Moti Mahal Restaurant -17th Ave
Moti Mahal Restaurant -17th Ave

Moti Mahal Restaurant -17th Ave

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.motimahal.ca/
  • Phone: 4032289990
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 1:30pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm; Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Indian
  • Executive Chef: Harjit Mann
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 17th Ave SW
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Moti Mahal Restaurant -17th Ave
Moti Mahal is a family run Indian Restaurant with an emphasis on quality ingredients. We use local, Alberta products whenever possible. Come for the authentic Indian food, stay for the cocktails and wine. VOTED BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT by FFWD Weekly 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. VOTED BEST INDIAN by Avenue Magazine.
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Moti Mahal Restaurant -17th Ave reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (14)fit for foodies (11)good for groups (8)special occasion (4)great for lunch (3)romantic (2)kid-friendly (2)notable wine list (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Great food and service!
    Mason
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is my first time dining at the 14th Street locations, but have been to the Midnapore location a few times. Always good food, and a nice variety plus dishes not found at every other Indian restaurant. Saturday night was busy and I recommend a reservation. Our table was ready when we walked in and the server Sharlene was attentive, smiling and friendly. Altogether a very enjoyable meal at a reasonable price!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Perfect food, service, price :) will be back...alot!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Okay
    WoodOvenGuyVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The food was just okay - not bad but not as good as I have had before. I would still come back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great local favourite.
    fivestarjunkie
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We have enjoyed the Moti Mahal since arriving in Calgary 4 years ago. Being from England (with long ties to India and a vibrant Indian heritage population) we initially struggled to find a good Indian restaurant in town. We were happy to find this place with good Indian food and an up-market twist. Would recommend to others - some great tastes on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 67 reviews are from the Moti Mahal Restaurant -17th Ave reviews archive.
  • Will return again soon!
    Keverrrrs
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We found that every bite was a 'Pause, Hmmmm, savor, then smile'! It was a while since we were here but we won't wait so long to come back! Each item ordered was even better then we expected. The waiter helped us with a few of his recommendations too. He did well! :-)
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    FoodL62
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We love the food ,ambience,service.Every time we come we like it more.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Simply excellent
    frees33VIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    This was my first time at Moti Mahal and it was fantastic. The waitress was very helpful in helping a rookie such as myself order and everything she recommended was delicious. I would highly recommend Moti Mahal to anyone, whether you've tried Indian food before or not. You certainly won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummy
    prettywoman
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    the food is superb!! we were recommended to try the chili fish....awesome!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Super busy
    eatsleeprepeatVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The restaurant was packed when we got there; had to wait about 15 minutes after our reservation time (maybe next time I won't show up early) before we were seated. Service was great and definitely made up for it. Food was overall tasty, just not memorable. Great vibe since there were a lot of people.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Moti Mahal Consistently Fine Food
    CindylouwhoVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Moti Mahal is a long time favourite of mine, both for take out and for eating in. Their lunch buffet is excellent, with a lot of variety and different flavours. Ordering a la carte in the evening provides a greater range of choices and consistently good food. This is a great place to go for moderately priced food of high quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    DKyycVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Amazing as always, the food is delicious, the service is prompt, and overall a great time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good neighborhood restaurant
    versaille
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Very very good Indian food. Service was also excellent! Will go again for sure!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had our kids in tow and
    dsouth20
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We had our kids in tow and they thoroughly enjoyed the delicious food here! We are so happy to now say that they have declared it the or favourite food and best restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely food, attentive but
    diner
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Lovely food, attentive but discrete service, and a nice intimate atmosphere. Altogether a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Six of us came here for my mom's birthday dinner. The service was really good and the food was excellent. It's a little pricier than some of the other Indian restaurants in the area but still quite reasonable and the food was really delicious. We ordered 2 appetizers (including a sampler plate), 5 main dishes, 1 order of rice and 3 orders of naan. It was the perfect amount for 6 of us. It cost around $25 each including tax and tip (excluding alcohol). It was a little loud so a bit difficult to hear each other at far ends of the table but not so bad that we couldn't talk. Service was fast and friendly. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining overall
    Iluvfood
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    I have to say that this restaurant was fabulous, excellent service without being over the top. The food was to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic as always
    DavidC74
