The Maharaja

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$30 and under
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Located in a heart of Harvard Square, The Maharaja is the Top Indian restaurant in Boston/Cambridge. The Maharaja serves an authentic Indian cuisine in a stunning setting, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking bustling Harvard Square.

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BP
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent buffet lunch, excellent Indian food!! Perfect for our multi-generation group on a Sunday before a theater performance at the Loeb.

l
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent range of choice, best dishes very fine indeed, especially for the price. Two of our favorites are dal makhani and lamb saag. Wine list very modest but adequate. Service very attentive but not intrusive. Table layout attractive--not close-packed like many Cambridge restaurants--with a great many along the plate glass windows on two sides. Altogether one of our current favorite Cambridge dining options.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible very poor quality food
Terrible
Nerves again

The Maharaja
Responded 3 days ago

We are sorry you did not have a good experience when dining with us. We will pass these comments along to our staff and we hope to see you in the future.

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A
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

it was solid north indian food. Nothing special but good if you're in the mood for indian, are in a large group, and/or looking for not too expensive dining experience

EG
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had my friend’s birthday dinner there and loved it! The food was fantastic!!! We’ll definitely be back.

C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great Cambridge institution! The food is great, authentic, fresh indian cuisine. The large picture windows and perch on the 2nd floor make it a perfect spot to people watch in picturesque Harvard Square whie you enjoy a wonderful meal!

l
New England
46 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food with great regional variety and many dishes to select from for vegetarian and non vegetarian foodies!

Y
Nashville
18 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 5

We wanted to like the food, but it was just bland. Being Indian, I have been to numerous Indian restaurants, but this was the worst. Absolutely no taste at all to the food... no seasoning. Perhaps if we had ordered off of the menu instead of the buffet, we could have specified the spice level. BLAND food.

l
New England
20 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best of the 12-15 Boston area Indian restaurants we’ve visited in a 30-year period. Good service, diverse menu, excellent value, pleasant ambiance. We definitely plan to return and recommend.

d
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Bad food i want my money back. The chicken was burnt and all other food was cold as hell

The Maharaja
Responded on September 10, 2019

We are very sorry that you did not enjoy your meal. We wish that you would have contacted a manager during your visit to help remedy the situation. We hope to see you again in the future

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JW
New England
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place never disappoints! Have only been for dinner, but enjoy it every time.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Nice night. Great food. Kind people.

H
New England
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic tasting Indian food. Nice ambience. Great waiting staff.

MW
New England
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I really appreciated their accommodating my requests both for a quiet area and for a window. Our waiter was friendly but seemed pretty inexperienced, kept sort of half clearing the table.

ES
New England
26 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food here is quite good, with several offerings not found in other Indian restaurants. Tandoori salmon is moist, flavorful, perfectly seasoned. Accompanying dal is great, tho would have like a few more side veggies.
Hara Bhara Kabob is excellent, unusual green (from spinach) patties w a bit of heat.
Love the light, airy space, excellent second-story view of Harvard Square.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good experience. Good food and accommodating staff. One of the best Indian cuisine restaurants in the area.

F
Montreal
11 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were thrilled with the Maharaja. We had a crazy plane ride to Boston, with a last minute cancellation by the airline and a scramble. The restaurant moved our time, the service was perfect, the drinks delicious, the food wonderful. The price was actually great! I wish I lived close to it , my husband and I would go often.

HS
New England
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. I recommend the table near the window.

OT
New England
53 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The Maharaja is a a first class Indian restaurant. Superb food. Not to be missed.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Overall it was good experience but if I would have not seen a big black fly next to my table than could have given 5/5!!

KS
New England
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value, extensive Gluten Free menu, innovative cocktails. Will come again!

m
New England
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food is always delicious but the service could use some improvements. Waitress very nice but at times it was really hard to get anyone to come over to the table.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The samosas were amazing, dough was light and crispy.

FM
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great variety & quality of Indian cuisine overlooking Harvard Square

H
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff and management are lovely and work hard to make sure the dinner is enjoyable. The curry is delicious!

JH
Salt Lake City
24 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great buffet, great views of the square below

FJ
New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved it! Kids loved it- better than we’ve had in London.

TJ
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

B
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Great ambiance and location. The veggie samosas were excellent. From there the food went downhill. Sadly, the worst Indian food I have had since I have been in Boston. There was very little flavor, minimal spice even though I ordered medium spiciness, and the peshwari naan was very bland. I won't be back.

SD
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don't change a thing! You are one of the few restaurants in the area that understand what a dining experience should be. The service is always good, but not hurried. The noise level is perfect. Food, consistently good.

Thank you! Sheila Dillon

B
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place! We just moved back to Boston and have an obsession with Indian food and this place was fabulous! We will be back many times over😍

DB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was good.
The service was quick and friendly.
The food was very good. And there were good sized portions.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and amazing food!

J
New England
16 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Impeccable service with nicely dressed tables (white starched tablecloths, shiny silver, and sparkling glasses) to set the mood for seriously delicious, though slightly over-priced dinners, in this authentic gem located in the heart of Harvard Square.

RA
London
16 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Curry’s we had chicken tika masala and Goan fish curry were superb. Home made and very fresh. Prices are reasonable and there were lots of Asian people dining in to - a very diverse clientele in fact.

Worth a trip If in the neighborhood. Well above average all round.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their weekend buffet is widespread and very delicious. A must have !

JD
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great little Indian place to eat that I would enjoy a casual lunch or a more formal dinner at. The only down point was being seated in the direct sun. Maybe some shades on the windows that will also allow you to see out during Sunday midday lunches? Excellent food, friendly service. Clean & modern.

DI
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Would be nice to get better wines at the same time

l
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Overall OK, but basic Indian food should be much better. Chicken Masala is so dry even if swimming in the sauce. Dessert not really good and only 2 on the buffet.

OT
New England
53 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

High quality Indian food served in a very pleasant dining room. Not to be missed.

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