Garland

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$30 and under
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Global, International
A locally sourced restaurant with a seasonally driven menu that is influenced by the flavors of India and Asia, with ingredients reinvented in a distinctly Southern flare. Its extensive menu of approachable creations features innovative and delicately prepared dishes that are truly unique. Garland continues to wow the culinary scene in Downtown Raleigh, North Carolina offering a casual dining experience in a comfortable yet funky space, with great food, delicious seasonal cocktails and an adventurous wine menu.
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D
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in Raleigh. Interesting flavor combinations, beautiful presentation and an eclectic wine list.

DK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really different type of menu. Food was quite tasty and many vegetarian options, which was nice. Service was friendly and attentive. The really different artwork on the rear wall was a special treat to view while dining. We will definitely be back.

TG
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The scallops were fantastic. A squash appetizer was good but a little salty. The lamb dish was superb. The young chicken was good but I would try something else next time. The restaurant is very noisy but with chic decor. Overall glad we went.

HD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!!

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit to Garland, this time with a larger group, and it did not disappoint. Come hungry and willing to try a variety of their dishes (even if you don't know what fairytale eggplant is, just eat it)! Wonderful experience. Will be back again for sure as this is an instant favorite.

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing flavors. Friendly and knowledgeable service. Nice vibe. I had the heirloom pea chaat, halloumi, and head-on shrimp. A couple of glasses of smooth Slovenian Pinot Noir...definitely will be going back.

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Fun.

KM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Garland this past weekend. It did not disappoint - I had an unbelievable lamb dish, and I have been thinking about it ever since (need to plan the next dinner here ASAP!). Great food, great people, great ambience. Highly recommend.

OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love Garland. Everything is delicious and the wait staff is very attentive - owner is always present and talking to guests. One of our favorite places dt.

DP
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and drink. Bit noisy though as it filled in. We had the fresh catch
which was grouper and was the best grouper dish I have ever had. Veggie small plates were outstanding along with the veggie dish my son had for main course.

EM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Garland is uniquely delicious! The service is gracious and welcoming. Garland is one of our all time favorites!

S
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We shared 4 plates - all outstanding!! Hreat atmosphere and our waitress was wonderful. Gets a little loud as the night goes on but well worth it!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, knowledgeable servers, and good recommendations made for a delightful and delicious dinner!

J
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

was a bit hard to hear as a larger party seated nearby was very "energetic." However the food was great and our server Bonnie was awesome! (I've been there 3 times in the past few months and Bonnie has been my server each time, always amazing!!!)

PH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Treated my brother and his Vietnamese fiancé for dinner.

CG
Raleigh
27 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was very good. Nero d' Avola was quite strange, most tannins I have ever had in that type of wine. Service was super slow, and noise level forced us to practically shout.

Put in some noise-absorbing panels, hire another server, and tweak the wine list and you have a winner.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish that came out was better than the last- the food and service were both outstanding!! I’d highly highly recommend this restaurant. They have an awesome selection of vegetarian/gluten free/carnivore dishes and they go out of their way to confirm food allergies/preferences ahead of time. If you like Asian/Indian flavors this is your jam. They have plenty of small plates, which I’d highly recommend so you can sample as much of their cuisine as possible! Ten out of ten, awesome spot!

DB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality of the food and the friendliness of the staff all contributed to an excellent experience. My son had the bone in Veal Shank and I had the chicken and they were both amazing - our server could not have been nicer

MM
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful did and great service. Very noisy but worth it.

P
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wife and I went to Garland for a rare date night. Everything was outstanding. The entire staff was warm and inviting. We recommend Garland for its refined take on the cuisines of the East and West, and well-thought-out and delicious vegetarian options.

EC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Garland provided outstanding, unique and delicious food in a great atmosphere and service.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, even better service! Highly recommend!

AE
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and outstanding service. Always a little hesitant at fusion type restaurants but this managed to be authentic and new at the same time. Don’t skip the pakora or confections! Can’t wait to go back for more.

A
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was fantastic; really imaginative. The service was great. I am glad we ate outside as it was very loud and cold inside. We will definitely go back.

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food. So different but not so weird that you can’t order something 🤪. Such amazing flavors and unique!

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved Garland and will definitely be back. My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and we had a wonderful time. Service was great and drinks were yummy and food was delicious! It has a funky and fun vibe. Can’t wait to come back with friends.

J
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the third time I've been there with clients and each time we had Bonnieas a server. She is awesome!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the creative and delicious small plates. Everything was tasty and unique. A joyful experience and cannot wait to go back.

JS
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding and has been consistently so. Took a friend from out of town who is a chef and she loved it! Just keep doing what you do!!

MC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super cool restaurant with great food and good service. It has never disappointed

C
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spicy fresh quality food, only negative PARKING

CR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic. I had the cauliflower 65, which was delicious and filling. My husband got the pork belly bowl, which he loved. The food is so unique--it is a special place. Our server was wonderful. She was so professional--she did a great job. She didn't hover but was there when we needed her.

A
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We patron Garland regularly and are always pleased with everything from the food to the setting and service. They helped make my wife’s birthday very special and enormously fun for our entire party. our favorite place in town by far! Thank you!

CH
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

What a great experience! We are in Raleigh for Labor Day Weekend. I open the September issue of Southern Living and on page 91 is a spread on Garland. We made a reservation for 4 (2 adults, 2 children age 14 and 11 who are very good eaters) and voila, we were there Saturday night.
The food is fantastic! We shared seven plates throughout the evening and loved each one. The watermelon peanut chaat blew us away! Was not expecting such a perfect combo of flavor and texture. This is a dish you could eat daily and we fought over the last spoon. The Moroccan hummus we ordered twice...a totally unique version of hummus. We love hummus....my girls were asking if we could buy a third portion to take home....this is hummus from another world. Warm, fragrant with spice, with chickpeas, baby tomatoes and super crispy pita! And, the pita matched the serving so didn’t have all hummus, no chips or vice versa. The cucumbers, tomatoes/peach dish, veg fritters with chutney, cauliflower 65 did not disappoint and were all delicious.
Our only miss was cocktails...On the Peach missed peachiness and tequila, which was odd given we are at the height of peach season; the mocktail Don’s Fizz had a funny aftertaste (almost soapy) that didn’t resonate.
Go to Garland for fantastic food, order a beer or glass of wine and be in heaven!!
And our super cute waitress was very sweet; most servers get nervous when they see kids (and ours were the only teen/preteen in the place) at traditionally adult restaurants, but once she saw our girls take down everything put in front of them with enthusiasm, she could not have been nicer.

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance! We had a fantastic experience sharing small plates for dinner! It a must come back place!

CH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was one of the best we've ever had here in Raleigh. The noise level was just a tad high (we sere seated in the back) but never reached an annoying level. Mixed drinks were good and we definitely plan to return.

b
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going to Garland pretty much since it opened. This possibly was the best meal we've had there. Just keeps getting better and more delicious!!

OT
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Garland has creatively prepared food in a lively, attractive space.

JG
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Garland is my favorite hidden gem Restaurant in Raleigh. Indian fusion of sorts, but they have very creative dishes that are unlike anything else in the area. The atmosphere is tremendously cool, as are the specialty drinks. The Chicken 65 and the cripsy pork bowl are some of the best dishes in town. Try it out!

TS
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great first experience. Not a kid friendly place yet they were quite accommodating by allowing us to order roti for our toddler. He loved it! Was pleasantly surprised with the culinary experience!

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