Lehja

4.5
574 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
Lehja is a modern Indian restaurant in Richmond . 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.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 & 2013,2014,2015,2016 from Wine Spectator for its extensive wine list. Lehja’s Executive Chef Sunny Baweja has been invited to Food Festivals across the country . His dish at Sugarland Food and Wine Affair was named the Best by local media at the festival. He just won American Heart Association’s Heart ball 2018 “Chefs Challenge”.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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Indian, Wine Bar, Vegetarian / Vegan
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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
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Phone number
(804) 364-1111
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Sunny Baweja
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Located inside the Town Center underneath Hotel Hyatt House
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
What 574 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly wonderful service, food and environment. So thankful for the staff's recommendations and attention to detail. Highly recommend.

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KK
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This again what is it outstanding dinner! Again Sunni and his staff never disappoints. We return for our nephews birthday celebration and Sunni made all the suggestions and order all the food including pairing cocktails and wine with the selections! We also had a fascinating history lesson as to where the food comes from in certain parts of India and how they are prepared. Is expertise and passion for his restaurant and food is unparalleled! Highly recommend this fantastic and authentic Indian restaurants without hesitation. Thank you for always making it so special, Sunni.

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C
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Lehja! The service is outstanding and their food is dream-worthy. Highly recommended.

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MB
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was spectacular! It was prepared well and visually appealing. The staff were friendly, professional and quick. I will definitely be back.

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RM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food - we ate family style and every dish was a hit!

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P
Omaha
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food. Love the owner. Go here whenever in Richmond.

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CF
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wednesday is wonderfully quiet although filled with business people and some families.. We had a lovely anniversary celebration. While I have enjoyed Lehja at least 3 times previously.. I tried some new dishes that were tender, flavorful and deliciously fragrant. These dishes included a cauliflower appetizer, goat, and lamb as well as the best eggplant (with spinach) main dish I have ever had! We will continue to return to Lehja!!!!!

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TB
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good and the waiters were very attentive to our needs.

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JC
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Lehja has been our favorite Indian restaurants of late. The food is always wonderful and authentic. We love it! However, on our most recent visit two things took away from an otherwise great dining experience. First, one entree at our table of four was delivered 10-15 minutes after the other three had been served and were eating their meals. That was not acceptable, but the waiter mentioned something about the entree being burned and had to be redone? Not sure? Secondly, we were seated in the area with the open air windows. That's usually a quieter place to sit and is very pleasant. On this visit a large group of 10 adults and 4 extremely loud toddlers were seated next to us. Immediately we were shouting over the noise in order to continue any conversation we were having. It would be a benefit to the smaller groups to have the larger groups seated together in one of the inside spaces. Our meal ended as quickly as it could so we could get out of there. Unfortunate. Hopefully, our next visit will be different.

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F
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Disappointing.....waiter did not get order right.... finally brought out dish late....

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DT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Wonderful food, but our waiter was very slow and not very profesional.

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PD
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary and we did not remember that it was restaurant week and might have trouble getting a reservation in some of the busier restaurants. Then I saw that Lehja was participating and know that they are less mainstream and hence more interesting than some of the better known restaurants. This is a treasure! Delicious, well prepared Indian food and a nice wine list are their strong points. The friendly helpful staff will guide you if you are not familiar with all the ingredients. It was a bit noisy inside so we sat in the enclosed patio and had a very enjoyable night.

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l
Richmond
34 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This was Restaurant week so had the set price combination. My vegetarian entrée was very good however the Cod my wife had was fairly bland. The service was disorganized and inattentive. Overall it was average not sure what all the praise is about.

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KH
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First time at an Indian Restaurant, was wonderful. Very helpful staff related to dietary restrictions.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Looking forward to having some authentic Indian cuisine and Lehja did deliver on its wonderful tasting dishes however there were a few issues. Even after making a reservation waited for about 20 mins before being seated. I had a piece of plastic in my dessert. The staff coming around to collect the bill was pushy and rude...he did not speak much English. After being prompted, my dessert was not billed for.
Hopefully the next experience will be better.

