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About The Maharaja

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.

57 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Indian

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.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 547-2757

Website:
http://www.maharajaboston.com/

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The Maharaja Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (11)
Good for a Date (11)
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Good for Groups (11)
Spicy (9)
Casual (8)
Scenic View (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Fun (6)
Business Meals (6)
Cozy (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Romantic (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Worth the Drive (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fun
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·Dined 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!

Tags: Spicy, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Fun, Casual, Authentic, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View
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·Dined 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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·Dined on October 20, 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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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Casual, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (Houston)·Dined 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

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

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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined 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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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Healthy, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Spicy, Vegan, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined 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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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Food was superb!
The Galouti and Kakori kebabs were excellent

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Spicy, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 31, 2017

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

Tags: Business Meals, Great Beer, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined 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..

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 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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 (New England)·Dined on July 20, 2017

The food, service and atmosphere is extraordinary. All the dishes are seasoned delicately and are delicious. This is outstanding Indian cuisine.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 9, 2017

With so many excellent choices for Asian cuisine in the Harvard Sq area, the tired, old gem of the Maharajah has lost its shine. While the views of the hustle and bustle of the Square through the second level, floor to ceiling plate glass windows are always fascinating, for the most part, the Resto has, slowly but surely, faded in quality. Other than the keema nan (ground lamb-stuffed flatbread), the food was mediocre at best. From the thick, lukewarm mango lassi, to the aloo gobie (spiced potato & califlower dish), to the strangely-flavored daal maharani, the meal was expensive and definitely not something to write home about! Service was nice enough -- they kept our water glasses full -- but not particularly inspiring.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The cashew cauliflower was the best prepared Indian dish I have ever had, and I live in New York. The table by the window was picturesque and the wait stuff was polite and prompt.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Simply outstanding, best Indian cuisine I have had. My family had a wonderful time.

Tags: Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on June 28, 2017

The food was all right, but I was greatly disappointed by the service. If you're hoping to leave satisfied, then don't make any special requests because, apparently, either the wait staff or kitchen staff won't honor them.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Food was excellent. Enjoyed the choice of spice level!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 22, 2017

Very poor and inattentive service so that was a disappointment

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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We went here for Mother's Day... we had never been before and not sure I'd go back. The food was ok, as was service but nothing special. I was disappointed since I had seen really good reviews. Also they say they validate parking. As it turned out it was only $2.00 off and we ended up spending another $13.00 for 2 hrs on a Sunday. I would have looked for street parking had I known

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 1, 2017

I am a regular here. Best Indian in Cambridge, which is not super high praise.
The food is good, though with spiciness reduced. Service and ambiance excellent. \

I like the Maharaja for business dinners as it's easy to talk.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Great get together with family. Good food, great view of Harvard Square.

Tags: Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on April 29, 2017

I've already been to The Maharaja for dinner, but this time we decided to try the Lunch Buffet option. It didn't disappoint! I love Indian food and was so happy I could have a taste of a lot of different dishes without having to choose just one! The chicken masala was awesome, but what I really loved were the vegetarian options. Everything was to die for and I will definitely come back! We went on a hot spring Saturday and the place wasn't crowded, which was a plus!

Tags: People Watching, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Great Indian food (validated by my three Indian friends)!

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 (New England)·Dined on April 15, 2017

The waiter was extremely rude - we are very regular customers and have never had this kind of an experience. When we asked the waiter what are the portion sizes for dishes - he shot back in a rude tone 'I don't know how much you guys will eat so how can I tell you whether the portion will be sufficient'. Also, when we asked for the Harvard discount on our bill - he STARED back at us and said I don't think the lady here is a Harvard student. First of all, the lady (my wife) is also a Harvard student and secondly, I did not appreciate his tone and also his assuming that she was not a Harvard student. For the restaurant's reference - the waiter was the bald, middle aged guy. We are regular customers and this is the first time we have had such a shocking experience

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 2, 2017

The buffet on Sunday has a wide variety of authentic Indian food. THe service is attentive.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Vegan, Spicy, Authentic, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on March 16, 2017

The food was excellent -- we have tried a number of Indian restaurants in Boston, and this was the best we've had.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Food was decent but not spicy at all as ordered which was a little disappointing. But overall it was a good experience and good value

Tags: Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem
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