Mantra JC
Mantra JC

Mantra JC

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mantranj.com/
  • Phone: 2013338699
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary Indian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: York & Montgomery
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Mantra JC
Mantra Restaurant is a premier destination spot for modern Indian cuisine. We cater to pallets of individuals who are accustomed to Indian cuisine as well as those who want to indulge and enjoy the nuevo, rich and exciting flavors that Indian food has to offer. The relaxed lounge atmosphere is a perfect venue to meet socially or professionally. The dining area offers the ideal setting to enjoy meals with friends and family. We take pride in preparing food with the highest quality ingredients and our chefs turn out delicious and suckling choices. Dining out at Mantra offers a true fine dining experience for everyone. Besides our premier location in Paramus, we now have a second location open in downtown Jersey City (Exchange Place). Come visit and devour the excellence and judge for yourself. This is our “Mantra”.
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Mantra JC reviews from OpenTable diners
6 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.7
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (4)fit for foodies (3)great for lunch (3)special occasion (1)kid-friendly (1)neighborhood gem (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great for team lunches
    Tdw44
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The lunchtime Indian buffet is really good for a team outing. It's inexpensive, has a good mixture of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food, and we are always able to get a table for the whole team on short noticed
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice_Group_Lunch
    boag
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    With reservation prompt and ready to accommodate large group. Service is nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 41 reviews are from the Mantra JC reviews archive.
  • Indian fine dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We had the toga josh the afghan kabab, bhindi fry and parathas and they were really really good. They had an event upstairs and they shunted us to the basement which was not great and almost spoiled it for us. That's the only thing that bothered us otherwise everything was great including the rasmalai in the end. Derive folks were very nice and courteous. Arun
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Indian Addition
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    The food and service were great in fact I would have given it five stars but the paneer with spinach was extremely overwhelming with the spinach. Other than that the food was tremendous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food little dissapointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    The spot was nice, but there was a baby shower on the first level, that we had to walk through as we were taken to the basement. (kinda tacky I thought) Which although was fairly nice, had a big screen tv with the game on. Not ecactly what I was hoping for a romantic evening. I'm sure the party was paying more then we dropped, but our meal was still well over $100. Anyway, food was good, service was good, drinks very good, very nice staff, just would have prefered a table upstairs.
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  • Nice experience
    Perz
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Visited this place with family. Ambience was good and food was excellent. Plan to come back again for occasions
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty decent joint for Indian
    Abir
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    Pretty decent joint for Indian Food lovers.. though the portioning of food is a little unsatisfactory as compared to the price; however the taste makes up for it.. overall a great dining place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, lovely ambiance
    Loveoffood
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Decided on this restaurant for my mom's 60th birthday dinner. We were a small group of 5. The staff was extremely friendly and polite. Everything we ate was really good, including the complimentary appetizer from the chef. The food came out in a timely matter and the drinks were delish! We had 7P reservations and was pretty empty when we got in there but by 8, 8:30 there was decent crowd. If you love Indian food this a great find in the area. The setting is especially nice for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale Indian cuisine
    ReetzVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    If you are looking for artfully presented and deliciously executed Indian food, Mantra is for you! They started our meal with a free appetizer, which was this yummy bite I can only describe as an "indian tostada" that came with cilantro and tamarind sauces -- yum! Then we had the special appetizer, which was perfectly cooked plump scallops in a cilantro-based sauce. We then split a paneer dish and the mushroom dish and an order of garlic naan. We left stuffed and even had leftovers! They have a fully stocked bar too, and the restaurant definitely has a "cool" feel. Definitely great for when you want something fancier than what you'll find on Newark Ave near JSQ.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Place
    Rams
    Dined on 7/4/2013
    It's a good place but the staff were very rude .. Food was ok ... Paid $168 lil expensive .I don't recommend this place atleast to guys in Edison as we have better places here.
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  • Variety is Truly The Spice of Life!
