Amara

4.5
137 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
Amara, a locally owned restaurant by Atlanta’s Sandeep Kothary of Tabla, is a pioneer of Indian-American cuisine in the heart of historic Inman Park. The dishes are reflective of new, modern American sensibilities folded in with the bold flavors of India. Always with an eye towards making his culture’s cuisine accessible to Atlanta diners, Amara is an unification of Kothary’s modern sensibilities and family tradition.

The space is as bold as the favors with an industrial and modern take on design. Guests are greeted in a large vaulted entryway and drink at a glass-backed bar overlooking the dining room. The open kitchen offers diners a peak into the kitchen or they can spend the evening on the patio, taking in the local scene and nightlife.
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Indian, Contemporary Indian
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Hours of operation
*Closed Mondays*
Tuesday – Thursday
11:30 am – 2:30 pm
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday – Saturday
11:30 am – 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sunday
11:30 am – 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Phone number
(470) 305-7405
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Pravin Kumar Sharma
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Highland Ave NE
Additional
Bar Dining, Full Bar
What 137 People Are Saying
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AB
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We ate at Amara for a celebration and the food was delicious. The guest of honor really enjoyed herself as well!

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AD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was okay, not that traditional. My vegetarian entree had hot peppers, baby corn, cauliflower and carrots. Appetizer of lavash bread and dips was not tasty. Potato (small plate) was good, but had sharp cheese in between the layers- not very indian to me... The shrimp were tasty. Server said I was unable to use a yelp coupon for a free appetizer because I did not show this to him before ordering. Poor customer service. Will not be back.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love Amara! We live in the neighborhood and every time we go to Amara, we always say we can’t wait until we go back. Every dish is a flavor bomb in your mouth! The roasted Lamb chops are fabulous! The Octopus was cooked perfectly, and the spinach saag paneer was amazing!

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M
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is delicious and consistently good. This is not your ordinary Indian restaurant. Brunch for $17 is one of the best deals in town - A buffet with 5 vegetarian and meat dishes, a salad bar, Marsala omelettes, and rice pudding. The ingredients are fresh and the sauces are delicious. The staff is friendly and tries hard to please. I keep introducing my friends to this place and it never disappoints.

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TM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and service were great. I had the curry goat which was extremely tender and my friend had the Butter Chicken which was just as good as Dubai. Food was pricey but portion sizes were great.

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OW
Atlanta
35 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very personal service and the lamb wrap was excellent.

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TW
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Food was delicious for me (palak paneer) with the exception of the chicken biryani being extremely spicy for my date. If you dont like extremely spicy foods, steer clear of the biryani. It would be helpful if the menu had pictures, especially for people who are new to indian cuisine

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f
Atlanta
50 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don't normally give such a great review, but Amara was awesome! The food is fantastic. If you like Indian food, you definitely need to try Amara.

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ZJ
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was good but overpriced. Service very slow. Restaurant could use a good cleaning. Chairs were dirty and floor (rug) pretty gross.

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CD
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went as a group to celebrate my birthday. The staff was friendly and attentive. The food was amazing! The spiked mango lassi, lamb chops, and paneer tikka were especially tasty. I can’t wait to go again.

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k
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amara never disappoints; don't expect a million menu items like many Indian restaurants though. This is a curated menu, and choices are always delicious. Comfortable atmosphere and friendly, attentive service. You pay a little more than you might at some Indian restaurants, but the food is definitely worth it.

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JR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Indian with modern flair. Unusually creative Indian for Atlanta. Loved it!

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Depak was amazing! Awesome restaurant!

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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CB
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I met some friends out before a play at Amara. From the moment we were seated Dee our waiter attended to our every need. He provided detailed information on each dish and several recommendations that were fabulous. The combination of spices were very unique and absolutely delicious. I cannot wait for an occasion to return.

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y
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dee provided incredible service and the chef Preveen prepared amazing food!

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DK
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Stephanie was our server and she was amazing! She really knew the menu and was able to help guide us towards some really tasty choices. We shared a couple small plates - the okra was my favorite, with the chili paneer a close second. Yum.

