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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!

485 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA 02474
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Indian, Pakistani

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(781) 643-0943

Website:
http://www.punjabarlington.com/

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Private Dining

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

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

3.8

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
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Special Occasion (10)
Good for a Date (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Spicy (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Romantic (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Casual (6)
Worth the Drive (5)
Business Meals (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Healthy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Fun (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Great Beer (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vegan (2)
Disabled Access (1)
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Notable Wine List (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent as always

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 (New England)·Dined 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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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Groups, Spicy, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Excellent atmosphere, great service & amazing food!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 31, 2017

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

Tags: Spicy, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 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!

Tags: Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined 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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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 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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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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

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 (New England)·Dined 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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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Spicy, Vegan
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 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 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!

Tags: People Watching, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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 (New England)·Dined 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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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The food is prepared very well, they are accommodating to dietary issues, presentation is very good. I always enjoy my meal here.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Fun
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Very good food and nice ambiance but small portions and the prices have gone up since the reopening.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Waited over 20 minutes at our table ,never even being greeted by a member of the waitstaff , and walked out. Should have believed the bad reviews!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 13, 2017

This is not the Punjab of the pre-renovations era. The server could not answer questions. We ordered one mild paneer dish which arrived spicy and had to be sent back. The other dishes were very good. The naan was hard and tasteless. We wondered if it was yesterday's naan. We asked for sweet lassis which were on the menu, and we were told they had not made them for that evening. This used to be our favorite Indian restaurant in metro west. We will be trying other restaurants to find a new favorite.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

While the renovated restaurant is lovely, the service leaves much to be desired. We waited 45 minutes for our food, leaving us barely 15 minutes to eat before we had to leave for a show. The naan was stone cold, and the waiter did not match orders to diners, leaving us to shuffle stands with flames in them around the table. The entrees were quite good, but we didn't get to enjoy them. The manager did give us a gift card against the bill, but only after being asked for some kind of consideration for the horrible service. Clearly, based on the decor and menu prices, the Punjab is looking to be at the higher of the market for the area. They have a long way to go.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Glad that this restaurant has re-opened. The food is of the same high quality as before. All new wait staff and it shows. Went two times within a week. The first server we had was inexperienced, but the second time we had someone who was much better and seemed to know what he was doing.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Glad to see they are back open . Great quality food and service. Owners always stop by table to say hello.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Punjab had been closed for a year because of some kind of interior damage, so it is great to have it back. The menu has been updated and features new entrees and added drinks.

The wall art has changed, though I preferred the works that featured Indians. The music was excellent when it featured traditional instruments. The middle of the road stuff doesn't work and is an insult to the culture.

Our only quibble was slowness of chefs, for which our waiter apologized. Our food was excellent, as were the tamarind margaritas. We had no room for desert.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Punjab, our favorite Indian neighborhood restaurant, closed over a year ago and reopened a week ago. We were excited for its return and for a delicious meal for our daughters birthday dinner. We were served incorrect orders, a crumbly pile of papadums that was served to our table of six with the excuse that the kitchen gave us more. The vindaloo fell short of its hot and spicy reputation. Authentic Indian cuisine seems to be dumbed down to suit a bland American palette. The final indignity was having plastic boxes brought to the table to pack up the leftovers. The gratuity was tacked onto the bill.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Server was prompt and courteous. Food still isn't quite up to the level from before they shut down but pretty close.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We were regulars at Punjab before its recent prolonged closure, so were very eager to have it back. Our service was extremely slow, taking about 40 minutes to get our food after placing our order. The food was somewhat cool, and the flavor was decidedly worse that with the old Punjab. The portion size was also smaller. I assume that the service issues were likely related to there being an entirely new staff, and I expect that will get better over time. Alas, the cook is also likely new, and I am not sure the food will also improve. I will give it one more shot in a month or two. If it is the same, I will cross it off my list of go-to restaurants.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 27, 2017

While it is great to have Punjab open after more than a year, the service is spotty. We received two entrees that we didn't order, and the nan came partway through the meal. Food is great. I suggest waiting a few weeks for the waitstaff to settle in.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

We'd waited a long time for Punjab to re-open and were disappointed. We were regulars in the past, but have no plans to go back. Prices went up, our server was really confused and made a bunch of mistakes, some portions are smaller. I guess we were hoping it would be like it used to be...

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Punjab has a triumphant return. Punjab was missed after closing due to fire. Their food has returned and is again superb. I hope they soon are open for lunch. The curry dishes are excellent and they have a wide selection of selections. You can not go wrong choosing Punjab.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2016

great place to eat with family or even business meeting. very clean and good ambiance. Food tasks great!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 6, 2016

We arrived for dinner with a reservations at 6:30 and waited an hour for appetizers and almost 2 hours and our main dishes hadn't arrived. Vegetarians beware, we ordered a vegetarian samosa appetizer and one of the two samosas was meat!

We left without receiving our main courses. My son and parents were tired from waiting so long and frustrated by being neglected by the wait staff. It's surprising to see a restaurant treat a family so poorly. Management was not apologetic, we were embarrassed, and don't intend on ever returning. There are better Indian restaurants in the area.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 30, 2016

I have dined at many Indian restaurants, and love me some Indian food. I had lamb biryani, which was way overcooked and lacking in flavor. We were seated near the kitchen, which was hot and noisy. The waiter was not very attentive. Overall, it was nothing special and not a place to which I would return.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2015

Consistently great food.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2015

Punjab was recommended to us for its ambiance, as a "nice place to eat." However, it fell short of expectations.

- The "regular" spice level food was so bland that it was almost sweet.
- The "naan" breads were cooked such that the bottom of each was burned in places, leaving a charred taste.
- And the portions were the smallest I have ever eaten at any Indian restaurant. For the price I paid, the portions were absurdly small. The paneer dishes had about 10 paneer pieces each. The "chana paneer" had about 6 paneer pieces and the rest was all "chana."

Overall, a very disappointing experience.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2015

The food was out of this world tasty, yet not filling. It was also very healthy. Excellent vegetarian selections as well. I would not only recommend Panjub, but I cannot wait to return. All around perfect dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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