Taj Mahal Homestyle Indian and Pakistani Cuisine

4.9
139 Reviews
$30 and under
Indian

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Good Vegetarian Options
Family style, made from scratch Indian and Pakistani cuisine. The Best in Boise and the Northwest. Everything is prepared by one chef. You can expect an extensive beer selection with micro-brews, IPA"s, Porters, and international favorite. Over 40 to choose from at any given day. You can expect food made from scratch to your liking, and entree's you won't find anywhere else. Expect spices to be cooked right when you order them, an extensive Vegan and Vegetarian selection. Expect a good time at an amazing location in the heart of Downtown Boise with an owner operated business. We have a lunch buffet everyday that allows for a quick lunch. If you're coming in for dinner, we hope you're not in a rush, our beers and wines are here for you to relax because the cost of home-style food is a bit longer wait time. The freshness and flavors of our dinner are meant to be savored and explored. We look forward to your visit!
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OpenTable Diner
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome; plan on staying for a while, whereas everything is fresh and from scratch (made by order)... This is an experience rather than just a regular meal...

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rickj
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great dishes. Flavor on point. Prices in appropriate range for quality.

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KipL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and atmosphere. Will be back!! Locally-owned

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JulieG
Boise
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Such delicious food, I crave it!

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AlleeB
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love going to Taj Mahal because the food is delicious and it's great for an intimate date or a group of friends.

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GeneT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, atmosphere, and experience. The leftovers were even amazing. We will definitely go back.

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PamC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very good food although we ordered too spicy. Not the restaurants fault.
Would recommend and go again!

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vipquiet
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A very nice evenibg for all of us. Lamb curry was especially good. Hostess and server were attentive and efficient and the owner/ manager greeted guests at each table. We look forward to our next visit.

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ChristopherM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The Taj is one of the finest Indian/Pakistani restaurants my wife and I have ever eaten at. And we eat at them all over the world. Boise is so lucky to have this extraordinary restaurant.

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vipDeAnnaS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service. Thanks for all the clearly marked vegan options!!

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vipkerrye
Boise
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love this place! The food is delicious and authentic, the ambiance is comfortable and cozy, and the owners are kind, genuine people who care about providing a great experience for their customers. I particularly like the curries here (definitely try the goat Karahi) and I’m also a fan of the Alu Gobi (cauliflower and potato dish). Lunchtime buffet is aways easy and fast; if you go for dinner, be aware that because everything is made from scratch, meals aren’t always so fast. But the wait is worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We ended up waiting for an hour before our order was taken. One of our servers kept misunderstanding what we asked for. This resulted in lots of waiting for things, getting an extra drink we didn’t ask for (but got charged for), and not what we needed. They promised us gluten free naan only to not have it. We weren’t checked in with at all- we always had to try to get their attention. We watched other tables who had gotten there after us be served before we did. Overall, the experience was disappointing. Two hours, over priced (but decent) food, and poor service. We won’t be coming here again.

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vipMacallan
Boise
15 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

How in the world can this place get ANY 4-5 star ratings? It was bad from start to finish. First off, the waiter mixed up my drink order with the table next to me. I was sitting alone and the other table had four patrons. She tried to serve me their four drinks. I waited a long time to order and waited a long time to get served. I ordered the Lamb Biryani for $22! which had two tiny chunks of lamb in a huge pile of well-seasoned, but very dry rice. I ordered naan bread that after being told several times was about to be served, I was told that there was an oven problem. They brought it as I was finishing. I said I didn’t want it but they insisted that I ordered it and that I had to pay for it. Alrighty, then. To top it off, had to listen to the patron next to me order Stevia five times from three different staff over a period of 30-45 minutes only to be told Equal was all they had. She settled for sugar about an hour into that request. So, in a betel nut shell, don’t bother with this place.

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vipStevenK
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For ethnic fare, our go-to first choice is always Indian cuisine. We've been fortunate enough to enjoy fine Indian fare in London, Mumbai and several stateside restaurants, however it would be pretty tough to top Boise's Taj Mahal. The food was simply amazing. This is a family operation and everything is apparently cooked from scratch, lovingly, perfectly. The home-made onion na'an bread was off-the charts divine. Not to be missed if Indian/Pakistani cuisine is a top choice of yours.

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AngieF
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food was good, although the service was very slow and when our food was brought to the table it was just randomly placed without thought or knowing which person the food belonged to.

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JessicaW
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner welcomed us, offered a little background, gave recommendations, and was very gracious. The food was excellent, and I had plenty of leftovers to take home. The location right downtown is great! We will return again!

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LARRYH
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall1food4service4ambience3

Food was significantly over priced, 20 bucks for 4 tiny pieces of chicken in a tasty sauce is an unreasonable price. I will not be back unless forced to go.

