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Taj Cafe Indian Cuisine

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574 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2629
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Santa Cruz, California
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Family owned restaurant with excellent food! Hubby and I had the Samosa appetizer with homemade tamarind chutney to start. Being vegetarian, we enjoyed the Gobi Aloo (cauliflower and potatoes in a tomato ginger sauce), the Saag Paneer (spinach with cheese), Dal (lentils) and rice. The Naan was fresh and delicious! Hubby loved his mango lassi! I loved the Kheer rice... More 

Thank Christine R
Scotts Valley
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The smell of spices drew me in and I found the food wonderful and the service fantastic! We got the vegetarian combo with saag paneer and gobi aloo.

Thank aredshaw
United Kingdom
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lovely meal, great service. Lots of extras which were not asked for, however were very tasty. Would have given it a higher rating as it only had one toilet if you want to use the toilet and it wasn't working, No Other facilities available! Please invest in getting your toilet fixed and possibly another toilet, one for male and other... More 

Thank Pauline S
Los Angeles, California
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is the way it should be... melding of flavors--just scrumptious. Each element is a subtle addition to the overall flavor of each dish. Found out after eating here the first time that critical restaurant reviewers agree with me. It lives up to reputation. Worth the trip from LA to partake in this feast. On active street with the heartbeat... More 

Thank 2016Patti
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Taj is our favorite Indian Restaurant in Ventura County. Their food is fantastic and fragrant! All the herbs in their sauces are fresh and tasty. Our favorite is the bhaigain bharta, an eggplant dish with herbs and taste that is dreamy! Honey loves their Lamb Biryani dish which has the moist and tender lamb and cashews and golden raisins. Yummy... More 

Thank Sonnette A
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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25 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A small cozy restaurant. Operated by a Delhi Based Indian. It is really small, with oriental furniture. The food was decent, the owners were very hospitable. We enjoyed the real hot North Indian dishes, rotis, etc. Hotel also offered Kingfisher Beer, the real Indian Brand.

Thank G N
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Raj and Singh made my experience amazing, these guys should teach other Indian restaurants customer service because we all know some Indian restaurants lack customer service, this is my second night here in a row and I probably will go back tomorrow night I'm here on business for 3 nights but if it wasn't for the food tasting so good... More 

Thank Sunil S
London, GB
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220 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a good lunch here – loved the mushroom bhaji, the batter was nice and light and the vegetable samosas were very large but so tasty. They were filled with peas and spiced, soft potatoes, in a kind of short crust pastry, and they were served with a small dish of delicious chick pea curry – it reminded me of... More 

Thank Janie M
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was everything you could want in an Indian restaurant. They asked if we wanted an appetizer. We said no, so they brought us an appetizer on the house. Be warned, the entree portions are large enough to feed two people.They win "Best Of Ventura" every year. In a forest of excellent restaurants in downtown Ventura, they stand above the... More 

Thank smlisle
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

I was passing through Ventura on a road trip with my girlfriend and just happened to stumble in to the Taj one late evening, as it was the only place still serving food in the area. We were lucky. I have been to Indan restaurants on three contintinents, and Taj was hands down the best experience. The chicken tikka masala,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Buffet
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Dining on a budget, Special occasions, Large groups, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 574 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001-2629
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ventura
  • Phone Number: 805-652-1521

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