The Maharaja

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$30 and under
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Indian

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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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I thought the place would be a little fancier but it seemed more like a family restaurant. The service was great but the food wasn't that good. It wasn't that bad either but I have tried way better and more delicious quality indian food. The food was kind of plain and boring without that "kick" you expect from indian food. Take the chicken samosas, they taste like plain, dry ground chicken wrapped in fried pastry. I also usually LOVE! Indian mango chutney, but sadly, here it tasted more like very sweet mango jelly without that tangy savory flavor I was expecting. We also ordered a lamb dish but we didn't like it. We did like the chicken dish.

L
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was pretty good overall. We went for the buffet. It was pretty crowded. Most of the food was fairly spicy. Parking is a definite issue but once you find a space, it's worth the wait.

MB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food took a long time to arrive from the kitchen and one dish was wrong, but everything we ordered was so good.

KG
New England
47 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love this place and go every few months. Both eggplant dishes are delicious. The food is fresh and the wait staff are attentive, but not hovering.

WR
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a group of 6, 4 of whom are Indian (aka tough critics). Our server was amazing. The food was great. EVERYONE was happy.

MC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Luncheon Buffet...Wonderful selection freshly prepared...Excellent friendly service from Frank my waiter

SS
New England
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend - wonderful ambiance overlooking the square in Cambridge. There is an extensive menu for vegans and vegetarian with wonderful tasty dishes.

N
New England
15 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

What a nice surprise in Harvard square. The restaurant is surrounded by full glass windows so we could watch the snow through dinner. Food delicious -- naan, chicken tikka masala, samosas, pakoras, etc. wait staff great. Recommended!

IU
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Indian food compared to other Indian restaurants. The staff is always friendly and efficient and quick! Definitely a great place to gather with friends and family! My favorite restaurant so far!

KM
New England
14 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always! Great for gluten free.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous and the staff were fantastic. There was a good variety of vegetarian options. For the non- vegetarians the chicken tiki masala was lovely.

AB
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is the best for Indian food - the food is great, service is very prompt and diligent even when crowded, it's clean, tastefully decorated, with huge windows over JFK st. & the small park next to it.

BK
New England
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, friendly staff, delicious food!

E
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at the lunch buffet is AMAZING! We ate sooooo much and it was some of the best Indian food I've had in Boston. Everything tasted super fresh and not overly greasy. There was also so much variety. I wished it was little bit less expensive but that is just because I am a broke college student. Overall, it was well worth it and I will definitely be back.

NP
New England
25 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I'm a regular at this place. This time I had Murgh Wajid Ali -- Chicken in creamy sauce
which I found too bland. But everything else was fine, and I'll be back!

CO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Lamb Saag is delightful--so flavorful. And the ambience is vibrant, understated.

NP
New England
25 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I'm a regular at the Maharajah. I like the ambience and the service is always excellent.
Sometimes in the past the curry has been a bit bland -- not this time! I had a Lamb Vindaloo
which should be hot enough to bring on a sweat -- and it certainly did.

MP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We went to Maharaja for a birthday dinner. We were luckily given a corner seat with window on both sides. It added to our celebrations. The night view was georgeous and food phenominal.
The 'paneer tikka' starter and 'hara bhara kabab' were tasty. But the highlight for us was the 'chicken
biryani'. My husband loved the Lucknow styled 'biryani' and really relished it till 2 days later. So in all, it was a fun night with tasty food.

B
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place - all fo the food is so good and the service is awesome. Not to mention all fo the windows for Harvard watching!

TT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Nothing jumps out at me good or bad, would recommend in a pinch.

HD
New England
33 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent tandoori chicken, attentive service, lovely view over Harvard square and reasonable prices make for a lovely evening

l
New England
28 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, excellent in all respects. Our 4th dinner in 3 months, mostly with friends who thought the same.

BP
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
28 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible very poor quality food
Terrible
Nerves again

The Maharaja
Responded on October 11, 2019

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
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
53 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Y
Nashville
21 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4food1service4ambience5

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
28 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
Overall1food2service1ambience1

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Nice night. Great food. Kind people.

H
New England
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MW
New England
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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