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Royal Khyber

4.4
4.4
465 Reviews
$30 and under
Indian

Royal Khyber ............ A Journey for your palate and mind. The art of Indian cookery lies NOT in high spicing but in the delicacy of spicing. Indian cuisine is universally known for its distinctive flavorings. It was in fact the lure of these spices which first brought the British and the French, the Dutch and the Portuguese to the Indian coast. It is the use of selected spices in a particular manner (whole spices, ground and or spice blends) to bring out the dormant flavors of a dish, which is the real art, practiced by the experienced chefs in the Royal Khyber kitchen.



Royal Khyber is a Fine Indian Cuisine Restaurant, located in South Coast Plaza Village (across from Nordstrom).

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Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Indian, Vegetarian, Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri–Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm CURBSIDE LUNCH Fri–Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm CURBSIDE Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (714) 436-1010

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Arun Puri

  • Catering

    At Premises & Off premises

  • Private party contact

    Arun Puri: (714) 743-6787

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Ana

  • Cross street

    S Bear St.

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking

  • Entertainment

    Pipi-in music

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 465 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Orange County

    Healthy

  • North Orange County

    Healthy

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fathers day

  2. CA

    ChristinaA

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Fathers Day

  3. DD

    DDdiner

    Salt Lake City

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service and food are always consistently excellent at Royal Khyber. The salmon mahradi and veg mahradi were delicious as well as onion basil naan. Highly recommend this restaurant!

  4. JT

    JonT

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was excellent. Food was delicious from the tika to the samosas. Would absolutely go back.

  5. SK

    SandyK

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    An outstanding restaurant. The best Indian food in Orange County, by far. Wonderful ambience. Equally perfect for an upscale evening or just a casual meal with friends. The staff are extremely professional, friendly, and warm. They offer a beautiful indoor area as well as a lovely outdoor area to dine. They offer a fantastic weekend brunch as well.

  6. M

    Malbec

    Orange County

    234 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    234 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Royal Khyber never disappoints. The Fire and Ice martini was the best and it went from there. Loved the mixed tandoor and Lamb Biryani, naan bread etc. Really good dinner, as always. Great service.

  7. AF

    AngelaF

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2

    Going to dinner here is nicer experience. The Mother’s Day buffet was messy, picked over, and disorganized. We spent $200.00 for a party of 4 to have subpar meal. Overall food and service was lacking. Not what you’d expect to get for the money spent. We will return but not for the buffet.

  8. C

    Caldream

    Orange County

    25 reviews

    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4

    The restaurant had a large private party going on outdoors when we arrived and it continued through our entire meal. Probably because of this the staff inside was insufficient to handle the workload and it seems they we’re undertrained in efficient service. So while the service was slow, inattentive and inefficient, the food was really good. We had a variety of entrees and all were excellent. During our meal the restaurant turned up the music volume to try to compete with the music from their outside party and all that did was having the two overlap each other. So, this would be worth a try again expecting better service when they aren’t short staffed and distracted.

  9. KK

    KuisineKueen

    Orange County

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Royal Khyber has been a favorite for years--truly a gem of refined Indian cuisine--the best in OC. Service is excellent (we love Ali); serene ambiance. Food to great to order for takeaway with a separate menu with amazing pricing. Highly recommend.

  10. e

    enrng

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3

    Had dinner there before which was very good, however the Grand Easter brunch was a disappointment. The food was marginal, and when we were about finish then a waiter came up to ask if we wanted Naan bread that came after we finished eating. Have not had a worse Indian buffet in all our time, eating Indian food. Ordering from the menu would be okay, but be prepared for a long wait of 30-40 mins.

  11. AK

    AnnK

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful brunch and good selection of appetizers, salads, main dishes and dessert. Very friendly staff as well.

  12. OM

    OliverM

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Real-deal Indian food - a rarity in Southern California. Great vibe, great service, amazing biryani!

  13. C

    Carmen

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The place was nice. The service was fantastic and the food was extremely flavorful and very authentic. We drove an hour to come here because of the reviews and it did not disappoint. I would highly recommend this place if you are looking to eat Indian food. We will come back!

  14. l

    lbstopher

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    This is one of our old favorites and it is nice to see it still performs at a high level with good food and nice service. Fewer tables were busy than what we remember, but the spice level was just right for our desires. The Vegetarian sampler as a starter was a hit and our favorite eggplant Bharta brought smiles all around.

  15. SW

    ShaunaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great, service was nice and it wasn’t too crowded. We definitely will go back.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday was great. Ali the server is incredible.

  17. U

    Ushas

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very tasty dinner lovely ambiance and a great service what more can one ask for

  18. D

    Douglas

    Palm Springs

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We had a wonderful dinning experience with close friends.

  19. RS

    RubiniS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    The restaurant was clean. The ambience was good and the service was outstanding. We were attended quickly and got the food faster.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staff celebration

  21. n

    newby

    Orange County

    175 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    175 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    if you like great Indian food that is well prepared and reasonable in price then this the place to go. The Khyber Nectar is their signature dish which is delicious. There is really is nothing that is not great from the menu.

