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The Maharaja

4.5
268 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
Perfect For:
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Scenic View
  • Good Vegetarian Options
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Indian
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Hours of operation
Weekdays:
Open all day from 11:30AM to 10:00PM.
Lunch Buffet (and a la carte lunch) from 11:30AM till 2:30PM.
Dinner - 2:30PM-10:00PM.

Weekends:
Open all day from 12:00PM to 11:00PM.
Lunch Buffet (and a la carte lunch) from 12:00PM till 3:00PM.
Dinner - 3:00PM-11:00PM.
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(617) 547-2757
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Smart Casual
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What 268 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food here is always outstanding. Highly recommend the saag paneer!

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

From the moment you walk in the door your taste buds go wild with the delicious smell of Indian cuisine. You're greeted by your waiter who comes bearing a crisp and 3 sauces to tide you over while waiting for your main dishes. The tikka masala was great, mild was by no means spicy at all (so go for the hot if you want a little spice). Garlic naan was great as usual and the gulab jamun was a great end to the meal. It wasn't the best Indian food I'd ever had but it was good and I will return. Service was great.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Wonderful meal, the food and ingredients were fresh and delicious. Crowded but prompt and friendly service.

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2.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Did not have the flavors of Indian food. Ordered the navratan korma and it was big chucks of hard vegetables such as zucchini and squash which are not part of Indian curries! The saag paneer was okay but again lacked flavor. The naan on the bright side was really good. Prices were high too which would have been okay if the flavor was good. Really disappointed especially since it was so highly rated.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Excellent meal. By British (and Indian) standards the Vindaloo curry could have been spicier, but I expected that. Good service and ambience and although the restaurant was packed
out noise level was low, so conversation was easy.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great place! Great food!

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Excellent... good food... reasonable prices and a great view of Harvard Square and all the activity from a window table...

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Fabulous brunch buffet and terrific service!

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4.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Staff was very nice and friendly. We all enjoyed the dishes we ordered and the view of Harvard Sq through the windows. We will be coming back here.

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3.0Dined on January 2, 2018

The pakora coating on my paneer pakora was bone dry and the paneer was rubbery. Almost nothing tasted savory. I was so unpleasantly surprised at the mediocre-poor quality of the food. The one good item was the raita. It was tasty.

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2018

good food. ur favorite dishes which they make exceptionally well are Lamb rogan josh, butter chicken (similar but much more tasty and flavorful than chicken tikka masala), navrattan korma, and plain parathas (which are more flavorful than naan and made of whole wheat)

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Service was excellent. Food was delicious. Drinks were superb

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Dependably delicious Indian food. Tandoor Chicken is succulent. Full, varied menu.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

The waiter was amazing! Very helpful with picking out our dinners. The restaurant even let us burn hanukkah menorah candles! Food was excellent also, and it wasn't too expensive.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

The Maharaja is an excellent restaurant with great service, food, and ambiance.

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3.0Dined on December 16, 2017

The food was ordinary, we hoped for better as we love Indian cuisine. The restaurant was generous in accepting us being 30min late which we appreciated. However one of the dishes had a special sauce on it, which involved shrimp, an item I do not consume for multiple reasons. The server did not offer to remove that dish from the bill, even if I had him take it back. I subsequently ordered something completely vegetarian.
The problem is that they do not specify what the "Special sauce" has as the main ingredient, it's Shrimp! If I knew, I would have never ordered it. Even removing the dish from the bill when you clearly see that I barely touched it, would have been acceptable. We are not returning.

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent food service and location. Second time there, will go back

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3.0Dined on November 17, 2017

The Bar is so under stocked and under educated. If I have tell you how to make a basic cocktail (Old Fashioned/Manhattan) this is a problem.
Food redeemed the Alcohol

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

It was great! Service was wonderful and the food was amazing

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Maharaja offers a nice selection of well prepared Indian dishes. It doesn't offer anything distinctive of different than the normal Indian fare, but what it does offer is very high quality and quite flavorful. Service was quick and efficient so we got to our show in plenty of time.

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

A must go-to restaurant every time we are in Boston/Cambridge. We have been coming to Maharaja since we first found it in 1990. Great authentic Indian cuisine. Always an upscale, upbeat, incredible meal. When the Chicken Tikka Masala (while excellent) is the fourth or fifth favorite entree shared with the group, you know it's a wide and deeply authentic menu. The Tandoori Chicken is succulent and full of flavor. You'll never experience better Biryani anywhere in the United States. The Naan selections are so plentiful, you end your meal wishing your metabolism could sample all of them. Highly recommended!

