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Moti Mahal

#838 of 17,349 Restaurants in London
#910 of 18,273 Places to Eat in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
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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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: Dinner, Breakfast, 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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  • 147
    Very good
  • 66
    Average
  • 32
    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
Yummy indian food

Exquisite food and very authentic. The waiters are a source of fabulous information and great suggestions on the dishes - you can trust their advise. Beware though, it's very filling indeed. Can recommend the jumbo prawns which were utterly delicious. The honey and cheese nan was also a divine... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
Coates2014
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Sydney, Australia
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Sydney, Australia
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49 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Exquisite food and very authentic. The waiters are a source of fabulous information and great suggestions on the dishes - you can trust their advise. Beware though, it's very filling indeed. Can recommend the jumbo prawns which were utterly delicious. The honey and cheese nan was also a divine surprise.

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Glendale, CO
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86 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

At the suggestion of a relative, we had dinner here. Full disclosure, we are not really that familiar with Indian food but our relative is. He had eaten here years ago but not since. The décor and atmosphere are basically what you would expect. We were seated near the glass enclosed chef station where they cook in the vertical brick... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Intimate restaurant with fabulous food and a staff that makes you feel they are there only for you. We are not experienced Indian food diners so they took us under their wings, taught us some, sampled different foods and helped us arrive at the perfect dinner. We will go back every time we're in London.

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

Dear SR8501, It is great to read your kind review, thank you very much for your time to write it. We are looking forward to welcoming you again each time you'll be in town. Best regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is our second time eating at Moti Mahal while in London. The menu is extensive and everything we have ordered has been exceptionally delicious. The servers were very helpful and gracious which added to our fine dining experience. We love Indian food and this is the best Indian restaurant we have been to in the US or UK. We... More 

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

Dear A G, Thank you for reviewing us. We appreciate your great comments and we are glad to hear that you enjoy our culinary experiences. We hope to have you again among our guests for more delicious diners! Regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

Newport Beach, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Discovered Mohti Mahal in 2011 for an anniversary dinner. We make it a priority visit each time we are in London. Wonderful staff, excellent Indian cuisine and located close to where we stay. You must now request the special salad ( no longer on the menu but unique). The components with spices and oil arrive on a plate and you... More 

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

Dear Richard L, We wish to thank you for your time to review us. We are very happy to hear that you've been here before and came back after years for your special occasions. We shared your great thoughts with the team and Dolly. We are hoping to welcome you again and delight you with more seasonal recipes. Best regards,... More 

Milton, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

They were amazing at helping put together a plan for a lactose intolerant guest. They were also helpful at putting together a great combination of food that was loved by a low cholesterol healthy food guest and a picky 14 year old. Everyone simply loved the food and the drinks were so fun and tasty. This was a highlight to... More 

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

Dear Denny S, Thank you for your great review. We are very happy to hear that we offered you great dining moments in our restaurant in accordance with your dietary requirements. We wish you all the best and we are hoping to delight you again when you'll come back to London. Best wishes, Oana Stanjinel More 

London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

My preferred food choice is always Indian. Moti Mahal was the best Indian I've had in London. Service was exceptional as well. Highly recommend.

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

Dear William N, Thank you for the great feedback you wrote. We are looking forward to welcoming you again among our guests and delight you with more recipes. Best regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

Atlanta, GA
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25 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Good friends invited me to dinner at one of their favorite spots during a business trip to London. The food was quite delicious and wonderfully tasty. To top it all off, the service was stellar and the hostess, Alina, was incredibly welcoming and gracious. Definitely a must-try if you're in the mood for quality Indian food in London.

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

Dear Leavingonajetplane21, Thank you very much for reviewing us. It is great to hear from our guests that we met their expectations and that you enjoyed your time in our restaurant. We shared your feedback with the team and Alina and we are looking forward to welcoming you again soon. Warm regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

Germany
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74 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

This is not a normal Indian restaurant, so if that's what you are looking for then don't come here. This is a gourmet Indian with fabulous meals offering a wonderful taste experience. I am so glad that I came here, and am looking forward to the next time. Staff were also very friendly and attentive.

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

Dear Ornithorh, It is so great to read your review, we wish to thank you for it. We appreciate your comments and are happy to know that you enjoyed our cuisine and the atmosphere all together. We are looking forward as well to welcoming you and delight you with more flavours! Best regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

Cranbrook, United Kingdom
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102 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We was on the way to the Albert Hall for a gig, and came across this place, and as we love Indian went in, it was billed maybe the oldest in the UK but looked modern and nice, the food was wonderful, and staff friendly, but I would not give it 5 stars as it was expensive, ie herbal tea... More 

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

Dear myscimitar, Thank you for reviewing us. We totally understand your opinion regarding the prices and service charge .We shared your comments with our senior management. We hope to delight you other times as well with our unique cuisine. Regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

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Additional Information about Moti Mahal

Address: 45 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AA, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7240 9329
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
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
Average Prices: USD 62 - 93
Cuisine: Indian

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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: Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Doing business

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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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