If you read some of the negative
If you read some of the negative reviews about service, you can sweep that care aside now. Visiting Mantra for the first time, I found that they've really spent a lot of energy improving the service side of the business. The manager of the house goes out of his way to make sure you have a good experience from beginning to end.
The restaurant is elegantly, but simply decorated. Complimentary papadum with 3 sauces are a nice start to a meal. Our waitress was very attentive, never letting glasses of water go lower than 1/2 filled. She was also helpful in guiding us through spice levels and splitting a check. Only miscue was some really small pours of wines - barely a 1/4 of a glass. The food was delicious, perfectly spiced and filling.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Everything was delicious and
Everything was delicious and the service was excellent. We can't wait to visit again!
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great place for a birthday dinner
Best Indian food I've had in North Carolina. The wait staff is friendly and superb. Great place for a birthday dinner.
3/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
The Mantra : Great dining!
I have been waiting to try The Mantra since I heard about it. I finally got to take my family for dinner and we were not disappointed. Service was excellent, as was the choice of dishes. Everyone enjoyed the appetizers and main courses and the chef was gracious enough to visit our table and inquire how we liked the food. Later on, her presented us with a free dessert selection - which was delicious. I loved the place and had a great time.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Short review: - Great food -
- Great food
- Very courteous, knowledgeable, and helpful staff
- Reasonable prices
- Not crowded
- Nice seating inside and out
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
we just loved it. Spicy so
we just loved it. Spicy so if this is not your taste, so you probably would need them to tone that down, but it was how I like it
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Working our way around the
Working our way around the menu and so far we have not been disappointed. This is the best Indian restaurant that I have found in Raleigh thus far. The food and service is always outstanding.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
We enjoyed our typical wonderful
We enjoyed our typical wonderful experience. Mantra has become our "go to" for an excellent Indian meal. Service has improved from average to very good over the past few weeks. We commend the restaurant for its extremely reasonable corkage. We have Mantra as one of our "recommends" for dining out in Raleigh to friends and neighbors.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing Indian food with a twist!
We tend to go to the same handful of restaurants downtown and were looking for something different Friday night. Mantra went far beyond our expectations. From Carl at the front door making our 7 year-old daughter feel absolutely special from the minute she walked in, to our waitress helping with drink recommendations. The food was amazing! the ambiance was definitely urban cool. We will be back many times in the futre and will recommend it to our friends!
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
I enjoyed the food and that you could customize the spice of it. I have been to Indian restaurants that they say they can make it mild but it never really is mild. I also liked that the tables where in their own little nook and it seemed like you were the only person in there.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Consistently great Indian
Consistently great Indian fare, amongst the best in the US, and accommodating staff.
Madras and Vindaloo highly recommended for the spice fiend.
A go-to restaurant when visiting Raleigh.
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious food, friendly service
Delicious food, friendly service at the bar, great jazz/blues entertainment! A really fun evening!
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
I always hit the Jackpot here!
There is nothing i could say negative about this awesome atmosphere! The service was incredible. Gretchen handled everything from the bar to the satisfaction of the guest i brought with me. The wait staff was impeccable and timely. No one behaved as if my friends and I were becoming a burden and there were many of us which I always anticipate to be a little unnerving for the wait staff but Mantra staff handled the guest with class and friendliness. The Chef came out to speak with us on several occasions and it just seemed as if we were among family! I will always suggest Mantra to my friends. It is my favorite Indian dining experience in the Raleigh area. The Tandoori Chicken was incredibly tender! The Chiken Tikka was deelish as always!!
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
I like the Mediterainian and
I like the Mediterainian and Indian flavor pallets and this place certainly knows how to apply them. I usually find chicken to be dry in those preparations but this was moist and flavorful only adding to the succulent tastes of the dishes. Also, being able to dictate the 'burn level' of the spices is a great touch.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a winner. If you like
Always a winner. If you like Indian food don't miss Mantra!
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Indian food; a lot of
Great Indian food; a lot of variety; good portions with nice price point. Very helpful wait staff
4/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Off the beaten path
Wouldn't have expected this great restaurant in the area where it's situated. Food was delicious, service was excellent. We had a party of 7 plus a toddler and they accommodated us very well.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Coleys Mothers Day 2013
First time trying this place and it was awesome. We decided to sit outside and wow it was a perfect match. The food was amazing and the staff was very energetic. The glass were kept full and every question asked was answered to my content. I suggest everyone that wants a break away from the norm and desires so delicious food with A+ service try Mantra.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved it !!!
