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“Five stars”

Taj Mahal Restaurant
Ranked #7 of 167 Restaurants in Escazu
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $60
Cuisines: Asian, Indian
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: 1st Indian Restaurant in Costa Rica (estd. 2002) set up in a historic home (built in 1979) to enjoy The Royalty of vivid flavored food. The romance of ambiance and the symphony of flavors creates memorable feast for all the senses. Ethnic style beautiful decoration, Indian music and traditional hospitality makes one feel like a Royal. THE CUISINE OF MAHARAJAS Inspired by the feasting traditions of ethnic Indian kings and queens and using Nawab and Moghul cooking techniques from various states of India, chefs from India concoct timeless dishes; perfect for sharing and exquisite in their mastery of spice and flavor. SPECIAL DINING For a true Indian feast, book special dining in one of the private rooms or banqueting Darbaar – ideal for corporate dinners, groups and events. UNFLASHY, CAREFULLY HONED RECIPES INSPIRED BY INDIAN PALACES’ KITCHENS Vegan and gluten free selections. Certified 5 Star property by Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT).
San Jose, Costa Rica
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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“Five stars”
Reviewed April 10, 2014 via mobile

A very nice restaurant, with excellent service and delicious food at reasonable price. The choice is huge, ask for advice if you are not used to Indian food or you will end up with too much food! Spicy here means REALLY spicy, deliciously spicy but be ready!
Absolutely advised I will come back for lunch too.

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Thank Chamanh
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tandoor2002, Owner at Taj Mahal Restaurant, responded to this review, April 17, 2014
Dear Chamanh,

Thank you for your great comments. We have an executive lunch menu that is very reasonably priced and soon we will be unveiling new options for discerning diners like yourself.

Sincerely,

D. Mander, Owner
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Nosara, Costa Rica
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3 reviews
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“Beautiful and delicious”
Reviewed April 5, 2014

Great menu, good service, wonderful ambiance. I've been there twice with others. Moderately priced. The restuarant at the Alta is also very good, but more expensive.

Visited April 2014
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tandoor2002, Owner at Taj Mahal Restaurant, responded to this review, April 7, 2014
Hello DC Redtree,

I hope you are fine. Thank you for your unbiased comments regarding my restaurant. Since we opened 11 years ago we have been constantly innovating and evolving to bring the best Indian cuisine, ambiance, and service to our clients like yourself.

Thanks again,

D. Mander.
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costa rica
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good for special occassions.”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

A perfect place to celebrate special occassions and to have a first date
Many youn couples on Saturday night.
Food was very nice
Service friendly
Room romantic

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank marikacostarica
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tandoor2002, Owner at Taj Mahal Restaurant, responded to this review, March 12, 2014
Dear Marika,

Thank you very much for your kind words. Hope to see you soon again.
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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19 reviews
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“Beautiful place!”
Reviewed February 10, 2014

This place is so gorgeous! Very authentic and great patio seating. Service was top notch and we enjoyed our meal very much! Def pricey, but totally worth it! Some of the best Indian food I've had overall!

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank MissAlessMalice
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tandoor2002, Owner at Taj Mahal Restaurant, responded to this review, February 22, 2014
Dear MissAlessMalice,

Thank you very much for your delightful remarks.
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Barrie, Canada
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“Good food but costly”
Reviewed February 7, 2014

This is our second visit with our first about a year ago and while it is good indian food the prices are still very high - and yes I've seen the owner's explanation about all the imported ingredients etc. However clearly there is a market for Indian food and people (like us) willing to pay. We returned because last year we found the lamb outstanding but that wasn't the case this time and in fact it was a little tough. The chicken dish we had was mostly sauce and quite ordinary. That being said the service is good and the campy decor with Bollywood films playing in the background is fun.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Peytonsage
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tandoor2002, Owner at Taj Mahal Restaurant, responded to this review, February 9, 2014
Dear Paytonsage,

First of all thank you for your comments. FYI we have not increased prices in over two years. Some facts maybe many people don't know or take into consideration, in 26 days open per month we have to make enough income to pay the rent, wages of 11 employees, pay gov tax, pay social security $2000 US, pay electricity $1400, pay water $350, pay municipal and liquor licence fees $600, pay for cashew nuts $400, pay for imported spices and rice, pay for charcoal $572, the list goes on and on, not mentioning buying the other products for the restaurant. By law in Costa Rica 10% service and 13% sales tax, for a total of 23% are included in your bill. It is an expensive country, there is no doubt about that. When one goes to a restaurant one is not only paying for the food, but also for the experience, the service, and the ambience. Do other restaurants have to use such elaborate ingredients for their recipes? If you go to any other Italian, American franchisee, Japanese, Argentinean etc. restaurants in the area their prices are around the same. Regarding the lamb, was it from the Tandoor or a curry, Let me know please, Ill look into it. Next time your in town, please drop by and ask for me. Looking forward to meeting you.
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