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Punjabi Dhaba Restaurant

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225 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139-1306
617-547-8272
Today
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • 38
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  • 10
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
No nonsense value for money and good taste.

Being in a neighborhood surrounded by students, this place makes absolute sense to me. I love their Chai and the fact that the quantity of food you get for the price. I also loved their Kheer, Tandoori Chicken and Mooli Paratha. I had ordered a Mixed Platter for two and was slightly disappointed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2015
Pooja J
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English first
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Being in a neighborhood surrounded by students, this place makes absolute sense to me. I love their Chai and the fact that the quantity of food you get for the price. I also loved their Kheer, Tandoori Chicken and Mooli Paratha. I had ordered a Mixed Platter for two and was slightly disappointed with the Aloo Mattar curry and Chicken... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Absolutely delicious. Shahi Paneer Korma is outstanding, and their breads are some of the best I've had. My favorite Indian place in Cambridge, maybe the world. (You know...not in India.)

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Boston
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38 reviews 38 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

This is a no nonsense Indian take out with a limited seating . You feel like eating with your hand, go for it. It does a huge volume and as a result it is always fresh and the setting is kind of crazy. I like it!

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Visited with family for lunch and ordered tandoori chicken and special lamb curry. We decided to eat there which was not the best decision. The ambience is very bad and the place need a good clean. Best that you get it to go and eat outside somewhere.

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Stuart, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

A short distance from just about any location in and around Boston. Very authentic, tasty Indian food. It is not the "Taj Mhal" but worth checking out.

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Recife, PE
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140 reviews 140 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
419 helpful votes 419 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The atmosphere is below standard and service is very poor - walk up to the dirty desk and order your food from a menu posted behind the counter. The restroom remains dirty – there was no water during our recent visit! The looks and get-up of this Dhaaba –a road side restaurant on Indian highways, may turn you away from... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I love this place! It is very rundown place serving really good North Indian food at a very good price. If you live close to Kendall, or Central Square, this is a really good option. Food is freshly made and in good amount. My favorite is the Tandoori CHicken Platter. The samosa can be better. It is probably much better... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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99 reviews 99 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

this place has declined some in recent years. it has been my to-go spot since 2005 and i had often called it the most authentic indian restaurant this side of the atlantic, however my last visit the food was left wanting. the atmosphere is authentic (bollywood movies, walk up and order your food from a menu posted behind the counter,... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The Punjabi Dhaba is a small, dingy restaurant on a street corner, but don't let the looks turn you away from trying the food. There is very little seating, so be prepared to have to get your food to-go, especially when it's busy. Personally, I prefer Indian food to be hotter and spicier, but for a restaurant in Cambridge surrounded... More 

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Klosterneuburg, Austria
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The only only thing about this restaurant was its food and for me that was good enough. Food was very much authentic although service, ambiance and seating arrangements were below standard. Must visit for its food and price.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 225 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139-1306
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: 617-547-8272

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: Indian
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

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