity, tables dirty without table cloth.
Would not recommend as too expensive for the quantity they serve.
Was rushed to order entree while we still waiting on appetizer. Felt pushed several times 👎

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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Love the food. Always good here. Wait time from apps to entree was super duper long though.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Food delicious.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 12, 2017

We've had numerous meals at Lehja. The food is always excellent, and, it's not just curry!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Have been to Lehja multiple times. It is always outstanding. My wife and I have yet to have a meal that we did not enjoy. This visit happened to be during Richmond Restaurant Week. The special three course menu included multiple options that are not on the regular menu. A special lentil soup with shrimp croutons and the special tuna appetizer were both outstanding. The main courses we chose were a shrimp dish and a lamb dish and both were excellent. I hope some of these items make the regular menu or at least appear as specials.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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