Mantra Restaurant
Mantra Restaurant

Mantra Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mantranj.com/
  • Phone: 2013428868
  • 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,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Indian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Mantra Restaurant
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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerIndian
Mantra Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (22)good for groups (16)special occasion (12)neighborhood gem (12)romantic (12)great for lunch (8)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (4)notable wine list (4)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Mantra
    CurryingFavor
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Distinguished and flavorsome food - a step up from most Indian restaurants - with prices to match. The tableside chaat is our favorite appetizer. Beware the very small portions, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful food!!!
    foodiesinNJVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This place has the best tasting Indian food in Northern New Jersey, by far. The plates are beautifully served and the preparation of the food absolutely backs up the great plating. The people are very nice and accommodating. They have a great bar, which we are definitely going to check out the next time we go there, which I hope will be soon and hopefully with some friends so we can try even more of the menu dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Favorite Spot!
    Lovenewplaces
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We have eaten here numerous times and each time has been an absolute pleasure! The lunch is often buffet and it allows you to try so many items. The dinner menu is well defined, allowing us to choose wisely. The four of us selected items that we would certainly order again in the future. Our guests were new to this restaurant and traveled over an hour just to come to Mantra. They, too, greatly enjoyed the food, ambience, and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Lunch Break
    tcarr
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The lunch buffet is ideal when you want good food at a great price.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Indian Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Came to Mantra with a Groupon for 4 people which included 2 appetizers, 2 naan breads, 4 entrees, 1 dessert, and 2 bottles of wine. Our group dined family style so we sampled off all the entrees - all which were fabulous. Saag Paneer, Crab Tikka Masala, Basil Chicken Tikka, and a Shrimp Curry (which the name escapes me). Our server was fantastic - great sense of humor and made very good recommendations when we were undecided on menu items. The restaurant was pretty busy, yet not loud at all. As a group of 4 ladies, we were worried we were going to be too loud talking at out table. The ambiance was nice - lower lighting, candles, and a neat fire behind glass.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Date Night Meal
    KDMP242
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I love Mantra. The food is always prepared exceptionally and the cocktails are refreshing. Tried the sea bass and lobster entrees, both cooked to perfection with imaginative and flavorful sauces. Our cocktails were large and top notch. Can't wait to go back again, there are so many dishes I want to try! The service was friendly, attentive and genuine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mantra has always been our favorite
    danakoenig
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    But this time it blew us away. SO good. The food was not only good but presented in such a chic fashion, the service was excellent and we love the vibe there. !0 out of 10 for us!
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Indian at its Best
    1njgalVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This beautiful Indian restaurant in a strip mall on Rte 4 in Paramus could easily be located in NYC. Lovely ambiance…lighting, decor, etched glass windows, mood..all wonderful. Tables spaced nicely so you are not too close to other diners. Food wonderful…tasty with just the right touch. The flaming banana dessert with ice cream prepared table side….outstanding! Live jazz on Saturdays in the lounge area. Best Indian restaurant around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food & Service. SAM
    Yyyyyyyyyyyy
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Food is consistently great. The service provider by Sam is the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Worth the visit
    Normtoo
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Enjoyed it and the food is delicious! We really like Josan as our waiter!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to try Indian food!
    Jackie
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Went there for my birthday dinner and loved everything. Wonderful service, excellent food and beautiful décor. Make sure you try the banana flambé for dessert! It is amazing! Great place to take someone trying Indian for the first time or for a gourmet Indian experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gone downhill. Not worth the visit!
    JazzyVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Waitress was a little unprofessional. She took a long time to bring our food. We ordered vegetable samosa for appetizer. After waiting a long time, she came out with them but gave them to another table. Those customers were confused... Took them 10 min to flag her down to tell her they didn't order them. She picked them up and did a circle around dining room and dropped them off at our table and said "Enjoy!" Unacceptable! You don't give your food to someone else and them bring it to you after they touched it?! We even told her we saw what she did and she just giggled. Meal went downhill after that. We won't be returning.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So-so
    skynettev2
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    First time @ Mantra & was disappointed with the service. There was only 1 person taking the orders for the whole resto & that was on a busy Friday night. We waited long for our drinks & for our orders to be taken. 1 good thing about this place was the food. It was worth the wait...but then, I wouldn't go back there even if the food was great because of their slow/poor service. I would recommend it though just to try out their food...once! If you're planning to go & eat there, make sure you go on a slow day/hour & that you are not hungry or not that hungry bec of the long wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding service
    AJPer
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were a loud and boisterious group with more kids than adults and the staff was very patient with us even though the resturant was packed with diners. Excellent experience..first time visitors.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste bud party
    Yyyyyyyyyyyy
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Service by SAM perfect. Food is always excellent, can't wait to go again and try other items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Mantra
    foodie
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    It was a great buffet and did not feel the noise level was excessive. First time there and I will return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food and service
    Booya
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We have never been disappointed by the food and service at Mantra. Every dish is a delight to the senses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Indian fusion consistently awesome
    WendeenycVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I love Mantra for the food and the service. From the table side prepared chaat to the varies menu including everything from lamb to lobster, the flavors are outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GreekGodVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Sag paneer and chicken tika and chicken korma are some of the best we've had. Add in terrific cocktails likes wet pear martini or a cucumber mint martini, a sleek modern vibe and terrific service and you have a winner very time. Best Indian on Bergen County and rivals what we had in Manhattan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Indian Food
    GoodcookieVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We've been here before but are always thrilled by the level of excellence this restaurant possesses. The warmth of the wait staff is only exceeded by their delightfully professional service. The food is outrageously delicious. Their sea bass in a curry sauce was perfectly spiced and layered with flavor--not the yellow idea many have of curry. Their shrimp masala was creatively served in shot glasses with a taste of the spicy sauce in the glass. 5 huge shrimp for the portion. Basmati rice w/peas is the accompaniment to the entrees and was a great way to cool down the heat of the sauce. Their garlic naan bread is to die. We indulged in an interesting saffron crème brule An exceptional meal in a lovely restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 313 reviews are from the Mantra Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Always wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    As always the food and service is wonderful! We have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best of India!
