Saar Indian Bistro

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144 reviews
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SAAR is a modern Indian bistro in Midtown Manhattan helmed by celebrated Tandoor Master Chef Hemant Mathur and his wife, acclaimed Chef Surbhi Sahni. The 64-seat restaurant and bar showcases authentic regional comfort food in a cozy, eclectic setting inspired by Chef Mathur’s home city of Jaipur. The menu features a unique combination of traditional home cooked and Indian street foods, reflecting the essence of India’s broad multicultural influences – including elements from British, Persian, and Jewish cuisine. Service includes lunch and dinner.
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RD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely restaurant with delicious and unique food, great service and beautiful modern Indian decor. The only downside to the ambiance were the glaring fluorescent lights from the parking garage across the street. Obviously not the fault of the restaurant but perhaps blinds on the windows could help - it would have been an overall 5 star experience if not for those lights.

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P
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was great, especially the goat stew and appetizers. Some items were rather spicy but in a good way. The service could be better - the wait staff seemed to be busy and we had to wait till one of them would pay attention to us and answer a question.

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TD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, friendly competent service, relaxed ambience, fair prices.

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Naples
26 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good staff. Food was delicious but we would like to see a few of the classic Indian dishes . We enjoyed our meal very much. It’s such a pleasure to find a nice restaurant like this in the theater district,, which is normally a sea of mediocre food, high prices, and loud. I hope they do well!!

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F
New York Area
117 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Best Indian food in town, fab for vegetarians as there are a lot of options. It's going to be our go to place for Indian food.

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PJ
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

decent food. bad service. they have shortage of staff...

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AL
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very good and sweet especially this one dude I don’t know his name but he is a little lean with blonde hair and a beard and is white

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EG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Loved the food but not the service. Nonetheless, I would recommend it since we were in and out in time to make our show!

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P
London
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful. The staff was wonderful. The restaurant is on a great location.

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lamb chop was amazing. I had the chicken kebabs as an appetizer and it was delicious. My aunt had the shrimp stuffed with chicken and that too was very delicious

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MV
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Indian food for foodies, fantastic service. I will visit every time I’m in NYC.

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UK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience, delectable flavours and personalised service. Al in all a wonderful experience

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SB
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food !! Different preparations and eclectic !! Touch of spice but not too much as is in other Indian restaurants!!

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AM
New England
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked this restaurant due to proximity to Gershwin Theater. Food was excellent and we had a happy hour drink also, half price glasses of wine. Absolutely recommend this place!

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D
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and generous portions. Liked that there are different plate sizes. I had spiced chickpea dish with potato stuffed naan. Delicious! Server was very pleasant and attentive. Was not offered pretheatre menu so ask for it if you might be interested.

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VG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pre-theatre worked wonderfully...
Food was great, more Bengalese then Indian but flavorful and different renditions of seafood and poultry and meet…

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GP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food.
Restaurant team welcoming and joyful
Restaurant nicely decorated

I recommend

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EE
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The tandoori lamb chops on the pre-theatre menu were the best I’ve ever tasted. The prices are not low, and the portions are small, but the food is amazing. We ordered an extra dish and we ended up sated. It was definitely worth it and we will be returning often.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

They did not have enough people serving. The ones there seemed inexperienced, and the one with experience was a bit arrogant. They were super busy, they did not check on you to see if you need anything. We struggled to get their attention. Food was tasty, but i prefer more of an authentic set-up. This was supposed to be fancier (nice plates, utensils, etc), but with the service of a cafeteria.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Food was average at best and not worth the price. Service was inconsistent. Several items we ordered were forgotten and had hard time getting bill. Staff didn’t seem happy. Restaurant was not busy at that time so lack of attention didn’t make sense. On the plus side, interior of restaurant was nice and comfortable.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome pre-theatre meal!!

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JC
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great place before the theater. Would highly recommend the price-fixed menu before theater. Excellent choices!

