Cuisine: Indian
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $25

You’ll feel like royalty at Maharaja.

This Indian restaurant and cocktail bar serves classic dishes in a contemporary setting with traditional accents. The warm ambience, attentive service and delicious food have earned Maharaja a certificate of excellence on Trip Advisor.

Dine on freshly made naan breads, chicken tikka or the Maharaja’s platter for two. Favourite curries include kadai gosht, dahl chah and an exotic prawn Malabari, not forgetting Maharaja’s famous creamy butter chicken. Vegetarians will be spoilt for choice, with a tempting range of vegetable curries. Dishes containing gluten are clearly labelled on the menu.

Finish your meal with traditional Indian desserts like kulfi and gulab jamun. An extensive refreshments menu offering tea, coffee, non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks is available.

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Maharaja Indian Restaurant
452 Papanui Road (opposite bp)
Christchurch 8053

Open Hours:
Everyday 5pm - 10pm

Phone: 03 352 0150
Website: www.maharaja.net.nz

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Maharaja Indian Restaurant
Location: Papanui
Cuisine: Indian
Mains: $15 - $25

Reviews

We have been to the restaurant several times.
As always, the food was outstanding and service was prompt.
Everything was just faultless.
It is a top restaurant.
We will be back soon.

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The night was lovely. Food was great and service was excellent. We’re definitely coming back to try other menu. Thanks for a great night.

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Tanith Barlow

Staff were amazing. So helpful and attentive. Food was delicious and the portions were generous.

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Heather Kelland

Delish food choice of lentil Chicken dish & butter tika masala with fabulously fresh spinach feta Naan. Presented well as always. We will be back.

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Natalie McGuffie

Lovely meal and service thank you

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Grace Ansell

Three of us went on Tuesday night for a friends birthday. Could not fault the food. Lamb was beautiful and the prawns for the entree the best I've had in a long time. Large and juicy with a very thin batter. Quite frankly the staff were just delightful and most friendly and that alone made it a most pleasurable experience. Will definitely be back. Look forward to the lunchtime opening.
Grace

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A friend and I had a lovely evening yesterday. The suggested goat curry was excellent! And the butter tikka masala was exceptional in taste. The staff was very attentive and friendly. It was a very very nice experience. Highly recommended :)

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From arriving at the restaurant to ample off street parking, greeted by friendly helpful staff, our experience was fantastic. The service was great as they helped us choose interesting food. The taste of the food was interesting, from the entrees through to the desserts. We chose the banquet and were very satisfied.
And we felt excellent after the meal too. Make an effort to go there if you like or would like to try quality Indian food.

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Kelsey Church

This was our first time using first table and Maharaja were absolutely wonderful. Great atmosphere and wonderful food. Best mango chicken we’ve had in a long time as most places make it too sweet!

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We had the best time! The staff were awesome, checked on us often, chatted and laughed with us, great food and atmosphere - we’ll definitely be back!

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Grant Beedie

Overall, a wonderful Indian experience. We were greeted on entering the restuarant and seated in a very comfy and private spot.
Our prawn starters were a light, fresh and delicious way to start our meal, and our Lamb Madras mains were simply amazing!
Top Mark's for flavour, the meat was so tender, the rice light and fluffy, and the naan bread was to die for!
All our food came out with perfect timing and we couldn't fault it at all.
Would certainly recommend and we will be back!!

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Nicola Moore

Best Indian restaurant in Christchurch!
Great food, atmosphere and service!
We loved the vegetable samosas and garlic naans. Cute wee spot for a date night.

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The service was great..we were greeted the moment we entered the room. He was polite and friendly. During the course of the night, there were making sure that we are catered of our needs.
The place is beautifully decorated, very authentic Indian, the music and the decor. There is a good parking space for everyone.

The food were presented well and very delicious! All four Curries that we ordered were full of beautiful aromas and great taste.
There were four of us at the table, two were from Uk, and they said great comments about the food and the service, also there were two Chefs, me included. And we both commented how good our experiences were at the Maharaja Indian Restaurant.
We are very proud of you.

I highly recommended this place to all diners.

From one Chef to another...Well done!

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Great atmosphere, wonderful staff and amazing food, first class!

