Garland

4.7
659 reviews
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$30 and under
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Global, International
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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
What 659 People Are Saying
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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good food and great service. Next to a bar so late night is noisy. You could hear the music through the wall. Only drawback for me.

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KB
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was great. Service was mediocre. The waitress didn't stop by often. We had to track her down a lot. She was very nice though, just inattentive.

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R
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere, incredible diverse food options! We come here on a Tuesday casual dinner or a Saturday night celebration dinner. Checks all the boxes.!

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p
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We are both big fans of Indian food and were interested in what kind of take an award winning chef would have on it. Fantastic. Clearly Indian but everything was like nothing we'd had before. Garland will definitely be one of our go-to restaurants for special occasions in future.

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A
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience and we will definitely go back

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SK
Raleigh
41 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

The food was fine and the service was fine, but the restaurant was too loud. We could barely hear our server reciting the appetizer specials. We could not carry on a conversation, which was really a shame since we were celebrating our anniversary. I don't think we will be returning.

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T
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was super delicious. The staff was very friendly. The ambience was beautiful. Price was reasonable. Would highly recommend and will definitely be going back.

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LA
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love my time at Garland. Cheetie is a flavor master. I love the use of textures allowing the food to appease every sense. Service is tight and staff is incredibly knowledgeable.

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TF
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food however went on a Sat night and it was very loud. We had a hard time hearing each other talk,

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RD
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

One of our favorite restaurants to eat at downtown Raleigh. We usually go around 6 or 6:30, however, this time we went at 7:30pm and is was very loud. Hard to communicate and sometimes hard to hear the server. I understand why they do not try and quiet it down due to the venue next door is very loud with live music, etc. Overall, we love Garlands and their unique food choices. Love the lamb curry and my wife always gets the rice bowl. This is the only time we really experienced the noise level being that loud and we were ready to leave sooner than later. Will be back, maybe earlier reservations. It was a Saturday night.

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KK
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food, drinks, and environment! Fun date night place.

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JD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a fantastic meal as usual. I hadn’t ever eaten lunch there previously -only dinner - and I was not disappointed. The special that day - a sloppy joe - was the best sandwich my husband remembers ever eating. That should be a menu staple!

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MM
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fusion of flavors, love the shared plates and cocktails

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MK
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time ! Food was top notch. I see why the chef is highly regarded. Her and her team are professionals and delivered a lovely experience from top to bottom - cheers

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HM
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Garland has some of the best Indian (and Pan-Asian) food I've had in a long while. I had the corncakes and shrimp, which was outstanding. Other vegetarian and non-vegetarian small plates were delicious. The wait staff couldn't be more attentive. Interesting and tasty cocktails too! We will definitely be heading back.

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m
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal at Garland! This was our friends' first visit, but it won't be their last. Thank you Cheetie, Paul and our favorite bartender Nick!

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OT
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved trying all of the small plates. Waiter did an excellent job ordering for us!!

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e
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service!

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JW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fantatic food , always great service and fabulous ambiance

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SA
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

There was too much noise, could not hear person on the opposite table,
Also, food was slow to come

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BL
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another divine adventure at Chef Cheetie’s! Each dish a delightful surprise, with new twists on old favorites and mouthwatering specials. Was so thrilled to introduce my Jackson Heights Dwelling daughter and her partner to our favorite multi-ethnic restaurant, where they were duly blown away. Thanks to all for another uniquely wonderful evening !

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DS
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've made the 30 mile drive to Raleigh to eat at Garland perhaps a half dozen times, every six months or so, and each time we leave wondering why we don't do it more often. Chef Cheeti Kumar's food is creative and surprising, if you are looking for that. If that's not important to you, the food is still approachable and delicious. She is getting some well-deserved national recognition.

On our latest visit, we arrived late and disheveled, and the door was graciously opened for us by someone who had stepped out for some air. Our doorman, we learned later, turned out to be Paul Siler, Chef Kumar's husband and business partner. He, among others, visited our table to ask about our experience, and enhance it. We enjoyed a level of personal engagement from many of the front staff (our waiter, the hostesses, the bartenders, as well as Paul) that made our experience truly memorable and worthwhile. I think they figured out what we were looking for and delivered. Certainly we would be back to Garland for the food alone, but we have to say that the level of service is really outstanding as well.

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MN
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great. The noise level was very high. Sitting across the table, you had to yell to be heard. People all around were having lots of fun.

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FS
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

World Class. If Garland was in LA or NYC, you’d wait months for a reservation!

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J
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, menu choices change regularly, which makes every visit a new experience

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AK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live in NYC but I have family in Raleigh. Every time I visit I have to go to Garland! The food and the cocktails are so creative and reliably delicious.

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MR
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Garland always exceeds expectations. Great cocktails, thoughtful wine list and wonderful Indian/Asian inspired food.

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HC
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food has been great every time we have gone.
Our waitress was informative and at the ready without being pushy. We are slow so it’s always nice to have staff that lets you take your time. Also made suggestions. See you again in a month!

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HD
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took friends visiting from LA, Minneapolis, Chicago and NYC to Garland. They loved It. We must have shared 15 dishes and each one was fantastic!

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OT
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Garland is a wonderful restaurant. The service is great and the food is outstanding!
Looking forward to the next time...

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OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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AP
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always! Wonderful new drink list and specials.

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OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always, never disappoints!

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T
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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AG
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

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
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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SG
Raleigh
21 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Hipster joint. Food was unremarkable. Waitress not very attentive. We were seated in the room with the bar and other patrons got drunk and LOUD. Seems like more hype than actual quality.

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