After reading some of the reviews, I wasn't sure about giving this place a try. I'm glad I did. If service for most has been hit and miss, then we certainly came on a "hit" night. Ariel (sp) was a perfect assistant. She was spot on with everything from our food and drink selection to making sure we had everything in a timely fashion. We had the meat sampler as an appetizer. Excellent choice! Unique flavors to each. I had a spicy dish, my fiance went mild: perfectly prepared chicken dishes. The food is worth coming here, even if you aren't sure about the service. We will definitely return.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mantra is still the best Indian
Second time we've been. Food was very, very good. We had a mixed vegetable platter to start, followed by great curries with 3 different naan breads - we couldn't eat it all, although we tried hard :-)
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this restaurant, great
Love this restaurant, great Indian food and their weekend brunch is wonderfull!
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Brought someone new to my life to Mantra recently, the food and the ambiance made for a great first date experience. Staff knew their stuff and were able to point us "novices to Indian cuisine" to a few things that were safe bets.
6/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
I recommend the two appetizer
I recommend the two appetizer sampler plates. More than enough for dinner for two
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Try the lamb signature dishes!
The Mantra Lamb Shank Awadhi and Raan E Sikandri were absolutely delicious! In fact, all the food was very good including the nut-stuffed Naan and the Pistachio Kulfi. The only slight negative was that the service was a little slow at times, and they were out of two of the red wines that we wanted, though our second choices were very good pairings. We will be back!
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very accommodating of our big group
We brought a large group for lunch...lots of moms and children and the Mantra staff was super accommodating! They helped us with kid-friendly menu ideas and all the kids had a great time!
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
way exceeded expectations
The best Indian food we have had in years! We had lamb, cauliflower dish, samosas and lassi. Spiced perfectly and cooked to perfection. You can tell that mgt really cares and takes pride in their product. Thank you for a great evening!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service was good. We sat outside which was a little hot and sticky, they should have turned on ceiling fans to accommodate guest outside.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the food...
Varied and extensive menu. Food was excellent - authentic, generous portions. Prices are extremely reasonable. Casual, unhurried atmosphere. Will visit often.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had a wonderful experience
I had a wonderful experience on my birthday!! It was my first time for my friends and they wanted to come back again! Food and the service were excellent!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Indian food with a variety
Great Indian food with a variety of offerings; wait staff helpful in explaining dishes to the uninitiated....very accommodating in the "hotness" scale depending on your degree of adventurousness.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved their lunch sampler!
Great value ... great food. Not too spicy, but very delicious and terrific variety.
9/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great place to get Indian food. Employees were friendly and attentive. Went late night so unsure of standard ambiance or noise level
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
food is worth a visit
...but the service was slow & could be tightened up a bit. Our server was pleasant but seemed to be the only one in the restaurant and knew little about the dishes. That said, the food was delicious and we will return to try some other dishes!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Enjoyed our first time visit. Food was great for the three of us. Would go back again.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Indian food in Raleigh!!!
I started to eat Indian food several years ago when a friend insisted that I would love Chicken tikka masala even though I was a picky eater and I do not like spicy hot foods. Well, I ended up eating at least 5 different menu items that she and other friends ordered at Mantra one night and I couldn't believe how DELICIOUS the food was!! Now I am hooked! I would not know how to cook with Infian spices, but I want to learn now!! I realized that the spices are FLAVORFUL and they can be ordered mild to hot in "spiciness"- just tell the waiter your preference. The homemade naan is a wonderful pairing with any dish and it, too, comes in different flavors (garlic, plain, etc). We will return!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Highly recommend Mantra if you appreciate Indian cuisine. Great food, very attentive service, nice atmosphere. We will be regulars!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Indian food
A really nice find in downtown Raleigh. Casual atmosphere, attententive service, and great food. Reasonably priced. LImited wine / beer list, but fine for this restaurant.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I go to Mantra as much as we can. The food is the best Indian food in the Triangle. They now have a lunch and weekend brunch buffet for $12. The Best Indian buffet you will see and I have tried many. More people need to go to Mantra. The service is spotty, but with food that good I do not need a waiter at all.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Indian restaurant in downtown
THis is becoming one of our favorites. Great food, attentive service, good value. Wine list is a bit sparse but OK. Decor is a bit hit and miss, but charming in its own way.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Indian food in downtown!
The food here is amazing, it's extremely fresh and delicious. The restaurant has a great atmosphere, it's upscale laid back. The food is consistently really good, we love coming here.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM