1122 Post St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410937.786894 -122.420270
Neighborhoods: Civic Center, Northeast
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Celebrate your birthday in style at the Fantasy Room or the Banquet Room. From 2-100
Very disappointing – I am new to SF and was looking forward to eating some good Indian food on a Sat. night. I serached this website to locate the best-reated Indian restaurant in my area. Due to the super-high overall rating or 9.1, I felt confident that this restaurant would provide excellent service and fantastic food. First the positive: the waiter, busboy and host were all polite. Now the negative: we waited almost 2 hours for our entrees to be served. By the time we received our food, it was cold! Not only was it cold, it was bland--when is Indian food ever not spicy? Last, the food was hands down the worst Indian food I have ever had and I ordered the same dishes that I tend to eat in all Indian restaurants. Overall, the experience was extremely disappointing and I would not return unless it was the only Indian restaurant in the city. Save your money and do not go!
Definetely a different experience. Great for couples. – Try the fantasy tables, is a nice setup that will give you privacy and might just put you "in the mood". After a little while you will start feeling like you are somewhere else. The food is good, specially the appetizers!, the rest pf it was average.
Extraordinary service, they treat you like a special guest. Prices are ok, consideraing the location. A couple can have a great meal for at the fantasy tables for about $100 dollars. I am pretty sure is hard to find another Indian place that have that kind of setup.
decent food, poor customer service – Visiting the Bay Area with girlfriends after moving away 2 years ago, we had in mind a memorable and delicious Last Supper together. After a stellar recommendation from our hotel receptionist, we made reservations at this restaurant. It was nice to walk after taking taxis the previous evening and battling for coveted parking spots during the day. The restaurant interior is simple and fairly forgetful--seen one Indian restaurant, seen 'em all sort of decor. We order samosas, which were crisp and not greasy. A good sign. The various other curries arrive after quite a generous wait and we dig in. Again, flavorful food without the layer of grease coating the dishes. I've had better, but I've also had worse. We realize that our lamb dish has not been delivered and think we're better off without more anyway. Nonetheless, it arrives another several minutes later, but much to our dismay, is excruciatingly hot. Even our chili connoisseur is unable to palate more than a small biteful. We let our server know and all he says is, "Oh, so sorry. It is a medium spiced dish, after all." Or something like that. No offer to replace it with something more mild, just an acknowledgement of its spiciness. Sure enough, when the bill arrives, the $14 for the lamb is still on it. Additionally, we, a party of 5, have been charged a 20% gratuity, AFTER TAX! We were stunned and took the matter up with the manager immediately. He claimed that this is customary and only after minutes of debate, agreed to remove the charge for the lamb. That was all. Well, we took the financial matters into our own hands, leaving a gratuity of 15%, before tax. After all, it is a gratuity, a gift if you will, for quality service and food. My guess is that there are better places to go and I recommend choosing one of those before patronizing this one.
Overpriced and uneventful – This place is incredibly overpriced. We payed $150 for 2 for a mediocre indian dinner. There are much better indian restaurants in this city and much cheaper. My advice : run away!
Romance Fantasy Room Maharani Style – I am shocked at the review posted by this "dinnerdame"...absurd because, I own Maharani and I have never escorted her anywhere as I rarely come to the restaurant in the evenings, only to dine with my friends. It is an insult to her intelligence to compare Maharani with any other restaurant in the whole Bay Area, as it is one of a kind in the world. Not to appreciate the Fantasy Room is like "throwing pearls before the swine". Go and compare yourself with the other restaurants she recommends. Srevice is meticulous, decore is excellent, and food is out of this world.
no fantasy here – My friend and I are by no means "food snobs" or high-maintenance types but our experience last night at Maharani will be our last. We arrived on time at 9 p.m. to celebrate my friend's birthday and the host, who was also the owner, escorted us to a dark, lifeless corner closest to the kitchen. When I explained that we had clearly made reservations for the "Fantasy Room" we were told to wait a few minutes and they'd see what they could do. After waiting 30 minutes we hunted down the owner and asked how much longer. He said maybe 10 to 15 minutes . . . we said "no problem. We never saw him again for the rest of the evening. After an hour of being almost completely ignored we asked again when we might be seated in the "Fantasy Room" and were told it might be better to stay where we were if we wanted to eat. We agreed because after 75 minutes we were starving and hadn't been offered even a piece of naan. We ordered off the only menu we were given which was a fixed menu and dinners that included meat started at $55.00 . (These were called fantasy meals but didn't include a cup of Chai?) As food finally began to arrive we noticed that all the Indian families around us had ordered off of the a la carte menu for, I'm sure, one third the price, but we were not offered that menu. To make this long story shorter, the food was mediocre, the service very poor, except for a charming and personable "bus-girl" who came by later in the evening and our overall experience was disappointing. Next time we'll try Aslam's Rasoi in the Mission or Raja in the Haight.
Excellent food, great service and romantic – The food is FANTASTIC - its the closest you can get to upscale Indian food you get in India. I think it is the best Indian food I've ever had in the US, and I'm from India and I never make statements like this if it completely doesn't warrant it. We ordered the Paneer Shaslik - excellent, great texture and perfectly spiced, and the paneer (cottage cheese) was really nice and soft. The lamb vindaloo was really succulent and soft. The malai kofta was also really really good. Even the desserts were excellent - the gulab jamun with the kulfi was excellent and beautiful to look at as well. Two thumbs up, and I'm definitely going back, soon!
Best Indian food, Service – Have been several times to Maharani--with friends and another time with my husband for my birthday in the "Fantasy Room". The waitstaff is very attentive and eager to offer recommendations. Food is simply the best Indian food in the city!
Ischmal is one of the best waiters! – We didn't go into the "fantasy room" but we were in the main dining are which was quite normal. We didn't order a whole lot but the lamb and chicken favorite was good. The best experience was our waiter. He gave the us the service from the moment I walked in and throughout the entire evening. He even provided suggestions on how to go on the website to have dinner discounts for our next event. The only thing was he suggested what we ordered was enough, but I was still hungry after. I did look over at the next table where they practically ordered everything and it all looked very tasty. I will definitely come back to try all the other dishes and hopefully has Ischmal as our waiter.
Never ever going there again!!! – First date, took her thinking it would be greatly romantic. It was overpriced, we were underfed, and they automatically gave us the $25 worth of rose petals even though I had said specifically not to. Then they charged us $15 to share one of the prix fix Fantasy Room meals, and got barely enough food for one person-and that was the top meal! Food was ok, I could have cooked it at home easily. Service was VERY slow, though not outright rude. 3 hours it took to share on 4 course meal, took 45 minutes to get first glass of wine!
Sure, the decor is romantic enough, but no way is this place worth more than a $50 meal.
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