About Royal Khyber

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).

1621 W. Sunflower Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92704
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Indian, Vegetarian, Vegan

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm;

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

Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
S Bear St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(714) 436-1010

Website:
http://www.royalkhyber.com/

Entertainment:
Pipi-in music

Catering:
At Premises & Off premises

Parking Details:
Valet Parking

Executive Chef:
Arun Puri

Additional:
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

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4.8

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4.8

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100% would recommend it to a friend

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Pre/post Theatre (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Spicy (4)
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Great for Lunch (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
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Good for Birthdays (2)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Great Beer
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 12, 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!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Wonderful as always

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 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

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 (Orange County)·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!!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·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!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·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!

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 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Royal Khyber is our favorite restaurant

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 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Healthy, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Spicy, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Vegan, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access
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 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great food

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vip
 (Orange County)·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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 29, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Orange County)·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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Best Indian in SoCal bar none.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Dinner at the Royal Kyber was of mixed quality. The Punjabi Samosa was outstanding, the best samosa we have ever eaten. The Butter Chicken was also excellent; flavorful but not too spicy. However the Seabass was only average. If the seabass had been better, our rating would have been five stars.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 15, 2017

This was our regular visit to an Indian restaurant in Orange County. Considering all factors, I think Royal Khyber is the best India restaurant in OC and is reasonable in price also.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I try to make it 3-4 times a year and I love showing off that I know where the best Indian food is this side of the world.
Thank you again so much

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Romantic, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Casual, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Servings are rather small. The good ambiance, cleanliness an d excellent service help you forget about the wackiness of an Indian reaturant but in terms of food royal Khyber has nothing fancy to outstand a normal Indian reaturant except for the great variety of alcohol.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 29, 2017

although we've not been to this indian restaurant in many years, we were remarkably pleased with the quality of the service we received. It was first class and far above what once was arrogance and inattentiveness that pervaded this restaurant in the past. Congratulations to the management and staff for making our dining experience memorable and effortless!
Oh,by the way, the food is good too...whether you're dining off the prix fixe or a la carte. The tomato bisque was sumptuous and flavorful (less so the ginger chicken broth). the Riata full flavored and the salmon special was delicate and appropriately spiced. We also had the prawn curry, which was mild and full of flavor. All in all worth a visit...though for Indian food it represents the pricing of the south coast plaza area....a bit over the top. But the service....memorable.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

I took the woman I'm going with for a special occasion dinner before a concert. The food was absolutely outstanding for both of us! Excellent wine! The warm greeting and personal attention provided by the host, the owner's wife, and the servers throughout dinner were unexcelled. The superlative dinner really made our evening! This is absolutely one of my most favorite restaurants! Clearly an 11 on a 1 to 10 scale!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, People Watching, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Dined here on a Friday night and they were out of 3 dishes we wanted to order. Party of 6 and the food came out at drastically different times. It was a disappointing experience. We have dined here before for buffet and that was great. With that being said, it is not worth going here to order off the menu.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Wonderful weekend brunch. Traditional Indian classics with a bit of an inspired twist. Great selection of warm and cold items, including desserts. Beautiful decor and quiet, elegant ambiance.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Cozy, Healthy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Best and most refined Indian in the OC. Impeccable sevice start to finish. Will definitely be back again.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Nothing special here. I was told this was the #1 ranked Indian Food on Orange County. I didn't find this worthy of any thing "special". Food was good, service good, nice place

Tags: Business Meals, Spicy, Healthy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Very nice environment, good food, friendly staff, one of best spots for fine dining but unfortunately very pricey.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 7, 2017

We used the Living Social deal, which consisted of an appetizer, entrees for two, dessert and a glass of wine. We received attentive and friendly service, and we appreciated the detailed explanations of the various dishes. Everything was delicious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Spicy
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 25, 2017

The vegetables and their spices were done very well as well as chicken curries. When the restaurant tries to do veal shanks and chops, items not usually on an Indian restaurant menu, the spices fell flat. Very pleasant service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Went here for Father's Day Brunch, having been to the restaurant on many occasions before.
Made reservation well in advance. Arrived and was then seated at the only unmade table with not enough chairs for our party when there were 3 perfectly well laid tables available of our party size (note the free tables were never occupied for the entire brunch!) Place was not busy !
Seated by the main thoroughfare from the kitchen, waiter dropped glasses and shattered glass everywhere. Buffet area was a total mess, no staff tried to tidy and keep looking nice. Lack of cutlery and poor service. Food mediocre from what I've had there in the past.
Khyber should stick to doing dinners not buffets ..!!!
Will not be returning again.
Very disappointed overall. And this from a true lover of Indian Cuisine.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Excellent food, good service, reasonable ambiance and fair price. What more would you expect from a dining experience? The Royal Khyber is not a high end fine dining experience but rather an excellent "casual elegant" dining experience. Recommended for a good Indian dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Food was average/below average as well as overpriced, even with a groupon. Good location and service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Food is great as always. So is the service and ambience. We ordered everything mild which made the 'tandoori paneer tikka' really bland to enjoy while the tandoori platter was perfect.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 26, 2017

I love this restaurant :)
Fabulous wine, food, ambience and top notch service ! The food is consistent and delicious. I make a point of eating here when I come to town. See you next time.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Always a great experience!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The service, the food and the ambiance were all very good! I want to go back to try some of the many dishes that looked interesting.

Tags: Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 1, 2017

Such a friendly and welcoming place. We bring our kids, 4.5 and 2.5 years old and they love it!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Their list of tasty Indian dishes is not as extensive as some that I've seen. There were traditional dishes missing but that said, what was on the menu was fabulous. We had 2 a la carte curries - that means you only get the curry and have to order rice and naan separately. I find that annoying. The two chicken dishes were made with various parts of the chicken - I would have preferred breast meat that I didn't have to cut around the sinewy parts. But again, the flavors were fabulous and some of the best around. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals
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