The Maharaja

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400 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian

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Good Vegetarian Options
Located in a heart of Harvard Square, The Maharaja is the Top Indian restaurant in Boston/Cambridge. The Maharaja serves an authentic Indian cuisine in a stunning setting, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking bustling Harvard Square.

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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
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4.4
Ambience
4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Decent food and nice service. The last time we visited this place was in 2011. We had expected the same quality of food. Overall a decent experience.

K
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

The restaurant was pretty empty when we go there and it took about 15 minutes for a server to take our order once we ordered we waited about 45 minutes for our food, they brought the appetizers with the entrees which was disappointing and forgot the condiments we ordered, server never came back to check on us or see if we needed anything or more drinks. The food was really tasteless, which is odd for an Indian restaurant the dishes tasted bland, and the meats were very tough. Our little Indian restaurant by where we will is much better!

GS
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent, reasonably priced and the service was excellent.

MT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The buffet was delicious and the service was friendly and attentive.

A
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was all delicious and our server was very attentive. We would definitely go back.

S
New England
15 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was good and ambience was also good for everyday restaurant. Service was ok. My main dish came out incorrect (wrong dish) and had to wait while my friends dinner was already out (we were in a hurry for a play). Server was polite but never really apologize for the mistake. Other than the server mishap, it was a decent experience.

AI
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

I thought the place would be a little fancier but it seemed more like a family restaurant. The service was great but the food wasn't that good. It wasn't that bad either but I have tried way better and more delicious quality indian food. The food was kind of plain and boring without that "kick" you expect from indian food. Take the chicken samosas, they taste like plain, dry ground chicken wrapped in fried pastry. I also usually LOVE! Indian mango chutney, but sadly, here it tasted more like very sweet mango jelly without that tangy savory flavor I was expecting. We also ordered a lamb dish but we didn't like it. We did like the chicken dish.

L
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The food was pretty good overall. We went for the buffet. It was pretty crowded. Most of the food was fairly spicy. Parking is a definite issue but once you find a space, it's worth the wait.

MB
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food took a long time to arrive from the kitchen and one dish was wrong, but everything we ordered was so good.

KG
New England
47 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We love this place and go every few months. Both eggplant dishes are delicious. The food is fresh and the wait staff are attentive, but not hovering.

WR
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were a group of 6, 4 of whom are Indian (aka tough critics). Our server was amazing. The food was great. EVERYONE was happy.

MC
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Luncheon Buffet...Wonderful selection freshly prepared...Excellent friendly service from Frank my waiter

SS
New England
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Highly recommend - wonderful ambiance overlooking the square in Cambridge. There is an extensive menu for vegans and vegetarian with wonderful tasty dishes.

N
New England
15 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

What a nice surprise in Harvard square. The restaurant is surrounded by full glass windows so we could watch the snow through dinner. Food delicious -- naan, chicken tikka masala, samosas, pakoras, etc. wait staff great. Recommended!

IU
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Best Indian food compared to other Indian restaurants. The staff is always friendly and efficient and quick! Definitely a great place to gather with friends and family! My favorite restaurant so far!

KM
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food as always! Great for gluten free.

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was fabulous and the staff were fantastic. There was a good variety of vegetarian options. For the non- vegetarians the chicken tiki masala was lovely.

AB
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is the best for Indian food - the food is great, service is very prompt and diligent even when crowded, it's clean, tastefully decorated, with huge windows over JFK st. & the small park next to it.

BK
New England
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, friendly staff, delicious food!

E
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food at the lunch buffet is AMAZING! We ate sooooo much and it was some of the best Indian food I've had in Boston. Everything tasted super fresh and not overly greasy. There was also so much variety. I wished it was little bit less expensive but that is just because I am a broke college student. Overall, it was well worth it and I will definitely be back.

NP
New England
26 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

I'm a regular at this place. This time I had Murgh Wajid Ali -- Chicken in creamy sauce
which I found too bland. But everything else was fine, and I'll be back!

CO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The Lamb Saag is delightful--so flavorful. And the ambience is vibrant, understated.

NP
New England
26 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I'm a regular at the Maharajah. I like the ambience and the service is always excellent.
Sometimes in the past the curry has been a bit bland -- not this time! I had a Lamb Vindaloo
which should be hot enough to bring on a sweat -- and it certainly did.

MP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

We went to Maharaja for a birthday dinner. We were luckily given a corner seat with window on both sides. It added to our celebrations. The night view was georgeous and food phenominal.
The 'paneer tikka' starter and 'hara bhara kabab' were tasty. But the highlight for us was the 'chicken
biryani'. My husband loved the Lucknow styled 'biryani' and really relished it till 2 days later. So in all, it was a fun night with tasty food.

B
New England
13 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love this place - all fo the food is so good and the service is awesome. Not to mention all fo the windows for Harvard watching!

TT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Nothing jumps out at me good or bad, would recommend in a pinch.

HD
New England
33 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent tandoori chicken, attentive service, lovely view over Harvard square and reasonable prices make for a lovely evening

l
New England
29 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Once again, excellent in all respects. Our 4th dinner in 3 months, mostly with friends who thought the same.

BP
New England
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent buffet lunch, excellent Indian food!! Perfect for our multi-generation group on a Sunday before a theater performance at the Loeb.

l
New England
29 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent range of choice, best dishes very fine indeed, especially for the price. Two of our favorites are dal makhani and lamb saag. Wine list very modest but adequate. Service very attentive but not intrusive. Table layout attractive--not close-packed like many Cambridge restaurants--with a great many along the plate glass windows on two sides. Altogether one of our current favorite Cambridge dining options.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Horrible very poor quality food
Terrible
Nerves again

The Maharaja
Responded on 11 October 2019

We are sorry you did not have a good experience when dining with us. We will pass these comments along to our staff and we hope to see you in the future.

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A
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

it was solid north indian food. Nothing special but good if you're in the mood for indian, are in a large group, and/or looking for not too expensive dining experience

EG
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had my friend’s birthday dinner there and loved it! The food was fantastic!!! We’ll definitely be back.

C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a great Cambridge institution! The food is great, authentic, fresh indian cuisine. The large picture windows and perch on the 2nd floor make it a perfect spot to people watch in picturesque Harvard Square whie you enjoy a wonderful meal!

l
New England
54 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food with great regional variety and many dishes to select from for vegetarian and non vegetarian foodies!

Y
Nashville
21 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall4Food1Service4Ambience5

We wanted to like the food, but it was just bland. Being Indian, I have been to numerous Indian restaurants, but this was the worst. Absolutely no taste at all to the food... no seasoning. Perhaps if we had ordered off of the menu instead of the buffet, we could have specified the spice level. BLAND food.

l
New England
29 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Best of the 12-15 Boston area Indian restaurants we’ve visited in a 30-year period. Good service, diverse menu, excellent value, pleasant ambiance. We definitely plan to return and recommend.

d
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Bad food i want my money back. The chicken was burnt and all other food was cold as hell

The Maharaja
Responded on 10 September 2019

We are very sorry that you did not enjoy your meal. We wish that you would have contacted a manager during your visit to help remedy the situation. We hope to see you again in the future

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JW
New England
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

This place never disappoints! Have only been for dinner, but enjoy it every time.

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing. Nice night. Great food. Kind people.