Royal Khyber

★★★★☆
Royal Khyber of Orange County Serves Authentic North Indian Cuisine in a Sophisticated, Romantic & Contemporary Environment
  • 1621 W Sunflower Ave D53

    Santa Ana, CA 92704

    Cross street: Plaza Dr.

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  • 714-436-1010

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Our daughter treated us for dinner this evening (1/19/12). The restaurant looked nice, dark like many Indian restaurants. We ordered assorted vegetable for appetizer and what we got was 1 samosa and 5 onion bhajjis (for $7.95). The Samosa

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★★★★★

Our daughter treated us for dinner this evening (1/19/12). The restaurant looked nice, dark like many Indian restaurants. We ordered assorted vegetable for appetizer and what we got was 1 samosa and 5 onion bhajjis (for $7.95). The Samosa

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When I go out to eat, I expect to pay a lot for my meal. I also expect to get a lot of food for that money. I'm a bit of a foodie and only want the best. Well, this place did deliver a great meal that I really enjoyed, only the portion was

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★★★★★

When I go out to eat, I expect to pay a lot for my meal. I also expect to get a lot of food for that money. I'm a bit of a foodie and only want the best. Well, this place did deliver a great meal that I really enjoyed, only the portion was

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I'm normally easy to please but tonight I ate here and I was appalled at the experience here.

The waiters got our orders wrong twice I ordered the lamb shank dish which was supposed to come with pilaf and salad. After waiting over 20

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★★★★★

I'm normally easy to please but tonight I ate here and I was appalled at the experience here.

The waiters got our orders wrong twice I ordered the lamb shank dish which was supposed to come with pilaf and salad. After waiting over 20

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This restaurant is located near South Coast Plaza so the location is nice and convenient.

However, the service is poor. When we walked in on a Sunday afternoon the hostess, who appeared to be the owners wife, told us to wait in that someone was leaving. We stood by the door, and 15 minutes later, she took us back to our table, although we never saw anyone walk out..odd! The waiters were no better in taking our order timely, or bringing us the tab at the end - in fact we had to walk up to the bar to pay as means to move things along.

The menu had a decent amount of selection, however the prices seemed pretty high. When we finally were served our food, I was shocked to see HOW LITTLE the portions were especially for the prices.
Luckily we had a coupon, otherwise I would have been extremely disappointed with our $57 bill for 2 entrees, a soda and an order of naan bread -- NO, I am not kidding!

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★★☆☆☆

This restaurant is located near South Coast Plaza so the location is nice and convenient.

However, the service is poor. When we walked in on a Sunday afternoon the hostess, who appeared to be the owners wife, told us to wait in that someone was leaving. We stood by the door, and 15 minutes later, she took us back to our table, although we never saw anyone walk out..odd! The waiters were no better in taking our order timely, or bringing us the tab at the end - in fact we had to walk up to the bar to pay as means to move things along.

The menu had a decent amount of selection, however the prices seemed pretty high. When we finally were served our food, I was shocked to see HOW LITTLE the portions were especially for the prices.
Luckily we had a coupon, otherwise I would have been extremely disappointed with our $57 bill for 2 entrees, a soda and an order of naan bread -- NO, I am not kidding!

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One of the few true Indian Restaurants in Orange County. Very unique and wonderfuly prepared dishes. Most Indian Restaurants over spice their dishes. Royal Khyber does not, but lets the true flavor of the dish take over. This is a fabulous place to have a relaxing quiet lunch with friends! We will be back!

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★★★★★

One of the few true Indian Restaurants in Orange County. Very unique and wonderfuly prepared dishes. Most Indian Restaurants over spice their dishes. Royal Khyber does not, but lets the true flavor of the dish take over. This is a fabulous place to have a relaxing quiet lunch with friends! We will be back!

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Extremely horrible experience last evening!!! Made reservations online at 7pm, but was late by 15 minutes. Hostess told us to wait for another 20 mins as our table was given to someone else which is understandable. As 20 mins past, went back to ask if our seats were ready and hostess tells me I have to wait another 20 to 30 mins as we were half an hour late. Corrected her & said no as we're only 15 mins late & she then pulls out the online RSVP stating that our RSVP was at 630pm. I then showed her my printed RSVP that stated that it was 7pm, & she still continues to argue with me. I then spoke to the manager who apologized & said she would do her best to get us the next available seat. We waited another 20 mins and saw another two parties get seated, thus finally decided to leave at about 8pm. ***Hostess needs to be let go as he/she should never tell someone to wait a certain time & then when that time is up, tell customer to wait some more cuz the he/she is late by pulling out the rsvp to show the customer; and on top of that, still agruing with the customer after hostess is shown the corrected time. Manager should have made sure customer got seated after that experience but didn't!***

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★☆☆☆☆

Extremely horrible experience last evening!!! Made reservations online at 7pm, but was late by 15 minutes. Hostess told us to wait for another 20 mins as our table was given to someone else which is understandable. As 20 mins past, went back to ask if our seats were ready and hostess tells me I have to wait another 20 to 30 mins as we were half an hour late. Corrected her & said no as we're only 15 mins late & she then pulls out the online RSVP stating that our RSVP was at 630pm. I then showed her my printed RSVP that stated that it was 7pm, & she still continues to argue with me. I then spoke to the manager who apologized & said she would do her best to get us the next available seat. We waited another 20 mins and saw another two parties get seated, thus finally decided to leave at about 8pm. ***Hostess needs to be let go as he/she should never tell someone to wait a certain time & then when that time is up, tell customer to wait some more cuz the he/she is late by pulling out the rsvp to show the customer; and on top of that, still agruing with the customer after hostess is shown the corrected time. Manager should have made sure customer got seated after that experience but didn't!***

Cons: customer service

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I had never had Indian food before but a co-worker took me to Royal khyber and I've been hooked ever since. It's a great place to have a nice lunch and I've taken family and friends back for dinner. The menu is a little pricey but everything is so fresh and good that it's definitely worth the occasional splurge. My favorites are the lamb vindaloo, chicken masala, tandoori chicken and lentil soup.

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★★★★★

I had never had Indian food before but a co-worker took me to Royal khyber and I've been hooked ever since. It's a great place to have a nice lunch and I've taken family and friends back for dinner. The menu is a little pricey but everything is so fresh and good that it's definitely worth the occasional splurge. My favorites are the lamb vindaloo, chicken masala, tandoori chicken and lentil soup.

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I come here to get my Indian food fix. It's right next to South Coast plaza and is sooo good. The atmosphere is nice too. Like the other reviewer said, order from the menu instead of going to the buffet.

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★★★★☆

I come here to get my Indian food fix. It's right next to South Coast plaza and is sooo good. The atmosphere is nice too. Like the other reviewer said, order from the menu instead of going to the buffet.

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So before I write my reviews, let me give you brief understanding that my opinion comes from a person who is sincerely into food. I dream about food all the time, constantly thinking about the flavors of the world so I know what I am talking about.

With that said, here's what I have to say about this place.....I've only came here for lunch and every time has been a very pleasant experience, ranging from customer service to the quality of food, very cute waiter/bartender, might I add. They have a great lunch menu, a variety of dishes to choose from. All their lunch items comes with rice, salad, naan and the main entree for a decent price. Notice, I said decent, as it is not inexpensive. They don't offer lunch buffet everyday, only on Fridays. Their lunch buffet offers an array of different dishes to choose from. It's rather impressive. Also, they offer Sunday Brunch with all you can drink champagne for a higher price than the Lunch Buffet.

What I recommend if you are a curry connoisseur, must order the Chick Curry with brown Sauce, not the red sauce, and the Apple Martini (they really load the alcohol, very very strong).

On a final note, if you enjoy the flavors of India, Royal Khyber will tantalize your taste bud and explode in your mouth.

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★★★★☆

So before I write my reviews, let me give you brief understanding that my opinion comes from a person who is sincerely into food. I dream about food all the time, constantly thinking about the flavors of the world so I know what I am talking about.

With that said, here's what I have to say about this place.....I've only came here for lunch and every time has been a very pleasant experience, ranging from customer service to the quality of food, very cute waiter/bartender, might I add. They have a great lunch menu, a variety of dishes to choose from. All their lunch items comes with rice, salad, naan and the main entree for a decent price. Notice, I said decent, as it is not inexpensive. They don't offer lunch buffet everyday, only on Fridays. Their lunch buffet offers an array of different dishes to choose from. It's rather impressive. Also, they offer Sunday Brunch with all you can drink champagne for a higher price than the Lunch Buffet.

What I recommend if you are a curry connoisseur, must order the Chick Curry with brown Sauce, not the red sauce, and the Apple Martini (they really load the alcohol, very very strong).

On a final note, if you enjoy the flavors of India, Royal Khyber will tantalize your taste bud and explode in your mouth.

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This a very elegant restaurant with good food. the prices are a bit expensive but I would rather choose items from the menu rather than the buffet. Its a better choice.

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★★★★☆

This a very elegant restaurant with good food. the prices are a bit expensive but I would rather choose items from the menu rather than the buffet. Its a better choice.

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I took my out-of-town parents here recently on a Sunday evening, and we had a wonderful time. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable, and didn't try to rush us even though we took forever deciding what to order. Once we did order, the food arrived quickly and it was AMAZING. My parents and I love Indian food and have tried different restaurants all across the country -- this was some of the best we've ever had. The atmosphere was great too; it wasn't too crowded, it was decorated nicely, and it was quiet. It was a little more expensive than other Indian restaurants, but it was well worth it. The drinks were reasonably priced, so that helped offset the cost of the food. Will definitely go to again.

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★★★★★

I took my out-of-town parents here recently on a Sunday evening, and we had a wonderful time. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable, and didn't try to rush us even though we took forever deciding what to order. Once we did order, the food arrived quickly and it was AMAZING. My parents and I love Indian food and have tried different restaurants all across the country -- this was some of the best we've ever had. The atmosphere was great too; it wasn't too crowded, it was decorated nicely, and it was quiet. It was a little more expensive than other Indian restaurants, but it was well worth it. The drinks were reasonably priced, so that helped offset the cost of the food. Will definitely go to again.

Pros: Fantastic food and service

Cons: On the pricey side

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I have been going to Royal Khyber for over 10 years. I tried a lot of others but keep going back to Royal Khyber, regreting that we tried others. It does cost a little more, but it is very worth it. Never tried the buffet, so can't comment on that. Were going again on Friday. Can't wait!

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★★★★★

I have been going to Royal Khyber for over 10 years. I tried a lot of others but keep going back to Royal Khyber, regreting that we tried others. It does cost a little more, but it is very worth it. Never tried the buffet, so can't comment on that. Were going again on Friday. Can't wait!

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very expensive place. and small too. full bar. makes a mean martini. though have to think "hmmm, martini at an Indian restaurant....what's wrong with this picture??" They offer a lunch buffet, think it's only on Fridays. $18 pp. Not worth it!!! Chicken tandoori were made from leftover parts from tandoori entree. Very slow in replenishing dishes in the buffet. And this is no vegas style buffet. It's only has about 4 main dishes, then a salad, and some very questionable dessert choice. Would've been better off ordering off the menu. Oh, the naan is very good.

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★★☆☆☆

very expensive place. and small too. full bar. makes a mean martini. though have to think "hmmm, martini at an Indian restaurant....what's wrong with this picture??" They offer a lunch buffet, think it's only on Fridays. $18 pp. Not worth it!!! Chicken tandoori were made from leftover parts from tandoori entree. Very slow in replenishing dishes in the buffet. And this is no vegas style buffet. It's only has about 4 main dishes, then a salad, and some very questionable dessert choice. Would've been better off ordering off the menu. Oh, the naan is very good.

Pros: good naan

Cons: bad buffet

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Very very expensive....not value for money...
Navrattan Korma recipe is basically -- taken frozen mixed vegetables and dip it in almond sauce...what a ripoff.

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★★★☆☆

Very very expensive....not value for money...
Navrattan Korma recipe is basically -- taken frozen mixed vegetables and dip it in almond sauce...what a ripoff.

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Went for dinner a few nights ago with my wife and some friends who recommended it. Now I'm a big fan of Indian food, but this definitely didn't meet my expectations. I've tasted better curries at half the other restaurants in OC, and the fish was overcooked and smelly. Bread was good, but again, nothing special.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went for dinner a few nights ago with my wife and some friends who recommended it. Now I'm a big fan of Indian food, but this definitely didn't meet my expectations. I've tasted better curries at half the other restaurants in OC, and the fish was overcooked and smelly. Bread was good, but again, nothing special.

Pros: Bread

Cons: Fish, Saag

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Chef-owner Arun Puri thankfully ventures beyond the cookie-cutter Mughlai menu served in most Indian restaurants, creating interesting spin-offs of familiar Indian dishes. There's a full bar, and the charming maitre d', Ali, can mix…

 

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