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Amara

4.4
114 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
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  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Authentic
  • Spicy
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.
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 114 People Are Saying
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4.5
food
4.2
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
value
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Best Indian restaurant in Atlanta.

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

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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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

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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2.0Dined on June 2, 2018

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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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Food was okay! I’ll would try again!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great food!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

My wife and I loved the food. It was better than we expected it to be. Service was friendly and fast. Definitely worth repeating.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Our flight was delayed, so we set out in search of Indian food.
They had a Sunday lunch buffet. The food was great, not too spicy.
My husband can’t drink milk, so we asked for chai tea without milk; however, the guy never came back with it.
Also, was a little expensive for a lunch buffet, but worth it.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I went with girlfriends to celebrate one of their birthdays. Wouldn't have changed a thing. I'd suggest ordering and trying lots of things.

It is also great if someone is gluten free (most of the menu options worked for her).

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

One of the excellent authentic Indian meal in town. We ordered chicken vindaloo and biryani, both were excellent. The staff is friendly and attentive to make customers have a Good experience. It's not a fastfood place so a little extra wait should not be unusual. The quantity and quality is good and we could not wait to finish our leftovers. Will definitely visit this place again.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Stellar, bold Indian cuisine from chef Sandeep Kothary.
Strong on Tandoor-style grilled meats and veg, this is a step up from what most know of Indian food. Chef Kothary's dishes at Amara are show what the Disneyland of spices that is Indian food can become in the right creative hands.
The fried okra slivers are addictive and the venison curry (spicy, way hot, way good, tomato curry) is a superb standout. Bring a group and share.
The service is still finding its feet, but staff are warm and welcoming. I'd certainly go back.

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3.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Parking is not convenient and there is no valet. You might get lucky with street parking, but it’s not obvious that there is a garage further down the street.
Food was decent.

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We've been to Amara a half dozen times so we have a pretty good sense of what to expect. Therefore we were very surprised with the spice level of every dish, all of which were dishes we had eaten several times before. HOT!!!! My lamb biryani, while fabulously prepared as always in every other way, was actually deal-breakingly hot, and I have a greater than average tolerance (no, preference) for heat. I had to quit a third of the way through it, which was a real shame since, as I've mentioned, it was otherwise superb. Perhaps it was just a one-off night, but I certainly hope that the flames in our mouths don't represent Amara's new normal.
(one more thing: my wife and I got the sense from the dreary attitudes of both our server and from the bartender that they were somewhat less than thrilled with their career choices of server and bartender. Nothing bad about the service per say, but one got the feeling that they found it quite the chore to have to perform their jobs. Ugh.)

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Food was AMAZING but the service we received was terrible. Tried to order more drinks from our server only to be ignored/forgot about twice and then had to go to the bar to even request our check. I would definitely go again because the food is that good but if I had the same server I would walk out.

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2.0Dined on January 10, 2018

The night we were there they had a large party at the bar which overwhelmed the staff. We waited over 10 minutes for any service beyond water. When trying to order drinks we were told the bar was too busy with the party. We then waited another 10+ minutes to order food. The food came out randomly with some peoples dishes arriving 20 minutes after the first dish was served. We had to find our own cutlery and flag down our a random staff member for water. I think I'll stick to takeout from now on.

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4.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Excellent Indian food with personality and attention clearly present. Not run-of-the-mill stuff. But a bit hotter ( spicier) than I would prefer and when I return I will ask them to tone it down a bit. ( which I am sure they will do)

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

The chef’s special was fabulous!

