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Varuna Restaurant

Indian, Afghani
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Raja Bazaar Rd | Cantonment, Varanasi, India
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent food

Food quality and service is really excellent. It have the best veriety of Indian food and it have also special Indian Thali.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
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Varanasi, India
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Varanasi, India
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Food quality and service is really excellent. It have the best veriety of Indian food and it have also special Indian Thali.

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Atlanta, GA
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88 reviews 88 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

First we were told the restaurant didn't open until 7:30 PM when we made a reservation, but when we got there at 7:30 PM at least a dozen tables were occupied. Our order was taken in a reasonable time, but must have been lost in the kitchen. We noticed folks around us who had ordered after we arrived were getting... More 

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TORONTO
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71 reviews 71 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 via mobile

Staying at the Taj Gateway the we had dinner at Varuna which is considered fine dining, so making a reservation is highly recommended because it gets busy real quick and a lot of governmental officials dine here. For sharing and snacking they will serve you shrimp chips wth Spidey and tangy dipping sauce very addictive !! For the main course... More 

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Hyderabad, India
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 via mobile

The food in the thali was tasty but the ambience was average. The service was bad and nothing like the other Taj hotels. The order took close to 45 minutes, the waiters were surly, did not bother to serve the food. The Lucknowi biryani hardly had any meat. On bringing this to the waiter's notice he seemed unperturbed and said... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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103 reviews 103 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

The Taj Gateway is a little tired as a hotel but the Varuna restaurant made the evening there a delicious experience. It was some of the best Indian food we had on our entire trip. We order nukkar ka kukker (punjabi home style chicken curry- an old country chicken curry), lucknowi gosht biryani (lamb baked in a crock covered with... More 

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Perth, Australia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

We were not staying at this hotel but had read good things about the restaurant so decided to have a night out and try it. Well worth the visit as both the service and food were excellent. They didnt even skip a beat when the lights went out. Welcome to India it happens even at the best Hotels and restaurants.

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London, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

as far this is my first comment about a restaurant in India .It was just a Wow factor that i have experienced in my 1 month stay at Taj hotel Varanasi. Just had 1 dinner and can't stop licking my fingers for the first time in my life. just superb food and staff. well trained bosses hatsoff to u guys.... More 

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Oxenhope, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I ate in this restaurant on both nights of our stay in The Gateway. The service and food on the first night was superb however, our waiter Saroj arranged a meal for us on our second night that was truly wonderful although not on the menu. Masala lobster with tandoori baked local fish was divine and, despite... More 

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Best meal we at in all 5 weeks in India. Great selection and prices. The food was incredible. Never had better. Chef Ritesh was humble and gracious when we met him to thank him for our meal. A true star and gentleman.

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Dublin, Ireland
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75 reviews 75 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

This is a very fine restaurant, by far the best I have eaten in here in Indian and one of the best I have ever eaten in. The food is really exquisite. I had a selection of kebabs, chicken, lambs, fish which were superb. However the chef on his own initiative decided I needed something more with my plain Nan... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Raja Bazaar Rd | Cantonment, Varanasi, India
  • Location: Asia  >  India  >  Uttar Pradesh  >  Varanasi

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Indian, Afghani

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