    1njgalVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This elegant Indian establishment has the most wonderful food…great service and gorgeous ambiance. The jazz group entertaining in the lounge (Saturdays) was a definite plus! The music was a lovely backdrop to an already great dining experience. NY stye…this restaurant is sure to please! If this is you pleasure, try Mantra…you will love it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • will be going back
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Most of the time i go to Indian restaurants, the menus are very basic and ordinary. The menu here had a great selection of very interesting and creative dishes. There were 3 of us and we ordered 3 appetizers and 3 dinners to share family style. Everything was terrific. The presentation and food quality was outstanding. We had a sea bass appetizer which was simply delicious. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and will be going back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Indian restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    One of the best Indian restaurants in NJ, great lunch buffet!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not great!
    ShudainVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    The food here is good but not great. I find their food to be a little westernized but overall it's a pretty decent place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mantra: Excellent Indian Cuisine
    sueb
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We've dined at Mantra numerous times. The food and service are consistently excellent; the ambience relaxing and condusive to conversation.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Curry Without Bollywood
    Justbop
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Mantra is the real deal. Wonderful spices, gracious service and a very happy bar. Go for it!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had been there for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We had been there for lunch before, but this was our first time for dinner. Our server was quite helpful with the menu and made great suggestions to guide us through the dining experience. Terrific
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overly solicitous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Mantra is a go-to restaurant for great food, but this time...our wait staff was overly solicitous. Our waiter tried several times to 'recommend' the most expensive items on the menu four or five times.
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  • Great Food
    BloomfieldFoodieVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    I like Mantra a lot as the food here is a great variation of traditional India
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Good Food !
    AndrewVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Great Food, Nice Atmosphere ~ Your Hostess was Overwhelmed. Poor girl was trying to check coats, answer phones, greet people at the door - she became so confused she forgot what she was telling people ~ they got annoyed an left! We watched customer after customer leave!!! even those with reservations...easily over 12 tables....and crazy thing was once the surge slowed and tables flipped in about 20 minutes... you had half the restaurant open!!! - If you had better communication between the Manager and the front end the floor manager could have told her only 15-20 min wait as opposed to the hour wait she started to tell people - I just don't want to see you turn people off....because once we were seated we had an excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    It is one of the best restaurants in the Bergen County for tasty and authentic Indian cusiine. The ambiance is elegant but yet not stuffy.. The restaurant has a trendy lounge that you can just go for drinks. I took my boyfriend who never ate Indian food before.. He absolutely loved the food and the restaurant.. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant with amazing food
    OriS
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Quiet, romantic atmosphere with delicious food and exceptional service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Evening
    BillyB
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Very friendly & welcoming staff. Food was well prepared and tasty. Nice wine selection. Consistently good, we've been there a few times over the past 2 years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mantra: A Tasty Treat
    sueb
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    I have never been disappointed in a meal at Mantra. The food is consistently delicious, the service attentive and friendly without being overbearing. if you enjoy Indian cuisine, Mantra is a tasty treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Noisy, marginal service and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    It was a Sat night and large party dominated most of the dining room. We were seated next to the screens that separated the few outside diners from the party-goers. Probably as a result of the party, the food service and quality was highly erratic. Those of us who wanted their food very mild got it too fiery, and for me, when I asked for extremely spicy, I got it bland (even after they sent the sauce back to the kitchen to fire it up.). Although our waiter was very nice the service we received was so-so. Coffee was cold and we had to repeatedly remind them of their promise to bring us hotter coffee Our entire dining experience was really compromised by the loud noise. They should not have booked such a party on a Saturday night.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty much the best Indian
    Bobbie
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    Pretty much the best Indian food I have had in a long time! Creative and tasty!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • $11.95 Indian Buffet - Great!
    beckyberry822VIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    I went to the restaurant mainly because I was craving some Nan and it came up on OpenTable.com! I checked the reviews and restaurant website and so that it was reasonable had meals that I ate, and reviews were great to excellent. I figured why not, let's try this. Well, we were in for a big surprise when we arrived and found out that it was BUFFET!!! $11.95 BUFFET!!! We were absolutely delighted when we saw all the offerings and items that we were actually going to get off the menu for $18.95 and more. It was amazing. The staff was courteous and friendly. They were attentive to our needs, requests and answered our questions in regards to the amount of spice with the food. Everything was amazing and great variety. I will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Indian not my favorite
    Patick
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    I normally don't eat Indian food and it's been a while since I'd been to such a restaurant so I'm not the best reviewer. The food and the service were good, that about it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small Portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Having been to many Indian Restaurants , this was the first time i was presented with such small portion sizes. Considering the pricing, the restaurant should seriously consider working on satisfying portion sizes.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet