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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.
Boston, MA 02116
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There is also metered parking and garages on nearby streets (Newbury Street,Boylston Street & Charles Street).
Green Line - Arlington
Certified Master Chef Daniel Dumont
Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Café at Taj Boston Ratings and Reviews
This place SUCKED. So far from what it used to be. Manages to fail at both Indian and American food... If you want either, try a place that notably excels at one or the other. The chicken tikka masala was allegedly the "mildest" they could do and yet, it was inedible. Horrible. Horrible. Horrible. We left this restaurant in utter disappointment and would dissuade any person from dining here... Not to mention that we were one of THREE other dinner reservations on a Saturday night... My friends The Taj is long past its time.
This is the kind of review that is hard to write. You don't have anything bad to say but equally you don't have anything good to say either. There is not one thing that stands out wrt to the looks or taste of the food. The location, environment, service is very good and really enjoyed the time with Family.
The cafe experience was very good in terms of the food, atmosphere, and service. The Indian haddock was delicious but the server should have oferred to debone!!
The bar was another matter. We ordered two cups of green tea and upon being served noticed something stuck to the inside of one tea cup. When we asked the waiter for another cup he looked at us skeptically and then picked up the cup and actually proceeded to stick his nose into it (not just sniffing it but actually sticking his nose into it) and then shrugging his shoulders and saying confidently, "nothing wrong here." At which point I simply insisted he stop the inspection and just bring a new cup. I'm not sure I'd expect it tollerate this sort of behavior anywhere, but I was aghast to experience it at the Taj! If a customer asks for a new cup, dish, utensil, whatever....dear lord, just bring it!!
The restaurant was noisy. The waitstaff seemed overworked and not knowledgeable of the menu. We were unattended for long periods of time. The food and cocktails was uninspired. It was waste of time and most importantly my money. I will not be visiting this place again.
We were on a weekend visit and this was pre-theater dinner celebrating our son's relocation to Boston from La Jolla CA- and we so enjoyed as the lights twinkled on the trees outside the windows looking out on Newbury street on a winter evening still lingering in holiday season! We were welcomed with little scoops of baby thai shrimp as complimentary starters. The chicken tikka was tastily crunchy as the cheese (paneer) appetizer was delectable - the murgh masala entree was a flavorful delicacy- the amritsar chhole was good too- and the subz biryani well complemented it all. Top that with delicious mango lassi - and what can I say? -made for a memorable occasion for so many reasons!
I was hoping for an elegant anniversary dinner but the experience was more like a family meal served in the North End. I was not told in advance that the regular menu was not available on Christmas Eve. I ordered a French 75 cocktail which classically is served in a flute glass. Mine came in a collins glass over ice. Champagne served over ice? Food was good, but not notable, and the service lacked the panache of the old Ritz Carlton dining room.
The service was abysmal. There was confusion about who was assigned to our table and the problems persisted even after the manager was told. Food was slow to arrive as was the check. In the meantime tables around us were served. The food was meager and greasy. We thought this was not up to Taj standards and will not return.
Food is good here, setting very nice in the Café. Nice view of Newbury Street. Furniture/fixtures look old and tired; sort of little old lady like. Only issues were I had to ask 2x to have water glass refilled and you should not have to ask that of the waiter at this type of restaurant in this type of hotel at this price point. Other issue was it took forever once I gave them my credit card to get the final bill. Aside from those 2 issues - everything was fine.
The area around the Boston Garden has not been kind to restaurants, the lamented Aujourd'hui at the Four Seasons being just one example. The former Café at the Ritz (entrance on Newbury St.) is now the Café at Taj Boston. The place remains impressive and elegant.
The dinner menu appears in two columns, one offers standard upscale corporate items, the other "Honors our Indian Heritage," The limited Indian menu, I'm sorry to say, fell short of my expectations which admittedly were high. The lamb in Rara Ghost was dry and the spicing, tame. Other Indian dishes were underwhelming. And then there are the prices. The Open Table app estimates $31 to $50 but for dinner, the least expensive appetizer plus main is $36 and with bread, dessert, a drink, tax and tip, expect to leave the café $100 lighter...per person. There are vegetarian selections and the noise level is modest.
The service was excellent, attentive and helpful.
For the big spender, this place is just fine; for better and less expensive fare in a handsome setting try Kashmir down Newbury Street.
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