Bindi

★★★★☆
  • 105 S 13th St

    Philadelphia, PA 19107

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  • 215-922-6061

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Mon. - Thu. 5pm - 10pm;Fri. - Sat. 5pm - 11pm;Sun. 5am - 10pm

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This is a great restaurant the food is fresh and inspiring. It deserved the 3 bells is received from Craig Le Ban. The Chocolate Cardamom Cake was a delight especially the brittle that came with it.

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This is a great restaurant the food is fresh and inspiring. It deserved the 3 bells is received from Craig Le Ban. The Chocolate Cardamom Cake was a delight especially the brittle that came with it.

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Went for restaurant week. Excellent food, excellent atmosphere, HORRIBLE and rude service. The only person that was nice to us was the host when we left. So sad....

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★★★★☆

Went for restaurant week. Excellent food, excellent atmosphere, HORRIBLE and rude service. The only person that was nice to us was the host when we left. So sad....

Pros: Cool Decor, Excellent and unique food

Cons: Service

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You know I think the restaurants in this area (12th &13th street) are just too good. This narrow corridor of restaurants caters to the best connoisseurs in Philadelphia so- It would be difficult to stumble into a bad experience for dinner.

Bindi Resturant has the best Indian food in Center City!

-Al

4
★★★★☆

You know I think the restaurants in this area (12th &13th street) are just too good. This narrow corridor of restaurants caters to the best connoisseurs in Philadelphia so- It would be difficult to stumble into a bad experience for dinner.

Bindi Resturant has the best Indian food in Center City!

-Al

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I have been to Lolita and love love loved it. I didn't feel the same about Bindi. It was good, but I wasn't amazed. I had a shrimp app which had spice, but I wasn't wild about the flavors. Then I had the mahi mahi, which was just pretty bland. Even if it wasn't indian, it was still bland. And the rice served with it was pretty bland too. I don't know about the prices because it was restaurant week, but I expect to pay $20 - $25 for quality food in the city so I don't think this place is outrageous. Oh, and the kheerni desert (the one thats rice pudding) was NOT good - it tasted like oatmeal, literally. It was so bland! It wasn't sweet at all. Overall I couldn't believe how bland my food was for Indian. The cardamom cake was pretty good though. Even though there are a ton of great restauarants in the city, i would probably go back because i think everyone deserves a second chance. On top of that, I really really wanted this place to be great. I was really excited to go and I left a bit disappointed.

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★★★☆☆

I have been to Lolita and love love loved it. I didn't feel the same about Bindi. It was good, but I wasn't amazed. I had a shrimp app which had spice, but I wasn't wild about the flavors. Then I had the mahi mahi, which was just pretty bland. Even if it wasn't indian, it was still bland. And the rice served with it was pretty bland too. I don't know about the prices because it was restaurant week, but I expect to pay $20 - $25 for quality food in the city so I don't think this place is outrageous. Oh, and the kheerni desert (the one thats rice pudding) was NOT good - it tasted like oatmeal, literally. It was so bland! It wasn't sweet at all. Overall I couldn't believe how bland my food was for Indian. The cardamom cake was pretty good though. Even though there are a ton of great restauarants in the city, i would probably go back because i think everyone deserves a second chance. On top of that, I really really wanted this place to be great. I was really excited to go and I left a bit disappointed.

Pros: i was full when i left

Cons: close tables, bland food

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I'm from London, so finding good Indian food is hard for me. Bindi is probably the best food I've had in the US! They have created an interesting twist on Indian. We happened to go on an evening when a tasting menu was being offered and it was really amazing. Apparently the chef visits the local farmers' market and selects the produce and them creates her take on an Indian inspired menu. This is not traditional Indian, but very fresh, lots of texture with layers of flavor. The place was packed, so the locals must already be in the know! It is BYOB, so the hostess directed us to the liquor store just around the corner. We brought vodka to add to their fresh fruit mixers. Also, very fresh. I have to emphasize the freshness here because all of the produce and vegetables were unique - I think lots of heirloom varieties. This is what was so amazing--all of this in an Indian restaurant. Prices are really affordable, considering the quality of ingredients. Definitely go. By the way, this must be a Philadelphia thing, but the place was cash only.

2
★★★★★

I'm from London, so finding good Indian food is hard for me. Bindi is probably the best food I've had in the US! They have created an interesting twist on Indian. We happened to go on an evening when a tasting menu was being offered and it was really amazing. Apparently the chef visits the local farmers' market and selects the produce and them creates her take on an Indian inspired menu. This is not traditional Indian, but very fresh, lots of texture with layers of flavor. The place was packed, so the locals must already be in the know! It is BYOB, so the hostess directed us to the liquor store just around the corner. We brought vodka to add to their fresh fruit mixers. Also, very fresh. I have to emphasize the freshness here because all of the produce and vegetables were unique - I think lots of heirloom varieties. This is what was so amazing--all of this in an Indian restaurant. Prices are really affordable, considering the quality of ingredients. Definitely go. By the way, this must be a Philadelphia thing, but the place was cash only.

