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Royal Tandoori, Reading, Berkshire

Royal Tandoori

4.1
4.1
33 Reviews
£25 and under
Indian
For fun nights out with friends and family, the Royal Tandoori restaurant in Reading is a vibrant venue with a classic South Indian menu. Located inside the Royal County Hotel on Duke Street, this relaxed eatery is perfect for pre-dinner cocktails, business dining and events, and boasts a dance floor and flat-screen televisions for sports events and presentations. Decorated with maroon feature walls and colourful Indian canvases, the spacious dining room at Royal Tandoori has a comfortable atmosphere. Star dishes at include the classic Butter Chicken cooked in a Makhani sauce; the Kadai Lamb with crushed garlic, cumin and pepper; and the Bombay Aloo – new potatoes cooked with mustard seeds and coriander.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Indian
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Tue–Fri 6:00 pm–10:30 pm Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    0118 957 2717
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress

What 33 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

34 Reviews
  1. Chris

    Berkshire

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We have visited this restaurant on many occasions, and it is excellent in all respects. The food is delicious, the service always very friendly, the location is very central, and the price reasonable.

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  2. CheungM

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great food as usual, favourite place for indian food in Reading

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never been disappointed here, amazing food, lovely atmosphere and friendly staff.

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  4. MarkR

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's was great always good food & polite staff excellent night. Chicken tikka starter is the best you will ever have

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Has Tikka (Or maybe Tandoori?) chicken and tandoori lamb chops for starters - big portions! Had a mix up of curries, 2 lammb, 2 chicken - one of the chicken curries I did not really like, nothing wrong with it, just not to my tatse but the other 3 were great. Rice was good. nice loose grain. Had a wholemeal Roti (Chapatti) bread with my curry. Was nice but too crispy - they should fold it and wrap it up in a napkin and bring to table to keep it soft and warm. Tasted great too.. Had nans too - were nice . Workling here her a bit so will probably go back few times

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  6. Shinchowda

    Berkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service here is always with a smile! We've been a few times and the waiter recognises us and it feels so much more personal. Service is quick and the food is authentic and delicious. Try the Gobi Manchurian if you can, it's the only place to make it in Reading!

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  7. ting

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good tasty food at an affordable price. Definitely a good place to grab a curry dinner

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2016

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The starters were really bad. It was just sauces added to all version of dry starter items. None of the dishes were in authentic indian style.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Another great meal at the Royal Tandoori, staff were friendly as always and the food was fab.

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  10. SRHphotographic

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very accommodating for a large party of 18 - the staff were very attentive and very hot on refilling empty glasses. The food was the tastiest I've eaten in a long time! Could not recommend it more.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I think this Indian restaurant is the best around.We have had several meals here and every one has been Superb.Would recommend it to anyone.

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  12. Sunetra

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The closest to my mum's cooking. Excellent Indian food!

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  13. Andy

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was amazing. The only bad thing I have to say is when I entered the restaurant I was greeted by a very grumpy woman and my first impressions weren't very good at all. Luckily she was not serving and the people thar were were very professional and courteous.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have never been here before but decided to pay a visit on the strength of the recent feedback. We will definitely come back soon as we found everything to be a high standard from initial reception to departure. Food drinks staff nothing short of excellent. We booked via Opentable and got all the confirmation from the app and email. However the restaurant had no record of our booking but they still managed to look after us with a smile.

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  15. BobB

    Berkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The booking was confirmed promptly, and on arrival, we were greeted and taken straight to the table. The drinks arrived promptly and the food was of good quality, very tasty and served with a smile

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  16. foodie57

    London

    32 reviews

    2.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2015

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    My brother and I were looking for a restaurant in Reading to take our mother for lunch on Mothers day. I went for the Royal Tandoori because of the reviews and booked through open table. My brother went to check out the restaurant after I received confirmation of my booking and was told that there was no record of it. They took a booking from him. Staff were pleasant and accommodating even though we arrived very late for lunch and the kitchen was about to close. The food and service were good but we felt rushed. I referred to the booking I made but they maintained that there was no record even though I showed them my email confirmation. I would recommend this restaurant but to avoid disappointment, double check your booking before you go.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2015

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I've visited this restaurant in the past, and found the food very good and the staff very helpful and attentive. This time we waited 20 minutes before we could order drinks, and the food took over an hour to arrive. When it did appear, the quantity was low and the quality below what we've experienced there before. We barely saw the staff, and weren't ever asked if we'd like more drinks, let alone obtain the bill... All in all, most disappointing compared to the usual standards.

