Punjab Indian Restaurant

4.3
449 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
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  • Spicy
  • Authentic
  • Good Vegetarian Options
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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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday -
Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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(781) 643-0943
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
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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449 reviews
4.3 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
55%
Very Good
26%
Good
17%
Fair
1%
Poor
1%
4.5
food
3.9
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Also had 2 children under 4 with us. A great experience.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Food is always great here. I had the salmon tandoori and it was fresh and cooked perfectly. Husband had his usual chicken tikka marsala and said it was delicious. Nice ambiance and great service!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Loved the food!! It was a great night out!!

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

AMAZING!!!!!!

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

I like this restaurant. It's the first place I think of eating when eating in Arlington Center.

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3.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Food was tasty but the service was very rushed, which was an unfortunate mood to set for our date night. From the moment we were seated, it felt like the server just wanted to get us in and out, even though the restaurant was mostly empty. The bright side is that our food came out quickly. I think we were at our table for only about 45 minutes total.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The restaurant itself looks beautiful and has a cool, modern ambiance for dinner and late-night dining. The food was pretty good: we got chicken tikka masala, a spicy chickpea dish, garlic naan, and a dosa. The dosa was really a bang for your buck because of its massive size; the other dishes were a bit overpriced. Oh, and the mango lassi was delicious! All of our food was brought out at once making our table for two a bit cramped, but we had plenty of leftovers and a great experience. Would definitely recommend for those looking for a nice Indian meal!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Amazing food & hospitality as usual - highly recommended!

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Excellent food and good value
Service less than optimal

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Lovely decor with welcoming area for families and a sectioned off private quieter area. Great food, service, at reasonable prices.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

I'm not sure if they've changed something in the last year or so, but we've had much better meals the last couple of visits than we used to. Punjab has always been good, but our last two visits were really excellent. The tandoori salmon is a great dish, the vindaloo has gotten better, and we're big fans of the peshawary naan. Great place.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Our first experience at Punjab was a Romaric date night a couple months ago. This experience was a larger group for a post-graduation family celebration. The food is phenomenal, authentic, and you can request very spicy to very mild. The service is excellent and friendly. We will definitely be returning.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Loved this place. Nicer than the typical Indian restaurant around and outstanding service from a lady that appeared to be the owner and proudly told us about the restaurant’s history.

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1.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We have eaten at Punjab many times over the years, and always had a good experience, until this past Saturday night. We waited for 1.5 hours before getting our dinners! Our waitress never brought bread, or informed us of the delay. There was a large party of about 30 people at the next table,, but their dinners arrived just after we sat down. I am very disappointed, and don’t know whether I will be back!

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

For a 2018 mid May Saturday 6:15 reservation: The meal took more than 2 1/2 hours. There we lots of people waiting for their table. Significantly understaffed both in kitchen and wait staff. One of the dishes was supposed to be a lamb curry, but we got a chicken curry, but it took so long to some that we didn't send it back.
Food was just OK.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Punjab has one of the unique Indian qualities in a meal. The dishes are flavorful and fresh. The options are enjoyable and the managers/owners go out of their way to adapt and adjust to your liking. Will go back again.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

the food was very good but our meal was so slow in coming-- people came in after us and left before us! our friends say that is always their experience there. so be forewarned.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

So glad that Punjab is open again after their renovation. Always a wonderful experience. Hard to pick what to order given how good everything is, but servers are great at making suggestions.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Excellent food, but very slow service. It was the second time we had bad service, so they seem to have a problem.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Went with friends. Food was fantastic but you had to keep looking for the server.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Birthday dinner; great food and atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

I like Punjab more and more...greatly improved since reopening!

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Food was great! However we were seated at 7:00 and ordered drinks which took quite a while to receive. Then we ordered dinner and didn't get served until 8-8:10. One of our dishes was from the grill so that could have been why, but it wasn't explained to us, nor did someone come and check in with us. Once dinner came it was excellent!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We went with family who were visiting and were happy to find that the food and service was better than ever. The food was delicious. Succulent lamb in the vindaloo, perfect onion naan and tasty pakora. Can’t wait to return!

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3.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Food was good once we got it. But we waited at least 45 minutes without any food brought to the table at all, only drinks.

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2018

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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