Boston, the Massachusetts capital, has a rich colonial history filled with international influences.
Through the years, its simple local flavours have morphed into globally recognised and universally loved classic dishes.
Unsurprisingly, you can also find some of the best Indian restaurants in the city.
Indian cuisine offers mouthwatering dishes that are both rich and diverse in taste, just like the multiple regional languages and dialects found in the country.
Among the more popular Indian dishes include roti and naans, Biryani and tikka masala.
Regardless of whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian or a meat lover, Indian food has several flavourful options that’ll be sure to tickle your tastebuds.
Hungry to discover a new go-to restaurant? Or maybe you’re looking to spice up your food adventures with a new cuisine?
Here are our top picks for the best Indian restaurants in Boston:
Maharaja is at top of the list for best Indian restaurants in Boston.
Overlooking bustling Harvard Square, you’ll definitely feel like a king dining here amidst amidst ornate Indian decor and floor-to-ceiling, second-storey windows.
You can expect an authentic cuisine with a traditional hospitality.
The menu features dishes like paneer pakoras (crispy, fried paneer cubes dipped in chickpea batter), chicken tikka (boneless chicken breast pieces marinated in yogurt, traditional Indian herbs and spices) and vegetarian dishes like vegetable and tofu jalfrezi.
Check out the reviews here.
2. Himalayan Bistro
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Though Himalayan Bistro is considered the first Nepali restaurant in the Greater Boston area, the extensive menu has a mix of Nepalese and Indian cuisine.
Located in West Roxbury, diners will have the chance to enjoy their sang paneer with your momo while also having a spread of biryanis and fresh, hot breads.
They also have special Himalayan dinners that offer a sampling of menu favorites, and monthly additions include lesser-known dishes like seafood timuri masala or a chef’s special like cherry naan. These dinner sets are perfect for a solo dinner and a dinner date.
It’s every vegetarian’s go-to restaurant and most reviews say its among the best Indian restaurants in Boston.
3. Tikki Masala
A hidden gem in Jamaica Plain — one of the most diverse and dynamic neighbourhoods in the city of Boston.
This low-key spot serves flavourful dishes with a good spice level. You will find their famous South Indian dosas or the pan-fried shrimp tossed with mango chutney a delight.
Takeout is popular here, especially the convenient dinner-for-two combos that offer soups and entrees for two at a good price.
View the full menu here.
4. Madras Dosa Co.
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If you’re searching for some prime South Indian street food, look no further than the Seaport and its newly opened Madras Dosa Company.
It is a fast-casual restaurant located in Seaport — Boston’s corporate office-stuffed neighborhood, and of course perfect for students and tourists too!
With over 30 different kinds of South Indian dosas with the option to customise, the open kitchen concept lets you watch the thin lentil crepes being assembled with toppings ranging from chicken and lamb to nutella.
This mini-chain’s original location in Dorchester won so many fans that the restaurant now serves their classic curries and tandooris in Cambridge and Roslindale as well.
The extensive menu also offers korma, bhuna, biryanis, and veggie dishes that are all fragrant and well-spiced.
If you’ve got a taste for heat, the staff is happy to increase the spice level if asked.
6. Vaisakhi Indian Restaurant
A dream project of three friends — Baljit, Manjit and Arvind — to serve great North Indian food to the Boston community.
Vaisakhi Indian Restaurant is an Indian Punjabi Restaurant in the heart of the interlocking neighbourhood, Brighton and Allston.
Vaisakhi is a festival of Punjabi New Year and Season for harvest in India. Hence how the restaurant got its name.
This is one of the best Indian restaurants in the Boston area. Take a peek at their menu here.