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Young Ahn

Just WOW.
My family chose banquet and throughly enjoyed everything! Especially loved Lamb Bhuna and Butter Chicken Masala with naan. Yum.
Thanks for the great food and service.
Next time we will be a bit more brave and choose “spicy” option ;-)

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Ayaka Kashima

Our favourite Indian restaurant. Had mango chicken and Kadai with goat meat. Both were great as always. Tried a spinach&feta naan and a mushroom&cheese naan. Both were good but we found they were a bit too good to have with curry - they are good by themselves. Will definitely go back again!

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It was an amazing dining experience. The food was really lovely and service was great-friendly staffs. It actually exceeded my expectation. If you don't know much of the particular dish, don't hesitate to ask for a suggestion! I will definitely be back to try other offers :) kudos to the chef! My Malai Kofta is perfect!

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We have been to the restaurant several times.
As always, the food was outstanding and service was prompt.
Everything was just faultless.
It is a top restaurant.
We will be back soon.

- dined at Maharaja Indian Restaurant on

The night was lovely. Food was great and service was excellent. We’re definitely coming back to try other menu. Thanks for a great night.

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Tanith Barlow

Staff were amazing. So helpful and attentive. Food was delicious and the portions were generous.

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Food was flavorsome, and staff were very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed our time and definitely we will be back. Thanks Maharaja team.

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Stacey van Maanen

Great experience at this restaurant. Lovely food and friendly service.

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Such an awesome place to go if you're after fantastic Indian food. The atmosphere is great with spacious tables that allow the food to placed on the table without a problem. All the staff are friendly and attentive.

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Kim Anderson

We were those annoying people with the Dietary requirements, however this did not remotely phase our wonderful waiter who looked after us last night. The service was unobtrusive yet attentive and the food was so incredible. Thank you for looking after us so incredibly well. We will certainly be back.

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The food was excellent as was the service ...would recommend this Restaurant !!

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Nice but have had way better tastes of India

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Heather Kelland

Delish food choice of lentil Chicken dish & butter tika masala with fabulously fresh spinach feta Naan. Presented well as always. We will be back.

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Natalie McGuffie

Lovely meal and service thank you

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Eric Kim

Lovely food, and great and friendly service. :)

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Sachi Fonseka

Food was delicious. Service was good without being over attentive. Staff very friendly. I will be going back

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Frances Hasson

Started with a delicious platter & the mains were excellent flavour. A pleasant evening, easy parking & great service!

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Don McCormack

Our last experience at Maharaja a few months back left room for improvement especially in the service area.
As I said in a Review, Maharaja is usually our favourite Indian Restaurant here in Christchurch.
But, because we really like it there, we were always going to return- and this time I rated the experience as 4.5*'s.

So, having set the background, this Maharaja visit was right back up to their usual high standards and Customer experience.

For the three of us, we ordered the Mixed entrée $18.50 option plus two of us had the Chicken Tikka Masala “mild to medium” and I ordered a Butter chicken Tikka Marsala - " Mild" and all three and the entrée were very good indeed.
We took full advantage of the excellent wine glasses on offer which did full justice to our B.Y.O. wines - a Greystone Barrell fermented Sauvy and a Glasnevin Single Vineyard Gewurztraminer from the 2011 vintage and both these Waipara wines did full justice to our meals.
The Atmosphere at Maharaja is above average and provides several dining areas in what must have been a majestic home in years gone by.
The layout too, allows for some privacy and reduced noise levels. Much appreciated.

We will be back again soon to further explore the other options that the comprehensive Menu provides.
If you enjoy Indian Food, then the Maharaja is worth a try for a good night, either for a casual night out or for a more special occasion.

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It was a son and dad dinner to celebrate Father's day. It was a lovely sunny and awesome to have some awesome quality time

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Alejandro Echeverri

Spot on as always!
This restaurant is an amazing place. Highly recommend it!

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Grace Ansell

Three of us went on Tuesday night for a friends birthday. Could not fault the food. Lamb was beautiful and the prawns for the entree the best I've had in a long time. Large and juicy with a very thin batter. Quite frankly the staff were just delightful and most friendly and that alone made it a most pleasurable experience. Will definitely be back. Look forward to the lunchtime opening.
Grace

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Very nice will be going back.
Just too cold initially for me, as we dined early and the fire had not been on

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A friend and I had a lovely evening yesterday. The suggested goat curry was excellent! And the butter tikka masala was exceptional in taste. The staff was very attentive and friendly. It was a very very nice experience. Highly recommended :)

- dined at Maharaja Indian Restaurant on

From arriving at the restaurant to ample off street parking, greeted by friendly helpful staff, our experience was fantastic. The service was great as they helped us choose interesting food. The taste of the food was interesting, from the entrees through to the desserts. We chose the banquet and were very satisfied.
And we felt excellent after the meal too. Make an effort to go there if you like or would like to try quality Indian food.

