Akbar Restaurant - Garden City
Akbar Restaurant - Garden City

Akbar Restaurant - Garden City

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theakbar.com/
  • Phone: 5163578300
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon-Sun 12 pm - 3 pm Mon-Thu 5:30 pm - 10 pm Fri-Sat 5:30 pm - 11 pm Sun 5 pm - 10 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: As one of the premier caterers in the tri-state area, Akbar Restaurant has managed numerous social and corporate, both on and off premises, events over the past 35 years. Our success can be most attributed to our dedication to producing the highest quality food and putting our clients’ needs first. We have received numerous accolades and recognition not only within the Indian community, but also within the broader tri-state area. We proudly cater at the Hilton, Marriott, the Mandarin Oriental, Gotham Hall, and the Crest Hollow Country Club.

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
A word from Akbar Restaurant - Garden City
Akbar, with genuine Indian character and charm, is aptly named after the Grand Mogul Emperor famous for splendor of his hospitality, fabulous feasts and elegance of living. As the first Indian Restaurant in Long Island, Akbar has lived up to its name, providing unparalleled services to its guests for years. Inspired by the diverse tastes and flavors from India, each chef at Akbar not only brings years of culinary expertise to each dish, but also has his own specialty, creating a unique balance in each menu item. An elegant setting with dramatic high ceilings, plush carpeting, Indian carvings, and the romantic glow of candle light add to the memorable and unique dining experience.
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Akbar Restaurant - Garden City reviews from OpenTable diners
21 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (14)fit for foodies (9)great for lunch (8)neighborhood gem (8)special occasion (5)romantic (4)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)hot spot (3)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (2)scenic view (2)notable wine list (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Never disappoints!
    kittyVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Have been eating here for years and it is consistently excellent. The food is some of the best Indian on LI. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Akbar was FANTASTIC
    newbie24
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Recently had the experience of dining at Akbar Restaurant in Garden City and it was pleasurable. This was my first time enjoying Indian Cuisine I was unsure of what to expect but our waiter was wonderful! He gave us tips on what to expect, the best methods in eating and overall was GREAT. The service staff went out of their way to ensure we all had what we needed and the extreme politeness we encountered during this meal was unmatched by any other restaurant we've been too. The only issue which was distasteful was upon our arrival the valet the staff were huddled together, talking amongst each other; we felt uncomfortable as they were staring and whispering. Having brought my adult dtrs to the restaurant I was not pleased by this.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Let's Us Down
    Musiclover
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food always excellent ... Have been going here for at least 15 years.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great meal!
    Rich
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We love this place! Service is attentive but never annoying. The food is amazing. So far never a bad dish. The cauliflower appetizer could be a meal itself.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sandy17
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food was very good as was the service. Valet parking enhanced the evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rasila Patel
    Rasila
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Excellent food, very friendly staff, great service . I went with my friends we all loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Indian
    AkbarGood
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food is delicious! Listen to the waiter when he tells you that the samosas are filling and not meant as an appetizer. My husband and I love them so we ordered four. We were so full by the time the main course came out which was quickly. We enjoyed the leftovers the next day. The portions are small but very satisfying. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Excellent
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Akbar is one of those restaurants you don't want to praise too much for fear of it trending and crowding out your next reservation. This place is an old reliable for us: the service is simply excellent--non-intrusive, subtle, end efficient. The food is always excellent. The ambience wonderful. While the location of the restaurant is challenging, it doesn't detract from the magic once you're inside. We come here about three times a year, this latest visit was a graduation lunch for my daughter. The World Cup was playing in an adjacent room, generating the expected cheers, but the overall experience was again very gratifying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 108 reviews are from the Akbar Restaurant - Garden City reviews archive.
  • Very Good Food
    foodlover
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This was my first time trying indian food of this kind. The food was remarkably delicious. We had an office lunch there and it was very enjoyable. The waiters were friendly, food was served quickly and it was very well done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellent food
    peter
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Food was so delicious and excellent but I had a stone in my food. I told the bar tender but he just took it from my hand and say only sorry once and left so quickly because it's so busy nights for them because of sonu nigam show next to them. This is my first visit to this restaurant heard lots of about this but specialy I and my group get upset with that accident. Still we decide to give them one more chance and we would go again to check it more. Someone has to take appropriate action and let us know why this kind mistake is done but no one want to notice also for this is really surprised.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice plce good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    my boyfriend and I went here for dinner and were happy with the food. My boyfriend is Indian so can be critical with Indian food. He was pleased with the food and the menu had a great selection of vegetarian dishes to choose from. We will def go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outstanding service
    Sophia
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Akbar is definitely a hidden gem ! The restaurant had an eclectic low key ambiance - food was incredible , but gets 4 stars because of the cocktails. All of the servers were friendly and kind. The owner even came out for a moment and introduced herself ! Has a wide assortment of seating arrangements from tables for two to huge comfortable group booths. Loved it. Will definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first exp w Indian food
    Missy24
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Service was attentive, manager went to every table to check in diners experiences. Food was outstanding. Everything prepared and presented well. Can't wait to go back :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Akbar
    Eater
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    We always enjoy dining here and whomever we have joining us likes it as well. We had their generous and varied buffet on a Sunday night which was convenient and very easy to keep going back for more! Yum! It was also reasonably priced and the servers were great. Empty plates were promptly removed throughout dinner. Will be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only get take out
    Bingy
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The only thing I would give 5 star is the food. Reservations counts for nothing. If there is an event your in for a slow start to your night and even slower service. I could feel the base from a party they was having beating in my ears . Over all I probably go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always consistant
    buddiesVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    we have been going to Akbar for 20 years now and the food, service and quality have always been very good and consistant
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good Indian restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Highly recommend. Atmosphere was nice. Foo was excellent. Would like to come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    neldamVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This was our first time at Akbar & we loved the food. Service was fine, a bit slow, but they were very busy, so we understood. We'd recommend & will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Besides having wonderful good, the service was mind-blowing. Nicest staff around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    really enjoyed my meal, and it was very reasonable
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • consistently good
    kittyVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    We've eaten here many times and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Indian food newbie
    kandkdining
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Boyfriend wanted Indian for his Birthday. .we chose Akbar. .food was delicious, had a nice wine list and service was lovely. He loved his dinner and I enjoyed my first Indian dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    GoogFood
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    I've known about Akbar for sometime but never managed to try it. Now, I can't wait to go back! Indian cuisine at its best. The server was very knowledgeable about the menu choices and helpful with suggestions. Friendly and professional atmosphere. I recommend Akbar to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and staff
    Lis421VIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    We frequent Akbar often. The staff always remembers us and our wine order. Sometimes we even get glasses on the house. All the food is very good as well.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As good as it gets!
    38SpecialVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    I never cared for Indian food until I started to travel to the U.K. regularly 25 years ago and was exposed to a more authentic version of this cuisine than is usually avaiable from the bland buffets that provide the typical U.S. imitations. A visit to Akbar will save you the airfare to England, yet still provide the relief from the unsavory American version of South Asian fare.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Indian Food
    Giztwiz
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    I have been to this restaurant many times and have never been disappointed. Their food is excellent, restaurant is clean and nice. The only drawback was the service was on the slow side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Indian find
    pinajd04VIP
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    Great buffet of choices and great taste! Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice variety of Indian Cuisine
    Lovestoeat
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    A nice variety of Indian Cuisine prepared to order with wonderful spice and generous portions. Our waiter was very helpful in identifying our tastes and recommending the courses. Vegetarian, Fish, and meat selections would satisfy most peoples palates. Very friendly waitstaff and management and constantly checking on your comfort. I would highly recommend this restaurant either to dine, take-out, or have a party as they have many rooms to accommodate any thype of affair.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for nice quiet dinner
    Krssykm
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    I made reservations for 8 to surprise my husband for his birthday. Some restaurants won't seat your party unless everyone is present but Akbar seated whoever came which was very nice of them. For the most part the people there to dine on a Sunday evening are Indian. Although there was a wedding reception going on while we were eating- it didn't affect us at all. We barely heard anything. I enjoyed this experience and it was my first time having Indian food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food great Ambiance eh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    The food was great The place where they sat us which was an offshoot of the main dining room Was a bit dingy. The wall had paint peeling off and the colors were a blah beige.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome meal
    foxjo1
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We eat Indian food on a regular basis and this was -- by far -- the best Indian meal we have had in years. The food was cooked well, we were served in a helpful friendly way. We traveled from Westchester for the meal -- and it was well worth the journey!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sumptuous Indian buffet lunch
    CathieVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    The decor and food at Akbar never ceases to impress! The lunch buffet, also served on weekends, is outstanding and plentiful. Perfect place for a birthday lunch or just time to enjoy an abundance of tasty Indian food between shopping
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but could be great!
    Panto
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    We had to wait for about 10 minutes at the front door before we were even addressed. Then we had to wait for our table another 10 minutes. We had reservations but no worries on that. Once we got to our table we had to wait another 15 minutes before the waiter even came to introduce himself... He apologized and we accepted it and then things moved along. We got the drinks we ordered fairly quickly and the appetizers too, however, we had to wait a long while for the entrees - we ordered bread along with appetizers but it didn't arrive until way after the entrees finally made it to our table. The food was good but the service - attention to detail, interim care of guests and frigid welcome of guests requires a substantial overhaul.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was good. The wine
    Meecee
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    The food was good. The wine list (had a total of 4 red wines to choose from) could use an update.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious and great atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    I have eaten here many times and the food has never disappointed. I've had things that were only alright, but mostly their food is just simple and delicious. The wait staff is always very attentive and I have seen the owner or manager there every time, which I find really nice. The atmosphere is just lovely too. Very clean and nicely decorated. My new favorite dish there is the Dal Makhani, it's wonderfully flavorful and the perfect kind of spice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite Indian restaurant
    skc4623
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    My favorite Indian restaurant (and this includes those in Manhattan). I love their Tikka Masala and the garlic naan. My friend really enjoyed the lamb biryani.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Friendly Service
    Melissa
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    The food at Akbar is very good and the service to good also. It's a great place for sharing plates and for large groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good end to a day
    sweetsp
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    The food was amazing. The was very little wait for our food. The only issue I had was a very long wait for our table even if though we had a reservation
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    The food was excellent and the service was very good. We decided to share the food family style so that we could try all of the dishes, it was an excellent choice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great place for Indian food
    Gigi
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    Had a delicious meal with gracious service. The place is elegant and perfect for a special occasion but reasonably price ( but not cheap) for a nice dinner with friends and quiet enough for conversation
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.