Mantra India

4.3
154 reviews
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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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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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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.

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C
San Francisco
63 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.

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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.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
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.

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WL
San Francisco
3 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.

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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
10 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.

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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.

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HM
San Francisco
2 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.

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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.

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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

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E
San Francisco
19 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.

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

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was good though the site is a little tight.

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

The food was great

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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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n
San Francisco
94 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, wide buffet food selection both vegetarian and non-veg, but not top quality ingredients. Butter chicken was very good, but the lamb/goat was full of bones, and tough.

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HE
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I loved it! Friendly wait staff and tasty food.

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P
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
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
17 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
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
33 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food!

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SJ
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 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 November 30, 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
23 reviews
Dined on November 20, 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
15 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 10, 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 8, 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
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 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
3 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 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MC
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 29, 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
20 reviews
Dined on October 26, 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
20 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm atmosphere, great food, awesome service.

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OT
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on October 2, 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
4 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 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious! Highly recommend; will make it a destination!

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CG
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on August 28, 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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