Shalimar Restaurant

4.6
541 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
Welcome to Shalimar... Metro Detroit's finest Indian restaurant, specializing in superb Mughlai cooking of North India and tasty Tandoor delicacies. The magic of Indian cooking is in the blending of spices and other fresh ingredients. At Shalimar we make each entree to satisfy YOU.
Representing the best in Indian cuisine, Shalimar offers an atmosphere that will make it an enjoyable experience for all.
Serving both lunch & dinner, Shalimar also offers complete event catering & carry out services.
Party room available for your special parties and Seminars, upto 50 guests.
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OT
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful, as always.

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SF
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first experience at Shalimar Restaurant in Ann Arbor. We truly enjoyed the luncheon buffet, and will definitely go back again.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu was terrific, the labeling of allergic foods was so appreciated. The only suggestion I would make is the food spiciness was not exactly as described, we had some kids who thought things were spicier than we thought we ordered. But everything was delicious!

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MM
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined al fresco tonight. Everything was wonderful, from the cocktails, to the meal, to the service. Couldn't have asked for more a

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JA
Detroit
34 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Best Indian food in the US as far as we can tell. DC, San Francisco, parts of Europe - we’ve tried a few and nothing is as good.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall very good. Could do with larger appetizers, or state clearly how many people a sampler of appetizer would feed.

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ER
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was great! Delicious and they were very accommodating for our graduation party. Thanks!

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CP
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only complaint I have with Shalimar is that I want more! Everything I have had there has been delicious so picking a meal is tough, you know it will be good but you also know everything else is delicious. Great staff, very friendly and helpful. The interior is nice and welcoming without being too crowded or overwhelming. Absolutely love Shalimar.

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DP
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. I would definitely recommend Shalimar to anyone who loves Indian food.

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BS
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food overall was decent. My biggest complaint was the lack of spiciness, especially as someone who enjoys food on the spicier side. This was particularly frustrating given that I had specifically requested that the food be made 10+ very, very, very spicy. They literally cannot go too hot. I couldn't taste any heat at all. I got a second entree to go, with plans to eat it for lunch the next day. During the meal, I gave feedback before they started cooking that the my first meal wasn't even mildly spicy, and that I would like my to go entree to be much spicier. It wasn't any spicier. I've had the same dish (Biryani) numerous other places and while I have had a range of spice levels, with few exceptions, they have all been at least moderately spicy after I made similar requests. I'm unclear as to why Shalimar's sense of heat levels is so far off of the norm. Anyways, food was decent, no better or worse than that I've had at many other Indian restaurants. Will go elsewhere in the future though, particularly to a place with competency in cooking dishes to order.

As a side note, I've always wondered if when I do get very mild dishes, if this relates to the restaurants desire not to have food send back for being too hot. I've gotten the impression some places that they just don't believe that I could possibly want my food that spicy (even though it's really not that hot for me). Not really sure how to convince some places, as I feel like I've tried every way in the book of telling them that no, it's okay, I really do want it that hot. I wonder if these places have difficulty adjusting their dishes in general, or just for heat.

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

I was celebrating my birthday and Shalimar’s was an excellent choice!

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k
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We come here often: Shalimar has good food and the best service in town!

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VA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Amazing food but the host left a grand canyon sized gap when it comes to room for improvment. After ariving on time for a reservation, restaurant employees proceeded to ignore us waiting at the door for more than 10 minutes. I stopped multple employees passing by but was told be each of them it wasn’t their job to seat people and to wait. Finally, upon returning from God knows where, the host showed up with a shocked look on his face that a line had formed during his unexplained absence...on a Saturday night. I finally decided to seat myself at an open table and convinced a wandering waiter to take my order. The food was delightful and the waiter was very courteous. Their method of seating and acknowledging waiting customers was abysmal. This is the second time I’ve visited and the same issue persisted during the previous visit.

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SS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Unfortunately, the service was just not great. I order a martini (which was right on the menu!), and got a mixed drink. The meal we thought we were getting was not what it was at all. And when I wanted to ask the server about it, he never once returned to our table to ask how everything was. So we just ate what we were given. I think it's a decent place, but for how expensive it is, I feel the service should be much better. Maybe it is the language barrier.

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B
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I like Shalimar a lot; but this time was not so great. There was an un- pleasant odor in the dining room; we asked to move to another table which was pleasantly accomplished. While the food was fine, it was not hot. Luke warm and not at all flavorful. An off night.

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AP
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as usual! The lamb chop appetizer was delicious - will definitely be getting it again! Service was very attentive and helpful in learning about different dishes.

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OT
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always

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OT
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was restaurant week. The chicken dish we had was excellent, the lamb vindaloo not so good. And after we left we realized that they never brought the samosas that were part of the prix fixe menu for Restaurant Week. They were very busy, and overall we think this is a very good restaurant; just not the best this particular evening.

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JL
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service. The Paneer Tikka Masala was amazing, twisted pine cocktail was delicious, and the tomato soup was surprisingly, yet perfectly spicy.

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SG
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is always outstanding at Shalimar! One of our favorite spots to visit when we see our son!!!

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CH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the food and services.... They make the reasons for going out worth the time.

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L
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

LOVE this restaurant! The foods are so good. It’s the only time my mouth rejoices!
It’s my favorite on/for my birthday!

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TD
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and delicious food in a comfortable setting. We felt welcomed as though we were a guest in their home.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always good. My tandoori chicken was moist and delicious.

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

Went to Shalimar on Christmas Eve. Absolutely delicious authentic Indian food. Fresh, savory and flavorful! Upscale Indian in a great downtown Ann Arbor location.

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OT
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a wonderful place to eat

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Very tasty meal. Quick service.

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JB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

This is a very fine establishment that is well worth dining in.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was on top of everything. We went for my grandfathers 95th birthday. He has some dietary needs. They met them with no issue. My entire family was raving how things have turned around there.
I’m impressed and I am excited to go back again.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service was terrific! We visited for our anniversary and they even provided us with a special dessert to celebrate!! Highly recommended.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive staff. Excellent food.

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OT
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was so yummy!!! Can’t wait to go back!!

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RF
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Very nice and accommodating staff. Food was good but no exceptional. We had palak paneer and chicken tikka masala as well as a shrimp dish. They all could have been tastier

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LR
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I loved the ease of reservation. Food was food however food is excellent when ordering ala carte. Buffet food lacked freshness to some extent. Service was great. It served our purpose of family get together. They can use more space. Over all we love Shalimar.

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Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

They were having an off night. The service was slow and disorganized and the food was not hot enough.

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MB
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed Shalimar for their Sunday Brunch Buffet. Great value for our family. The wait staff was very attentive.

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A
Detroit
23 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Really good food, attentive waitstaff. The cocktails are OK, but that is not their strength. Really good food is what they are known for.

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JW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We came for a family celebration. The waitstaff was attentive and the food was good for a crowd. We all shared. When I asked, the waiter brought out a birthday treat with a candle. We were impressed!

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s
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my husbands birthday, we had 7 people. The service and food were outstanding. They let me bring in my own Birthday cake. Overall it was a great evening.

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HE
New Orleans
33 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Restaurant opens at noon on Sunday. I was able to make a reservation for 11:30am at Open Table. Waited around outside for a half hour! Not cool. Food excellent. Hot chai cold and weak. Service excellent. Food made it worth the hassle.

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