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The Café at Taj Boston

4.2
4.2
399 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

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.

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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

  • Phone number

    (617) 598-5255

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Certified Master Chef Daniel Dumont

  • Neighborhood

    Boston/New England

  • Cross street

    Newbury Street

  • Parking details

    There is also metered parking and garages on nearby streets (Newbury Street,Boylston Street & Charles Street). <br /> <br />

  • Public transit

    Green Line - Arlington

  • Additional

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

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What 399 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on July 18, 2018

    overall1foodserviceambience

    I have been a regular customer for the Taj Cafe and the Ritz Cafe before it for many years. I particularly liked the Taj's combination of Indian and New England fare. On a recent trip on July 2, most of the Indian dishes had been removed. We were informed by the staff that this was intentional because it was "getting to be like Calcutta in here" and they didn't want "those people" to come in. Needless to say, the racism didn't sit well, and I will not be dining here again.

  2. H

    Herbydog

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    We very much enjoyed our evening at the Taj Café. It was our anniversary and we wanted someplace with beautiful ambiance, comfortable seating, excellent service and a quiet environment and oh yes, EXCELLENT food. The Taj Café hit every mark. We ordered from the Indian fare menu and it was outstanding!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Good stuff

  4. GG

    GGirl

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2017

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Attentive and friendly service - best part of the dining experience. Food was tasty but not outstanding. VERY small portions. Did not live up to expectations - - expected something special given the price.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2017

    overall3food2service1ambience4

    Very disappointed. We loved the restaurant last year for Christmas dinner. This year was very different. Poor service with an arrogant server. Very slow. Food was mediocre. Will go somewhere else next year.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2017

    overall4food3service2ambience5

    Everything was fine except for the service. Omg, we practically had to get down on our knees to beg for a water refill. Finally the people at the next table (in a different waitstaff zone) told their water-pourer that we needed some too, since they noticed we had been trying unsuccessfully to catch our waitstaff's attention for around 15 minutes. Note to self: next time come prepared with our own water bottles! (p.s. I checked off "good for romantic dinner" because you certainly don't have to worry about overly solicitous waitstaff interrupting anything!)

  7. BJ

    BermudaJ

    San Diego

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The service and food were excellent. Our server Michael was outstanding!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and exceptional customer service experience!! I dine here frequently and I am never disappointed!

  9. GF

    GracieFS

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2017

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Our guest wanted a burger, which was not on the menu, but it was not a problem. It was also delicious. My husband and I like to go there because I can enjoy the Indian food while he has traditional favorites such as the clam chowder. It's a warm and pleasant environment, and it's easy to have a conversation as the noise level is low.

  10. C

    Christopher

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2017

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    Service level has dropped here over the years. The waitstaff looks ancient, inattentive, and lazy. Food is always good, but mix the high prices with the poor service, and it does not seem worth it anymore.

  11. ME

    MaryEllenTSouthend

    New England

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best eggs Benedict in town.

  12. l

    likegoodfood

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Lovely s always

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2017

    overall4food5service4ambience4

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

  14. YN

    YusufN

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2017

    overall1food2service2ambience1

    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!

  15. DD

    DrDave

    New England

    64 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2017

    overall2food4service1ambience4

    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!

  16. S

    Sandy

    New England

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience3

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

  17. L

    Leslie

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    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!!

  19. B

    Brookliner

    New England

    275 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    275 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2017

    overall4food3service4ambience4

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

  20. RS

    RSKrishnan

    Birmingham

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2017

    overall1food1service3ambience4

    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.

  21. d

    diner

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    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.

  22. WT

    WolfgangTravels

    Central Coast

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    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.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2017

    overall3food3service1ambience4

    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

  24. N

    Nancy

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2017

    overall2food3service2ambience3

    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

  25. k

    kenb

    New England

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    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!

  26. s

    sscole

    Richmond

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  27. S

    Sudeeksha

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2017

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    The food had one note.. thats butter. Its pricey for the quality and service offered.

  28. 7

    77mtvernon

    New England

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    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.

  29. GT

    GlobalTresspasser

    New England

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    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.

  30. O

    Omi77

    New England

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    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.

  31. m

    merwansgirl

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  32. DS

    DSKramer

    Miami

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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!

  33. TT

    TomT

    Austin

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2017

    overall3food3service1ambience3

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

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2017

    overall4food5service5ambience3

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

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4

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

  36. j

    jhholly

    New England

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The café at Taj offers elegant service for both breakfast and particularly dinner. Lovely atmosphere, lighting, paintings, linen and flatware. Professional wait staff and some of the best Indian food in the city.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service

  38. KC

    KevinC

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2017

    overall2food1service2ambience3

    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!!

  40. KC

    KevinC

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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  • Cross street

    Newbury Street

  • Neighborhood

    Boston/New England

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Indian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    There is also metered parking and garages on nearby streets (Newbury Street,Boylston Street & Charles Street). <br /> <br />

  • Public transit

    Green Line - Arlington

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Certified Master Chef Daniel Dumont

  • Additional

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

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