Royal India

4.7
46 Reviews
$30 and under
Indian
One of the oldest Indian restaurants in Raleigh, North Carolina, Royal India Restaurant offers the quality Indian cuisine in North Carolina. We offer vegetarian, vegan, and non-vegetarian dishes. Some of the menu items include Indian appetizers; soups & salads; vegetable and vegan specialties; chicken, seafood, lamb & goat specialties; Indian specialty breads; clay-oven "tandoori" specialties; rice and biryanis; desserts; Indian beverages; seasonal special options; and much more.

Royal India offer fine dining without formal dress code. Our food and ambiance is popular for people from all backgrounds. Residents in the Triangle area and beyond are loyal customers of Royal India. Customers can view sports and movies on a big screen; we offer free WI-FI.

Our enclosed dining area can be reserved for parties. Royal India offers full-service catering for special events. Royal India is also a preferred caterer for many North Carolina hotels for Indian food.

Experiences

  • Seven Lunch Specials Daily

    $13.99 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Dear friends, we hope you are taking care of yourselves during these times. Royal India is not offering regular lunch buffet. Instead, we offer 7 lunch specials daily that provide a selection of our buffet. You have a choice to order Vegan & Vegetarian (Palak Paneer, Daal Makhani, Mixed Veg); and Non-Vegetarian (ButterChicken, Chicken Tandoori, Chicken Curry, Goat Masala) dishes. Each dish comes with naan, samosa appetizer and a dessert.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
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
  • Diner temperature check required
What 46 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice decor good food excellent portions

Royal India
Responded on April 7, 2021

Greetings; thank you for stopping by and for the excellent review; we were excited to serve you our tasty Indian food; it was a great pleasure serving you our award-winning Indian food; we were thrilled to serve you our authentic Indian food.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent the food was delicious

Royal India
Responded on April 7, 2021

Greetings, thank you so much for stopping by! We are thrilled to read your review! As the oldest Indian restaurant in Raleigh, we are dedicated to offering the best in Indian cuisine coupled with quality service. Please do stop by again!

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1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, fantastic atmosphere, the music was awesome, and id literally eat every day if my stomach would take it!

Royal India
Responded on March 14, 2021

Greetings, thank you for stopping by Royal India restaurant and or the wonderful review. We are thrilled to know you loved our food and ambience! Royal India prides in offering the best in Indian food, ranging from appetizers, entrees, soups, salads, desserts, Indian breads, Indian breads, and more! We hope to serve you again soon!

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Susan
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant. The food and service are excellent!

Royal India
Responded on March 14, 2021

Greetings Susan, thank you for visiting Royal India restaurant. We are thrilled to read your review! As the oldest Indian restaurant in Raleigh, we are dedicated to offering the best in Indian cuisine coupled with quality service. Please do stop by again!

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Bearshoney
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding—as always. Service great. The hardest thing is trying to decide what to order!

Royal India
Responded on March 14, 2021

Thank you Bearshoney for stopping by and for the wonderful review. As one of the oldest Indian restaurants in Raleigh, we are dedicated to provide authentic Indian cuisine with superb service! We look forward to serving you in the long term!

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JoeS
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ram, the owner, was an absolutely amazing host. Made sure that my girlfriend and I enjoyed every minute of our experience and engaged in really enjoyable conversations with us here and there. Royal is authentic and by far my favorite Indian place to eat in the triangle.

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vipJ27712
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING Covid precautions...in order to enter the restaurant one must first get their temp scanned automatically by a thermometer attached to the wall AND then properly sanitize your hands.

Thank you for that extra layer of protection!!!

Food was incredible as always

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Timothy
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was excellent. They made sure we always had drinks and asking if you needed anything. Great experience.

Royal India
Responded on February 3, 2021

Greetings Timothy, thank you for stopping by and also for the lovely review. We are pleased to know that you liked our food and enjoyed the experience. We serve and wide variety of vegan, vegetarian and non-vegetarian Indian cuisine for lunch and dinner, 365 days year! We also arrange or cater for birthdays, weddings or any event. We look forward to serve you again.

