Nirvana: The Taste of India

4.4
118 Reviews
$30 and under
Indian

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Nirvana, an epicurean Indian restaurant in Cambridge presents traditional Indian cuisine with a contemporary flair. We boast a lunch buffet, outdoor seating during the warmer months and a full-service bar with craft cocktails that flatter our flavor rich dishes.
Our head chef Paramjit Singh hails from Punjab, India where the tandoor method of cooking originated. He brings over 20 years of experience to our kitchen and combines traditional cooking methods with novel ingredients to create innovative meals for our guests. As an 80-seat restaurant on historic Massachusetts Avenue, Nirvana endeavors to promote a transcendent experience through food, drink and great company.
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vipEricaSez
New England
37 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Nirvana is always incredible. Especially the dosas - they're super delicious. Extremely vegan-friendly. Everything is always fresh, and the space is immaculately clean. Absolutely a gem. The owner is extremely pleasant host. When he is not there, service can be a tiny bit spotty, but easily made up for by the terrific food.

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vipDavide
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent cuisine and service - dined outside. Comfortable and quiet. Will return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience5

Our table was not ready until 30 minutes after our reservation time

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently good.

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ElaineG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I took a friend to Nirvana to celebrate her 60th birthday. She loves Indian food and enjoyed Nirvana. We sat outdoors per our booking instructions. The food was excellent. The waiter was quite slow and appeared a bit irritable - that was our only low. A second waiter who was an older man was excellent however. I am disappointed to learn that Nirvana told Open Table that we were a no-show because we ate there and this is not true.

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vipDani
New England
42 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Nirvana. The food was really good. The service was great too. We did sit outside, so there was some noise from the street, but we preferred the outdoor option.

The only negative comment I would add was that the staff does not wear a mask. They do not have to as far as I know the rules today, but in other places they do and it makes us feel better.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Strange to say but it’s hard to find food Indian food in Boston. This place is serious, so don’t order even medium spice unless you are ready for the fire. I love the saag paneer and would be happy with a solely vegetarian experience. But with tandoori this good, why pass it up? Enjoy and especially enjoy the friendly owners and waitstaff.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food here never disappoints! And the Indian hospitality is amazing :)

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. They took care of the reservation and set a table aside with menus ready for us. As soon as we sat down, the service was exceptional. Extremely knowledgeable staff and the food was amazing!

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vipNehaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food! Great experience overall!

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vipEricaSez
New England
37 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is always so fantastic, and the family who run Nirvana are always lovely hosts.
The okra and the dosas are my favorites, but I’ve never once had a less-than-delicious bite here. One of my favorite Indian restaurants, anywhere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, friendly staff, nice outdoor seating area with heaters

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Smitty
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite Indian restaurants in Cambridge. Food is not overly heavy, sauces are perfectly balanced

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Sarah
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Chicken tikka and naan were very good, but one or two other dishes were disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Cold food, upset tummies and not really Indian food. If you want to experience this, don’t forget to stop by here.

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EducatedPalate
New England
18 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the 2nd business event we've held here during the lunch buffet and it was a huge success! Guests were so pleased with the quality and selection of the food and it was sufficiently quiet to hold conversations easily. It's my favorite go-to for casual business lunches and also even when it's just me and a friend. YUM! (Really appreciate all the vegetarian options!!)

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EducatedPalate
New England
18 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a vegetarian, I really appreciate the lunch buffet options. The food is always delicious and well prepared. Lots of choices. Quiet, clean, and conducive to conversation. Two YUMS up!

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vipcooperpixie
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever I visit my daughter in Boston Nirvana is our first dinner!

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Opad
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the Royal Dinner for two, which is a complete meal from soup to dessert. Each course was delicious and served in generous portions. We took a lot of food home. The service was attentive without being intrusive.

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vipTomCav2005
New England
24 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A nice place to eat in this area. We went before a show at Saunders Theater and they had us in and out so we didn't miss the performance.

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Cocopuffs
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My friend and I ordered Royal Dinner for Two and it was a GREAT deal. Awesome lamb samosa, chicken curry, lamb curry, naan, and even desserts! Though everything is great, I would say the lamb samosa was the best because the lamb filling is very juicy!

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stevem
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Really wanted to enjoy this but the food was simply not good at all, I ordered the chicken Vindaloo which was extremely sweet, in fact so sweet in was practically inedible.

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Samantha
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the authentic decor and splendid tapestries. The atmosphere was warm, welcoming and friendly with attentive staff. This will be a haven in Winter...filled with intoxicating aromas and cozy seating.
Nirvana has much more expansive and interesting menu than most, with multiple choices of Dosas, my favorite!
The chef is an absolute wizard with spices! The bar offers inventive a good list of beer, wine and cocktails like the the delectable Lichitini which was perfect as a prelude to spicy food! Best in Boston!

