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Mantra

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12 The Royal Oak, Buckingham Street, Arrowtown, New Zealand
03 442 0880
Today
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Open now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Doing business
Outdoor seating

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 76
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
unfortunately closed for lunch

Our visit to Arrowtown would have been accomplished but for 2 things, the vintage costume photo studio was closed and this restaurant. We were so looking forward to the indian food here but as per the there, some of their staff was on leave and they would be opening only during the supper time.

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Praneet S
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Outdoor seating
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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120 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Our visit to Arrowtown would have been accomplished but for 2 things, the vintage costume photo studio was closed and this restaurant. We were so looking forward to the indian food here but as per the there, some of their staff was on leave and they would be opening only during the supper time.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Really liked this Indian restaurant. I had Chicken Saag and it was freshly prepared, bright green and delicious, compared with many others I have had which are dark green and salty. The naans were light and beautifully cooked. Lovely intelligent service. Great décor and music.

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Almere, The Netherlands
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

real indian flavour prepared by an friendly indian family. we enjoyed the food and the conversation with afi (waiter and son ( greetings from holland afi)). we were here in november 2013

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Nelson, New Zealand
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 via mobile

Hubby and I decided to try the Indian restaurant in Arrowtown for lunch. Aftaab the duty manager served us well and was extrembly hospitable. The food was beautifully prepared and was very delicious. Not many places in NZ prepares great Indian cuisine. Definitely recommend to go for a bhaji😋

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1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I wasn't expecting such a good and authentic Indian cuisine in a town smaller than a suburb of Auckland. Even though the prices are towards the higher end of the range, I can firmly say that it's worth the money. What I liked, apart from the food, was the fact that Shammi (the manager) was extremely friendly along with the... More 

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Queenstown, New Zealand
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This is my first review on TripAdvisor and unfortunately one of my worst experience after many years in NewZealand. Yesterday was at mantra for dinner. No doubt food and service was amazing, Special thanks to chef and staff..! But one of the serving staff dropped a glass of drink on a customer, the staff did helped in cleaning those stuff,... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We were very impressed with this restaurant, both the service and the food were great! My Dad asked that his curry be served mild, and they obliged no problem at all, and he loved it! All the dishes we had were perfectly spiced and the vegetables were nicely cooked (still firm, not over-cooked). Living in the UK, we go to... More 

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Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 via mobile

A pleasant dining surprise in Arrowtown. We have had mixed experiences with our restaurants in Queenstown and Arrowtown, but Mantra is one of our best. We did a sizeable takeaway order but the dining room at the restaurant was tastefully done in a typical Indian motif. We had butter chicken (for the kids), lamb rogan josh, punjabi fish curry, dal... More 

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Cupar, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Very pleasant interior decor and efficient front of house service. Food a bit lacklustre and under seasoned, underwhelmed by the whole experience unfortunately.

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2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Wasant actually intended to write negative review about this place....as we had good experience before.. but this time the attitude of the guy behind the bar with glasses quite unprofessional.... was too talkative... however I ordered juice we didn't received....main course was complete lack of flavours and dry... only thing satisfied us the "entree"..was ok... but still expensive for what... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 12 The Royal Oak, Buckingham Street, Arrowtown, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Arrowtown
  • Phone Number: 03 442 0880

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 16 - 36
  • Cuisine: Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?