About Akbar Restaurant - Garden City

Akbar, with genuine Indian character and charm, is aptly named after the Grand Mogul Emperor famous for splendor of his hospitality, fabulous feasts and elegance of living. As the first Indian Restaurant in Long Island, Akbar has lived up to its name, providing unparalleled services to its guests for years. Inspired by the diverse tastes and flavors from India, each chef at Akbar not only brings years of culinary expertise to each dish, but also has his own specialty, creating a unique balance in each menu item. An elegant setting with dramatic high ceilings, plush carpeting, Indian carvings, and the romantic glow of candle light add to the memorable and unique dining experience.

2 South Street
Garden City, NY 11530
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Indian, Asian, Contemporary Indian

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Sun 12 pm - 3 pm
Mon-Thu 5:30 pm - 10 pm
Fri-Sat 5:30 pm - 11 pm
Sun 5 pm - 10 pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(516) 357-8300

Website:
http://www.theakbar.com/

Catering:
As one of the premier caterers in the tri-state area, Akbar Restaurant has managed numerous social and corporate, both on and off premises, events over the past 35 years. Our success can be most attributed to our dedication to producing the highest quality food and putting our clients’ needs first. We have received numerous accolades and recognition not only within the Indian community, but also within the broader tri-state area. We proudly cater at the Hilton, Marriott, the Mandarin Oriental, Gotham Hall, and the Crest Hollow Country Club.

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Akbar Restaurant - Garden City Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

service

4.0

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4.0

value

3.9

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Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

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Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Authentic (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fun (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Dated place. Have had much better indian food in other locations of long island. kind of a waste of a valentines day.

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 (Miami)·Dined 5 days ago

Friendly staff, delicious food and wonderful service

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Its 3rd time visiting here with friends and family. Waiters are always in rush even cant take order properly. Never come to ask for any other order always have to look for someone.
The atmosphere is so good and comfortable. Not a lots of choice for food but food test is perfect. Will recommended to friends.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Great service and good company.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Everyone from waiter to Manager and Owner are friendly and attentive. Food and service are the best in town.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Amazing and authentic Indian food! Great service!!!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Visited during restaurant week. They feed you like a king. Small plates but big portions. Cozy place. Will return.

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We were a party of 10. Would of appreciated the heads up that they auto service charge on larger parties. I was able to reverse the second larger tip on the tip.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Disappointed. Restaurant seemed more interested in proving buffet than restaurant week menu. Menu very limited and a poor choice that did not highlight the cuisine well. The food presented was "boring", which is not what I would normally call Indian cuisine. Service was slow, food: eh!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We were very much looking forward to an enjoyable dinner at Akbar especially since we hadn’t been there for quite some time. There was a private party going on while we were there and that may’ve been the reason why our dinner wasn’t so terrific.
We were given a lovely table and enjoyed the ambiance very much but unfortunately we couldn’t say the same about the meal.
The chicken tikka Masala was horrible- and the small scoop of tasteless rice and salad dished out on this circular metal serving piece was not appealing. The onion kulcha was ok and the tandoori chicken was just ok. The waiter never came over to ask how everything was. The best part was the mango lassi. Sorry but not impressed and won’t be going back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Delightful experience, as always. Good way to recap the year. Never disappoints...food, service and value.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great. Food and service were excellent

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

we had a lovely, delicious dinner at Akbar. We will definitely return

Tags: Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

My wife and I dine at Akbar Restaurant as often as possible. We have never been disappointed with the food, service or prices. We highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes Indian cuisine.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 4, 2017

A waste of time and money. This place hardly matches what you can get any Indian restaurant on LI for the price.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Super food. The crispy cauliflower appettiser was heavenly. Very nice atmosphere/decor. Staff were attentive but not intusive. Don't listen to the negative reviews. This place is great.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Excellent service. Friendly and helpful staff. Amazing food.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Food was excellent, but slightly pricey. Overall, good experience.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

I have never had Indian food before so my fiancé suggested we try the buffet at Akbar Restaurant so I can sample different items. It was amazing. The food is delicious and the staff wonderful. We had a great time and plan to go back often

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Always a great place for dinner. Excellent for vegetarians.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Authentic, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We have been here many times before for dinner and a celebration. This time, the smoke alarm went off, due to Tandori oven smoking & poor veneration in the kitchen. As the lights flashed , alarm blared, plus drums banging outside awaiting the groom , made dining less comfortable. Wait staff apologized for the smoke and noise, but should have compensated us in some way! Good food though!

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Delicious Indian food, good vegetarian options. Wait staff very nice. A bit pricey

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Excellent Ambience, gr8 food. I am very picky when it comes to indian food and I did have any complain. The lamb Chops are excellent!!!! Must ry for everyone. The Sag was amazing.

Tags: Healthy, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Great staff. Excellent Buffet. Family friendly atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Ive been going to Akbar for whats probably at least 10 years now and the food has been consistently delicious. We were there the other night for my son's birthday and because once again the food was incredible I decided to give them a review. Love this place and the staff. Most importantly they make a MEAN Long Island Ice Tea!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Casual, Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Our food was delicious! Waiter so nice and attentive! Best Indian food ever we would definitely go again ... next time we will bring the kids too. Family oriented or great for a date night . We loved the cauliflower dish, shrimp, and chicken . Way more than I expected! Thanks Akbar you have been there forever and we live a mile away and never visited we will be back it was a refreshing change of pace.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Great food, great service and great staff! Love coming here!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Outstanding Value
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2017

We had the buffet lunch on Sunday which offered a nice variety but the food was merely luke-warm which diminished its flavor. Also, the buffet is set up in the bar area without much attention to the overall appearance. A little ambiance goes a long way, even for buffets.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Spicy, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2016

No complains about the service but the food was a disaster. Never again!

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 22, 2016

Food was fabulous as ever

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Delicious food and excellent service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Intensely flavorful authentic Indian cuisine, well prepared in nice sized portions, at a reasonable price. The servers were knowledgeable, friendly. This was my first dining experience there--I'll be going back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2016

The food and the service was fantastic. We had the chicken tikka Marsala and lamb korma . Every time we come to NY we try to eat at Akbar. It is one of my favorite restaurants.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2016

Enjoyed dinner buffet. Nice selection of dishes. Everything was fresh and tasty.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2016

First time here for me and my husband and it was great. Food and ambiance was very good and great service with friendly attentive staff.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Spicy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2016

Brought the family in for dinner. The food and service was fantastic. Always consistently good food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2016

The service and ambience was great. The food was just average. The chicken lollipop appetizer was almost unedible. Very fatty. The tikka masala was good but not thick enough. The garlic naan was delicous. We has a very good merlot and it was priced very well.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 31, 2016

It seemed like there was no point in making a reservation because they had no way to check it. We had to wait a while after getting there to be seated.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 31, 2016

I have not like it and neither my friends. The taste of the food is not good and provided with very less varieties for the high cost.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 9, 2016

1.Apparently,you get bad service if you are south Indian . I had reservations for a birthday lunch for my son .When he was very young Akbar was an upscale with well-mannered service staff .the mâtre'd made sure to pronounce my last name many times.
2 .the food was tasteless and loaded with chilies although I asked for mild to no heat.
Concept between spices and chili heat is lost here. Classic Indian cooking has disappeared ,and replaced with a lot of oil and chilies .
3.The wait staff don't wait on Indians.Being an 'uppity 'server is not the same as being well groomed in the art of maintaining a fine diningedining experience for the patrons.
4.valets don't know how to valet....

Overall, very disappointed and will not be dining there any time in the future.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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