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“First Indian restaurant, great choice.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Royal Taj

Royal Taj
8874 McGaw Rd, Columbia, MD
410-381-1111
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Ranked #1 of 224 restaurants in Columbia
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Ellicott City, Maryland
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56 reviews 56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“First Indian restaurant, great choice.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013 via mobile

Service is great, very attentive. I had the Lamb Karahi and I highly recommend it. The owner is on site and takes time with each table, a very nice touch.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Ellicott City, Maryland
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43 reviews 43 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Excellent Indian Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

We have been going here since it opened. The only problem we ever have with this place is getting in. If you don't want to wait you need to make sure you go off-hours. The service is always great. The lunch buffet is the largest of all the Indian restaurants in the area. In our opinion this is the number 1 Indian restaurant in Columbia, with House of India being a close second.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Annapolis, Maryland
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9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“One More Overly Satisfied Guest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013 via mobile

We couldn't have had a better experience dinning out. As mentioned in the other reviews, the food is amazing. Full of flavor and wonderful spice. We felt very welcomed and cared for during our meal. The host checked on us multiple times to ensure all of our needs were taken care of. We will definitely return!

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Maryland
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32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Good, but no way tops in Columbia!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

Whoa, seeing in at the number one spot for Columbia today makes me write this review. Royal Taj is your average American Indian restaurants. Food is good, service is fine, but its not even the best Indian food in town. The restaurant is crowded inside and the detracts from the experience. We eaten here twice and both times wished we headed to a different Indian choice inside. Chicken tiki masala tasted like it had fake "smoke" flavor added. Tandoori chicken, again, same thing, it's like they were adding something fake to make it seem like it had been properly roasted Ina tandoori. Their paleek paneer had no flavor, seemed like bland creamed spinach. A few other items were better among the things we've tried, hence I will say overall it was good. But man, don't drive to Columbia to go here! Mango Grove, Akbar, House of India are all better choices for Indian in the area.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Baltimore
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“The aroma of the spices will have you breathing deeply!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Perfectly prepared Indian food. When you enter the restaurant your sense of smell will be pleasantly overwhelmed by a host of aromatic spices. Service is excellent. All of the appetizers and main dishes that we had were excellent. The Basmati rice was so perfectly fluffy. Naan stuffed with garlic and onions was perfect for scooping the delicious sauces.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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