The Indian Garden - Chicago

The Indian Garden - Chicago

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://indiangardenchicago.com/
  • Phone: 3122804910
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:45pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:15pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Chef K. C. Padam
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Smoking Area (bar only), Takeout
  • Catering: The Indian Garden caters for 35 to 100 people and are affiliated with most major Banquet Halls & Hotels in the downtown area. Indian Garden specializes in weddings, baby showers, birthdays, sweet sixteens and anniversaries. Everything is custom designed to the needs of the event; special dishes off the regular catering menu can also be requested.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Indian Garden offers a huge space for private parties. These parties are usually held by reputed corporate clients. Custom made menus with top of the line service is their specialty.
  • Private Party Contact: Maria Benadine 3122804910

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fairbanks& Ontario
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We have excellent valet service during dinner. The valet parking is $10.00. We have meter parking during lunch hours.
A word from The Indian Garden - Chicago
DISCOVER CULINARY NIRVANA and great variety of Indian culture as experienced through her many regional cuisines-from Bombay and Delhi to Goa. The essence of Indian Cuisine lies in the variety of spices available and the aromas generated by their use. A visit to Indian Garden is a culinary voyage of discovery to the exotic tastes and textures of India and the warmth and hospitality of her people.
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The Indian Garden - Chicago reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
69% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (9)neighborhood gem (6)romantic (5)special occasion (5)good for groups (4)great for lunch (4)scenic view (2)hot spot (1)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Not spectacular, but good enough.
    rrr2605
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Good balance between cost and benefits. The best is the mango thing (I don't recall its name now). They have a Coppola wine which is uta best, so you Will probably slip the wine list. If you are new in the Indian food, I'd recommend you share a couple dishes and try spicy and non-spicy food.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Modern, expensive, bad service
    Guest
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I thought the restuarant decor and layout was modern and had the high-class feel to it, also had the high prices that goes with the high-end dine-out places, but at the end the food and service is what its all about and Indian Garden is not to be praised for their food and service, especislly for vegetarian selections. The head Indian server (old bald man) was so arrogant and not wanting to hear the customer's ask but wanted to push his way. Overall service was bad and made it an unenjoyable experience. Also the resturant is hard to find, and calling them will not make it any easier as they were not very helpful. I would say thumps down for this place - too bad since it did have a good enviornment.
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  • Excellent lunch buffet
    Chicagoguy55
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    While pricier than most, the buffet here is excellent and worth the premium. I highly recommend it.
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    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Indian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We'll prepared Indian cuisine, excellent service and good ambiance.
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    fit for foodies, scenic view
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  • BrianVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Not impressed with the food or service. Stairs were not much fun either.
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  • Great Indian food
    Phillydiva
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Hidden upstairs on Ontario but worth looking for. A great experience. Indian decor adds to the atmosphere and the food was authentic and delicious. Highly recommend this restaurant. Good for groups with large portions to share many dishes.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice authentic indian restaurant
    Happy
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I brought 5 vegetarian clients from India here and they all really enjoyed the food. One of the managers happened to also be from the same state as two of my guests so that was nice as well. I thought the good was great as well. This is not a lively place to bring a date but certainly a place to come with a group to catch up. It's not your typical downtown scene and you will for sure have native people serving you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Disappointing
    DoctorBill
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The service was quite poor. They got our order wrong and gave us chicken tikka masala instead of the lamb dish we requested. The dish they claimed was chicken korma looked and tasted nothing like the chicken korma we've had a dozens of other excellent Indian restaurants in Chicago, New York, and Atlanta. It was full of tiny little bones, which they claimed is the "way we serve chicken korma" though I've never had a chicken curry with bones in it at any other Indian restaurant. And the "curry" tasted like brown gravy from a bottle. The lamb samosas were dry and tasteless. After we spoke with the waiter about the error and the disappointment with the food, he just shrugged his shoulders and walked away.
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  • FuzzyWuzzyVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Wait staff needed to be more efficient and pay attention to the clientele. We waited 10 min before someone came to take our drink order and that was only after we asked.
