Punjab Indian Restaurant

4.6
460 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
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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Casual Dress
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Cross street
485 Massachusetts Ave
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Parking details
A Large lot behind the restaurant. Free After 8 PM
Additional
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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New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. It was our first time trying Indian food and we loved it!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have gone to Punjab for years. It never disappoints.

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New England
59 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I haven’t been back since they reopened and now I sorry I waited so long. The food was delicious! I really had a very nice time. The decor is great. I will be going back soon.

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London
15 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great chill ambiance and the cocktails were quite inventive with the different Indian flavors incorporated into it! The naan was SUPER FLUFFY and the Chicken Jaipuri was just the right spice to go with it. Had a great time in a date there!

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h
New England
54 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent as always. The tandoori salmon is always a hit with us. We love the malai kofta, peshwary nan, masala dosa, etc.

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DK
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service! Food was well seasoned and presented. Service was fast and friendly

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AR
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food but a bit expensive for what is it and where it is

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New England
26 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

By far the best Indian restaurant in the Boston area.

The chicken tikka appetizer complexly spiced moist and delectable. The tikka masalas are served in a sumptuous sauce. The nan is superb, and the homemade chutney and mint condiments are sublime.

The place gets busy, and the wait staff always falls a bit behind. But they are super friendly and always apologetic. I over order nearly every time and I need the extra time to finish my meal anyway!

And the kids love the mango lassi’s

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MO
New England
35 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is my son's go-to for an outstanding report card. The food and service are always excellent. I'm just happy they reopened after an hiatus!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the service & the atmosphere were amazing ❤️❤️
It’s now my favorite Indian restaurant around here

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New England
47 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of the best Indian restaurants in the Boston area.

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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LT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING!!!!!!

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LB
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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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s
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food & hospitality as usual - highly recommended!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent food and good value
Service less than optimal

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KC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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h
New England
54 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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BM
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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IL
New England
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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JC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

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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RP
New England
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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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z
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

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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New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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New England
94 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

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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New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthday dinner; great food and atmosphere!

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New England
16 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JH
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

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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RD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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LS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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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BM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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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BB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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VC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

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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