Indian Garden Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 247 E Ontario St

    Chicago, IL 60611

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  • 312-280-4910

About Indian Garden Restaurant

Hours
Monday 10:45 AM - 2:15 PM Tuesday 10:45 AM - 2:15 PM Wednesday 10:45 AM - 2:15 PM Thursday 10:45 AM - 2:15 PM Friday 10:45 AM - 2:15 PM Saturday 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM Sunday 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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I must have been an Indian in a previous life, as I really love this cuisine. Visited plenty of Indian restaurants on four continents and this one wasn't half bad for a US location.\r
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Naans were a bit fluffy for my liking but the buffet

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I must have been an Indian in a previous life, as I really love this cuisine. Visited plenty of Indian restaurants on four continents and this one wasn't half bad for a US location.\r
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Naans were a bit fluffy for my liking but the buffet

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Let me first confess, I am or rather was a regular to this restaurant. The owner Mrs. Anju Sharma knows me personally. Even after all this I was served stale pakoras, which were so darn stinky that even waiter held it 4 ft away from his nose. And after this NO ONE literally was bothered about the fact that we were served this kind of food. Even though owner Mrs. Anju Sharma's husband was sitting in the next table talking to some other guests he did not even bother to come and apologize. Bottom line, no matter how regular you are you will be treated the same way there were a few minor service issues which I had during my earlier visits too but I used to shrug it off coz I am an indian and I sort of liked this place. But this was heights. I would never ever visit this place again!! and would strongly recommend against anyone visiting it. Avoid it till all other restaurants in downtown chicago are closed and you have not food at home!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Let me first confess, I am or rather was a regular to this restaurant. The owner Mrs. Anju Sharma knows me personally. Even after all this I was served stale pakoras, which were so darn stinky that even waiter held it 4 ft away from his nose. And after this NO ONE literally was bothered about the fact that we were served this kind of food. Even though owner Mrs. Anju Sharma's husband was sitting in the next table talking to some other guests he did not even bother to come and apologize. Bottom line, no matter how regular you are you will be treated the same way there were a few minor service issues which I had during my earlier visits too but I used to shrug it off coz I am an indian and I sort of liked this place. But this was heights. I would never ever visit this place again!! and would strongly recommend against anyone visiting it. Avoid it till all other restaurants in downtown chicago are closed and you have not food at home!!

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Indian Garden is my favorite restaurant in downtown Chicago just because of the food quality and authentic taste. Ambiance and service is great but I don't get a chance to go there as often as I order-in. In fact having eaten in some of the best Indian restauants in DC and NY, I would still rate their food higher.

The only thing with the Indian restaurants is "what you order" and "how you order", unless you specify the hot spice level and the Indian ishtyle, you will probably end up with a bland if not sweetish dish or with Jalapeno Peppers instead of Green Chillies. This tip is relevant for any Indian place you go to, not just here.

In vegetarian, try the Malai Kofta and Achaari Aaloo (recommendation: they can definitely add Methi Malai Mattar to their menu). For chicken dishes, try the Madras chicken (i don't think any other indian restaurant has this dish!) and Chicken Vindaloo. In breads, normally I order Garlic Nan, but their Paneer Kulcha is pretty good as well. Mango Lassi is my beverage, haven't tried their Tea yet. Bon Appetit!

The closest second is Jaipur Cuisine on Randolph and I go to India House only when I need cheaper food since I can use Restaurant[dot]com coupons there :).

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★★★★★

Indian Garden is my favorite restaurant in downtown Chicago just because of the food quality and authentic taste. Ambiance and service is great but I don't get a chance to go there as often as I order-in. In fact having eaten in some of the best Indian restauants in DC and NY, I would still rate their food higher.

The only thing with the Indian restaurants is "what you order" and "how you order", unless you specify the hot spice level and the Indian ishtyle, you will probably end up with a bland if not sweetish dish or with Jalapeno Peppers instead of Green Chillies. This tip is relevant for any Indian place you go to, not just here.

In vegetarian, try the Malai Kofta and Achaari Aaloo (recommendation: they can definitely add Methi Malai Mattar to their menu). For chicken dishes, try the Madras chicken (i don't think any other indian restaurant has this dish!) and Chicken Vindaloo. In breads, normally I order Garlic Nan, but their Paneer Kulcha is pretty good as well. Mango Lassi is my beverage, haven't tried their Tea yet. Bon Appetit!

The closest second is Jaipur Cuisine on Randolph and I go to India House only when I need cheaper food since I can use Restaurant[dot]com coupons there :).

Pros: Best malai kofta and vindaloo chicken!