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  • fantastic service above all
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    The waiter was exceptional and this is not the first time I have had this experience. The food and ambiance are great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 297 reviews are from the The Indian Garden - Chicago reviews archive.
  • Nothing great
    Idliboy
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    The food was ok- nothing fantastic. The spice level was not that great everng though we asked for heat. No chapatis?? only nan. Overll the food wak ok if you are in a pinch. Nice ambience, decent service. Would not go back unless I am desperat.
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  • Good food- pricey
    Delish
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Had reservation, but still waited a few minutes. Host is a nice guy. Had good knowledge of menu options. We had to stop a waiter to help us as were couldnot wait any longer for someone to arrive to take our order. Prices high but food good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    cbl4
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The food and staff were amazing, I will be going back for sure!
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    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites
    SecondTimer
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Consistently good food and reasonable prices. Easily my favorite Indian restaurant.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and super service!
    Thanks
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    My husband and I were in Chicago over the weekend and had a fun and relaxing dinner at the Indian Garden. The food was excellent, but what really "made it" was that kind and personable service by our Romanian waiter (arrived from the Timisoara area 8 months ago). He was very knowledgeable and helped guide us through the menu choices and made our meal fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    The food and service were incredible. I had the chicken marsala dish. It wad enough food. Very tasty. I will be back for more when I am in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Good Value
    Twigster
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    This is a good alternative to all the pricy Steak Houses in the neighborhood. If you want a reasonably priced tasty Indian meal in a venue with a pleasant Asian decor, this is a good one.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Indian!
    strawberrypie
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The decor in this neighborhood gem is spot on. With lush fabric and melodic fountains, you're instantly transported to another land. The food was delicious and plentiful, the service friendly and prompt. My husband and I were delighted that they serve kashmiri naan, which is one of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    DaveS
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    We really like this restaurant. In this age of high noise levels, the restaurant is quiet and you can have a nice dinner and talk. The food is outstanding as always. We will be back time and time again.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    We loved our time with Marios...he was fun, highly versed regarding the menu and made us feel very special. We'll be back, thanks to him!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentine's Day Miss
    StValentinesDay
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Wasn't my first choice but after 1st choice went Out of Business and 2nd choice did a blanket cancellation of all reservations I went with Indian Garden. Thanks La Grand Vie and Bandera.... Even with reservations we needed to wait about 25 minutes and then the valet couldn't find multiple patron's cars. He actually drove up with random vehicles and asked "Is this your car?" We waited another 25-30 minutes in the restaurants cold hallway until our car arrived.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great place for the Indian food
    Shrua
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    A great place for the Indian food lovers. The variety of dishes is very impressive, even at the lunch buffet and by far more so in the extensive menu. The cousin is reasonably authentic according to our many Indian friends. The staff is friendly and efficient. We had to wait 10-15 min even though we had reservations and one of us had a flight to catch, but then everything was very efficient and fast. No mater whether there are only two of you, or 20, it is a great place for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Place decoration and ambiance
    Pablo
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Place decoration and ambiance was very good. Food and service on the other hand was average.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • most of the food here were
    llll
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    most of the food here were so so salty!!!! the chicken and lamb and curry...... seriously i wasnt satisfied... pls cook all the food mildly...... too salty ..........
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  • Great indian foof and ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Is a great Indian restaurant, the decoration includes lots of Indian statues and things. Food great. They have Indian wines I wasn't aware there were any
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rasmalai and Kheer desserts
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Rasmalai and Kheer desserts are not authentic. I suggest avoiding them.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Indian food was well prepared
    Marti
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    The Indian food was well prepared and the ambiance was very comfortable. Attentive, but not pushy, service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Every Time!
