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Taj Mahal Restaurant

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4816 MacLeod Trail SW
Calgary, AB  T2G 0A8

(403) 243-6362

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English
May 02, 2011

ESTABLISHED 1973, AWARDED NO 1 RESTAURANT Located in Calgary, we offer an unique East Indian restaurant atmosphere for all our guests. Our award-winning cuisine, made in an authentic Indian clay oven, combined with our premium services and Indian-inspired ambiance, provide all our guests with all the elements necessary for a complete and exceptional dining experience of an East Indian... more

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Reviews [8]
English
4 star rating
Jackjb June 12, 2012
Great food

Hot Tandoori Naan were excellent with chicken curry and dal!

4 star rating
jungletimejason June 04, 2012
great changes

I have gone to Taj Mahal restaurant on Mondays nights and the food is authentic and flavored, it’s nice to have people around. I have notice they toned down on the spices on food but it’s totally understandable because kids can’t take much spicy food but I liked that they have added spicy condiments ti make up for it. Chai tea is always the best here I recommend you to try it.

4 star rating
great

I came here with all my family the place is just amazing I mean they even had the Indian setting, how cool is that? My family and I enjoyed that evening very much my nephews couldn’t stay away from the marble statue; you have to see that is great. I liked very much the vegetarian samosa and the aloo ghobhi, on top everything is great value!

4 star rating
breeannnn May 07, 2012
Taj Mahal restaurant

Taj Majal is a very well- reputed Indian restaurant in Calgary. What strikes you most once you are there is the total homely atmosphere and ambiance. The owners are very friendly and welcoming. This food is simply a feast for a Indian food lover. They have a whole range of dishes to choose from and few exotic ones that I did not see anywhere else. It’s delicious and I can totally vouch for that because our four year old daughter finished her meal, herself for the first time. According to me it’s a must visit in Calgary. Service is awesome; they give personal attention to each guest!

4 star rating
mooseloverdaria February 24, 2012
Excellent!

I have been going there it seems for 15 - 20 years periodically. True blue service, lots of ice water with lemon in it. Great variety- ie.: vegetarian and meat samosas. There are many other things in the buffet. Buffet seems to be Mon. to Friday lunch, and Monday supper.

4 star rating
lester_l65 January 30, 2012
Great atmosphere!

I wish I would have gone here before the other night! This place has great food and service! Reminds me of when I used to live in India and they captured the culture perfectly!!! Thank you!!

4 star rating
ohjoyitsjulian January 17, 2012
Great!

The food at Tah Mahal is excellent. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone because of how great my experience always is! Thank you for such a great experience!

4 star rating
jacksontracy17 January 13, 2012
Awesome!

My boyfriend and I go here occasionally because we love it! What a great setting to eat! The food is awesome. The service is great. The overall atmosphere is outstanding! Thank you for the great experience every time!!!

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English
4 star rating
Always great food
July 14, 2014

Been here lots, never had a bad experience my favourite restaurant in Calgary,great food ,great service,great prices .highly recommended !

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4 star rating
average restaurant
June 30, 2014

I love indian food. I have grown up eating indian food. This restaurant is middle of the pack, westernised indian food. That is not to say I did not like it , I did like it but it is just average. Generic is a term that would fit.One dish was excellent though- and that is the bharta.

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4 star rating
New Owners, Tastes even Better
February 25, 2014

We just love it. Yes, it may be westernized, but aren't all Indian restaurants in Calgary westernized to cater to our taste? But to me, Taj Mahal is 80% authentic, and that's good enough. Believe me, if it was 100% authentic, not of us westerners will like it, right? It will be too spicy!!!
The butter chicken is better than... more

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4 star rating
The best Indian in the city
February 24, 2014

The food is always fresh and full of flavor. I have tried many Indian restaurants in the city and this one is the best, bar none. Excellent service.

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4 star rating
Just another indian food
February 05, 2014

If you look in the google maps for this hotel, you would not be able to enter inside. Only a cab can take you, if you are new in South Calgary.
There is a choice of buffet at dinner offered. However the food is very ordinary apart from the kebabs,which is sometime good. Do not have the taj beer, it's... more

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4 star rating
So many curry houses to choose from - this one not nearly good enough
December 01, 2013

The aesthetics are all wrong in this place. Back alley parking is a necessity just off McLeod Trail, but the entrance to the restaurant has no welcoming appeal. Once inside the door, the hall and stairwell are filthy and worn. Heading into the basement, there is an air of "This probably used to be sharp and clean and attractive 20... more

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4 star rating
Very disappointed
November 22, 2013

It's been a few years since the last time I had the lunch buffet at Taj Mahal and it seems to have really gone down hill. Most of the food seemed to have been prepared far in advance and then not reheated enough. It was lukewarm at best. The deep-fried dishes were cold and greasy. The restaurant was busy (Friday... more

