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Royal India

4.2
4.2
62 Reviews
$30 and under
Indian
One of the oldest Indian restaurants in Raleigh, North Carolina, Royal India Restaurant offers quality Indian cuisine in North Carolina. We offer vegetarian, vegan, and meat (chicken, goat, seafood) dishes. Some of the menu items include Indian appetizers; soups & salads; vegetable and vegan specialties; chicken, seafood, lamb & goat specialties; Indian specialty bread (naan bread); clay-oven "tandoori" specialties; rice and biryanis; desserts; Indian beverages; seasonal special options; and much more.

Royal India offers fine dining without a 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.

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2 people

10:00 PM


Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Indian, Vegetarian, Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 981-0849

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Baba Balbir Singh

  • Catering

    We can cater food for private parties or business meetings. We have capacity to cater food for 50 to 2,000 people. We can cater to North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia. We are fully insured for restaurant and catering requirements.

  • Private party facilities

    We have partitioned dining area with seating capacity for 50 people. This includes projector with a screen and state-of-the-art sound system for private parties or meetings. We also offer Wi-Fi facility.

  • Private party contact

    Ram Tirath: (919) 749-0707

  • Neighborhood

    Raleigh

  • Cross street

    Old Buffalo Rd

  • Parking details

    Plenty of parking is available in the spacious Tarry More Shopping Square.

  • Public transit

    We are on the route for Raleigh Public Transportation.

  • Entertainment

    Karaoke, Belly Dance, Sports on Big Screen.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

What 62 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. DB

    DanielB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the best Indian food I have ever tried. Highly recommend.
  2. S

    Sunny

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Please Improve taste for Indian customers and try to serve on time
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Language barrier but could try to a little more engaging and friendly. Overall very satisfied
  4. o

    olivierm

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice spot for a family outing. Enjoyed my first time there.
  5. E

    Eric

    Raleigh

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Royal India has a fantastic selection of Indian dishes that are not easily found at other places. I ordered a sizzling royal sampler and it was fantastic. This is one of the oldest Indian restaurants in Raleigh and it is clear why it has been around for so long!
  6. R

    Reservations

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    They messed up the order and made everything extra spicy. It was inedible.
  7. A

    Anony

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Very dirty and no care of hygiene. Do not recommend at all.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved the food! A little pricey but you'll have great leftovers.
  9. AF

    AllieF

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Royal India was very authentic and an amazing experience for our first Indian cuisine. Wait staff is very different from usual, be we did not mind. Everything came out very quickly, hot, and delicious. The restaurant itself was warm and the food has a base spice so dress accordingly.
  10. AR

    AlexR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very good. I would highly recommend this restaurant

    Royal IndiaResponded on February 18, 2022Hi Alex, we thank you for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review. We are happy to see you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you back soon!

  11. JS

    JenniferS

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Arrived on time for reservation, place was half empty an still had to wait 20 minutes before anyone acknowledged us. Ordered food finally and when it was brought, no one even explained what dish was which. We were missing a couple dishes and it took 2 requests to finally get them at the end of our meal. Totally not impressed… and that wasn’t my first experience at this place. Probably not going back
  12. W

    Wineanddine

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    rude small portions extremely expensive for a simple small lunch
  13. CA

    ColA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    The food was good and I love the atmosphere. I wish the food was a bit more but overall it was good.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot for a lunch date. Will be back
  15. k

    keitha

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, the service, the attention to the COVID issue, were all excellent. The atmosphere is always enjoyable.
  16. B

    Birthday

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2021

    overall5food5service2ambience3
    Great food

    Royal IndiaResponded on May 27, 2021Thank 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!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    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!”
  18. T

    Travel

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    They were very rude!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice decor good food excellent portions

    Royal IndiaResponded on April 7, 2021Greetings; 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.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent the food was delicious

    Royal IndiaResponded on April 7, 2021Greetings, 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!

  21. a

    aaaaaaaa

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    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 IndiaResponded on March 14, 2021Greetings, 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!

  22. S

    Susan

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite restaurant. The food and service are excellent!

    Royal IndiaResponded on March 14, 2021Greetings 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!

  23. B

    Bearshoney

    Raleigh

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 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 IndiaResponded on March 14, 2021Thank 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!

  24. JS

    JoeS

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 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.
  25. J

    J27712

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 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
  26. T

    Timothy

    1 review

    5.0

    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 IndiaResponded on February 3, 2021Greetings 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.

  27. WI

    WILFREDT

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    the food is horrible and expensive service is very poor.
  28. JC

    JennC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food! We’ve eaten here for years and it’s always good

    Royal IndiaResponded on February 13, 2021Thank 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!

  29. DJ

    DeniseJ

    1 review

    3.0

    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.
  30. AV

    AVisitor2983

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 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.
  31. M

    Matt

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, even with Covid restrictions. Great food and service at reasonable prices.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    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!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 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.
  34. C

    Chris

    Raleigh

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 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!
  35. C

    Cassidy

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 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.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Immersive, top notch, personable, generous.
  37. AR

    AmyR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 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.
  38. VA

    VisitorAtNC

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The owner was super creepy and kept hovering near me at an uncomfortably close distance. Not going back.
  39. DB

    DianeB

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    But I would tell them the food is very hot, at least everything on the buffet
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. ..so many authentic choices

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
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required

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 4.2 stars by 62 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Royal India

3901 Capital Blvd, Suite 103, Raleigh, NC 27604

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Old Buffalo Rd

  • Neighborhood

    Raleigh

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Indian, Vegetarian, Vegan

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Plenty of parking is available in the spacious Tarry More Shopping Square.

  • Public transit

    We are on the route for Raleigh Public Transportation.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Baba Balbir Singh

  • Entertainment

    Karaoke, Belly Dance, Sports on Big Screen.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (919) 981-0849

  • Catering

    We can cater food for private parties or business meetings. We have capacity to cater food for 50 to 2,000 people. We can cater to North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia. We are fully insured for restaurant and catering requirements.

  • Private party facilities

    We have partitioned dining area with seating capacity for 50 people. This includes projector with a screen and state-of-the-art sound system for private parties or meetings. We also offer Wi-Fi facility.

  • Private party contact

    Ram Tirath: (919) 749-0707

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