    JASpitz
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    This is our family's favorite Indian Restaurant, and it never disappoints. They grind their own spices fresh every time, and it makes a huge difference in the aromatic flavours of their curries. They will adjust seasoning for folks who like it less heat. This second floor gem has a lovely ambience. We had a large party there once for 30 people, and they gave us the back of the restaurant and were very helpful in planning the menu and arranging the room so we could mingle before sitting down. We often come for dinner before a movie at River East 21.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than Zagat states
    Springfield
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    It was better than the 21 Zagat gives it, particularly since we had the buffet. Food was authentic, well made with attentive staff. Price was 15.99 which was reasonable. The decor was GREAT! and very typical of a place in India and in my opinion very tasteful. In my opinion if I were to rate it based on Zagat 23 for food, 25 for decor (not 15) and 23 for service. So Zagat needs to send their surveyors to other countries to get it too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Hadn't been to IG for awhile
    SartVIP
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    Hadn't been to IG for awhile and forgot how good it is. There's nothing terribly unusual about IG's food, but whatever they do, they do very well. We had cottage cheese pakoras for openers - light and subtle. We shared a great shrimp dish and the vegetarian thali. All perfectly cooked and delicious. Owners and waitstaff were attentive and friendly. Prices are fair (though I thought $21.95 for the thali was a little high). The decor is attractive and comforting. All in all, if you're in the neighborhood and want Indian, you can't go wrong here.
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    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Tasty but slow
    Sami
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    Indian Food is one of my favorite; reach spices and flavors. The only issue I had was with the very slow service. it took almost 20 minutes for a waiter to take our order.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok dining
    Lorna
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    We went here with a table of four and were served stale papadums, the food obviously sat in the kitchen a while before being served, it had dried out on top. The service was slow and we were stopped on the way out because the waiter realized he charged us for a cheaper beer than we were given, the difference was one dollar, ridiculous!
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  • Good food, but...
    BinrahVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    The service was slow and we were greeted almost as if they could have cared less that we came to eat there. Fortunately the food was excellent and therefore the evening was enjoyable. I just the host showed a little more enthusiasm about our presence.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Indian
    Jenoverate
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    I went based on Zagat's review and was SO pleased. I made reservations on line (super easy) and my 5 friends all LOVED this place and the excellent food. Chicken Tikka Marsala is a MUST. Lovely staff, very friendly. Pretty murals. Great job, IG!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy food rogan josh was
    pekhnq
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Yummy food rogan josh was awesome musr visit. Best in town
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Appetizing and Affordable
    raksr
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    I went to this restaurant for lunch on a first date and was surprised by how beautifully decorated it was. There surprisingly weren't very many people there despite the Sunday brunch buffet, but that just made for a quiet, overall enjoyable experience in the lovely environment. The service wasn't outstanding, but they weren't terrible either. We needed to figure out what items on the menu were vegan, which should have been simple enough, but we spent a few minutes awkwardly standing near the front desk while we waited to get someone's attention. That aside, the service was adequate. As an Indian I can say that the food was excellently prepared. I was shocked to see how inexpensive the meal was for two entrees with quality that great!
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overall, good food. Tandoori
    Prashant
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    overall, good food. Tandoori dishes were overcooked (Dry). Gajar halwa too mushy, and fine and would not reccommend. Vegetable dishes were good.
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  • Awsome place for dinner GREAT food!
    Petty4some
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Group of 4 and we all ordered differnt dishes - shared them all and they were all so flavorful and authentic. This was my 2nd time at this restaurant and both experiences were great. Will go back again!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A vast improvement!
    SuburbaniteVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    The food has always been good here (try the saffron tandoori chicken, the lamb chops, the lentils, the spinach), and now the place has undergone a lovely refurbishing. The entryway which was once dark is now bright and light. The interior decorating is much improved and the setting is now quite lovely and it compliments the food.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Food quality very poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2013
    On our recent visit to this restaurant, that we have always enjoyed during our previous visits, we were severely disappointed with the food. It was so hot (chili-hot) that we couldn't taste anything. We left dissatisfied with a case of the sniffles. Most people in our lunch party ate the Indian bread -- naan, which was the only item we could eat without losing our sense of taste to taste-bud-numbing, chili powder-laced food. Very disappointed indeed. We will neither be returning here for a while nor recommending it to anyone.
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