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Punjabi Dhaba Restaurant

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225 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139-1306
+1 617-547-8272
12:00 - 00:00
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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 we remember great bread. The side dishes were smaller than we remember, too. Not sure... More 

Thank Anne H
Boston, MA
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 and quite good Indian fare. I believe the term Dhaba describes a roadside restaurant and... More 

Thank orourkeej
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016

This has been an all time favorite for many years. Never had a bad meal here. It is crowded, Bollywood is playing, and the staff is singing along. It takes me away from Cambridge. I love it.

Thank Sara S
Boston, Massachusetts
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77 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

If you want a quick, Indian snack, this is a good place. Do not expect much more than that. The share most of their curries between entrées.

Thank DrRoyA
Kansas City, Missouri
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We had our late lunch here while we were traveling to Portland, ME from Cambridge. The amount of food is way more than enough. The price is reasonable. The staffs are alright. They only accept cash. Overall, i liked it. I had curry plater which comes with chicken curry, vegetable, rice, nan, samisa and chutney. And yea, try their mango... More 

Thank Navid J
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4 reviews
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Awesome place, quick to order online and just go pick up and enjoy one of the best indian meals you will find in Cambridge!

Thank Diana C
Madrid, Spain
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60 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2016

This is a very interesting place, since it features amazing Indian food without bothering to make it look exotic. The only problem is that they take quite a while, but it's so worth it!

Thank Aida R
Wrentham, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 22 May 2016

Delicious Indian food. Authentic, fresh, quality ingredients, lots of food for the $ and very friendly counter staff. You order at the counter and get your food in a metal tray. Unpretentious. Seating for about 15-20 diners, and this place seems to have a solid local following so you may have to wait to sit. When it's busy the wait... More 

Thank Peter F
Washington, DC
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785 reviews
516 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2016

It's always hard to review a restaurant based on a single meal, but that's the lot of a travelling critic. This small place (more seating upstairs) has a large menu. It took less than ten minutes at lunch to get my food. The tray contained five items, the roganjosh I ordered, rice, a bit of tomato, same for onions, and... More 

Thank jxx9595
Thohoyandou, South Africa
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48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2016

Came here once on my own, got something lamb and it was solid. Came here with friends, waited pretty long on a busy night but got all vegetarian stuff this time and it blew me away. Definitely want to return.

Thank Sean4476

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?