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About The Indian Garden - Chicago
DISCOVER CULINARY NIRVANA and great variety of Indian culture as experienced through her many regional cuisines-from Bombay and Delhi to Goa. The essence of Indian Cuisine lies in the variety of spices available and the aromas generated by their use. A visit to Indian Garden is a culinary voyage of discovery to the exotic tastes and textures of India and the warmth and hospitality of her people.
Chicago, IL 60611
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:45pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:15pm
$30 and under
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The Indian Garden caters for 35 to 100 people and are affiliated with most major Banquet Halls & Hotels in the downtown area. Indian Garden specializes in weddings, baby showers, birthdays, sweet sixteens and anniversaries. Everything is custom designed to the needs of the event; special dishes off the regular catering menu can also be requested.
We have excellent valet service during dinner. The valet parking is $10.00. We have meter parking during lunch hours.
Chef K. C. Padam
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Indoor Smoking Area, Takeout
The Indian Garden - Chicago Ratings and Reviews
The Indian Garden is good for Indian food, but surprisingly risky for vegans. I write this review to inform vegans of the chance that they might not get a vegan meal even if the option selected is designated as "vegan" in the menu. A vegan in our party ordered the Veg Jalfreizi which was labeled "vegan" in the menu. When it arrived it included Paneer which is Indian cheese. The menu description of the dish did not include cheese in the description. When we raised the issue of cheese in a vegan dish making Indian Garden's Veg Jalfreizi definitively not a vegan dish the response was very surprising. The waitress left the table and went to the kitchen. She returned and informed us that after speaking to the chef the solution was that "the next time you order Veg Jalfreizi just request 'no cheese'." The Indian Garden chef expects vegans to somehow know which dishes are promised as vegan, but that require special instructions to actually get in a vegan form. I think Indian Garden can and should do better, and the chef needs a reminder on the ways to serve vegan customers with respect for their needs.
The food was not being refilled in serving trays and couple of trays were empty e.g. Samosas, rice etc.
The used plates on the table were not cleared when we went for getting additional servings from the buffet table. We had to ask for the plates to be cleared.
I managed to visit this restaurant twice in the three days I was in Chicago. The first was on Christmas night, and they happened to be open. The food took a bit longer because they were so busy, but definitely worth the wait. On the second visit, I made a reservation and the servers all gave input as to what was their favorite dish, and what they thought the milder taste buds could not handle. We were a large party seated at the back of the restaurant, and the host came back several times to make sure the entire party was happy.
Slightly erratic greeting on arrival and service as the restaurant diners seemed to be competing with a high volume of takeaway/delivery business. The cooking was of a high standard but be warned that portions are quite large. We noticed that there was ice on the inside of one of the windows in the area where we were seated.
we ordered from the menu instead of having lunch buffet which seems like they were ill equipped to manage.
food was cold. had ordered naan and reminded the server twice and finally was told that kitchen was closed. wait staff are not pleasant or attentive and maybe only trained to manage lunch buffet diners. Food would taste better if it was actually warm. Lack of attention and borderline the look of annoyance on wait
staff made the experience more unpleasant.
I've been here several times before. This tine, however, the food was way too spicy- everything!!! It was strange that out of the blue several servers came over and asked us if the food was too hot even though we never complained about it!
At the end of the meal, we waited 30 minutes to get our check. Then they also forgot to bring us our leftover food. Somewhat disappointed.
I usually trust if a restaurant has many positive reviews and take the negative reviews as... “they must have had a bad day”. Well, I was there on a bad day. Server did not know menu and the Tandoor oven was not working so this limited our menu choices considerably.
I went for a milestone birthday, and I'd been waiting for weeks to go to Indian Garden. The last time I went, I really enjoyed it. This time, however... I was, immediately, insulted and disappointed: despite the fact that the restaurant was 60% empty, and I was a party of one, I was seated at literally the rearmost table. Even my waiter was annoyed with the host for the inexplicable distance he had to walk to ask me if I wanted the lunch buffet; I could tell by the look of frustration and confusion on his face as he trekked past empty table after empty table. I guess the host thought I would enjoy the view from that window -- construction to the northeast and a parking garage to the southeast. The food has certainly gone down since my last visit. It was oniony, garlicky, over salted -- it had no fragrance or complexity. The pakora were over-breaded and the tandoori chicken was overly dry. There were two dessert options; neither was fantastic. The best dish was the vegetable lentil soup. It is a pricey buffet, and it was not worth the money. I should have gone to Rajun Cajun.