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4.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Food was tasty, but not warm enough. Great location.

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4.0Dined on October 22, 2017

I often dine at Majaraja as it is near my home. The food is a wide variety of dishes from India. Always interesting and good. Waiters are very helpful. Half the seats are window seats with great views of a vibrant part of Harvard Square. It is ideal for dining out my friends and family.

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Awesome food, but could be spicier. Enjoyed the upstairs street view off Harvard Square. Service seemed a bit too ready for us to finish up even though we were still eating.

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4.0Dined on October 19, 2017

The Paneer starter we ordered was tasteless - paneer was hard and not palatable. The Lamb we ordered wasn't as soft as you'd expect it to be. Other dishes were good. Galouti Kebab could've been softer.

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4.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Great place with lots of options for everyone. Attentive, courteous , friendly service. Great view through the windows down on Harvard Square.

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3.0Dined on October 12, 2017

Food was just ok. Not the best Indian food, everyone’s meal was rather mild in spice despite ordering medium to high spices. Rather bland.

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2.0Dined on October 12, 2017

Wasn't impressed by neither the quality or the flavor of the food. don't waste your time.

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4.0Dined on October 10, 2017

Consistently excellent food at reasonable prices. Not real fancy, but always pleasant, and we have always had no trouble carrying on a lively conversation. I highly recommend this restaurant if you are looking for excellent Indian food in pleasant (though not elegant) surroundings.

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

Great food and excellent friendly service. Will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on September 15, 2017

We were here prior to a Mike Stern show at the Charles Hotel. Reservation was for 6:30 prior to the 7:30 show, and it worked perfectly. This restaurant sits above Staples, and it's tough to find as there are no clear outside signs ... you enter from JFK, and then must go upstairs to find it. Once there, you'll be glad you came! Our table was right by a window overlooking JFK, and it was really quite romantic. The service was fabulous, and the food was just excellent! Highly recommend this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on September 12, 2017

I specifically wrote in my reservation notes that I would like for there to be a surprise dessert with a candle for my friend's birthday. I don't know if this restaurant just doesn't offer dessert, but there was no acknowledgement of the request from the server or hostess and it never happened.

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4.0Dined on August 27, 2017

I've enjoyed meals at this restaurant in the past either business lunches or dinner with family or friends. The Sunday buffet was wonderful. So many delicious choices from appetizers to desserts.

Chaat station, soup, pakoras, samosas, kebabs, chicken tikka, so many vegetarian dishes to choose from...and more. Very reasonably priced too.

It's a beautiful restaurant surrounded by glass windows on the second floor. The views are wonderful of Winthrop Park and the Harvard Square buzz.

Our waitress was attentive and kept an eye on refilling our water glasses. We arrived around 12:30 pm and by 1:30 it was full. We'll definitely be back for this wonderful buffet.

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5.0Dined on August 20, 2017

The food here is amazing especially chicken korma is the best. Service is very good, we went there with a 1 year old baby, unfortunately she made a mess while eating yummy rice, they were just ok with it they kept telling us don't worry we will handle this. Highly recommend to the people with children 😆 there is not much place like this.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2017

Food was superb!
The Galouti and Kakori kebabs were excellent

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

The food was delicious, and the views over Harvard Square were lovely! I especially recommend the Goan Fish Curry - that was everyone's favorite dish.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2017

Delicious as always. We love the lamb rogan josh and butter chicken. The wheat paratha is delightful.
The menu offers excellent regional dishes and variety.
The restaurant is clean with a nice decor and has views of the harvard square area.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2017

Good food with a nice variety. Courteous services and great views. Nice vegetarian dishes.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2017

A must visit place for foodies and authentic food lovers..great ambiance..friendly staff..excellent service..reasonable price and a wide variety of food options..the best Indian food I have tasted in US yet.
5 stars..

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2017

Based on the reviews and a previous visit, we had high hopes for an amazing meal at Maharaja. This was one Indian restaurant where I adventured into seafood (based on lots of good experience at Bombay Club, which used to be in the same location) ... but the shrimp in our appetizer was overcooked and rubbery. The Saag Paneer and Onion Kulcha were good, but the stuffed chicken dish - a bit of an unusual one - wasn't so great. Overall I won't rush back, and if I do I'd stay with mainstream dishes and not go too far off track!

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