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Chakra Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chakrarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (201) 556-1530
  • Hours of Operation: Closed Sundays
    Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5PM - 10PM
    Thursday - Saturday 5PM - 11PM
    Lounge Menu open till 2:00am.
    *Late night lounge menu offered until one hour pass the last seating for the dining room

    Private Parties Welcome
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Thomas Ciszak
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: DJ every Friday & Saturday from 9PM to Midnight
  • Special Events & Promotions: Join our Wine Club. Log on to our website chakrarestaurant.com and enter your email address. Monthly wine dinners with special guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Arcadian Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Chakra
New American Cuisine served in a warm, passionate, romantic atmosphere. (Tented canopy seating requires a minimum of 5 guests). Voted for Best Cocktail, Most Romantic and Best Girls Night Out. Recently won Best Crab Cake in NJ competition.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "Service is SLOW!! Also they are not very attentive. My husband asked 3x for ice for his bourbon and they never brought it. Food is way overpriced. $42 for the tc steak that honestly wasn't close to being good. Appetizers were good, had sushi and the octopus. Crab cakes was also one of our main meals and while it tasted ok, it was sooo greasy. I liked the ambiance but to spend over $200 on 2 apps, 2 main courses, 1 dessert and 4 drinks, I would expect service to be way better and for the food to at least make an impression. Won't be going back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great food, outrageous prices, arrogant service, from the waiter to the manager."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great meal pricey but worth it for a special occasion"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Had not been here for years as last time we went we were unhappy. Decided to give it another shot as we were meeting friends from NY and it is in middle. Restaurant is beautiful, food is good (but really overpriced) - service is terrible. It took forever to get our drinks. Waiter never came back to take anything off the table between courses - so we had to flag down someone else to take away app plates and empty glasses once dinner came. Worst part was we ordered dessert and finished it - then our coffee came out 10 mins after. It then took another 20-30 minutes to get the check - one of our guests had to go to hostess and the manager brought it. Over $300 for 4 people for dinner. Not worth going back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "bar area smelled of old beer and could use overall cleaning. waiter was good but seating staff was rude and inattentive"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I love Chakra...the only difficulty is choosing from a variety of enticing options. The watermelon salad with balsamic sorbet was to die for, and chiean sea bass wonderful as always. Brought friends from out-of-town; they were soooo impressed!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "From the ambience to the delicious food I had -- this place is absolutely fabulous!!! Can't wait to go back!!!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Took my daughter five friends to celebrate her15th birthday they had the cabana table they were treated like young ladies w full respect which they also gave back. While me, my husband & other two daughters sat at a separate table & enjoyed our dinner!! Food service & setting was excellent!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The front girl , she was very sweet and great, everything was great to the moment when we got a service girl. What a not-friendly, angry and face -off person she was. Dear Alex C , if you don't like people why you work in restaurant??? Pick up menu cards from floor and handle to us, was not acceptable . The wine bottle end touched everybody glass, so I do able tried my friend's lipstick. And this face, angry every time when she got to the table. Thank god that was maybe 4 times. Smile - what is that ? I never had a service person like this , she should never work there. THE FOOD ID GREAT!!! MARTINI, WINE - Awesome, just the Angry Service...."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Everything was Great they were very accommodating. I was running late and called and asked them to move reservation back 30 mins and they did it with no problem. I liked my drink and my boyfriend liked his octopus appetizer. We both had the flank steak of beef for our main course and neither liked the steak however the salad and fries that came with it were amazing. They even served the fries in a mini fry basket that I wanted to take home with me."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Excellent food and nice atmosphere. That being said, it's very pricey and portions are small. Service could have been better, and no valet parking took away from me giving this place 5 stars."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food was delicious but portions are small and pricey. $4.50 for a glass of ice tea (not a big glass) is outrageous!! Service was good."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Rarely do date plans go according to plan. Fortunately, this night went perfectly. Reservations were @ 9PM Saturday night. I called ahead of time to ensure we were able to get the canopy-style table. Unbelievably, traffic was non-existent from Queens to Paramus, NJ and we got there in 30 min. We go in @ 8:45PM & the place just looks amazing, from the decor to the nice lighting. We're greeted by a nice hostess who tells us our table is almost ready so we go to the bar and get some drinks. Bartender was nice and made some nice drinks. We were greeted by a nice waitress who told us exactly what we can get with our Groupon deal. We ended getting extra stuff but it was all well worth it. Amazing decor, amazing service, amazing food!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Place was nice. People were very friendly. Nice atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food not worth the price! Filet overcooked & salty. Need to offer more healthy veggie options for sides. Need to add more appy salads."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I've been there 4 time already the 3rd time been a few years ago. I've never been served by someone so courteous, friendly as David. He knew about the food with details. You can tell he knew what he was talking about and easily understood what we wanted. He's great you should have more workers like him. He makes you want to go back. It was a great experience."