The Blue Taj

4.6
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616 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian

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Good Vegetarian Options
Located in Ballantyne Village, The Blue Taj is a groundbreaking restaurant serving Indian Cuisine and a much needed and welcome addition to Charlotte’s dining scene. The Décor at The Blue Taj is chic and modern, yet very cozy and eclectic. There are four themed dining areas to keep the excitement going for each time you visit. A chic wine cellar also graces the floor of the restaurant where vast and popular selections of wines are stored in a good temperature and humidity controlled environment. The Bubble Bar is open nightly to fix your craving for exciting combination of both signature and innovative cocktails and refreshingly sparkling and other popular wines by the glass. The Blue Taj is also a lunch destination in a very popular location. The ample selections of lunch offerings are sure to please business and mainstream diners alike. The Blue Taj is also available for private events and parties of various sizes.
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GJ
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food is always excellent, best ever! The noise level was deafening, we could not carry a simple conversation, the table next to us was so loud and the restaurant acoustics in the section we were sat were very poor. We usually sit outside when we visit, this time we sat in the far narrow section that is against the back wall and near the kitchen, never sitting there again. We did ask to move, they were so busy, nothing was available. Management was good about things and our service was also great.

AP
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined at Blue Taj many times over the years, but this was our first visit with our whole family for Sunday buffet. It exceeded our expectations! The food was delicious, hot, and had a good variety for both meat and nonmeat eaters, as well as varying spice levels. The staff was attentive and friendly, and we never had to wait for more naan or water refills. The restaurant is unique and beautiful, and I would highly recommend trying their buffet! We will be back.

MS
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Our favorite Indian restaurant. Food very good as usual. Some vegetables with the tandoori chicken would have been appreciated. Service was prompt, a little too prompt at the end of the meal. Server brought boxes for leftovers before my wife had finished her dinner.

JB
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was amazing, will go back very soon

RS
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Service has declined since we were last there. Probably won't go back soon.

SB
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about Blue Taj!

m
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Addictively delicious. The garlic naan never disappoints

MS
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Great food with a friendly and professional staff.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with a friend to relive an evening in London! Had tickets to see Downton Abbey and was running late. Placed order over the phone and food was delivered to the table within a minute or two after seating! Highly impressive!!
Will definitely be back!!

OT
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each time I go to this restaurant I am not sure if the food is better or the experience because both are amazing. The staff is sooo friendly, easy going, and fun. They are happy to have you put down your menu and just talk to them so they can help design a meal that is exactly what you are in the mood for. TAKE ADVANTAGE of that skill and customer service. This charm works for them for all age groups too. I first brought my daughter when she was 6 and she was so excited that the adults at the restaurant noticed her and valued her input that it was an immediate favorite. I am also a celiac so to have a place with so many options and people that are familiar with providing a gluten-free, non cross-contaminated meal - I am so grateful. Food & Flavor - WIN, Fun environment - WIN, Groups or family - WIN, Meal prices - WIN

K
Charlotte
79 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is excellent and made just as ordered. Waitpersons were a little slow the night we went (a Sunday) but we still got in and out as we needed. I cannot stress just how good this food is. My husband and I are vegetarians and we often struggle to find good places to eat. This one never disappoints.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious lamb curry and bread!!!

G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of favorite repeats. We’ve been going for several years. Love the manager he is always greeting us with a smile and the servers are always attentive.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Blue Taj has the best scallop dish I’ve had in the CLT area. The curry leaf scallops are my favorite and I order them every time we go.

j
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was outstanding, food was hot (temp), and spiced perfectly.
Could not leave without a to go box as a lot of food, and added an extra sauce, as its probably one of the best Tikka Marsala sauces I have ever had.
Overall the location is nice, and the inside well decorated.