Cons: Cant think of one

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Undoubtedly, the best Indian Restaurant in Chicago Downtown area. Better than India House in terms of ambiance and good hosts :)
Lots of variety in curries and Naan (bread). Can order No Spicy, medium Spicy and very spicy food (many people don't know this).
Jaipuri Aalu, Kofta, Paneer dishes are delicious. Heaven for people who want to try Indian dishes the first time and also for those who have been having it since ages.
Strongly recommended.

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★★★★★

Undoubtedly, the best Indian Restaurant in Chicago Downtown area. Better than India House in terms of ambiance and good hosts :)
Lots of variety in curries and Naan (bread). Can order No Spicy, medium Spicy and very spicy food (many people don't know this).
Jaipuri Aalu, Kofta, Paneer dishes are delicious. Heaven for people who want to try Indian dishes the first time and also for those who have been having it since ages.
Strongly recommended.

Pros: Quality food. Good price. Lots of options.

Cons: Not on Michigan Ave :(

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The restaurant was nicely decorated in Indian design but the food was lacking in Indian spices. Food was very bland. I asked waiter to make my food extra spicy and was told they could not do this. A true Indian restaurant would do with without hesitation. The rice was even lacking in flavor. I think it is geared toward more American flavor.

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★☆☆☆☆

The restaurant was nicely decorated in Indian design but the food was lacking in Indian spices. Food was very bland. I asked waiter to make my food extra spicy and was told they could not do this. A true Indian restaurant would do with without hesitation. The rice was even lacking in flavor. I think it is geared toward more American flavor.

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I like their food so I go there when I am downtown. The service seems to be not very good when I am there so I am only giving 3-star. It is still worth eating there.

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★★★☆☆

I like their food so I go there when I am downtown. The service seems to be not very good when I am there so I am only giving 3-star. It is still worth eating there.

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It was a place with very good ambience and good service. The food reminded me of real indian dish. I've been there a couple of times before. We had a party on this place last month or so and it turned out to be excellent. The food was very great. I advice everyone to visit at least once to the Indian garden and try the food. The chicken 65 dish was very tasty.I'm visiting this place again.

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★★★★★

It was a place with very good ambience and good service. The food reminded me of real indian dish. I've been there a couple of times before. We had a party on this place last month or so and it turned out to be excellent. The food was very great. I advice everyone to visit at least once to the Indian garden and try the food. The chicken 65 dish was very tasty.I'm visiting this place again.

Pros: Ambience, tasty food

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I used to love this place but have had some unfortunate experiences with the wait staff and will not be back. The food was generally good, but the last time I was there, the restaurant was not particularly busy but it took almost half an hour for naan and (lukewarm) tandoori chicken to get to my table. We had to practically chase waiters down for every request. Plus the lunch buffet choices were a lot more limited than at other places, like India House.

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★☆☆☆☆

I used to love this place but have had some unfortunate experiences with the wait staff and will not be back. The food was generally good, but the last time I was there, the restaurant was not particularly busy but it took almost half an hour for naan and (lukewarm) tandoori chicken to get to my table. We had to practically chase waiters down for every request. Plus the lunch buffet choices were a lot more limited than at other places, like India House.

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This restaurant was recommended by the Manager at John Hancock tower and we are so pleased that I had to comeback and write something about it. The food is far far better than any other Indian restaurant I have visited in Chicago,and on top of that the Manager knows the food and explain to the fullest with a pleasant smile. I would recommend the restaurant to any one who wants to enjoy a delightful meal with a smile.
Andrew

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★★★★★

This restaurant was recommended by the Manager at John Hancock tower and we are so pleased that I had to comeback and write something about it. The food is far far better than any other Indian restaurant I have visited in Chicago,and on top of that the Manager knows the food and explain to the fullest with a pleasant smile. I would recommend the restaurant to any one who wants to enjoy a delightful meal with a smile.
Andrew

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... I wish the experience was better. Let's be frank... a restaurant needs to have good food AND courtesy.
My story:
I placed a phone order for take out. They said "no problem." Then I called back to confirm and a different person sounded less enthusiastic about the pick up order. Then I got there and I could only double park. With cars honking at me I waited for the employee to SLOWLY come out and bring it to me. I already paid over the phone and just needed to sign the bill. After I did that, this guy actually stood by my door with his hand out for a tip. He did not serve me at a table, he did not move quickly to my car. Yet with all the chaos on the street and my obvious frustration, this guy felt he needed a little extra. I paid $78 for take out already. $78 for food that was great, but not mind-blowing. (I'm Indian so I know what I'm talking about.) The food was full of excellent taste and texture, but not worth the price. Not that it was bad.. it was great, but I've eaten better quality at half this price. I don't mind paying but I hate it when I put out almost $80 for someone to drag their feet and be rude. Especially when they know there's no parking and it's hard for a customer to wait there on the street. I can only imagine the pretentious attitude if I actually ate inside. I can go to countless places for the same quality of food. This is why I won't go back.

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★★☆☆☆

... I wish the experience was better. Let's be frank... a restaurant needs to have good food AND courtesy.
My story:
I placed a phone order for take out. They said "no problem." Then I called back to confirm and a different person sounded less enthusiastic about the pick up order. Then I got there and I could only double park. With cars honking at me I waited for the employee to SLOWLY come out and bring it to me. I already paid over the phone and just needed to sign the bill. After I did that, this guy actually stood by my door with his hand out for a tip. He did not serve me at a table, he did not move quickly to my car. Yet with all the chaos on the street and my obvious frustration, this guy felt he needed a little extra. I paid $78 for take out already. $78 for food that was great, but not mind-blowing. (I'm Indian so I know what I'm talking about.) The food was full of excellent taste and texture, but not worth the price. Not that it was bad.. it was great, but I've eaten better quality at half this price. I don't mind paying but I hate it when I put out almost $80 for someone to drag their feet and be rude. Especially when they know there's no parking and it's hard for a customer to wait there on the street. I can only imagine the pretentious attitude if I actually ate inside. I can go to countless places for the same quality of food. This is why I won't go back.

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While the food is just ok, the worst thing regarding Indian Garden is their delivery and poor service. Worse, the restaurant is down to the level of cheating its customers. I order two entrees for around 15 dollars apiece (20 with tax and everything), not inexpensive by any means, and two things happened:
1) The delivery guy got lost twice and had the address wrong. They do not speak English too well over there. Very poor service and poor communication at the counter. I speak their language and English fluently. Wonder how others deal with this!
2) The containers were half full! They have those tiny 16 ounce containers which were loaded till only the half level. Now when I pay 20 bucks for an ordinary vegetarian dish, I expect those small containers to be at least full. Sadly, this place has gone down as one that just expects customers to keep paying for bad service.

As far as the actual food is concerned, the Goan fish curry is horrible and the food really does not even taste Indian. It is either too spicey or sometimes fake. Very bad experience, not recommended!

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★☆☆☆☆

While the food is just ok, the worst thing regarding Indian Garden is their delivery and poor service. Worse, the restaurant is down to the level of cheating its customers. I order two entrees for around 15 dollars apiece (20 with tax and everything), not inexpensive by any means, and two things happened:
1) The delivery guy got lost twice and had the address wrong. They do not speak English too well over there. Very poor service and poor communication at the counter. I speak their language and English fluently. Wonder how others deal with this!
2) The containers were half full! They have those tiny 16 ounce containers which were loaded till only the half level. Now when I pay 20 bucks for an ordinary vegetarian dish, I expect those small containers to be at least full. Sadly, this place has gone down as one that just expects customers to keep paying for bad service.

As far as the actual food is concerned, the Goan fish curry is horrible and the food really does not even taste Indian. It is either too spicey or sometimes fake. Very bad experience, not recommended!

Pros: Ok food, good location

Cons: Horrible service, bad value, poor delivery, less quantity

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The ambiance is quite well done. That's the only thing that they have gotten right here at the Indian Garden.

The food is mediocre at best. Quite far from authentic Indian food. Klay Oven, located just a few miles away is way better in all respects.

The service is pathetic. The guy who handles the cash register doubles up at the host. He seated guests in an random order, and when questioned blatantly lied about them have reservations. We cross checked this with the seated guested.

Overall, a terrible experience and ruined my evening.

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★☆☆☆☆

The ambiance is quite well done. That's the only thing that they have gotten right here at the Indian Garden.

The food is mediocre at best. Quite far from authentic Indian food. Klay Oven, located just a few miles away is way better in all respects.

The service is pathetic. The guy who handles the cash register doubles up at the host. He seated guests in an random order, and when questioned blatantly lied about them have reservations. We cross checked this with the seated guested.

Overall, a terrible experience and ruined my evening.

Pros: ambience

Cons: service, service, service, food, etiquitte

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Tasty food, and warm and relaxing ambience. Really nice waiters. A nice set of little dipping sauces. A cute view of the street. We've gone there about ten times now (with our families and friends, too), and I've only had a minor annoyance with a waiter, but I think we miscommunicated. I would recommend this place.

