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The Maharaja, Cambridge, MA
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The Maharaja

4.6
4.6
455 Reviews
$30 and under
Indian

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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Booked 14 times today

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Additional information

  • 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.

  • Phone number

    (617) 547-2757

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Cross street

    Second Floor

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 455 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Boston

    Healthy

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    Minneapolis

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    2 reviews

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    Graduation

  2. c

    chillarus

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3

    Food was excellent and decor and ambiance is nice especially being able to overlook Harvard Square. Prices are on the higher side but not crazy. It was Mother’s Day so was quite busy which probably explains slower service but also not horrible. Overall a very nice dining experience.

  3. a

    akboston

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went for my boyfriend's birthday, and the staff was so friendly and took great care of us! delicious food and lovely views by the window too

  4. DG

    DanaG

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    They were wonderful! Food was great and the service was so pleasant and quick. We will definitely go back :)

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5

    Food was uncharacteristically bland… even after ordering extra spicy. Used to love this place.

  6. AB

    AnnalieseB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We just loved the whole experience at our lovely table with a view to the square down below. The service, food and atmosphere made this lunch a delight.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was my mom’s birthday and the waiter gave her a free dessert with a candle and sang to her. He was very good and made good recommendations for drinks. All the food was phenomenal

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Wonderful night out with friends and delicious food!

  9. B

    Bandido

    Washington DC

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really friendly and attentive service. Wide range of scrumptious Indian dishes.

  10. DM

    DavidM

    New England

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We're always glad to have an occasion to have dinner here!

  11. C

    Cambridgejcarol

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding food and service. Pleasant table with good spacing.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great all arojnd

  13. g

    gourmoo

    New England

    26 reviews

    1.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience4

    very attentive waitstaff, peaceful, serene ambiance, enjoyed the food!

  14. b

    beebee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptionally courteous and prompt service, delicious food elegantly served, window seat with views of lively Harvard Square, warm ambience, a great scene for our date night! Highly recommended.

  15. W

    Windy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food in a comforting environment. Service is always superb. Highly recommended!

  16. BK

    BarbaraK

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful ambience, friendly staff, tasty food, what else could you ask for! Great restaurant!

  17. PP

    PratikP

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service was very nice. It was my dads birthday and the staff sang him happy birthday which was very sweet of them to do.

  18. MY

    MaryY

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our favorite Indian restaurant bar none. Always delicious and the view on to Harvard Square is always amusing

  19. RG

    RickyG

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    My parents and fiancée were looking for a casual meal in Harvard Sq. and found the perfect spot at Maharaja on a Sunday evening. Our waiter was clearly new, but very attentive and got ample support from management to give us great service. We ordered the fish pakora, which was light and flaky on the inside and fried to perfection on the outside. For mains, we had shrimp chettinad, goat curry and my favorite chicken tikka masala. I am Indian and I don’t care that tikka masala was made for the Brits, it is delicious and with fresh naan there is nothing better. The sauces were all distinctive in flavor which is where many Indian restaurants go wrong, but we ordered medium spicy and perhaps could have gone hotter. I used to go to Maharaja (or the old Bombay club) a lot as a kid, but thought it had fallen off in quality. This was our first time back in many years and I am so excited that it is back to its old standard!

  20. EO

    ElizabethO

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Every time we're in Boston, we go to Maharaja. The food is always wonderful, and the menu is so extensive that there's always something new to try. One of my all-time favorites!

  21. NE

    NETraveler

    New England

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience3

    Great waitstaff. Great food. Nice views. Group of five with various tastes; all left happy

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good indian food

  23. SG

    StephenG

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A consistently excellent meal in terms of the quality of the food, service, and ambiance.

  24. A

    Anurag

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Good for trying out Indian cuisines especially if you want to try some north Indian delicacies.

  25. C

    Cruella

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall3food4service1ambience2

    My waitress was AWFUL!!! She seemed very absent-minded and clueless about the drinks, food and any other questions I had. When I ordered a Pellagrino she brought over a bottle of wine and started trying to open it. (I had to explain to her that Pellegrino was sparkling water.) Next, she seemed very confused about items on the menu and could not make very many suggestions. I understand that it was Thanksgiving but she seemed flushed, exhausted and overwhelmed. Lastly, I was very disappointed to see students and other adult patrons dressed so casually. I was told that this was a “nice”, “fancy” restaurant yet people were literally wearing jeans and sweatpants. Students and other guest were loud too and when I came out into the hallway to go the restroom, there was an opening in the ceiling (I guess where they are doing construction work) and there was a family spread out in the hall with people sitting on the floor. The ladies’ restroom ran out of paper towels and the trash can was overflowing.

  26. S

    Sanjana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and food! The portion sizes were a little smaller than I expected for the price, but still decent-sized. I think the Harvard Square location makes this a pricier place, but the ambience is wonderful!

  27. NP

    NicholasP

    New England

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Excellent meal; I had Lamb Vindaloo which has sometimes in the past been too mild. This time ot was very good.

  28. MN

    MattN

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Great table, very nice staff…not perfect service but decent. Very good food. Always excellent.

  29. NY

    NYCFoodie

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Service super friendly and quick. Food delicious. We had tandoori chicken, tandoori lamb chops, eggplant and okra. All were delicious. I also loved the papadam and dips. At my local Indian restaurant we have to pay for papadam and the serving is much smaller! So that was a nice surprise. Atmosphere a bit dowdy, could definitely use a makeover. But as far as food and service goes, highly recommend this restaurant for a tasty meal in Harvard Square.

  30. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, lots of clearly marked gluten free options.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall1food2service3ambience3

    Food was ok.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best Indian in Boston! Nothing comes close to Maharaja.

  33. DD

    DerekD

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place for sharing good food with a group of friends.

  34. V

    Veki

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Very pleasant restaurant, with good food and great view. A hidden treasure at the square.

  35. L

    Laura

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    I was very impressed with the large selection of vegetarian options. Everything we ordered was delicious! I also appreciated the care they took with service and pandemic protocols. If you are lucky, you can get a seat next to the window and get a view of the hustle and bustle of JFK street.

  36. l

    laurag

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A wonderful place with wonderful food, conveniently located in Harvard Square. What more could you want?

  37. B

    Bandido

    Washington DC

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tasty, spicy food; friendly service; great views.

  38. NP

    NicholasP

    New England

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Best Indian in Cambridge. My Vindaloo was good, but in Britain (where I learned to like curry) would have been much hotter -- and I did ask for it to be spicy, Service was a little spotty, they were very busy. I like the ambience and value is great; Less than $60$ for two and 2 glasses of decent Cabernet.

  39. CC

    ChristianC

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time here and we realty enjoyed it. We had been looking for a good Indian restaurant since Tantric closed years ago.

  40. S

    Shri

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Food was good but it was not at the high level expectation.. we ask for medium hot but all curry were on sweeter side rather then spice level. even Baigan Bharta was not traditional.. and Maharaja makhani was too smoky flavor..

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Maharaja does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. The Maharaja also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 547-2757.

The Maharaja is rated 4.6 stars by 455 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 14 times today

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Google Map for The Maharaja

57 JFK Street Cambridge, MA 02138

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Second Floor

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • 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.

  • Cuisines

    Indian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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