Pros: unique, fresh, affordable

Cons: cash only

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A perfect meal with ideal service. Our party ordered eight total dishes and we could not pick a favorite. Not one negative about the entire experience. Do not be afraid to order ANY dish. The server gave sound advice and described each dish perfectly. Do not think typical Indian cuisine. As good of a total meal as I have had in the city. This place is also good for your friends who think they don't like Indian. Bindi highlights the flavors and spices of Indian cuisine, so it has a lot more to offer than your typical traditional Indian restaurant. Great atmosphere too. (very clean, too!)

2
★★★★★

A perfect meal with ideal service. Our party ordered eight total dishes and we could not pick a favorite. Not one negative about the entire experience. Do not be afraid to order ANY dish. The server gave sound advice and described each dish perfectly. Do not think typical Indian cuisine. As good of a total meal as I have had in the city. This place is also good for your friends who think they don't like Indian. Bindi highlights the flavors and spices of Indian cuisine, so it has a lot more to offer than your typical traditional Indian restaurant. Great atmosphere too. (very clean, too!)

Pros: inventive indian, BYOB-bring vodka for fresh fruit mixers

Cons: cash only

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As a visitor to Philly from Michigan, I always like to try new restaurants out. Bindi was truly worth me taking the time to write this review. I have never been to a place that serves upscale/modern Indian. I am used to all of the cheap places found in most areas (don't get me wrong-I love a good cheap Indian buffet as much as the next person) But Bindi is different. This is high quality ingredients using the flavors and spices of Indian cuisine in a new way. The dishes were on point - fresh, interesting combinations, flavorful and had spice, but not so much spice that you couldn't taste anything else. My recommedations: kathi turkey kabob wraps, spice crusted scallops, pork loin vindaloo and beef shortrib. They also had mixers - we brought vodka and got the mango cardamom mixer with fresh fruit. Delicious. Can't wait to return to Bindi next time I'm in Philly.

2
★★★★★

As a visitor to Philly from Michigan, I always like to try new restaurants out. Bindi was truly worth me taking the time to write this review. I have never been to a place that serves upscale/modern Indian. I am used to all of the cheap places found in most areas (don't get me wrong-I love a good cheap Indian buffet as much as the next person) But Bindi is different. This is high quality ingredients using the flavors and spices of Indian cuisine in a new way. The dishes were on point - fresh, interesting combinations, flavorful and had spice, but not so much spice that you couldn't taste anything else. My recommedations: kathi turkey kabob wraps, spice crusted scallops, pork loin vindaloo and beef shortrib. They also had mixers - we brought vodka and got the mango cardamom mixer with fresh fruit. Delicious. Can't wait to return to Bindi next time I'm in Philly.

Pros: creative and fresh

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Recently visited Bindi for the 2nd time and it was even better this time around. The first time we went was just after the opening. Now, a few months later the menu has changed and it now tops my list of BYOBs in the city. We started with the turkey kabob appetizer-this is highly recommended, very tasty. The flatbread was also very good, but a little spicy for my dining companion. The vegetarain thali for an entree is a great sampling of different items. We also tried the coconut curry seafood. The portion size was huge and it was very fresh and tasty. The pomegranate mixer (with our own vodka) was a great complement to our flavorful food. The restaurant was packed, so we were happy to only have to wait about 10 minutes, but they did tell me that they are now taking reservations Sunday-Thursday evenings. Still cash only, that's the only bummer, but totally worth the excellent food.

2
★★★★★

Recently visited Bindi for the 2nd time and it was even better this time around. The first time we went was just after the opening. Now, a few months later the menu has changed and it now tops my list of BYOBs in the city. We started with the turkey kabob appetizer-this is highly recommended, very tasty. The flatbread was also very good, but a little spicy for my dining companion. The vegetarain thali for an entree is a great sampling of different items. We also tried the coconut curry seafood. The portion size was huge and it was very fresh and tasty. The pomegranate mixer (with our own vodka) was a great complement to our flavorful food. The restaurant was packed, so we were happy to only have to wait about 10 minutes, but they did tell me that they are now taking reservations Sunday-Thursday evenings. Still cash only, that's the only bummer, but totally worth the excellent food.

Pros: fresh, local ingredients, BYOB

Cons: cash only

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I rarely leave a restaurant angry, but Bindi really got my temper up. The food was fine. The seating was uncomfortably close but that wasn't such a problem since the place was empty. What got me were the prices. Outrageous. Even for 13th street. The food was uncomplicated and easy to prepare, yet the entrees were priced at 20$ a plate. Non-alcoholic drinks for 8 to 12$. And they don't accept credit cards either.
This restaurant can't make up its mind whether its fine dining or a casual bistro. The end result was that I felt completely ripped off. You won't catch me in Bindi again.

