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About The Café at Taj Boston

A Boston landmark for over 55 years, this AAA Four Diamond restaurant features a wall of windows overlooking the ever-changing view of Newbury Street. Enjoy the flexibility of a duel menu featuring Contemporary New England cuisine, as well as authentic Indian.

15 Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Indian

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday, 6:30am – 11:00am
Lunch: Monday – Friday, 11:30am – 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday, 5:30pm – 10:30pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday, 7am – 2:30pm

Cross Street:
Newbury Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 598-5255

Website:
http://www.tajhotels.com/boston

Parking Details:
There is also metered parking and garages on nearby streets (Newbury Street,Boylston Street & Charles Street).

Public Transit:
Green Line - Arlington

Executive Chef:
Certified Master Chef Daniel Dumont

Additional:
Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Daily 5:30PM - 5:30PM 6:00PM - 6:00PM 6:30PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 8:30PM

The Café at Taj Boston Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

81% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
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Special Occasion (5)
Business Meals (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Romantic (4)
People Watching (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Authentic (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Scenic View (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Casual (1)
Fun (1)
Healthy (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

The food was incredibly good, even though the service was not. The tikka masala and the biryani were both amazing.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

So utterly disappointing! The decor is very dilapidated and had nothing magnificent at all about it. I ordered the Lucknow Murgh Biryani and for a staggering $28 I got a half-plateful of very average fare. I have had better food in hole-in-the-wall places in Dallas and Chicago. No pickle, no proper relish or accessory items. Not even a lassi or salty drink to escort the measly entree. Bah!

Tags: Scenic View, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Our waiter mostly ignored us, didn't take our food order, left the wine bottle on our table for so long that finally I asked the maitre d' for the check and said this must just be a bad night, at which point he took over as our waiter and things got better (not great but better). Good vegetarian Indian dishes, and some very nice wines, though!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I miss the cobalt blue water goblets on the table! It warmed the room!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great food, great service, great location with a view of Newbury Street. Thank you!

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

As a long time Taj customer, I once again found my dinner experience (and stay) excellent AND consistent. The change in ownership does not seem to have affected the customer experience in either direction- kudos!!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Cobb salad and naan were delicious -- service was excellent.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Romantic, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Probably the worst Indian food in town though it’s billed as an Indian restaurant.
This does NOT live up to the Taj Group’s reputation. Vastly overpriced too.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent service from not just our waiter, but the assistant and the maitre'd as well. Besides the standard contemporary American items, the restaurant has a selection of Indian dishes -- we had the chicken tikka masala and seafood curry, which were excellent. Very good wine list and cocktails as well.

Most of the customers appeared to be hotel guests -- this restaurant should be better known among locals.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Had a craving for Indian food. Great service. Delicious food. Elegant and peaceful environment, Thank you Mr. GEBREHIWOT for the attentive service and continuous smile.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We went on the weekend to Boston with my family and choose Taj Cafe for what we read in open table. Food was good we had the watermelon gazpacho and salmon (was really good) and Burguer for kids
But the service was not good. Waitresses seem to be tired (I can understand) but when we asked for an additional seat they just throug one set of knife and fork and that was it, then we asked for a proper seat (that something unacceptable in one plane like this) however we said don't worry. Then our waitress was pushing a lot, trying to make us order something we did not want. At the end he was insisting with a dessert that we said no but at the end he brought two ice cream for the kids (I told him please no because they are sick) but he did not care and brought them any way, when I told him please take them away he insisted and left them on the table and made us understand that it was a courtesy so we ended up eating them but he charged us
we did not like that pushing service when we are dining and specially someone that don't listen. It is not that he charged us but is not good don't listen and trying to do what they wanted and no what customer order and pay for

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Have been to Taj many times. This time we sat at our table for 15 minutes before any menus were brought to us. Service was slow and orders were not brought out at the same time. We also had a small child with us and needed a high chair and it was brought out to us and was dirty so asked for another one. Food it usually good but I felt the wait staff was not very attentive had to ask for coffee refills

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The cafe is still intimate and pleasant..michael the server was great and steered us to a great dinner and Jason the maitre d came to make sure we were happy..food was great!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Great as always! One of my favorite places for breakfast in the city.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 23, 2017

As usual, a lovely place to take friends from out of town: excellent and professional service, decent portions, interesting Indo-Bostonian menu, plenty of room between tables, quiet. And having the Public Garden across the street gives the opportunity for a pre- or post-lunch stroll.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 7, 2017

We have had a delicious Indian meal at the Taj Cafe on four different evenings, sometimes early, sometimes later. The noise level is very reasonable, so conversation is easy. The service is excellent, as one would expect in the Taj hotel. We have never tried the Western items on the menu, but all of the Indian dishes are delicious. Given the location, prices for food are reasonable, although the wine is as over-priced as it is in other Back Bay restaurants.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Food was great! Service was awesome as well especially with Michael who was such a lovely professional waiter to have. Our wedding anniversary was beautifully spent at Taj Café.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on July 20, 2017

We informed the restaurant that we were celebrating a special occasion and they did not disappoint. A beautiful dessert was delivered complete with birthday candles and without the embarrassing birthday song. We had a window table to afford some people watching and the service was just perfect--quick, efficient and unintrusvve.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 9, 2017

