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Minerva Indian Cuisine

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16240 Frederick Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4001
+1 301-948-9898
10:30 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 10:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 22:30
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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1,028 reviews
671 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I needed lunch after a dental appointment, and Minerva was high in TripAdvisor's rankings. No wonder. The mid-sized dining area was jammed with diners (about half of Indian descent). There a long table of over 20 people, several singletons, and a host of full tables of four. The buffet had the usual North Indian varieties: good without being spectacular. Th... More 

Thank jaseaton
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196 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

We chose Minerva because it was walking distance from our hotel. To our pleasant surprise the food was very good. Order the "dinner" instead of a la carte; lots of goodies for only a couple bucks more. Very amicable and welcoming staff. Waiter service could use some polishing but nothing that would stop us from visiting again.

Thank John L
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

We have really come to enjoy dining at or carryout from Minerva. A few of our favorites are the Butter Chicken, Chili Chicken, Curried Goat and Shrimp Vindaloo. The food is very spicy which is exactly how we like it. I have also taken friends and family there and they too have become fans.

1 Thank Susan H
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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208 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

Yes, the food is on the hot side, but not hotter than other Indian food, and certainly not as hot as some Indian food I have had. If you order the dinner (rather than a la carte), it will come with two cooling raitas which you can eat with your main dish to cool it off. Or order one a... More 

Thank BostonNix
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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64 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Dined here on evening & it was a complete disaster, to say the least. Everything about this place speaks neglect. Shoddy service - the staff had a couldn't care less attitude. Poor cleanliness standards (stained cutlery and served with sambhar & chutney bowls placed *On* the food), Bad, under prepared food (one of which I had to send back, &... More 

Thank Anand1213
Rockville, Maryland
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

They have a good selection of food items, but not great. You can enjoy the food once in a while, but not on a weekly or monthly basis.

Thank Karthik M
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83 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

We were joined by an indian friend who promised to help us with dishes we were not familiar with. We opted to partake of the lunch buffet rather than order from the extensive regular menu. The menu has options for every style of diet from vegetarians to meat lovers. Drinks were not included in the buffet price, and be aware... More 

1 Thank williamf802
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This place seems to take pleasure in exhibiting poor customer service. We had a heart patient senior staying with us who could not tolerate any spiciness so we ordered the mildest, creamiest foods (malai kofta, butter chicken, paneer makhani) that we could find on the menu. We have had these items before and they were easy to eat and digest.... More 

Thank ice1307
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Atmosphere: could use some work, but Indian pop-music playing is a decent choice for an older restaurant clearly cognizant of cost management. Food: excellent choices that taste authentic, definitely spicy, which is good for me, but bad for the kids--even mild still had too much spice for my somewhat adventurous 10 year old. Service: could use some work. Seemed like... More 

Thank Nathan O
New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

My wife and I had a very nice dinner despite some negative reviews, the service was prompt and attentive the portions were ample, what more could we ask? We left with a doggie bag, we were in heaven.

Thank _estellebaloo

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Buffet
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:30
10:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16240 Frederick Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4001
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Gaithersburg
  • Phone Number: +1 301-948-9898

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?