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CR
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great new take on Indian classics.
Good vegetarian options.
Great presentation.

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SC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were outstanding! This was our first time visiting and we will definitely be returning.

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JC
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Indian food in Richmond! It is our new favorite place to dine and never disappoints.

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L
Richmond
115 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time for my friend eating Indian cuisine. She enjoyed the samosa and naan s well as chicken and the portobello with tofu. Yum to everything yesterday at Letha.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

First time at an Indian restaurant - the food was great. We had the chicken biryani and Tikka Masala. Large portions with great flavor. I will definitely be going back.

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NL
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had an enjoyable evening and great meal. Thank you

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JC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The owner is very involved and so personable. The food is delicious and the atmosphere perfect
For a date night or evening with friends. I’ve also been here for much and it’s a terrific value.

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p
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again a great dinner, made all the more memorable by great service (Sonny) and attention to detail.

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W
Richmond
51 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We decided we would break from our normal routine and went with the suggestions provided by our server. We were really glad we did, discovering some things that were not even on the menu!

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AG
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I don’t consider myself an expert on Indian cuisine, but in my 60+ years of dining out I have never eaten in an Indian restaurant that elevates the dining experience to such high levels. The preparation and presentation are equally excellent. Seafood is cooked just enough and tougher protein sources like lamb are rendered tender and juicy. This was my 4th visit there and I consistently leave reminding myself that I must return more often.

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NL
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The restaurant was quiet (Monday evening). Our table was 8:30pm. The staff were overly keen to get us out of the restaurant, I assume so they could close & leave. In this manner the Restaurant fell short of expectations. Please note, I do not usually complain.

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W
Richmond
51 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Has been our great pleasure to introduce several friends to this type of food. There is no where we would rather take them as a great example. We were not disappointed, neither were they.

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IK
Richmond
26 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to dine. The owner and the staff are very attentive. Wine selection is excellent. Food quality is wonderful.

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A
Richmond
53 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A nice range of classics and some modern/American twists. Nice and spicy. A nice drinks menu and good for children.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first meal at Letha was a pleaser experience. The restaurant was not too crowded for a Friday evening. The food was perfect with portions that fit our group perfectly. I particularly liked that they tailor d the spicey-ness for our taste.

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S
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very well done Indian classics in a very nice venue with excellent service.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always. They never disappoint!

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SA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant continues to be our favorite! Nothing makes you feel more comfortable than when the owner comes by to chat and make recommendations. We love it!

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SS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lehja was a great setting for our group of 12. The service was fantastic and the food was delicious. The staff went out of their way to add to our celebration. We really appreciated their little touches to add to the special occasion.

I would highly recommend this place for casual dining and any special ocassion. We would definitely be going there again when we are in the area.

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W
Richmond
51 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We go because we expect quality in all regards of the dining experience. We continue to go because we are not disappointed.

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AB
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lehja is my family's go to place. We love the Indian food that they serve and the service the restaurant offers. Every time we visit, we end up trying some new dish which is creative and delicious. This is my favorite Indian restaurant in Richmond area. They have awesome Goat curry and chicken dishes. In this visit, I tried Malai Kulfi and it was great...reminded me of old days in India.

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OT
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great surprise had a 3 course prix brunch menu. Excellent food, asked what level of spicy and service undisruptive yet filled water glasses and removed completed plates.

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OT
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lehja never misses the mark. The food was amazing, as usual and the service was impeccable. Nitesh was especially wonderful as he came over and provided recommendations on food and wine. He was there at just the right times to help, without making us feel rushed or overwhelmed. We are on the newly opened outdoor/indoor patio and the ambiance was great. It’s open and airy and gives you all the benefits of dining al fresco, without the downside.

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AC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an wonderful restaurant. Food and service is top notch. One of the very best in the Richmond area

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

This was our second visit to Lehja’s. We had a party of six. Our waiter was not helpful during this visit. We ordered similar entrees as we did in February. Very little meat in the Lamb shanks, duck and butter chicken entrees. Had to order two more entrees to feed the entire party. Dishes had more sauce than meat. We were extremely disappointed. Not the same experience we had in February.

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