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“Delicious Indian food and nice atmosphere”
Review of Mantra Restaurant & Lounge - CLOSED

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Mantra Restaurant & Lounge
Price range: US$31 - US$40
Cuisines: French, Indian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Hamilton & Forest
Transit: 2 Blocks from Palo Alto CalTrain Station.
Reviewed 29 April 2012

The food is excellent with some interesting twists. Particularly recommend the Birhani and their appetizer platter. As others have said, it's a little pricy, but here's a hint. Go to restaurant.com and purchase a coupon, searching for a discount code before. This gives you a $20.00 off coupon for $2.00 or $ 3.00 bucks.

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4  Thank travl4fun2
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

We had gone to Mantra to celebrate a birthday mid week. The atmosphere is pretty decent and the seating is average. This place was surprisingly not very crowded given that Palo Alto has a lot of restaurants brimming over even mid week. We had a reservation and the table was ready for us when we arrived. The food was decent but the service was a little slow - we had ordered a few rotis / paranthas towards the end of our meal and it took a little while to come and we had to wait for about 5-10 minutes for this. Overall, I'd say that the place is a little expensive for the kind of food and service they offer.

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Thank kj_rb_rv
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Reviewed 8 December 2011

The good:
1) Good menu and i would rate the food at 8/10.
2) Great tasteful ambience - no blaring music, no bright lights, no boisterous crowds...
3) Decent cocktails although they could be stiffer.
The not so good:
1) The service is hit/miss and depends on the luck of the draw. We experienced great service and poor service (food takes time, server forgets you are still around etc) in 2 separate occasions.So..

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2  Thank Analogous
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Reviewed 23 April 2011

My wife and I decided to celebrate, at Mantra, our 9th anniversary of the moment when we first met. I checked on the web and found multiple dinner hours listed on the web - Google listed 11pm closing for Thursday (tonight) and Mantra's own website stated that they close at 10pm on Thursdays. To be safe, I called the restaurant and spoke with a polite lady who made reservations for us and told us that they'll stop letting people in after 9:30pm tonight so as long as we are in before that, they'll serve us and we'll not be rushed. We reach there at 9:25pm and called them from my car to get exact location (we were only 2 car distance away from the restaurant at that time) and the man that picked up the phone said that they are closed and could not let us in - doesn't matter if there was a lady who had made a reservation for us and had told us that if we are in by 9:30pm we are good. This person was rude.

This was our first time visiting this restaurant but I assure you that I am never going there and will strongly discourage my friends, family and colleagues from going there. There is a serious lack of professionalism in there.

We ended up going to Evvia in Palo Alto and what a wonderful reception we got from the host, the owner and the waiter and the food was just out of this world. They saved the evening for us.

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Thank RamShyam
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Reviewed 29 December 2008

Spicy and delicious.

Thank BrerFrog
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