Rani Indian Bistro

(617) 734-0400 | View Website

1353 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA | Directions   02446

42.341601 -71.122635

Open Hours

Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

 
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More Cuisine: Indian

Price: $$

Tags: Buffet, Cheap Eats, Date Spot, Family Style Dining, Group Dining, Lunch Spot

Payment Methods: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Travelers Check, Visa

Neighborhoods: Coolidge Corner South Side

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Menu
Mulligatawny Soup, Corn Cilantro Soup, Tomato Coconut Shorba, Kosambri Salad, Kachumber Salad, Samosa, Subji Pakora, Batata Wada, Pappad, Onion Bhaji... more

Reviews for Rani Indian Bistro

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

What a bargain! – I have nothing bad to say about this place. The only reason why I am not giving it 5 stars is because I haven't tried enough dishes. I come here a lot with my brother during the lunch buffet which is a steal. This place differs from Gourmet India (they might have changed there name) down the street because it is a lot more of a restaurant. They have nice white linen table clothes with friendly waiter service.

The buffet is awesome. I have had better in JP but this place is definitely up there. I do not know the name of anything. I hate to quote Andrew Zimmern but "if it looks good, eat it!" That is my mindset when it comes to Indian food and food I am not familiar with. I have become more familiar with Indian food but I just don't know the names. I always go with "Oh I'll have the green crap with chunks of cheese in it" or "I want those friend onion ball thingies" They must hate people like me but I love food like that. If you are in the Brookline area, definitely hit this place up for lunch. It is such a bargain.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Think twice! – If you like authentic Indian food....... don't even bother to visit this place. The food is bland... and is the awe-inspiring. In the end I'd just say there are better places in and around Boston to spend your money at!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Superb food, Excellent waitstaffs – The first time ever i went to have some indian food was at rani, the server was cool. He helped me decide food, carefully explaining wat will be good for me and why. The attention he gave was overwhelming. I'm a regular diner at Rani now.

Overall a great experience each time great cocktails, great indian food, superb non-indian servers.*****

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Excellent – I have been going to this restaurant (and its previous incarnation) for years.

The food and service are remarkably consistent and excellent. The owner is extremely knowledgeable and willing to engage in discussion of Indian food and cooking.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Indian Food in Boston – Go here for some of the most unique and exciting ecletic Inidan food in Boston! A little expensive. Make a reservation on weekends.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Worst South Indian Food Every – We took my parents to this restaurant for dosas and sambar. The dosa was like cardboard and the sambar like water. Our waiter also left to go home before our meal was over so no one offered us dessert. Finally got tired of waiting and asked for the check. I dont know why Boston has no good South Indian food inside of the city, but if you want a good dosa go to Chennai Woodlands in Framingham. Its very casual, but the food is delicious. Btw, we've had the same tasteless experience at Rani and its sister restaurants, Tanjore and Rangoli. There's good Indian food in Boston - dont waste your time here.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Delicious food in unpretentious atmosphere – I have eaten at Rani at least several times in the last year. It is a fantastic choice for a relaxed lunch/dinner with good friends. I can't speak to the authenticity of the cuisine, but I can say that I have very much enjoyed all the dishes I have ordered. Extremely tasty, and not too oily or overspiced. Also, I would highly recommend their Sunday brunch. Even after I was completely satiated, I still wanted to go back for more - the food was so good! And finally, the decor is tasteful and subtle. It looks nice, but avoids any pretentiousness. The bathrooms are nice and clean - which is always impressive and a good sign that this is a restaurant where the people care about the customer's experience.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Good.... – This is just a suggestion to the readers in and around boston,the place is good to be in with friends and family.The food is claimed as authentic but in reality is not that authentic but the effort was made to be one.To my eating experience in the other indian restaurants and this ,this stands among the best food we can have.The price is bit more but you can afford it....The location is good and the service is great.So Like to have a Hyderbadi Biryani...this is could be it.The other dishes were also good apart from biryani.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Best Choice for Indian outside the City – If you don't want to travel into the city for a visit to Kashmir, check out Rani. The food is quality and the atmosphere is fresh and exciting. The seats overlooking Beacon street are fun for people watching. They have a nice selection of traditional favorites. It's Coolidge Corner location makes it easy accesible. You should be able to find parking at the meters on the weekend and it is central to the Coolidge Corner T Stop. A reasonable value too. Waitstaff was very attentive.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Top-notch Southern Indian cuisine lures professional couples and curious types to this stylish Coolidge Corner eatery. – The Scene
With soft lighting and handsome wooden floors and tables, Rani presents an exceptionally attractive environment for an Indian restaurant. Diners near the front of the room enjoy floor-to-ceiling views of busy Beacon Street, a welcome distraction from the high noise levels when the room is packed. If there's a wait for a table, melt into the reception area's comfy couch and select a glass from the affordable wine list.

The Food
Rani's extensive menu includes the familiar (warming curries, crunchy samosas) and the foreign (hard-to-find specialties from the Southern city of Hyderabad). Among the latter, try the kairi murg--chicken curry made with tangy green mangoes--or the chutney gosht (pulled lamb tossed with spices). Courteous servers are pleased to discuss the heat quotient of lethal currie like mirchi ka salan; beware the extraordinarily hot green peppers. For dessert, cool off with an order of creamy kheer (rice pudding).

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