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Mantra Restaurant

4.5
469 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Indian
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  • Live Music
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Spicy
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
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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(201) 342-8868
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Casual Dress
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 469 People Are Saying
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4.5
service
4.5
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4.2
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Excellent food and service. I’ll be back again

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Mantra is our favorite restaurant. If it were a club, we wold be card-carrying members. The staff treats us like family, the food is unrivaled, the service is perfect, the cocktails are great - we love it. Last weekend my husband and I said "Just when we thought Mantra couldn't be any better, this past weekend it even bested itself. Needless to say, we'll be back next weekend!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Great Indian food

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

My husband and I enjoyed an early evening meal at Mantra.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Although we were made to wait for 30 minutes even with a reservation (and an open table that was available when we arrived and the one were seated in 30 minutes later) I can say that the service was prompt and the food was worth the wait. It was one of the best Indian meals we have had in quite some time. The place was busy but once we were seated, everything was wonderful. A definite recommend if you are a fan of authentic Indian cuisine.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent service, poor food, very pricey. The appetizers we ordered were very pricey and table side chaat was terrible. Service was excellent and the ambiance was good. Would not recommend to anyone going there on special days.

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

overpriced for what you get
portions are really small.
don't waste your money

i waited 15 minutes for the check

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

It was the best Indian meal that I have had. My two friends are in agreement. Bonnie was an excellent waiter. I can’t wait to go back!!!!

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2018

We went to Mantra with friends. We opted to order from the menu instead of the buffet. The presentation, esp. of the appetizers was excellent and so was the taste. The entrees and the deserts were very good also.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Simply Amazing!!!!!!

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4.0Dined on December 14, 2017

Food was excellent - and the amuse de Boucher tomato soup was outrageously good.

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2.0Dined on December 2, 2017

As usual food was excellent - but, we were kept waiting for 50 minutes for our 8.30 reservation. Hostess was clueless, lied to us when we arrived saying "just setting up your table". Asked to speak to Manager, after we'd been fobbed off twice more with "table will be ready soon" - but no manager ever appeared! I wonder if there was a manager there. Very, very disappointing as we have been there many times without a problem. Will be unlikely to go back again.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Every time I go to Mantra, I wonder why I don't go more often. The food is authentic and flavorful, flavorful in a way that you taste every wonderful herb, spice and other ingredient. It is always great: great service, lovely ambiance, friendly vibe. It is far and away the best Indian restaurant in this part of New Jersey, and on a par with the best of New York City. This time I will go again soon.

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

Mantra never disappoints. We brought friends this time to enjoy a first rate Indian dining experience. We started with the table side chat for 4 of us. My wife had the usual shrimp saag. I had chicken tikka masala and our two friends had chicken korma. Jasmine rice and onion kulcha were fragrant and hot. Kitchen is always mindful of our requests for either mild or medium spiceyness. Ambiance and service are first rate. Just an all around great dining experience.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Seated us right away for our 8pm reservation. Restaurant was full but we were attended to straight away. Server had helpful recommendations and you could order the dishes at the level of spice you wanted. Food was delicious

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4.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Every time we have dinner at mantra it's always great. Every one is friendly and the service great!

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

We frequent this restaurant often. Food is always delicious and consistent. Service is always attentive and courteous.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

We cannot wait to go back............................,,,

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4.0Dined on September 9, 2017

We love Indian food, and Mantra is a step up from our neighborhood Indian places. The food is very good, service is professional, decor is nice.

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5.0Dined on September 8, 2017

Love this place. Get the Lamb chops.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

The best way to sum up how my husband and I feel about Mantra is.....it is hands down our favorite restaurant. We TRY to go other places, we really do, but we always end up going to Mantra because it is simply the best food anywhere. Not to mention the ambiance and the doting and efficient "team" (I don't want to call them "staff" because they generate such a feeling of family and synergy, you never feel like they are employees, you feel like they are owners) They treat us like royalty every time we go there - they greet us by name, they meet our every request and the food always is beyond what we expect. My husband and I always arrive 45 minutes before our reservation because we enjoy having a creative Indian inspired cocktail in the lounge along with the gorgeous silky jazz that plays there on Saturday nights and we want the night to last. Once we sit down we are greeted with a sample of some gourmet treat or other, always new, always delicious. No matter what you order there, if you are a traditionalist like me and want authentic Indian cuisine, or if you are a Westerner and prefer a meat and potatoes meal, you can get exactly what you want and 100 percent know you are going to get fine dining. We never order dessert tho - only because we are always beyond stuffed from all the courses they lavish upon us. As always, we have nothing but accolades to serve up for Mantra. Our favorite restaurant bar none.

