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About Chakra

New American Cuisine served in a warm, passionate, romantic atmosphere. (Tented canopy seating requires a minimum of 5 guests). Voted for Best Cocktail, Most Romantic and Best Girls Night Out. Recently won Best Crab Cake in NJ competition.

W 144 Rte 4 E
Paramus, NJ 07652
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5PM - 10PM
Thursday - Saturday 5PM - 11PM
Sundays Closed for Private Events
Lounge open till 2AM.
*Late night lounge menu offered until one hour pass the last seating for the dining room

Private Parties Welcome

Cross Street:
Arcadian Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(201) 556-1530

Website:
http://www.chakrarestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
DJ every Saturday from 10PM to Midnight

Executive Chef:
Thomas Ciszak

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Join our Wine Club. Log on to our website chakrarestaurant.com and enter your email address. Monthly wine dinners with special guests.

Private Dining

Chakra Restaurant welcomes private parties and special events seven days a week. Whether hosting a business meeting, corporate event, or a private party for 2 to 200 guests, Chakra provides the perfect environment.

Chakra Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.7

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

74% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (18)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Good for a Date (12)
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Good for Groups (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Cozy (9)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Worth the Drive (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Business Meals (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Seasonal (3)
Authentic (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Casual (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

This restaurant is New Jersey’s gem. The food is absolutely delicious and great quality. Waiters are always so friendly and courteous. The chefs wife is very nice and always friendly when walking into the restaurant. This is one of the best restaurants I have experienced and I have come to this restaurant so many times that I lost track. AMAZING FOOD QUALITY AND SERVICE!!!!!!

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·Dined 4 days ago

Made a reservation a month in advance. They called the day before Valentines Day looking for a credit card and to tell us that it was $112pp(over $300 in the end for 2 with no alcohol). At that point we had no other choice but to accept. When I pushed back "It is list on our website and you should have checked" not handled very well guys. Restaurant well appointed. Four courses were served with many options for each, all i chose were very good. The waitress, who was brought in just for that night had a big smile and was very helpful. Probably was the pivotal thing that kept the night from being a complete disaster. After 3 hours that went by quickly I had to get up and ask someone for our dessert. I was told the kitchen was backed up. Any other night the time would not have been an issue but on this night it was important to be home early and in bed. Pretty pricey for the experience.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Valentine’s Day here is a must!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Second time doing their Valentine’s menu and was disappointed that the menu was pretty much the same menu as last year. Such a shame for management to not invest in a special menu. Same boring desserts too. Not delicious at all. Just looks so fancy but tastes so weird and bland. Ambiance is what keeps tricking us to come back. Wish they would take advantage of what they have and actually make really yummy food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Overpriced food that was just ok. $28 for a small ounce or so of FARMED salmon and a small side salad with vinaigrette. My date had black pasta and shrimp that was about the same price and it was bland. The ambiance is nice.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

They seemed short staffed yesterday. Our waiter was great, it seemed like there were people from management walking around, but not helping. Usually service is awesome though.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Everything was great. The only issue I had was a couple that had a reservation time of 15 minutes later than mine was seated prior to my date and I being seated.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Still an excellent restaurant after many years with the spiced sea bass being a particularly subtle but tasty dish. Sushi options were also a hit. Funky Yoga decor, makes for a great romantic dinner.

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

Fantastic service! Server knew everything the restaurant had to offer. Wide selection of wine and mixed drinks; I recommend the habanero margarita. Great place for a special occasion or important business meal .

