Love this place, been going
Love this place, been going here for years. The service is unmatched and they always help you pick something new. Last time I went they had a traditional live band going at it in the corner. Just keeps getting better.
2/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Well done--service was spotty,
Well done--service was spotty, but certainly not bad on a very busy night. Food was wonderful, very nice music in the background performed live.
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious Indian cuisine
Goat biryani was outstanding - so flavorful. Saag paneer was very creamy. Butter chicken was good, but not the star of the show. Nice staff, although not super fast. Such a wonderful find in Fairfax! Reminds me of Connaught Place in Fairfax, which is not long gone.
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always a great dining experience!
This place continues to impress me every time I visit. Menu grows. The management reads and acts on their comment cards. Food is exceptionally detailed and rich in flavor/character. Fun factor is increased with live authentic music for weekend dinners. Curry Mantra satisfies where other Indian places fall short.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
excellent and prompt service
excellent and prompt service since had a performance to catch.
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
We have been here a few times,
We have been here a few times, always trying different food. Since the remodel last year, the restaurant is very beautiful. The wait staff is always attentive and helpful with suggestions. The food comes out hot and is always very tasty. We continue to enjoy this place
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
We received a warm greeting
We received a warm greeting when we arrived & the service could not have been better. My husband & I really enjoyed our food. He had a vegetarian dish & I had a chicken kabob dish. The layered naan was very very good.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Delicious food and a delightful
Delicious food and a delightful understated Indian musical performance add the perfect touch to the dining experience.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Dinner at Curry Mantra was
Dinner at Curry Mantra was very good. The food we ordered was delicious, and the service was terrific. We will be back.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Curry Mantra continues to
Curry Mantra continues to set the standard for Indian Cuisine in Northern Virginia. It's a great restaurant.
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were not interested in
We were not interested in the buffet when we first arrived, but decided to give it a try. What a good buffet! There are many Indian restaurants that have buffet and some items are similar, but what sets Curry Mantra apart is its use of spices. Goat Curry with multiple levels of depth was full of meat without having to go through the whole container to get some! The other dishes were the same, multiple levels of depth and spiceness. Most restaurants in general don't use spices and certianly don't want to use hot spices, but Curry Mantra is not one of them. We will go back and eat items from the menu and will certainly be trying for some HOT and spicy dishes.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, super-friendly staff; live Indian music on Fri/Sat nights. Highly recommend this place. This was our second visit there, and it won't be our last!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was well-prepared. Just
Food was well-prepared. Just the right amount of spice in everything. Service was excellent and the price was right. All in all a great restaurant in our neighborhood!
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had dinner with friends &
Had dinner with friends & enjoyed the experience. The zitar music added to our experience. I had the chicken tikka masala which was delicious. Only 1 item that could use a little improvement was our waitress had trouble describing some of the menu items.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
All I can say is dont judge a book by its cover. This place was amazing! I will be returning!
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was our first time at Curry
It was our first time at Curry Mantra. We went based on Yelp reviews. Overall, we enjoyed it. But, my fish was very overcooked, and dry and burned in part of it. Also, it would be helpful if the menu was better at indicating what foods are spicy and what food are mild. The appetizer was too spicy for my husband. Other than that, the service was excellent -- prompt efficient & pleasant. The other food was very good.
4/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beautiful live music
They now have live Indian music on Fridays and Saturdays. It was wonderful for setting the ambiance. The food is amazing - must try the samosas and chicken tikka masala.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
lovely evening with friends
everyone enjoyed their entries, service nicely paced, we sat and chatted for almost 3 hours, entries quantities large, some of us went home with doggie bags.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
normally Indian buffets are not that good, but the food here was delicious. Best buffet I've had. Food was spicy, so kids had a bit of trouble initially but mango lassi solved that problem. note: put service as a 3 but it was really irrelevant since it was a buffet
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
the place to go that is close
very good food and service, passes by many times never went in, you must try this place, it is over the top
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Indian food that tastes Indian
My wife and I very much enjoyed our meal of tandoori-stuffed peppers for appetizer, Lamb in a pistachio cream gravy, spinach paneer and curried chick peas. Did not finish the food! I can't stay away from the spinach. They serve a nice Reisling the wines by the glass pair well. They had a combo playing which very much added to the atmosphere.
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We brought our daughter here
We brought our daughter here for her birthday & it was just lovely. The waiters & waitresses were attentive & the food was delicious. We all loved our entrees. I'd never tasted goat & asked the waiter if he could bring me a piece. He brought a small bowl-enough for the 4 of us to share. It was very tasty-will def order it next time we're here. I had requested a birthday cake when making the reservation, but was out of town with no phone reception. Since they weren't able to contact us they created a cake out of Indian dessert items. It was very creative & tasty--again, enough for us to share. The waitress sang happy birthday with us. The whole evening was just so delighttful, I'd highly recommend Curry Mantra. We will definitely return.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food, Fun, Music, and Local
Curry Mantra is one of our favorites. The curry, nan, and Kingfisher beer are excellent! We especially like the live music; sitar!
