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.
Seven Lunch Specials Daily$13.99 per person
Multiple dates availableDear 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.
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Diner temperature check required
Great spot for a lunch date. Will be back
The food, the service, the attention to the COVID issue, were all excellent. The atmosphere is always enjoyable.
Thank you Shereen! We take great pleasure in serving authentic, award-winning Indian food. We also highly appreciate your review and 5-star rating. Please come again and try our lunch specials. We have 13 lunch specials and each of them offers multiple combos and generous portion sizes reflecting our buffet offering!
Wow - excellent dinner - lots of Indian restaurants around but hard to find a good one. This one far exceeded my expectations.
The owner and family been there 31 years.
Great service- recommendations spot on. After we finished and we’re boxing rest to take home, he brought us extra rice to take and a complementary dessert.
Best way to say it - we’ll be back!”
They were very rude!
Nice decor good food excellent portions
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.
Everything was excellent the food was delicious
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!
Fantastic food, fantastic atmosphere, the music was awesome, and id literally eat every day if my stomach would take it!
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!
Favorite restaurant. The food and service are excellent!
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!
The food was outstanding—as always. Service great. The hardest thing is trying to decide what to order!
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!
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.
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
The service and food was excellent. They made sure we always had drinks and asking if you needed anything. Great experience.
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.
the food is horrible and expensive service is very poor.
Fantastic food! We’ve eaten here for years and it’s always good
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!
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.
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.
Great experience, even with Covid restrictions. Great food and service at reasonable prices.
Food Authentic and Delicious! Decor very traditional! Chicken Tikka Masala and garlic naan , can’t go wrong! Tons of vegan and gluten free options!
The owner was very hospitable! Service was amazing and so was the food! Truly will go back again.
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!
We had a wonderful time and the food was great! They were very accommodating with us bringing a cake for a birthday.
Immersive, top notch, personable, generous.
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.
The owner was super creepy and kept hovering near me at an uncomfortably close distance. Not going back.
But I would tell them the food is very hot, at least everything on the buffet
Food was delicious. ..so many authentic choices
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.
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
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!
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.
Service slow but it was crowded. Ambiance in need of updating. Food was good.
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.
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.
The food here was exceptional. It just might be the best in Raleigh!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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 4.2 stars by 51 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.