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Punjab Indian Restaurant

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485 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02474
(781) 643-0943
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children
Description: Since opening in 1999, Punjab restaurant has garnered rave reviews for...
Since opening in 1999, Punjab restaurant has garnered rave reviews for quality and execution of our superb Indian cuisine. Only the freshest and highest quality ingredients are used to prepare it. Our staff is always friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. And you are always welcome here.
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  • 54
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Indian Food in a Beautiful Setting

This beautifully decorated Indian restaurant serves food that looks as good as the decor and tastes even better. The assorted bread basket is huge - easily enough for 4 or more. Every dish I have had here, as well as those my companions have had has been delicious. The spiciness of most dishes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
The Boston Traveler
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Boston
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This beautifully decorated Indian restaurant serves food that looks as good as the decor and tastes even better. The assorted bread basket is huge - easily enough for 4 or more. Every dish I have had here, as well as those my companions have had has been delicious. The spiciness of most dishes can be altered to one's individual taste... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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605 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Visited our son in the area and returned here for another excellent family dinner. Very accommodating for our party of 7 with three young grandchildren. They enjoy watching the cooks work through the window before getting our meal. Very good food. We ordered our favorite appetizers and three meals of varying style and spiciness to share. Another relaxing, great experience.... More 

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Boston
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Punjab used to be our family's go to Indian restaurant. We now find the food to be mediocre and the service often quite poor. We recently ordered a vegetarian Nanwich which is supposed to be grilled vegetables but in fact was lettuce on Nan- no vegetables.

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1 Thank dewey8
Ilkley, United Kingdom
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104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

I was in Arlington, MA for a couple of days earlier this month and chose the Punjab for dinner on the first night as a) the menu contained many dishes new to me and b) the place was busy so was obviously doing something right. The food was really excellent, and in every way superior to any other Indian restaurant... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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160 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

This restaurant had been recommended to us several times so we came here for lunch one day. It has a pleasant atmosphere and there was soft Indian music playing. The food was delicious. I have sometimes found curry to be a bit hit-and-miss in the US, but this really is good. Certainly worth heading to if you’ve got a curry... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

Warm and satisfying environment. Staff friendly and attentive. I had a lunch portion, and it was just a little more than I wanted, but I got a doggie bag. The food was delicious, hot where it was needed, the bread freshly baked it seemed to me. And the Sauce just perfect.

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1 Thank KnitsbyConnie
Natick, Massachusetts
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195 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

We were there early for lunch on a Monday. There were not many people there and soft Indian music was playing in the background. We tried the regular dal soup and a special dal soup with spinach; both were good, the special soup was spicier and the lentils were not ground. I had the lamb korma lunch special; I had... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Delicious Indian food. Nearby in a the nice Arlington Center section of, well, Arlington :-) Great atmosphere and decor. Friendly staff.

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1 Thank Michael V
Arlington, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

I've eaten here many times and it remains my favorite Indian food in the area. I've never had a subpar meal from them. Somehow it's just always, always good!

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1 Thank Laura T
San Antonio, Texas
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222 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

We had a choice of two Indian restaurants, across the street from each other. The first one had no customers. The staff was sitting at a table talking amongst themselves. So we crossed over to Punjab, which was doing a good business for a Monday evening. Too many times I have made the mistake of eating at an empty restaurant.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 485 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02474
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: (781) 643-0943

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
  • Cuisine: Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children

Description

Since opening in 1999, Punjab restaurant has garnered rave reviews for quality and execution of our superb Indian cuisine. Only the freshest and highest quality ingredients are used to prepare it. Our staff is always friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. And you are always welcome here.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?