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Cafe Taj

Cafe Taj Restaurant was established in 1992. The atmosphere at Cafe Taj is casual and inviting, offering fresh food with a friendly and attentive staff. Food at Cafe Taj is prepared fresh daily. Cafe Taj offers an extensive wine and beer list and a fully stocked bar.Creamy curries, rose and cardamom-scented sweets, fragrant grilled meats and seafood cooked in tandoor making it Low Fat .Lamb chops, aromatic with spices, the flavorful chicken and the smoky salmon.
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14 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
(14 Reviews)
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Rating Breakdown 14 reviews
5 stars
(3)
4 stars
(6)
3 stars
(5)
2 stars
(0)
1 star
(0)
Food 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
Service 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
Ambiance 
3.7 / 5
(Very Good) 3.7 / 5
Noise Level
1.5 / 3
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • neighborhood gem(6)
  • great for lunch(3)
  • good for groups(2)
  • fit for foodies(1)
  • great for brunch(1)
  • great for outdoor dining(1)
Cafe Taj Reviews List
Review 1 for Cafe Taj
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/14/2016
 2008
Dined on 4/14/2016
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/14/2016
 2008
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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Review 2 for Cafe Taj
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Long time favorite, but they could do better

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/19/2016
 2006
Dined on 3/19/2016
 2006
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"We have enjoyed Cafe Taj in McLean for almost 15 years, eating there a few times a year. It has consistent and reliable cooking, represents several different cuisines of India, and is a good value. But, like most restaurants after a while, some things might need a second look -- it's all about meeting expectations, after all. In our most recent visit, the "Tandori Lamb Chops" were delicious as usual, but the menu says "served with the fresh vegetable of the day." Nope .. the meat was served with nothing other than a few pieces of lettuce and a thin slice of tomato. That doesn't count as 'fresh vegetable of the day.' Our second entre was an up-priced vegetarian dish (not on the online menu, but "talli" -- a combination of several vegetarian dishes). It is priced about 50% more than the other vegetarian dishes, but was four tiny, tiny portions of vegetable dishes -- not much more than a spoonful each. Of course, we were served mounds of rice. There is no need to bring enormous portions, but the sum of these four barely bite-sized tastes were much less than an ordinary vegetarian dish. When we came home, I had more vegetables from my fridge.
We enjoy Taj -- the service is always wonderful, the food is tasty, the ambiance is quiet so that conversation is enjoyable. But they could do better -- I hope things improve for our next visit."
Dined on 3/19/2016
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 3 for Cafe Taj
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/04/2016
 2016
Dined on 3/04/2016
 2016
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 3/04/2016
 2016
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Review 4 for Cafe Taj
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 2/26/2016
 2012
Dined on 2/26/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 2/26/2016
 2012
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Review 5 for Cafe Taj
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food was lukewarm.

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 2/18/2016
 2010
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Review 6 for Cafe Taj
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 2/14/2016
 2014
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Great tasting food. Very very good"
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2014
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Review 7 for Cafe Taj
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 2/06/2016
 2011
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Review 8 for Cafe Taj
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/02/2016
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 9 for Cafe Taj
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/21/2015
 2004
Dined on 11/21/2015
 2004
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 11/21/2015
 2004
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Review 10 for Cafe Taj
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 6/26/2015
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Review 11 for Cafe Taj
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Nice eating on the patio on summer nights.

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 5/30/2015
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining
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Review 12 for Cafe Taj
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Outstanding food !

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 5/20/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 13 for Cafe Taj
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/11/2015
 2015
Dined on 4/11/2015
 2015
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Disappointing. Cold food and two different dishes ordered that tasted exactly the same. Will not be returning."
Dined on 4/11/2015
 2015
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Review 14 for Cafe Taj
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Great food. Clearly fresh ingredient daily. The traditional dishes you'd expect but prepared with care and presented nice. Great value. Great service. Great food."
Dined on 6/29/2014
 2013
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