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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
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Families with children
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget

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    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 6
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  • 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
This is that good kind of burn!!!

Indian food was introduced to me by my girlfriend at the time and she would always take me here to get some of the best Indian food I have ever tasted (other than her and her moms :). This is very authentic and a small cozy place that has great service and staff. They will gladly explain the dishes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
David S
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Buffet
  • Late Night
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212 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Indian food was introduced to me by my girlfriend at the time and she would always take me here to get some of the best Indian food I have ever tasted (other than her and her moms :). This is very authentic and a small cozy place that has great service and staff. They will gladly explain the dishes and... More 

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Los Angeles
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

My wife and I went to the Taj with our daughter on a Saturday afternoon. We were greeted out front by a spry Indian gentleman who escorted us in and allowed us to add a third chair to a delightful little two seater table sitting in a bay window overlooking Main street. No hassle about this, and he was quite... More 

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Droitwich
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90 reviews 90 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Lamb curry and lamb coconut curry entrees were great but the onion bhaji starter and lamb nan bread were excellent. This place is right in the middle of town with free parking lots nearby which are well signposted. Enjoyed eating here. If the owner reads this, try adding balti dishes to the menu they're big sellers here in the UK... More 

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Ventura, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Our family has eaten here numerous times & the food is always fantastic! We've had the buffet a number of times. Each time we've all been so stuffed & the staff always questions why we aren't eating more! The prices are very reasonable. The staff is always courteous. It's a great restaurant!

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Duluth, Minnesota
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We happened upon the Taj on a beautiful day in Ventura. People were seated outside of the many cafes, but the Taj had more people, so without research, we decided that it might be the most popular. So glad that we did! The tandoori chicken was delicious and succulent. The complementary glass of ginger lemonade that the owner brought us... More 

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Ventura, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015 via mobile

Don't know how this got to be 2nd in Ventura. We love Indian food. Resturant is dirty, unpleasant smell. Bathroom filthy. Complementary appetizer had been re-heated too many times. Dishes below average for Indian fare.

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San Jose, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

The first time when we went there on our way back home from LA to bay area we stopped in Ventura for a lunch and fortunately we found this hotel where we really loved the food and the hospitality. So, during my second trip i made sure that i visit this place again. The people there really surprised me by... More 

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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Our friends live in Ventura and if anyone knows Indian food, they do. The location is right in downtown Ventura (E Main Street) so it's easy to find and a great location for a walk afterwards. The decor is inviting and the owners greeted us cordially upon our arrival. They have an extensive, but not overwhelming menu. All of our... More 

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Ventura, California
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

I wasn't sure at first but the food is really good and the host was very attentive. Lots of extras, will give you a free chai when getting take out. You can even sit in front in the side window at your own table.

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Ventura, California
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This is a great place where you always feel welcomed. The food is very good the service is excellent and the setting is very nice. Lunch or dinner both are great. I have lost track of how many times we have been there but we are going again soon!

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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: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?