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Punjab Indian Restaurant

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423 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
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  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Authentic
  • Spicy
We are happy to be serving to you the finest recipes from Northern India where we were born. The same fresh ingredients, herbs and spices are used here that were used by many generations of Punjabis that came before us. We pride ourselves in the care we take to insure that each dish we serve meets the exacting standards of the best chefs past and present. Our restaurant is designed for beauty and comfort. Our waitstaff is always happy to be of service. Come in and enjoy!
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Casual Dining
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Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday -
Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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(781) 643-0943
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Casual Dress
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Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access

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We are happy to be serving to you the finest recipes from Northern India where we were born. The same fresh ingredients, herbs and spices are used here that were used by many generations of Punjabis that came before us.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Not as good as it used to be before it temporarily closed.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The restaurant was great before they closed for over 1 year and they are slowly getting back on track. We have seen a big improvement since they opened back.

The food was ok but not the greatest it use to be.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Punjab had probably the best Indian food I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. Everything was absolutely delicious and I can't wait to visit again.

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Food was good. A bit on the oily side though. Service staff was in a rush to take order and get us out of there. Had a very hurried (not calm) way of setting and clearing table. I think this place can do better by providing etiquette and manners training to staff. We asked to pack the left-over food. Service staff collected the plates we ate in and piled up the dishes with left-over food over the plates we ate in in a very unhygienic way. It just ruined the whole experience of that evening.

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2.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We were very disappointed with the service. We waited 45 minutes for our order to be taken, we were brought the wrong appetizers, the food was okay --- not the usual delicious -- and we waited another 20 minutes after the food was cleared to get our check. No apologies from either the wait staff or the manager.
We brought friends who had never been to Punjab and we were embarrassed by the whole experience.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

As always, the Punjab was excellent ...food, service & great atmosphere!

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Restaurant was clean and comfortable but very busy and service was slow. Food, as always, was delicious.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Best Indian food in and around Boston. Service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Tried Punjab because we were attending a school play at the Regent Theatre nearby (which Punjab graciously sponsored by placing an ad in the playbill). The food was excellent, particularly enjoyed the Lamb Korma, the tandoori chicken and the naan bread. Thanks to Punjab for an excellent meal!

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Excellent Indian cuisine. Probably one of the better Indian restaurants in the area. Strongly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Food was superb, waitress (Christine) was super attentive. A little more expensive than before their 18 month hiatus, but still reasonable. And plenty of cheap ($2.00) parking unlike Harvard Square garages and 10 times that

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4.0Dined on January 15, 2018

Overall, great experience though not very cheap, though seems on par with Indian restaurants in the Boston area. Food was great, though we are not experts in Indian food so would not feel comfortable to say "exceptional".

Before arrival, we saw quite a number of reviews that completely trashed the quality of service at Punjab (2 hour waits, multiple wrong orders), so bad that we almost cancelled our reservation and went elsewhere.
We are glad we didn't, as there really was nothing we could fault: the service was actually very efficient and quick, pleasant, and professional.
I don't know why these extreme negative reviews are there, may be from a time they were re-starting (and if so, they certainly seemed to have fixed up their act), or possibly due to rivalry between Indian restaurants in the area?

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Outstanding Evening of Terrific food. Our group of 6 has been eating at Indian Restaurants on MLK weekend for more years than we wish to remember. Punjab was the best so far. Fresh ingredients, distinctively different flavors to each dish and great variety. Delightfully quiet for easy conversations. Very comfortable seating. Be prepared if you order the Tandoori to wait for quite a while but well worth it. Can't wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

For some reason, we hadn't been to Punjab in several years. But when we were in the mood for Indian food, it immediately came to mind and we decided to go back. Definitely glad we did -- the food was excellent and the service great, making me wonder why we'd been away for so long.

Two people in our party had a special chicken Tikka dish that was fantastic. I had the chicken vindaloo, which was good but not as spicy as I prefer. My wife enjoyed the tandoori salmon.

I look forward to getting back to Punjab in the near future.

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2018

Nice ambience and really friendly waiter. Excellent dishes. Loved the salmon dish. Everyone loved their dishes

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

So great to have them back in the neighborhood , a terrific, solidly reliable restaurant!

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Happy Punjab has reopened--even happier they have returned to their former standards of excellent food and a knowledgeable wait staff. When they first reopened, we were very disappointed--portions were small (e.g. chicken Tikki Masala had only four pieces of chicken) and bland, and the wait staff were clueless and slow. Recently returned and we were very pleased!

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2017

We love the food. Now, if they could only start serving decent wine. The ones they have by the glass are awful and overpriced.

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1.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Long way to get back to what they had in the past. All the best and will continue to support your return

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4.0Dined on December 10, 2017

Punjab is a family favorite for us. This is high quality delicious Indian food.Good service and a nice ambiance.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Great to have Punjab back up & running. Food is great. Staff is extremely accommodating. Will be back often, both in person & for takeout.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Punjab is authentic Indian cuisine. The food is so tasty! I highly recommend sharing plates with the table as the food is so good. The meat cooked in the tandoor is never dry and the vegetarian options are so flavorful and filling. It's hard to leave room for dessert at the end!