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food.............DELICIOUS. Service............IMPECCABLE"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My first impression from the outside was, "it's that the place?" Once you enter the door, you are impressed with the dining area. Looks like an old night club turned restaurant. It was dark but elegant. The menu items had a nice selection. I had sushi which was way over priced and they gave me 6 really thin pieces. My watermelon tomato salad was extremely over priced for the amount I received. Thankfully, I had a groupon but even with the groupon I spent over $100 because appetizers weren't included and they charged us an extra $6 per entree because it wasn't part of the groupon. Overall, not worth the groupon and not worth spending money for dinner. I've eaten at better places where food was delicious and prices were reasonable."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food was outstanding, the service was exceptional, and the decor was unique."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I am a frequent diner at Chakra but for the first time my meal was just so mediocre. Didn't even finish my entree of pork tenderloins. Pretty bland. The carrot cake was so disappointing. Again, not flavorful. I normally LOVE carrot cake. I will go back because I've had so many excellent meals here. I hope this is not representative of the new summer menu."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We've been several times and have always had a wonderful evening with delicious meals. I would however mention that we went this last time with a groupon which was misleading. It was still a good deal but further selective than led to believe. And, the up charge items were charged more than the difference to the included prices on the menu. (A discrepancy of $4. )"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "great food and beautiful setting once you are inside, but expensive!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food was pretty good. Lots of romantic dates were going on here. I thought it would be Indian fusion food, but it's more of an international food selection with sushi, lamb, steak, fish, crab cakes, and a few other items. Our party tried the above items and like them, though I thought the sushi was just so-so."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We returned to Chakra after a bad experience service wise because the food is very good and we like the ambience. Through the main part of dinner the service was fine. However we waited a very long time to order dessert and coffee and have it served. This was a week night as opposed to a Saturday night when the restaurant is busier. I wish they'd get their service under control. That being said, the food was delicious."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Very romantic setting but I would suggest that you request a cabanna like both with your reseravation. Food was ok, Wine list very good. Music excellent and not too loud. The service was excellent"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Chakra was a pleasant surprise. We've driven by it many many times, but this was the first time we ate there. The crabcakes were great!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This is a great place, especially if you like signature drinks. The food was impeccable and the staff was outstanding, friendly and very professional. I highly recommend Chakra."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • " Chakra exceeds the top NYC restaurants at a lower price. The space per table is great. The decor is stunning: canopied booths, authentic Cambodian sculptures, elegant bricks (some from Indianapolis Speedway) and subdued lighting. All make it a romantic setting. Service follow the team concept and is highly professional in the best European manner. Food is fabulous. We had an octopus appetizer, simply grilled. We were offered a small complimentary sample of the corn chowder. Entrees included a pork tenderloin topped with a small dollop of BBQ, 4 huge scallops direct from Barnegat Bay and vegetarian eggplant. All were fabulous. Chakra is gourmet and not gourmand. Portions are moderate, not huge. but you'll be satisfied. Do not miss!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I really love the ambiance and the service was excellent. Food was absolutely delicious and perfect portions. Overall I would say great place for intimate dining."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Chakra is a wonderful restaurant with great ambiance. I highly recommend this restaurant for romantic dinners and special events. The lighting is subdued, the atmosphere is romantic. The service is always spectacular. I only wish that there were more items for vegetarians on the menu."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Wanted to try it because I have passed it numerous times going through Paramus. Thought it was very nice inside.. a good place for a romantic evening or a good place to bring a group for a birthday. The food however I found to be overpriced and mediocre. The service was ok. I felt the waiter paid less attention to us when it became clear we were not interested in buying any liquor. Overall, I probably would not go back."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Excellent food--both preparation and presentation. Special for special occasions."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Can't wait to go back and try some other dishes on the menu. Entrees were a little on the high side, but worth every penny."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Aside from one of the most comfortable rooms to eat in, the grilled Octopus, Sea Bass, and Schnitzel only adds to your experience. This experience is not inexpensive but it is quite good."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The mighty have fallen. We have been to this place many times over the years and was are favorite restaurant. I'm not sure if it has changed owners plus this place has fell off a cliff. We never cared about the overpriced menu because we always felt it was worth it till now. The food is better than average but like another review said the portions have become very small. We used to leave feel full and carrying a doggie bag. My wife is a light eater and ate everything on her plate. We felt we got our pocket picked. Also this place needs a little sprucing up. Bathrooms are a little run down. We got there a 6:30 pm on Saturday night and it was raining and they didn't have a valet. Overpriced small food"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food that I had from appetizer to main course was loaded with too much sauce/gavy. Which leads you to believe to hide quality. Not worth the price $$$"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Excellent food, I had the Veal Schnitzel and it was quite tender and buttery. It was my birthday and the perfect way to spend it with my family, who all loved their meal equally as well. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "a wonderful time had by all. food was great but on the small side. nice wine and drinks. service good."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Service was great, ambiance was awesome.. But, the cost of dinner and drinks were off the charts expensive. Entrees were delicious and well presented but portions were bite sized. If you are not on a budget or really hungry I would recommend for a special occasion. Two entrees, one appetizer, 4 drinks, no dessert - $150. Bring your 401k! One hour later I was poking around my fridge."
    Dined on 5/22/2014