The Dhaba

4.6
421 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
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  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Good Vegetarian Options
The embodiment of food in the spirit of the nation is an integral part of its identity. Our Dhaba is the embodiment of Punjabi food and Punjab – a state that has been the envy of the nation (India). In India and Pakistan, highways are dotted with local restaurants popularly known as ‘Dhabas’, providing local cuisine and serving as stops for truck drivers. Dhabas are traditionally characterized by casual seating on cots (called chaarpai in Hindi) and food prepared in clay ovens (tandoor). Over time Dhabas have come to define a culture, centered on food. Real Punjabi has been influenced by the diverse culinary cultures of Persia, Afghanistan and Central Asia. Punjab provided a conduit to caravans from Bukhara, Kabul & Kashmir. The wonderful frontier foods intertwined with the rich stream of Hindu, Sikh, Pathan, Muslim and Kashmiri migrants enriched the Punjabi cuisine.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan, Pakistani
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 2:15 pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00 pm – 8:15 pm
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Phone number
(480) 557-8800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Apache/McClintock (lite rail station 25)
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Parking details
All around the stand alone center-Dhaba restaurant and Market place
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Entertainment
Live Sitar Music
Friday evenings7-9PM
Additional
Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine
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Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really good food in a quaint little place.

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Phoenix
57 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We LOVE the Dhaba, time and again we head to this Tempe gem. OK it is not much to look at but the food is great and the owners are wonderful. If you want traditional great Indian food, go there!!

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SB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

I’ve even BEEN to India and this is hands down the best Indian food I’ve even eaten. If you know regional cuisine, this is Punjabi. Just incredible food. We’ve been several times and have loved everything. Although basic, the Palak Paneer (spinach with cheese cubes) is amazing! The fresh ginger on top is a great add. Can’t go wrong with the Korma’s or vinadloo either!

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JA
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food at the Dhaba never disappoints. This visit, the service wasn't as good as it usually is.

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Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food

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DW
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Overall good experience- menu is extensive and staff is friendly. I will definitely return in the future.

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LK
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Dhaba has AWESOME vegan food!!! We absolutely love this place, with such friendly and attentive employees and owners.

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A
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Since you have asked, I will tell you my honest opinion The place has a very cozy setting and very polite service. I ordered your non vegetarian thali to get a veriaty of taste, and I was very disappointed. The chicken tikka was very hard and dry ( like it had been microwaved several times) with no taste and the lamb currry was very salty. I couldn’t enjoy even finishing 1/3 of my meal. Left a good tip mainly for the service. Now I wish I had mentioned it to the chef. But any way, now you know.

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OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing food! We were caught off guard. Honestly, we weren't expecting much but thought we'd give it a try. As an Indian, I can say that these guys nailed the flavor. The portions on the thali was a plentiful. The staff were super nice and made sure we were catered for. Only thing to say is, don't be a hero with spice levels : 7-8 is pretty spicy.

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SJ
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The Sarson ka saag was very salty. The kofta curry was ok but not outstanding. The samosas were excellent!!!

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GE
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far best Indian (Punjab) cuisine my wife and I have encountered in the Valley of the Sun! Taking advantage of Restaurant Week, we were able to thoroughly enjoy a both esthetic and flavorful, if not flamboyant trip to India within The Dhaba’s culinary and décor environment! The moment you arrive, you are struck by their museum-like front displaying glass encased ornaments, clothing and more such as kurtis with Phulkari – and exhibited are Indian Auto Rickshaws showing both incredible intricate hand-made design and real wear! And, the as you enter the front door, you set foot into a very traditional &very authentic environment seeming to take you back in time to Raj also known as the British India period! Keep in mind this area of the world dates its heritage and cuisine to the Indus Valley Civilization (dating as far back as 1900 BCE). This Northern Indian Cuisine which boasts Pakistani influences (Pakistan borders Punjab) drives its influence in their incredible foods. Both my wife and I enjoyed everything we tried, quite a bit. The prices are very reasonable, considering the hefty portions they dish (which in many instances will require boxes for take-home!), and the quality and adherence to authenticity The Dhaba offers. Regarding the food, starting with my wife’s white wine and I a large bottle of Taj Mahal Beer, we then took the opportunity to try starting with their: Samosa Plate (very refreshing and unique salad), freshly baked Naan Bread; my wife had the Cashmiri Chicken Tikka Masala (chicken breast marinated in traditional spices and yogurt and prepared in a Tandoori) while I had the exquisite &tender rendition of the Lamb Curry (lamb cubes with Dhaba spices) we finished off with deserts of Badami Kheer a wonderful Indian Rice Pudding, and I had the Gulab Gamun (spongy milky balls in rose syrup! Again, by far the best we’ve had in the area. Highly recommended to Aficionádos and newbies to Punjab alike! Bon appétit from Gástro Ecléctico.

