Mantra India

4.4
117 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
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  • Casual
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Great for Lunch
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Indian, Contemporary Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Lunch Buffet Seven Days a Week 11:30 am to 3:00 pm
Dinner hours: 5pm to 10pm
Happy Hours daily 5pm to 7pm
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Phone number
(650) 960-1000
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
We do full service catering for all occasions. We have services for Pick up, delivery or live onsite cooking. Please visit our website for more details. www.mantraindiausa.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
West Dana Street
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Parking details

Parking Garage: We recommend the four story parking lot, Behind the restaurant at Left side (wild cherry lane) or Dana Street and Bryant Street.
Parking Lot: Behind the restaurant at Right side of Dana Street and Bryant corner.
street parking: There are lots of surrounding parking available.
There are more parking lots on Hope Street
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Entertainment
Instrumental and relaxing music
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

A relaxing, warm and receptive atmosphere that is perfect for couples, families and large groups, makes Mantra India the perfect choice for very occasion. Come, discover the Mantra for a delightful dining experience!

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Sun 11:30AM - 12:30PM 2:30PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 7:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Thu 2:00PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 7:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri 2:00PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:30PM - 10:00PM
Sat 11:30AM - 12:30PM 2:30PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 7:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

What 117 People Are Saying
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AY
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The buffet lunch was very good!

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

Delicious! Highly recommend; will make it a destination!

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CG
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall very good dinning experience. We had a party of 7. The service was prompt and very friendly. Food was delicious!

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NH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic food and great service. Highly recommend

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

I’d mentioned in my reservation that this was a birthday lunch. Other than having the table ready for us, we received no instructions and very little service. No Birthday acknowledgement despite them playing a song and having candles at the table behind us. Too bad. Food was excellent.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food. Service needs to be worked on but overall a great experience. Ambience has always been good.

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KS
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The best Indian restaurant in Mountain View/Palo Alto area. Authentic food. Tell them you make yours Punjabi style and they will do it. Awesome management and staff.

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MD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Entrees and service were generally not great, though the appetizers were good. Entrees had too much flavor. Was also very cold in the evening time for dinner, had to wear warm jackets inside. Hopefully just our own experience.

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SR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I met some of my friends for drinks and dinner. We sat out doors as it was a pleasant day. We ordered sea bass kebab, lamb seekh kebab, paneer kebab, and veg pakora as finger food with our drinks. We tried biryani for our main course. Overall great food and excellent service!!

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P
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed our meal. We were a large group of 10 and the restaurant was very accommodating. For a buffet the food was very good. Their apps were far better than the entrees. I would go back for the buffet again.

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good Indian food with good service and ambience.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We’ve been going here way before the name change. At least every month, my husband and I come here on a date. We always get their non-vegetarian meal plus half chicken tandoori, papad, chicken tikka masala, and garlic naan. 9 out of 10 times we went here, their food and service are both 5 stars. The other times are 4 stars.

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FO
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I crave Indian food a couple times a year and this place took care of that craving.

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b
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We came here for the lunch buffet which we heard was very good. And we were not disappointed; there were many food options and we tried all different curries some were just mild and some were a bit spicy, but overall the food was delicious. Service was also good as the waiters had regularly checked and refilled our water.

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RR
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our time in Mantra India. Food is great .

Overall 4/5.

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OT
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

tasty food with authentic flavors. they were, surprisingly, out of one (very common) ingredient of a drink we ordered off the menu. had to wait while someone went to buy it. surprised they aren't more on top of their inventory! pleasant service, no styromfoam takeaway containers, thank you

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seated immediately, good service and food tasted great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday Dinner

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EB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I thought it was adequate. Nothing special. I wouldn't do again. Too many other plaves.

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GS
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and reasonable

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A
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good service, the food was well prepared, tandoori chicken was buttery. Overall, recommended.

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S
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Noise level was way too high and in the name of being cool, the light level was kept way too low... But the food was very good! and the service is okay as well.

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JD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The meal was a pleasure as always. The buffet is even larger than it used to be with lots of vegetarian options.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

They completely ignored the fact that we told them it’s a birthday while booking via open table !

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R
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go-to spot for taking people from out of town. On this occasion, we had another great meal. The food is wonderful and the portions are generous but not ridiculously large. Love all the varieties of naan. The wait staff is very friendly and attentive and we had a great time joking with one of the waiters after my husband (somewhat foolishly) ordered his meal "extra hot." :)

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TV
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food seemed OK, but it upset my stomach by the time I got home. Service was a bit slow. Maybe they were giving us our space during our date?

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MC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lots of variety, a good amount of vegetarian options. The drink is included (non alcoholic).

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g
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fresh, delicious food. I can't wait to go back and order the same dishes!

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RP
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was ok. Nothing that stands outs from what ever we had ordered. Nice ambience, but very poorly maintained restroom !

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Good recommendations from our waiter, food was very nice and large portion sizes. There are families dining here so be prepared for the occasional kid scream, decor and lighting is somewhat clinical and service at times a bit too speedy. Quality of food outweighed these other factors.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Food was cold, filled with fat and inedible. Will never return.

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EB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delicious dinner at this new restaurant. We hadn't had Indian food for quite a while - and we will certainly be back. Not too spicy (for one of us) plus a nice extra dish of spices for the other one who really likes spicy. Extra attention from the manager Gary to be sure
I had received from his email - and names of staff who could advise us in what to order.
DELICIOUS!

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AK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Indian restaurants, food so delicious, great service and very clean !

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BP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Really great lunch buffet! Came here for a colleague's birthday meal with 4 other coworkers and enjoyed it a lot. Great selection for vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians. Don't believe they do anything for birthdays though, since I noted we had a birthday in our party. Overall delicious food and wonderful ambiance.

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NI
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, one of our favorite restaurants

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G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Service was poor and served .Food was below average

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Calling the food super bad would be an understatement. The chef seemingly has no idea about preparing dishes from Indian cuisine. There was absolutely no character in the food. I ordered 2 vegetarian curries and they not only tasted bland but had no character, no real taste in it.
The staff does not know if the restaurant has any special curries - no recommendations from the staff when asked.
Long story short - do not go, do not waste your time and money at this place.

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l
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I was looking forward to visiting this restaurant in its new guise. The manager was most welcoming and attentive, and sat us in a quiet booth. That was the good part. The wait staff was impatient to take our order. Our friends wanted to order separately and both selected a tandoori chicken dish, which the waiter assumed was an appetizer for all of us, so brought that ahead of my husband's and my dinner choice, so we got to watch them eat before our meal arrived. I ordered the goat curry, which was in a lovely very spicy thick sauce, but there was no meat! It was a collection of oddly shaped bones and bone shards in sauce. DO NOT ORDER THIS if you actually do want to eat some meat. The chicken tikka marsala was pretty good.

All in all, the waiters need to understand that not all the locals realize a tandoori dish is an appetizer, that not all diners want to share their food (sadly) and that maybe they should ask.

The chef needs to find the missing goat.

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P
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistent good quality food. Good service. Owner/manager recognizes repeat customers.

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m
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We ordered a lot of chaat items and everything was great. We especially enjoyed Avacado Sev Puri, Bombay Slider and Amritsari Paneer Tikka.

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