Nawab Indian Cuisine - Norfolk

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Nawab is a fine Indian restaurant featuring outstanding authentic North Indian Cuisine, served in an elegant surroundings.
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4.0
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4.0
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OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fairly good food. A good selection of dishes with focus on vegetable dishes. They have the standard tandoori chicken, butter chicken, and a couple of other meat dishes. I've been dining here for years and I always enjoy my meal.

SM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Indian food in Norfolk!!! My family and I have eaten at other Indian restaurants since moving to Norfolk back in July 2018. Nawab just set the bar high and we loved the food and atmosphere. We will definitely go back there.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was Christmas evening dinner with my wife and daughter. Excellent food. Excellent experience. One of my favorite places.

RH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to this restaurant for many years. The quality is always superb and the service is wonderful. I highly recommend this restaurant and their food to anyone who likes Indian cuisine. Their lunch buffet is fabulous as well!

JH
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience2

This is the 2nd time in a year that I've been to this Norfolk restaurant (first for lunch and most recently for dinner). Consistently bad on all fronts and I will never go back: (1) abysmally slow service in spite of being practically empty each time (apparently others have voted with their feet also), to the point of finally having to get up to find a server for a drink refill long after entre served for instance, (2) food unlike any dishes of the same name served and greatly enjoyed at the many authentic Indian restaurants my colleague and I have each experienced over the years, including former affiliates of this specific restaurant elsewhere in VA. Ugh!

FK
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience4

The service was terrible. It took her 15 minutes to bring four bottled beers to the table. We watched them sit on the bar for ten of those minutes. The food was decent but there was a black hair in my sauce. When I told the server she asked me four times if I was sure. She also was looking at the hair, there was no mistake, it was a black hair. There was no apology, she just asked me agIn if it could’ve maybe been ginger. Ginger isn’t black or HAIR. Small portions for what it’s priced at. Food was decent but everything needed salt. Naan was also burnt. Will not return.

VB
Richmond
37 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We’ve been coming here for many years and like the Beach location as well. It was a very quiet night with only three tables occupied. Yet service was very slow with waiters spending more time chatting at the bar than paying attention to diners. The food is always wonderful but service needs to step it up

N
London
20 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall4food4service2ambience2

Excellent and tasty food. We were seated promptly and order and food arrived promptly but staff appeared to be on automatic.

OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The restaurant was practically empty. I think there was one or two other tables with guests. Server was slow to arrive after we sat down. Food was nice and spicy as I had ordered. My dad can't eat too spicy food so he asked for something not so spicy but it was still too spicy for him. I liked the food but I think the service could've been better.

JT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We used to live in this area about 10 years ago and we used to go frequently to this restaurant and the food was always very good. However we were very disappointed on our recent visit as the food was not very tasty and was poorly presented. We won't go back.

N
London
20 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Prompt and friendly service. Food very tasty. Politely asked to change the rather ethereal/sci-if background music that didn't fit the ambience, but this seemed a step too far. Would certainly eat there again.

AM
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Server was very helpful with suggestions on the menu and everything was very prompt. Food was delicious! Decor leaves something to be desired, but the food and service more than make up for it.

N
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Fairly bland Indian food, nice ambiance

AR
Richmond
33 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have been enjoying the Indian food here for 20 years. The lunch buffet was incredible with many hot and tasty options. Vegetarians will find plenty of delicious meals.

d
Richmond
35 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My vegetarian son chose Nawab for his birthday dinner. We were treated very kindly and patiently by all the staff members in spite of our family arriving at different times. The appetizers were magnificent. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their entrees and the hostess ensured we were well prepared to take home our uneaten portions with fresh rice in the take out boxes. It was worth the 90-mile round trip to enjoy quality Indian food.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Ok place. Service was slow. Food was good but not all dishes

K
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We were a group of 10 and were provided with a long table. The Buffet spread was good with a mix of Veg and Non-Veg Indian dishes . The whole team enjoyed the ambience and also the food.

TO
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This place must be packed in high season, but luckily for us it was not too busy and we were able to get right in with a reservation just the night before. Chai made fresh! Mild or Spicy you pick! Even Indian spicy if you want to take on the challenge. Great variety and terrific service. A local place to eat which is always recommended and you can see why. Vegetarian, Gluten Free, and all the regular choices as well.