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AJ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Let me preface this that my wife and I are vegan, so that always posses problems eating out. Amara did have vegan dishes but they weren't amazing for the most part. All in all the food was just alright. Nothing was horrible but I've had much better elsewhere for a lot less.

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C
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing buffet. If you haven’t tried the Sunday buffet you are missing out. 5 entrees. 2 appetizers. Tea, salad and dessert and fruit. With eggs or an omelet for $16.99

Best food and best deal in town.

Staff is friendly and kind. Food is the best

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AS
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was good! Servers were kind of on top of each other both checking on our table, but better to have too much attention than a lack of it! Samosa and the lamb roganjosh were my favorite dishes. Would come back to try others

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JH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Some of the best Indian food in the city! Wonderful service and tasty cocktails.

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Savannah
18 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good!

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KS
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The meal at Amara was great, specifically, the butter chicken and garlic naan. While the wait staff could have been more prompt given the few patrons at time of dining, they were friendly.

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Best Indian restaurant in Atlanta.

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PC
Atlanta
90 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

there were 6 of us and we got seated at the end of the bar in an area where the air conditioner vents blasted cold air throughout our dinner; the food was okay; the service was very variable

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Y
Atlanta
29 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

We had high hopes for Amara as it is owned by the same person who owns Tabla in midtown. Our service was excellent however the food was not impressive enough for us to go back.

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RV
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Very strange experience. The dinner started with the host trying to cram us in a corner around a bunch of other parties when there were so many open tables in the rest of the restaurant. We asked to be moved and they obliged. After that the waiter came who was very strange, I think he was the bartender as well. We then had another person come and try to be are waiter who was much nicer but she never came back. The original waiter keep getting confused, and just seemed very out of it and flustered every time he came to talk to us. He would also never make eye contact when talking to us and was just very awkward. We could also see and hear our waiter arguing with other employees around us which was very off putting. I just felt very strange the whole time I was there and did not feel comfortable, this was all due to the service. The food is good at Amara but the service sucks.

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FB
Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food is good but not great for how expensive it is. Seating is not very comfortable and parking is a problem.

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t
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amara is a great spot for good cocktails and Indian food. We were in India recently and the food brought us right back! We wished maybe one basket of naan would be included but all in all had a great time.

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SC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is very tasty with nice presentation. We have eaten here twice for dinner. Each time several of the beers listed on the menu we tried to order were unavailable. We especially liked the saag paneer, the butter chicken and the garlic naan bread. Good selection of appetizers. It was lovely to meet the chef. We will come again.

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AR
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience overall; great food, excellent service. Highly recommend!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was okay! I’ll would try again!

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JC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Some members of our party ate from the Mother's Day buffet and others ordered off the menu. Everyone was happy. The buffet had a great variety and everything was hot and plentiful. We will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I can't believe I haven't heard more people talk about this place. We were incredibly impressed by the attentiveness of the staff. The chef came out and explained out he made the dough for one of the dishes. Everyone in our group
was a vegetarian and there were tons of options. We all loved our dishes and the naan was the best I've had in a while!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was very very cold and not really good. Tabla is a much better Indian restaurant. So will probably not come to Amara again

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EB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time and went with family. Really surprised about the cleanliness and quality. I would certainly go back. Very flavorful good food!

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j
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good Indian cuisine with many indian patrons dining while we were there. Quiet enough to hear each other (I Know! Unheard of in the Atlanta dining scene!) Everything we had was delicious.

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s
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is a rare bird indeed. Fantastic well poured Manhattan and a Sazerac to start.
Appetizer list was outstanding. The main dishes of the Snapper with a coconut curry, and the Lamb with the chef's special sauce with red chili was amazing. Price to food ratio was incredible. Leftovers were fantastic. Brought more people the next night for cocktails at the bar. Thank you again.

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DB
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I had the vegetarian briyani and my friend got the grilled salmon. Both were delicious.

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