Mantra India

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$30 and under
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Welcome to Mantra India, a Fine dining Indian Restaurant and Bar in the heart of Mountain View. The ambiance of the restaurant is designed to be comfortable and contemporary. With a team of experienced chefs and managers, the Mantra India team is dedicated to customer service and have an innate passion for the restaurant business.

At Mantra India we serve both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. Our chefs are trained and well versed with North Indian Mughalai cuisine, and Punjabi traditional village style cooking. To compliment the classy ambiance and exotic foods, we also boast of an exceptional selection of cocktails, beers, fine wine, and traditional Indian beverages.

At Mantra India, we use natural, organic and fresh ingredients in our cooking. We source our vegetables and other ingredients locally through the local farmers network in and around Bay Area.
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Ross
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is great and there is a very wide selection of dishes.
My only complaint is that there are tables placed very close to many of the buffet tables, which leaves very little space between the diners sitting down and the diners who are standing at the buffet.

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RossA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, nice and reasonably quiet atmosphere, and generally good service. Hard to beat.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Your team and the service was very good.
We were unable to order a second serving of Mango Lassi. Apparently there was no more left that evening. That was very disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I went for weekday lunch buffet, delicious food with reasonable price, recommended!

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MadhuriP
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. They customize and take care of your needs well.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

The food and ambience is good. We went on Valentine's Day. Ordered soup, appetizer, 2 entrees with rice and bread along with drinks. We got soup after appetizer and entrees were served, which we had to cancel. Whilst waiting for the pulav, we waited for 30 min and left the restaurant after cancelling it. Overall, the experience was not so good.

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Marybelleanne
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Mantra used to be one of our favorite restaurants. However, when we went thre earlier this week the quality of the food had gone down. We are hoping this is temporary and are willing to give it one more try. We are wondering if it has changed ownership.

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linkwoman
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great to catch up with a friend for dinner at Mantra tonight. The food was superb, as was the service. They made us paneer tikka masala although it’s not on the menu. We also had the garlic shrimp (SO GOOD!), dal makhani, and garlic naan.
The only problem was the noise level. We could hardly hear each other.

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Tsunami
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's one of our favorites. The service is good, people friendly and the food is very good.

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vipinternationaldiner
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went there with our friend for Holiday dinner before Christmas. Service was outstanding. Our server was very attentive and prompt. Over all the food was great. The nimbu chicken as appetizer was the best. The dal makhni and bindi masala were very good as well. The Chicken Tikka masala was not up to the mark. Tasted like cut pieces of boiled chicken tossed on tills masala gravy.

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SaraswathiT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

They were very good with the reservation. But were not too good with the service. We had to ask for fresh bread 3 times before we got some.

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KevinP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The cauliflower appetizer, chettinad chicken and lentil dal makhali dish were excellent. Wouldn't have the goat curry again...not much meat or zing. Our server was fantastic, very attentive and great sense of humor. I'd go back!

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vipPrincess
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, especially the weekend lunch buffet. Excellent variety, nice presentation and great taste. Staff is good too. We like the ambience too. Would highly recommend.

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vipCKP59
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our first time at Mantra. Menu is extensive and a bit different than usual Indian place. Really enjoyed it.

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AnayisK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and delicious food. Service was great as well.

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viptiti
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Excellent food. Great atmosphere.
The waitress did a poor job. We had to wait forever that our friends were done with their appetizers before we got any food. Then she forgot to bring half of what we had ordered and therefore had to wait again before we got all our meal. She even tried to make my husband believe he was wrong when she had forgotten half of our order.

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karlmc
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place in Mountain View to meet up and eat! We will be back as we saw that it looks like they set up some type of buffet...maybe for lunch???

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vipAshburyFlats
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

our second visit to Mantra India. We ate outside, very pleasant and good, genuine Indian cuisine, which we always enjoy. We will return.

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Mrid
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Poor food quality and taste.
we went there, and service was bad, and food was bad.
we ordered the dinner option and what they told while ordering, was different from when they brought it.
then they said they will replace it , and we were done with dinner by the time they replaced it (who takes 30 mins to get a replacement vegetable).

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vipChippy23
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Another opportunity to dine at this place after the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival. The food was delicious and packed with flavor. The staff was friendly and cordial but a bit slow. Didn't understand why because they weren't short on staff. There were plenty of them just standing around.

