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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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4.4

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4.2

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4.3

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3.9

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81% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2016

Amazing service from Gianfranco! Excellent raw appetizers as well as halibut cooked to perfection...paired with outstanding wine selections; the exceptional, personalized service made this meal memorable/it exceeded all expectations...many thanks!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 2, 2016

Very slow service; had to ask for menus; totally absent servers; tables from previous diners not cleared. Food was very good but clearly no management in restaurant; brought out of town guests here and had to apologize for service

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 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2016

Consistent great food and service. It would be great to see some younger faces of diners if marketing could find a way to attract a more diverse age group. Keep up the great dining experience.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2016

I eat there often and always enjoy the wait staff. Food is reliable.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 4, 2016

Beautiful place to eat. Stayed at the Taj, also beautiful. Had brunch, small bite and dessert after seeing a play, and breakfast the next morning. Expect to pay but well worth it. Look forward to eating there again.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on August 27, 2016

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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 9, 2016

Love this very civilized venue. Food was great, service was outstanding. Fabulous atmosphere, very relaxing and low noise level. I can not wait to go back soon!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2016

I expected the food to be much better than the other Indian restaurant because of its name and price points but was disappointed. The food was nothing to rave about and the price was steep.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 15, 2016

Not worth it. Service was not great. Took 45 mins for food to come.

1 person found this review helpful.
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2016

Always stop here when I'm in Boston. A great place for a business breakfast or lunch. Five Star Service, Excellent Menu.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 4, 2016

We loved every bite. The regular menu is marvelous. But this time we tried a number of the Indian entrees which were absolutely wonderful. Bravo. The service was wonderful, and the evening was perfect. We'll be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on July 3, 2016

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.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on June 29, 2016

We each ordered the lobster roll. It was good but tiny. At $30+ pp (when you include tax and tip) I'd rather not go away hungry.

Otherwise it was fine and the service was great!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2016

Food was great. Great Indian, definitely very tasty

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 10, 2016

As always, perfect service and food delicious! Comfortable seating with enough space in between tables so that business could easily be conducted. Our waiter recommendations were spot on!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 1, 2016

The Indian food option at the beautiful Taj Cafe is a welcome addition to the Back Bay.
Arjun, the Maitre d, is professional, gracious and unobtrusive - a lovely old world sensibility, updated for 2016. I'm happy to have this option in the neighborhood.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 3, 2016

Excellent Indian and domestic menus. The Indian food was delicious.

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 (London)·Dined on March 24, 2016

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!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on March 20, 2016

We brought my 2 year old granddaughter to Brunch in Boston in Sunday. It was wonderful, the service was outstanding. I loved when the waiter called my little one, "Mademoiselle" The food was excellent. Definitely would go back again.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 19, 2016

food was good but not outstanding. Service was quick.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 13, 2016

Everything was wonderful. We stayed at the hotel and everything about our breakfast was fantastic!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 27, 2016

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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 27, 2016

If you like Indian food you will love the taj. Service was excellent as well :)

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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Delicious meals!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 31, 2016

Really liked the eggs benedict with crab cakes and the pancakes!!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 22, 2016

Great place to have dinner! Especially on a date.
Awesome drinks!
Fabulous service

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 9, 2016

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!

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 9, 2016

Absolutely Fabulous!
Love the service
Love the food
I love it here.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2016

Bad service. Worst Indian food in Boston. Rice smells. Will never go back here or recommend it to anyone.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2015

Wonderful service, great food.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2015

I had the crabcake with a salad that was perfect. My husband had the short ribs
which I am afraid to order , but they were probably the best ever!! Slightly snobbish
waitstaff, but not enough to cause a hassel. I would go back.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2015

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2015

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.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 13, 2015

The food and service can't be beat. Definitely one of my favorite indulgences in the city. Makes weekend trips to Newbury street worth it!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2015

Wonderful food. very knowledgeable waiter , fantastic service. Very good and reasonably priced wine list. Only negative point that restaurant is to casual for this quality of hotel and dining. Suggest tablecloth etc.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Boise)·Dined on November 12, 2015

The Diwali menu wasn't great for vegetarians. Could have been better

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2015

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.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2015

Great service and hospitality. Comfortable seating and they kept our request for a best seat.. Right by the window. Made our anniversary dinner fabulous!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 24, 2015

Absolutely wonderful!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2015

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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