Raja Indian Cuisine

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207 3rd St (at B St ), Davis, California, USA

Serves meat, vegan options available. Two thirds of lunch buffet items are vegan. Owner/manager is a vegan and so is accommodating to vegans.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Indian, Buffet, Take-out, Non-veg

8 Reviews

First Review by mutant_pie

Fast Filling Inexpensive Tasty - Edit

Raja's is an inexpensive, filling, healthy meal. They have a buffet that is 80% vegan, daily. $6.95 for all day/eve buffet. You can get in and out quickly, pay up front, self service with the friendliest owners!! (They also have booths at the Davis Farmers Market Saturday and Wednesday.) It is a block from campus on a street with no cars allowed, so you need to bike or park 2 blocks away (there are usually spaces on B Street). It is not a fine dining experience and is aimed at students, but many long time Davisites eat here as well and we like it, especially when in a hurry.

Pros: good food, inexpensive buffet, fast

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I'm a fan!! - Edit

This place is excellent - would give it 5 stars if we could give non-veg places 5 stars. For $7 (plus tax) you get access to a great buffet, with 4 different vegan curries (and rice, naan, salad, fruit). Everything that's vegan is clearly marked as such. This is going to be such a staple for my next few years in Davis!!

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Best Value Treasure in Davis - Edit

Best vegan option I've found in Davis. Several vegan entree selections. I had the Aloo Gobi(cauliflower and potatoes) after talking to owner about no/low salt and oil options and they also made me a whole wheat chapati. Boyfriend had the mushroom masala (with no modifications) and some garlic naan. Both of us were VERY happy and I had some great leftovers to take home. Can't wait to come back for the buffet. They had several things I could eat and many things my non-vegan-no restrictions-boyfriend could eat for something like $6 each plus drinks for $1 or $2 dollars (mango lassi). Really appreciated the willingness of the owner to work with my no/low salt oil restriction. This place really tries to offer healthy food options and isn't above modifying their dishes to suit dietary preferences.

Pros: Gracious and Friendly Host, Many vegan options- great food/flavor, Food modifications no problem

Cons: slightly hard to find (worth looking)

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LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS PLACE - Edit

I go very often, sometimes three times or more a week. The buffet lunch is super cheap and all you can eat! So many vegan options and it's all labeled. The owners are super kind, he like loves seeing my friends and I stop by. Sometimes if one of us doesn't come he will ask about them. He is such a nice and joyful person. I wish I can give the place five stars because that's what it deserves. Their samosas and vegetable fritters with tamarind sauces are my absolute favorite. This is the only place I like to go eat out at. A lot of my friends agree that it's delicious :) I really love this place!

Pros: vegan friendly, friendly people, all you can eat buffet

Cons: none

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Raja's is awesome!! - Edit

FIRST OF ALL RAJA'S REALLY DESERVES 5 STARS BUT BECASUE IT'S NOT SPECIFICALLY A "VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT" I'M ONLY ALLOWED TO PUT 4!!!
Went to Raja's one Friday with a couple of my suitemates, and it was just perfect!!!Raja's is DELICIOUS (and cheap, which is a BONUS!!), they take Aggie cash for UCD students, and they are SUPER accommodating.
The owner (the person that's is the symbol on the restaurant's cards and posters) is just how the symbol looks!! He is one of the nicest people I've ever met, so kind and warm.
Extensive vegan and vegetarian options. I can't rave enough about this place. It also pleases non-vegans and vegetarians - my suitemates are omnivores and all of us keep raving about how we are going to go there every weekend! (Tip: Try the buffet. It's even cheaper than a meal.)
I WOULD GIVE RAJA'S 5 STARTS BUT BECAUSE IT'S NOT SPECIFICALLY A "VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT" HAPPY COW ONLY ALLOWS ME TO PUT 4

Pros: DELICIOUS, VEG-FRIENDLY, CHEAP

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Great vegan food! Inexpensive to boot - Edit

I've always been satisfied when eating here. For a while me and my omni partner would eat here at least once a week. I can't overstate how happy I am that this place exists. It's the best place for vegan food in town.

Pros: Cheap, Lots of Vegan options, Friendly

Cons: Delivery costs extra, Delivery driver is freq absent

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Excellent Indian Food! - Edit

Just had a wonderful vegan meal - enjoyed the owner's hospitality and vegetable samosas, channa masala, aloo mutter and perfect rice and garlic naan. Can't wait to eat our leftovers tomorrow!
Decided to eat here while visiting Davis after finding the listing on Happy Cow - will definitely come back the next time we come back to town.
Updated from previous review on Thursday February 23, 2012

Pros: Great service, Tasty Food, Happy Customers

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Tried & Liked, But Ask & Look For... - Edit

.. exactly what items are vegan before committing to the buffet. I tried the lunch buffet after reading the main entry for this restaurant, and going in and asking what on the buffet was vegan. Only three of the about 15 items were vegan, but as I was asking, the chef who ID'd the vegan selections very nicely offered to make me a fresh and vegan version of one of the dishes, and bring me the vegan version of the na'an bread.

I think that a great alternative is to look at the menu, which has an entire Vegan section, plus under the Combination Platters section has the Vegan Thali. I will go for that choice the next time I'm in Raja's.

BTW, the chef mentioned that he will also cook to order to accommodate those with dietary restrictions as outlined in the Jaine faith (sorry for any mispelling). Also he mentioned that when the Whole Earth Festival occurs at nearby UC Davis, the buffet goes more vegan.

Pros: Great taste when fresh, Knowledgeable, Accommodating

Cons: Few Vegan Buffet Selections, Upstairs

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