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The Pongal

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786 Boston Rd, Billerica, MA
+1 978-667-3443
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

The food has suffered only slightly from a change of hands in management over the last 10 years I've frequented it, but I would still go back! The dishes are quite authentic (although not spicy enough even if you ask for it spicy, you have to go a few times before they trust you and give you the real deal... More 

Thank KristinSensei76
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

Bad restaurant in terms of taste, cleanliness and taking orders. Sweet corn soup that we ordered was spicy , wrong order of dosa was taken and finally our table near window had lot of dead flies.

1 Thank Ashwin B
Hyderabad, India
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65 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

It is a nice place to be in for South Indian food. I had Kal Dosa. The chutney and sambar were nice. I had food from here around two years back when o visited US. The ambiance and all got better now. It was not crowded at all. My friends who had various types of Biriyanis enjoyed those too.

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74 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2016 via mobile

Broke our several month Indian food fast here. Veggie pakora's, samosa's, vegetable Manchurian, and Chicken tikka masala with garlic naan.... Excellent! Better than the food I had in Chennai.

Thank Lee G
Boston, MA
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27 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2016

The lunch menu usually has a decent variety of food, some of which are South Indian dishes not available elsewhere. However the quality of the food has declined over the years. Our dinner experience was very uneven. The non-vegetarian appetizer plate was very good. The fish curry was unusual and very good. And the waiter was attentive and helpful. But... More 

Thank IBCD
Boston, MA
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47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2016 via mobile

I have been ordering takeout from Pongal for several years now. And it just consistently gets better. The Hyderabadi Biryani is outstanding. The Indian-Chinese is fantastic. The veggie dishes are really good. I don't know how it is to eat in the restaurant, but the take out food is wonderful.

Thank SNDBoston_MA
Billerica, Massachusetts, United States
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78 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2016

We stopped in for the lunch buffet last year. it was my first time to an Indian restaurant, so it was really cool to sample a lot of different items rather than ordering something specific. All the food was great. Lots to choose from. The interior was well decorated, the tables were clean and adequately spaced. It was a great... More 

Thank skottmorris
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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76 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2016

Authentic south indian food with great ambiance and service. One of the good restaurants in Boston area

Thank KartikJain13q
Mountain View, California
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162 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2016 via mobile

Lots of delicious South Indian style cooking (yogurt chicken the best), some North Indian cuisine (kurma, desserts) and Chinese dishes too (Hakka noodles, Sichuan fried rice); halal; homely, cozy, crowded (business is bustling), buffet menu turnover very fast; the only downside is the strong smell so leave your fur coats in the car before you enter... my freshly shampooed hair... More 

Thank Sitie
Woburn, Massachusetts
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77 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2015

Just got home from the Pongal restaurant. My daughter and I like to go to different ethnic restaurants and Indian food is one of our favorites. I had gone by this restaurant many times and decided it was time to go in. The interior was ok, I've been in worse, but the food is what I'm there for not the... More 

Thank John K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 786 Boston Rd, Billerica, MA
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Billerica
  • Phone Number: +1 978-667-3443

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