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WILFREDT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

the food is horrible and expensive service is very poor.

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JennC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food! We’ve eaten here for years and it’s always good

Royal India
Responded on February 13, 2021

Thank you so Jenn for being a dedicated patron and for an awesome review! It is an honor serving you and family all these years. The review you provided is very helpful. Yes, we are following state and local guidelines in the wake of COVID-19. Our goal is to provide the best in India cuisine, while following safety precautions. We would love to serve you again!

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DeniseJ
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We went to eat on Thanksgiving. It was not crowded and we got good service. The food was good. I would eat the Vegan from now on. I do think they are doing their best during Covid to maintain all safety rules. The building is older and needs a good cleaning. I saw the wood work was dirty and the doors going in and out needed to be cleaned. As well as the bathroom. Was on the high end in price I would say. I'm sure when they had a buffet it was good, not so sure now.

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AVisitor2983
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went to Royal India as a team of 17 during Diwali 2020. The ambience was very pretty and appealing. The appetizers were quite less in quantity but the taste was good nevertheless. I enjoyed the mutton Kheema. The food was very standard and you will not be disappointed. The Dal tadka was a star, and I really enjoyed the Mutton Rogan Josh, and the Mutton Biryani as well. They had a huge array of options to choose from and the service was quick. In terms of Covid Precautions, they had a limited customers only and there was a temperature check before allowing people inside. Overall it was a good experience.

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Matt
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, even with Covid restrictions. Great food and service at reasonable prices.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food Authentic and Delicious! Decor very traditional! Chicken Tikka Masala and garlic naan , can’t go wrong! Tons of vegan and gluten free options!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner was very hospitable! Service was amazing and so was the food! Truly will go back again.

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vipChris
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food were amazing! He showed us how to eat certain dishes. Taste was amazing. My only issue was no air conditioning on a hot 90+ day but other than that, perfect. Will be going back!

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Cassidy
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time and the food was great! They were very accommodating with us bringing a cake for a birthday.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Immersive, top notch, personable, generous.

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AmyR
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was amazing. However, the service was awful. We sat for 15 before being greated. They forgot to make my dinner and forgot 2 of our drinks that we ordered. I ended up getting my tandoori chicken, but everyone else was done eating by that time.

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vipVisitorAtNC
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The owner was super creepy and kept hovering near me at an uncomfortably close distance. Not going back.

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DianeB
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

But I would tell them the food is very hot, at least everything on the buffet

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. ..so many authentic choices

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KDB1018
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I absolutely love this restaurant! We tried it for the first time about a month ago and have gone back every week since! The food is incredibly delicious and rich with flavor . The place is never overly crowded and the atmosphere is spacious and open for large groups to enjoy, but feels intimate enough for a date night or quiet dinner. The service is just enough- no overly pushy waiters hovering around, but you get everything you need in a fairly timely manner.

My boyfriend has tried several of their dishes and loved them all- Biryani with Chicken, Chicken and Spinach, and the Royal Tandoori platter. I get the same thing every time- Shrimp Vindaloo hot! (If you don't like super spicy food, you definitely should stick to the mild...don't push it.) I can't help myself- it is so flavorful and the heat is perfect. We've also tried several of their breads and we usually get their raita to cleanse our palettes- all are very fresh and yummy. This is easily the best Indian food in Raleigh, probably the best Indian food I've ever had.

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vipNeuroMitch
Raleigh
242 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enormous menu. Lots of choices. Very tasty. My wife had her meal mildly spicy but I was more adventuresome and stepped up to moderately spicy. We were both happy. Enjoyable place to dine

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went there for anniversary celebration. Area outside was slightly deceiving but inside ambiance was very nice. Food was a bit pricey but service and taste made up for it. Food is very fresh and very authentic. My wife and I loved it and will be going back at some point. Overall, if you are looking for good Indian food, look no further!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for diner and was very pleased with the restaurant. Great customer service, inside is very quiet. Waitresses are very respectful and the food is AWESOME. I will go again and recommend who never went to consider this restaurant while in Raleigh.

