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Mantra JC

4.1
69 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Indian
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Mantra Restaurant is a premier destination spot for modern Indian cuisine. We cater to pallets of individuals who are accustomed to Indian cuisine as well as those who want to indulge and enjoy the nuevo, rich and exciting flavors that Indian food has to offer. The relaxed lounge atmosphere is a perfect venue to meet socially or professionally. The dining area offers the ideal setting to enjoy meals with friends and family. We take pride in preparing food with the highest quality ingredients and our chefs turn out delicious and suckling choices. Dining out at Mantra offers a true fine dining experience for everyone. Besides our premier location in Paramus, we now have a second location open in downtown Jersey City (Exchange Place). Come visit and devour the excellence and judge for yourself. This is our “Mantra”.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Indian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(201) 333-8699
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Catering
Whatever your event or celebration, we are here to make your special day a truly memorable one. Mantra’s catering experts are more than happy to work with you to create custom menu's for your special events.
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Cross street
York & Montgomery
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 69 People Are Saying
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4.1  based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.0
service
4.0
ambience
3.8
value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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zebra207 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 10, 2017

An absolutely perfect dining experience! Our waiter was knowledgeable, attentive, and very helpful. The food (appetizers, main course, and bread basket) was delicious. I have been here several times, but this time I sensed a big overall improvement. This is my favorite restaurant in Jersey City, and I recommend it highly.

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DDHA (London)
1.0  Dined on June 25, 2017

The food and service was subpar at best. My colleague got ill that evening.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on April 22, 2017

Worst dining experience ever!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on March 3, 2017

Food was very spicy. We went for a full course meal. Lemon coriander Soup was ok not great. Chicken kebabs Appetizers was good. Shrimp pulao was very spicy. Dessert was the savior, chocolate mousse.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

Upscale Indian dining. The place is very nice and does some interesting takes on Indian dishes.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on October 28, 2016

When i went i was told they don't except open table reservation. I had to shom them my email confirmation.
So not sure what is the confusion.

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vipErin (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on September 20, 2016

Made a reservation for 13 people. Called the day before to confirm and they said it would be no problem. Business dinner during the week so there was only about 4 tables in the whole place but the service was still slow and we sat for 20-30 min waiting for drinks sometimes. The food was decent and the prices were as expected.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Naples)
5.0  Dined on August 26, 2016

Kitchen was a bit slow at first and they were out of Gin so no cocktail for me, but they made up for it in flavorful, large, expansive menu, good value, food and service. I never had to want for my water to be refilled or the next course. I recommend you check it out.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 19, 2016

While most of the items were well cooked and delicious, one or two items need to be corrected . The group had the lunch buffet . Items that can be bettered are rich biryani with lamb, chicken curry item./ (need more cooking)

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 16, 2016

The overall experience is always great, even on a busy time period.

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joizygirl (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on April 3, 2016

I haven't written any reviews before, but this time, I am moved to write.
Although the food is quite tasty, the portions were unusually small, and the service was slow.
It's not Mantra's fault that there were children SCREAMING for the 2 hours we were there. Although, one might imagine that the owner could have have mentioned something to the parents. So, the noise level was not "energetic"; the relentless screaming drowned out our conversation, and there were only 10 other people in the restaurant there that night.

What was most disturbing IS Mantra's sneaky bill. We added our typical 15-20 % tip, but then when examining the bill more carefully, noticed that !8% service charge had ALREADY BEEN INCLUDED in the bill. When my husband questioned the waiter, saying "I see you have already included the tip", the waiter said, " no, it's not the tip.....it's the service charge".
We did not include the tip.
One wonders, how else are they cheating? There are numerous ways a restaurant can "cheat".

That wrapped it up for us. There are many terrific indian restaurants in JC, therefore no reason whatsoever, to return to cheaters, with small portions.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 4, 2015

The food was amazing, as always. The service was terrific. They always treat us like treasured guests at Mantra. We brought another couple who'd never been before. They were blown away, and still keep talking about how great the food was.

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Bharat (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on September 16, 2015

Good varieties of food !!! Good for non veg eaters...

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MikeM (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 26, 2015

The food is always consistently delicious. Ambiance is very pleasant.

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vipTerrible (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on August 22, 2015

The food was variable, some dishes were really amazing, others mediocre. The service was lovely. We were the only clients most of the evening, but the ambiance was fine, regardless.

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vipnjdiner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 24, 2015

I usually avoid an Indian buffet, but the one here was surprisingly good. The choices were different than what you'd otherwise expect. Food was excellent!
The only non food issue I found was the way their buffet was arranged. I think they never expected to start serving a buffet, so it gets pretty crowded in the narrow galley. Hope they take a note.

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NJDiner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on June 1, 2015

We went in a group of 4 for a business dinner during a weeknight. Place was easy to find. We had a reservation and table was ready when we got there. It was not crowded but not deserted either. We stuck to Vegetarian food and it tasted good - especially the okra. The Indian bread basket was good quality too. The food arrived in reasonable amount of time and no complaints there. Overall ambience was pleasant and it was not noisy. Our table was a little smaller for 4 people at a business dinner. When the food arrived we had to almost rub elbows with the serving bowls. We did not order any drinks beyond the glasses of water and ordered rather moderate amount of food, so it was disappointing to see the table was still so cramped up. I think they should consider replacing the fancy wide serving bowls with smaller diameter bowls. Also it would have been nice to hear a YES rather than a NO when we requested the wait staff to serve the food on the plates rather than we having to keep passing around the bowls.

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Khaotic (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 24, 2015

Mantra is by far my favorite restaurant in Jersey City. I choose it for every sort of occasion as they always adjust to our needs and they are very attentive. The food is great, the place is clean, the staff is friendly, and the asparagus koftas are to die for. No joke, it's an amazing dish.

I made a big reservation, arrived with a few more people at the last minute, and Rex rearranged tables during the busiest time of the day so that we could all sit together and enjoy our meal. Go to Mantra. You won't regret it. Go for the lunch special so that you can try a bit of different dishes as well.

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Jersey (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 28, 2014

Daal makhni was salty. Koftas were not soft. They also added color in their food.

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vip112814 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 29, 2014

We wanted something a little different after our big Thanksgiving Day turkey dinner so we thought we would try a place that we had walked by many times but never visited. We arrived early and for a while we were the only ones in the restaurant; not such a bad thing when you consider that the server Peter was able to give us very hands on attention. The atmosphere was delightful and warm and the service was outstanding. We will be back.

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