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vipRyanA
Boise
46 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. Our go to place when dining in Boise.

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Leslie
Boise
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Always consistently great food. Never disappointed.

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SeanR
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

I felt bad for our server...someone must have not shown up to work or the owner is too cheap to hire more staff. We waited over an hour and a half for our food and missed the beginning of an important concert. Love the food but this was a terrible experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Boise
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must try; exceptional!

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MarkL
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and wonderful food. Can have a group conversation given the atmosphere. Will definitely eat here again.

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Travelswithcharlie
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Authentic fare excellently prepared. The owner Sohail and his son Taj worked the front of the house with a friendly style. I am sorry that I live in Florida and cannot enjoy the experience again soon. I recommend without reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing at all levels! A must for Boise!!

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OpenTable Diner
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and our server was entertaining and informative. We'll definitely be returning.

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ChristinaA
Boise
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fabulous authentic food! Amazing! Lots of great choices on the menu. Best India food in Boise. Good beer choices on the menu while wine selection limited.

Restaurant upper level across from Ruth’s Chris and next to the Balcony bar so lots of street activity but being inside restaurant on 2nd level takes you away from that (or you can sit in their outdoor patio area to be near the action).

Will definitely go back !

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PiningForDiningInCT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food here is consistently delicious and authentic; the owner and staff committed to making sure you enjoy your meal. An under-appreciated gem in the heart of Boise!

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OpenTable Diner
Boise
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Indian I’ve had almost anywhere

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vipnikki
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

So yummy. We really enjoyed our meal. Really great flavors and textures. We will be back soon and often.

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ILIKEGOODFOOD
Boise
15 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good Indian restaurant. Normally, Indian food is heavy but this restaurant has comfortable size and lite taste, still comfortable spicy if you order medium spicy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Indian in Boise.

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RichardS
Boise
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, Friendly service, large portions. Setting feels authentic. Makes for a fun evening. The owner spends significant time at customer tables.

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ChristopherM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Taj Mahal is hands down the best and most authentic Indian/Pakistani restaurant in Idaho. The service can be slow, but that is because each dish is personally attended to by the master chef and co-owner (with her husband). We have eaten at Indian restaurants all over the United States and England. This one ranks among the top few.

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vipRyanA
Boise
46 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food was outstanding. It is so nice to have a great Indian food restaurant inBoise. The service however while nice people it was really slow like they had not served food before. Go when you have plenty of time. But be prepared to eat delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
Boise
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to many, many Indian restaurants and this is one of the best.

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vipgabruce
Denver
178 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Superb Meal and Extensive Beer list! Everything about Taj Mahal exceeds expectations, with the exception of the wine list...but the beer list is quite extensive and unique! I would have given it a 5/5 stars overall if the wines stood up to the beer list and the incredibly flavorful and well prepared food!! Excellence is an understatement where the food is concerned! I'll be back!

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vipDanB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I was charged $16 total for 2 beers that were 11 ounces each. When I asked if that was a mistake, I was told it was, and that I was charged for the large bottles; but I was still charged $13 total for the 2 beers. They were not an exotic brand, and I have never paid that much for beer outside of a sporting event.
That was not the only negative. I noticed 2 separate people at 2 other tables had to ask for a box and the bill. The service was terrible, and it was not that crowded. We waited 15 minutes after being seated before being ask about drinks or appetizers. It took an hour plus before any food came. When it did come it was bread only, real food was 10-15 minutes later. I believe the food goes best with the bread, and it also helps to have it with the meal when it's hot (15 minutes later it's not hot-and we were so hungry it was gone). The portions were a bit small, with little meat in our lamb dish.

It was a very bad experience, and I would never go back. I recommend skipping this place, unless you have time and money to throw away.

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OpenTable Diner
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I rated one star only because it was required. What I wanted to say was that we made the reservation, the web site said they were open, but, alas, when we got there the door was locked and the lights were out. It was Monday, Dec 19, so holiday breaks are common-but so are lunches to recognize great employees, which was what I was trying to do.

Went to Wild Root instead -- 5 stars!

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Picky
Boise
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food here is absolutely awesome! The combinations that are offered and the spices and flavors of the dishes are just great! Do yourself a favor and eat here soon.

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vipLorrainp
Boise
29 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was our first time at the downtown restaurant and we were both very impressed with the food. We both had different curries and both were delicious! The heat level was exactly as requested. We will definitely be back!

FAQs

Taj Mahal Homestyle Indian and Pakistani Cuisine offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (208) 473-7200.

Taj Mahal Homestyle Indian and Pakistani Cuisine is rated 4.9 stars by 139 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.