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The Dhaba

4.7
397 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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
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Additional
Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine
What 397 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.4
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4.5
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Good food but a bit salty...

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

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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3.0Dined 5 days ago

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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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Best chicken Tikka masala I can remember having. Fantastic garlic naan.

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

This place has good east Indian food, but atmosphere is wanting and service was very poor. We were there with friends for dinner. The place was colder than pleasant and drafty, and not terribly quiet, although there is no overarching music or TVs and such to contend with (there was a family with a screeching baby when we were there and that was unpleasant dinner accompaniment but that was not the restaurant's fault). The atmosphere would be more acceptable for a lunch spot. I personally did not like the metal plates, and cups for water, though others might, but If you're looking for good Indian food in that location you can't go wrong on the food if you don't mind the somewhat inattentive service that comes with it.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

The food never disappoints! We love this place and the owners are very nice. They always make sure you enjoy the food.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

I’m a lover of Indian Cuisine. The owner was very kind. It was busy and I was glad we had a reservation. The food was wonderful. The portion size seemed a little small for the price but with a couple of appetizers three of us ate from two entrees. You can choose your heat level 1-10. We did a lower level due to some of the party not able to handle heat. The Mango Lassi was fabulous but I wouldn’t recommend the Masla Chai.

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Great food, Awesome service!! I liked the owner reading my Opentable profile and come talk to me about their wine selection.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Great food and service

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Great food as always. Authentic Indian food selections, good service, excellent place for casual dining.

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5.0Dined on November 20, 2017

Outstanding food

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

Best Indian food ever!!!! My friends who come to visit always ask to go to here. So good!

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2017

Simply Amazing. Worth every penny. Best Indian food around

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

We have searched high and low for great Indian food in Phoenix, and finally found it at the Dhaba. The menu is extensive, featuring Punjabi-style food. We had lamb Korma, chicken tikka Masala, and a spicy eggplant dish. All were absolutely fantastic. The place was crowded early on a Saturday night, so reservations are a must. We will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Very attentive staff and the owners are wonderful hosts. Seated exactly when our reservation was up even though place was filled and had a few people waiting. I can why as the food was the best I’ve had with perfect spice, crisp - chewy naan, sauces that just popped. Best Indian food I’ve had other than at a 6 Star in Bangalore. The Punjabi fusion and northern flair made all the dishes extra tasty. We did our usual Palak paneer and CTM with the curry shrimp but I already want to go back to try other dishes. With proper copper serving dishes this place is worth a little extra as the quality merits it. Nice people and amazing food.

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4.0Dined on October 22, 2017

The food was delicious, and out of the ordinary Indian food.
The service is very spotty, hostess a little stressed out contributing to a less than relaxed atmosphere!
You need a great deal of time reading the menu, as it is extensive to say the least.
The restaurant is in a shabby building, but since we weren’t there for the area it was a dinner then head out of the area.

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2017

Great good! Loved it!!

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2017

I absolutely love how authentic the food here is. I drive all the way from the West side to the East side to eat here. When I go I order everything and eat to my hearts content. The wait staff are so friendly, accommodating and and quick to suggest food options for vegan and vegetarian dishes. When you ask for 10 in terms of heat you WILL get 10! My favorite dish is the fish pakora and the okra dish. Mmmm..... best food ever! If you have to skip the Nan because it’s flower based order the Papadum. It’s a thin, crisp, disc-shaped tort made with gram flour I think or it could be made from chickpea flour. I don’t recall.

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4.0Dined on October 2, 2017

The welcome by the owner is in traditional Indian style, which always adds to experience. We had traditional curry with shrimp and chicken and compare this to 30 years of worldwide Indinan food. Dhaba definitely ranks among the best, espacially for North America where most of the time not all authetic Indian spices are used. I also have to mention the tamarind sauce with the papadum, world class!! In short: if you want authentic Indian food: go to Dhaba!!

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2017

I have never been to an Indian restaurant and it was my boyfriend's birthday and he LOVES Indian food. So I'm looking on restaurant week places and I see this place and I hesitantly book it. Man I am so happy we went here. This place is phenomenal! The ambiance was amazing. The service was so attentive! The food was amazing! There was so much flavor in everything from the sauces to the naan! Everything was fresh! I couldn't even finish half! I would love to come back here again and try more of their food but the options they provided on the restaurant week menu was amazing, I can't imagine what else they have!

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4.0Dined on September 22, 2017

it was good as always, excellent garlic naans and chicken tika masala

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2017

Amazing food, great service and good location. The Dhaba has the best Indian food in town!!

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5.0Dined on September 6, 2017

By far the best Authentic Indian food in Arizona. Be prepare for fresh ingredients and amazing 5star service. The place is small so at time when they are busy it is quite loud I've experience later in the evening it quiets down. Delicious and plenty to take home for left overs too.

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5.0Dined on August 28, 2017

FANTASTIC FOOD! GOOD VALUE. AUTHENTIC! Great customer service. The chef(s) really know what they are doing in the kitchen. Entree's are served piping hot at the right temperature. Thank you so much Chris, for your help in choosing my entree again, as this was my second visit. Your friendly and professional demeanor is very much appreciated. When my friends are in the mood for authentic Indian cuisine, I will definitely suggest this venue! For all new future visitors, no worries......you can adjust the spice level to your liking!

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5.0Dined on August 23, 2017

Excellent food, great customer service, and wonderful ambiance!

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4.0Dined on August 18, 2017

A vegetarian, a picky eater, and three omnivores walk into a restaurant .....

Great selection for all of us, the menu is very authentic, generous portions (we had lunch the next day!). Have been extremely pleased every time we have gone.

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