Royal Khyber

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327 reviews
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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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DS
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Possibly the best Indian food in Orange County. Such amazing flavors! The service is outstanding, and the restaurant is quiet and comfortable. A truly memorable experience!

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MN
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always fab food! I have been enjoying the food here for the several years. It’s delicious and consistent. See you next time:)

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DM
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. Very comfortable restaurant. Nice for conversation.

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RS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and great service. A bit pricey for Indian food, but everything was delicious.

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V
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service, delicious food! One of our favorite OC restaurants. ♥️

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WR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

The food was not that great. Quite bland.

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RK
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was disappointing, not as good as we remembered.

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YC
New England
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had 2 memorable dinners at Ghandi at that same location in the 80’s. My wife and I decided to try the fine Indian cuisine of Royal Khyber. We were both impressed by the excellent food and service of this restaurant. We strongly recommend it.

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TH
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place for a casual business-type lunch. Menu was excellent with plenty of good choices. Service was outstanding. Recommend most highly.

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AK
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took my Dad, Aunt, and Uncle and we had a fantastic experience.
They took such great care of us. We will definitely be back!

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E
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

A dish consisted of seafood and consisted of one item (mussels) was stale. Informed a manager who told us that he was just a host and knew nothing about it. Finally, the waiter approached us to apologize, removed the stale mussels and replaced it with different sauce. We were surprised the restaurant did not replace anew dish. Very poor management.

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F
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We don't dine near South Coast Plaza often, but when we do, Royal Khyber is always our unanimous choice. We love the ambiance, food, service, staff, drinks, menu selection and just everything in general. But it is the food that brings us back...always! Just delicious.

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D
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and great service!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our family spot. Everything is always perfect when we dine here. Service is superb

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JM
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food and great service ( Asha is the best!). Lovely ambiance. Good selection of wines.

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M
Los Angeles
155 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific food. Updated menu offers the standards (chicken tikka masala etc.) as new more sophisticated choices. Ali who oversees everything advises on ordering and makes sure you have a great meal.

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SC
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef made delicious dishes for my family’s gluten free, dairy free diet.
It was a wonderful dinner.

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A
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went and celebrated a quiet 40th wedding anniversary at Royal Khyber. Whenever we are in these parts of CA we visit this restaurant. We ordered the Ajwaini Paratha. The Malai Kebab and Shahi paneer. The food was very good but not as good as our previous visits in 2018. We thought maybe the cook had changed. Love the complimentary pistachio Kulfi. We will come back to check it out next time

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AP
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has become our favorite restaurant! The food and service is unbeatable! The owner works there at all times and really cares about your dining experience. Probably the best in OC!

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DJ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have eaten several times at Royal Khyber. Service is always very good. Food always consistently good.

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RH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service and ambience was excellent. Mango martinis were too good, should have stopped with just one. Garlic nan was excellent . Tandoori chicken was slightly dry to my taste, but I was alone on that opinion.
Good value for the money. We will be back.
Again, excellent service, thanks again

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S
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was incredible!! They were not only able to accommodate special dietary needs with one of our party members, but went above and beyond to make sure she could partake in every course of the meal. The food recommended to us was excellent and we are looking forward to returning as soon as possible.

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AP
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite Indian restaurant, hands down. Excellent service, food and ambiance!

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a
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Royal Khyber's new Saturday Street Foods Brunch is a great deal. Multiple choices on the brunch line, plus you get a serving of an entree, with rice and pickle, and naan. Service, as always, was impeccable and friendly.

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NS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The service was slow and very busy. It took 15 minutes for someone to get to us and provide menus and water service. The food is good but small portions with non-vegetarian entrees.

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H
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Disappointed with this visit. Granted they were busy on a Saturday night, but service was inattentive and food was very slow to come out. When we did get the food it was not up to usual RK standards. The sheehk kebabs were hard and dry when normally they are moist and tender, the salmon Malabar was bland, as was the lamb biryani. Overall felt that the food was less authentic and more Americanized than normal - maybe because we had white American friends with us they catered to their tastes - (they loved their food)! Will put it down to one bad experience, not necessarily representative of the restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and ambiance

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g
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming here for 15 years but first time for a buffet lunch. For the produce we paid, variety of food we got was simply amazing. Every single item was deliciously prepared. One thing I like about this place is that they know how to cook great North Indian food!

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DL
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Highly recommended for the lunch buffet! Nice seating environment, good noise level easy enough to chat and talk. Great selection of dishes over buffet style lunch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As it has always been, a wonderful culinary evening.

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m
Orange County
88 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great brunch buffet with tasty food. For the price of the food, I was expecting a little more. Further, the website menu offered different suggestions with more Indian breakfast items than what was served. The food was more traditional lunch buffet items. I would recommend that the restaurant update their website with this information.

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I
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place so much. From the moment you walk in you feel so welcomed by the staff. Even if you have to wait for a table they are so accomodating and sweet. Also if you do have to wait it is extremely worth the wait. Delcious Indian food that warms your soul. SO SO good would reccomend to anyone looking for an amazing night out and a fantastic indian experience.

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S
Los Angeles
102 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great service and wonderful flavors in our dinner. Tandoori cooked meats, chicken, lamb, salmon, and shrimp was great to share. Staff was atentative to our needs. We will come back again.

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CP
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been a huge fan since they were over off Jamboree over 25 years. The food and the warm, friendly make it a favorite place to go!!

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c
Orange County
42 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always good and consistent. Waiters are attentive but not intrusive. Always a great experience!

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BB
Orange County
42 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you've not had Indian food that loudly rang your bell, you need to visit Royal Khyber to experience the real deal. Excuisitely prepared, perfectly enhanced with appropriate and authentic spices, this will likely make you understand just how exotic and delicious the Indian cuisine should be. We've enjoyed their excellence over thirty years, and in 3 locations, and never been disappointed with any of the dishes we've ordered. Staff is always attentive, informative and gracious, and we'll be back for more great dining. You need to add this to your "must-visit" list, trust me. Thank you Royal Khyber!

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n
Orange County
150 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have eaten at this restaurant on several occasions and have found it to be the best Indian food place around. I would recommend this restaurant to those who really like good quality Indian food. The kofka vegetable balls are outstanding as well as the lamb shank.

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RW
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Royal Khyber continues to please us every time I go to dinner there.

I have been going to this restaurant for over 15 years. It is far and away the best Indian cuisine in Southern California. The restaurant atmosphere is very cozy and comfortable and the staff is always very cordial and attentive to all of its customers.

If you want the best of curry and spice and "everything nice", then I recommend anyone to treat themselves to a visit to Royal Khyber.

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CS
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice low light place. Great food and ambiance

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place to a lunch, dinner and especially Sunday brunch. The food is fantastic and the service is marvelous.

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