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Moti Mahal is one of my favourite restaurants, with great Indian food and fantastic service. We had lots of questions about the food and the Server answered them all and provided suggestions too. It was another great dining experience, you should go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is consistently great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Food is consistently great. Service is attentive without being over the top
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Indian food
    Mopig
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Good food, amazing service and a nice price makes this restaurant a favourite.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    luvfood
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    The food is always amazing. The more people the better so you can try more things :-) Everything is delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Shazam
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Consistently good - with good service for a fairly busy spot. Best East Indian in Calgary.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Romantic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    We ate there this last Saturday night and enjoyed it immensely. The food was amazing. The service was top notch and the ambiance was perfect for our romantic date. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    Really enjoyed my dining experience last week. The food was really amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Moti Mahal does it again
    RHC1
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    Moti Mahal is an excellent Indian restaurant with dishes that have well balanced flavours nicely spiced. Each of the range of dishes on the menu are delicious. The restaurant can easily cope with dietary allergies such as gluten and dairy free requirements. A local gem just off 17th Ave SW and 14th St SW.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    I haven't had an off night at Moti mahal in 14 years
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing that both
    LinzVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Very disappointing that both Cobra and Beck's (non-alcoholic) were on the menu and neither were available. A curry requires a Cobra!!!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Heat over Flavour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    There seems to be a trend here to over spice the food and in doing so creating heat, but then some of the delicate flavours used in Indian food are lost. This was once my favourite in Calgary but this trend has been very disappointing and it is not a regular spot for us any more.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Indian Cuisine
    kertehdon
    Dined on 9/4/2013
    This has become our favorite Indian restaurant whenever the must have curry moment occurs. Great menu selections, very good service and a great time for a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There's a reason they are #1
    BrenEdVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    Our first foray into Indian cuisine and what an introduction! Our friends ordered several dishes for us to sample and all were amazing! We will definitely go back on our own soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Indian Food I've Ever Had!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/12/2013
    My wife and I thought we would try this place for the first time and it was the most authentic tasting Indian food we had ever tried! Great atmosphere and kind service make this a place I'd go back to in a minute! I also look forward to trying their lunch buffet!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good quality curry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    with dependable service and nice ambience. Definitely will go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and good service
    BillJ
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    Great food and good service but the wine list really needs some work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as previous visits
    handbaglady
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    Food was very good, but many years ago Moti Mahal was the first time I'd experienced Indian food, and it blew me away on that first visit. Since then, we've tried many other restaurants around the province, and as a result I was a bit disappointed with our return visit here. Everything was just a bit bland for my tastes, and the butter chicken just didn't have the pop I remembered. Good meal, but not great.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Meal
    CalgaryDiner
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    We are frquent diners at Moti Mahal, this evening we made a late reservation on open table that didn't get converyed to the restautant. they were still able to acoomodate us and sat us almost immediately. We had an excellent mael, with my favourite being the Moti Special plate. The food is very tasty and never fails to deliver. We will continue to be frequent diners as Moti Mohal is so consistent and always very high quality.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food & Great Service
    tom050VIP
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    The last minute reservation did not dissapoint. The food was quick and very delicious. The server was very knowledgable and provided excellent guidance on the menu selections. Wine selections were also great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Indian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    As a lover of the Indian cuisine, I always enjoy the quality of food at moti mahal that surpasses the quality of its chain-competitors. I love the little accents off pride they put into the dining experience such as their diningware.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tiny portions and mediocre,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Tiny portions and mediocre, surprisingly expensive food. Below average for Calgary indian food.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a charm!
    Glutenfreefoodie
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    As always the food and service were great! They were able to easily accommodate our gluten free needs and provide very tasty food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Indian Restaurant, good
    BillJ
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Great Indian Restaurant, good food, but the win list could use some help.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food, Good Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    First time out to Moti Mahal with another couple who have it as a top choice. Very enjoyable. Great food and service. I can see why it is their favourite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate