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Mantra Restaurant & Lounge

632 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 322-3500
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Ranked #233 of 313 restaurants in Palo Alto
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: French, Indian, Californian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Hamilton & Forest
Transit: 2 Blocks from Palo Alto CalTrain Station.
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English first
Menlo Park, California
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142 reviews 142 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Mantra was a solid place, especially with their low priced happy hour menu, but it's closed now. It had a nice twist on indian food, and made a really decent Vesper cocktail. Great for a summer friday afternoon - but, as I said, closed now.

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Los Altos, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

We went to this restaurant twice, the opinion is still the same. Don't like the food. Except for the Poori and Nan breads they make fresh, the other foods tasted old. The Tandori Chicken has a mushy texture. They ran out of Calamari, scallops, tonight. The sauces tasted sharp. wouldn't go back again.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 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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bangalore
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 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... More

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Fremont, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 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... More

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Palo Alto, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 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... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2008

Spicy and delicious.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2008

Beautiful surroundings, great service, excellent wine list, wonderful food.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2008

very disappointing - way to expensive for the poor quality... the desert tasted really bad

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2008

It was better before they changed the bar menu. Nice atmosphere.

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