    Sandy
    Dined on 6/20/2013
    I visited Mantra JC For the First time with 2 friends. This place came highly Recommended by an Italian Friend of Mine, who I must same has a flare for Indian Food. I was truly Impressed with not Only By The Ambience of this Restaurant, but also by the Variety that was ofered on the Buffet Station. I am a vegetarian and always find it hard to Enjoy a Buffet, as the Variety is not that great, but this place just blew me over! I was Happy to see that The Chef/Owner decided to give us a good Variety to Choose From. Thanks to All the Staff for Great Service, Really tasty Food and No Heart Burns.... Will surely visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great First Visit
    LocalJCFamily
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We went for Mother's Day so we did the Sunday buffet. The buffet was well organized with many favorites and traditional fare. We all enjoyed sampling the different foods - some of which we wouldn't have been knowledgeable enough to order off the menu. The kids were welcomed and there was plenty of food them to try (not spicy to mildly spicy options). The servers were great with the kids and there were quite a few other children there with families. It was relaxed and fun. We all had a great time and were well fed. You can't beat the price either. We will be going back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unexpected Pleasure
    Hollang
    Dined on 4/29/2013
    One doesn't expect to find an excellent source of Indian food just across the NJ Transit tunnel from Manhattan in Jersey City. Wow, I was more than pleasantly surprised. Menu choices were diverse with traditional offerings and some combinations I'd never seen before. Well worth a visit. I know if ever I'm in that neck of the woods again that I'll be a repeat visitor, for sure! One word of caution, though. I was a bit surprised by the size of the bill at the end of the meal. I think because the offereings were so diverse and so good, we sampled so many different offerings we lost sight of how it can add up. So, don't let your gastronomic delight get as far ahead of your pocketbook as did I...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place was great! The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    This place was great! The service was friendly and prompt. I loved the banana flambé at the table! The tandoori grill platter for $21 was a little small though, but everything else was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They have a dj on Saturday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    They have a dj on Saturday nights and it was way too loud, it was hard to hear each other at the table. I'd go again for the food, but probably not on a Saturday.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went here for valentine's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We went here for valentine's day celebration. We ordered Sesame Paneer, the quantity was really small, just three pieces but it was flavorful. We had main course, where quantity was plenty and even the quality was pretty good. We even had leftovers. The ambiance is always great in this restaurant. One of the fun thing that they did is to tuck a red rose in bill envelop. It was a great surprise. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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  • Mantra - Good Buffet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/4/2013
    Booked a table for my Team lunch, the ambiance was good to have group lunch. Buffet was really cheap & good both for vegetarians & non-vegetarians
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Late Night Indian Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/1/2013
    Delicious food, and plenty of it. Be sure to order sauce on the side, since some of the meat dishes do not come with a sauce. Overall a very pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic
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  • Poor food quality Very less
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/13/2012
    Poor food quality Very less quantity of food for the price Slow and bad service
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to bring the family
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    Great place to bring the family or a date. Romantic and contemporary decor. Not overcrowded, which is hard to find in Jersey city. Have eaten there twice food tends to be little on the spicy side even when mild is requested. Parking on street is easy after 6.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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  • Mantra is a great find! It's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    Mantra is a great find! It's a sophisticated Indian restaurant with a full bar and wine list. The ambience is lovely and the service is attentive. It's our favorite Indian restaurant!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This new restaurant is a delight,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/14/2012
    This new restaurant is a delight, from the amazing food to the gorgeous decor. The service was outstanding, I will be back.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Very Bad Experience..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    The food was very spicy even though we had asked for the mild food. Kids can not eat even the mild curries. The service was horrible. The server was making ugly faces when we asked for the wait time just to get a glass of lassi for the kids. The wait time to get your food after placing an order is about 70 mins. YES 70 horrible mins. Overall a very bad experience and they should train their servers first on how to behave with the customers. I would give 2 stars ONLY for the ambience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was excellent. We
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2012
    Service was excellent. We had a larger group and the staff added another table so we'd all be comfortable. Food was very good, especially the mango shrimp and rosemary naan bread. Would both recommend Mantra to others and return again myself.
