Mantra Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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Indian
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”.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The appetizers were good. The main dishes were sub par.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was fantastic and our server was highly accommodating! We got an array of appetizers including soup to begin and it was fabulous! The main courses were delicious and cooked to perfection. It is very reasonably priced. I can’t wait to go again!

AL
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was well timed. We enjoyed our meals. We both got medium as the spice level and that was just right. If you like spicy food I would recommend getting hot. The appetizer soup tasting was a nice added touch.

MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Have not been to Mantra in several years. Food was great. Service and ambience very good as well. Will be back! Loved the jazz.

k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family meal out. Waiter was friendly, professional, attentive. Food was delicious.

AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food, super pleasant waiters, highly recommended!!

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best Indian food in NJ! Great quality and excellent flavors.

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner last Sunday evening!
Only one thing if I would be allowed to comment is to listen us a bit carefully to try to make their dear customers with the best dishes! Lamb vindaloo was not great at all as a typical Indian hot even we asked. We wish to try it again next time!
Overall was good!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual, never disappointed

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food and service. The food is delicious and worth coming back.

JM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome foodI, awesome service and everything was awesome in general I would recommend this restaurant to anybody who loves Indian food and Indian culture.

J
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Returning here after a long period led to disappointment. The kitchen was slow but made very good food, service was sparse and not attentive, atmosphere was somewhat run down.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Awesome wait staff. One of the best restaurants around.

CW
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

A couple of months ago on our first visit we had a very favorable impression, the food was good, service attentive. The pricing was way too high and the portions small, but given Paramus, there are not too many Indian options in the neighborhood. On this our second visit the service was terrible, one of the dishes we ordered was never placed with the kitchen so it arrived only at the end of our meal, and every dish tasted as though there was no salt used at all. Doubt we would ever consider going back, especially given the unreasonably high pricing.

MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Love the feel and vibe of this place. Upscale and yet very comfortable. On Saturday nights you’re greeted with a jazz ensemble playing in the bar area which is open to the main dining room. It creates the tone for a cool night out.
We really enjoy the cocktails. Especially the pear martini . Our favorite appetizer is the lassuni gobhi. Crispy cauliflower in a slightly spicy tangy sauce. Also, there is usually a lamb chop appetizer special that is cooked in the tandoor that is both moist and grilled to perfection. For the main course I would highly recommend both the the chicken tikka masala and the lamb biryani. The sauce on the chicken is great for dipping the naan, and the biryani has generous chunks of lamb with raita, or yogurt sauce, as a delicious compliment. Lastly, don’t leave without trying dessert. Our personal favorite being the kheer, or rice pudding. Super delicate and aromatic.
Service is professional, friendly and you never feel rushed.
An excellent night out!

DL
New England
18 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and terrific service...even though there was a large party of 50+, they were attentive to service and quality! Well done...

DF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love Mantra - great atmosphere, terrific food, excellent service. The menu varies regularly - but the friendly and attentive service does not!

s
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mantra is a favorite restaurant for excellent Indian cuisine. In addition to the tasty and well prepared food, the service is friendly, efficient and accommodating.

LR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was fabulous and the service was great. Overall an enjoyable dining experience

OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Most annoying part is that we had Open Table reservation for 8P and only got seated at 8:40. Besides that service was good and food consistently very good (my 3rd time eating there). The kebabs are all delicious. Tables are a bit small for all the food that comes out. Really cramped and felt that we were constantly at risk for knocking something over.

F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is always great! I recommend Mantra for date and groups.

J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful authentic Indian food with very gracious service.

DP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience5

I have eaten here at least 2 dozen times and the food and service have always been awesome. I made the reservation at the last minute, and arrived on time, but it appeared that there really were no open tables. The hostess walked past us at least 5 times,without even making eye contact or greeting us. When she finally did, she told us she would find us a table. We went over to the bar, and asked about ordering there, which was fine. The hostess came back 20 minutes later, informing us she now had a table.... we had already placed our order. I was told they had an off premise party and that’s why it was so chaotic, but in that case perhaps should not have taken our reservation. Truly not a great experience.

US
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience2

No point in making reservations with them. They don’t honor them. I was told everyone makes reservation by one of the managers. Had to wait 45 mins to get a table.

m
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Don't go there on Saturday. The food was really good, but we had to wait well over an hour for it. Will avoid this place on the weekend now.

JM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love the service and food is consistently great!!

RA
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excelent food and great service.

Our server was excellent. Unfortunately I dont remember his name. He is a Gem. What a great service. Food was great

b
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent as always.

RT
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Indian dishes. Tandoori kabobs in particular very tender and flavorful. Hot curries were indeed spicy good.

S
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is a special restaurant for us! My daughter is Gluten Free and Dairy Free and they have a lot of choices when asked. Sam is the best waiter and is filled with suggestions and so helpful when ordering!

RH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great all the way 'round,' would go again. Excellent good, service was perfect.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Indian ever!

BE
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mantra is our favorite place. We are regulars there because of the food and service and the atmosphere is sexy and hip - we love it!

ED
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall1food2service2ambience1

My family and I visited this place a few times ! We were there this past weekend and the place seems not clean and food all over the floor . They seem to want to create a high end environment but clearly not delivering that kind of service with their food or service .
Prices are also quite high . Unfortunately will not be dining there anymore .

BC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and the food is amazing. They provided free sample of food for our table. Our waiter was highly engaged and offered many suggestions.

BE
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mantra is our favorite place to go for dinner. The food is out of this world, the staff is the hardest working, eager to delight, most lovely group of hard working professionals and we adore it there.

EB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Mantra for a delicious dinner and cocktails. My entire family thoroughly enjoyed. Presentations was excellent as was the service

l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Steamed Okra had to be sent back because it was freezer burned.
One of our dishes were extremely spicy. Even after informing the waiter he didn't offer to change it. He simply said yeah, that's tandoori, it's spicy and left my husband to suffer through it. We had no idea what that was. He didn't explain much. It was mother's day weekend. We were a party of 7 people with a $300.00 bill. 18% of that was his mandatory tip of $44.00. He didn't deserve that tip. Other waiters were serving us because our waiter was avoiding our table. They other waiters should have gotten that tip.
We will not be back. I heard better things about the Jersey City location. It's a pity Paramus couldn't live up to the standard.

T
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service, great food and ambience. Plan to return again soon.