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Raj Darbar Indian Restaurant

3.7
51 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

Welcome to Raj Darbar..... "The Royal Court”..Winner of Michelin Guide BiB-Gourmand Award for years 2011,2012,and 2013.

Over the centuries Indian cuisine has been influenced by many cultures. Raj Darbar takes the best from the culinary extravaganza of the great Moguls and bring you a "repast".


On the culinary level the east conquered the west, and the universal popularity of curry is the delicious proof. Herbs and spices are used not only for aroma, but also for their digestive and nutritional values.


Wholesome food and good health are closely linked. At Raj Darbar we use only the finest ingredients to prepare dishes that are as healthy as they are delicious.


Our welcome comes from deep within our heart. We will strive to make your dining experience a return to those golden times when every meal was a feast. Our guests are our friends.


Enjoy your delightful experience at Raj Darbar.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Indian
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Hours of operation


Sunday - Thursday : 5:00pm - 9:45pm


Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:45pm
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Phone number
(773) 348-1010
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Diversey
Additional
Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Takeout, Wine
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3.7based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.2
service
3.2
ambience
3.9
value
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Really good Indian food!!

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4.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Raj Darbar offers good Indian food that is seasoned well. They call themselves healthy Indian food and many dishes meet this description. They use high quality ingredients and the dishes are very tasty. It is a fun place to eat. There is usually ample parking nearby.

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2017

We're longtime customers and we always enjoy their dishes, apps like samosa and naan. Try their specials and you can always ask if you're unsure of what the dish is about.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2017

Dishes are great! We love the curry. The sauce is delicious . The environment is very quiet.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2017

Having only eaten fast Indian food for lunch, this was a palate-opening experiencing. Indian business acquaintances did the ordering. I did the eating. Delicious! Lamb, chicken and vegan assortment. Spices were tasty without overpowering.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2017

Great Indian cuisine at a great price! We will definitely go here again!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2017

I was with a group of four when I visited and each dish we ordered was terrific. We all agreed we would come back soon.

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4.0Dined on November 6, 2016

All the food was great. Reminder of the stews we make. Nan bread was amazing for food pickup. Great for tasting and in a group. Serving sizes were generously portioned.

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3.0Dined on September 2, 2016

Food was OK but nothing to write home about. Service staff was attentive.

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2.0Dined on August 8, 2016

Dhansak dish was not flavorful. Too many tomatoes in the korma curry.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2016

Saagg Gosht and chicken tandoori - the best! Large portions, attentive service.

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3.0Dined on March 7, 2016

The food is consistently great. Decent portions and you can choose your level of spicy which is always nice. I have tried several dishes and have not be disappointed with the food...the service on the other hand is a hit or miss. I have gone several times and have sat with an empty glass of water even after requesting some. Ice very rarely comes with the water not sure why however, I am not a fan of just chilled or much less room temperature water. The service is just never that good if the owner is not there. The last two visits I was asked by the server if I could tip in cash when I presented my credit card. It made me feel a bit uncomfortable as I never carry cash and I know the guests in the booth behind me were also taken a back by this request as they were complaining amongst themselves when they were asked to tip in cash as well. Again, the food is great but the service could be better.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2016

It was a Monday night, so not peak time of the week, although they seemed to do a good takeout/delivery trade. I had a desire for a chicken tikka masala, although ended up going for the chicken korma. Not sure that was what I got, but still very nice. A lot of sauce, not so much chicken. Good amount of rice. Nice wine. The only problem was they forgot to bring my husbands food, despite asking how spicy etc, so the waiter had heard, the order for his didn't make it into the kitchen. It came eventually and was fine. We weren't in a hurry.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2016

Excellent service by all the workers there. Food was amazing! First time being here, but I am definitely coming back. :-) Can't wait to bring the rest of my friends and family here!

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2016

Appears to be very popular for carry-out; lots of brown bags throughout the evening. A member of our party was uncertain about trying Indian food but enjoyed it and said he would be happy to return - victory!

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4.0Dined on December 10, 2015

Indian cuisine was on my wife's list for her birthday. Thanks to Restaurant.com and reservations through Open Table, we discovered Raj Darbar Indian Restaurant in Lakeview. Eating early certainly makes finding a table easy. Our server helped us better understand the menu. Our sampler appetizer platter was a meal in itself. Although most items were fried, they were tasty. Out meals were very large portions, providing meals to take with us. The chicken dishes were of particular note with large chunks of succulent white meat. We'd definitely return.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2015

If you're looking for a great Indian restaurant in Lincoln Park, this is it! Food is very tasty and well prepared. The spicinest level is just perfect! Also, you can custom your order to which spice level you want. Lots of vegan options. Great for dinner date as it won't break the bank!

