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.
The food and service was subpar at best. My colleague got ill that evening.
Worst dining experience ever!
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.
Upscale Indian dining. The place is very nice and does some interesting takes on Indian dishes.
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.
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.
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.
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)
The overall experience is always great, even on a busy time period.
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.
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.
Good varieties of food !!! Good for non veg eaters...
The food is always consistently delicious. Ambiance is very pleasant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Daal makhni was salty. Koftas were not soft. They also added color in their food.
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.
Contemporary Indian- fresh and very flavorful. Not a huge menu which to me means freshness and it didn't disappoint. Tandoori chicken served with a wonderful masala sauce. Pouched beet salad with strawberries and blueberries over arugula. The chicken korma was tender and delicious.
The lunchtime Indian buffet is really good for a team outing. It's inexpensive, has a good mixture of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food, and we are always able to get a table for the whole team on short noticed
With reservation prompt and ready to accommodate large group. Service is nice.
We had the toga josh the afghan kabab, bhindi fry and parathas and they were really really good. They had an event upstairs and they shunted us to the basement which was not great and almost spoiled it for us. That's the only thing that bothered us otherwise everything was great including the rasmalai in the end. Derive folks were very nice and courteous.
The food and service were great in fact I would have given it five stars but the paneer with spinach was extremely overwhelming with the spinach. Other than that the food was tremendous!
The spot was nice, but there was a baby shower on the first level, that we had to walk through as we were taken to the basement. (kinda tacky I thought) Which although was fairly nice, had a big screen tv with the game on. Not ecactly what I was hoping for a romantic evening. I'm sure the party was paying more then we dropped, but our meal was still well over $100. Anyway, food was good, service was good, drinks very good, very nice staff, just would have prefered a table upstairs.
Visited this place with family. Ambience was good and food was excellent. Plan to come back again for occasions
Fantastic food coupled with incredible service!
Pretty decent joint for Indian Food lovers.. though the portioning of food is a little unsatisfactory as compared to the price; however the taste makes up for it.. overall a great dining place
Decided on this restaurant for my mom's 60th birthday dinner. We were a small group of 5. The staff was extremely friendly and polite. Everything we ate was really good, including the complimentary appetizer from the chef. The food came out in a timely matter and the drinks were delish! We had 7P reservations and was pretty empty when we got in there but by 8, 8:30 there was decent crowd. If you love Indian food this a great find in the area. The setting is especially nice for a special occasion.
If you are looking for artfully presented and deliciously executed Indian food, Mantra is for you! They started our meal with a free appetizer, which was this yummy bite I can only describe as an "indian tostada" that came with cilantro and tamarind sauces -- yum! Then we had the special appetizer, which was perfectly cooked plump scallops in a cilantro-based sauce. We then split a paneer dish and the mushroom dish and an order of garlic naan. We left stuffed and even had leftovers!
They have a fully stocked bar too, and the restaurant definitely has a "cool" feel. Definitely great for when you want something fancier than what you'll find on Newark Ave near JSQ.
It's a good place but the staff were very rude .. Food was ok ... Paid $168 lil expensive .I don't recommend this place atleast to guys in Edison as we have better places here.
I visited Mantra JC For the First time with 2 friends. This place came highly Recommended by an Italian Friend of Mine, who I must same has a flare for Indian Food. I was truly Impressed with not Only By The Ambience of this Restaurant, but also by the Variety that was ofered on the Buffet Station.
I am a vegetarian and always find it hard to Enjoy a Buffet, as the Variety is not that great, but this place just blew me over!
I was Happy to see that The Chef/Owner decided to give us a good Variety to Choose From.
Thanks to All the Staff for Great Service, Really tasty Food and No Heart Burns....
Will surely visit again.
We went for Mother's Day so we did the Sunday buffet. The buffet was well organized with many favorites and traditional fare. We all enjoyed sampling the different foods - some of which we wouldn't have been knowledgeable enough to order off the menu. The kids were welcomed and there was plenty of food them to try (not spicy to mildly spicy options). The servers were great with the kids and there were quite a few other children there with families. It was relaxed and fun. We all had a great time and were well fed. You can't beat the price either. We will be going back!
One doesn't expect to find an excellent source of Indian food just across the NJ Transit tunnel from Manhattan in Jersey City. Wow, I was more than pleasantly surprised. Menu choices were diverse with traditional offerings and some combinations I'd never seen before. Well worth a visit. I know if ever I'm in that neck of the woods again that I'll be a repeat visitor, for sure!
One word of caution, though. I was a bit surprised by the size of the bill at the end of the meal. I think because the offereings were so diverse and so good, we sampled so many different offerings we lost sight of how it can add up. So, don't let your gastronomic delight get as far ahead of your pocketbook as did I...
The table side chaat is amazing
This place was great! The service was friendly and prompt. I loved the banana flambé at the table! The tandoori grill platter for $21 was a little small though, but everything else was great!
They have a dj on Saturday nights and it was way too loud, it was hard to hear each other at the table. I'd go again for the food, but probably not on a Saturday.
We went here for valentine's day celebration. We ordered Sesame Paneer, the quantity was really small, just three pieces but it was flavorful. We had main course, where quantity was plenty and even the quality was pretty good. We even had leftovers. The ambiance is always great in this restaurant.
One of the fun thing that they did is to tuck a red rose in bill envelop. It was a great surprise. Thank you.
Booked a table for my Team lunch, the ambiance was good to have group lunch.
Buffet was really cheap & good both for vegetarians & non-vegetarians