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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.

247 E Ontario
2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Indian

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

Cross Street:
Fairbanks& Ontario

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 280-4910

Website:
http://indiangardenchicago.com/

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.

Parking Details:
We have excellent valet service during dinner. The valet parking is $10.00. We have meter parking during lunch hours.

Executive Chef:
Chef K. C. Padam

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Indoor Smoking Area, Takeout

The Indian Garden - Chicago Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

3.8

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

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Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
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Spicy (5)
Good for a Date (4)
Healthy (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Business Meals (3)
Casual (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Vegan (3)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Fun (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
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·Dined 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.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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

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 (Mississippi)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great food!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was outstanding, service attentive, nice decoration

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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Fantastic dining as always. Great food and service

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic
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·Dined 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

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Spicy, Healthy
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Excellent and authentic Indian food. Very good service.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 12, 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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

My go to Indian restaurant.
The buffet also is great!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 28, 2017

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.

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·Dined on August 24, 2017

Amazing place the food was so good I've had dreams about it

Tags: Fun, Vegan, Quick Bite, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Romantic, Spicy, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 18, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 30, 2017

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great food and great value. Would definitely go again if I visit Chicago again

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 20, 2017

I knew I was in the right place-observed the restaurant was brimming with tables of Indian business men and families. The restaurant is located in what appears to be an office building. It is not well-marked- and you must venture up stairs. But it is worth the few extra staircases because once inside, you'll be met with a lively atmosphere and great food at reasonable prices.
The only area that needs work is the foyer/waiting area which seem to be used for a restaurant storage: boxes and tarps everywhere.

My choices were limited due to my allergy
, but I really enjoyed the meal. Cheese in a spicy tomat-based sauce. Fragrant basmati, and naan.
And even though I was one of the only women in the restaurant , I didn't feel out of place. The service was attentive and the naan, delicious. Decor quite pleasant with touches of traditional murals. Recommend!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

My go to spot in the streeterville area. Good service (told them we had limited time, ordered to paid in 40 minutes). Decent food, broad choices and nice decor.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Love this restaurant! Food is always good!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 27, 2017

The food was great, and the Service, provided by Nazia was oustanding.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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 (Omaha)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Very friendly service and very tasty food. My favorite Indian restaurant in Chicago

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Spicy, Vegan
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 16, 2017

I've eaten here so many times over the years that it's become difficult to leave a review. I've praised the food, atmosphere, and staff.

I will say that they occasionally tweak the menu a bit. There are a few new offerings I've yet to try, but I will be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Indian Garden was excellent. We shared several dishes of different proteins- all were delicious!

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Great food. Waiter was inattentive and very nearly rude, but the busboys were helpful and friendly .

Tags: Romantic, Vegan, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Waiters were rude.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Hands down, the best Indian restaurant in Streeterville.

Tags: Vegan, Cozy, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 7, 2017

it is a bit upscale from the typical devon ave. place, befitting the different neighborhood. it is a reliable and nice place to get the standard indian specialties. the service and ambience are first rate. all in all, it's almost an automatic choice for this cuisine in this area.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Spicy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Service was very slow but the food was good

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 3, 2017

I'm English and I miss our now national dish......a good curry. This is very, very good

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 2, 2017

We arrived early, and the tables available weren't what we reserved for (window), so we waited about 10 minutes before being seated, which we didn't mind. It was a while before a waiter came over, and it was even longer waiting on our food — another guest who had arrived approixmately 15 minutes or so after us actually had his food arrive before us, which was pretty disappointing, not to mention we were fasting and needed to break fast at a specific time ( we made sure to order our food about 40 minutes prior) but it still took a long time to get to us! I've been a loyal customer here for around 6 years but I must say today was very disappointing! I don't know that I'll be visiting anymore given the tardiness and unproffesionalism of the staff members...

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 31, 2017

The food was very good, lots of flavours and just spicy enough and the restaurant was looking nice. However, the service was not good which is a bit unexpected at an Indian restaurant. Our waitress was not interested, not professional and did not give us any advice when we, for example, overordered rice. With better staff, this place would be so much better. Perhaps we were unlucky and our waitress just had a bad day.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Extremely disappointed!!!
While searching for the restaurant to get the address I got an option to reserve table through OpenTable. I went ahead and did the booking. After that drove through Chicago traffic to get to the restaurant got the valet to park the car and went to front desk only to be told the restaurant does not accept OpenTable reservations. No explanation was given beyond a 10 sec response from the hostess that their system does not work with OpenTable. It is misleading to let people book through the website and then after coming to the restaurant not honor the reservation.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Ideal for a family dinner.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Indian Garden is a solid place to go for good food and a pleasant meal.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 12, 2017

The food was excellent! But there was a funny issue with the service. They ran out of the main ingredient for the appetizer we ordered, but instead of telling us this, they sent someone out to buy the ingredient, which left us waiting for 40 minutes wondering what had happened with our order. It’s great that they tried to please, but if we’d known about the wait, we would have ordered a different appetizer instead.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 8, 2017

The long flight of stairs is a big problem. Need an elevator otherwise two of my invitees will refuse to go there again.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 6, 2017

I had to wait 20 mins for the table.
Service was poor, food came out and items were missing
I then waited 30 mins for my bill.

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