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About Mantra India

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.

288 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Indian

Hours of Operation:
11 to 3
5 to 10

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(650) 960-1000

Website:
http://mantraindiausa.com/

Mantra India Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

73% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (7)
Good for a Date (4)
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Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Authentic (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Vegan (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Business Meals (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fun (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Service was very slow. My boss ordered onions on the side and chai for his dinner. he had to ask 3 times to get the onions and never got the chai. Then, when it came to getting the bill - it took forever! My boss eventually had to go to the front. The food, once ordered, came out very quickly and was very tasty.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Good buffet selection for lunch hour. Good array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian selections.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Ambiance and service was good. But the food quality was somewhat disappointing. The gravy of Kashmiri Dum Aloo, Butter chicken and Kofta Malai tasted the same. The gravy of Lamb Roganjosh had too much tomato flavor (tangy). Overall the experience was unlike the previous times. Was kind of disappointed!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

At times, the seating tends to be very congested due to large groups.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Me and my husband visited this place on his birthday. Being a hardcore delhite my husband doesn't approve of tandoori preparations very easily . But to my surprise he was extremely delighted with the chicken tikka here that he exclaimed,' finally the best Delhi standard tandoori chicken I have tasted in the US' . Butter chicken was sumptuous and of huge quantity! The garlic naan was a melt in the mouth . Service is exceptionally good . Credits to the manager who is on the toes and alert to everyone's requirements! Ambience is spacious ,simple and comfortable. Both me and my husband loved the place and are definitely recommending it to all our friends . I'm glad I chose this place for his Birthday

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Consistently decent food, reasonable prices. Good service. Courteous owner/ manager. A side note: Don't order the Rodney Strong Pinot Noir. They've not had it for 2 years.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

We love the food. However, my entrees were not hot. I don't mean spicy. I mean not warm enough when they came to the table.

We felt we had to wait a little bit too long. We waited more than 20 minutes to get our first dish.

Also, I prefer water with ice.

The food is delicious.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Spicy, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Thank you Park Balluchi - Dinner was great and the service was spectacular!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Fun, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great food, tender tandoori and unique and complicated flavors. Loved it.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Meeting with relatives. Amazing food. Fun filled times.

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

We all felt that the food was very good but extremely spicy (hot) even though we asked for very mild spice. The portions were large compared to most Indian places we have been to in the Bay area. The butter chicken was terrific, simple, flavorful, well prepared -- just wish I could eat it with all the heat. The breads were excellent, and the keema nan (with lamb) was among the best we have had, but we left much of uneaten because it was too spicy. The eggplant dish was superb and was the least spicy dish, but still quite hot. The soup of the day was too spicy hot to eat. By the way, one couple in our party was Indian, and they also said the food was too spicy. Good Indian food need not be soooo spicy to be good.

There were ample staff, but we had to work to flag them down to order, to get their attention to get more water, and to get the bill. The waiter was very pleasant but his english was not very clear. He could not explain what the vegi meal contained. I think they know that they have a communication issue, as the waiter read back our order to us, which was reassuring. However, they did not seem to get the not spicy request, or the cook was incapable of honoring it. After making our request, waiter said "a little spicy" and we said "no, please, less than a little spicy, not hot at all," which we said even though we know there would be some spice, but just not as much as that!

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Great buffet lunch selection. Ideal for vegetarian and non-vegetarian palettes alike.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Very noisy place. Delicious food. Expensive. Service is average though they try. Menu is not very wide. Not your first choice for Indian but better than light eateries.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Food was really good but services were very mis managed and insanely late. Manager did give us 10% discount for that. Manager was very nice and trying hard to manage all the tables on his own and seems the servers were not able to coordinate.

They have completely revamped the interiors and have increased the menu pricing. Interiors look really good but still high prices are not justifiable. With these prices, I would rather go to Sakoon or Shivas, high-end neighboring restaurants. I used to love Park Baluchi because of its great food and good pricing. Pricing factor has gone!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Had the butter chicken & veggie biryani. Both were good. Service is poor. Looks like there are enough wait staff but we had to flag them down to order and then to get a check.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

First, the good stuff; the Tandoori chicken dishes and the baked eggplant were great, and the accompanying rice was divine. Then the bad stuff; the Fish Pakora appetizer was made with fish that tasted many many days old; the service was atrocious as well as the timing of the plates, we looked at a couple plates of just chicken, which was brought out sizzling, but by the time several minutes later when the remaining dishes and rice came out the sizzle was long gone.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Strictly average experience