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4 star rating
A pleasant Dining Treat in Calgary
October 13, 2013

It is unlikely I would have found this ethnic gem on my own. Fortunately it was recommended by local friends who felt we would enjoy the experience and they were correct on many fronts. It does not have a palacial ambience, and certainly entering from the alley parking lot, down a staircase, one felt more like being taken to a... more

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4 star rating
Horrible mistreatment of clientele
September 06, 2013

NEVER EAT AT TAJ MAHAL! The food, service and management are absolutely horrendous! I ordered the lamb vindaloo, and was served an extremely watery sheep soup instead. (Lamb is young sheep, with a very distinct flavour and sold at a higher price). I complained to the management, to which I was treated horribly. The manager yelled at me, insisted his... more

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4 star rating
terrible food
August 19, 2013

I mean it . You can make out it wasn't fresh and good quality .Heard its under new owners. Having tried it before i expected things to better . But nothing to write about .Sorry i feel all money was wasted

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4 star rating
Taj Mahal continues to please
June 18, 2013

Although I miss Sonny, the previous owner, now under new ownership this Calgary staple of fine East Indian dining (N.B.: this is the Canadian designation for the food of India) continues to please. The clean, revamped (if slightly sterile these days) interior, wide variety of foods, and excellent service continue to make this a best choice restaurant for me in... more

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4 star rating
One of the spiciest curries I ever ate
June 14, 2013

Getting to this restaurant is a bit tricky as you have to go to the back of the restaurant to gain access to inside. We drove a couple of times on MacLeod Trail trying to figure the entry to this place.
Went here with a couple of friends. Staff were nice and service was prompt. We orders mixed vegetarian platter... more

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4 star rating
A Taste Of India
May 06, 2013

Ii have been eating at the Taj for more than 30 years and have NEVER been disappointed. The food is always fresh and delicious. The nan break will make your mouth water.
Because I am a regualr customer, I was lucky enough to be taken into the kitchen and shown how the nan was made!
Take advantage of some of... more

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4 star rating
Good Indian Food
April 07, 2013

I ate here one night with colleagues from work. The food was excellent and the portions were generous. I have limited experience with Indian food so I followed the lead of others and ordered conservatively. Some of the dishes are very spicy. This is definitely a place I will return to should I find myself in Calgary again.

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4 star rating
Indian Food
December 01, 2012

There are lots of Indian Food Restaurants to choose from. They could improve a little on their decor. The food was fine, but nothing exceptional. Still it is fine for what you pay.

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4 star rating
Really tasty Indian food
November 21, 2012

My cousin and I went to the Taj last Thurs for a nice meal.Unfortunately the buffet wasn't on (I think it's on only Sat nights and during lunch) so my cousin started ordering. We had vegetable samosas, lamb samosas, chicken pankora, and some sort of vegetable that looked like it was thrown in the deep fryer. We got 2 sauces... more

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4 star rating
My favorite Indian Buffet
October 11, 2012

The Taj Mahal has undergone a lot of cosmetic facelifts lately. They've repainted, gotten new tableware, and really cleaned the place up. Thankfully they haven't changed the food, which is some of the best Indian cuisine in Calgary. Their lunch buffet is excellent, well labelled and you get a ton of variety for a great price. They also serve nan... more

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4 star rating
Happily suprised
October 11, 2012

I've drivin by this restaurant many times on mccloud and always thought it was a furniture store. The value is great here if you eat like a family from India. Share your dishes. And I loved the many options on nann bread. They have a lunch buffet but the quality isn't nearly as good as at night al a carte

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4 star rating
Tasty Indian food
September 08, 2012

The only draw back we found with this restaurant is the inability to understand the menu. Most everything ordered had a sauce.

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4 star rating
Don't judge a book by its cover
August 01, 2012

Great food, great service, not the nicest looking place. Once you get past the way it looks going down the stairs, you will be pleasantly surprised!

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4 star rating
A charming, cozy restaurant, with high standard service you expect from a good Indian restaurant
July 24, 2012

A charming, cozy restaurant, with high standard service you expect from a good Indian restaurant. I had the Beef Korma, which was excellent. I would certainly return here.

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4 star rating
It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This
July 24, 2012

We dined here on a Sunday evening and had simply a wonderful and delightful meal. Food was top notch, from appetizers to dessert. Great chicken dishes - butter chicken of course as well as the murgh malai. But the most enjoyable was the Chawla chicken - very unique and tasty. Also tried a half vindaloo lamb dish - great and... more

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4 star rating
The most delicious food
May 30, 2012

The best Indian food I've ever had. The food and the service is 5+ star. The decor brings down the score, but only marginally. You won't be disappointed. I was in a group, so we ordered many different items. Everything was fantastic. At the end we were all sad to be full.

