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Empire Buildings | HG1 1DD, Harrogate HG1 1DD, England
01423 31 31 36
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 68
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  • 59
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very good

We visited here on new years eve only deciding on Monday and when I phoned to book they managed to fit us in. Having visited many times before when it used to be Pinocchio's years ago, it was very well done out, we sat up on the balcony, and the view was lovley. The food was very good, we had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2016
Alison B
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was looking forward to visiting Cardamom black after hearing some good reviews, but I found it wasn't for me. Despite booking a table for a large group of us, when we were moving as a group up from the bar (after being invited to do so by a waiter) another member of staff rudely said "I don't know why... More 

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2 Thank LozzyF
Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Nice starters shame about the mains and terrible service. They just don't have enough waiters and our table was visited by at least four different ones so no consistency. They were running round like crazy in a panic, which just spoils the atmosphere. We didn't receive menus for a good 10 minutes after sitting down and our drinks took forever... More 

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4 Thank Andy M
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Party of 5 visited on a Sat night. Sat down at 7:15 with no menus. Main course took an hour to come despite regular "it's on its way in 2 minutes" from various waiters and finally arrived cold. Asked to speak to manager but he never came until I refused to pay the bill. Waiters literally running between tables totally... More 

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4 Thank SDLMac
Cardamom B, Public Relations Manager at Cardamom Black, responded to this review

Thank-you for your feedback as we welcome all comments from our customers to help us improve our service. After looking into the matter, management have explained that you were extremely rude and offensive to staff, even after the bill was discounted. In answer to you having to wait for your meal taking a long time, you were dining with us... More 

Playa Blanca, Spain
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Very good food served in a timely manner by table waiters all of whom had personality, the interior of the restaurant being different to the usual through all the decor being black, well worth a visit......but make sure you take some cash with you.....the bill is not cheap

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Thank John S
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

We visited here on new years eve only deciding on Monday and when I phoned to book they managed to fit us in. Having visited many times before when it used to be Pinocchio's years ago, it was very well done out, we sat up on the balcony, and the view was lovley. The food was very good, we had... More 

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1 Thank Alison B
North West
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149 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

We were blown away by the flavour and quality of the food. Exceptional menu served beautifully in gorgeous surroundings. Can't wait to return.

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Thank travelaholic_8
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

We arrived a 8:30 on a Saturday evening and we immediately shown to our table which was great, then it all went wrong. We were a group of 8 but only one small pickle tray was given and placed centre table, the requested extra one never arrived. The drinks order was taken and arrived 10 min later and was wrong.... More 

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Thank Shaun M
Harrogate, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

My wife and I went to Cardamon Black on 16th December. We last went about two years ago and we weren’t very impressed. However, we had read about it’s recent BIBA award and decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, we weren’t very impressed again. We booked for 7.00 p.m. When we arrived I think there were just two other... More 

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1 Thank Jayk_21C
Durham, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

we ate here a few years ago just after it opened and it was lovely, I was disappointed this time, my meal was salty and our overall bill was expensive for an average indian don't think I will return

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Thank aileen c
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I enjoyed the food and the setting of the restaurant but I was left waiting over half an hour for my cocktail to arrive, I thought I would give it time as I know they can take longer to make than usual drinks but over half an hour is a bit of a joke, it was a table of 6... More 

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1 Thank charlotte g

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Empire Buildings | HG1 1DD, Harrogate HG1 1DD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  Harrogate
  • Phone Number: 01423 31 31 36

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Indian, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?