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About Karma Restaurant & Bar

The idea for Karma was born out of the simple premise of providing superior quality traditional Indian Cuisine, great ambiance and friendly, efficient service. Karma has worked exclusively with the local talent from Philadelphia.

246 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Indian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 925-1444

Website:
http://www.karmaphiladelphia.com/

Private Party Contact:
Jiji Thomas: (215) 925-1444

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Private Room, Wine

Karma Restaurant & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.1

ambience

3.9

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Good for Groups (5)
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Casual (4)
Cozy (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Romantic (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Fun (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Spicy (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Karma Restaurant & Bar was tasty and great selections. Loved the naan and the combination dish i had. ConsumerMarineSupply.

Tags: Spicy, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Excellent Indian food, attentive staff, most enjoyable

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Just was a disappointment

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Food was very good and service was prompt. The restaurant could use a minor update - the interior was worn. But I'll be back for the food!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Service is still spotty and chicken Tikka was in a great sauce but meat was chewy.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food here is very fresh and we loved our smiling friendly server!! He made excellent choices and suggestions and the food could not have been more perfect! Generous size portions. Enough for some lunch tomorrow! The most wonderful Indian spices!! Absolutely loved the food. We love coconut curry, so we had a mixed vegetable coconut curry, as well as a vegetable Brioni, as well as the pistachio reason stuffed bread, And a lentil yellow soup, and Indian Chai tea. It was all so good!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 6, 2017

My favorite Indian spot in Philly! Great variety and quality food. Service is excellent- owner is present and so friendly. New location has more tables and a large bar area upstairs...really added an upscale feel!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Great food and ambiance! Friendly service!!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 19, 2017

First time diners and the food was terrific. The service was good as well. As mentioned before, the table tops were very sticky. We even asked the server to wash our table because the silverware and glasses were stuck to it. They either need to get new tables or start using tablecloths. Now I see why they have a good take out business

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Great food! Enjoyed our meal#

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Authentic and delicious! We will be back.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 29, 2017

The food here was ordinary Indian fair, it did have things from all different regions. The food was fine, not bad not wonderful. There were 6 of us and that seemed to be a problem. Drinks order was taken. First drink arrived and was given to the wrong person who tried it to discover it was not theirs. The server picked it up and sat it before the correct person and as an after thought took out the straw! The rest of the drinks came at different times, the last one in the middle of dinner after main course were already being consumed. I think if there are only two of you things would have gone much more smoothly.

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 (México)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Best Indian food in Philly! The waiter was awesome, we got really good recommendations. But the waitress, I guess she was in charge of the bar, stopped by the table every 3 minutes to offer us drinks even when we said we were not drinking that night. That was annoying and ruined the great experience. She even interrupted our conversation to ask if we wanted anything to drink, and that was the 6th time we had said "No, thanks"
Awesome food, waiters were awesome and funny but that chick from the bar was SUPER annoying.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options
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food5
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Was seated, but was never greeted by any of the waitstaff, so we got up and left.

Had been looking forward to visiting Karma for a while now, extremely disappointed.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Amazing food and even better service

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 5, 2017

I brought my mother here who was visiting from out of town and we both loved it! Great food with excellent service. We will definitely be back!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 5, 2017

We all always love this place. Food has never disappointed. New location is great too.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 23, 2017

We had a wonderful birthday celebration at Karma. The food is excellent, service fantastic.
We can't wait to go back. They have a great variety of food.

Tags: Great Beer, Spicy, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 25, 2017

We had an excellent meal chosen from a very wide-ranging menu with many appealing choices, including great vegetarian options. The night we were there the restaurant was having a problem in that one of their chefs was absent. Nevertheless, everyone on the staff was trying very hard, and was very apologetic for the slowness of the meal. It really didn't bother us because we had a nice bottle of wine and enjoyed a leisurely meal.

Tags: Tapas, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Excellent curries, korma and saag were very good. Good service! Great location.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Just horrible never again

1 person found this review helpful.
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 2, 2017

Great food!
Wait staff was very attentive and polite.

We were seated promptly and the appetizers were fantastic followed by an amazing meal!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 22, 2017

Hadn't been here before but so glad we gave it a try! The waiter was very friendly and accommodating to our variety of dietary restrictions. Not only that, the food was amazing! Highly recommend!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2017

My wife and I celebrated her birthday at Karma and we had a great time. The waitstaff was very knowledgeable, quick and attentive, and the food was phenomenal. We would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 13, 2017

The food was actually spicy as opposed to having a little kick. The service was impeccable. The location is, of course, great. I will definitely be returning.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Food and service are superb - room is shabby, too brightly lit, with zero ambiance, so don't go expecting anything fancy or romantic.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 30, 2017

Delicious Indian food. Love this place. We eat here regularly and are never disappointed.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 22, 2017

Food was good but the place was on the dirty side. Tables were so sticky I didn't want to touch them - but the food was good. Get takeout.

Tags: Casual, Spicy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 14, 2017

As a fan of the cuisine, this was by far the best Indian food I have had! There was something for everyone on the menu. I and a group of about 10 friends had a reservation for Saturday night to celebrate my birthday. Although there was some mix ups with some orders (mostly because of us butchering pronunciation), the quality and amount of food can't be beat. Creative shots and cocktails did not disappoint. The staff was attentive and friendly, making the experience a night to remember.

Tags: Spicy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Have never been disappointed. Was worried about the food when they moved but it is still on point.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 2, 2017

Great service and great food we loved it. The service was fast.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Outstanding Value
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2017

Karma is by far one of our favorite restaurants in the city. The waitstaff is very friendly and attentive without being intrusive. The food is delicious and Its difficult to choose a favorite. The chicken tikki masala is one of my favorites and never disappoints. Nice beer selection as well.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Cozy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Went for dinner on New Year's Eve. The service left a little too be desired. I don't think they were organized or prepared for a busier than average night.

Otherwise, it was a fun night.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Food was outstanding! Service was a little off, but that may be because it was NYE. Will definitely go again!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2016

I arrived around 6 for an early dinner with my kids. Service was very attentive, food was fantastic, and my kids loved everything. The garlic naan was the best I've ever had.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 15, 2016

I got to see Mani again (general manager of Karma). He's always been welcoming and a great manager. The food was great as always and I love the new location. My favorite spot in center city. Will always come back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Cozy, Fun, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2016

Son and I had a superb meal on a weekday night. Server was helpful with helping me choose something different based on Indian dishes I normally enjoy. We tried the Aloo Papri Chaat for an appetizer because we wanted something different than our usual Samosa choice. It was a delicious cold appetizer. My son likes spicy and I prefer mild which the kitchen accommodated for both of our main courses. I got the Lamb Chettinad which was really good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2016

We've been coast to coast. You can't beat Karma. The menu is extensive and the food is always perfect.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Kid-friendly, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Outstanding Value
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 24, 2016

Karma has been my favorite Philly Indian restaurant for the last 5-6 years. But they changed location 2 months ago to Market Street and the new restaurant does not have any of the warmth or charm of the Chestnut Street restaurant. Plus the food was not the same. They were also 3 weeks away from getting a liquor license, something that was not made apparent on their website. So shortly after being seated I had to go a few blocks away to get a bottle of wine. Lastly there were little gnats or fruit flies flying all over the food which really ruined the experience. I hope they get the place fixed up again.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 1, 2016

Karma Restaurant & Bar, on Market Street, not to be confused with Karma on Chestnut Street, has the best Indian food we've tasted in years, and were frequent diners at Indian restaurants. The food was spiced wonderfully and the menu offered dishes we've never seen. The service was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Try the carrot halwa for dessert.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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