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Minerva Indian Cuisine

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16240 Frederick Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4001
+1 301-948-9898
10:30 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 22:00
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Fri - Sat 10:30 - 22:30
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Rockville, Maryland
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Minerva is our favorite spot for Indian/Pakistani food. We get take out a lot - individual dishes or large catering size, like the chicken biryani tray. The portions are generous, and the food is delicious and authentic, even for the south Asians in our group. The buffet is also quite good with a wide selection.

Thank Cathy M
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66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I had the Goat Curry and the Lamb Korma. My bread choice was Peshwari Naan, a sweet bread that is the best I've had in a long time. Unfortunately, it's expensive. The lamb was tender and the sauce very tasty. I didn't like the goat as much, since it was bone-in, common at most Indian restaurants. I ordered from the... More 

Thank MichaelRShannon
Silver Spring, Maryland
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1,041 reviews
682 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 248 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

I needed lunch after a dental appointment, and Minerva was high in TripAdvisor's rankings. No wonder. The mid-sized dining area was jammed with diners (about half of Indian descent). There a long table of over 20 people, several singletons, and a host of full tables of four. The buffet had the usual North Indian varieties: good without being spectacular. Th... More 

Thank jaseaton
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209 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

We chose Minerva because it was walking distance from our hotel. To our pleasant surprise the food was very good. Order the "dinner" instead of a la carte; lots of goodies for only a couple bucks more. Very amicable and welcoming staff. Waiter service could use some polishing but nothing that would stop us from visiting again.

Thank John L
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017

We have really come to enjoy dining at or carryout from Minerva. A few of our favorites are the Butter Chicken, Chili Chicken, Curried Goat and Shrimp Vindaloo. The food is very spicy which is exactly how we like it. I have also taken friends and family there and they too have become fans.

1 Thank Susan H
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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209 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

Yes, the food is on the hot side, but not hotter than other Indian food, and certainly not as hot as some Indian food I have had. If you order the dinner (rather than a la carte), it will come with two cooling raitas which you can eat with your main dish to cool it off. Or order one a... More 

Thank BostonNix
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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64 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Dined here on evening & it was a complete disaster, to say the least. Everything about this place speaks neglect. Shoddy service - the staff had a couldn't care less attitude. Poor cleanliness standards (stained cutlery and served with sambhar & chutney bowls placed *On* the food), Bad, under prepared food (one of which I had to send back, &... More 

1 Thank Anand1213
Rockville, Maryland
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

They have a good selection of food items, but not great. You can enjoy the food once in a while, but not on a weekly or monthly basis.

Thank Karthik M
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83 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

We were joined by an indian friend who promised to help us with dishes we were not familiar with. We opted to partake of the lunch buffet rather than order from the extensive regular menu. The menu has options for every style of diet from vegetarians to meat lovers. Drinks were not included in the buffet price, and be aware... More 

1 Thank williamf802
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

This place seems to take pleasure in exhibiting poor customer service. We had a heart patient senior staying with us who could not tolerate any spiciness so we ordered the mildest, creamiest foods (malai kofta, butter chicken, paneer makhani) that we could find on the menu. We have had these items before and they were easy to eat and digest.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Buffet
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:30
10:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16240 Frederick Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4001
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Gaithersburg
  • Phone Number: +1 301-948-9898

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