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★☆☆☆☆

I rarely leave a restaurant angry, but Bindi really got my temper up. The food was fine. The seating was uncomfortably close but that wasn't such a problem since the place was empty. What got me were the prices. Outrageous. Even for 13th street. The food was uncomplicated and easy to prepare, yet the entrees were priced at 20$ a plate. Non-alcoholic drinks for 8 to 12$. And they don't accept credit cards either.
This restaurant can't make up its mind whether its fine dining or a casual bistro. The end result was that I felt completely ripped off. You won't catch me in Bindi again.

Pros: Food

Cons: Price, Service, Ambience, Cash Only

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Our food took forever. We saw people who came in after us order and get their food before we did. Considering the high prices and overall ambiance, I wasn't too impressed with the service. When the food finally came, it was pretty decent.
I did not appreciate how we seemed to be rushed to leave after we started eating. We must have waited an hour to get our food. After about 15 minutes into our meal, the waitress asked if we were done or ready for the check. NO. We aren't ready. With what you're charging for our food, and the amount of time we had to wait to get it, we can take as long as we damn well want to eat and we you aren't gonna say a damn thing about it.

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Cash only? With prices like that? There isn't one thing on the menu that costs less than $18. Our bill came up to about $80, and we weren't exactly splurging with our order. They expect people to just carry around hundreds of dollars in their wallets? They didn't even have at ATM in the restaurant. With those prices, I think they can afford to start using credit card machines there.
The food? It was fine. Not amazing, which WAS kinda what I was expecting. It was just fine. But I wouldn't go back for it. I'd definitely eat it if someone brought it home for me, so I wouldn't have to wait for it in the restaurant while being ignored by the staff.

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★★☆☆☆

Our food took forever. We saw people who came in after us order and get their food before we did. Considering the high prices and overall ambiance, I wasn't too impressed with the service. When the food finally came, it was pretty decent.
I did not appreciate how we seemed to be rushed to leave after we started eating. We must have waited an hour to get our food. After about 15 minutes into our meal, the waitress asked if we were done or ready for the check. NO. We aren't ready. With what you're charging for our food, and the amount of time we had to wait to get it, we can take as long as we damn well want to eat and we you aren't gonna say a damn thing about it.

Oh by the way-
Cash only? With prices like that? There isn't one thing on the menu that costs less than $18. Our bill came up to about $80, and we weren't exactly splurging with our order. They expect people to just carry around hundreds of dollars in their wallets? They didn't even have at ATM in the restaurant. With those prices, I think they can afford to start using credit card machines there.
The food? It was fine. Not amazing, which WAS kinda what I was expecting. It was just fine. But I wouldn't go back for it. I'd definitely eat it if someone brought it home for me, so I wouldn't have to wait for it in the restaurant while being ignored by the staff.

Pros: Pretty good food, nice atmosphere, good location

Cons: Service, Doesn't take credit cards despite being very expensive

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Does not dissapoint! We enjoyed an excellent meal at Bindi on Friday night. This is not a traditional Indian restaurant. This is upscale, full of flavor and fresh! Just the right amount of spice with interesting flavor combinations. Service was friendly and knowledgable. We brought Vodka for the tasty pomegranate cocktail mixer. Will return with friends!

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★★★★★

Does not dissapoint! We enjoyed an excellent meal at Bindi on Friday night. This is not a traditional Indian restaurant. This is upscale, full of flavor and fresh! Just the right amount of spice with interesting flavor combinations. Service was friendly and knowledgable. We brought Vodka for the tasty pomegranate cocktail mixer. Will return with friends!

Pros: innovative and delicious

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Great! I've never been to a restaurant with such inventive cuisine. Definitely not your typical traditional Indian restaurant. This is Indian with a twist and done just right. Food was flavorful and not overly spicy or heavy like typical traditional Indian restaurants. I loved the spring vegetable pani puri appetizer and the shortrib entree. Ingredients are very fresh, service is knowledgable and friendly. Try the pomegranate mixer, but bring your own Vodka, this place is BYOB. Will return with friends. Bindi is now on my top 10 list for best restaurants in the city. I think this place has the same owners as Lolita, so it is no surprise that is so delicious!

2
★★★★★

Great! I've never been to a restaurant with such inventive cuisine. Definitely not your typical traditional Indian restaurant. This is Indian with a twist and done just right. Food was flavorful and not overly spicy or heavy like typical traditional Indian restaurants. I loved the spring vegetable pani puri appetizer and the shortrib entree. Ingredients are very fresh, service is knowledgable and friendly. Try the pomegranate mixer, but bring your own Vodka, this place is BYOB. Will return with friends. Bindi is now on my top 10 list for best restaurants in the city. I think this place has the same owners as Lolita, so it is no surprise that is so delicious!

Pros: flavorful food, not too expensive, Bring your own Vodka!

Cons: cash only

 

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