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Royal Khyber

251 reviews
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$30 and under
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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).
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Indian, Vegetarian, Vegan
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm;

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm,

Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(714) 436-1010
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Arun Puri
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Cross street
S Bear St.
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Parking details
Valet Parking
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Pipi-in music
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Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 251 People Are Saying
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viphungrygirl (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

We were early in the evening having arrived from the east coast, so it was not very busy - good for quiet conversation. The service was very good and the food was excellent. We would go back if the opportunity presents.

PeterD67 (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

The food is really good, far better than the other Indian restaurants we have tried. Definitely not a casual Indian buffet! The lamb shank is always a favorite, cooked 24 hrs and tender as can be. I had the mixed tandoori which was a cornucopia of spicy Indian meats cooked over their own special oven.
We've been there for birthdays and other celebrations and everyone has enjoyed it immensely!
Try it.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Absolutely fabulous experience with friends and the food was excellent . The ambience and service was outstanding . Sunil the waiter was very helpful, knowledgeable and made some great recommendations . Overall a gem

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Wonderful food and service a dinning classic! Great place for a date night!

GaryW (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We've been dining at Royal Kyber for many years. Started when they were on Bristol Street around 20yrs ago with the great "white tent" decor and low prices with high quality. Their prices have gone up, the decor is fancier, but the food is still great, along with the service.

JanetLB (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

This was our pre-Valentine date and the first time we visited. We were greeted immediately and warmly, taken to our table immediately. The ambience was warm and inviting. The wine list included several of my favorite reds and the menu was extensive, varied and a good range of prices.

I started with the Indian Salad which was good, but similar to Arab Salad, Israeli Salad, Persian Salad, etc. My husband started with the Warm Eggplant Salad...clearly the very best eggplant I’ve ever tasted. I will be a regular, if just to have this salad. Anyone who enjoys eggplant must give this a try! Memorable!

I had the lamb chops and my husband had the Chef’s special lamb shank simmered for 14 hours. The sauce was out of this world — simply divine! My husband’s palate is discriminating and he was extremely satisfied with his choice.

The garlic naan was delicious, as expected, but the piece de resistance was the lychee panna cotta dessert. I have never tasted anything so smooth, tasty and creamy...beautiful to look at and even better to eat.

We will definitely return...frequently!

vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Wonderful as always

vipArun118t (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Well this was our second trip in 3 days of course we ordered the Reshmi Chicken Tikka again as I think that has become my favorite at that restaurant this time we ordered the saag paneer and mustard fish. Very good food a very highly recommended restaurant. Love it

vipArun118t (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

We had gone on a short vacation to Newport Beach and we had heard a lot about Royal Khyber from friends and family. We ordered the Reshmi chicken tikka malai kofta and an Ajwaini paratha. Yum it was very delicious dishes and I started planning another visit with our niece who was coming for dinner in a couple of days. This place is very highly recommended try it

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We eat all over Orange County and keep coming back to the Kyber. It is simply the best Indian food around. Service always amazing!!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

This dinner was our second dining experience with Royal Khyber and we were not disappointed once again. The food is very good, service was perfect and atmosphere was warm and cozy on this New Years Eve night. We think it is the best Indian cuisine anywhere in Orange County, bar none!

Thanks to the chef and the staff at Royal Khyber!

vipTwinmom97 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Had a reservation on NYE. Had a flat tire on the way. Called restaurant to let them know. They held table for us! Amazing restaurant. Amazing food. We are never disappointed. The service is great. Best Indian restaurant around!

VictoriaM (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

I have been going to Royal Khyber for years and have never been disappointed! The service is always outstanding and the food is always delicious.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Royal Khyber is our favorite restaurant

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Overall was very flavorful. Loved the vindaloo and Panang paneer. My two kids really liked their yogurt drinks. A few of us were sick and didn’t want to be around people so we sat by the entrance door. The restaurant was able to get customers in and out fairly quickly and everyone looked satisfied. One thought though is the evening after we were all home and in bed my wife and youngest daughter were violently ill. Probably the timing and not the food. I ate leftovers and was fine but neither wife nor kid would.

Deborah (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

As always the food was delicious but the service was neglectful. This was the first time we were not pleased with our service. Usually very attentive.

vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

Great food

vipccff (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Royal Khyber is our favorite Indian restaurant hands down. Its very elegant ambiance with great service from a excellent staff that does care about the food and service. I've been coming here for over 25 years since back in the day when it was called Ghandi. I generally eat the Chicken Madras which is unlike any dish you've ever tried. You can order it mild but be ready, it has a deep rich flavor. Love it here and highly recommend.

romo (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on November 29, 2017

Best Indian food I've ever had. It was excellent.

vipmdsocal (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on November 27, 2017

One of the best Indian restaurants in the OC. I commend the attentive wait staff for their service. In addition, the ambiance of this restaurant and the music, transports you back to India. Try the Vegetarian Thalli, Malabar Fish Curry and the Lamb Rogan Josh. Simply exquisite!