  22. M

    Malbec

    Orange County

    234 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    234 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was such a delight to be back at Royal Khyber before going to a concert at Segerstrom. It had been way too long for both. Dinner was delicious. I love the basil coconut chicken.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Ali is the best!!

  24. VM

    VikM

    Orange County

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Food was good but service was mediocre. Resistance to accommodating customer’s requests is never well received by the patron.

  25. G

    Gilbert

    Los Angeles

    62 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    It took nearly 1-1 1/2 hrs to get served the main course. Food was good

  26. DB

    DanaB

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Comfortable room, great service, interesting menu and, most importantly, really tasty food. The location is perfect for all South Coast shopping and entertainment venues.

  27. d

    desidoc

    Dallas

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Oldest Indian restaurant of Orange County

  28. JE

    JaneE

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food here is delicious. Everything we ordered was seasoned perfectly and amazing. The service is outstanding and if you are not familiar with the dishes the wait staff is very helpful and can assist with selections. I am not a vegetarian but I would be very satisfied with just eating the veggie dishes at Royal Khyber.

  29. GH

    GenaH

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The flavors are very fine and finessed. Far from any other Indian restaurant in the area.

  30. AD

    ADSz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful, out of the way restaurant! Great ambiance for a romantic dinner or a quiet dinner with friends. Table service with attentive wait staff. Great food and great portions. Just right to fill you up without the hassle of thinking you should take stuff home. Recommend!

  31. N

    Nupz

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great , service was top notch ....what else shall i write.

  32. AV

    AshuV

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    As always a MEMORABLE experience! A Go to restaurant for us ALWAYS!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and white table cloth service. Full bar with great drink prices.

  34. JM

    JamesM

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall2food2service4ambience3

    Very disappointing. Lamb chops and tandoori chicken cooked in same sauce and vegetables. Chops smothered in sauce. Felt uneasy at the start when they were out of chicken kabobs. Nice people trying to survive during Covid

  35. AS

    AliceS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We discovered the Royal Khyber about a month ago, and, since then, that has become our new favorite Indian restaurant. This past weekend was my husband's birthday, and he requested that we celebrate there. We like it, because the atmosphere is charming and romantic, the service both times has been friendly and good, and the food is much less oily than at other Indian restaurants.

  36. DD

    DDdiner

    Salt Lake City

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Highly recommend Royal Khyber as the food, service and setting are all fabulous. They are very accommodating and will create a custom dish for you too but their menu items are delicious as-is too. The onion basil fresh bread is delicious as are everything we have ever ordered.

  37. MB

    MichaelB

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    Bit down hard on olive pit in chicken - rice dish. Called waiter over. Waiter looked at pit and corrected me, "No, that's not an olive pit. That's a prune pit", as if clarifying the type of pit I bit was the purpose I called him over to the table. He was oblivious. I told him I hurt my teeth. He told me he would make sure to tell the chef--- and left the pit on the table. When the bill came the chicken - rice dish was still on the bill. Bonus: we brought our own wine and they chose not to at least waive the $25 corkage fee. On the way out of the restaurant the waiter said, "Sorry. I will keep an eye out for that." Say what? He's going to "keep an eye out" for prune pits in the food? Precisely how is he going to do that? Is he going to fork rake every dish that leaves the kitchen to check for pits buried in the serving pot? I made the decision if he/they were so cheap/ignorant as to not remove the prune pit dish from the bill, I was not going to pursue the point with someone holding that mindset. Instead, I chose to write this review.

  38. C

    Cosmo7

    Orange County

    623 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    623 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place to take the family and enjoy a variety of different meals, especially if you are vegetarian! Thank you for a great evening, we will be back!

  39. PD

    PeterD67

    Orange County

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    We've eaten here often as our go-to place for Indian food. The food was great and I had the Khyber Sword, a deliciously prepared lamb shank - a spicy and exotic ossobuco. Their butter chicken is very good also, as is their vindaloo. Try the kebobs. You can also get Indian beers here which really can compliment your meal. Parking is readily available. Ali, our waiter, has been there many, many years which attests to the service. I find it hard to give anyplace an outstanding rating (5 stars)

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall3food2service1ambience2

    Very slow service and inattentive. They informed us that one of their high end appetizers was not available 30 mins after we had ordered!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Royal Khyber does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Royal Khyber also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 436-1010.

Royal Khyber is rated 4.4 stars by 465 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

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Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Royal Khyber

3800 S Plaza Dr Suite 53 Santa Ana, CA 92704

Additional information

  • Cross street

    S Bear St.

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Ana

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri–Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm CURBSIDE LUNCH Fri–Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm CURBSIDE Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Indian, Vegetarian, Vegan

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Arun Puri

  • Entertainment

    Pipi-in music

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (714) 436-1010

  • Catering

    At Premises & Off premises

  • Private party contact

    Arun Puri: (714) 743-6787

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