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“Delicious!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Minerva Indian Cusine

Minerva Indian Cusine
10364 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030-2204
(703) 383-9200
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Ranked #155 of 324 Restaurants in Fairfax
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Dinner, Buffet
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Dining options: Dinner, Buffet
Virginia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

This place is great. We visit regularly, mainly for the fantastic buffet. The only problem with the buffet is that I cannot stop eating. The food is fresh and spicy. Get there when the buffet opens or you will have a wait. Dinners are also OK, but the service can be spotty. The restaurant does not look too clean, but the food is always outstanding.

Visited November 2012
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English first
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62 reviews 62 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“The Indian buffet for Lunch is a must go”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012 via mobile

We attended the indian buffet that they offer for lunch and this is excellent value for money. You can help yourself with more than 20 different indian dishes and a couple of indian-chinese dishes. The food is good, which is also witnessed by the presence of many patrons which where of indian origin. The set up is simple (paper towels and no tablecloth) but what gets in the plate compensate for it. For 2 adults+2children plus 2 sodas we got 51usd (excluding tip).

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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21 restaurant reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Pretty disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012

I was prepared to really like Minerva, since an acquaintance who is of Indian descent thought highly of it. Honestly, the food wasn't as good as other local Indian restaurants we've been to. The rogan josh and the lamb boti kabob were both overcooked and very dry, even with the sauce on the rogan josh. The vegetable samosas were tasty but had very little filling in them. The maitre d's kept coming over to ask how the meal was. We were lukewarm with our answers, but they kept asking as if they asked enough we would change our minds. There was a large pull down screen in the front of the restaurant showing an Indian TV show, and a flat screen on a wall playing the same sort of Bollywood-TV show, which was very distracting. We thought maybe it was movie night at the restaurant. It's not a sports bar, but patrons couldn't help but turn their eyes toward the TV, even though they were there ostensibly to have a nice dinner.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“Worst food and service!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

Hated this place.The manager made racial slur.Really expensive and below average quality.The worst Indian food Ive ever had.Iam an Indian and I know how Indian food tastes like.Will nevergo to this place again. what a waste of money abd time.Trust me its not at all worth the money.Stay away!

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“Very poor service - waiter lost (or stole) my credit card!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

They get the star because the food was good - not the best in Fairfax, but ok.

The waitress was rude. The four of us were shown to a table which was set for two. We asked for two more glasses of water and two sets of cutlery. The woman appeared insulted and slammed them on the table.

But the real reason for the bad review is this: the waiter lost my credit card. He took it and then came back and asked for it. He said, oh yeah and ran off again. Then came back and asked for my card a third time. Turns out he had lost it. After more than half an hour of searching, I reported it stolen. He still asked me to pay the bill - despite the fact that most of it was covered by a Living Social voucher.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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