Tags: Bar Seating, Organic, Business Meals, Cozy, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I’ve been here before. The food was not as good this time. Really disappointing. Also, the waiters were so busy and distracted. Took them almost 30 min to take our order. Later with the dessert menu, it was given to us, but the waited didn’t come back for 25 minutes.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Over priced sub par food. Two items we ordered we so fatty that we couldn't eat them. I would have ordered a replacement, but our service we was so bad that or server didn't come over to the table- it was 25 minutes after the food had been brought to the table that he checked in with us about the appetizer. He took a drink order from us when he removed the inedible appetizer, our main meal came and the wine that was ordered still hadn't arrived. The main meal included mushrooms- an allergy that he was informed about. Yet again 20-30 minutes passed before he came to the table to check on the food (still not having brought the drinks) Don't waste your time or money on this place

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The wait for our table was short, the staff was knowledgeable and helpful, the decor was exquisite but the wonderful tasty ribeye was too fatty. The side dishes were also excellent. So, be wary about your main entree.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food was,as usual, outstanding. Service was subpar. We were forgotten for long stretches of time and had to search for waiter. All in all though, we would still return

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

We enjoyed a delicious New Years Eve meal. While they offered a limited set 3-course menu, there were plenty of options to please the palate. We each opened with a cocktail (the pear/nutty martini was superior). For food I started with the squash soup, then lamb shank (which was cooked to perfection) and the chocolate brioche. The hubby had the lobster/shrimp appy, salmon (again served as ordered- seared), and the goats milk cheesecake (not a favorite). The waiter was pleasant and helpful. Food was delivered in a timely fashion, but not too rushed. The ambiance here is always exceptional. Due to the holiday, there was an automatic gratuity included (almost $40)- so I was glad that I checked the bill, because there was no mention of this and there was still the line to add a gratuity when I signed to pay by credit card. So even though everyone was lovely to us and the food was wonderful- I felt like I saved myself from being taken a little advantage of. Overall Chakra is a great place for a special evening of higher end fine dining.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Went this past Saturday and everything was superb. I never got to touch the bottle of wine because our server was already there. All of our dinners were cooked perfectly and were timely after our appetizers. Ambiance is great. Pricey, but worth it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Delicious and great atmosphere. A little loud, but still a great time.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Interesting, different menu. Room is cavernous. Food was very good, as was the service. Valet parking would be helpful. Parking lot is large and walk to restaurant is not pleasant in bad weather

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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great appetizers. Dinner was very good. Great drinks!
Enjoyed!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Beautiful ambiance, creative menu, delicious meal, excellent service

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Excellent food and vibe.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Food, service and ambiance were good. However, being an upscale restaurant with high price points, the customers are deserving of more comfortable seats at the tables. Hard, unpadded seats are a turn off.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Very enjoyable dinner.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We dined at Chakra for a date on a Saturday night. It was a 6:15 reservation, so I wasn't surprised that the restaurant had only a few guests at that relatively early hour, but the restaurant was still more than half empty when we left at 7:30. I was surprised to hear there was only one special - an enormous steak - which my date and I were not interested in. The menu hasn't changed much since the last time we dined at Chakra. I remember being quite impressed the first few times we ate there, but the dazzle seems to have dulled. The calamari is still good and the kale salad was fine. The crab cakes are fine, too - nothing I can't make at home myself - and the simple grilled salmon is just that, simple - again, nothing I can't make at home myself. There was no tonic at the bar so an awful tasting gin and tonic (not sure what they tried to mix the gin with) had to be sent back and 3 (!) habanero margaritas left me stone cold sober, so I'm not sure there was any actual alcohol in them. This used to be our go-to romantic date destination, but it's now officially off our list and we won't be returning. It's just not worth it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Fantastic food, and very comfortable. We got to sit in one of the booths. The owner/manager(?) came around with fresh baked cookies right out of the oven, and our server was attentive and friendly.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food at Chakra is always very good. The service is typically very good as well. Get the duck!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Disabled Access
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

