52 Temple Pl, Boston, MA 02111
(617) 542-8111Add Hours
Cuisines: Fine Dining, Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, Bar & Grills
Good For Groups: Yes
12/15/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I recently had the pleasure of celebrating my daughter's bat mitzvah at Mantra Restaurant. It was a fabulous experience in every regard. The food was great, the price reasonable (w/no hidden fees or surprises at the end!), the setting both elegant and uber-hip, the staff extremely professional but no less warm and friendly. They went the extra mile when I forgot to bring Chanukah candles and a staff member rushed out to find a box. If I could add a 6th star to the rating I'd do it in a New York minute.
07/30/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I often head there for lunch with my co-workers. The food is very decent, if somewhat limited in selection. Service is good, although I've had to ask servers to restock some of the dishes on a number of occasions (they constantly run out of watermelon, for instance). The designer chairs look good, but tend to flip backwards (be careful, when getting up). Must visit the bathroom (and take a peek at the old bank vault nearby).
03/22/2009Provided by Citysearch -
WOW - This was my first time at Mantra. After buying a dinner for 6 at a fundraiser, I was excited to use it. We arrived on Saturday evening with a group of 6 and were seated promptly although the restaurant was full (we did have a reservation). The walk to our table was amazing - The place is absolutely Stunning. Great decor and restaurant music.
NOW the real WOW - THE FOOD. They offered their restaurant week menu as well as a sharing plate menu. We started off with about 8 sharing plates and one was better than the other. Goat cheese and watermelon Kabob, amazing. I'm Greek and never had a kabob this way. Garlic, Back Pepper shrimp - my favorite! Naan Pizza - better than any Greek pizza. In all, the food was just flavorful and fresh. I have never had food with this much flavor in my life. Also - our server Haswan was great. Very attentative and professional. Also, I knew there had to be a Greek person in this place, Kabobs, Greek Wine, some Greek music? The manager was Greek. It was nice to see some of my culture even at Mantra, truly is a fusion restaurant. I am one to rarely write reviews, but just had to about MANTRA. I will be back!!!
03/12/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I recently enjoyed a wonderful experience at Mantra restaurant, in the theatre district. They just came out with a new sharing plates (tapas) menu and everything was delicious. My boyfriend and I went in thinking we would get a couple of entrees, but instead ordered 8 sharing plates and got to try a little of everything.
The food was so flavorful and unique; it truly was a culinary experience.
I had already heard of the contemporary decor that transforms the former 1800's bank, into a New York style club, but to see it in person was amazing. Vibrant colors, marble floors and walls, a chain mail floor to ceiling curtain....and who doesn't know about the ""bathroom experience"".
All in all, I would definitely recommend Mantra to friend and family looking for delicious food and a unique experience.
03/05/2009Provided by Citysearch -
My friend and I recently went out for dinner and drinks at Mantra restaurant. It was my first time there and I was impressed by the contemporary decor in the historic bank.
We originally planned on dinner, but decided to try the new sharing menu. We chose the Chicken Tikka, Eggplant Mango Salsa, Lamb Chops and a few other items recommended by our server. Everything was amazing. Very vivid flavors and great presentation.
I am also in love with the Tamarind Margarita. The cocktail list is full of original and fun new concoctions.
I was surprised to read some of the other reviews, because my experience was amazing. I guess it just goes to show, sometimes you have to try things for yourself.
02/17/2009Provided by Citysearch -
After reading another review of Valentine's Day at Mantra, I wanted to share my similar experience. My husband and I were surprised that there was only a prix fix menu. After being sat, we waited a long time before a server came over - and he said ""Anyone check on you yet? No, well someone has to take you, I guess I will."" Boy, the Valentine love was certainly flowing. We ordered our meal and half way through we notice bread on other's tables (I guess there was sauce - but we never got this), so we flagged someone down. Also, we did not receive one of the courses, but it was very hard to get someone's attention so we let it go. Plus, the food was tepid and not great, so another course was not really missed. Dessert was awful. The creme brulee was an odd consistency and the cupcakes tasted old.
We will not return. It was outrageously priced for the service and food quality. I am happy to pay for a great meal, but this was fair at best.