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  • Same old story
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/19/2012
    We went to Mantra after a few months. Like many other Indian restaurants, the quality dropped significantly since our last visit. 1. Less variety in appetizers 2. Main course was not as good as earlier 3. Desserts were ok. This is unlike our last visit, when this place had recently opened and the food variety and quality were excellent. Now it is just like any other Indian restaurant in the area. I would be reluctant to visit again.
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  • The only reason why I didn't
    GerryVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2012
    The only reason why I didn't give 5 starts was because of cost. Food is excellent, very flavorful, not the same Indian food you see in every resturant, and the service was the best I ever had in an Indian restaurant. However, cost is a bit high for what you're getting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Viable lunch cshoice in JC.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2012
    Welcome addition to the lunch choices in downtown Jersey City. Buffet lunch has a reasonable selection, replenished often and not drenched with oil. Food is not overspiced or greasy to mask the inadequacies of the cooking. The physical layout of the buffet dishes is poorly designed (the corridor between the kitchens and the dining area). Staff is very diligent once you get their attention. Generally appear to have little or no training but seem very enthusiastic. Seating is adequate although uninspired but well lit and clean. Bar selections are expensive for the location. Overall, great for lunch if you can elbow your way to the buffet.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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  • Great food. Lots of Vegetarian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/27/2012
    Great food. Lots of Vegetarian and seafood selections.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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  • 4th time to Mantra and I really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2012
    4th time to Mantra and I really enjoyed again..Service is very good and the food as well. As someone who "Didn't Like Indian Food" I must say that I do like it now!!! We had a table side Chaat that was really good...Reminds me of being in a Mexican restaurant and ordering guacamole..You can get is as spicy as you want...If you a wary of trying Indian Food...Give this a try..You will not be disappointed!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • We thought that the food was
    ReviewfromOct192013VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2012
    We thought that the food was very good. The restaurant incorporates a variety of Indians styles and each dish stood well on its own. The service was also very good. The waiter was friendly but not intrusive. The dishes came to the table at an appropriate pace. We will definitely come back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • The menu offered varied choices
    Marl67
    Dined on 6/22/2012
    The menu offered varied choices and also specials for the evening. The presentation of all the courses was wonderful. The service staff was attentive although we were there early evening and it was not very crowded yet. We enjoyed each dish thoroughly. Would definitely go there agian.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Awesome service!!! I'll recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/21/2012
    Awesome service!!! I'll recommend this restaurant to all of my friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is the fifth time, I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/17/2012
    This is the fifth time, I came to Mantra in 3 months time. The food was really good each time and we enjoyed it. The ambiance is also nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • First time, trying something
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2012
    First time, trying something new, my wife and I enjoyed our experience very much. We will definately go back.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Went on prompting from an
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    Went on prompting from an English friend of mine who raved about their curries. Conscienscous staff made some excellent recommendations for both vegiarians and meat lovers. The lamb chop appetizer is amazing. Front bar has huge potential. Mojito martini a win. If you look carefully back area can be turned into separate room great for private dining. Will be back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was my repeat visit. Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/24/2012
    Was my repeat visit. Great place. Excellent food. Recommend it.
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  • ok for the occasional indian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/19/2012
    ok for the occasional indian dinner. I wouldnt ccall the food great. it was ok.
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  • 2nd time and the staff was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/19/2012
    2nd time and the staff was extremely helpful explaining the different dishes etc. As an Indian food novice it was quite helpful. The food was very good and I will return. It is nice to see a new business that gives good service and actually cares about its operation.
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    fit for foodies
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  • New Indian in JC with tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/8/2012
    New Indian in JC with tasty food and warm service. This is the (more laid back) Tamarind of JC! Go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Outstanding Service and Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    My husband and I had dinner at Mantra this weekend. The food was excellent and the service was OUTSTANDING. We are glad to see this as a new addition to the Paulus Hook neighborhood. This is our new favorite restaurant in JC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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