Royal India Reviewed by Food Critics and Food Bloggers

Did you know, multiple food critics and food bloggers have reviewed! As the oldest #Indian #restaurant in #Raleigh, we have received awesome food bloggers reviews over the years. Check some of the reviews below.

Review by NC Food Critic (Instagram @nc.foodcritic)

Reviewed on 11/24/2020

Took a trip to and got to indulge in some amazingly authentic Indian food 😋🇮🇳, witness ‘s beautiful, classy restaurant 🤩, and learned about their Tandoori oven 🧑‍🍳! To start, ‘s platers are DELICIOUS 😋🧡🤍💚! It’s perfect for those who have never tried Indian food and Indian-food-lovers alike 🇮🇳💕. All of the sides on the platter were flavorful in their own way, but my absolute favorite had to be the butter chicken 🤤. And of course, the warm naan and homemade tea were just the cherries on top to this phenomenal meal 🍞🍵😋. ‘s food is outstandingly traditional, as their meat and naan are freshly cooked via their Tandoori oven—a traditional Indian appliance used to cook food over a charcoal fire—which sets apart from other restaurants 🧡🤍💚! The interior design of is also uniquely beautiful—the walls have detailed, wooden carvings which pin the atmosphere to be strikingly similar to the Taj Mahal🤩🤩; the decorations and the art, which was brought from India, make all the more chic, and it quite literally made me feel like royalty 🇮🇳🎨✨✨! has been here for 30 years, and multiple governors, senators, other and prominent figures—Michael Jordan, Hilary Clinton, and Al Gore included—have dined here 💕😌😌. They must’ve saw how was named ‘Best Indian Restaurant in the Triangle’ by the Spectator in 2001💓💓. is working diligently to take COVID precautions: their staff wears masks, they provide multiple hand sanitizing stations, and have temperature checks via a contact-less surface. seats their customers in a socially distant manner, and also offers takeout and delivery –they are only taking reservations for dine-in to ensure they can uphold all COVID precautions. Make a reservation today🧡🤍💚🥰!

Thank you for the wonderful experience! 😌🇮🇳💕

Menu Items:
1. Lunch Special #3 (both dishes) – Butter Chicken, Royal Chicken Curry, Palak Paneer, Samosa, Naan, Rice, and Dessert

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Review by Chef Andrew Pettifer of Margaux’s Restaurant for Raleigh Magazine

Published on 8/31/2020

When Royal India opened its doors in Raleigh in 1990, it was one of the only Indian restaurants in the Triangle. Since then, a number of international restaurants have opened in the area, but customers have stayed true to the award-winning Royal India for its authentic Indian cuisine and homey atmosphere. Chef Andrew Pettifer of Margaux’s Restaurant is a dedicated fan of Royal India’s variety of dishes and styles, especially the curries, which remind him of the curries he can get in his native England. Royal India’s menu is broken down via types of protein: seafood, chicken, lamb, goat and vegetarian, supplemented with appetizers, tandoori specialties, biryani and Indian breads. Pettifer often orders the lamb and chicken specialties, though he has high praise for the vegetarian dishes as well.

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eatRaleigh Blog (Instagram @eatRaleigh)

Reviewed on 9/30/2020

I’ve always been enamored with Royal India. Opened back in the 90’s before Raleigh had any culinary prominence, Royal India has that vibe from restaurants back in the day, when dining out was about transporting you completely to a different place. In response to COVID, they had to shut down their lunch buffet. But in place of a buffet, the restaurant is offering buffet portioned lunch specials plus naan and a dessert. This one in particular was all vegan.

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