Honolulu >Food & Dining > Maharani Indian Restaurant
2509 S King St, Honolulu, HI | Directions 9682621.292427 -157.823608
Neighborhoods: McCully - Moiliili
Best Indian Food in Oahu – The food was really good especially the Naan's. After a long time, had a good time to eat the food that was proportional to the amount spent. We had been starving for good indian food in the islands we visited, though in every hawaiin island, we got atleast one restaurant which has indian food, but this restaurant stole our hearts. The staff had a lot of courtesy while handling the customers, but though the place is small and cannot accommodate more people at a time, people had to wait outside the restaurant for their turn. The food quantity was adequate and lot. Atleast I did not found any other such place where they serve that much quantity for the amount they charge (Apart from buffet's). I highly recommend this restuarant to everyone but ensure you call them and get your name added to their waitlist before you visit them, so that you need not stand for long time inside/outside the place for your turn. Good part is they will tell you how much more time (approx) will it take for your turn, so folks better be careful and enjoy..
Pros : Ample food for the amount spent. Little less varieties of south indian but you get many varieties of north indian dishes. Great service.
Cons : Slow service (but staff is really good at everyone), no ample parking,
Bad Service .. Bad Food – we went craving for Indian food and in return we got bad service, no air-condition , and terrible food and top of it took 30 mins to get our first appetizer i.e papadum ...
I will never go this place again and avoid if you other choices.
Bad service/ok food/ will not go back owing to THE incident – So we got there hungry and craving for Indian food...ordered the Maharani platter...ordered three things off the menu and the server confirmed the order...Maharani platter.
We eat...food lacked taste (fortunately we were hungry)...service was on a snail speed...literally crawling...somebody serve me! No offer of a desert (are you kidding!!!) and then the bill came. They added another main dish + the price of the Maharani platter. When I mentioned I only ordered the Maharani platter...she said, you ordered three things. I asked then you should have clarified...this is how I understood the menu. BYW, we maybe finished 25% of the food...owing to not being tasteful...but, ate it since we were hungry.
The charge for the third dish was also the one which was most expensive...no apologies...nothing...we paid and even gave a tip (which after leaving the restaurant we realised...was something the person did not deserve since there was NO service!)
Good food, too bad about spotty service – I love Indian food and have eaten there a few times. There's a wide variety of meat and vegetarian seclections; a huge choice of fresh breads. The flavors are complex, delicious. My Mom loved the chicken vindaloo. I've had many vegan dishes. It's usu mild-mod spicy. There is an adequate amt of food for price and the atm is enjoyable 4 casual dining. BYOB too. Too bad, but the whole staff was VERY rude to my group 1 nite about 1 1/2 to 2 hrs before closing. We are an easy-going group of bartenders and servers from a close-by restaurant. We called ahead and they said that we could come, but when we arrived 15 min later, they said that they didn't have room to seat us, which was a blatant lie. There was a large table available and a few small ones. And at least 2 groups were seated after us. One was a 4-top and the other was a 2-top . The 2-top was seated at an open ~8-top table. We were mystified. We were quiet, polite, clean. Most of the group was waiting outside while 2-4 people tried to ease the process. We had even pre-selected the food we wanted - before being sat - since they said that they would serve us. We thought very hard about why they didn't want to seat us. The worse thing though was that they were curt and impolite and it seems like they were lying. Many reviews show that this place has spotty service. We tried to order take-out after learning that they wouldn't seat us and it was a difficult process. Again, they were short and not helpful. Apparently, they were out of a lot of food. Reasonable since it was about an hour before closing at this point. We did not feel the least bit welcome by any of the staff, and in fact, we just felt like they really hated us being there. Guess they had a hard night. I had no complaints before this episode, but I will never go back. Our group has been in the industry a long time, and we really felt that we received unreasonable treatment. The food is good, but not that good. There are other restaurants.
Great Indian Food – We were on vacation and were craving some spicy Indian food. We tried Cafe Maharani and found that the food was just great. The naans and curry were fresh. The restaurant is small and usually gets crowded, I would recommend grabbing a bottle of wine from the Star Market across the street and having a glass while waiting for a table. The food is worth the wait!
A great evening at Maharani – I am a business man and I travel all around the world. I recently visited India and fell in love with Indian cusine. When I came back I still had the craving for Indian food, so I searched on line about the Indian restaurants on Oahu, and I found that cafe Maharani had the best reviews. My wife and I dined in at Cafe maharani. The taste was just like the food in India. The naan was freshly baked and there was a wide variety of dishes. The food was accurately priced according to the quantity given. I was very impressed. I was very happy to know that the taste I fell in love with in India was right here in my home.
Very Spicy Indian food – One of my friend told me about Cafe Maharani and how spicy they can make the food. Since I am from Thailnad I can handle very spicy food. I didn't have any idea about Indian spicy lavel. In their manue said " tell us how do you like your food? Mild medium, spicy, Fire hot or Vishnu? I didn't have any idea about the Vishnu lavel of spicyness. In Indian words Vishnu means where hundred devils arrive to gether with fire and make the place really hot and warm. I accidently ordered my lamb masala Vishnu and when I started eating I didn't feel it at the beganning because it was very good but when it arrived in my stomach it relized what vishnu was doing.I had to order a lassi to bring the Vishnu come down hahahaha . I enjoyed the food very much. Thank you Maharani
Worst tasting indian food and lousy service – Not much to say, just had a really bad experience with poor food quality and even poorer service. Just visited Hawaii on vacation and have never been treated so poorly. When I called for directions, they said "Dont come, we are full." I should have listened but we happened to be in the area so we tried it. My wife was so disappointed when the food finally came after waiting so long we were shocked because it didnt even look like it had been just cooked. We suspect our lamb and palak dishes were reheated in a microwave or something. We couldnt eat it so we just paid our $50 tab and told the server we werent happy with the food. The server didnt even seem to care and didnt even say thank you and instead told us to go somewhere else. Believe me, we certainly will.
Best Indian restaurant on Oahu – On arrival, it was obvious that this was the place to be for Indian food. The restaurant was packed and the atmosphere was very Indian-like. There were two tv screens playing Indian music videos and the air was full with Indian spices. Although we waited about 30 mins to get seated, it was worth the wait. We ordered the combination dinner for two, which seemed like a good deal. We got two samosas, two entrees, rice and naan for about $35. The portions were big and the taste was amazing, however the service was slow. After trying the previous restaurants, we now know what real naan looks and tastes like. All I can say is, there is a big difference and the taste can't be compared with any other Indian restaurant on Oahu.
Need a bigger restaurant – I visited Cafe Maharani about 6 yrs ago when they newly opend. It wasn't that populer then, but last weekend I was there with few of my friends, and I was really shocked to see how populer they became in 6 yrs. We had to wait about an hour for our table. I saw a big differenc in their cooking. The foods were excellent and their naans and Tandoori rooti was very good as well. I was really impressed with the big change. All I have to say now is, you guys need a bigger space so we don't have to wait. Wish all the best guys.
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