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food and ambiance
We went to Curry Mantra in Fairfax for my wife's birthday. What a great choice. We both loved the food, and it was great talking to the owner about how they are expanding...a great sign for a small, niche restaurant.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this resteraunt! We are repeat customers. The food is great as is the service. The live music on the weekends is an especially nice touch. What's even better about this restaurant is that they are always adding different dishes to the menu. They also have vegan and vegetarian dishes. Try it, you wont be disappointed!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent, as usual
Curry Mantra is a favorite in our family and we suggested it for a dinner with friends this past Saturday evening. The hostess greeted us warmly and checked on us throughout the evening and the waitstaff was helpful and attentive, even making wonderful suggestions from the new dishes on the menu. As well, we had a child and an infant with us and both were fascinated with the live musician during the meal. Oh, and the food was fantastic, too. The new street food appetizer was a hit, as were the classic curries and the desserts.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Menu expansions worth exploring
Still my absolute favorite in this area for superb Indian food prepared with adventure and attention to detail. Expanded menu now offers "regional dishes" for those wanting a culinary tour of the cuisine. New menu also has raised prices a little (since everything costs more - or since this restaurant has so many accolades since it opened).Until some place pops up with the same quality and value for my dining experience, Curry Mantra remains my go-to champion.
7/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Dependably good food
We have dined here many times and never been disappointed. The food is really delicious.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Took a woman to Curry Mantra who did live in India for a few years growing up.
She was very impressed by the service, atmosphere, and the quality of the food.
It was her birthday, and they brought out a special chilled rice/cashew pudding.
Goat Vindaloo was amazing, the Naan was great, and the Tikka Chicken even had the skewer holes from the Tandoor. (the real deal) we'll definately be going back.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a good dinner. My husband
Had a good dinner. My husband & I had 2 of the vegetarian entrees plus an order of the garlic naan. All were very good. My husband's dish came with many small bowls of different dishes & a piece of a type of bread. He didn't know what was the right way to eat it. It would have helped to receive some directions from the wait staff. He tried each separately & then just decided to mix them together saying it was very delicious that way. We've always had good food at Curry Mantra.
8/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Curry Mantra consistently serves delicious Indian dishes that are fresh and tasty. It is one of our favorites. But on our last visit, the flute player was sort of loud and it was hard to have a conversation. Maybe take the flute off the amplifier?
9/5/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wife and I had a great date
I love going on Friday and Saturday nights when they have live music. I feel that they have a special touch with veggie dishes
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a Pleasure
The food and service at Curry Mantra are always excellent. When we dined this time there was live music, which added to the experience. Portions are overly generous and parking is a breeze.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was first rate. Hostess
Food was first rate. Hostess was charming, as was the server. Service in general was fine. The menu is extensive and they are very flexible in trying to provide the level of heat you want. This is a very good place - we have been three times and will continue to go.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always great food and service
This is our go to Indian restaurant in NOVA. The nice Indian music on Satuday nights is a plus (quiet, wind instruments, light drums, etc...). The hostest is always polite and quick to offer good service. The food is awesome. Highly recommend thier ice cream to end the meal.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
been to the best in DC...
Curry Mantra is as good as any! We have been going to this restaurant since it opened. We are also DC Foodies so we also have visited the best Indian restaurants there. We always come back to Curry Mantra. The food is authentic and just plain awesome. The lunch buffets, especially on the weekends, are delicious with plenty of both vegetarian and meat options. The tandoori chicken is very tender and without the red dye that you often see at other restaurants. I love their goat curry, the goat biryani, the paneer saag, and well just everything! The naan is freshly made and brought to your table nice and hot. This restaurant will satisfy the savvy as well as the those new to Indian cuisine. There is something for everyone.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my second time at this restaurant and I was very happy with the food and service again. There is great variety to the menu, and the six other people who joined me for dinner thoroughly enjoyed their dishes as well.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I am a huge fan of butter
I am a huge fan of butter chicken and Curry Mantra has the best butter chicken, hands down!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Six of us celebrated a birthday dinner: 3 vegetarians and 3 meat eaters. We ordered 2 different appetizers and were sent two from the manager, which provided a delicious sampling. My husband, who had been reluctant about eating Indian food, said he got the best wings he'd ever eaten! Plus, he said his lamb was delicious. The saag paneer was flavorful with just the right amount spice. I can't remember the names of all six dishes we ordered but no one was disappointed with our meals or service, and most of us had enough leftover for a weekday lunch, too.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Curry Mantra 1 consistently delivers great food and service. We have been dining here since it opened and have always been delighted with our experience. If you like tandoori Salmon look no further. The desserts are wonderful too!
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Favorite place for Indian Food
Curry Mantra 1 has earned top billing in our Indian food quest. Always delightfully detailed meals. Kali Murch Chicken is my favorite ( and not found elsewhere). Saagwalla is rich and fresh. Crispy naan. We were told this evening that the menu is different at each of the three Curry Mantra locations - thus far we are completely satisfied at Number 1.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best curry I've eaten in a long time...probably since I visited India 10 years ago. We had the Vindalloo and the Butter Chicken curries. Both outstanding. The naan bread was very good as well. We are already planning a return trip...this time with some friends.
Thanks for the military discount!
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love curry mantra!
I dream about their tandoori chicken. I think I could eat it every day. Nice decor, attentive service. Manager spent time explaining a couple menu items. Don't let the humble location fool you! This is a great restaurant. My husband had a curry fish that was delicious too. I even like their unusual ice tea.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM