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322 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113-1909
+1 408-295-5470
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 21:30
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:30
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 15:00
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San Jose, California
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39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Glad to find a favorite place open on New Years, and a buffet offered! Had 3 kids with us, so even though they can be picky eaters, we felt it was a good value. Many offerings, and the usual friendly, helpful staff. It started to fill up, so glad we got there early.

Thank rmromandia
San Jose, California
Level Contributor
52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

I've driven past this restaurant many times, however this was my first time trying out the Punjab Cafe. Although the interior of the cafe looked bright and clean and the staff were welcoming and friendly, my husband and I ordered food to go rather than eat there. I can honestly say, I don't think I've had more 'unauthentic' Northern Indian... More 

Thank aussiegreta
San Jose, California
Level Contributor
21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

I love this place with 15 $ my husband and I get super full and still have leftovers. Their rice is a must.

Thank EGar92
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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65 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

We went to the Punjab Cafe on Nov 7 2016 for lunch. Buffet spread had good number of items.The preparations were reasonably good . We liked their preparations like chana , tikki , aalu gobhi , palak paneer and raita . Service is good and restaurant appears to be quite popular among students . On negative side , the bread... More 

Thank Mussooriewala
Palo Alto, California
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

My brother and I had the lunch buffet today. It was disappointingly poor quality — there are much better places in the South Bay area for and Indian buffet lunch.

Thank Joseph D
Level Contributor
48 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

It's a good buffet place. Reasonable price and usually vegetarian dishes are better than non vegetarian. I like tawa chicken and paneer. Good chat and kheer.

Thank Megha G
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Authentic Indian food? No idea. Great, attentive service? Not really. But I am addicted to their chicken tika masala. So. Freaking. Good.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Level Contributor
14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

Firstly, its right next to San Jose state! If you are cutting costs and are on a budget . Punjab cafe is a good option. They have buffet for just ~$7.99 and give decent options. Taste is good enough. Definitely try the malai kofta here.

Thank Akash P
San Jose, California
Level Contributor
21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2016

I have never eaten in. But...while my husband and I love to try different foods, we happened upon this café while googling for delivery. Well we were lucky to have stumbled upon the best Punjab cuisine we have ever eaten. Well packaged for delivery. Always delivered in a timely manner. Got my mind ticking to recreate and research the recipes... More 

Thank CatherineMarieXO
San Jose, California
Level Contributor
43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2016

We wanted a local Indian restaurant for those days when we just don't feel like cooking. This place delighted us because it has really tasty Indian food at an affordable price -- and it is very close to home. Whereas some of the other Indian cuisine we have sampled locally is all Vegan or is very pricey, this cafe had... More 

Thank 430kathy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 322 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113-1909
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +1 408-295-5470

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?