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About The Dhaba

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.

1874 E. Apache Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85281
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan, Pakistani

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 2:15 pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Cross Street:
Apache/McClintock (lite rail station 25)

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(480) 557-8800

Website:
http://www.the-dhaba.com/

Entertainment:
Live Sitar Music
Friday evenings7-9PM

Parking Details:
All around the stand alone center-Dhaba restaurant and Market place

Additional:
Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine

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The Dhaba Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.6

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Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (7)
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Cozy (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Casual (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Vegan (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Healthy (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Romantic (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Outstanding food

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Simply Amazing. Worth every penny. Best Indian food around

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Romantic, Casual, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Authentic
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great good! Loved it!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Vegan, Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 3, 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!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on September 25, 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!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Spicy, Comfort Food, Authentic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

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

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 7, 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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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 29, 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!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

Excellent food, great customer service, and wonderful ambiance!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 19, 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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 6, 2017

The food here is always fantastic. The chicken tikka masala and saag are our absolute favorites. The thalis are great and a lot of food if you want to try a little of everything. The service is hit or miss. We had to ask 3 times for our drinks and twice for our garlic naan. We just know that when we go there it's definitely for the food and don't stress about the rest.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Surreal experience. Food was unbelievable, service outstanding. Wonderful message and mission. Not from the Phoenix area but will find time to return every time we visit.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Always fantastic and truly authentic food! I live in Uptown Phoenix and rarely drive to the East Valley. This is worth the drive. I took someone here for the first time, and they loved it. They had chicken curry and I order the Lamb Vindaloo on most visits, I love a good 8 or 9 level of spice. Rice pudding is a must for dessert.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2017

One of my favorite places to eat. Great atmosphere and delicious food. Amazing vegetarian options as well. I frequently have business meetings here and everyone wants to return.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 27, 2017

The food was amazing as always. Service is always friendly, and you never feel rushed through the meal.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We had a feast of amazing Punjabi authentic cuisine. Excellent service!

Tags: Vegan, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Per the norm, the cuisine was absolutely delicious and the wait-staff was friendly!

Tags: Spicy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raum Frankfurt)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Nice food, Good Service. Not as big, Reserve a table

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 27, 2017

We went for Restaurant Week. This is an quiet gem in Tempe. The food was amazing! The service was quick. An upscale Indian atmosphere made it perfect for a quiet and intimate date. I would recommend this to those who enjoy Indian food or those who are looking for a nice date spot!!

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Dhaba is usually our favorite Indian restaurant. Today, service was spotty, and the food Luke warm.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 29, 2017

We had a very good Indian meal especially the Vindaloo was great. We have been there before but this was the best meal yet.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Vegan
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Had a casual dinner here with a friend. Food was excellent, service very good. We ordered 2 dishes and a biryani rice and had plenty of leftovers. Spice level 4/10 was perfect! It had been many years since we'd been here and we forgot how amazing the food is....hopefully we will be able to return again without such a long time between visits.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Delicious and authentic, this is a great place to go when you're craving Indian food. There may be some variability from night to night in terms of the spiciness scale (that is a "4" on a ten point scale may be mildly spicy one night and a bit more spicy the next time), but the food is delicious every time! Enjoy!!

Tags: Spicy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Casual, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 10, 2017

the price was high for the value. the advertisement in Arizona Magazine gave the impression that the restaurant was more formal and high end, which it was not.
the numerous dining stickers on the front door were not appealing, nor helpful.
the dishes we had seemed to have too much ginger.
the wait staff was good and eager to please.

Tags: Spicy
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 9, 2017

A must try! This is our favorite Indian restaurant in Arizona! The BEST food...especially the saag and chicken tikka masala! The service is good and friendly. They have an extensive menu that includes many vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. They get busy during evenings so reservations are recommended.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 8, 2017

The staff was very friendly! The food was excellent!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Service was good. The Dhaba was willing to make a dish that wasn't on the menu. Tasty Punjabi fare. Reasonable wine list.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Calgary)·Dined on March 11, 2017

The food is incredibly delicious. The service is fantastic. The atmosphere is peaceful and lovely. A very authentic dining experience. We will be back again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Had our table ready and waiting for us. Extremely attentive service and very good food. Will definitely go back next time I'm in town.

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 7, 2017

Meal was excellent. Kept it vegetarian. The okra and vegetable korma were our favs but it was all good. Server/hostess were helpful and attentive. Best Indian food we have had in a long while. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Spicy, Outstanding Value, Quick Bite, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 6, 2017

Sat for 10 minutes and no-one acknowledged us. I had to get up and ask for drinks. Horrible service.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Consistently good food. Service is alway good. Better to make a reservation as it's quite small.chicken Marsala is best I've ever had. Very helpful if your not sure what to order.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 25, 2017

We love this place best Indian food in all
Of Phoenix

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 19, 2017

The food was delicious, service friendly & helpful. Worth the drive, & a return visit. Recommend to all who enjoy Indian food.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Fun, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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