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Sura Indian Bistro, Philadelphia, PA

Sura Indian Bistro

4.0
4
22 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Indian
At SURA Indian Bistro, discover India's multi-cultural culinary dialogue, centuries in the tasting, nestled in the heart of Philly. Be it the Biryani from the southern part of India or the famous Amritsari Fish from Punjab, each dish tells a story of flavors, meticulously crafted to transport your senses across time and tradition. Our exclusive personalized service will surely bring you back to us again and again! Book your reservation today!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Indian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Indian
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–6:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (215) 478-8777
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Private party facilities
    FIRST Floor- The bar & lounge area is ideal for 45 guests seated. SECOND floor- Ideal for 50 guests seated. THIRD Floor North Room- Ideal for 20 guests seated and the South Room is Ideal for 45 guests seated. BUYOUT for the entire restaurant is ideal for 160 guests.
  • Private party contact
    General Manager: (215) 478-8777
  • Neighborhood
    Center City
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Experiences

  • Date Night Experience

    $175.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Engage in a pleasant evening right with your beloved at the new Romeo and Juliet table at Sura Bistro. Celebrate togetherness with a picturesque view, and enjoy an evening of fine dining, making your date nights special than never before. Five Course Meal Two Cocktails or Two Mocktails per person
    Date Night Experience Photo

Offers

  • Happy Hour Offered at the First Floor Bar

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - Thu - 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    Treat yourself to an array of freshly crafted selective cocktails infused with the exquisite blend of fruits and herbs at reduced prices. All wines, draught beer on tap are half price and all cocktails are $7. AMRITSARI FISH FRY 7 North Indian-style fish fingers coated with Chickpea Flour & Carom Seeds. LASOONI PALAK PAKODA 5 (V, Gf) Crispy Indian fritters made with Spinach, Chickpea Flour, Garlic, and Cumin Seeds. CHICKEN 65 7 Chicken sautéed in a tangy '65' sauce with cilantro & sesame. VEGETABLE SPRING ROLL 5 Golden, crispy wrappers filled with a fresh, finely chopped vegetable medley.

    Happy Hour Offered at the First Floor Bar Photo

What 22 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

22 Reviews
  1. RestaurantGoer

    Washington DC

    70 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    70 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Ok experience. Server/bar tender forgot our drink. Ran completely out of water and had to flag someone down. Service was slow Food was good but not over the top..

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  2. Muttum

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We did not get serving utensils. Biriyani spices are just thrown in clumps

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  3. charlottenc

    Charlotte

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We've never had this type of Indian food before. Everything sounded wonderful, and it was. One dish was better than the next. We had the malag soup, the beet and melon salad, the triple kebabs, the lamb loin cutlets, saag paneer, and the pistou with chicken. We topped off the meal with the scrumptious apricot dessert. The restaurant itself was lovely inside. Recently renovated and beautifully done. On a Tuesday night it was quite busy with all but one table occupied. Our server, Rain, had great suggestions for our meal choices. She did a great job and was very pleasant.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was really good, and I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves Indian cuisine with a bit of modern twist. The ambience was really nice, and we really loved all the dishes, especially the Khumb Majestic and the Gobi Angaara. Would visit again!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first time coming here and having Indian food it was also my birthday & everything was So so so good. Highly recommend. Food was delicious, the restaurant itself was gorgeous, and the staff was amazing. So nice. I’m from New York but will deff come back if I’m ever in Philly again.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The soup in the menu is a big noooooo for me food 3 out of 10. Need a better customer service. Staff very nice, place is cute , bathroom very clean .

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I had a fantastic experience at Sura. Service was excellent and the food was delicious. Cocktails were unique and elegantly presented. Date night special table was a wonderful evening for the two of us.