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5.0Dined on November 30, 2017

Excellent as always

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

We visited on Thanksgiving. They had turkey specials (tandoor; tiki Marsala) which we didn’t sample but appreciated knowing about — nice touch. The food was outstanding and the draught beer selection was simple but good. Service was great! The owner visited and chatted.

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2017

We visited Punjabi Indian Restaurant with out-of-town family. The decor was warm and cozy and the food was delicious! The quality and price was expected for a upscale Indian dining experience. The only thing that made our night a little less than stellar was our waitress. She was not very attentive nor on top of things. When our meal had come to a close, she was nowhere to be found. And it felt like the other staff were confused about her disappearance but they were not quick to fill in the gaps themselves or communicate with us about the situation. Other than that part of our evening, we enjoyed the dinner and will certainly give Punjabi another try!

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Excellent atmosphere, great service & amazing food!

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5.0Dined on October 31, 2017

Wonderful experience. Great food, atmosphere and staff that is knowledgeable

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2017

SO happy that this restaurant has reopened, after being closed for almost two years for repairs. The food and service and ambiance are just great. It is my son's go-to place whenever he gets a good report card. We have missed it!

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4.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Delicious food. Many options for vegetarians. My favorite is the navratan korma.

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4.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Always and consistently delicious. So glad this restaurant reopened after being closed for over 18 months. This is my go-to place for excellent Indian food.

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

It's one of the best Indian restaurants in the Boston area (and I've been to MANY of them in Boston, Cambridge & Somerville). The food is excellent and the ambiance is very pleasant. I'm so glad this place has finally re-opened.

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Solid Indian food. Not the best I’ve had, but I would probably go again. Nice big space and bar seating was available.

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Much improved lighting and capacious marble tables have upped the ante for Punjab. Indian cooking mainstream, decent, not brilliant. Daily buffet lunch would be welcome.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Punjab is a beautiful restaurant in Arlington Center.

The food is exquisite and the service is friendly and efficient.

My favorite things on the menu -
- papadum
- tandoori chicken - moist and delicious spices
- methi chicken
- chicken tika masala
- veggie samosas and pakoras
- garlic naan

Enjoy!

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4.0Dined on October 8, 2017

Great food and atmosphere, service a little slow. would go back.

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4.0Dined on October 7, 2017

We had reserved, but were given a table in the back. The ambience here is rather different from the fairly nice feel in the front of the restaurant - it's brightly lit, noisy, and feels like a fast-food place, not somewhere for a special meal. There were also a lot of young kids running around (which to be clear is the parents' issue, not the restaurant), which didn't help.

But the food was great. Especially the dosa - hot and crispy, and the naan - fresh from the tandoor, cooked properly and with a nice dab of ghee.

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4.0Dined on October 7, 2017

Dinner with friends. The food was excellent. Service was ok, a bit slow, but manager stepped in to help the server. Wine was expensive at $10 a glass. I was surprised to see some things were extra.. like pappadums, raita, and other sauces. So many Indian restaraunts don't charge extra for those Esp pappadum. Overall.. we will return as the samosas and our entrees were delicious. I had a goat curry... more bone than meat, but delicious, my friends had chicken korma, and yellow dal. All very happy with food. Loved the decor.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Great place with a lovely ambience. They were very accommodating with a ton of food restrictions we had as well and gave us service with a smile!

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3.0Dined on September 30, 2017

The restaurant is larger for Arlington with a nice open concept. The food is good with nice flavors and quality but the service and attention to detail (like clean plates and silverware, getting order right even after repeated it correctly-still some wrong food brought) lacking. Portions small for cost-about five small pieces of meat within a sauce for curries that cost a little under $20. No pot of tea-just a cup. The noise level when crowded is quite high, which perhaps could be helped with adding some sound proofing in the ceiling and some pretty fabric over the ceiling. I want to love it as lived in India and a big fan but something just lacking. Hoping just re-opening issues that will fix themselves.

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1.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Dining was very disappointing. Both the food and service were disappointing. Punjab had been one of our favorite restaurants and go-to Indian restaurant before it closed for repairs. This is the second time we have dined there since it re-opened. Both times the service and food have been poor. This time the soup we ordered did not arrive. We waited a long time after our appetizer, thinking the soup would arrive but instead after a long wait the entrees arrived. We then had to cancel our soup order. After we finished the entrees, a busboy came and took one empty used glass off the table but left all the other dirty dishes, glasses, and utensils on the table. The busboy had room on the tray he was carrying to clear the table. He eventually returned and took the other glasses and the servers which the entrees were served but left the dirty dishes and other items on the table. Finally, after a long wait, our server returned and asked if we wanted dessert and then cleared the dishes but not the holders with the candles where the entrees had been placed. It look a long time to get dessert and we had to ask her to clear the rest of the table. The food was also very disappointing. I would say it was unspiced (rather than underspiced). It did not taste like it had any Indian spices in it at all. That was with asking that one of the entrees be medium spiced. The hot entrees were lukewarm. The bread was cool and hard rather than warm and pliable. The desserts (kheer and kulfi) were good - the only good part of the meal. (We had similar problems with service and the food the previous visit - the food was mediocre at best, the soup and entrée arrived at the same time, and we had unduly long waits between the appetizer and soup and after we finished the entrees.)

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