AI
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2015
Overall3food5service2ambience4

My second visit here while traveling for work. Loved the food just as much second time around, quiet and nice atmosphere. Despite there only being 5 tables the service was extremely slow for having 3 wait staff. They also forgot the drinks order. Go for the food, not the service.

ED
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2014
Overall3food3service4ambience3

At lunch time they offer a fairly decent Buffett, but their dinner was on the pricier side for the same ambience and same great service. The lamb that I ordered at dinner was on the dry side, however the goat my wife ordered was exceptional. I should've ordered that too. It was tender and with the bones in made it that much more flavorful. But the lunch gives you a nice Buffett sampler of their dishes which is why I like that more and the price is better.

AR
Richmond
33 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! We have been coming here for over twenty years. Flavorful and top quality. Many vegetarian delights. Fish (Salmon-high quality) Tika MASALA is incredible!

Z
Richmond
42 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2014
Overall4food5service4ambience5

From the appetizers to the main course the food was delicious. I cannot wait to return.

P
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good, service was good. I ordered medium hot and the food was served a little to hot and spicy for me. Very flavorfull, but hot.

C
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Their service is warm, their ambience subdued and quiet. The food, however, is utterly outstanding. They carefully tailor the spice levels to your taste, and mix sauces that you will dream about for a week. Don't miss.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice for our first Indian Restaurant in the Chesapeake area.

HI
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met with a group of ladies for lunch. Two had never had Indian food before that day. We thought a buffet would be the perfect way to introduce them to the fare. Every person in our group went back for seconds! Nawab has never let me down. Their foods buffet has the perfect blends of spicy and non-spicy foods, the naan is always made to perfection and they serve a good mix of meat an non-meat choices. Everything on the buffet was clearly labeled and nicely displayed. I would recommend Nawab because it is a good place for groups to meet, the food, and the service.

FC
E. Tennessee
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2013
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great buffet on weekends and good dining anytime! We prefer this location to the one in Virginia Beach (which is smaller)

OT
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2013
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was really great. The service was fine. A little mix up with the sauce but all is well.

d
Richmond
35 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2013
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My family dined at Nawab on a Wednesday night, arriving about an hour after their opening time of 5 p.m. We were the only guests in the restaurant. It was not because Nawab lacks in quality! Every item ordered was delicious. The only problem was that a bowl of rice was not delivered with the entrees. That was corrected moments after I brought it to the server's attention and he was very kind to see that we wee amply supplied with fresh rice, even for our take-out boxes. The staff was unfamiliar with the $20 Open Table discount coupon I included in my payment. The server called the owner about it and there were no problems at all with using it at Nawab. We have dined here before but not for several years. My family wants to return soon!

AR
Richmond
33 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been Nawab fans for note than twenty years. Fish Tikka Marsala is my favorite! They are attentive and helpful-especially if you are new to Indian cuisine. Buffet for lunch is excellent.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2013
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice staff, food was very good but the dinner prices are a little expensive for the portions. Drinks are expensive also. Paid $20 for two shots. But I hear the lunch buffet is really good so I will try that next.

OT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2013
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was plentiful and tasty. The staff was very attentive to our table. Easy to find. Parking was limited but not a show stopper.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2012
Overall4food4service4ambience4

nawab is a great place anytime. The food, service, and ambiance is always top notch.

C
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2012
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Quiet ambiance; outstanding cuisine. Generous use of spices, but always offer to adjust 'heat' to your taste. Proper tandoori cooking!

OT
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2011
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great food, Scallops were amazing. Some staff is very helpful if you have questions. One in particular was very rude though, rushed us through everything. They accidentally took my plate away when I wanted it to-go but they made me new food to take with me without me even saying a word!

O
Richmond
149 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch was so good I took home dinner too!

KC
St. Louis
53 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive and very helpful waiting staff, excellent food.

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2010
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nawab's chef uses plenty of high-quality ingredients in his sauces.. for example the Lamb Vindaloo is what I use to gauge whether a restaurant is skimping on ingredients. Nawab (Norfolk)'s chef takes the time to use plenty of herbs and spices to bring out very pleasant, complex tastes to the sauces.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2010
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have eaten here 6 to 8 times over the past few monthes it is always nice and quiet, the food is very very good, they will prepare it as mild or as spicy as you request, service is alwayes impecable.