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Taj Cafe Indian Cuisine

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574 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2629
805-652-1521
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Buffet, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 178
    Excellent
  • 55
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Pleasant ambiance, tasty Indian food. I enjoy comparing dal from different restaurants, wherever we travel. Both dals at The Taj Cafe were unique and so delicious. For our first dinner there, I ordered the black lentil dal, which I enjoyed enough to return for a second dinner. The yellow split... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
honeysucklerose-7
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cleveland,ohio
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cleveland,ohio
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Pleasant ambiance, tasty Indian food. I enjoy comparing dal from different restaurants, wherever we travel. Both dals at The Taj Cafe were unique and so delicious. For our first dinner there, I ordered the black lentil dal, which I enjoyed enough to return for a second dinner. The yellow split pea dal was exceptional! My mouth is watering as I... More 

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Thank honeysucklerose-7
Honolulu, Hawaii
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Hands down the best Indian food I have ever had! Phenomenal restaurant with excellent staff. Each time the waiter brings out a dish they brought out an extra item on the house. The lamb vindaloo bursts with flavor, don't miss it. Thanks Taj for the fantastic evening out!

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Thank christyandrob
Cleveland, OH
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We seek out and enjoy Indian food whenever we travel. The Taj cafe is a fine example we'd recommend to anyone, broad selection, two kinds of dal, and good breads.

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Thank OrphanChild
Long Beach, California
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I ate here late on a weekday. The owner and staff greeted us as we walked in. The y had a nice menu of both vegetarian and meat items. And the food was great and we had enough leftover for lunch the next day. What was even better was the owner kept giving us complementary items to... More 

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Thank Joni8818
Santa Barbara, California
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been to four different Indian buffets in Santa Barbara before I tried the buffet at Taj in Ventura. The buffet at Taj was the best by far! There were so many choices and everything was delicious. I especially liked the different chutneys that were offered. All the other buffets I have tried only offered mint sauce. Best of... More 

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Thank GenXMommy
Ventura, CA
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87 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

best place for Indian in downtown Ventura. Freshly made to your spice preference (ie hot or mild); great selection, especially for vegetarians. Amazing lunch buffet!

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Thank KrisPena
San Diego, California
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

We were looking for ethnic food last night and were not disappointed in our visit to the Taj Cafe. I ordered a spicy version of their Lamb Curry in coconut sauce. My wife ordered the "chicken soup" -- and of course Garlic Naan. They first brought out thin cracker-like breads with three sauces. Very tasty. The owner came to the... More 

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Thank Ricksteraux
Ventura, California, United States
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43 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

Great lunch buffet andnI am not a buffet type of guy. Dishes have large portions and service is always good. Convenient for business lunch and movie dates/downtown activities.

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Thank Alan K
Los Angeles, California
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18 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

We tried calling a popular steak house (Prime) but they were booked solid; we weren't aware that our hotel had a big fancy brunch (and I don't know that we would have chosen to go there anyway, buffets aren't my thing). So this was one of the few places open in downtown Ventura. Absolutely perfect! Great food and a nice... More 

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Thank bksmith2010
Saint Louis, Missouri
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

The Taj reminds me of all of the wonderful things about India. The sense of being somewhere very exotic and romantic, the wonderful aroma of delicious spices, kind and friendly people and amazing food. They have it all. The atmosphere is delightful. I loved the tandoori chicken and my friend had the vegetable korma. We were given a potatoe pancake... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 574 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2629
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ventura
  • Phone Number: 805-652-1521

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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