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boxochoc
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time. Some people couldn’t attend and the restaurant was flexible and accommodating. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Service was again accommodating as we took our time deciding what to eat. We had never been to this restaurant and were very happy we tried it.

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vidak
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Nirvana is a cozy restaurant with wonderful owner and servers. The food is variable. We tried two eggplant appetizers which were fabulous, but our main course, chicken Tajin, was so so. This was my second time, and it was a Friday night. Noise level was problematic, no sound proofing like many other places.
The first time, we were much happier, and intend to go again soon.

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regretfulcritic
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

It may be that we ordered poorly -- the vegetarian dishes looked good. But we did order the chef's recommendation -- the duck masala -- and the Seekh kebab. The duck was inedible. It was supposed to be boneless, but I hit two chunks that were largely bone. It was also so tough I actually had to fight hard to get my knife through the meat. If the chef was aiming as slow braised duck, it was not cooked long enough. If they were aiming at quick seared medium rare duck, it was cooked wildly too long. Either way, we just couldn't eat it. The seekh kebab had decent flavour and a nice sauce but it was also overcooked and dry. In the restaurant's favor, they took the duck off the bill when I complained.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent. The bathrooms are downstairs so that’s a downside for the wheelchair user in our party. Overall a wonderful experience.

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EducatedPalate
New England
18 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time I've been here for dinner and it did not disappoint. I appreciate that the heat level of any dish can be adjusted. The food is really fresh and delicious. So grateful for the variety of vegetarian offerings.

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Alius
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing staff! Always feels like home.

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EducatedPalate
New England
18 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A quiet atmosphere in a contemporary comfortable dining room. Service was prompt, professional, and friendly (but not overly attentive). The food was so delicious and well-prepared with generous portions. I was pleased to find so many vegetarian/vegan choices.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were seated right away. The table was quite small for 4 people and we were unable to fit the dishes we ordered on the table. On our own we had to pull over another small table for this purpose . Aside from that , the food was outstanding. Everything was delicious including the Meat and vegetable dishes , dosa, and dessert. Would highly recommend . It was enjoyed by everyone in our multicultural group.

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ValA
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, delicious food. The service was great and the atmosphere was cozy and quiet. The portions are a good size to share.

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AustinM
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing. Best tikka masala I’ve had in a long time. Quick turnaround for the food which was convenient. Highly recommend

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AndrewF
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the better India restaurants I've been to in the Boston area. Nirvana has several regional dishes not found at other places as well (dosa!), which means you can make it a more unique experience than the typical aloo mater or chicken tikka masala. The food was phenomenal and service excellent. Definitely on our list to return!

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viphappycamper
New England
67 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good meal, but not the best Indian in the area. The bread was very good and I liked the malai kofta a lot. The fish tikka was a bit dry as was the chicken tikka (which goes under another name that I've forgotten). I would definitely go back if I was looking for a meal in the area but probably would not go out of my way to go there.

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JonB
New England
36 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We tasted two parts of the menu - a Southern Indian Dosa, and a group of Northern Indian dishes: a Dal, Channa Saag, Chicken Korma and Goat Curry. All were really good - our friends through that the food was as good as they've had anywhere. Service was also excellent, including cleanup and packaging the leftovers which were great the next day at lunch.

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vipKBArch
New England
66 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful Indian restaurant. There is nothing daringly original about the menu but it is very well executed. The servers are nice. They take reservations. Good choices for ice cream deserts nearby. Neighborhood gem. Walk or take the T.

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Oldie
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lunch buffet was superb.

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BeasleyGirl
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was in Cambridge to visit my sister who lives there and that day I was walking on Massachusetts St, when I saw your restaurant. I pulled the paper menu posted outside for passerbys to take and then checked out the reviews, which are positive. I had lamb kabab with bell peppers and onions,plus the sauce that comes with it. The lamb was tender and delicious, especially with the sauce. My sister had Curry Chicken, which she liked. We topped our dinner off with Kreer, a rice dessert, which was so good. Our meal did not disappoint us and my sister plans to go there for a lunch buffet. Our wait staff were friendly.They were attentive and answered any questions we had about our meal. We got a warm wet wash cloth to wipe our hands after our meal. Attentive to detail, even the small stuff makes a difference. When I go back for a visit Nirvana will be on my list to have a meal. Thank you.

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SuburbanFoodie
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We found this restaurant on Open Table. What great find.

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