This was a last minute decision, and what a treat in all aspects. The host is so warm and accommodating.
Our server was very attentive to the vegan at the table. After ordering, the chef informed him that there was butter in the entree selected.
Our server came right out and offered alternatives.
Our meal was creative and very tasty!
Loved the entire experience!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, People Watching
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Not what you expect from a Taj... maybe a Denny's, but you get better service at a Denny's.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 4, 2017

It was hot. They had fans to cool people scattered around but not very effective. One sun drape was not working.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2017

It was our family dinner, we enjoyed food ,atmosphere was great ,love to come again

Tags: Seasonal, Casual, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Charlie is our favorite waiter, he always treats us like VIP's!

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 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2017

The cafe used to be the place to go for good Indian food when this hotel was owned by Tata group, now its a privately owned and the food quality has dropped significantly. We have been regular at this place for past 4 years but this time India food was really bad. Wont be going here again!!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Charlie is the best! We look be him! - Kevin and Karin

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 (New England)·Dined on May 19, 2017

worst experience ever, service is bad, my cousin has an allergy to nuts and we made sure that the waiter know and specifically ask for orders that doesn't contain nuts , and he recommended some , but still she got an allergic reaction !! I ran with her to the pharmacy to get her an epinephrine pen and instead of apologizing to the rest of the party , they acted like nothing happened , they even made us pay the full amount of the bill !
never ever think of going there again

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 (New England)·Dined on May 19, 2017

We visited the Cafe frequently when it was part of the Ritz. Our dining pattern changed and this was the first visit to the Cafe at the Taj. It was an outstanding experience: the ambiance was perfect, the service was impeccable (thank you, Robin) and the food was delightful. We are looking forward to our next visit. The Cafe at the Taj has to be the optimum place for pre/post theater or concert dining.

Tags: Late-night Find, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We love Charlie and the staff at the TAJ! The Best!

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 (New England)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Noisy, slow and bland.

Screaming children.

The Indian menu seemed promising a year ago but what had obtained is flavorless and completely lacking in spice.

$18 for a minute glass of house wine is far too much.

The room itself is nice.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Service was incredible, attentive, and treated like a true art form. We loved the balance of high end Western and Indian fair.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on April 19, 2017

The food wasn't very good. Crab cakes tasted like flour paste.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Hello:
I love the Taj's cafe being the old Ritz becasue it has class, ambience and a softness in its decor. The brunches are lovely and very good. The special days that I have attened including Thanksgiving has always been wonderful.
Thank you for this gem that has not been transfixed by ugly decor and a cheap facade!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Afternoon Coffee, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Afternoon Tea
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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2017

The food was fabulous. I dined with my family for breakfast on Easter Sunday. We had last minute change of plans and needed a place for breakfast on short notice. We found they had an opening on Open Table and they had great reviews so we booked it. We were not disappointed. We arrived a few minutes late, but were able to valet parked the car and were seated right away. They had a variety of breakfast items to choose from. The service was professional. What you'd expect from a downtown Boston hotel restaurant. The hotel is adjacent to the Boston Commons, so we walked around after eating. It was a perfect Easter morning. I would recommend dining here, the location, food and service was great.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Service was slow and inattentive (it took 20 minutes to get the toast that was supposed to arrive with my breakfast). The $17 Bloody Mary was basically a (fairly small) glass of tomato juice. The techno-pop music being piped in I suppose appeals to millennials, but was off-putting to me (and clashed with an otherwise elegant atmosphere). There are many restaurants in Boston where one can pay top-dollar and get excellent service and food--this place charges exorbitant prices and provides a thoroughly disappointing experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 2, 2017

It's just a small cafe . So, if you are planning to go out on a special occasion then it is
not the place to be. The food is good with nice presentation but could be better. It's a 5 * hotel
to live but not to dine.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 1, 2017

We went to the Cafe since we had a dressy event afterwards and it seemed like a good place to go nearby. The food was actually very good, although very expensive. Service was mostly fine, except the person who greeted us as we arrived was a bit rude, and we waited at the table for a bit too long before anyone offered a drink. One expects more perfection in such a venue! The filet mignon was delicious.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 31, 2017

The Northern Indian food is excellent. If you get an experienced waiter, you are in for a treat- Take a table (although drafty) at the window.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 22, 2017

This gem continues to be a class act among Boston restaurants. A fresh menu that includes old standards and Indian standbys, attentive and knowledgeable waitstaff, and tradition reeling from the walls. A wonderful luncheon experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Food was very good and presentation was well done. We have ordered both American and Indian selections and were both delicious. Their Banana Crème Brulee was a bit different. It didn't have the traditional custard texture but was tasty. Restaurant wasn't that busy on a Saturday evening but our server was. Will definitely come back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on March 3, 2017

We had an excellent meal! The oysters were perfection, the gnocchi were the lightest and fluffiest we have had in a long time. The tuna app had so many different layers of flavors. The salmon was cooked perfectly! I have allergies and had no problems!! Very professional service! Well worth the cost!

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