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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.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Hours of Operation:
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.
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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The Maharaja Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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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