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  8. Djibouti

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We expected the brunch menu but received a notice about being served the dinner menu 45 min before the reservation. We were a large party and I did not appreciate the short notice. Several items were off the changed menu because they were sold out. Our server was wonderful but the service itself was ok. No one knew which order was for a table and a couple of items were missed.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Check the menu before going. Their weekend brunch menu doesn’t have many choices. We missed that the lunch menu is only for Monday-Friday and ended up with very limited options on a Saturday. It wasn’t worth going over weekend lunch.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    They assured me that booking 9 people at 9:45 pm was something they could accommodate then changed their mind once I arrived. I feel scammed
    Sura Indian BistroResponded on May 11, 2024
    Hello! Our kitchen closes at 9:30 PM. However, we made a one-time exception and requested the chefs to stay a bit longer. Unfortunately, only three out of nine guests arrived at 10 PM, while the rest are still on their way. Our kitchen staff works tirelessly throughout the day, and it is essential for them to close the kitchen, clean up, and head home to rest and prepare for the next day.

    1 person found this helpful

  11. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Such a disappointing experience. I understand they just opened but we waited over an hour for mediocre food. Water wasn’t refilled. No basic courtesy or service passion. Shockingly bad.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Made a reservation for 12 people. Service was attentive and accommodating. Food was prepared quickly, and was enjoyed by all. Including by our friends who grew up eating similar cuisine. My tandoori kebabs were flavorful. The curries were great. As was the naan. Mixed drinks were great.

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  13. rachels

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very average. Our server was super nice and attentive. Food was no better than standard Indian take out. Nothing interesting. Place is pretty . I wanted to love it but ….hopefully with some time it will come around. It has potential.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience. The service (Melvin) was great, we love the food and the presentation was unlike our experience at other Indian restaurants. For whiskey lovers, try the Chai Rye!

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  15. Barnie

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and attentive service. Top notch! I highly recommend this gem of a restaurant.

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  16. Hridoydoctor

    Philadelphia

    35 reviews

    1.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    This restaurant opened newly a week ago and should be geared to please the customers. I ordered Biriyani, which is a staple in any Indian restaurant. But they had run out by 7 PM. Unthinkable in any Indian restaurant, particularly because the restaurant wasn’t busy. There was no finesse in their cooking. All curries consisted of lot of heavy cream and tomato sauce. I am from India and that is not how korma curry is made. They have used a lot of fancy names for their dishes, but don’t be fooled by those names. None of the dishes served to us and in the two neighboring tables looked eclectic. They even messed up something like fish fry. The batter coating was soft and soggy as if it was heated up in a microwave. The food may be compared to that from Indian restaurants in New Jersey shopping strips. This was Americanized Indian food without not much authenticity. Everybody’s food arrived late, after 50 minutes Sorry not going back. The only redeeming feature was the poor waiter who had to constantly apologize for all these deficiencies. He was a kind man.

    1 person found this helpful

  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was not tasty and not traditional. They used short grain rice and the dishes had the wrong flavor profile for Indian food.

    2 people found this helpful

  18. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance. Delicious food. Would definitely recommend.

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  19. Temu

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A rare find , truly very authentic food , had the brunch today and it was very tasty and creative. Loved their cocktails

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  20. WadeA

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious! I will definitely come back.

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  21. Jenn

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat at the bar. The bar tender was very attentive. I had the Dutch style Tandoori Salmon which was delicious! I will go back again.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food (traditional and contemporary vibes) and great service. Great ambiance with some classic Bollywood hits playing in the background. Great for vegan, veg and non veg patrons. Great for an intimate date night as well as larger groups (they have some larger spaces on the second and third floor). The GM will help arrange anything you need!

    1 person found this helpful

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Sura Indian Bistro using the Order Online button. Sura Indian Bistro also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Sura Indian Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 478-8777.

Sura Indian Bistro is rated 4 stars by 22 OpenTable diners.

Sura Indian Bistro does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Sura Indian Bistro

1726 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-5120

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Center City
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–6:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Indian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Indian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (215) 478-8777
  • Private party facilities
    FIRST Floor- The bar & lounge area is ideal for 45 guests seated. SECOND floor- Ideal for 50 guests seated. THIRD Floor North Room- Ideal for 20 guests seated and the South Room is Ideal for 45 guests seated. BUYOUT for the entire restaurant is ideal for 160 guests.
  • Private party contact
    General Manager: (215) 478-8777
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