Make a reservation

Party Size
For 2
Date
Today
Time
7:00 PM
icon/ic_social_proofCreated with Sketch.
Booked 6 times today

The Indian Garden - Chicago

4.3
526 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Indian
Top Tags:
  • Spicy
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Authentic
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Indian
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
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
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(312) 280-4910
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Casual Dress
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Chef K. C. Padam
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
Catering
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.
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Fairbanks& Ontario
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
We have excellent valet service during dinner. The valet parking is $10.00. We have meter parking during lunch hours.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Indoor Smoking Area, Takeout
What 526 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
3.8
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Quiet
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

My Indian-food-loving son was in town and we dined here. I really enjoyed everything about this dining experience. The chicken tikka was a little overcooked, however, everything else was perfect. Service was good and great ambiance. Will definitely return.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This is the best Indian buffet I have every had. The choices are amazing and the atmosphere is relaxing.

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The restaurant was apparently closed for a private party and no one had bothered to inform me even after I confirmed my reservation with them the day before. They didn't call to inform me on the day of either. I showed up there and that's when I was told. I've been a customer with them for 6 years, but after this extremely unprofessional behavior I will not be returning again!

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Being an Indian, I went to this restaurant for having some delicious Indian food. However, to my surprise, they served the stale food with lots of spice. I could not eat the food and regret for my decision to goto this restaurant.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Delicious! Aloo Gobi was spicier than expected but still fantastic!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We love India Garden. The buffet is delicious, the dishes high quality, the ambiance lovely and the staff very welcoming. The buffet is a great value. For example the paneer dishes are always choc full of cheese. I usually eat vegetarian but do love the shrimp and fish dishes. My meat eating friends rave about the chicken and the lamb. The buffet selections vary all the time so you can always find something new. If you have friends who have never tried Indian food do bring them here. The regular menu is also wonderful and a good chance to try some harder to find dishes. Do note the restaurant is on the 2nd floor and a high rise is being erected immediately west of the restaurant which obscures the sign. The restaurant is also conversation and child friendly. Enjoy!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Apart from the Bald manager who was a little rude, the food was delecious, the dessert - Cham Cham was just sugary and very hard not like the actual Indian made, bread Naan were served a little late but loved the food, best in this neighborhood...

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Took my wife here for Valentines Day for a romantic dinner and as always we enjoyed our evening, the food and the service.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

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.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on February 6, 2018

The food was tasty and tender. The servers were very polite and took good care of us.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Amazing dining experience. The food was fresh and authentic. The wait staff was very friendly and attentive.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

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.

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Was not a great experience, was looking forward for a good experience, turned out to be totally opposite, most of the things we ordered were not available, mentioned ran out, service was extremely poor.
Not worth for a visit.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on December 25, 2017

When I reserve a table, I always request a window seat but the request is NEVER written down. What’s the point?

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Food was great, service was slow. For the price, I’ll order here again, maybe takeout next time

Report
Helpful
1.0Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on December 23, 2017

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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

My favorite Indian restaurant in the Streeterville area. Very authentic food. Great flavors and spices. Come to share dishes.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was great, had the Chicken madras, basmati rice and garlic naan. Had to ask about their chicken dishes though, looked like a page of the menu was missing. But like I said the food was great!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on November 29, 2017

Excellent recommendations from the waiter (just do what they say!)

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on November 28, 2017

This is the second time we have had team lunches at Indian Garden.
Would highly recommend for their buffet-style lunch. Staff is very attentive and the ambiance is fantastic.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on November 23, 2017

We used to go there for the buffet, which is nice. Evening menu is too expensive. Food quality was good not great. The decor is great but the tables are too small. Nowhere to put any bag or small item.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Best Indian restaurant in Chicago. Great a la carte menu and excellent value lunchtime buffet. Love it!!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on November 21, 2017

Delicious food and great place. We ordered different dishes and they were all excellent.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

The food is too salty but the garlic nann is great

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on October 26, 2017

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.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on October 13, 2017

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.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Ask fist how spicy is the food, mine was super spicy

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on October 7, 2017

The service was very rapid. We received the appetizer and almost immediatly after the main course.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was outstanding, service attentive, nice decoration

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on September 20, 2017

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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on September 19, 2017

Fantastic dining as always. Great food and service

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on September 16, 2017

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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

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

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on September 14, 2017

Excellent and authentic Indian food. Very good service.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on September 11, 2017

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.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
14