02/15/2009Provided by Citysearch -
This dining experience was a complete disapointment. I have been to many of Boston's great resaurants and this is not one of them. I brought my girlfriend to Mantra for Valentine's day. To start the valet sign was hidden on on the opposite side of the street from the resaurant making it difficult to find. The menu was a prix fixe so I was unable to taste their traditional dishes but for the price the meal should have been outstanding. The waitress circled our table (literally) 4 times before coming back to take a drink order. After finally receiving our drinks we were given grilled flatbread with a chocolate rasberry dipping sauce. Unfortuantely the sause tasted like neither. I tried it many time trying to like it to no avail. My appetizer of prawns in a cracked pepper tomoatoe sauce was nice but my girfiends tomato soup was bland even with the hint of hot pepper. My filet was ordered medium rare and came out well done and the scalloped potatoes were raw and crunchy in the center. My girfriends roasted chicken was fine but her potatoes were raw also. This meal was a complete disaster. Even dessert was a dissapointment. We both ordered the chocolate and cardamom creme brule. It was more like a mousse rather than a custard and the brule was soggy and non exisient. There was no crunch to the caramelized sugar. The smokey flavor of the spice in the dish overpowered the sweetness of the chocolate taking away from the overall dessert experience. While all of this is going on they are breaking down tables to turn over to a night club before 10 pm! They couldn't wait????? It's Valentines day! I asked where they checked my coat three times and was pointed in a certain direction to the coat room which by now was covered and hidden with curtains for the club. The manager did adjust the bill for the miscooked food which was nice but I would have rathered paid full price for a great meal! Do not eat here - there are so many other better options.
01/12/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I was looking for a difference place to take out my husband for his birthday. We live in Boston and know of many great spots with terrific food. I wanted to try something new and what a disappointment Mantra was. The decor didn?t really had a theme, as the orange/salmon curtains where in place to hide stuff and the floor was very poorly cared for. The walls had left over tape from past events and the atmosphere was not as pleasant as described on their site. We were sited and the table wobbly for beginners and my husbanded was sited on the ?couch? where we first thought it would be super comfortable and intimate, but the upholstery was ripped and dirty. We requested to be moved, but we should had left. To compensate the food was ok, but nothing impressive, so we were not deeply regretting by the fact we decided to stay until the ?restaurant? was being taking apart, to turn into a club. Tables and chairs were being removed while we were still eating, drinking and talking. My husband and I thought it was rude and tried to ignore what was happening around us, until the waiter come to us saying that we need to move because they needed to remove our table. We then decided we were going to leave and not move. To top of our experience I was seating and waiting for my husband while he went to the restroom and I was asked to be moved again. HORRIBLE ATHMOSPHERE, OK FOOD AND RUDE MANNERS. We went to have desert at the Liberty Hotel and had a blast!!!!
05/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I must admit I was a big fan of the food at Mantra and still am I am really surprised that they have still kept the hostess around after so many negative reviews. I personally had a bad experience with her when we reached 15 minutes late for our reservation, our table was given away and she spoke to us as if she was doing a favor by providing us with a table when it is available. Very unprofessional and I have now stopped going to Mantra after this recent experience.
02/09/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This place was unequivocally the worst time I have EVER had!!!! My friends and I were on their list so we got to skip the six mile long line... but then we got in and it was $15!! Ok I will pay that much money for a place that is worth it but not for this place. And then you HAVE to check your coat, and that line was a 15-20 minute wait and it was $5 for each coat. And they were at least 200 people above what the capacity should've been. It was not even a comfortable place to stand, FORGET dancing. My friends and I were pushed and shoved, had drinks spilled on us multiple times, and even when we attempted to forget about how mad we were someone would just trip all over you and remind you why you were mad to begin with. And each drink was at least $10 each. And the crowd was AWFUL. Like gross dudes all over you that don't know how to take the word no. Maybe its a nice restaurant but that's exactly what it is. It should never have been allowed to call itself a nightclub. Oh and there are THREE bathroom stalls for the whole place. And there is a downstairs lounge area, which might have dispersed he crowd a bit except they were playing the crappiest music ever down there so there was never more than like 10 people there at a time, and they were probably just trying to avoid the 20 minute wait at the upstairs bar for a drink. I don't even know what else to say this place should just be shut down. AWFUL- do NOT go there- save yourself a horrible night! And you'll never get a cab home either!
08/08/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We went to Mantra for lunch during Boston's Restaurant week. Its a very cool atmosphere, and when we arrived, we thought it would be a fun place to come for drinks after work. There was also a buffet that seemed to be well stocked with tasty smelling indian style dishes.
Unfortunately, we were there for the restaurant week special, and after being seated (right under a blasting air conditioner) we waited what seemed to be forever to be even looked at by an employee of the restaurant.
The food itself was terrible. After eating barely passable apps and burned Naan, our entrees inally arrived. My pork came out completely raw and the tandori chiken skewers were pretty gross. we sent my pork back and requested our bill as we decided it wasn't worth wasting our time on trying the dessert. The saving grace was that they didn't charge us for the meal after that.
We ended up stopping for a snack at the local burrito stand before heading back to the office - completely dissapointed in our restaurant week adventure. We may go back for drinks, but this is definitely not going to be another food stop.