I didn't like the fact that when I asked for a booth through Open Table and then got to the restaurant, I wanted to make sure the booth I requested would still be available but I was told it's for larger parties only that night of 4 or more... Then I was rushed while sitting at the bar to sit and we asked for a corner table where the Manager said he can't hold the seat to long and we would have to sit quickly because people are coming in. Not one party along the whole back row sat by us our entire dining experience. Looking across the way at the booths we wanted however, we saw two tables being seated with a couple -- (2) people. Needless to say we were upset and mad. And the fact that they charge you if you want blue cheese stuffed olives at $3 p/ stick. I rather have it hidden in the cost of the drink than to be told I have to pay for olives. Lastly, I wanted an after dinner drink and the waiter told me of one he liked and I sampled it with my guest and we liked it enough to try it. When I got the bill, it was $22 p/ glass. TELL ME UPFRONT WHAT THE COST IS WHEN IT'S THAT TYPE OF PRICE. Last time I'm going there for dinner again. Manager and waiter were deceitful.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We have been to Chakra several times for Thanksgiving and was always satisfied. This time the food was great as always but the service was a disappointment. We were rushed as soon as we entered the restaurant. My plates were taken away before I put my fork down. The waiter didn't offer coffee or tea with dessert and placed our bill on the table before we started on our dessert. The food was wonderful but I wish we had time to enjoy it.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Came in for the thanksgiving prefix menu. I've Been here a few times and the food and service are excellent! This was another great meal! The managers and owners clearly care and it shows in the way the wait staff approaches their jobs! I will return again!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Went on a girls night out and we Loved it the drinks were so yummy! Food was delicious!!! Definitely going back!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We consider Chakra to be one of our favorite restaurants! Outstanding attention to detail, with an emphasis on customer satisfaction at all times. Last Saturday night, we brought two friends who were new to the area... They were impressed by the lovely atmosphere and delicious food. Yes, it is definitely expensive but worth every cent...
Appetizers-
Grilled octupus with white bean purée. Chargrilled smokiness over a rich, silky smooth bed of bean purée.
Crab cake. Jumbo lump, zero filler with a sublime refreshing pea shoot garnish
Entree-
Hanger steak with chimichurri. Perfectly marinated, tons of flavor, nicely chargrilled without becoming blackened and bitter

Cocktails are unique and generous. Expansive wine list also.
Desserts are delicious and the French press coffee is outstanding.

Again-LOVE this restaurant. Lovely managers and waitstaff nicely round out the entire experience.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Excellent food in a noisy atmosphere with careless service - they were courteous in deducting the cost of the cold meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Atmosphere was very romantic. The waiter was courteous and attentive. My entree selection was the Chilean sea bass, potatoe wrapped shrimp w bok choy. My husband selected the hanger steak. Neither of us were impressed with our meal. There was no flavor at all. Maybe if they hire a new chef we would return. It’s unfortunate as the ambience was super cozy and relaxing.

Tags: Romantic, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Loved everything about this restaurant. Delicious, creative food. The truffle pizza was the best!. Can't wait to return. Would Br great if they brought back the entertainment that they had. Would definately go there often. Keep up the good job.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This was our second time here and we came back because we loved it the first time. The food was excellent again but the service once we got to our table was terrible unfortunately. The hostesses and bartenders were great, the waiter and bus staff was terrible.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent food and service, friendly staff, very accommodating, very romantic ambiance. Creative appetizers, entrees and deserts, not your typical standard menu choices.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Authentic, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had 630 reservations on a Saturday night. Restaurant starting getting crowded. Service got slow , mistakes on our order than mistake on our bill. Not in our favor....
Food was very good

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

my first tine and loved it!
i frequent dining in NYC.
loved the ambiance but the big warehouse space should have a bigger after dinner crowd - an upscale lounge and some dancing.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great food! Not cheap but absolutely worth it. Try the duck!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent food and decor. Little pricy and worth ever cent. Comfortable seating cool artsy decor. Often have interesting entertainment. I went Halloween weekend and had a Cirque Solie type dancer spinning on fabric hanging from ceiling. Can't recall name for that type of performance. Pole dancer your Mom would like? Extra charge to stay for performance only $20 per person. But go for food and decor. Best for date or I have done business dinners. Kind of NYC without the traffic and parking hassles.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We had had a nice dinner at Chakra a month ago, so decided to go back. Unfortunately, a very large birthday party (80 people?) was being held there at the same time, and the kitchen couldn't keep up. The waiter did his best, but we waited a long, long time for our entrees. To Chakra management: if you're going to book a large party, don't fill the rest of the place, too! Don't think we'll be going back.

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