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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
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Neighborhood Gem (9)
Good for a Date (8)
Casual (8)
Scenic View (7)
Spicy (7)
Business Meals (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Fun (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Cozy (4)
Healthy (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
People Watching (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
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Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2016

Consistently great food served by attentive knowledgeable and quiet staff. Great margaritas too!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on May 26, 2016

Best Indian food from Philly to Boston.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 21, 2016

Food there is amazing. Best naans in the area imho.
Service is very good, management truly cares about customers. Best Indian place in town.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 21, 2016

Excellent food and ambiance. I particularly enjoyed the biryani.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2016

The best restaurant I've ever been to. Always amazing staff and the food never, ever misses a beat. The owner is friendly and personal and really takes time to care for his customers. We've lived in Boston for a while and have seen many great places get more expensive, while serving cheaper food. The Maharaja always has a great ambiance, and the food is always amazing. Easily my favorite restaurant in the world.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2016

The food was excellent and the ambiance and view were great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 23, 2016

Doesn't appear to be much competition. Overall, have had better Indian food, but in Harvard Square - no. Good location and good value.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2016

We completely enjoyed our dinner... They were able to accommodate us early- which was nice. The staff are great and the food excellent. The lamb appetizer (ground lamb with special spices) is like kofta! The tikka masala is excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2016

Right on JFK Street so it's a busy area. We were sat by the window so the view was lovely for people watching. The food was amazing - love the plain naan which goes with everything.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on April 9, 2016

Had a great seat at the window. Great menu, good value, and excellent food! Cocktails are little too heavy on the juice, but overall great and would go back when in the area!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on April 4, 2016

I loved the food, good taste, texture, ambience. The people working there were very easy going, no rushing, and helpful.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 21, 2016

Nice view
The food is amazing an the place is very nice
It's a place to go for a change

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on March 18, 2016

Good food. Chicken tikka masala was very good. Restaurant was a bit cold.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 11, 2016

This restaurant has never failed to impress me. I am always amazed by the atmosphere, the staff and the delicious food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 6, 2016

Great value and food. We'd tried a few other Indian restaurants in the area and not been impressed, so we were happy to find out that the Maharajah serves delicious food at a great price!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2016

The food was delicious.
Lighting and the view are amazing.
Waiters should pay more attention... no need to do it fast!

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on January 22, 2016

They charged us for 6 mango lassies and 2 beers when we had only 3 mango lassies and 1 beer. How stupid of me, I should have double checked!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2015

We came pre-show for the American Repertory Theater, and allowed ourselves 1 hour, fifteen minutes. We should have allowed longer. Our waiter greeted us immediately and took our order, but it was 15 minutes before we got our cocktails, and felt like we only got them after we got the attention of the hostess. People who came in after us got their drinks and food faster, so wasn't sure what the hold-up was. The distribution of labor was perplexing, as one waiter seemed to be doing all the work while three other staff (not waiters?) mostly stood around talking to each other. Our waiter had to mix our drinks while the guy standing behind the bar watched. Anyway, once we got our drinks, everything proceeded nicely, food was amazing, and waiter was attentive and knowledgeable of the dishes once things got underway. We got a mix of veggie and meat dishes, and they were all good. I especially liked the cucumber salad, unique but very tasty. We would go back again, but just allow for more time so that we weren't nervously checking our watches the whole time. Loved the ambience and view of the street happenings.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 4, 2014

You enter the beautiful restaurant and you are transported eith the smell of spices and the devoration. Loved the food.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2014

Excellent Indian food - had chicken korma this time.
Always lots of Indian diners - assuring that they serve "authentic" food…
Service prompt - as requested, before TEMPEST at ART.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on May 18, 2014

We enjoy Maharaja a lot. It's our go to Indian restaurant in Cambridge. Haven't found any that are nearly as good. On Sunday we took our son & his girlfriend out to dinner. Celebrating graduation.... Once again a very enjoyable meal. Tried the Khatta Dhuandar Gosht for the first time. Yummm!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 18, 2014

We have been here for brunch, lunch, dinner, and drinks/desert. So far each item has been between good and great (with the exception of the alcoholic Thai Tea which could have used more cardamom and tasted mostly like pineapple). They even understand how to do "spicy" as a true Indian dish. Of course it does require a conversation to convince them that you want it as hot as you say. (I only wish there was a shortcut for this conversation, I have it so often I have started asking for hot sauce and drinking it in front of the waitstaff before I order...kinda' works).