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★★★★☆

Tasty food, and warm and relaxing ambience. Really nice waiters. A nice set of little dipping sauces. A cute view of the street. We've gone there about ten times now (with our families and friends, too), and I've only had a minor annoyance with a waiter, but I think we miscommunicated. I would recommend this place.

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The language challenged serving staff was very rude. They took a long time getting our food. The waitstaff looked very overworked. No one came by after the server very rudely dropped off our dinner. Me and my girlfriend were completely ignored. After we finished our meal I flagged someone down and asked for our check and also let him how bad the service was. He said sorry and in the middle of the converstaion started to talk to one of the other servers and left. I left there laughing and appalled because I will never go back to this location. The food was mediocre to just ok quality. The atmosphere is old & stuffy and the restaurant is not well ventilated. Not worth the money at all. I believe they are getting away with this because there is virtually very little or no competition for indian food downtown. Spend your money elsewhere.

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★☆☆☆☆

The language challenged serving staff was very rude. They took a long time getting our food. The waitstaff looked very overworked. No one came by after the server very rudely dropped off our dinner. Me and my girlfriend were completely ignored. After we finished our meal I flagged someone down and asked for our check and also let him how bad the service was. He said sorry and in the middle of the converstaion started to talk to one of the other servers and left. I left there laughing and appalled because I will never go back to this location. The food was mediocre to just ok quality. The atmosphere is old & stuffy and the restaurant is not well ventilated. Not worth the money at all. I believe they are getting away with this because there is virtually very little or no competition for indian food downtown. Spend your money elsewhere.

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Why can't I put no stars on this. Food wasn't flavorful. Very big let down.

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★☆☆☆☆

Why can't I put no stars on this. Food wasn't flavorful. Very big let down.

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This is a great place to get authentic Indian food in the city. This place has a really nice ambiance and an even better food. My advice: stick to their buffet. You will get a good assortment of food in that and everything is always fresh

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★★★★★

This is a great place to get authentic Indian food in the city. This place has a really nice ambiance and an even better food. My advice: stick to their buffet. You will get a good assortment of food in that and everything is always fresh

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This is a good option if you are in the mood for some good, authentic Indian food. The restaurant is really nice and very well kept. The atmosphere is very nice and the service is wonderful here. They have a huge menu and everything on it

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★★★★★

This is a good option if you are in the mood for some good, authentic Indian food. The restaurant is really nice and very well kept. The atmosphere is very nice and the service is wonderful here. They have a huge menu and everything on it

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The buffet is pretty extensive and food is really fresh. During lunch hour, you get a lot of traffic from the medical staff and students from the nearby Northwestern Hospital. It is located on the second floor. Parking... either you

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★★★★☆

The buffet is pretty extensive and food is really fresh. During lunch hour, you get a lot of traffic from the medical staff and students from the nearby Northwestern Hospital. It is located on the second floor. Parking... either you

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Creativity and color distinguish Indian Garden from the rest of the ethnic pack. Chef Ganga Rawat substitutes corn oil for traditional fat and creates gravy-based dishes with vegetables and spices rather than oils. Unusual dishes from the

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★★★☆☆

Creativity and color distinguish Indian Garden from the rest of the ethnic pack. Chef Ganga Rawat substitutes corn oil for traditional fat and creates gravy-based dishes with vegetables and spices rather than oils. Unusual dishes from the

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The Indian Garden Restraunt is one of the few places you can get a great tasting Indian meal downtown. They are at a great location, admist all the shopping and busniess centers. The food here is really great. What I like best about this

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★★★★☆

The Indian Garden Restraunt is one of the few places you can get a great tasting Indian meal downtown. They are at a great location, admist all the shopping and busniess centers. The food here is really great. What I like best about this

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This is a really great place in downtown to get some fresh Indian food. It is conveniently located and they have valet parking too. They have an awesome buffet filled with many different dishes. They are reasonably priced and the restraunt

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★★★★☆

This is a really great place in downtown to get some fresh Indian food. It is conveniently located and they have valet parking too. They have an awesome buffet filled with many different dishes. They are reasonably priced and the restraunt

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This is a really great Indian reastraunt located downtown. The atmosphere is very shophisticated and the service is excellent. You can either choose your own mean or have their buffet. Either way, the food is superb and it is a really

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★★★★☆

This is a really great Indian reastraunt located downtown. The atmosphere is very shophisticated and the service is excellent. You can either choose your own mean or have their buffet. Either way, the food is superb and it is a really

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Lunch hour office cliques and weary Mag Mile shoppers drift into this second-floor restaurant for a quick and inexpensive bite to eat. An inconspicuous entry makes the place easy to miss, but once inside, diners areā€¦

 

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