Mantra India

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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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AK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

t
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

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.

k
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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???

AF
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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

M
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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).

C
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

RS
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It was nice

MP
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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

r
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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!

HM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

S
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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

M
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

KW
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

M
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

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.

CP
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

LG
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Fathers day

OI
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

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.

D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

LB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Really good Indian food

L
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and very knowledgeable staff

RA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

NS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The host was quite upset that I booked a table via Open table and got something sooner than the wait time he quoted us. So he “penalized” us by putting our 4 person reservation on an unusable 3 person table. Smirked along as we puzzled on how 2 adults and 2 kids could manage with only three seats. When we requested a four person table per the reservation, the response was basically along that’s what you get for using open table shorten your wait.

Finally a waiter had mercy on us and reseated us. Open table might want to discuss this with the restaurant manager.

C
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We decided to try this India restaurant after walking through the Mountain View A La Carte & Art. The staff and service were excellent. The food was delicious and packed with flavors. We will be back when we're in the neighborhood. Would love to try their buffet.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We went for Easter Brunch. Very crowded and you didn’t see the waiter much but lots of variety and the price was great!!!! Highly recommend sitting outside. Very crowded inside.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

The service was not like normal. Our drinks took longer than the appetizers and I just ordered a club soda. They didn't remember who ordered what and served us each other's food. Didn't put the dressing on the side of a friend's salad. (This was fixed) Forgot to bring my husbands chai until he reminded him. It was my 30th birthday and we choose to celebrate it at Matra India this was told in the reservation and by a friend when she got there and they made no acknowledgement of it.

WL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, and great variety. For lunch it's a buffet, and you can have as many servings as you want.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant

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LG
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food is great. Service is slow and not that good. They also don’t seem to pay attention to the occasion or special event mentioned in the open table reservation. I had to go and tell them that this was a special birthday. This happened twice. But again the food is great.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our baby’s 1st bday. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Food was excellent, Avacado bhel and Kashmiri dum aloo were outstanding. Overall we had a great experience.

HM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Impressed by the variety of choices. The food was well presented and prepared. The waiter explained every dish when ordered as well as when it arrived. More importantly, he made suggestions when asked about certain items. The Lamb Kebabs on skewers were delicious and cooked to perfection. There were also plenty of vegetarian dishes on the menu, which was a delight to see.

MC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

A little pricier than expected. Also too noisy, but food was good.

MV
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I did not have a great experience with the quality. The main dish was salty and they offered us free dessert. Would try again before deciding if I will visit again

E
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Mantra is a consistently good restaurant with terrific food and good service. The chicken Dum Biriyani had a few small bone fragments in it, but everything else was so good.

AK
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

food was cold and old i guess. biryani chicken was old

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was good though the site is a little tight.

m
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great

l
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Very congested, bad food, poor choices in menu

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