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“Best Indian Food in the area” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bombay Bistro

Bombay Bistro
98 W Montgomery Ave, Rockville, MD 20850-4211
301-762-8798
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Ranked #39 of 335 restaurants in Rockville
Price range: $0 - $35
Cuisines: Indian, Pakistani
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Best Indian Food in the area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We have been coming to Bombay Bistro for over 10 years and have always had great food and service. The waiters are very friendly and helpful with making recommendations. The Thali dish and the breads are excellent!

Visited September 2013
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English first
Montgomery Village, Maryland
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155 reviews 155 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“DINNERS ARE EXCEPTIONALLY GREAT / LUNCH BUFFET IS FAST, TASTY, A VALUE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Refreshingly quiet, nicely lighted, quaint Indian decorations and an ambience (it is clean and sparkles) that is pleasurable and relaxing. I recommend for dinner one of the two Thalyi round trays, either vegetarian or non-veg. Each gives you a sampler of several traditional Indian dishes that are sure to please standards in the Indian cuisine, Superior dinner entrees worth trying are lamb Rogan josh, chicken tikka, chicken vindaloo, and any of the Goa seafood dishes - all delish! Bombay Bistro has a real (honest to God) tandoori oven that is always fired up and ready to turn out superlative Naan (traditional crisp baked flatbread) and served to you hot from the oven. The kitchen is open, behind a glass partition, so one can watch the food prep. Kids love to watch the flaming tandoori oven in action. For drinks, I like their hot tea masala, and for a cold drink try the mango lassi. Fresh icy cold Kingfisher beer always goes nicely with the hot spicy food. Deserts are usually made the same day and can be big surprises. I had a mango mousse cake that was firecracker great! Homemade ice creams like mango and coconut creams are lovingly splendid. Both the serving staff and the kitchen staff have been there a long time and they are tried and true restaurant veterans. All are friendly and strive to please the customers. Parking is right outside the front door, with overflow parking close by in the rear.

  • Visited September 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Love this restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

I've been going to this restaurant from time to time for over 20 years now. When I was working, I enjoyed the luncheon buffets, and on this occasion I went with a group that was, for the most part, completely unfamiliar with Indian food. We had the non-vegetarian thalyi, chicken tikka makhani, shrimp biriyani, chicken tikka, naan, papadams, a condiment tray: all top notch, and for dessert, their signature kulfi, which is absolutely the best around. Since one of our number was a child, our server asked if we wanted a child's portion for her, which was appreciated because she wasn't interested ordering from the children's menu. The food here is always a good value, and the service never fails to please.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rockville, Maryland, United States
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“Best Indian food in Rockville”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

We have been eating at the Bistro regularly for the past 15+ years, and it has never let us down! A great little neighborhood restaurant with an outstanding variety of Indian cuisine. Extremely friendly staff that has been there for a long time and make your dining experience enjoyable. The ingredients are consistently fresh, the dishes authentic. My favorite dish by far is mussels a la bistro. The freshly made bread is piping hot and delicious. The restaurant offers a daily lunch buffet at a great value for very nice food. Come early, it is very popular.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“A fine Indian restaurant.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed our dinners. The Biriyani and Ragan Josh were very good. The Kulcha was very good but the Naan was better. The Papri Chat was the biggest surprise. We are not indian good experts and the Papri Chat was nothing like what we expected but once we tasted it, we Loved it!!

The service was also very quick and friendly.


  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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