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Darbar Indian Cuisine

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129 Lytton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1045
650-321-6688
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thu - Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 14
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  • 9
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  • 0
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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
Very good!!

We have been to Darbar many times in the past year, because it is near where we live and because the food is really very good. The butter chicken is always delicious, as is the tandoori chicken. The beef samosas are scrumptious! The specialty is southern Indian food, and although I sometimes get... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 19, 2015
NancyJVR
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Palo Alto, California
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32 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Greater Noida, India
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I was slightly disappointed as the Sweet dish was not sweet enough and the other dishes were not spicy enough. Agreed that spices may not be palatable to the regular clientèle, but then altering the ethos of the region that you come from is not a great idea either, but then that is MY THOUGHT, not necessarily what you need... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Was missing home food and hence visited Darbar off University Avenue in Palo Alto. It was quite busy and noisy. We had to wait a few mins to get a table though I must admit we went without a reservation. The food itself was average, nothing outstanding. Very mildly spiced food to suit the western palate. The good part was... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We have been to Darbar many times in the past year, because it is near where we live and because the food is really very good. The butter chicken is always delicious, as is the tandoori chicken. The beef samosas are scrumptious! The specialty is southern Indian food, and although I sometimes get the dosas, I prefer the chicken dishes.... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

6 people in the party who choosed 6 different dishes. All of us where satisfied although all of us would like indian food somewhat more spicy. Good and priceworthy in short.

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Palo Alto, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Solid lunch buffet. Always crowded, but which place in Palo Alto isn't these days? Recommended for a quick lunch while in downtown Palo Alto.

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San Francisco, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

We really like the vegetarian Shahi Paneer and Saag Paneer. Chicken Tikka gravy was great but chicken not completely cooked. Definitely worth visiting.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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3 reviews 3 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Loved the Punjabi food offered at this place. Little disappointed with the quality of Biriyani, but it can be ignored that the place has wonderful Punjabi food. Biriyani cannot be their speciality.

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Pacific Grove, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

If you love Indian Curry , then this is a place to stop by. OMG ! The food is so good. The buffet selection was " mind blowing " and the dessert................what can i say ! i did not know i could eat that much; considering that i am a good cook myself. But damn, it was so good that... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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60 reviews 60 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

I wondered why this restaurant wasn't in the top 100 restaurants, or even in the top 20, and saw the two lowest reviews were from 2007. Boy have things changed since then. After travelling across the country today, I didnt want a huge fancy dinner, but I wanted something tasty. Being walking distance to the hotel, I decided it to... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

I've been to Darbar multiple times - both lunch buffet and dinner service. The thing that brought me here in the first place was my search for my favorite dish: Prawn Korma. Looked from Mountain View to Palo Alto before I finally found Darbar. The Prawn Korma was great and is my go-to dish, and coming in at a close... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 129 Lytton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1045
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: 650-321-6688

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Indian
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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