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4.0Dined on October 25, 2015

Excellent quality food, to be appreciated by those who know Indian Food. The restaurant is lovely and tasteful as well as quiet. A nice place to host a group or a party.

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2.0Dined on March 22, 2015

We were literally the only people there on a Sunday night at 8pm. Too bad. Used to like this place.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2015

If you're looking for very good Indian food, this is your spot. Best I've had in Chicago, so compliments to the kitchen. The lamb curry was outstanding, as was the paneer tikka. All of our dishes were very, very good. The service was very inexperienced, and the bar is poorly stocked. But if you can get over the normal Chicago service fetish and direct the otherwise friendly staff, and if you byob (they charge $1/person in corking fee), you'll have a great meal. Nice interior space. It seemed like they were doing lots of take-out, which makes sense. If there were a rating for take-out, Raj would get 5 stars easy.

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3.0Dined on October 18, 2014

Pretty much your standard Indian restaurant in America with the typical dishes. Ambiance is nothing special - traditional tabla music makes it a bit monotonous - they could increase the energy in here with some Bollywood music and some uniforms for the staff.

Food is decent and the tandoori chicken portion is huge and is only $14.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2014

What can I say? The food was VERY GOOD. We went there for dinner and, despite having a lot of delicious dishes (we ate a lot), none of us felt 'heavy' the next morning. That means, the food was fresh and of good quality. Servings are GENEROUS, service is great and the ambience is pleasant. I strongly recommend this place.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2014

This is my favorite Indian place. Their food is very good, and priced well. Mt fiance and I have gone many times, and it's always as good as we remember.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2014

Very polite staff. Food flavorful. Decor could use some upgrading. Parking garage directly across the street.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2014

The food was amazing and I appreciated the ambiance. My daughter n law would definitely visit again and bring some friends.

Thank you

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2014

Food was great, service lacking.

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2.0Dined on November 16, 2013

good was decent but not worth going back to

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4.0Dined on September 8, 2013

It has been awhile since I have a good Indian curry. Me and my wife found this place thanks to opentable reviews, and we are very please with the food, and restaurant overall. Food tasted great!! atmosphere was good, what more do you need?!

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4.0Dined on September 1, 2013

very good food or dishes but a little too spiced even if we asked no so spiced.

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4.0Dined on August 23, 2013

Far and away one of the most friendly wait staffs I have encountered. Everyone had a sincere smile and made you feel that they were glad you were there.

Food tasted good, hot and fresh. Especially liked the vegetable samosas.

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4.0Dined on August 17, 2013

The food was amazing - very authentic. We just returned from a trip to India and this place transported us back. Best Dhal, roti and nan. Highly recommended. It is quite pricey but the portions are huge. You can share.

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5.0Dined on August 14, 2013

I really enjoy Indian food and my wife is a vegetarian. We were both very pleased.

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1.0Dined on June 14, 2013

The quality of the food was very poor -- certainly not up to their prior standards. The waitstaff was nonexistent even though there was only one other table in the restaurant. We won't be back. Lousy service / lousy food.

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1.0Dined on April 27, 2013

Terrible Service. Lost our order and never came to check up on me.

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2013

The restaurant was quite busy on Saturday for dinner. The staff were very polite, but seemed a bit rushed and frazzled. Our food was delicious and way more than we could finish. I had a shrimp dish in thick tomato sauce and my partner had a curried vegetable dish. The Red Rock wine was a good compliment with both dishes. The Nan was a no.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2013

Walking into the restaurant gets me going. The aromas are wonderful. I wish it didn't take so long to get a waiter to pay attention once we are seated and come back to take my order. Once the food finally arrives it is memorably good. I wish that I didn't feel so neglected while I watch neighboring tables eating and I can't get a waiter's attention to place my order.

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2.0Dined on November 17, 2012

Food is delicious and offered good variety of naan. Service needs to be improved. good place to dine if I lived in the area but there are other Indian restaurants with equally good food with better service for the price.

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2012

The best indian food I have ever had. Samosa are just unforgettable.

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2012

Raj Darbar is my favorite Indian restaurant in Chicago. The food is memorably good. The service is attentive. The value is good.

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3.0Dined on September 9, 2012

WE ORDERED BREAD AND ASKED THAT IT BE SERVED WITH OUR APPETIZERS. THE OWNER REFUSED TO BRING

US BREAD UNTIL THE ENTREE WAS SERVED....OUTRAGEOUS...WILL NOT GO BACK...FOOD WAS JUST FAIR

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