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2017

We have been enjoying the food here since last 3 years. Amritsari Paneer Tikka and Gobi Manchurian are our favorites. Food was light and non greasy. Wish we had the option to customize our bread basket. Garlic and butter Naan along with the Veg Korma and Balluchi daal left us craving for more. The waiters need more education about the dishes on the menu and the ingredients used, even though they have good customer service skills.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Very tasty and extensive buffet for lunch - the service is solid and the lunch choices were tasty and well prepared. All the platters and bowls were consistently refilled and served hot (or cold as the case may be). The buffet price also includes a drink too. Overall, very nice place to have Indian cuisine.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 17, 2017

I have been to Park Balluchi many times as i like the food but this time food was not at all met the expectation . Dissapointned :(

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2017

I went with my colleagues to have a heartfelt lunch. Must say, my tummy was more than happy with the variety, flavor and quality of food. I relished the "Achari Mutton" especially. Great ambiance to catch-up with old pals over great food on a lazy afternoon!! Recommend, recommend.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Really good food and attentive staff

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2017

We always enjoy the tasty Flavors not over spiced or too hot. Service is friendly, attentive but not intrusive, and prompt. Excellent value, especially with the R coupon

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Fun, Casual, Great Beer, Authentic, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Good & Cooperative owners. Delicious food served with love & passion. Lunch buffet is awesome with lot of varieties for both Veggies & Non-Veg.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2016

The service is very lacking, they only has two servers for the whole restaurant and they had to literally be flagged down for drink refills. The same servers were also the bartenders, they didn't make any of the cocktails correctly and kept asking questions like "is there ice in that" when my friend ordered a dirty martini.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2016

We are not familiar with Indian food, but went for dinner with an Indian who lives in Kansas. She was our instructor. We really like the platter selection that gave us a chance try several different dishes. She was very happy with the food served and said it was really authentic Indian food.

My husband came late and the waiter served him quickly. He had chicken while we had vegetarian. The wait staff was great. I look forward to going again.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Outstanding Value
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2016

Half cooked food. People just running around to serve without any care for what the people need. Really disappointing as I had high hopes.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2016

Very good food; attentive staff ; great service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2016

Very extensive lunch buffet. Quality and freshness excellent. Clean and efficient. Drink service a bit slow during lunch hour.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Organic, Spicy, Business Meals, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 4, 2016

Excellent dishes and good service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2016

Ambience is good -- food is average compared with bay area options.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2016

Crab roll appetizers were delicious, as was the seafood curry and the naan. Crowded and noisy, but excellent service .

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2016

Great dinner. This was our first time here and all the food was amazing. Atmosphere is fun.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 5, 2016

Our waiter served the white wine we ordered at room temperature! Really?!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 21, 2016

The food is really good, and the service is great. It's a perfect casual dinner spot.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2016

Excellent food with just a trace of the spiciness mentioned in previous diners' reviews. I don't particularly like super spicy food so I was a little hesitant but I needn't have worried. We started with the Gobi Manchurian and Pepper Crabcake, which were excellent choices to appreciate the beautiful spices with just a hint of heat in the Gobi Manchurian. The cauliflower florets dissolved on my fork as if I were eating a meat dish, and the crabcake couldn't have been any fresher. the downside to the crabcake is that you receive only one; at $9.99, I probably won't order it again, but I enjoyed the dish nonetheless. Dinner was Lamb Saag and Balluchi Chicken Curry. I would have loved a little more lamb with my spinach saag but at $13.99, I really shouldn't complain. The curry was perfection. Bottomline, eating at Park Balluchi reminded me of what I've been missing in Indian dishes at other restaurants. I'm looking forward to having lunch here next.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 5, 2016

I went there for dinner, and between 4 of us ordered 4 entrees plus rice and naan. The food was very good, though everything was spicier than we expected. I wasn't bothered by it, but it was a little too much for some of our group. It would have been nice to know that mild wasn't the default at the time of ordering or we would have specified mild if possible.

The portions were on the small size, though 4 entrees was basically enough for the group, though a couple of us were still a little hungry afterwards. A friend picked up the bill, so I don't have a good sense of value for money, but based on the menu, I thought the prices were reasonable.

The server made me slightly uncomfortable, but it wasn't terrible. I felt like he meant well.

I'd definitely go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2015

They were really busy on New Year's Eve but they handled it quite well. Food was a little bit spicier than usual and we thought it was delicious! I always have a good experience at this restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2015

Awesome Food. Liked the place. Awesome Food. Liked the place. Awesome Food. Liked the place. Awesome Food. Liked the place. Awesome Food. Liked the place. Awesome Food. Liked the place. Awesome Food. Liked the place. Awesome Food. Liked the place. Awesome Food. Liked the place. Awesome Food. Liked the place. Awesome Food. Liked the place. Awesome Food. Liked the place. Awesome Food. Liked the place. Awesome Food. Liked the place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2015

The food was very good, the service was shaky. Our waiter did not speak clear English and got us the wrong appetizer.

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