Indian Culinary Nirvana
Raleigh, NC 27617
Indian, Contemporary Indian, International
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Highway 70 West
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please call the restaurant for more information.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Kosher, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Azitra Ratings and Reviews
My fiancée and I visited Azitra with a family friend for a nice meal. The food at Azitra is always good, however one of our servers (we had 5 different people) gave us our food while his cell phone was ringing loudly in his pocket. Another server was very rude and seemed not well trained. Later in the evening it became very noisy because it is a popular spot to dine.
Overall the restaurant is lovely, the food is excellent, but the service is a mixed bag.
The ambiance at Azitra is great. But the food is average at best and the service is often brusque, as if they are doing you a favor to just show up. Because the ambiance is so good, expectations are higher than they would be otherwise. The menu is extensive, but overly ambitious. I ordered "Tulsi Scented Salmon" (described at "Basil Marinated Salmon Fillet, Spiced Coconut Crème, Sautéed Vegetables"). But what I got was grilled, very dry and over-spiced. My wife ordered Vegetable Biryani. Her's was mostly just rice with very few vegetables to be seen. We really wanted to like Azitra but having now been there several times and encountering the same issues each time, we won't likely return.
My wife and I eat out very often looking for higher rated places around town. We were going to the Briar Creek area for shopping, so picked Azitra due to its high #66 ranking. We made the reservation over Open Table. When we arrived, the place was completely empty at 5:15. Normally, highly ranked restaurants are packed. We stood at the front entrance for at least five minutes waiting to be noticed. Once we sat down, it took at least ten minutes for someone else to take our drink order. We were close to leaving, when the waiter finally showed up to take our appetizer and meal order. The food was OK. We ordered off the contemporary menu, not being familiar with their offerings. The salmon was delicious at first then, within minutes, became mushy in the sauce. My wife's chicken was the opposite, dry. The crab appetizer was very good. But the cauliflower appetizer was just breaded whatever. When we were done, we had to ask for assistance to bring us the check as the waiter was nowhere to be found, like usual. Our tab was $95 before tip including $13 for two drinks. To top off the miserable experience, they reported us to Opentable as a no show. We later found out that they were good for lunch but stay away for dinner. It is hard to believe that places can stay open when this bad. How they get good ratings is also hard to understand. This experience makes us seriously wonder about the Yelp ratings process. We found the restaurant through Yelp.
Nice ambiance, good food and great service! We went for my husband’s birthday. I️ used Open Table to book the reservation and added a note about his birthday. At the end of dinner, they brought chocolate cheesecake with a lit candle and Happy Birthday written on the plate. It was very thoughtful. The food was really good. We love spicy food so it was the perfect amount of spices. The drinks were great too. We will definitely be back to Azitra for another meal soon. We will use OPEN TABLE again.
Wonderful ambiance and staff. Chef made aloo gobi on request as it was not on the menu. The naan was hot right out of the tandoor. The lamb shank fell off the bone in a nice rogan josh like sauce. The chicken tikka masala was perfectly prepared and spiced. The Raita was fresh and a wonderful accompaniment to the meal. The basmati rice was fluffy and light with the perfect added spice. All and all a wonderful experience, as I expected the food to be great.
Excellent and attentive staff and delicious, authentic Indian cuisine. If you're having trouble deciding which dish to choose, just ask your host or server and they will give you great recommendations. They also will be happy to alter your spice level depending upon your preference.
And if you're in the mood for an ice-cold beer and a spicy meal, try out the Flying Horse 22 oz. lager paired with the Pershwari lamb shank (or lamb vindaloo).
Had a reservation for 4 on a Saturday evening and the place was hopping which was expected. It was a tad loud, but that's not a big deal for us, just throwing that out there. We were seated promptly and after ordering, our food came out pretty quickly. No complaints from our group, but there were no connoisseurs among us. I wish they showcased more local beers since there is such a vibrant craft brew scene in the area. My only complaint would be that they seemed to be rushing out out. Seemed that as soon as we finished, the staff wanted to clear the table and get us out. Could be a cultural thing... European and Brazilian restaurants are the opposite.
Some friends and I decided on a last-minute outing this past weekend. We had quite a few options, but unanimously we voted Azitra for our dinner plans. Amazing food, friendly staff. We ordered chicken tikka masala, lamb vindaloo, goat biryani and paneer with an assortment of breads and shared family style. Everything was delicious. Price on target for the portion of food the offer... Highly recommend Anitra
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