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At Royal Khyber, it really isn’t about us, it’s about you. From the moment you enter our doors, we will strive to exceed your expectations and make your experience wonderfully unforgettable. We will pamper your senses with our tantalizing cuisine and world class service ― in refined and comfortable surroundings.
Fine Indian Dining
HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY
Arun & Urmil Puri, owners, opened Royal Khyber in Costa Mesa, California, in 1980. In 1998 the restaurant moved to South Coast Village across from South Coast Plaza at the invitation of the Segerstrom family, where it has been located for more than 17 years. Royal Khyber instantly became a hotspot in the Orange County dining scene. Always a favorite with those partial to Indian cuisine and those looking for a fine dining experience through ambiance and world-class service, RK is now becoming the go-to destination for discriminating vegetarians, vegans and those wanting to eat healthier.
Mr. Puri and his family are very health conscious and wanted “all the flavors without the fatty stuff.” Accordingly, RK has shifted away from using dairy products. Cream, butter and eggs are used sparingly, as are oils. Absolutely no cream, eggs or flour are used in the sauces. One can still order selected dishes cooked with ghee ( clarified butter ) upon request. Boasting many vegetarian choices, RK’s menu can accommodate vegan diets through vegetable substitutions. Mr. Puri said that “the whole emphasis has been to bring to the public a very flavorful and healthful cuisine, and not what people traditionally perceive Indian cuisine to be.”
To achieve this, some 38 different herbs and spices are used. Few of the dishes are genuinely spicy — the chicken vindaloo and the chicken madras are among the few exceptions. All foods are made to order, as mild or spicy as you request.
It is with pride that Royal Khyber uses farm-fresh local produce whenever possible. Our panner ( cheese ) and yogurts are created by hand in our kitchen, giving them their own unique taste. Nothing is spared to bring the best quality of ingredients to your table.
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This is the best Indian Restaurant in SoCal, bar none. It’s the only one we have tried where the The meat is tender and the sauces are not overly oily. The flavors are very well crafted, and the service is great. – VIP Ddddd
Always a great experience at this restaurant. Perfect for special occasions. Wonderful service and attentive staff! – OpenTable Diner Since 2010 ( Anonymous )
Excellent in every respect – food, service, ambience and especially food price – so reasonable for the huge portions that you get) – Micky
Great upscale Indian/South Asian cuisine. Full service bar with some interesting specialty martinis and tasty appetizer choices. Great assortment of meat, fish and vegetable entrees all reasonably priced. Their signature lamb shanks are as good as they sound and the seafood dish served in a light aromatic curry liquid base was outstanding. The rice and naan choices made excellent accompaniments. Dessert menu looked interesting but only had room for cappuccino. We look forward to our next visit. – Banglabuddies
Flavorful! Royal Khyber continues to deliver wonderful flavors, attentive service and a great date night or group get together. Keep up the good work at South Coast Village! – BreakfastRules
3.5 Star Average
“I came here on a Monday because it’s 50% off the menu! The food was amazing! I definitely recommend trying the butter chicken and rack of lamb. The service was nice and my group had a great time.” – Christina K., Whittier, CA
We love this place!!! Very nice ambiance and our server, Ali, Was very professional and kind. The food is delicious and the portions are generous. I had the butter chicken and my husband had spicy chicken madras. The naan is perfect. Thank you for a great night! – D.C., Costa Mesa, CA
Great Food… Brunch on Sundays — 50% Off on Monday nights.
Must haves – Gulab Jamun — Paneer Tikka — Lychee Panacotta — Chicken Kababs – S S., Marina del Rey, CA
One of the best Indian restaurant in Orange County/SoCal. Brunch is amazing. Highly recommended!!!! – Sourabh G., Lake Forest, CA
4 Star Average
“Great Indian Food”
We went to this Indian Restaurant on a Friday Night. We started with some Indian Beer which was pretty good. We just let our waiter decide on the food and that was the right decision. He brought us some Chicken & Vegetarian dishes. They were all pretty tasty. We had a good experience trying out Indian Food & contrary to what some people say, it was not that spicy and we actually loved the food. – Michael M., Anaheim Hills, California
“Excellent Indian Cuisine”
This was my first time eating at this restaurant and I was very pleasantly surprised. Although I am not huge fan of Indian food, Royal Khyber was a real treat. The Tandoori chicken was superb and the service was excellent. I WILL be coming back! – ilumen8d1, Huntington Beach, California
“As close to authentic Indian food as you can get ……….. conveniently”
My wife and I have been to this restaurant many many times (both dine in and take out) and we have always found that the food is consistent. I believe that they do better justice to the non-veg food and it is finger licking good. My wife who is vegetarian also enjoys the food and savors its taste. The wine selection is average but they have a decent hard liquor selection. The martinis and mojitos are well made and go just perfectly with the spicy food. The service is great. My only peeve is that the portions are small for what they charge. In spite of this I visit this place often so while it is my peeve, the tasty food tops quantity. – Luv2Wander_Anywhere, Lake Forest, California
South Coast Plaza Village
1621 W. Sunflower Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92704
Parking & Location
Parking is easy at Royal Khyber Fine Indian Cuisine, which is centrally located in South Coast Village, directly across Sunflower Ave. from South Coast Plaza in the Metro area. Besides a reliable valet service
there is plenty of free parking. Our guests come from all over, including but not limited to cities in North and South Orange County such as Santa Ana, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Orange, Tustin, Westminster, Mission Viejo, Alisa Viejo, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, and Laguna Beach. Our guests have come as far as the neighboring counties of Los Angeles (LA), San Bernardino and San Gabriel! Many of our customers dine with us before and after attending concerts, plays and events at the Performing Art Center only minutes away. We are also close to Orange Coast College and the Orange County Fairgrounds.
1621 W. Sunflower Avenue (at Plaza Drive)
Santa Ana, CA 92704
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