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“Great Indian Food in Columbia Maryland” 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 223 Restaurants in Columbia
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Maryland
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62 reviews 62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Great Indian Food in Columbia Maryland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

You can't go wrong for great Indian food. Buffet is fantastic. Service great. You will have a wait on a Friday or weekend night but it is worth it. This is a place you don't expect in a suburban restaurant. I seem to have repeatedly ordered the Chicken Tikka Masala because it is soooo good.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 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
Columbia, Maryland
2 reviews
“Rude Host Ruined Dining Experience”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

My family and a friend tried the lunch buffet on Friday, July 5. The restaurant was crowded but the host was unexcuseably rude to out friend. We had a bit of a wait, and when she enquired how long the wait was he loudly replied that there were others in front of us and that he couldn't jump us in front of them. She didn't ask for us to be jumped over the others, just how long the wait would be!
It set the tone for the rest of the meal. The food is good, but there is not much variety in the buffet. The restaurant was crowded and the tables are all jammed together. With everyone eating from the buffet, one is constantly be jostled while eating. All in all, not a relaxing dining experience.
Are whole party was in agreement: we would not recommend and will not go back.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“Good punjabi food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

We had their lunch buffet today and every dish I tried was tasty. Special mention goes to the aloo tikki,punjabi kadhi, aloo baingan and fish curry.
They were really busy for Sunday lunch but pleasant service.
Great to have an indian restaurant offering authentic flavor options.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Holy Cow!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013 via mobile

This place is quite simply the best: service, food amd atmosphere.

Rarely are expectations this high and then exceeded. You can read all of the reviews, get your expectations to the highest point possible and then go here and have them exceed all of your wildest dreams.

Got the lamb seekh kababs and my girlfriend got the tandoori chicken - both dishes were served on sizzling hot plates were by far the best Indian food we've ever eaten.

The service is top-notch! Sometimes you expect a place this highly rated to have a little "attitude" amd heir about them - not here - you're simply treated like a king and queen.

Highest recommendations to a restaurant that truly "gets it"

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Columbia, Maryland
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“Best Indian food in Columbia!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

I've eaten in all the Indian restaurants in Columbia MD and this one is by far the best. I went for during lunch and had the buffet. Everything, I'm not kidding everything, was really good. The presentation was good. It was all at the right temperature and seemed to be seasoned just right. The restaurant was clean and the staff was very polite and helpful. This was honestly one of the best restaurant experiences I've had in a while. I highly recommend Royal Taj.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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