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The Maharaja

4.5
455 Reviews
$30 and under
Indian
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 455 people are saying
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PratikP
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was very nice. It was my dads birthday and the staff sang him happy birthday which was very sweet of them to do.

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MaryY
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite Indian restaurant bar none. Always delicious and the view on to Harvard Square is always amusing

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RickyG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My parents and fiancée were looking for a casual meal in Harvard Sq. and found the perfect spot at Maharaja on a Sunday evening. Our waiter was clearly new, but very attentive and got ample support from management to give us great service. We ordered the fish pakora, which was light and flaky on the inside and fried to perfection on the outside. For mains, we had shrimp chettinad, goat curry and my favorite chicken tikka masala. I am Indian and I don’t care that tikka masala was made for the Brits, it is delicious and with fresh naan there is nothing better. The sauces were all distinctive in flavor which is where many Indian restaurants go wrong, but we ordered medium spicy and perhaps could have gone hotter. I used to go to Maharaja (or the old Bombay club) a lot as a kid, but thought it had fallen off in quality. This was our first time back in many years and I am so excited that it is back to its old standard!

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ElizabethO
New England
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every time we're in Boston, we go to Maharaja. The food is always wonderful, and the menu is so extensive that there's always something new to try. One of my all-time favorites!

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vipNETraveler
New England
84 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great waitstaff. Great food. Nice views. Group of five with various tastes; all left happy

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good indian food

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vipStephenG
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A consistently excellent meal in terms of the quality of the food, service, and ambiance.

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Anurag
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good for trying out Indian cuisines especially if you want to try some north Indian delicacies.

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Cruella
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

My waitress was AWFUL!!! She seemed very absent-minded and clueless about the drinks, food and any other questions I had. When I ordered a Pellagrino she brought over a bottle of wine and started trying to open it. (I had to explain to her that Pellegrino was sparkling water.) Next, she seemed very confused about items on the menu and could not make very many suggestions. I understand that it was Thanksgiving but she seemed flushed, exhausted and overwhelmed.

Lastly, I was very disappointed to see students and other adult patrons dressed so casually. I was told that this was a “nice”, “fancy” restaurant yet people were literally wearing jeans and sweatpants. Students and other guest were loud too and when I came out into the hallway to go the restroom, there was an opening in the ceiling (I guess where they are doing construction work) and there was a family spread out in the hall with people sitting on the floor. The ladies’ restroom ran out of paper towels and the trash can was overflowing.

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Sanjana
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food! The portion sizes were a little smaller than I expected for the price, but still decent-sized. I think the Harvard Square location makes this a pricier place, but the ambience is wonderful!

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vipNicholasP
New England
31 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent meal; I had Lamb Vindaloo which has sometimes in the past
been too mild. This time ot was very good.

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MattN
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great table, very nice staff…not perfect service but decent. Very good food. Always excellent.

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NYCFoodie
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service super friendly and quick. Food delicious. We had tandoori chicken, tandoori lamb chops, eggplant and okra. All were delicious. I also loved the papadam and dips. At my local Indian restaurant we have to pay for papadam and the serving is much smaller! So that was a nice surprise. Atmosphere a bit dowdy, could definitely use a makeover. But as far as food and service goes, highly recommend this restaurant for a tasty meal in Harvard Square.

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Anonymous
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lots of clearly marked gluten free options.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience3

Food was ok.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Indian in Boston! Nothing comes close to Maharaja.

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DerekD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for sharing good food with a group of friends.

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Veki
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very pleasant restaurant, with good food and great view. A hidden treasure at the square.

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Laura
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I was very impressed with the large selection of vegetarian options. Everything we ordered was delicious! I also appreciated the care they took with service and pandemic protocols. If you are lucky, you can get a seat next to the window and get a view of the hustle and bustle of JFK street.

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laurag
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place with wonderful food, conveniently located in Harvard Square. What more could you want?

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vipBandido
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty, spicy food; friendly service; great views.

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vipNicholasP
New England
32 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Best Indian in Cambridge.

My Vindaloo was good, but in Britain (where I learned to like curry)
would have been much hotter -- and I did ask for it to be spicy,

Service was a little spotty, they were very busy. I like the ambience
and value is great; Less than $60$ for two and 2 glasses of decent Cabernet.

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vipChristianC
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and we realty enjoyed it. We had been looking for a good Indian restaurant since Tantric closed years ago.

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Shri
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was good but it was not at the high level expectation.. we ask for medium hot but all curry were on sweeter side rather then spice level. even Baigan Bharta was not traditional.. and Maharaja makhani was too smoky flavor..

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Chem008
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Once again, great experience. Enjoyed with our friends...

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Rokyroky
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Some of the food was great, and some was mediocre. My main issue was the service, in that our waiter was incredibly rude throughout the meal--badgering us about not being able to finish certain items (despite basically having done so and obviously paying for it, like we ate as much as we could and enjoyed it, but were full, so get off our backs), saying we were wasting it, hassling us to order faster or leave sooner, and more. It was a really dissappointing experience, because we were so looking forward to going there. And we didn't feel comfortable complaining in the restaurant because a, that's rude and b, it seemed like our waiter was one of the head employees of the restaurant. So finally, let me just say that, it doesn't matter whether somebody's a manager or new waiter or the head chef himself--respect the people you interact with. Always.

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vipNicholasP
New England
32 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Decent meal
-- my "spicy" lamb vindaloo was only medium hot -- but in USA that's typical
of Indian Restaurants. Maharaja is the best Indian in Cambridge

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Zerlinarosa
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

All around good but not spectacular. Service was a little slow. Our appetizer arrived with our entrees.

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vipRupertGiles
New England
24 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Indian food, good service, nice atmosphere. Always a good meal.

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MikeM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very relaxing atmosphere, especially by windows with views of Harvard area. Staff are very kind and helpful. It's wonderful to be back again after the quarantine! WIil return soon, and will always recommend to friends and family.

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Trish
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, wonderful views, be sure to get a seat by the window. Very efficient service. Pleasant staff. Great food with options for vegans and vegetarians as well.

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vipNYDiner
New York Area
289 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious. The lamb korma was just right and the bhel puri appetizer was refreshing.

the service was attentive and helpful.

It wasa good location just minutes away from Harvard Square.

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vipkens
New England
12 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were quite good. Really some of the best Indian food I have had in Boston.

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Joseph
New England
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at Maharaja are wonderful, and the food is delicious!

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HarryA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was very good, but not amazing. The ambiance was really nice and the staff was extremely friendly and professional. Parking in Harvard Square is always an issue, and there is no valet parking. Overall, good enough for me to return,

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Vidhya
New England
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Good authentic Indian food with a fine dining experience

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was great.

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Joseph
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our most favorite restaurants! The staff, including the waiters and the food-preparers, are first-rate.

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DavidM
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so pleased to come back to the Maharaja after about 18 months away! They've come up with some new vegetarian dishes in the meantime - new to us, anyway. Delicious.

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vipJimT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely perfect evening.

Food, service, the view, all of it was just fantastic

FAQs

The Maharaja does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. The Maharaja also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 547-2757.

The Maharaja is rated 4.5 stars by 455 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.