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vipWhoisyou
Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2016
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Service slow but it was crowded. Ambiance in need of updating. Food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I visited Royal India as part of our girls night out and we enjoyed ourselves! I called about an hour before my reservation time and the person that I spoke with assured me that we were fine to just come on in. Our service was great and the food was amazing we had a couple of appetizers and the royal feast so that we got the chance to try a few different menu items. I will definitely be going again.

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vipYveMarie
Charlotte
20 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2015
Overall1foodservice1ambience

Service was awful. I could understand if the place was busy and service was tight. However, it was empty. The waitress came over, gave us menus then sat down utilizing her mobile phone. We tried to get her attention, but neither she or the owner noticed. No water was bought to the table after waiting a while. We continued to wait and watched the owner have a lengthy conversation with the only other customers there - completely ignoring us. When we got up to leave then he came over. Really sad to have an establishment with awful attention to customer service.

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mj89
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was exceptional. It just might be the best in Raleigh!

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vipDick
Raleigh
39 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2015
Overall1food3service1ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful so we looked forward to our meal. Everyone was unfriendly and the waitress would slam the used dishes into a container which made us jump each time she did it. The host ignored us and spent his time on the cell phone. The chef is the only one that seemed to care that we had a good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2015
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved this place!
We had a group of 9 and were very pleased with this restaurant. The waitstaff was courteous and professional, and the food was amazing!I would definitely recommend this place on the food alone. They even brought us complementary dessert!
The only quibble I have is that the service was a bit slow. The restaurant was not crowded at all but there still was a noticeable wait for our entrees. It wasn't bad though, and I'll chalk that up to our group being large. It didn't tarnish our experience at all. Will definitely recommend to friends!

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Heaven
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2015
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The manager or hired help was so nosy and unprofessional and kept harassing me and wife about how great the restaurant is and didn't allow us to have our own private time. The manager kept staring at my wife through out the time we were there. We felt very uncomfortable and do not recommend this place.

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ayushij
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2015
Overall2food1service2ambience3

This was the third time we went to Royal. The first time we had gone there, we were really impressed with the authentic taste. But the other two times it was bad. The onions in the gravy were not properly cooked and the veggies tasted stale. The service was decent. For the price of food, I wouldn't go there again.

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Russo
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2015
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We loved our reservation at Royal India. The menu was impressive and the food did not disappoint. Would recommend trying several of their naan (we loved the garlic and butter one) options. You can let them know the level of spice you're comfortable with, so their dishes are safe even for those worried about spiciness. Highly recommend folks give this place a try!

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vipFoodie
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice food.Decor is ok.Overall service is ok.Good for families.

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jerrkowa
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit and we both had excellent meals. I had Shrimp Jalfrezi which is shrimp with vegetables. My wife had Shrimp Masala which she raved about. The shrimp were very large and tasty, I would estimate they were in the 15-20/lb. range. The naan was excellent. The portions were about the right size for both of us. The décor was appropriate for an Indian restaurant and the staff were friendly and efficient. While the location is in an older strip mall, that is true of most of Raleigh's restaurants- e.g. the Saint Jacques, one of Raleigh's best restaurants, is in an equally old strip mall. The only negative is that the prices are slightly high for Indian food.

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vipRichardK
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was our first visit to Royal India.
The food was very tasty and authentic.
I recommended giving this restaurant a try.

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vipCate
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2014
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We are frequent diners at Royal India. We took a couple of friends to dinner, who are new to Indian food. And they loved it. You can't go wrong, everything on their menu is great. You can even have them make it mild, medium or hot.

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vipCate
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a quaint and delicious place to eat. The owner is very attentive. Don't let the exterior fool you. It is located in a semi deserted strip mall, but the food is fantastic. The best Indian food we've found in Raleigh.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Royal India using the Order Online button. Royal India also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Royal India also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 981-0849.

Royal India is rated 4.7 stars by 46 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.