06/22/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My boyfriend and I are a quite food lovers and I used to be a server in a five star restaurant in Boston for several years. I know what people expect from fine dining. Mantra is known to be the one of the finest restaurants worth trying in Boston.... Let me tell you! It was the worst food I've ever had in all the fine restaurants I have gone to so far. We ordered two appetizers, soft shell crab and seared scallops. The soft shell crab had way too much breading. I couldn't taste the crab at all. The scallop was overcooked so there was no juice in them which is crucial for the flavor of scallops. Sauce was too bland. Our entree was even more pathetic. The veal tenderloin that we ordered was too dry and again the sauce didn't bring out the flavor of the meat. The stuffed pork tenderloin had tastless stuffing that I wasn't able to tell what they were and the white asparagus on the side was so hard I had a hard time chewing. Then the service was as bad as you get in Chinatown. Our server didn't even know if the seasonal appetizer on the menu was available, didn't bring out the wine menu until we asked for it ( it was 15min after we were seated), got our drink order wrong, and then took away our entree even though I still had much food left in my plate. If we pay 20 something dollar for an appetizer and close to 40 for entree, we would definitely anticipate the food quality and service to be at a much higher level. But unfortunately their food quality and service didn't even deserve one star. I highly recommened to NOT waste your money at Matra and go elsewhere. You'll tahnk me for it.
04/05/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I never bothered writing reviews, pessimistic that no one cares. But i had to about Mantra because of my recent experience (this Saturday) versus numerous awful experiences over the 2 year period that i frequented the establishment (Live around the corner). It seems that the club is still favored but now more controlled by a very protective gentlemen overseeing the dinning floor. No more breaking down of the surroundings while dinners are still eating and more of a restaurant atmosphere. Now i feel like i am having dinner in Miami or New York and still part of the scene. Great food and service. Too bad you can't reserve a dinner table past 10 pm. They only do early dinner on Friday and Saturday. But it's about time that Mantra discovered their true identity. Great Job...
The whole experience from the beginning to the end of the evening was amazing. The staff was lively and made our stay the best that we had in Boston ever. We regret finding out about the space on our last day in this city but we will be back on our next trip and make our first stop. The french cuisine was a surprise but delicious (we were expecting Indian cuisine) . Chef Anupam came out and greeted us as we got the check and spoke a little about his cooking. We were treated like rock stars. The city was a bit cold but Mantra more than made up for it with it's staff and warm and welcoming decor. This place should be a MUST on everyone's restaurant list. And the host with the french accent brings a sexiness to the whole place.
We had a limited menu so i can't comment for a whole experience, but for what it was the food was excellent and anticipating great experience on my return. The office was honoring our CEO from overseas and he is a hard man to please but Mantra did a great job. They do need new furniture. What was there was not impressive. The staff shined and the overall experience was an A+. Our event coordinator (Paola) was very impressive. Was at our beck and call all evening. Om Bar was a great dinner choice.
03/15/2007Provided by Citysearch -
impressive space and beautiful decor. The restaurant is very Miami chic from the front lobby to the Om Bar on the lower level. The space turns into a lounge in the evening which fits perfectly with the concept. The staff was very friendly even to four female patrons that were very annoying and spoke consistenly about the rude hostess. The noisy chatter almost made us leave. But the evening was saved by our great waiter and the food was very good and on time. First time that we were offered an amuse bouche at any of the restaurant that we frequent so you know that little extra touch will have coming back. Monday wine tasting will be our next project at this venue and if this night is any comparison we will be having a great time. Good job, keep it up....
The unfriendliness of the staff (with limited exceptions) is notable. The hostess who answered a telephone inquiry was disdainful (Q: ""What is the charge for valet parking?"" A:""$15 [sound of phone slamming down]."". In person the greeting ""crew"", consisting of two hostesses, were even more unfriendly and uncaring. During the meal the busser in clearing the soup reached across one of the guests and spilled soup on him. No apology followed, but that fit the atmosphere. During Restaurant Week, when many restaurants offer between 7 to 10 choices, Mantra offered only three. No changes were allowed. The good news is that the restaurant is consistent: specifically, the unfriendliness of the hostess ""crew"" apparently extends across all ages of patrons, based on other reports. No apparent reason to return to this place.
Colleague of mine came in for restaurant week and left very disappointed so i was not looking forward to my business dinner set up through a client. Was looking to a very apprenhensive evening full of apologies. The apologies never surfaced and the experience was the best i have ever had at a restaurant. Very accomodating staff. I am a picky eater and every nuance that i had was met with no awkwardness. The lamb was delicious and the drinks were very tasty. Ask for Lynn the bartender, she is definetely one of thier crown jewel at Mantra. The evening crowd started filtering in but you could see the managers controlling every aspect of their guests dining experience like a traffic cop. I recommend not making a dinner reservation past 10 pm or you will suffer the noise and heavy traffic from their club crowd. Great night out.