Anyway, we so adore this place and feel the taste and quality is to be consistently high.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2014

I would have given the lunch buffet 5 stars but we got there later in the afternoon (2:00pm) and not all the entrees were replenished. There was still plenty of good food and choices but the tandoori chicken had just scraps left. I have been to dinner several times prior and always wanted to try their lunch buffet and it is well worth the effort! Maharaja never disappoints, even if you have to wait!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 11, 2014

This restaurant is on the 2nd floor of the building and offers windows on two sides where one can view the architecture of Cambridge and the passersby below. The tables and chairs are intricately carved and add to the ambience. Service was excellent and the food was very good. A great ethnic venue in Cambridge!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 11, 2014

Maharaja occupies the space that was formerly the Bombay Club when I was a student here 15 years ago. Came here on Mother's Day with my wife and MIL. Menu is mostly North Indian standards. Excellent service, very nice ambience and great location, but you pay for it -- prices are generally $1-$3 higher than you will pay for the same entrees at Tanjore or Café of India, both within walking distance (and Café of India actually has a few South Indian entrees on the menu).

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 9, 2014

We have been to Maharaja for lunch, brunch and dinner and have found the food to be flavorful and well prepared. The portions are large and they can do spicy. Normally we have to argue with waitstaff that we are not from New England so our palettes can take spice. We promise not to send it back if it too hot, only if it lacks spice. At Maharaja they can bring the heat without loosing the flavor. The spice level does not overpower the pleasant tastes of the food but adds to it. Even at brunch where most restaurants go lightly on the flavor and spice, Maharaja keeps it genuine. Also, they have a good turn-over at their brunch buffet so the food does not get old and stale.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on April 30, 2014

Food and drinks very good. View over park next door, excellent.

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 25, 2014

We made a last-minute reservation at The Maharaja when we decided at the last minute to meet one of our kids after he finished working in Harvard Square. We were a few minutes early because we encountered no parking delays but our early arrival was cheerfully accommodated. The clientele was wonderfully diverse and very international. Lots of Indian and Pakistani groups of friends and family were eating there - a great sign. Our food was delicious, well prepared, spiced as requested (they will ramp it up or tone it down as you wish) and delivered in some lovely dishes that just added to the experience. The carved tables and wall décor just adds to the experience. Our waiter was great and our water glasses always filled. We'll be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on April 12, 2014

The food took quite a while to come out, but the server brought us a second round of crackers. Food was very good when it arrived. Nice view of the park.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on April 11, 2014

I was stunned to learn this restaurant has been in existence for four years. The food is well prepared, delicious, home style mediterranean, the prices very reasonable, the owner is onsite and accessible, the setting intimate. This past week was my first visit but I intend to frequent often. For those who scan the reviews, I dine out often both in the suburbs and Boston, This is a restaurant worth a visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on March 29, 2014

The service on a Saturday evening was particularly outstanding, even though we were a group of three who all arrived at different times. Food at the Maharajah was excellent as always; there are a lot of great Indian restaurants in this area but the Maharajah is my favorite. There are lots of vegetarian and vegan options. Yum!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 22, 2014

The food is very good, and it's the best Indian buffet in the area. The waitstaff is very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2014

Good food. Specially the buffet. Spacious and decent ambiance.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2014

We have dined at The Majaraja several times now and have enjoyed ourselves each time. The food is terrific, the service excellent, and the view of the Harvard Square area out of their second floor windows a delight. Using Open Table we were able to make a last minute reservation and get seated promptly. I only wish we lived closer so that we could go more often!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2014

We really liked this place. The food was not so spicy, but really great anyway. Nice view over the Winthrop square if you sit by the window.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2013

The dining room is really quite nice, and the food is tasty. We appreciate being asked the level of heat we want. It's a dependable and appealing restaurant for an evening out.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2013

I love this place. The waitstaff is nice and the food is good. I haven't seen goat in the buffet line for several weeks, and that's a bummer. But everything else is good. The chicken tikka masala is a bit dry sometimes, but other than that, there are no complaints.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 7, 2013

I'm a huge sucker for naan and I didn't think it was all that great here. Kinda bland and I couldn't tell the difference between the 2 types we ordered. Other than that , the rest of the food was very good . The chicken in the tikki masala was so tender and the sauce was amazing. It is in a cute location overlooking Harvard square. Lots of space for big groups. Good service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 7, 2013

This restaurant is the best Indian food in the Cambridge area. The selection for their buffets are good. The only thing they need to do is clearly post the prices for their weekday and weekend buffets.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2013

Our entrees were not at the "heat" level we'd hoped. The hot cauliflower and potato dish was too hot and the lamb saag was mild when it was to be very hot.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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