Maharaja of India

3.6
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
57 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
£25 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Indian

Top tags:

Pre/post Theatre
Good Vegetarian Options
Handily situated right in London’s thriving theatreland is the Maharajah of India restaurant, a spot popular with tourists and Londoners looking for great food in a sea of choices. With its unassuming frontage it would be all too easy to pass the Maharajah of India by in favour of something with a little more bling. But head inside and you’ll find a cosy and welcoming restaurant with swift, efficient and friendly service. The excellent food is traditionally Indian with additional specialities, thalis and great sizzling dishes offered besides the usual. English dishes are also available while Indian sweets are a delight worth saving a little space for.
What 57 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.6based on all time ratings
3.7
food
3.4
service
3.2
ambience
3.4
value
Noise · Moderate
71% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
DC
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thought the staff were nice and attentive food was lovely and reasonable value would certainly go back thanks

P
London
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was decent.

G
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The restaurant has been recommended by an Indian person and indeed the food was very good. The service did not makeup to our expectations though. It was if waiter were doing us a favour and it's not like as if I'm expecting a fake service like in the USA, but the waiters could be friendly especially with the restaurant not being crowded at all.

G
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have passed Maharaja several times in the passed, but decided to try it when we went out with friends. Food was quite good, and not over salted. Portions were on the small side. The Tandoori mixed grill and Chicken Tula Massala were tasty. The okra side was nice and spicy. The Fish Goa was disappointing in that there was very little fish...the Garlic naan was a bit bland.

Overall, it was good, and came to a bit more than £25 a person, service included.

TC
London
38 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I met my friends for dinner here and we really liked the restaurant. They have an excellent menu and wine list. I would highly recommend this place and look forward to going there again another time.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Food was good, but could have been warmer. Table service was terrible.

A
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I enjoyed the meal, it was very tasty there is only one negative comment, one of the waiters kept hovering neat to my table which made me feel a little uncomfortable.

EC
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The food was great but the waiter wasn’t very friendly.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The people running the place are extremely rude and have no clue what is going on around them. You order for something, they get you something else. A lady came in asking for water and the manager shouted at her not to enter the restaurant and wait outside. It seemed really awkward to the guest sitting there as well. Extremely disappointed and will never return again.

H
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Small restaurant in very convenient location near some of the theaters. Food was excellent and authentic. You can tell that the owners are totally invested in the product. The menu offers a large selection of dishes and traditional breads. Would recommend for dinner before or after the show but reservations are recommended because it can fill up quickly.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
7 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Indian in central London. Butter Chicken outstanding.

C
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent. My biggest concern was that our table was right next to the gent’s loo, which needs no further discussion!

At the table we had several vegetarian dishes, bindi, Chana masala, and tarka dal, as well as a lamb jalfrezi and a chicken biryani All the food was delicious.

We did ask for glasses of tap water on several occasions, but none ever arrived. That was the only knock on service.

S
London
9 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Quick service, polite staff but food was average
I ate here to celebrate a friend's birthday and was pleasantly surprised by the ease of finding the restaurant,the decor and friendliness of staff. My friend had quite a hot/spicy dish which she said she enjoyed but my dish was bland (I cant take spicy and ordered a mild dish but I was disappointed that there was no taste and that the food was not as hot as it could have been). I also have allergies and when I have been in other Indian restaurants they were able to amend dishes so that I could partake. Unfortunately this restaurant was unable to do this and I was left feeling underwhelmed. In saying this staff were friendly and our meals were delivered quickly and we didn't feel at all rushed in this restaurant (we did dine early though and had booked a table online for an early evening meal). PRICES: good - bare in mind that you will need to order rice and nann separately unless you are ordering a set meal which can push the price up a bit - but it is still reasonably priced.

a
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Was looking for Indian on the spur of the moment and they had availability. Overall the food was quite good and reasonably priced for London. Had a bit of trouble getting started - had to ask the waiter for service and our wine order took a bit of time to arrive.

R
London
38 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great find, and so central. Food was excellent, staff very attentive but not intrusive.
Would definitely go back and definitely recommend

C
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Located just off Leister Square, ideal for pre-theatre. Excellent food. First waiter a bit reluctant to seat us in the quiet back but another one was quite friendly. Overall, very tasty and efficient service leaving plenty of time to get to the theatre.

L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious! A must stop every time I visit London!

PP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and service!

AJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was definitely an authentic experience. Yummy food. Homemade naan - is a key indicator for me! The service might seem indifferent, but, I honestly think it's just part of the authenticity. They were friendly. Quick to take order and server it, too. I felt a bit rushed by the server, who was holding the door for us to leave. He was being polite. I just felt there wasn't so much room for him and us trying to put our coats on. Oh well, I blame it on culture clashes - hence, the authenticity :-) Will go there again!