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This is not the first time that we have dined at Maharaja and as usual our experience was great. The service was particularly good and the food was completely cleared from the plates. No take homes from this restaurant. Too good for that.

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Kate Hurst

The food was really yummy and the service was great! One of the best Indian restaurants I have visited in ages!! I will be recommending to my friends!

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Kelsey Church

This was our first time using first table and Maharaja were absolutely wonderful. Great atmosphere and wonderful food. Best mango chicken we’ve had in a long time as most places make it too sweet!

- dined at Maharaja Indian Restaurant on

We had the best time! The staff were awesome, checked on us often, chatted and laughed with us, great food and atmosphere - we’ll definitely be back!

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Carol Humphreys

A warm & welcoming atmosphere awaited us on arrival at the Maharaja. We had dinner with friends & decided that the Banquet was the best way to go. It was a wonderful treat with entree main & dessert even coffee.

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Olivia Murray

The food is always consistently tasty, and service was great.

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Hugh Eddy

The service was super friendly and made sure we understood 'hot' temperature haha the food was great, fluffy rice and large naans made the night zip past. A great place for family and couples to enjoy time away in a clean and peaceful space.

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Grant Beedie

Overall, a wonderful Indian experience. We were greeted on entering the restuarant and seated in a very comfy and private spot.
Our prawn starters were a light, fresh and delicious way to start our meal, and our Lamb Madras mains were simply amazing!
Top Mark's for flavour, the meat was so tender, the rice light and fluffy, and the naan bread was to die for!
All our food came out with perfect timing and we couldn't fault it at all.
Would certainly recommend and we will be back!!

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Suzy A

Great food and excellent service. Best indian restaurant in Christchurch! I’m always enjoying to dine here:)

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Nicola Moore

Best Indian restaurant in Christchurch!
Great food, atmosphere and service!
We loved the vegetable samosas and garlic naans. Cute wee spot for a date night.

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Top service, top atmosphere and top food and drink.

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Kristine Sullivan

Friendly staff and great food

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Great, well priced Indian meal. Have been here before. Consistently good.

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Sophia Kahukura

Have been to Maharaja multiple times and as always it was as pleasant dining experience.
Great ambiance, friendly service and faultless food. Will be back.. again

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Kevin Crook

I had a lovely meal, will have to go again soon.

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Lovely wait staff, nice surroundings and great food made for a wonderful evening.

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The service was great..we were greeted the moment we entered the room. He was polite and friendly. During the course of the night, there were making sure that we are catered of our needs.
The place is beautifully decorated, very authentic Indian, the music and the decor. There is a good parking space for everyone.

The food were presented well and very delicious! All four Curries that we ordered were full of beautiful aromas and great taste.
There were four of us at the table, two were from Uk, and they said great comments about the food and the service, also there were two Chefs, me included. And we both commented how good our experiences were at the Maharaja Indian Restaurant.
We are very proud of you.

I highly recommended this place to all diners.

From one Chef to another...Well done!

- dined at Maharaja Indian Restaurant on

The food was delicious as always and the staff were really friendly. They made a real effort to make it a special occasion for our daughter's 16th birthday. Thank you

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Enjoyable place to dine in a cold night. The food was very good.

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Zoe West

2nd meal there and even better than last time. Also good fast service

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Julia Beijen

fantastic in every sense! Great atmosphere, service and probably the best Indian cuisine I have had! Excellent value, will definitely be back!

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Jessica Batty

Absolutely delicious food, and lovely service. Highly recommend!

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Jan van den Berg

We have enjoyed the Maharaj Indian restaurant on many occasions. As always this time too great survive, excellent food and great ambiance.
Will visit again

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Amazing service, very friendly staff. Food was very delish, great selection

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Christine Lee

Great food, great service. Thank you for the awesome night!

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Very good

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DEB MOMO

Simply the best, been before and will go again

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Really tasty good value Indian meal

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Jan van den Berg

Excellent food & good service and atmosphere

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