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JZ
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

If you're in the theater district, this is a great alternative to the typical touristy type places. Ambiance was relaxing and food was very good. If you're seeing a 2pm matinee however, they don't open earlier than 12pm. We thought it was plenty of time for a party of five, and we barely made our show. I'm not sure if they were short staffed, but we hardly saw our server. The cocktail menu looked phenomenal and we were eager to try some of their more unique drinks, only to find they don't have a bartender at lunch. A bit of a disappointment. I will say for the price and quality of the food however, you can't beat it in the theater district (where at most places food is just okay, servers rush you, and everything's overpriced.) $21 for three courses and the portion sizes were perfect. Even my 13-year-old picky eater found something he liked and loved it. We will for sure make this our go-to any time we're in the area!

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CS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

I have dietary restrictions and always call the restaurant several days if not weeks in advance to make sure the kitchen can accommodate me. I was assured they could. When I arrived, they were not prepared for me. The manager said he had it taken care of but he did not nor did the chef understand my needs. The first dish brought to me was not acceptable and was sent back. The manager took it back to the kitchen and brought me something else that was acceptable but not creative and rather boring. I was really looking forward to dinner at Saar and was greatly disappointed. I will not be returning nor recommending it to others due to the poor service.

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EW
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was inventive, inspired, and tasty and the service was amazing. I spilled my mango lassi and received a new one, new appetizers and much kindness. The ambience was nice and calm, though it was very late, so I'm not sure what it's like during dinner rush. Would definitely recommend!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only complaint—we were a bit pushed into ordering the samosas for appetizers and although neither of us is a samosa fan we tried them. I’ve had much better.

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V
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff is very friendly. Service was excellent. A bit over priced. The butter chicken is delicious. Wasn’t crazy about okra salad. Very salty.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a city day with my sister and we enjoyed our meal here!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food. Service slow. Waited forever to get waited on and we were only one of 3 tables. Everything else was top notch. Did I mention the great food!

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MK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Tucked away in a less attractive side street, but with nice ambiance inside. Set up to accommodate large groups -- which may create a noise problem at times. But not in our case, having dinner before a concert a Carnegie Hall. Dishes come in three sizes (small, medium, large) with the usual offerings of Indian breads as sides. Again, very convenient for larger groups and sharing dishes. Of the small dishes we really liked the smoked eggplant dish whereas the cauliflower lattkes (prominently featured) left something to be desired lacking distinct character/flavor. Truly outstanding was the slow cooked goat stew, a dish hard to find otherwise. Both puri and parathas were very good.

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H
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a 7 friends reunion lunch. The food was excellent - we had a number of dishes to share and 3 desserts. We had fish, goat curry, Indian risotto, two chicken dishes and two kinds of chicken. All delicious.

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s
Nashville
43 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the staff excellent!

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A
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 2

Overall, interesting food.... be sure to note that it isn't Indian Indian food.... it is fusion Indian with some... very American touches (eg cauliflower). good drinks.

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M
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We went for the $20 brunch deal. On paper the menu looks amazing. The dishes are very interesting and different from standard Indian restaurants. Appetizers were amazing, especially chicken and lamb kebabs. However, rest of the meal was disappointing. Our group ordered almost every entree on the menu, and we didn't like any very much, and outright left a few uneaten. The flavors just didn't shine. Second visit to this restaurant, and I've left disappointed both times.

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MK
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Took my dad for his 50th birthday and he loved it. Unique food options and drinks; would highly recommend!

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MY
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I had dinner here at 6pm on a Friday night. The menu is fairly limited, but my friend and I both looked forward to a lamb stew. We were informed that there was only one portion available. At 6pm on a weekend night, they ran out of the this dish. I let me friend have the stew and we asked for it to be moderately spicy and indeed it was. I love lamb, especially at an Indian restaurant, and the only other lamb dish was lamb ribs. I was told that they could be prepared moderately spicy. The lamb ribs were just not good. No spices at all, no taste at all. Service here was excellent and the restaurant is beautiful. But please, with a limited menu, all dishes should be available !

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M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is personal and knowledgable. The food is interesting and delicious. I've eaten in most of the higher end Indian restaurants in New York and Mumbai and Saar is on par with the best of them

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a
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Very tasty food & wine. Ample portions!
Attentive and friendly service
Thanks!!!

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CM
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, beautifully presented, outstanding service, vegetarian and gluten free options. Pre- theater pre fix dinner was a great value! A gem!

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C
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was DELICIOUS!!!! Service staff were warm, kind and more than competent. It was a casual feeling place and other guests seemed as happy as our table was with everything presented. We will be back!!!

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