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8874 McGaw Rd, Columbia, MD
410-381-1111
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Today
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Good for:
Breakfast/Brunch
Reservations
Delivery
Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 193
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Best Indian Buffet in Columbia

One look at the line of diners queuing up for a table at Royal Taj during their lunch buffet tells you that this is food worth waiting for. The offerings vary daily and there is a large variety of offerings to choose from. The sheer volume of patrons ensures that dishes are freshly prepared. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
TakeAByte
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Columbia, Maryland
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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232 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Columbia, Maryland
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

One look at the line of diners queuing up for a table at Royal Taj during their lunch buffet tells you that this is food worth waiting for. The offerings vary daily and there is a large variety of offerings to choose from. The sheer volume of patrons ensures that dishes are freshly prepared. The owner is very friendly and... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The guys that work here will remember you for years and are so happy to see you come back, I always get great handshakes and feel like a special seat. VIP treatment and I am not an sort of VIP.

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Columbia, Maryland
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We have been visiting Royal Taj for several years. The food is fantastic, the service is wonderful, and the hospitality is awesome. The owner makes you feel like you are a member of the family. I have been an Indian food fanatic for over 40 years and the food here is the best ever. A dining experience not to be... More 

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Columbia, Maryland
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Wonderful unique Indian recipes. Can request level of spiciness. Enjoy! Come for a special meal. Will go back soon .

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Columbia, Maryland
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Great food, great service - a winning combination. The owner greets his customers, seats them, and stops back to make sure everything is to their liking. Very old school and a very welcome addition to Columbia.

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Havre de Grace, Maryland
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Hands down the best Indian I've ever been to, and I've tried a few. And the service is as exceptional as the cooking.

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Atlanta
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I had a business lunch at Royal Taj at the recommendation of some business colleagues and it was execellent. I ordered off the menu, but one person at the table ordered the lunch buffet. The food was excellent, perfectly spiced. The service was fantastic and the owner is VERY involved ensuring a great experience. Make sure to get there early... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Treated like VIP the minute we walked in. My boy friend and I were greeted at the door by a friendly smile. We started our meals with the vegetable samosas and lentil soup. Both were very tasty. Loved the side sauces and chutney that came with the complimentary pappadums. BF ordered the chicken saag and I had the chicken tikka... More 

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Columbia, Maryland
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I decided to pick up food from here on a Saturday night. It was crowded and a line had formed into the foyer area. I was ushered straight to the bar to place my carryout order. I was asked if I wanted chai tea while I waited for my order. Chai tea? I love chai tea, but never thought I'd... More 

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Hanover, Maryland
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

My wife and I were passing nearby and remembered we had seen this restaurant recently listed on a list of top restaurants, so we decided to stop by for brunch. We arrived on Sunday at 11:25 and there were about 30 people already lined up outside waiting for the restaurant to open five minutes later. Once inside, we were enthusiastically... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8874 McGaw Rd, Columbia, MD
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: 410-381-1111

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Indian
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm

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