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Phoenix
81 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We went to experience the restaurant week menu. It had already been out a week but there was still some confusion with the staff.
The menu was confusing as we had to make selections per table not per guest. It included wine which we didn’t want but no price reduction or substitution was offered.

The food was good. I prefer not so saucy dishes but none were offered on the restaurant week menu.

The bill came and an additional 18% marked S.C. Was added.
We assumed it was gratuity so didn’t leave any additional. Unfortunate for them. Gratuity should be a gift for good service not an added charge. Especially for two people.
They shortchanged themselves in the end.

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RA
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our first time but we will be back. we both ordered the daily specials of chicken and fish. Both were great. Very nicely spiced. We lived in Africa and are used to highly spiced Indian food and this was great. The plain Nan was great. I noted on Yelp that the garlic Nan is a hit. We will order that next time. So glad we have found an authentic Indian restaurant with proper spices.

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Phoenix
301 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious! Authentic! Fresh! Great service. Comfortable, simple, and relaxing ambiance. You can choose your spice level folks, so don't be afraid to give this place a try.

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JD
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Some of the best quality Indian food I have eaten including in India... and I am from India. Tasty, and well presented

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JM
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, gracious service, fair price, definitely would return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Best in PHX

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JT
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Dhaba is always amazing, best Indian food around.

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b
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot for Indian food. Curries were rich and spicy. There was a good selection of beers from around the world. Been there before and will return when back in the Tempe area.

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Phoenix
301 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Such great and authentic Indian food properly served at the correct temperature, which is hot as it should be, and very fresh! Service was terrific and the staff is very friendly here. I come here on rotation periodically because I know to expect the best and that I won't be disappointed. You can adjust the spiciness level to your liking people, so don't be scared to try this place and give it a chance!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Highly recommend for the food and the environment.

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In town on business. Great Food/ Great Service. We look fwd to going again on our next trip to AZ.

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Q
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time my friends come into town, it’s a must to go to The Dhaba! Best Indian food around!

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food but a bit salty...

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KN
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Tried this spot for the first time. Was a little concerned about the location, but fears were put to rest with the first bite. Think about making a reservation on Open Table. Gets crowded after 12:00 noon (at least on this Sunday).
PRO’s:
• Extensive menu
• Love that you can pick your spice level between (1-10)
• Service was excellent (friendly staff)
• Little Indian store/market attached with many authentic spices and ingredients
• We had Samosas, Chicken Tikka Masala, Chana Palak, Garlic Naan, Chai. All EXCELLENT!
CON’s:
• No weekend buffet
• Water was “room” temperature
• A little on the pricey side for lunch

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Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I love this place, it’s my first choice for Indian food. Although on this trip my naan was brought out when near to last bite and some of the edges were not cooked. The chole was not as flavorful as usual. I will continue to frequent the restaurant, we all have bad days now and then.

