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“A neighborhood gem: Great Indian Food and service” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Himalayan Bistro

Himalayan Bistro
Ranked #593 of 3,179 Restaurants in Boston
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Indian, Nepali, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: West Roxbury / Hyde Park / Roslindale
Boston, Massachusetts
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81 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“A neighborhood gem: Great Indian Food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

We have tried take out from Himalayan in the best and it is consistently excellent. We dined in the simple and comfortable restaurant, getting great service and accurate advice on food preferences. We will return with family and friends

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank karen S
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  • English first
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English first
Boston, MA
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“My favorite Indian restaurant south of Boston”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2012

I'm not sure why I've never reviewed this restaurant as it's my wife's and my go-to Indian restaurant in an area that has several. We've been there numerous times for both the lunch buffet and for the regular dinner menu and have never been disappointed.

The lunch buffet (available every day) is varied and tasty, including both vegetarian and meat dishes, salad, soup, naan bread, and even both rice pudding and/or fresh fruit for dessert.

The dinner menu is extensive and reasonably priced (check out the appetizer platters) and, for those who are knowledgeable about the differences, includes both Indian and Nepalese items.

The service, from the manager and the wait staff is invariably helpful, competent, and friendly. They even have a loyalty program (fill out a form and they'll give you a plastic card. Present the card each time you're there and, once you've spent $150, you'll get a $15 credit towards your next bill. They'll also send you savings offers by mail.

The ambience is charming, with Indian music playing quietly in the background. In short, I'm not sure why we ever go to a different restaurant although we've tried several (in Jamaica Plain and Dorchester). We keep coming back to the Himalayan.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank jeffr1j
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Boston
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Some poor dishes, poor service.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2012

We tried several dishes. Most were good but not exceptional. A few were just not right. For example, we had a lamb shank that was so tough we could not cut it with a table knife. We asked if they would cut it up; instead, they brought a steak knife. Even with a steak knife, it was very difficult to cut and, of course, chew. We sent it back. Then when they brought the check, they had not removed the lamb shank. We asked them to and they did, but on the whole we left unhappy with the experience.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Archipelago10
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Boston, Massachusetts
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46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great Indian food in W. Roxbury!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2012

Food was great, with a wide selection of familiar and less-well-known Indian and Nepali dishes. Vegetables and everything else very fresh and tasty. Staff is extremely friendly and service is excellent. They even sent us a coupon for half off our next visit, which was a great little "extra."

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Kim L
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Boston, Massachusetts
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72 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Our go-to Indian place - excellent food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2011

This is my local Indian restaurant - so even if the food wasn't great, I'd probably still eat here often. Luckily, the food is excellent. Wide selection of Himalayan and Indian food, everything we've had has been good.

Best of both worlds... great atmosphere for eat-in, but they also do take-out. Decent prices and portion size. Nothing bad to say, this is our go-to.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TA_Scott
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