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“Just as good the second time...”

Taj Cafe Indian Cuisine
Ranked #7 of 427 Restaurants in Ventura
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Buffet, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Los Angeles, California
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142 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Just as good the second time...”
Reviewed 31 December 2013

About a year ago we stopped off in Ventura on the way back from a road trip to Oakland, and just walked into the Taj Cafe as pretty much the first place we saw. A couple of hours later we staggered out full of one of the best Indian meals we'd ever had. I can't remember specific dishes now, but I did remember the amazingly generous supply of extra "on the house" items that kept coming. Back there this week, and yep... same again. The Chicken Tikka and Lamb Curry thalis were copious and delicious, and so were the (extra, on the house) Masala Chai Tea, potato pancake starters, and desserts. Comfortable, old-fashioned, slightly shabby decor, and the service that wonderful mixture of the off-handed and attentive that only Indian restaurants seem to do. Unmissable.

  • Visited December 2013
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Alameda, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Worth Trying”
Reviewed 30 December 2013

We visited this restaurant for lunch while coming back from LA . Everything from the quality of food, variety, service to ambiance was great. Michael was very attentive and very friendly. He suggested us good dishes. Samosa, veg biryani , garlic naan ,all chutneys and rice pudding was very tasty. I'd definitely go back in a heartbeat.I would recommend this to a friend. Thanks Michael for warm welcome and friendly service. (from Rhea & Raj, Pune)

  • Visited December 2013
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“Great Service, Better Food ! ”
Reviewed 19 December 2013 via mobile

My son loves Indian Cuisine , so we took a guys night out to The Taj Palace in Ventura. We were quickly seated by our waiter Mike which made us extremely comfortable & recommended the Butter Chicken & Tandoori Rack of Lamb which both dishes melted in your mouth , the sauces & flavors were beyond fantastic! A must try if local or in the Ventura area!

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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“Terrific Indian food in Ventura”
Reviewed 6 December 2013

We were looking for a "halfway" place to meet friends between Santa Barbara and LA.. decided to drive a little longer after reading other views of Taj Cafe. It was well worth the extra twenty minutes or so. It was not your usual cookie-cutter Indian restaurant. The menu selection, the helpful and friendly staff, and the food were all terrific. A very enjoyable evening.

  • Visited November 2013
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dallas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Trip advisor is right”
Reviewed 28 November 2013

We trusted Trip Advisor for restaurant suggestions for our recent Ventura visit. Taj Cafe is amazing. Michael was very friendly & helpful with our meal selections. The chicken tandoori was the best I've had. A cup of traditional masala chai was perfect on a cool evening. Don't miss out on the garlic naan bread. We ordered an extra to go. The location on Main St. was nice for walking after dinner.
Thanks Trip Advisor & Michael.

  • Visited November 2013
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