Y
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience3

0 for service
One of server was rude and never came back once food was served

Food was very good though

WL
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We’ve been to The Blue Taj many times and have always had a nice experience and the food has always been wonderful. Our most recent experience, this past Sunday still had the wonderful food but it was not at all the nice experience. I’ve never had a server act towards a table of guests as this one did.
1. When asked what spice level I would like when I ordered (as someone who is obviously pregnant and didn’t want too spicy I asked for level 1 - I’ve eaten here several times and know how the spice levels work), I was basically told no by the sever, that that isn’t what I wanted. Please don’t tell me what I would like, and don’t ask me if you’re not going to take my answer.
2. My husband was asked what he would like and ordered only (also) to bed told that wasn’t what he wanted, that he should order something else. If you’re out of the item, understandable (or if you don’t think it’s good enough for a customer to order, then take it off your menu) but no explanation was given. He was just told no, “you don’t want that” and had to pick something else.
3. There was an obvious urgency to collect the checks, which were brought to us well before we were finished with our meal, and the server stood and waited for us to provide a card and stood and waited for us to sign to immediately take the checks to run them - very uncomfortable.
4. After the checks were brought to us to pay, while my husband was starting his dessert, the server came up and took his dessert back with no real explanation of why, just that it “wasn’t right.” About 5 minutes later he brought it back (exact same piece as you could see where my husband had taken about 1 1/2 bites) and we could tell it had been popped in the microwave to soften it a bit as apparently the issue was that it wasn’t thawed enough. A simple explanation would have made a big difference here.

N
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We were at the Sunday Buffet. The appetizers were great - good selection and well prepared. The rest of the dishes were blah, fairly mediocre. Service was terrible. We had to ask three waiters for Naan bread before we got them.

S
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always!

SA
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time eating there and it was just as good as my first time eating there! Everything is excellent!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was delicious food!

OT
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food Vegan options are available.

OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

I hadn’t dined here in a few years, but loved the food from that time. However, I invited a work team to dinner here recently and experienced less than mediocre food, the server couldn’t recommend any favorites and one of our meals wasn’t the right dish we’d ordered. When we brought it to our servers attention she simply shrugged her shoulders. We didn’t reorder in the interest of time, but this is not at all how I recall previous meals.

OT
Charlotte
31 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great great great

J
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food it's Excellent as well the Service . Love the place and
something very important they are NOT in the list of
the Restaurants week. We do not like Restaurant week at all.
Restaurant week is for people that never goes out and when
they do they reviews are horrible because they do not know
how to eat .

AK
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Indian food with great ambience and service. Highly recommend.

A
Charlotte
28 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have never had a bad experience at The Blue Taj. The meal and the service were impeccable!

MV
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always have high quality Indian food at Blue Taj. We were seated promptly and our server came to us right after we were seated.

SP
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best Indian cuisine in Charlotte for sure. Food and drink is always consistent.

CC
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Indian food in Charlotte. The buffet on Sunday is always wonderful. Highly recommended.

S
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious as always. The best Indian food around. Love the ambiance and everyone is very friendly.

MC
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They always deliver the best experience and food in town .

DP
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Nan is too thick like a hamburger buns.
Bhindi masala was horrible. Okra was not at all cut into pieces. Paneer was not cooked properly.

u
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was perfect. Spice was right on point with our requests. Only slight issue was the servers not completely understanding english. Our dessert order was incorrect, but not a big issue and a request for an additional drink was not filled.
On the whole, though, these were not enough to prevent us from wanting to return.

SM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Would’ve preferred indoor seating but couldn’t reserve on Open Table. Food ok. Servers slow and unwelcoming. Outdoor table overlooking parking garage.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and service was great!!

LS
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The absolute best Indian cuisine in Charlotte. Delicious food, great service. If only I lived closer to them.

SC
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is spectacular and the service is fabulous. Highly recommend.

b
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great as usual

OT
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has quickly become my wife and I favorite spot to dine out. If you like Indian food, I would highly recommend coming here for dinner!