Garland

4.7
627 reviews
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$30 and under
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Global, International
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good Vegetarian Options
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Global, International, Asian, Contemporary Indian
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Wed–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(919) 833-6886
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Cheetie Kumar
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Salisbury St.
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Parking details
The Moore Square parking lot is located 1 1/2 blocks away. Downtown street parking is free after 5:00 p.m.
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Public transit
R-Line: R-16 Blount Street Deck stop
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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AP
Raleigh
5.0
Dined 3 days ago

Raleigh is so lucky to have such a place. Food has always been phenomenal. The Bossam gives me all the feels. <3

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j
Raleigh
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

Delicious as always! Wonderful new drink list and specials.

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OT
Raleigh
5.0
Dined on July 14, 2018

Amazing as always, never disappoints!

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T
5.0
Dined on July 13, 2018

Fantastic restaurant with amazing food. Wish it was a little quieter so that I could enjoy my table conversation, but they said they are working on some solutions.

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JH
4.0
Dined on July 13, 2018

As always, the food was fabulous and the noise level almost reaches the point of no return.

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AG
2.0
Dined on July 13, 2018

We had been to the restaurant once before with friends, and had enjoyed it. This time, however, the food was a disappointment. My wife had lamb curry: it had four small pieces of lamb that were grainy and flavorless, with undercooked vegetables. I had chicken tandori - it came as a kebob (I have never seen tandori on a kebob before) and the meat was chewy and dry - not succulent as tandori should be. We have eaten a lot of Indian food, including in India, and this Indian food did not come up to average. Perhaps we hit a bad night (it was Friday the 13th!)

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JB
Raleigh
5.0
Dined on July 13, 2018

Garland is fantastic. The menu changes frequently and offers creative takes on food with Indian, Middle Eastern, and American influences, including Southern, to name a few. I've eaten here several times, and each time I am struck by how personable the staff are. This is easily one of the top Raleigh restaurants for me.

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s
Portland
5.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

Amazing food, exceptional service! Couldn’t be any better. I will be back!

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CH
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on July 5, 2018

Our first experience with this talented and creative chef....cannot wait to return!

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OT
Raleigh
4.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

The food was spectacular! Wonderful flavors. We’ve been to Garland about 4-5 times but this was by far the noisiest experience we’ve had. If we could he offered a table in an area that is less noisy, we would think about coming back more often. We will be back, but never on a Saturday night.

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OT
Raleigh
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Excellent!!

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OT
Raleigh
5.0
Dined on June 28, 2018

Amazing — per usual. Garland has quickly become our favorite spot in Raleigh. The food, service, and atmosphere is nothing less than incredible. Every time we come here we leave having had a better experience than the time before. If there’s one place that you have to eat at when in Raleigh, it’s Garland.

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CJ
Chicago
4.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

Four of us made our way through 95% of the small plates menu and loved nearly everything on it. Creative, flavorful, and fun. I look forward to going back and hopefully being hungry enough to try some big plates, and even dessert.

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SB
Raleigh
5.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

Had out of town company visiting. We wanted to go to a restaurant that offered , interesting, unique, fresh local food that we could share lots of small plates. Everyone enjoyed the variety and lively atmosphere. The service and dining experience was fantastic.

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OT
Jacksonville
2.0
Dined on June 22, 2018

The restaurant called to confirm our reservation the morning of, and asked if I had any dietary restrictions. I told them I couldn’t have dairy, and they said no problem. When we arrived, we were immediately seated. The waitress came over shortly after. She spoke so quietly, we both strained to hear her. She simply asked if we wanted anything other than water, but because we just sat down, we were unsure and she just turned to leave. Usually, that’s a good opportunity to confirm any dietary restrictions, let us know about specials, or walk us through the menu. Not the case here. We had some difficulty with the menu, understanding the size of the small and large plates and how we should combine them to make sure we had enough food. When the waitress came back, I asked her to help identify the small plates that didn’t have dairy. There were 3 in total, none of which I was particularly interested in and this surprised me because ethnic restaurants are typically great for me with a dairy intolerance.

We picked a small and large plate. Neither were impressive or anything to write home about. After recently relocating to Raleigh, I was excited about trying the great restaurants downtown. This unfortunately wasn’t one of them.

As a side note, we liked the pennies on the bathroom floor, but that shouldn’t have been a highlight of our evening.

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Y
Raleigh
5.0
Dined on June 22, 2018

Wonderful meal! Server was very helpful with meal likes & dislikes!! An enjoyable evening out!!

