Thinking of eating a piping hot Indian meal but don’t know where to start? Or have you always heard your friends rave about their favorite Indian restaurants in Boston and are looking for your own favourite? Let us help you!
Indian cuisine is delicious and varied. Just like the numerous regional languages and dialects found in the country, India has a vibrant array of different types of food. The best thing about Indian food is that it offers several tasty options for vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters. Some popular Indian dishes include Rotis & Naans, Tandoori Chicken, Samosas, Biryani, Rajma and Dal Chawal.
The best Indian restaurants in Boston:
1. Vaisakhi Boston:
Vaisakhi Boston offers a wide range of traditionally prepared Punjabi dishes. All of their meals are prepared the authentic Punjabi way: with lashings of pure ghee, cooked with spices, tomato, garlic, onion and ginger. They also have a nice selection of North Indian staters and home cooking like samosas, veggie/chicken pakoras and the ever-snacking aloo tikki.
Where: 157 Sutherland Rd, Boston MA 02135
Hours: Mon – Sun: 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m
2. Punjab Palace:
For over 30 years, Parmjit Singh of Punjab Palace has been serving quality Indian food at affordable prices in the Allston area. The Boston Indian Restaurant specializes in serving up its own ‘premium interpretations’ of all Indian ‘classics’. A trusted spot for a quick bite or cravings, Punjab Palace also has Bollywood flicks in the background to round out its desi dine-in experience.
Where: 109 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134, USA
Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m
3. Tikki Masala:
Tikki Masala is a charming little restaurant with homemade recipes made from fresh ingredients. Known for its friendly staff and helpful service, Tikki Masala is the best Indian restaurant to grab a bowl of warm lentil soup and a plate of healthy chicken, goat and lamb dishes.
Where: 3706 Washington Street Boston, MA, US 02130
Sunday – Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m
Thursday – Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m
4. The Maharaja:
The Maharaja is a highly rated Indian restaurant in the heart of Harvard Square. In addition to the promise of serving the best Indian food in Boston, the restaurant offers “royal” fare with an extensive menu and selected specialties. Besides delicious chicken and lamb curries, the desserts at The Maharaja (Gajar Halwa, Ras Malai and Gulab Jamuns) are a must.
Where: 57 JFK Street, 2nd Floor, Cambridge, MA, 02138.
Hours: Mon-Thu: 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. | Fri: 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. | Sat: 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. | Sun: 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m
*Note: Free delivery on online/phone orders and curbside pickup options are available here.
5. Shanti Boston:
Shanti Boston is a great place for guests who want to try hearty gourmet Indian dishes with simple and beautiful recipes. Start with a generous helping of chaat and follow it up with a healthy kofta croquette, lively curry or clay-baked tandoori dish. Shanti also offers you vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free Indian dishes.
Where: 111 Dorchester Ave, 02125 Dorchester, MA
Hours: Mon-Sun, 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m
6. Himalayan Cuisine:
Known locally for its goat biryani, tandoori tangri chicken and everyone’s favorite baby back ribs, Himalayan Kitchen offers a selection of favorites to suit different tastes and preferences. Uniquely delicious Indian-American cuisine made from quality ingredients is their specialty. The homemade sauces and recipes are served with a generous helping of side dishes and rice pilaf.
Where: 40 Bow St Somerville, MA 02143
**Closed on Monday**
Tue-Thu: 11:30 a.m. – 9:45 p.m. | Fri: 11:30 a.m. – 10:45 p.m. | Sat: 2:00 p.m. – 10:45 p.m. | Sun: Noon – 9:45 p.m
7. Madras Dosa Co:
As the name suggests, Madras Dosa & Co is the ultimate Boston restaurant for exploring the rich heritage of South Indian cuisine. They have an open kitchen tradition and invite you to watch them prepare their signature dosas live. In fact, sharing the warm and cozy experience of watching food cook is the unique calling of this Indian restaurant. Specialties include the experimental pav bhaji dosa and fluffy podi idly with gunpowder chutney.
Where: 55 Boston Wharf RD, Boston, MA 02210
Hours: Mon-Sun, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m
Famous for being one of the first Indian restaurants in the Sound End neighborhood, Mela is itself a Boston culinary landmark. The menu offers a mix of modern Indian creations, popular starters and a very popular vegetarian platter.
Where: 578 Tremont St Boston MA 02118
Mon to Wed: 11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. | Thu to Sat: 11:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. | Sunday: 11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m
9. India Pavilion:
India Pavilion could be your new favorite Indian restaurant in Boston. Established in 1979, it is believed to be the city’s oldest Indian restaurant. The menu consists of traditional Indian preparations with options to cater for individual dietary needs. The India Pavilion also has a full bar and an extensive family buffet in addition to its regular offerings, and its bartenders have created unique pairings of cocktails and sangrias with Indian wines.
Where: 7 Central Square Cambridge, MA 02139
Hours: Mon-Sun: 11:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m
10. Gourmet India:
Gourmet India operates in the bustling heart of Boston to serve quality Indian food at reasonable prices. The eatery has been popular since the late ’90s for its distinctive North Indian flavors, impeccable service and attention to detail when it comes to balancing and harmonizing strong flavors.
Where: 1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, MA 02109
Hours: Mon-Fri: 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. | Sat: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Sun: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m
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