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C
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was better than your everyday Indian food but not by much. I will say that the bread was beautiful and fresh which definitely isn't the standard for most Indian places it seems. I also had a rose lassie which was very interesting and good. Oh and the tandoori chicken, most places don't seem to have that on the menu so I got it and was pleased. Other than that, pretty standard food-wise.
Price was fair for the most part. 13 bucks or something for a curry, that's not bad. The chaat was fairly priced too. Maybe the gulab jamun (5 bucks for 4 tiny balls) was a bit high but im at work here
I guess my main complaint was the service. Menus were dropped off then taken back without even asking and we hadn't looked at it yet. The woman taking our order was getting our orders confused then getting mad at my sister for some reason. Immediately there was a problem because I asked if she for my open table points, I normally don't ask but it seemed to me that she was looking for my name but not finding it. So to be safe I ask and she says "you have to tell me or else how will I know." "I did tell you....." and on we went. Jus poor communication was the problem. You could tell they were trying to have good waitstaff and to be fine dining but on the service side, they really just didn't meat that.

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W
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Dhaba is consistently one of the best restaurants in Phoenix, and one of the best Indian restaurants I’ve found anywhere in the US. They get busy, so a reservation is definitely the right way to go.

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Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

You go to The Dhaba for the food. And the food is great. The restaurant is not fancy and the ambiance is average at best, but the food and service is excellent!

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VI
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We arrived much too hungry and over ordered. The meat tandoori oven wasn’t working but this only helped us narrow our choices. The okra was excellent, as was the lamb. And the veggie assorted starter tray. Delicious. Good thing we had to bike back to our hotel - very slowly with such a full belly. I’d go again when in Tempe.

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JC
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is fantastic and the people who own it are really nice and want you to have the best experience possible.

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C
Phoenix
94 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My family and I thought that this was much more “authentic” and varied Indian than you find elsewhere in the Valley. It gets high marks on Yelp - and deserves them.

It is a very small restaurant with an extremely large menu. The waitress was very precise in asking us each for our level of spice that we wanted — I chose 3, and it was a bit too spicy for me — but I’m a “lightweight!” My wife and son each ordered “5” and it was perfect for them.

The restaurant offers great value and a wide range of dishes. It’s not fancy by any means, but you will feel comfortable there.

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LJ
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We came from Tucson to see a show at the ASU Gammage theater and this was an ideal pre-show restaurant for us. The food was better than any Indian restaurants we've tried in Tucson, and the family-run ambiance was perfect for our 2-family group of six. It's a small, intimate place and we were lucky to get a seat without a reservation by coming early.

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KS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

AS I WALKED UP TO THE UNASSUMING STORE FRONT, I WONDERED TO MYSELF IF I HAD MISREAD THE POSITIVE REVIEWS. HOWEVER, I HAD NO NEED TO WORRY. FROM THE MOMENT THE GRACIOUS HOST SEATED ME, UNTIL I REVIEWED THE EXTENSIVE AND VARIED MENU, I KNEW I WAS IN FOR A TREAT. I FOCUSED ON VEGETARIAN DISHES THIS VISIT, AND I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED. I ORDERED A SPINACH/MUSHROOM DISH, AND A RED BEAN/TOMATO SAUCE DISH, BOTH MEDIUM HEAT, AND THE FLAVORS WERE ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! THE COMPLEMENTARY NAN BREAD WITH GARLIC WAS DELICIOUS. THE BEST MEAL ANYWHERE THAT I HAVE HAD FOR QUITE AWHILE, AND THE BEST INDIAN CUISINE I HAVE EVER HAD. I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL I CAN COME BACK FOR ANOTHER VISIT AND SAMPLE OTHER DISHES.

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Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just doesn’t get any better than this place! And I’m a very picky hard to please customer. I’ve already been back 9X.
Consistent high quality food and friendly service!

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WB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our first time trying Indian cuisine... and let me tell you that we had an amazing experience tasting all the delicious food! Her and I are in love with the place. The service was stellar as well.

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EW
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food. Awesome service. Just plain damn Awesome! Loved this place.

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The appetizers were excellent our main courses where good. Next time I’ll try the curry.

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J
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! We don't eat Indian anywhere else.

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We were seated right away thanks to our reservation which was nice because otherwise there was a decent wait. Service was slow, it was hard to get drinks and refills; the place was loud but modern and trendy inside. The food was on the good side of average and pricey compared to other Indian restaurants.

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