There was also a large family dining right next to us who had a small toddler that kept crying and screaming throughout our meal. They couldn't comfort their child thus making it almost unbearable for us. We couldn't stay for dessert. We finished our meal the same time as they did. We do understand that this can happen at any time.

We still would like to try their lunch buffet.

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RichardS
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our favorite Indian restaurant in the South Bay., and where we always take our family and friends. Great flavors, great presentation (try the biryanis!), friendly and very professional service.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It was nice

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vipMichaelP
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Delicious food with a good range of sauces and spices. Every dish is yummy! Naan is good too. Worth going every week.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food is interesting but way too spicy. I love spicy food, but this was over the top!

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viprsmilko
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This was actually our first outing at an Indian restaurant and we were pretty pleased! The food was delicious, although a wee bit spicier than we would normally prefer. The service was ok, they were attentive, but not quite a personable as we may like. Overall, we very much enjoyed it!

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vipHenryM
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Very Authentic Indian food. If your looking for Tandoori chicken or meat out of the oven, this is not the place. Most dishes are in some kind of a sauce. One vegetable I love is eggplant and unfortunately, it came in a purée like, which was disappointing. The chicken curry was good. The sauce in the meat tandoori was quite hot. The menu does not breakdown the spiciness of the dishes nor can you ask the waiter of how spicy you wanted.

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vipSmita
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The place was ridiculously loud with kids crying on each table.
Our reservation was at 7:15, with an empty restaurant we were seated at 7:30.
Our order was taken close to 8 and snacks took 20 mins to be brought out.
Dinner order was served without serving spoons.
Service was ridiculous.
Food wasn't good.
Rice tasted stale.
I highly recommend the restaurant owner to take a look....your restaurant ruined our celebratory night.

-Smita

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vipMaitree
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The quality of the ingredients at the lunch buffet was very good but the taste and variety were inadequate. There were six rice dishes and only a couple of vegetables. Very disappointing. Their soda machine was broken so they substituted a salted lassi instead.

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vipKayW
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Four of us had: one vegetarian fixed dinner, one non-veg fixed dinner, goat curry, butter chicken, the street food chick peas, and naan. Everything was delicious; my favorite are the chickpeas - just enough heat to be able to savor the aromas, but not too hot. The butter chicken is a classic, and Mantra delivered a succulent dish with lots of sauce to dip the outstanding naan. They were out of the beer one diner was asking for, and it took a while for the main dishes to arrive, so we had to hurry out to catch our 8pm performance at the MVCPA, even though we had booked the table for 6:30 and arrived early, when it not busy at all yet. For a while, no one came round with water to refill our glasses, once the restaurant had filled up.

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Mary
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The servers looked surprised that we had a reservation, pressured us to order, and acted generally strange the entire time. The food and ambiance were both great.

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CaliforniaPatricia
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This may be the best Indian cuisine buffet lunch I have ever had! Every dish was delicious, with special care taken in the balance of spices. The buffet area was spotlessly clean-- quite a challenge as guests drip masala and curry sauces between the chafing dishes and their plates. The table staff were very efficient, quickly clearing away plates for those who wanted to go back for "seconds." (I don't know how anyone could resist that second trip to the buffet!) I cook a lot of Indian cuisine dishes at home, since many Indian restaurants in our area have buffets that do not seem to pay much attention to details in the dishes' ingredients or in the presentation. Mantra India does pay attention to everything from seating to food to the quality of the guests' experience.

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vipLuvGoodFood
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

We like the food there a lot. Always get the booth we want since we usually go around 6:00 pm. But service isn’t as good as it could be all the time.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Fathers day

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OmicronIII
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The food was overall good, presented well, and arrived in a timely fashion. The noise level was moderate, definitely quiet enough to have a conversation in low tones. The environment and the dishware were clean. My only reservation is the service; the waiters certainly did not engage with us; we had to flag down waiters to take our appetizer order, to take the main course order, to refill the water glasses, and to bring us the check. I don't recall anyone checking in about the quality of the food or if we needed anything else after the initial food delivery.

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Drew
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good Indian food. Wide variety, and most do not have nuts for the customers w/ nut allergies.

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LucasB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Really good Indian food

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vipLaura
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and very knowledgeable staff

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vipRossA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I have dined at Mantra India about five times now, and it has been a wonderful experience each of those times. The food is top-notch, and the service excellent. We recommend it highly.

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vipNigamS
San Francisco