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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Spicy (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Good for a Date (14)
Worth the Drive (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Notable Wine List (10)
Business Meals (10)
Fun (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Vegan (9)
Casual (9)
Comfort Food (7)
Healthy (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Romantic (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Cozy (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great Beer (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful place to explore the tastes of India. Friendly staff happy to dial up or down the heat/spice and give you enough help to try something new. The food is fabulous!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Casual, Romantic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined 5 days ago

If I had to pick somewhere to have my last meal, it would be Lehja.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Fun, Bar Seating, Spicy, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was delicious though a little pricey. We went Valentine’s Day and unfortunately a family was seated next to us with a child that could not sit still. He kept throwing his toy across the room. At one point the dad turned a tv show on his phone at full blast. It was not a relaxing evening to say the least. The service wasn’t great but the food was very good so I’ll give it another shot. Will not go there for a special occasion again though.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The food is always delicious and the service is outstanding. Love this place!

Tags: Good for Groups, Spicy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Continues to best the best in Richmond. Nominated for a restaurant of the year and chef of the year!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 30, 2018

This was our first time visiting Lehja and every aspect of the meal impressed us, including the drinks, appetizers, entrees, and service. Our waiter was helpful and really knowledgeable about the menu, offering suggestions tailored to each person's interests, and the owner came around during our meal to make sure everything was perfect. I had one of the cocktails made with tequila and chilis. The drink was spicy but really well made and balanced. I ordered the lamb Biryani, and the meat was so tender it melts in your mouth.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Fantastic dining experience. Perfect on every level.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 26, 2018

How was our experience at Lehja? "Astounding" would be an understatement. The food is extraordinary. I have read extensively about alteration of India's cuisine to suit the American palate, never a successful ploy. There is none of this nonsense at Lehja. The flavors, textures, variety are all of the highest standard. If the quality of the offerings were not enough, the attention to detail by the staff goes beyond all expectation. Our young server was knowledgeable about every item and provided articulate, friendly responses to our inquiries. Every dish was just as he described. He made suggestions to help us avoid repetition so that we would experience the full breadth of Lehja's menu. Each table receives a visit from the owner, who is friendly, justifiably proud of his creation, and intent on the satisfaction of those who visit Lehja. Despite these superlatives, it's not break-the-bank expensive. What a wonderful dining experience!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Good for Groups, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The food was outstanding and the service was friendly, helpful with the menu, and quick.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Lehja is one of our favorite restaurants in the region. However, 3 weeks ago my husband and I started a weight loss program but still wanted to eat out the night of our visit, so we went into the restaurant fully expecting to blow our diet. In looking over the menu, we veered away from our usual indulgent selections and realized how many of their dishes were perfectly acceptable to our diet plan. I asked the server to recommend the kitchen's best vegetarian dish and immediately he pointed me to a dish that was incredibly healthy, low in diet points and absolutely delicious. My husband ordered a shrimp dish that was equally healthy and delicious. I also have to point out that in spite of the swanky/high traffic atmosphere of Lehja's location in Short Pump Town Center, the staff and manager of this restaurant are so doting and personable every single time we've visited. Always a wonderful experience!!

Tags: Vegan, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Food was flavorful although portions were quite small for price. Service started out great. Once entrees were delivered our server seemed to just disappear. There are too many excellent restaurants in Richmond to select this one again.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Prompt service, great recommendations by our water, broad menu with something for everyone attentive staff and outstanding food. Highly recommend for those who already love Indian food and those who want to learnt o love it. Best Naan in town too!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Amazing food! Best Indian food I have had in Virginia.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Food was outstanding as always, the staff is always nice. Quality/service never fails to exceed expectations.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 25, 2017

You do not get to be the BEST RESTAURANT IN RICHMOND - without all five star rating. I would HIGHLY recommend. OUTSTANDING.

Tags: Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Paleo Friendly, Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The garlic naan was a tip off that the food would be top notch. Feather light with marvelous seasoning and crisp bottom crust, it was sheer delight, as was everything we ordered. We shared the scallop appetizer, and had the vegetable croquets with fig stuffing and a wonderful lamb dish as main course. It was hard to choose, we could come back 3-4 times without needing to repeat a dish we’d like to try.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We had a wonderful time. Staff was very attentive.

Tags: Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent food. Since I didn't recognize many of the dishes, the waiter walked me through the choices and offered superb recommendations.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Healthy, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Best Indian restaurant in Richmond, and probably one of the best on the East Coast. Sonny, the owner, personally makes each guest feel that he/she is the most important diner in the restaurant, is ready with recommendations and will happily prepare dishes that are not on the menu. While you can get traditional standards like Chicken Tika Masala, try one of the more innovative items on the menu as well. Lovely ambiance, quiet enough for conversation. Don't let the shopping mall location keep you away!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was very good, and the staff was extremely polite and helpful. They have a brunch menu on the weekends that is modestly priced.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Staff was so helpful in bringing delicious food for a wide range of tastes, from one who ordered a dish "Indian hot" to a cautious eater who had not eaten Indian food before. We all left happy.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The evening was spoilt by a squealing baby who should have been left at home at 830pm.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 20, 2017

The food was exceptional, as was our service. Pretty restaurant. They were very attentive, but not overly so. Our brief conversation with the manager was lovely. Our server bought us dessert for our anniversary. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Happy Hour, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 19, 2017

First time there. Waiter was outstanding and spent a lot of time reviewing menus with us.

Food was really good. The appetizer was outstanding.

Will go again

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on November 19, 2017

It was fantastic as always

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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 on November 15, 2017

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 27, 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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