RB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A nice venue, very handy for the Garrick Theatre. Food was lovely, and waiters couldn't be nicer but service was a bit slow. We ended up having to rush the meal

SS
Cleveland
31 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This is just down the street from the National Gallery and found this on Open Table as we were looking for a late lunch spot around where we were. My husband had the Tandoor Special and I the chicken special. It was so good thing we were both very hungry as it was a generous amount of food. The food was fine ( we have a very good place where we live that would be hard to beat). We were unsure of how they classified their spiciness so we went safe and I ordered mild and my husband did medium- we both would up it a level higher. Great spot right across from one of the theaters and they offer a nice pre-theater meal.

NH
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2017
Overall1food1service2ambience4

The lamb was so over cooked that I couldn’t chew it and send it back. About 1.5 hours I suffered through sever gastric distress

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We ate early, between the first and second Harry Potter plays. The food was great, the service fast at 4:30, and it was exactly what I was looking for. I highly recommend the Lamb Vindaloo!

OT
London
28 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Last minute meal after a few drinks.

Nice food and friendly staff.

WA
Chicago
206 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2017
Overall2food4service2ambience1

If the food is the most important aspect of any restaurant experience then in his category we had no complaints - traditional Indian fare, prepared well enough. However, the remainder of the evening left a lot to be desired. The table we squeezed into next to the bathrooms reminded us of sitting in the Cabinet War Room - no windows, concrete walls, similar paint color. The poor English speaking ability of the entire staff made it difficult to communicate. We did a lot of pointing to the menu and guessing at what was being asked. The most irregular part of the entire evening was the failure of their credit card system which necessitated one of us leaving the table at the end of the meal to go to a nearby ATM for cash to pay the bill. Our server was apologetic about the issue and they provided a free starter to compensate us. Overall, Maharaja was a decent place for Indian cuisine if one expects no more.

OT
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I visit Maharaja of India often. As with my other visits, this was a great experience. The food was absolutely delicious, and service was great!

OT
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I shared a great dinner here with my colleagues. I’ll most definitely eat here again.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2016
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We chose this place because we were here a few years ago and had a good meal. It was just as good this time. It's in a great location, just next door to the National Portrait Gallery. I would come back if I am in the neighbourhood and am hungry for spicy Indian food.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Atrocious ,no courteous service very ordinary food
To be avoided at all costs

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

When we arrived I told the waiter we had a reservation, he clearly couldn't speak very good English as he sat us by the door which which was windy and tiny, telling us we cannot sit at the back of the restaurant without a reservation. We asked to move and he angrily said "I told you so!".

We ordered our food and got our drinks and papadums, the can's of coke we received were off and tasted awful. A few short minutes after receiving our papadoms our main meal was dropped on the table and the staff rushed off. Never experienced that before...

We both ordered chicken korma and the meat was awfully dry and tasteless. After several times of asking for a slice of lemon, several arrived, one was already used.

Overall terrible experience, awful attitude of the staff, rude and unkind. The food was unpleasant and overpriced. Would absolutely not recommend.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2015
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Arrived late for our booked greeted warmly by staff. Very courteous and helpful quick service. Food was delicious.

E
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2015
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Nothing to complain about regarding Food. The waiters didn't smile, but did their job fine.

c
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2014
Overall2food1service2ambience1

My bill was over £200 and it was not until the bill arrived I was informed the credit/debit card machine was not working, not great

IR
London
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2014
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Good food, thats what a restaurant is about mainly and the MOI serves good food, although we received something different then ordered ..., the food was great.
The restaurant itself is not so good: it is for small people that do not mind everybody bumping into your table and chair. For seating its terrible, for eating its great.
Would only recommend the MOI to another person that only cares about the food.

I
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2013
Overall2food2service1ambience1

The food itself wasn't too bad although meat felt dry. Unfortunately service was very poor. We had to ask for glasses and cutlery. Therewere 4 of us but for some reason waiter saw only 3 ppl at our table and we constatly had to ask for extra glass or spare plate. Found it very ignorant. My foot will never ever step into this place again!!!!!

DP
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2013
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food has an authentic North Indian flavour minus the heat from excess chili peppers. It was a pleasant surprise. Ambiance was good. People watching from the front window could not be beat. Staff were attentive.

E
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2013
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Everything smothered in curry powder; felt the after effects for days!
Only 2 others in the restaurant at peak time! This should have set alarm bells ringing
Will not be going back

KL
Dunbartonshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2013
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Starters were lovely, however mains came & one meal was completely wrong & one meal was cold, very apologetic & quickly had the meals prepared again, excellent quality once we got our meals again. Would recommend.

c
London
13 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2013
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Dined here on Sat 27 Jul with two friends and had a great meal. We are dedicated curry eaters and so know when we are in a good place and given the central location we were astonished that it seemed so quiet for a Sat evening. Also very good value for money given its location. Would definitely eat here again and would highly recommend to curry fans.

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really excellent Indian meal. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Really smart restaurant in a good location - thanks to toptable as not sure we would have found this without them. Good value honest food - ideal for what we wanted. Will put on the list to return next time we go to London.