Mantra India

4.2
136 reviews
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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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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

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P
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We ordered the amritsari paneer appetizer and weren't particularly impressed. The paneer wasn't marinated well and disn't have great flavors. The moong dal halwa was really delicious and would go back for that. Service was good.

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U
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I am vegetarian. Mantra has a large selection of vegetarian options in their buffet and they taste great.

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RA
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food!

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SJ
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are from out of state and chose Mantra because it was near to our hotel - there were a few negative reviews about the wait staff, but gave it a shot anyway. The wait staff took a bit to warm up to us, but were very friendly after a few trips to our table (typical of their culture, so it does not bother me). I love Indian food and eat it whenever I travel - the food was DELICIOUS, arrived quickly, and they boxed up the plethora of leftovers we had so we could enjoy the following day. My brother has never had Indian food before and loved it, as well. I highly recommend and would definitely return!

We had Saag paneer, chicken tikka masala, naan and rice and it was plenty for 2 people plus leftovers.

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RA
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I had the best chaat after a long time here at Mantra. They buffet spread was good and priced right.

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JH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service was very good as the waiter was helpful in selecting some choices from the varied menu. The spice level was moderate in for me, but for some of my friends it was a bit spicy. Next time I will have to ask re: spicy levels as that was one failing of the waiter not offering or indicating the heat level. With that said, it was for dinner and family style, so I would recommend for groups willing to share which makes the value of the meal better as the portions was fair (appropriate) for the price.

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h
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The waiter was pretty rude, plus $10.99 for a 6 year old I thought was crazy when my child didn’t eat anything!

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t
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

We had the best dinner we have had for a while. The food was outstanding. BUT, but but, we were freezing cold with a wide open door even though it was very cold outside.

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s
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our experience got off to a rocky start. Our lunch at Mantra would have been a 5 star experience except for the boorish behavior of 1 seating host. I would have rated it lower, since he was just so unpleasant but I don’t see why a generally good restaurant has to take a big hit due to 1 employee’s bad table-side manner. We had a reservation for 1pm and this seating host (I didn’t get his name unfortunately) was extremely rude and told me and my party that they would be unable to seat us. Meanwhile there was another seating host (Raven) who was very gracious and helped us out. During this time frame the initial seating host rudely asked Raven to tell us that he would be able to seat us on 2 separate tables. This guy is an absolute detriment to your customer facing business. You’ll see more satisfied diners once you address hiss behavior. I say this because he was universally rude to all the diners who wished to patronize Mantra. Anyways it took 15 minutes to get us seated and thankfully the worst part of our Mantra experience was over.
Once we got settled in, all the wait staff were extremely attentive and kind. Food was excellent. Definitely one of the better Indian buffets in the peninsula for quality and the number of options available for different dietary preferences.
We look forward to our next visit to Mantra and hopefully will not have to deal with the initial rudeness at that time.

Big shout out to Raven who managed the whole thing with such calmness and presence of mind.

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I
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

Food was good. Service was horrible. Waiter or any staff didn't even asked once if needed anything. Dessert menu wasn't offered and we had to pay our bill at front desk because no one gave us the bill. We waited more than 15 minutes after we got done eating dinner to get our bill. WILL NOT GO THEIR AGAIN.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was fantastic. Server was way more focused on his two larger parties and forgot to come get our entree order. We finally got to order our entree after we finished our apps and the expo was coming to pick up our app plates giving us the chance to order through him.

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CR
Tulsa
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was a great dining experience. The food was superb, was traveling and ate here for dinner 2x that week. I'll be back every business and pleasure trip to Mountain View.

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WL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Very good Indian buffet.
But the service is not very attentive, and the interior is very crowded at lunchtime, with not much space between the tables.

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t
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, large amount of options on menu, and attentive staff.

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MC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best Indian food I've eaten, and the most unique. I had salmon which was cooked perfectly. My friend had the vegetarian platter, which was amazing. Service was excellent. We ended up staying 3 hours since we hadn't seen each other in a long time - zero pressure. Highly recommend!

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M
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration. Everyone was super friendly

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LB
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and value! This is one of the most substantial Indian buffets I've been to - there were so many options. You're sure to find something to suit the tastes of everyone in your party

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M
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm atmosphere, great food, awesome service.

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OT
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Pathetic stale food. Chicken was so stale that it gave all of us stomach ache. Usually good here is good on weekends but the weekday food was disgusting! Not dining there anymore!

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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
13 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
7 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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San Francisco
2 reviews
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
26 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
4 reviews
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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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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b
San Francisco
13 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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OT
San Francisco
38 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
3 reviews
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
71 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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