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Royal Indian Restaurant

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1250 Emmet St N, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4838
+1 434-973-2288
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
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17:00 - 22:00
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a craving for something spicy, sweet and fabulous after a day of travel. Luckily we found Royal Indian Restaurant, as it was just what our taste buds were craving. Service was excellent and so was the food. We will definitely return for dinner and hopefully to sample their lunch buffet. Very nice range of vegetarian options and all... More 

Thank EatLoveTravel17
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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

A good Indian restaurant in Charlottesville, Virginia. You pick a main dish like chicken or seafood and then you pick the type of sauce you would like: Korma, Vindaloo or Marsala, etc. There are also a large selection of vegetarian dishes. The servings are large and can be as spicy as you like. Just ask for mild, medium or spicy... More 

Thank William B
Charlottesville, Virginia
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137 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Best Indian food in Charlottesville. We went to the weekly buffet. Selections were fresh and there were a lot of them. Great vegetarian dishes. The naan bread was perfectly made, fresh and warm out of the oven. Leave room for the freshly made mango pudding and coconut rice pudding.

Thank Albequerque
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Food is delicious, fresh, full of flavor, not too spicy. Nice atmosphere and very friendly staff. I will be back for sure :).

Thank petramercier
Norfolk, Virginia, United States
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Charlottesville is lucky to have a few good Indian restaurants and Royal Indian Restaurant is my go to choice for lunch.

Thank Bloochdog
Charlottesville, Virginia
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333 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

We had a selection of dishes, from okra to chicken tikka. They were all pleasnt, but the only one that stood out was the okra. Most of the dishes were (too) heavily sauced. Friendly and quick service.

Thank putnik123
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Kind of spicy for my kids that are not used to this type of food but the food was really good with a lot of options. Highly recommend for everyone to try it

Thank David B
Ravinder D, Owner at Royal Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

Glad you all enjoyed the food David. I apologize if it was a little spicy. Sometimes, you feel the "kick" a little more with certain foods, then with others. Please feel free to ask one of the servers for help in picking mild options :) Thank you for the great review :) More 

Charlottesville, Virginia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 November 2016

I've just had my 5th lunch at Royal Indian in 3 months. Each time, the food is delicious - a wide variety of choices, all fresh and flavorful. The baby eggplant is the over the top, and my favorite.

1 Thank caligaston
Ravinder D, Owner at Royal Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the great review! More 

1 review
Reviewed 17 September 2016

I Read Negative Feedback about the Restaurant.that did not stop me,so I give it A try.it turn out to be excellent.it very rich in food.tasteful,and a excellent Staff,beautiful Restaurant.

Thank felix k
Ravinder D, Owner at Royal Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

Although a majority of our review are positive, a few negative ones sometimes overshadow the good ones. If you're ever on the fence, always best to try it out for yourself. Thank you for coming. Glad you like the place :) More 

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016

I presume the ownership has given up on serving patrons in the restaurant to focus on take out. S L O W service. Depressing atmosphere. Samosas with hockey puck texture. Tikka masala, with chewy chicken covered in an insipid yellow sauce. One hopes it will taste better when I heat up for lunch tomorrow.

Thank Cinziajj
Ravinder D, Owner at Royal Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm terribly sorry for the poor experience. We generally don't have too many issues with takeouts and the qualify of our food, but we are all prone to making mistakes. If you're ever in mood for Indian food and willing to give us another try, please let a manager know. Thank you for the review :) More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
USD 19
Indian, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1250 Emmet St N, Charlottesville, VA 22903-4838
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: +1 434-973-2288

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