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

This was the fourth meal for my husband and I at Amara, and the first for the group of 4 friends we went with. All four meals have been outstanding. The chef does a wonderful job of catering to vegans, and will cook some already vegetarian dishes specially without ghee for vegans. Also there are a lot of vegetarian dishes already on the menu. My favorite dish so far is the brussel sprouts appetizer. I love the balance of sweet and spicy flavors in it, and I love how the brussel sprouts are done just right, not too soft. I had the Kadhai vegetables as my main for the first time, and they were just delicious. I very much appreciate the chef using fresh cauliflower, broccoli and beans, and again the flavors were a unique and interesting blend of sweet and spicy. One of my friends had the Vegetable Biryani, and I had a taste of that too - it is heavy on spices, I particularly noticed cardamom (I think!) but it really works. I will have that next time. The quality of the cuisine at Amara really can't be understated. It is probably the best restaurant based on Indian flavors that I have come across - the chef is retaining the primary concepts while ensuring a wide variety of flavor balances and very fresh textures. The restaurant ambiance is also very nice, with my friends appreciating the cocktails too, and we had great service. We can't wait for our next visit!

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4.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Great food! Nice Portions! Good service. It was slow and chef came out and asked us about food. It was a very nice touch to end night.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Run! Do not walk to Sunday brunch at Amarra ! We will return weekly. This is the best brunch in the city.
Soup and salad were fresh and it’s all you can eat. But don’t eat much. They have 6 hot entrees ready for you.
2 with meats and 3 with vegetables PLUS they gladly will make omelet or you. And they have this rice bread with a coconut sauce they bring to the table.
Ma’am bread is served and is rice. All amazing. They should change their name from Amarra to Amazing.

The food was fresh and hot and well spiced.
Service was friendly and prompt.

Honestly. This is the best brunch buffet and maybe the best Indian food in the City !!

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3.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was great. We had the okra for snack, tandoori octopus as a starter, red snapper & Dal Maharaja as entrees along with garlic naan. Food was seriously awesome, but our service made the experience less than welcoming.

Our server was not pleasant at all. He seemed rushed & pushy even though we were his only table when we first arrived. We received our drinks (wine & beer) and snack very quickly. Our starter came out with our entrees which was very disappointing. Our server apologized without us even complaining about it, but then said they are “getting food out quickly before the rush”. Mind you, our reservation was at 7pm, and we were practically done eating at 7:30! Our server also asked while we were eating our entrees if we were going to want desserts. Um no thanks.

The ambiance is just strange. They sit all 2 & 4 tops around the bar area. Luckily, we got a table for 2 near the windows and did not get seated at the bar. The lighting is bizarre. I had a very bright light shining on my head as did all the tables near the windows.

So, food was wonderful, but service basically ruined it for me. This was a celebratory birthday dinner which was mentioned on the reservation and they just seemed to care about turning over tables.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Delicious new neighborhood spot! Must try!! We had Chicken Vindaloo and Paneer Tiki Masalaa. Two classics that exceeded expectations.

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3.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Great food although a bit pricey for Indian quinine

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4.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Overall our experience at Amara was great -- food was wonderful, waiters super attentive and helpful. We had octopus, saag paneer, chicken tikka and a few other delicious things. All was absolutely perfect and very fresh.
The space is industrial modern but did not feel cold.
The only downside was the host who met us at the door and seated us. Talk about a completely opposite experience. If the rest of the wait staff were like him, I would be giving one star. Unfriendly, abrupt, and completely non-welcoming. He needs training, or a new job.

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4.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Delicious food! Especially liked Saag paneer, chicken tikka masala and garlic naan.

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5.0Dined on November 30, 2017

Best Indian food I've had in Atlanta, and we've been to many places.

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2017

Loved the food and service it was exceptionally well! The food was sophisticated Indian food! Loved the chef he came and met us personally to ask whether how was the food! Overall experience great

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2.0Dined on November 19, 2017

The website stated that the restaraunt served brunch but when we arrived, we were told that buffet was our only option.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Fantastic food, great location and relaxed hip vibe. Some opportunity for attention to detail with the front of house service (e.g. how to clear plates, boxing of food, etc) but we definitely would recommend a visit. Tandoori chicken was among the best I’ve had anywhere.

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