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Minerva Indian Cuisine

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16240 Frederick Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4001
(301) 948-9898
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10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Buffet, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 24
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Convenient and tasty Indian buffet for lunch

I've been eating a Minerva for several years with large and small groups. The lunch buffet has a variety of vegetarian and meat dishes, with unlimited refilling. Fresh breads and desserts included. Owners very accommodating for the size of the group. In and out quickly, for those in a hurry... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I've been eating a Minerva for several years with large and small groups. The lunch buffet has a variety of vegetarian and meat dishes, with unlimited refilling. Fresh breads and desserts included. Owners very accommodating for the size of the group. In and out quickly, for those in a hurry. Free parking. Convenient location on 355 (Frederick/Rockville Pike).

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Pennsylvania
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

My wife and I chose this place because it was near the motel in which we were staying. We are not familiar at all with Indian restaurants or food. The ambiance was just OK: a little cold (temperature-wise), and kind of barren. The waiter did help us choose our meals, and we did enjoy the food. Our main problem was... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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161 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Although the location does not look very nice, inside the dining room is fine. The buffet lunch is a good value at around $12-13. The buffet has many great options, including several vegetarian options. It's also one of the few Indian restaurants that always has a goat dish, so something for everyone. The food is quite good, but nothing outstanding.... More 

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Thank Arlingtoniantravelle
Bethesda, Maryland, United States
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Excellent Indian food and great service make the Minerva Indian Cuisine Restaurant an excellent choice for dinner.

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Thank Robert C
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Food was stale, not fresh. This is not an example of good Indian cuisine. I would not recommend this restaurant to a friend.

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Thank Aam A
Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015 via mobile

I chose a dinner,.. As it supposedly came with a lot of little things that go along with it and due to reviews I read I ordered butter chicken. What I liked was the butter chicken. The tiny little taste of things in a circle, were interesting. .. But I think I wouldn't order a dinner again .. I like... More 

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Thank Katya m
DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Usually mostly or entirely Indian clientele, so I assume it is reasonably authentic; in any case, it is very tasty - so I will focus on the more unusual aspects. First, and for me quite important, is that this is among the only Indian restaurants of my experience to offer most dinner meals as either entrees (reasonably priced at about... More 

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Thank nameisalreadytaken
Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I am not particularly fond of Indian cuisine, and I found this restaurant to have a reallya authentic flavor. Everything was delicious. We ordered a dinner, so we had a sample of different things. Portions are big and good to share. The location is very unpretentious and decoration simple, it feels like home cooked Indian Food

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Thank claudiast
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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107 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

If you're on holiday from India then go here only if you're really starved for Indian food. Wide variety of South Indian and North Indian dishes but the quality and taste is quite average. Service wasn't too great either...we had remind them a few times

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Darnestown, MD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I found Minerva's when I worked in Herndon - imagine my joy when I found out they had a restaurant near my home. Their complete dinner (I am a BIG fan of their butter chicken) is just delightful. I also love their Dhal, spicy and hot but not so much that you can't taste the food. The complete dinner includes:... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 16240 Frederick Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4001
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Gaithersburg
  • Phone Number: (301) 948-9898

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 10:30 pm

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