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Best Indian food around! Lovely ambiance...great service...wonderful menu...delicious martinis! Sat events they have live music in the lounge.

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2017

I went to dinner with my daughter. Even though that they had a big party there that day, service was great. Food was delicious and we did not have to wait too long. I love this place.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

Food was very good.
They had a live jazz band playing which was a nice touch.
Very nice restaurant. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2017

Great food, great staff, great time. My compliments to the chef. The presentation as well as taste in food is always on point. I will be back here again!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2017

Always great!!
Love this place!!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2017

Each time I think Mantra has maxed out on its potential for wowing us (can't imagine them doing better than the time before) they surprise me. This is, as I have said each review, my husband and my favorite place to dine. We both always want to go here on date night and often have to force ourselves to go somewhere else once in a while just so we hold it as a treat, but we always cave in and go whenever we pick the date night spot. The food is better than any NYC Indian cuisine on Zagats or anywhere. The Indian specialties are perfect - the right balance for every taste - my husband's mild preference and my over-the-top quest for the most spicy. Both are accommodated. The menu has a range of the very authentic Indian exotic cuisine to the choices for the meat-n-potatoes American guy who feels daunted by adventurous cuisine. My brother-in-law has gone with us and ordered pork chops - just a touch of Indian seasoning to make it different from home, but he was blown away by the flavor and was still in his comfort zone. The cocktails are inventive ( Love the Goan Martini with a Lychee fruit floating in it) and fabulous wines, beers and standards
too. The jazz trio on Saturday nights is sexy and fabulous and makes you forget you are on Rt 4 in NJ. I look forward to going to Mantra all week. Even the smell when you walk in the door is enough to make you cut your bar cocktails a bit short - you can't wait to taste everything. This trip our dear bartender treated us to our cocktails, a way to recognize that we are "regulars" and that was such a nice and lovely gesture. It really made us feel special. We are going away for a couple of weeks and wanted to have our "last supper" at Mantra before our travels. I can't wait to go back when we get home. If Mantra were a club, I would be the first member. We love all of the staff who treat us like family and the Naan bread should come with a warning label
- I tend to eat way too much - never regret one bite!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2017

We were a party of 5 adults and 2 kids and everyone had a great time.....food excellent and attention to details excellent by staff. Thank you

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Friendly good buffet!

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2.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Very Disappointing!!
I have been coming to this restaurant consistently every couple of months for the past six years at their Paramus location. However Mother's Day will be the last time I come to this restaurant. The food was absolutely apalling. The buffet curry dishes were very bland and tasteless. The chicken was dry. There was a tremendous amount of food coloring in the tandoori chicken. The freshly made Nan-breads were hard.
Another table was also commenting how tasteless the food was and were demanding to speak to the head chef from the maître d'. I strongly suspect the original chef is now gone, maybe he's moved on to their jersey city location or somewhere else. This restaurant went from being the best Indian restaurant in Bergen County/Rockland County area to now one of the worst. There was absolutely no value in the food. Save your money and try different places because this is no longer is the mantra of the past.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2017

We always love Mantra - the food is absolutely amazing - the ambiance at the bar is like being in a chic restaurant in NYC - it is our favorite restaurant. This time I think they might have been too popular for the regulars like us but still good

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Love the food and service, best in NJ.

This is a must visit for dinner or brunch.

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1.0Dined on May 6, 2017

Have been to Mantra several times and always enjoyed it. Took my sister there for her birthday on Saturday night.... extremely disappointed, my husband ordered the Lobster Entree, there was barely any Lobster in the $29 dish. Spoke to both manager and server who could not have cared less; they offered us a complimentary dessert, we don't eat dessert. We just wanted a little acknowledgement, the manager scurried away and never returned. No apologies, no effort to correct the dish which he barely ate, too bad, won't be back.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2017

Tasty, good quality Indian cuisine. Friendly atmosphere, fast service.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Have travelled around the world and still Fantastic!!!!! My favorite Indian restaurant

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2017

Great table, awesome food and wine selection.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2017

Excellent service food was delicious and spiced just right

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2017

This was my first time there and I can't wait to go back. The server recommended several dishes that were all outstanding. Service and food were excellent.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Upbeat style, excellent food, longer and broader than expected food offerings, attentive service, live music on Saturdays. A pleasant surprise. We will be back.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2017

Love this restaurant . In addition to being beautiful, they have the most delicious Indian food anywhere. Music on weekends.

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