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Moti Mahal

#881 of 17,142 Restaurants in London
#954 of 18,020 Places to Eat in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Covent Garden
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45 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AA, England
Tube: Covent Garden, Holborn
+44 20 7240 9329
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Today
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Moti Mahal is the chic London outpost of the celebrated Delhi restaurant...
Moti Mahal is the chic London outpost of the celebrated Delhi restaurant which opened in 1959. 'An unexpected delight' (Hardens Guide), Inspired by the culinary roots of India, particularly along the famed Grand Trunk Road, Chef Anirudh Arora brings you time-honoured dishes and recipes. By accentuating new tastes and flavours from India's richly woven history, the new menu at Moti Mahal is a feast for the senses. A perfect setting, with curved glass-fronted kitchen and gleaming copper bar, and attentive service will transform your meal in a memorable experience, and Moti Mahal is also 'perfect before a show' (Zagat).
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  • 230
    Excellent
  • 146
    Very good
  • 63
    Average
  • 30
    Poor
  • 17
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
An expensive pleasure!

This restaurant is no ordinary place compared to most Indian restaurants. From the start, all was most impressive. Staff really helpful and attentive, so ambience very comforting. The food was astonishingly good, particularly the soft-shell crab as entree and the lamb curry and dhal superb with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
rugbydocwhitford
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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I have been to this restaurant about 6 times. Very nice ambience and service. The food has always been excellent, and the cocktails are quite interesting as well !

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manchester uk
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The food was excellent. The set menu choices were delicious and very good value at £23 for three courses. A la carte dishes were also first class. The restaurant is elegant and understated, service was really good. All in all a great experience. Highly recommended and now will be our Indian restaurant of choice in London.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

the food, service and decor were superb. This is a restaurant that I would definitely go to again and would certainly recommend to friends and family.

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MotiMahal-London, Manager at Moti Mahal, responded to this review

Dear Elizabeth D, Thank you for reviewing us. We are happy to hear your great thoughts about our restaurant. We are also looking forward to welcoming you again with family and friends. Best wishes, Oana Stanjinel More 

Guernsey, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is no ordinary place compared to most Indian restaurants. From the start, all was most impressive. Staff really helpful and attentive, so ambience very comforting. The food was astonishingly good, particularly the soft-shell crab as entree and the lamb curry and dhal superb with incredibly subtle flavours which were in such harmony. I was a little disappointed with... More 

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MotiMahal-London, Manager at Moti Mahal, responded to this review

Dear rugbydocwhitford, We would like to thank you for your time to review us. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed our recipes. We shared your comment regarding the ice-cream to our Chef's. We hope to have you again among our guests soon. Regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

Calgary, Canada
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We always have Indian food on our business trips to London and we came here on the hotel's recommendation - in Covent Garden, good location. Food was excellent and staff take the time to walk you through the menu and how we might best think about ordering food. Very impressed with service and food did not disappoint. Good for small... More 

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MotiMahal-London, Manager at Moti Mahal, responded to this review

Dear Mike B, Thank you for reviewing us. It is great to hear that you enjoyed dining with us. We are looking forward to welcoming you again! Best regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

Aldershot, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great dinner in moti mahal , exlant food our family enjoy there , we like to go back there agin lovely staters , main cours is a great test we really enjoy dinner with our family ,

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MotiMahal-London, Manager at Moti Mahal, responded to this review

Dear raj p, We would like to thank you for your kind review. We are very happy to hear that you enjoy dining in our restaurant with your family. We hope to have you again soon among our guests. Regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We have been to this restaurant three times, I can tell that it doesn't disappoint. We have been to India many times and we love curry and Indian food in general, so we had high expectations. We loved the flavours and the fresh vegetable platter is a lovely idea too, one of my favourites! Service is good and friendly, and... More 

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MotiMahal-London, Manager at Moti Mahal, responded to this review

Dear worldtravellergirl23, We wish to thank you for your great review. We are happy to hear that our guests enjoy the flavours of our cuisine and the atmosphere provided by the open glass kitchen. We are hoping to welcoming you again soon and delight your tastes with more fresh recipes. Best wishes, Oana Stanjinel More 

London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Visited with business colleagues on a Thursday lunchtime. Recommended by one of them and didn't disappoint. Comfortable elegant and relaxing surroundings. Friendly welcome and attentive staff. Menu explained to us to help with choosing. Just as well because this is a class above the standard Indian restaurant with unusual dishes. Everything we chose was fresh and delicious. Decent choice of... More 

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MotiMahal-London, Manager at Moti Mahal, responded to this review

Dear LeMansLarry, Thank you very much for the great review. We are very happy to know that our guests do feel our efforts to offer great dining experiences. We shared your feedback with our floor staff and the team of chef's. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you again in our restaurant. Best regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

Came here for a work do. £20 for that goat meatball curry and £5 for two naan breads (see picture). Not to mention £3.50 for a glass of coke from a 2L bottle that was flat. And of course the obligatory 12.5% service charge. The goat meatballs were under seasoned and tasteless. The naan was ok but £5 is crazy!

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MotiMahal-London, Manager at Moti Mahal, responded to this review

Dear Yin W, We are very sorry to hear your opinion regarding our cuisine. We understand your disappointment and would like to invite you to dine again and prove you that we can do more. We would like to mention that within our restaurant we do not have any 2L bottles of Coke or any other drink. Best wishes, Oana... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Went here with my family and we all had different expectations and experiences from the indian cuisine. It was quite posh, but not too much. From were we sat we could see the chefs cooking and food was good and spicy. Recommended!

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MotiMahal-London, Manager at Moti Mahal, responded to this review

Dear Johannes B, We wish to thank you for reviewing us. We are very happy to hear that you were in our restaurant with your family and enjoyed your time. We are looking forward to welcoming you again soon. Best regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 45 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AA, England
  • Public Transportation: Tube: Covent Garden, Holborn
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighborhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7240 9329

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 62 - 93
  • Cuisine: Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Moti Mahal is the chic London outpost of the celebrated Delhi restaurant which opened in 1959. 'An unexpected delight' (Hardens Guide), Inspired by the culinary roots of India, particularly along the famed Grand Trunk Road, Chef Anirudh Arora brings you time-honoured dishes and recipes. By accentuating new tastes and flavours from India's richly woven history, the new menu at Moti Mahal is a feast for the senses. A perfect setting, with curved glass-fronted kitchen and gleaming copper bar, and attentive service will transform your meal in a memorable experience, and Moti Mahal is also 'perfect before a show' (Zagat).
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Covent Garden
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