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4 star rating
More than an entire menu page dedicated to veggie options
April 06, 2012

This place is great. They have a lunch buffet that has all vegetarian options labelled and a vegetarian dinner for two menu option that comes with samosas, naan, two mains, and seasoned rice or you can just order individual veggie items off their extensive menu. They have also started vegetarian buffet dinners on Wednesday nights. If you call ahead and... more

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4 star rating
Celiac and not too spicy
March 02, 2012

Great for anyone celiac and if you can't handle too spicy of food the lunch buffet is perfect on what to choose.

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4 star rating
Traditional Indian
January 17, 2012

Food is awesome. The plating is unusual, large steel sectional trays, and a buffet. But always busy.

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4 star rating
Excellent Indian Food and Safe Feeling Restaurant for Women Even If Eating Alone
November 09, 2011

Hi fellow Trip Advisor friends!
Wonderful fresh crisp tasting Indian food. Best we have tasted in the city.
You are welcomed politely and warmly when you arrive (yes you look for the Taj Mahal picture when you are on McLeod Trail in Calgary, and yes you park behind the restaurant in the big parking lot, and yes you walk down... more

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4 star rating
Worth Going Out of Your Way
October 18, 2011

We almost missed this place when we were trying to find it because our GPS was trying to take us to the wrong spot for some reason.
Anyways! Yeah, the atmosphere is nothing special, but I can't say I have been in many ethnic restaurants that were any different. I found the wait staff incredibly friendly, and they seemed to... more

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4 star rating
A very pleasant experience
September 13, 2011

I have been a fan of Taj Mahal ever since I came to Canada in 1982. It is located on a busy road. There is plenty of parking but the entrance from the parkong lot is not attractive. However, the welcome is always warm and the decore is much like the reception room of a comfortable home in Delhi. The... more

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4 star rating
Average at best
September 11, 2011

I love indian food and as a result have eaten at many indian food restaurants through out western Canada and most of the USA. This restaurant was average. The big draw is the psuedo Taj Mahal facade out front. It is located in a some what run down part of Calagary in the basement of a pub. The food was... more

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4 star rating
used to be good -- what happened
May 10, 2011

this used to be one of the BEST Indian food restaurants in Calgary. What happened? The past few times we've been we have left disatisfied with both service and food.
The servers are completely unattentive and the food does not have the depth of flavour that it once had. It was also barely warm and the timing between appetizers and... more

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4 star rating
Vegetarian Samosas and sweet dip are to die for
November 20, 2010

The restaurant is hidden away behind a unique front that depicts the Taj Mahal in India! Inside, take yourself back to India and enjoy the great food and make sure you see the huge model of the Taj Mahal in marble - couldn't get my kids away from that. The staff catered to my children to ensure the food was... more

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4 star rating
One of the best Indian food we ever tasted
November 03, 2010

Taj Mahal is a very well-reputed Indian Restaurant in Calgary. What strikes you most once you are there is the total homely atmosphere and ambiance. The owners are very friendly and welcoming. Their food is simply a feast for an Indian food lover. They have a whole range of dishes to choose from and few exotic ones, that I did... more

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4 star rating
Excellent Food Excellent Service - Original North Indian Food
November 01, 2010

We go to this restaurant everytime we go to Calgary. I am an Indian and I know how Indian Food should taste. Hot Tandoori Naan were excellent with chicken curry and dal.

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4 star rating
Awful - 45 minutes and food never came
May 22, 2010

We went to Taj Mahal at 8pm on a Saturday and it wasn't that busy. We ordered $140 in food and after 50 minues wanted to know where it was. The manager came over and told us that it was ready and then some of it exploded?!?!?!? and that they would have to make it all over again. We asked... more

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4 star rating
Food is edible but not very unique, flavorful. Not spicy at all... Not authentic Indian food
February 22, 2008

Food is edible but not very unique, flavorful. Not spicy at all... Not authentic Indian food.

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4 star rating
I've never understood the appeal of taj mahal. The food has always disappointed being greasy and never fresh. The
December 15, 2007

I've never understood the appeal of taj mahal. The food has always disappointed being greasy and never fresh. The staff seem to wish they were somewhere else and given their dank surroundings I don't blame them.

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Business Description from the Web
English
July 15, 2013

Taj Mahal Restaurant offers these services: caterer, restaurant, banquet rooms.

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February 24, 2013

The Taj Mahal has been serving Indian food to Calgarians for over many years. Their secret, say the owners, lies not in the amount of spices but rather the exotic interaction of these spices. In other words, the food is not overpowering or acutely intense, but delicate and tasty. There are lot of golds and reds used to create a warm ambiance.

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