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  18. Shinchowda

    Berkshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location, spectacular food and good service! The best dish for me by far is Gobi Manchurian (can't spell). I haven't found this dish anywhere else, an it's delicious! They also do quite good cocktails and Indian beer. You can wait around for the bill once you've asked, but that's generally only peak times at the weekend. Great for a romantic meal or a group booking, very accommodating!

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  19. Chris

    Berkshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had been there before and it has always been an excellent restaurant - tonight being no exception. We had been disappointed on a previous New Year's Eve when we hadn't booked, and there was no room. With this in mind, I made a booking via the "open table" website. Magic! Room at the inn this time! :-)

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  20. Char

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Been looking for a good Indian restaurant since moving to Reading and this one had good reviews. Glad we booked as was busy from when we arrived. Quick and efficient service. Good tasting food and reasonably priced. Will certainly be enjoying a meal here again

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  21. Anders

    Hertfordshire

    44 reviews

    2.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2014

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Chicken Jal Frezi was mediocre. Reasonably spiced but nothing to write home about. Could have done with a couple of chillies. Fairly run of the mill curry house really. Have been to far worse but I've also been to far better.

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  22. Lunching

    Hampshire

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    As ever food great. We ate from the lunch menu...never disappointed by the food. Service not great! Food took an hour and 15 mins to arrive but when you go to the Royal Tandoori for lunch that is pretty standard. I did stop eating there for a while as the service for lunch was poor and had hoped it had speeded up. Such a shame as the good is great.

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  23. marsjan

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2013

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Forget the others - this one's the best in Reading. Fantastic food, and lots of dishes that are different from the usual run of the mill (although they do the favourites as well). The service is friendly and the atmosphere is very homey and comfortable.

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  24. LuvVeg

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2013

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great deal of choise, tasty vegetarian food.

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  25. Lexxilou

    Berkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service was really good, the menu however was a bit strange. The descriptions of the meals didn't really explain what you were ordering and some dishes were under a different name than would normally be expected. This made the experiance quite interesting, also thought the waiter's comment that a Biryani 'came with rice' was a bit pointless for a meal listed under the rice section... did make us laugh though! Overall well worth a visit.

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  26. Prodiner

    London

    39 reviews

    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Royal Tandoori in Reading. Had an early lunch. The service was very good and the food was tasty but cooled very quickly because of cold plates and lack of heated tray.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Royal Tandoori in Reading was relatively busy but service was good with the waiters friendly and helpful and not out to grab money (offered tap water instead of forcing you to buy bottled) and prices are reasonable. Large portion sizes, quality was above average. Will definitely visit again.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2011

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good. Whilst service wasn't bad, it just wasn't very personal or attentive.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2011

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Royal Tandoori,Reading great for vegetarians like me,better for non vegetarians like my husband.. yummiest dal makhani ever(except bukhara of course)..i loved the starters batata vada,battered fried potato. dal makhani,saag paneer and the butter naans were yumm...i have been here thrice(i dnt stay in reading) the staff is very freindly and sweet,,that makes a meal complete.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2010

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Another delicious meal at the Royal Tandoori, slightly marred by an inexplicably long wait for the bill, having requested it more than once.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2010

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Royal Tandoori provided us with the best Indian we have had in Reading for a long time. Prices were resonable,and dishes which were categorised as having the same spice level did seem to be consistently spiced.

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  32. Faye

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2009

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Royal Tandoori was nice. It wasn't anything special but the food was good.

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  33. WilliamP

    Berkshire

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2009

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Royal Tadoori in Reading was a great surprise from a food perspective the tandoori chicken was gorgeous! I was honestly surprised as the decor reminds me of a hotel and not an indian restaurant. This is a little off putting but if you are going for a meal with friends probably acceptable.

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  34. Sithmas

    London

    171 reviews

    4.0

    171 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2009

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Royal Tandoori is one of my old favourites from student days in Reading. Always went there for a post exam treat. lovely

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Royal Tandoori is rated 4.1 stars by 33 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Royal Tandoori

4 - 8 Duke Street, Reading, Berkshire RG1 4RY

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Reading
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Tue–Fri 6:00 pm–10:30 pm Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Indian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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