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Punjabi Dhaba Restaurant

225 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139-1306
+1 617-547-8272
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good45%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
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“curry” (8 reviews)
“nan” (5 reviews)
“rice” (11 reviews)
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Indian, Vegetarian Friendly
225 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139-1306
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Reviewed today via mobile

Had visitors this restaurant on a friends recommendation since I felt like having North Indian dhaba type food. We had ordered makhani dal and chicken dal curry. Both came with naan and rice (so don’t order that separate). One dish I felt was good enough...More

Thank Akshay B
Reviewed 4 days ago

They have tried to recreate the dhaba atmosphere in detail by capturing the dirtiness of the road side dhabas in India. I was okay with the taste. I had visited with a relation. We had lassi and two plates of lunch. The food was too...More

Thank yvj123
Reviewed 5 days ago

Punjabi Dhaba was recommended to me by my cousin, the location is a bit out of the way for me but I find myself taking the detour a lot to go eat here. The food is really tasty and the guys who work there are...More

Thank Joseph S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Are you kidding me? After eating here, I couldn't believe how many 5 star reviews it has received. Highly over-rated, most likely because the prices are affordable. The food was mediocre, almost tasteless. Hardly any spices, very dull and uninteresting. The raita was watered down....More

Thank Anne K
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

We decided to visit this place after reading all the amazing comments and reviews. Especially after searching for the top Indian restaurants in the US. (Yes, search and see). The exterior looked normal, nothing fancy with two big signs of (best of boston) for couple...More

Thank Suwaidyah
Reviewed 28 June 2017

We ordered Paneer Chatt, Lamb Biryani, Chicken Tikka and Samosas. Samosas and Chatt were fine, but Chicken Tikka was very dry and Lamb Biyani was kind of bland. We had better Indian food at the similar price range. And we had to wait very long...More

Thank junkoo936
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

PD has a good variety of choices including vegetarian. The service is fairly quick. Yet it is not unusual when it is so busy that one has a longer wait. I have never had a bad meal here. PD only accepts cash.

Thank Andrew B
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

This place was recommended by someone who knows his Indian food and we were not disappointed. Taste is everything; literally. Don't expect anything more than good food(limited seating, cash only, not so clean looking seating and tables, no table service, etc.) but as its name...More

Thank Toyo3
Reviewed 26 February 2017

This is a dive with a few seats downstairs and more upstairs. We arrived at 4 pm Sat, when it was slow, ordered and waited and waited. Nobody else was waiting for food but it still took a long time. The bread was terrible, where...More

Thank Anne H
Reviewed 3 February 2017

The Punjabi Dhaba, AKA "Prison Tray Cafe" is a three table hole in the wall in Inman Sq. So long as you bring cash you can listen to Bollywood videos blaring from the overhead TV, sip a lassi (mango, sweet or salty) and enjoy unpretentious...More

Thank orourkeej
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2 April 2015|
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Response from Manish_Shetty | Reviewed this property |
No need! Just show up. This is a cash-only place though.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 225 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139-1306
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-547-8272
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