This is my favorite OpenTable restaurant, I visit them more times a year than any other restaurant, when I'm on OpenTable looking for a restaurant and I can't decide on where to go....I always book at the Indian Garden and they're pretty consistent even when the service is not there, which isn't often.
Above average Indian food. Well spiced. I went with my kids (older 30+). My daughter is a vegetarian and she was, of course happy with the selection. My son is a picky eater, but he actually enjoyed the dishes he had. The restaurant is located on the second floor. The window seats offer a nice street view. Service was ok. We shared all the dishes and we were all satisfied with the quantity and the quality. Good, authentic Indian food in a nice location.
Food was very good. W had a great table with a nice view. The only problem we had was that we only saw the waiter once the whole time we were there. They kept our water glasses filled, but NOBODY came to offer more drinks or even ask how the food was. There are more Indian Restaurants in Chicago to visit before I come back to this one.
The location is excellent. This is just a couple of blocks from the magnificent mile. He was easy to find on Google maps. The restaurant is located in the second floor so one has to go up stairs to get into the restaurant. I ordered a lamb curry with basmati rice. It was excellent food. The meat was tender and the spice level was perfect. The price was cheaper than a fancy restaurant but at the end of the meal I thought that I ate a more quality food than what I would be find in a more expensive restaurant. It was a healthy option and it was worth every penny. The servers were courteous and service minded
We ordered chicken makhani, lamb rojan josh, and eggplant marigold. All were very flavorful and meat was particularly tender. Server was very friendly and helpful. For a Monday evening, arriving at 8:00, the restaurant was particularly busy. Would definitely recommend.
We were surprised that we hadn't found this restaurant before as the waiter told us it's been open for 24 years!! The room is much more sophisticated than most Indian restaurants and is up off the street on the second floor overlooking Ontario Street. Service was very good.....friendly and inviting without haute attitude. The food was typical but authentic Indian food expertly spiced and nicely presented, right up there with the best Indian restaurants in the City.
Short & sweet - overall excellent choice for Indian food in city. Excellent place for being able to talk with your dinner companions without having to shout over a noisy room - VERY few affordable places in Chicago loop that have this perk & so, so important, especially when you have limited time to catch up with old friends. The service was superb, and ambiance warm & pleasing. On a scale of 1-10, the food was an 8 (we are quite picky & eat Indian food quite often). We would not hesitate to come back again for a comfortable, fun evening out with friends.
I reserved ahead with OpenTable and included an allergy alert nearly an hour in advance. The reason I did this was to make sure that the kitchen could accommodate the allergy. If not, they had my phone number to contact me..
When I arrived, I was pleased to see that they had cleaned up the bar area The last time I was there, it looked like a storage room..The room looks really great with large windows leading in natural light and furnished with lovely chandeliers and sturdy, comfortable chairs.
The linen napkins are appreciated. I did not know there was a buffet today so, I asked the manager if he could tell me what items on the buffet would not upset my allergy and also asked for a menu. The menu never came, so I ventured over to the buffet and flagged down my waiter.He was trying to help but did not know what items I could eat. He offered to go to the kitchen and check.The buffet, and showed me two or three items. The waiter directed me to a chicken dish, a curry dish, rice, mango chutney, and yogurt sauce.i put a few items on my plate and started to eat and noticed that I immediately was having a bit of a reaction, so I flagged down the waiter again and asked him to verify whether garlic and onion was used in the preparation.He apologized and said yes it was and that he was very sorry. They didn't do me much good because the damage was already done.A couple of minutes later he emerged from the kitchen with a cauliflower and lentil dish and presented it to me and told me he did not have any onion or garlic.it was very thoughtful of him, but the level of spices made it impossible for me to eat. I ate the delicious naan. You may wonder why a person with garlic and onion allergies but go to an Indian restaurant but I have found over my extensive travel that a good chef can work around any situation, especially with notice. Unfortunately, this was not my day. I'm not sure I'll return again except perhaps to pick up some naan to go.
Overall good experience, we were just taken aback by how soon they started clearing the plates out. Two of us were still eating when they took away plates from the other two people... for a place which isn't a holeinthewall that should be a strict no-no. Food was good, the service aspect wasn't
Really Bad Service - awful experience!
There was no assigned server and the servers had no clue about the menu. The drinks that we ordered, never arrived. We were unable to get additional bread/dishes during the meal, as there was no one to take the order; even after asking repeatedly. The lady taking the order refused to call the manager when we wanted to provide a feedback and finally got us a check which was not for our table. The attitude was that the $8 discount at the end makes up for the horrible evening with atrocious service -- they really managed to spoil a family get together.
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