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K
5.0
Dined on June 16, 2018

Lovely service, great food, good prices. Parking is a hassle downtown but oh well. Spices were so yum!

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MB
Western NC
4.0
Dined on June 16, 2018

Terrific entrees! The cucumber salad was a little on the simple side but tasty. Beer selection only so-so. Very loud, but it was Friday night.

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OT
5.0
Dined on June 13, 2018

Best food in Raleigh

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b
Raleigh
4.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

The food and service were excellent. Loud table near us made it difficult to talk.

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OT
Raleigh
5.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

Hip, fun place with unexpectedly great food that will surprise you in how good and innovative it is.

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MA
Raleigh
5.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

Fabulous dinner!

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DP
5.0
Dined on June 8, 2018

The food is delicious! Fresh and lots of options! Our server was friendly and fantastic! We had to be at our concert venue at 7 :30 and the manager graciously drove us to Meymandi!! I would definitely recommend Garland and will return to sample some other yummy food!

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MM
Raleigh
4.0
Dined on June 8, 2018

Food, service and ambiance was excellent. Knowledge of waitstaff was awesome and everyone from hostess to food server was very pleasant and welcoming. The place can get noisy when packed and after about 8 the band upstairs is a little bothersome but all and all a wonderful experience. Again - food and service was excellent

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WL
Raleigh
3.0
Dined on June 7, 2018

Garland has a pretty good reputation locally, so we were really looking forward to the visit. The problems began when we walked in the door and were hit by the blast of noise. We thought we were lucky to get seated in the back where it might have been quieter, but the thumping from their adjacent club took care of that.
Service from the waitperson was poor. She could not describe one of the menu items and got both drink orders wrong. (maybe it was the noise) Drinks did not arrive until our appetizers had gotten there. I never had a chance to order another beer, she didn't come back until dessert. Her mind was elsewhere, maybe another planet. One of the servers, a guy with his arm in a cast, was pretty good.
Food was imaginative but nothing really remarkable.

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M
Raleigh
4.0
Dined on June 6, 2018

Raleigh Restaurant Week is in full swing. Tasty dishes galore!

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L
London
5.0
Dined on June 6, 2018

Great drinks. Enjoyed sharing 3 small plates and 3large for 4 people. Prices were reasonable. Food was memorable.

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RC
Raleigh
5.0
Dined on May 31, 2018

Great job all around
The soft shell crab was delicious

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LS
Raleigh
5.0
Dined on May 30, 2018

A meal at Garland is always so special - super fresh, local greens and vegetables, local fish, and all prepared to perfection. The staff is friendly and professional. My favorite NC restaurant!

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LS
Raleigh
5.0
Dined on May 29, 2018

Favorite restaurant! One of the folks at the dinner begged the chef to open a sister restaurant in NYC. I’m always so delighted by the high quality local food with international flavors...Garland is a winner. We felt lucky to get a table and had a fabulous meal!

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S
5.0
Dined on May 27, 2018

Modern Indian inspired food--one of my favorite Raleigh restaurants! Will return often!

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m
Raleigh
5.0
Dined on May 25, 2018

We had friends visiting from New Zealand and wanted to take them some place special. As usual, Garland did not disappoint. The food, drinks and service was excellent.

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ET
Raleigh
3.0
Dined on May 24, 2018

Like many current restaurants, just irritatingly noisy.

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MM
Raleigh
5.0
Dined on May 24, 2018

This place is one of the crown jewels of the Raleigh dining scene. The food is fresh, incredibly flavorful, and cooked perfectly. Service is consistently friendly and professional, and the atmosphere is relaxed and charming.

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j
Raleigh
5.0
Dined on May 19, 2018

Outtstanding as always, with complex flavors I'd never attempt at home.

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OT
4.0
Dined on May 18, 2018

Food and service were very good, but the club next door playing music way too loud made it hard to carry on a conversation in the restaurant without YELLING.

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LD
5.0
Dined on May 12, 2018

Food was delicious. Would gladly eat here again. Food was inventive. Recommend the Moroccan hummus and potato sharing plates.

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DG
Raleigh
5.0
Dined on May 10, 2018

Really unusual and delicious food. Terrific service.

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BL
Raleigh
5.0
Dined on May 9, 2018

As usual a delicious twist on a lunchtime favorite: this time pork tacos and a luscious tender Greens/herbs, cucumber, peanut salad. Engaging playlist in the background and shiny happy people at every table!

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R
Raleigh
5.0
Dined on May 8, 2018

Outstanding and innovative cuisine!

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