Boston >Food & Dining > Mantra
52 Temple Pl, Boston, MA | Directions 0211142.355097 -71.061622
Mon-Wed 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-12am
Thu-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-2am
Neighborhoods: Central, Downtown
amazing event venue – 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.
Good lunch special – 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).
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!!!
Great new tapas menu – 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.
Amazing tapas menu – 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.
Valentine's Day disappointment – 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.
Worst meal I have had in Boston especially for the price – 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.
Not all together AND NOT WORTH IT! – 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!!!!
Modern Indian-French cuisine and an uber-chic nightlife scene, in the heart of the Ladder District. – In Short
Chain mail curtains and stepped tables evoke multiple rooms in the Beaux-Arts marble hall of the Old Colony Bank. Graceful oval tables and elegant settings boost the sense of fine dining. Mantra serves French cuisine sparked with Indian spices--contrasting textures (crispy brie and crab salad with cracked coriander vinaigrette) and assertive flavors (grilled scampi prawns with a seaweed and crab roll, saffron glaze). The lounge area houses the Ladder District's most stylish nightlife scene.
The rudest hostess you can come across – 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.
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