The Maharaja

Harvard Square

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In a Nutshell

Based on recipes compiled over three generations of research, the menu includes meaty and vegetarian Indian entrees

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Promotional value expires Dec 19, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Dine-in only. Not valid for the purchase of alcohol. Valid only for entrees up to $19.95. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Choose from Three Options

$28 for an Indian dinner for two (up to a $60.75 total value)
$50 for an Indian dinner for four (up to a $121.50 total value)
$70 for an Indian dinner for six (up to a $182.25 total value)<p>

Each pair receives the following:

  • One shared appetizer (up to a $9.95 value)
  • One order of naan (up to a $4.95 value)
  • Two entrees (up to a $19.95 value each)
  • One shared dessert (up to a $5.95 value)<p>

The Maharaja

The Maharaja's chefs rely on recipes from an era when art and cooking received the royal patronage of great Mughal emperors. Compiled over three generations of research, the menu of traditional Indian cuisine has been modernized to pair with a lavish dining space, that, according to the The Boston Foodie, "is an elegant room floating above Harvard Square with all of the amenities of a perfect dining experience." Ornately detailed wooden chairs surround The Maharaja's sturdy tables, and a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooks the weekly hopscotch tournaments in Harvard Square. Furthermore, a collection of statues—which took three attempts to import from India—watch over the restaurant's guests.

Garlic naan emanates nostril-piquing aromas of fresh garlic and coriander as chefs roast cubes of lamb and bone-in chicken in a tandoor oven that burns hotter than a feverish dragon. Sidestepping meats entirely, the house-made paneer, eggplant, and chickpeas bump elbows with green peas, raisins, and sautéed cashews. Servings of kulfi faluda can sate sweet teeth with scoops of pistachio-flavored ice cream and sweet noodles.

Customer Reviews

The food is excellent. The service is excellent. The prices are excellent. The atmosphere is excellent (quiet and pretty). The only "down" side is that it's not so easy to find. It's upstairs in a not-so-pleasant commercialized building full of other busy places. But once you go inside Maharaja, the whole atmosphere changes -- for the better. Thank you for a very nice experience. I've been there before, and I'll be back again.
Marlene O. · January 10, 2013
Great job, I really enjoyed going to the Maharaja.
Cable D. · January 9, 2013
Excellent waiter.
Joshua B. · January 8, 2013

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