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About Punjab Indian Restaurant
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!
Arlington, MA 02474
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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.
Punjab Indian Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Punjab is the home of some of the best Indian food I've eaten anywhere in the US. The curries and other dishes are fresh, flavorful, and complex. There's a nice selection of breads and beverages available, plus a full bar. Service can vary from fair to very good depending on who is waiting on you and how crowded the restaurant is. The semi-open kitchen lets you watch the chefs preparing some of the dishes, though most of the cooking still takes place out of sight.
Despite several hints from us that we are not in a hurry, the waitress still kept pushing for our speedy exit, unwanted food and drinks. She had no knowledge about the food and appears to have never eaten there. She kept trying to remove unfinished drinks and food without even asking "are you done?"
The food was very rub-of-the-mill with barely any authenticity...
Food was uninspired, not fragrant or on the level to be named as a top Indian from Boston Magazine. Service was the worst. My waiter hardly listened to anything, I had to beg for water, and find him over and over while very loud and annoying music made my dining with a friend a hurried affair.
Surprisingly not too busy for a Friday night. Two of us shared some chana, and chicken tikka masala, and naan, then finished it off with kheer and galub jamin -- all the basics, but done expertly well.
Its an especially nice touch that they keep the entrees in a little candle warmer so they don't get cold.
Unlike many ethnic eateries, Punjab is polished and attractive inside, with an upscale ambiance but moderate prices. The food is delicious and varied. Four of our party of six had been to India and had Indian relatives, and they all declared the food completely authentic. The bartender seems not to have been as polished as the chefs: an order of a rum punch without grenadine syrup produced a glass of rum on the rocks. We were more interested in eating than in drinking, so this was a small quibble. Those wishing for sophisticated bar service, however, might want to look elsewhere.
Food is consistently great and the service is chronically bad. Bartender is extremely slow and drinks typically arrive after the appetizer or entree(and they got the order wrong).The servers are rude and unfriendly. Watch to make sure your bill is accurate. Naan was included in our dinners and we asked that one be garlic. We didn't receive the naan that should have come with the entrees and were charged $4 for the one garlic Naan. Sneaky....
impeccable service and good food, we go here about 2-3 times a year for fine dining. This time we brought our parents, the food overall is very good. My only issue was one of the appetizers this time was not at all authentic, we had to send it back, and the chef tried making it again for us, which was much better. but as I said, the service was really very good. Also, when we ordered kulfi for dessert, I think they don't make their own, as it tasted surprisingly what we get from a local ice cream place like rancatore.
The food was excellent and the wait staff was very adept at helping navigate the menu and making suggestions. My Indian colleague, who just arrived from India, thought the food was very good. He was very impressed with the restaurant. I liked it so much that I will bring my family back.
We love the food at Punjab, but the service needs attention. We did a lot of waiting from the time we were seated to the time we waited for the check. It probably would not of been so bad if the seats were comfortable. I think I'd go back for lunch, hoping to be in and out of there within an hour or less.
Visited this week with my family. We were put in far corner under a speaker- we have kids, I get it. But it was impossible getting a waiter to just refill water. The Vindaloo was not spicy at all, though i asked for hot. The food overall was good, the naan was very good. Ambiance inside is nice.
My husband and I wanted to take our adult daughter out to celebrate her upcoming birthday. As Indian cuisine is her favorite - and ours - I visited Open Table to find an Indian restaurant close to where my daughter works and lives. What a great selection I made! We loved the look of the restaurant - so comfortable and welcoming - we loved our waitress - who was both attentive and yet did not rush us. The food was amazing and we have eaten Indian food at many different restaurants. This was one of the best. We do not live in Boston, but our daughter does and we know that she will be visiting Punjab Restaurant again and again.
The Punjab version of Indian food is very good. The one item I did not think was very good was the nan. The other dishes were of adequate size and very nicely seasoned. I expected the duck to be more interesting than it turned out to be. I will try and order mostly vegetarian next time we go there.
Lamb curry had six dry tasteless and smaller than bite sized pieces drowning in a sea of curry sauce that left an unpleasant taste. Too bland for medium vindaloo.
Saag paneer was fabulous but I wondered if the kitchen ran out of bhindi. Our dish was all potatoes with hardly any bhindi in it. This is price gouging. The mixed tandoor grill was delicious. For the price, there should be more than one shrimp. I thought the quality food served had deteriorated since my last visit a year ago.
There is no shortage of Indian restaurants here, and we are not above a night of gloppy curry and slimy saag paneer. The food at Punjab was a cut above the rest. Didn't taste like the rogan josh was ladled from a pot where it had simmered since last week. Fresh tastes, tender meats, bright flavors. Well, the dal was a bit thin and bland; the mint chutney green a bit too bright. But even the naan was all that none should be, hot fresh from the hearty. Seating inside the beaded section is particularly pleasant.
The food at Punjab is always exceptional - it's truly the best Indian food around. Unfortunately the other night the service did not match the quality of the food. While everything we ate was delicious, our waiter was often nowhere to be found and delivered our desserts before he cleared the leftover entrees off the table! And then they added an automatic 18% tip to our bill because there were 7 of us... We often just get takeout from here so I don't know if this is the new norm for service or if we hit them on a bad night. I'm hoping it was an off night.
I have been coming to Punjab for 8 years and I always leave satisfied. The food is delicious — you can taste the quality and frehness of the ingredients in every bite. I especially recommend the curries, and vegetarian options are aplenty. And oh — lunch is a steal. The service great too; our waiter was attentive, we did not wait long for our meal, and the staff was very friendly.
My family has been going to Punjab for several years and have always enjoyed the food. However, over the past year the service has really gone downhill. It seems the wait staff isn't trained properly. We've waited too long for the main meal and for our drinks. Additionally, my wife has bad luck with the wine. It seems every time she orders a glass of red, it is sour and she requests another glass from the most recently opened bottle.
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