Mantra on the Hill

Indian Restaurant
934 Hatch St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 934 Hatch St, Cincinnati Directions
+15136211100
This place has not been rated by customers.
82% of 88 customers recommended
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About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Indian, Contemporary
  • Meals
    Dinner
  • Price
    $15-$30
  • Cuisine
    Indian, Contemporary
  • Meals
    Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Street
  • Delivery
    No
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
  • Gluten Free Options
    Yes
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33 Tips
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Report | 3 years ago
Park at the monastery. Really pleased with the food and service.
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Report | 4 years ago
The service was horrible took forever and the food was bland and not that tasty
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Report | 4 years ago
We went on a Wednesday evening, so the place wasn't full...maybe 4 - 5 other parties. The food was good. I had the Chicken Tikki Masala and my date had the same, but with lamb, and also the lamb sish kabob. Everything was good, including the staff. 3.5 stars.
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Report | 4 years ago
The lamb shank we ordered was not tasty and the portion of shrimp dish we ordered was very small.
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Report | 4 years ago
Te service was exceptionally slow - from the time we ordered to recieving our food was more than 45 minutes and our server never even mentioned that it had been a long wait or checked in to let us know it would be coming soon.
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Report | 4 years ago
The service was prompt; our server was very friendly and knowledgeable and helped us choose an appetizer, entrees, and a side. The food was out of this world! I love Indian food and I was impressed with the chef's take on Indian fusion. The crispy bhindi reminded me a lot of a dish I had while in Nepal last year. We will definitely be back. The only thing I would improve would be the lighting and the paving on the patio. I was wearing heels and it was difficult to walk on the uneven surface. Once it got dark out the lighting outside was minimal and I went to get up and stepped right in a hole that I didn't see and fell down. I think next time we will sit inside!
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Report | 4 years ago
The eggplant chips delicious and i've never had anything like them before. Service was very attentive. Both of our entrees were delicious. We will definitely be dining here again!
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Report | 4 years ago
Look for on street parking to avoid paying for garage parking.
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Report | 4 years ago
Food was very good! Enjoyed the appetizers. The lamb dish was really good. The chicken dish we tried with a mild curry sauce was OK. Fried eggplant crispy was great!
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Report | 4 years ago
The laal maas is a great dish.
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From Our Editors

Since his cooking days at his East Hyde Park restaurant, Cumin, Chef Yajan (Yaj) Upadhyaya has been enamored with creating both traditional and new Indian dishes, as highlighted by Polly Campbell for the Cincinnati Enquirer. In his latest culinary venture, Mantra on the Hill, Chef Yaj continues to make authentic Indian food pop by pairing it with his take on other culinary elements such as spicy southern plates and Indochinese dishes. And the Indian cuisine itself derives not from one region of the subcontinent, but many. This melding of old and new, East and West, means during lunch and dinner hours, the head chef seasons chicken and shrimp with traditional Indian spices before baking fresh in the kitchen’s tandoor, which also cooks several vegetarian meals and fresh naan described as "buttery and very pleasant” by CityBeat.

To attract a crowd after most children have gone to bed and most children on the other side of the world have woken up, Chef Yaj also curates a late-night menu. With it, he showcases the same ability to unify disparate inspirations, from masala fries topped with a curry sauce to lamb sliders. And it’s not just food that might draw diners in at the end of a long day—10 signature cocktails quell thirst, and the name of one of them, the New Old Fashioned, perfectly characterizes the restaurant’s theme as a whole. Of course, the staff also pours domestic and imported beer and enough wine to float a cruise ship.

Mantra on the Hill’s decor is as elegant as the food is flavorful. Exposed brick and tan-colored walls create a neutral backdrop to the vibrant artwork displayed on them. On the outdoor patio, string light-festooned trees wrap around umbrella-covered tables—where guests enjoy their meals while listening to live music—and a light-green picket fence provides a winsome bookend to the pastel pink brick that defines the façade of the building.

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