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Royal Taj - CLOSED

270 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
+1 831-427-2400
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good45%
  • Average9%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible9%
31 Jul 2014
“New ownership, new chef, new name "Maharaja"”
10 Oct 2013
“Love the buffet”
Restaurant Hours Closed
Indian, Middle Eastern, Pakistani, Vegetarian Friendly
270 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

In December 2013, Royal Taj closed and Maharaja opened in the same location with a new owner and new chef. Reviews prior to that time should be ignored. We have yet to try Maharaja but am looking forward to it.

Thank ConstantTravelers
Reviewed 11 October 2013

The buffet is excellent, everyday and very affordable. A good mix of vegetarian and meat entrees. Came with hot Chai tea. The staff is friendly, although you have to smile first. Bathrooms are old and need renovation, but are clean. There is ample parking, and...More

1  Thank AmyJune H
Reviewed 25 March 2013

The food is below par for indian but what really stands out is the amazingly poor rude service. We give them a try about once a month and are always impressed with how incredibly bad the experience is. We have given up and now drive...More

Thank Bonnieknitting
Reviewed 22 February 2013

We had dinner here and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The food was nicely spiced and flavorful. We both ordered "medium" spicy and found it pretty hot, in a good way. If I went back I might order "mild" since I now know this place actually does...More

Thank Jenny G
Reviewed 2 February 2013

If you like Indian food and are in a hurry at lunch time, zip into the Royal Taj and go right to the buffet steam tables. There are vegetarian selections (the spinach dish is great) on one part of the line and chicken dishes on...More

Thank Tidetalker
Reviewed 23 January 2013

I come here regularly for the lunch buffet which is very reasonably priced below $10. My wife and I bring our kids and the staff don't charge us for the kids (who mostly eat rice and naan), so we walk out having spent less that...More

Thank aeolian_nomad
Reviewed 21 September 2012

This was my favorite restaurant on our two week vacation in California. I especially liked the mulligatawny and the lamb vindaloo. The food was wonderfully spiced and the portions seemed large. The service was quick and friendly. I wish there was a Royal Taj near...More

Thank Dean H
Reviewed 29 July 2012

We just ate here this evening and the food was delicious! I was a little nervous about the run-down look of the building but, my girl friends and our husbands braved on in and checked out a menu. The staff are quiet yet made good...More

Thank Redheels31
Reviewed 9 July 2012

Back in SC. Craving good Indian food. Took a chance on an ol' landmark spot. I was a little dubious when we parked because the old building is a bit run down, not much attention to the landscaping and exterior decor. S bit of that...More

Thank wheelwards
Reviewed 15 June 2012

This appears to be a family run establishment. The food is above average and there are lots of choices. We had 4 entrees and the mixed tandoori appetizer and they were all good.

Thank SonoraJim
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Restaurant Details

Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 270 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-427-2400
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