Makhani Modern Indian

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43 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian

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Welcome to the Makhani. As we pronounce it (Ma-Kha-Ni) which means "with butter". Makhani specializes in North Indian curries that usually have thick, moderately spice and creamy gravies and the use of dried fruits and nuts is fairly common even in everyday foods. Dairy products like milk, cream, cottage cheese, ghee (clarified butter) and yogurt play an important role in the cooking of both savory and sweet dishes. We make these available at all times of the year for our beloved exotic food lovers. Makhani is located in Old City, One of Philadelphia's oldest and historic districts. Chef Sanjoy Banik's mastery of traditional spices and flavors makes each dish an opportunity to experience classics and delicacies in new and exciting ways. Every plate becomes a culinary journey.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience!

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CarolynS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious, friendly staff, cozy atmosphere, great value

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Best tandoori wings!!! We enjoyed the chicken tikka masala as well!

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WilliamH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy, clean, with a warm inviting ambiance. The food was fantastic and the highlight of the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for a valentines date night. Amazing authentic food and the price is unbeatable-was not expecting that at all. They were extremely busy and still provided top of the line service. Definitely will be back!!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was Valentine’s Day and they had a couples eat for $45 deal and the food was great. Solid value and because it was a busy night, it was backed up. Overall good experience

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AlexB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Makhani is one of our favorite restaurants in Philly. Incredible food and very friendly owners and servers. Couldn't recommend more!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a lovely find! The food was well prepared and delicious! Our party of 4 had tickets to the Arden Theater, and this worked out perfectly! The service was friendly, knowledgeable and fast!
We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food
Great service and quick
The restaurant is not too big you are actually dinning in the kitchen which adds to the freshness to the food.

The curry is delicious and not sweet finally.

The price is maybe on the higher side but it is worth it

Definitely would come again

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SusanL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Indian food right here in Philadelphia! Great flavor, choose your own spice level, overall great experience. Would definitely recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and attentive service

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vipMitra
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice little Indian restaurant, extensive menu - very good selection. The Lamb Rogan Josh was perfection, Bombay chicken was hit and miss - all bone and no chicken. Only problem was the service was too quick, we were in and out in 45 minutes. So if you are looking for a longer more relaxing experience, this is not for you. However, if you are after a good quick Indian meal, this is it.

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vipJustlee
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was first here in summer for a Tasting Collective dinner, and it was delicious. But I enjoy Indian food much more in winter, so as soon as the cold snap hit, I made a reservation for my son, his girlfriend and myself last Friday. And it did not disappoint. Everything was wonderful. Especially the chicken with mango. They also see to have a good takeout business, which is what we will start doing on a regular basis.

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vipMichaelB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very nice BYOB neighborhood spot with great food and attentive, friendly service.

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NancyS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Indian food and vegetation location! Makhani has it all.

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vipCityLady52
Philadelphia
133 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly enjoyed fantastic meal here. Cannot wait to go back! As a relative newcomer to Indian food I find this very approachable. Great menu plus specials. For starters we loved the Tandoori wings. Wonderful seasoning and color and juicy yet not greasy. Special scallop app had amazing sauce. Also had a special chicken ( Akbari?) with a special blend of nuts, curry and slightly creamy. Owners and staff are very friendly and helpful in describing the menu. Partner had lamb with Vindaloo sauce and loved loved it. They offer chicken, lamb, veggie or shrimp in your choice of about six preparations. DEElicious basmati rice so delicate. We had the house Nan bread....just beautiful warm and soft, perfect..A bit spacey for me so I might go with plain next time. It was Served with wonderful mango chutney. There are ten types of breads! Great presentation and very fresh food. They have a special mango cheesecake. It’s not like typical cheesecake. Did not love that as much as everything else.

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JerryM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fantastic service. Good food and ambience, We’ll be back.

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RajP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

AC was not working. Did not eat there.

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CarolynS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything is great. Food, friendliness. It would be great if it was a little cooler and the air conditioner was a little quieter
We have been 3 times and we will be back often

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SoniaG
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Good food but bit costly and quantity is less for that cost. It was bit spicy even I asked for mild but food was very tasty.
Ambience is ok but very dull as it’s very dark no sufficient lights. But server was good.

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MikeS
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great! Food was Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DoctorJ
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The breads were wonderful and the food was very tasty. The menu is a bit more limited in breadth than one might find in other Indian cuisine restaurants. The seats along the wall with the hand painted mural are uncomfortable - the seat back cushion is vertical without any slant - so try to avoid a table on that side of the restaurant. All in all, though, the dining experience was quite good and, as long as the food quality remains consistent, I am sure to eat there again and again.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Amazing food. Restaurant was very hot though

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vipKoryA
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for my birthday dinner and they made me feel special - these are my favorite chicken wings in the entire city - and the mango cheesecake for birthday dessert was perfect candle included. I loved the mango chicken, my friend who took me out had a variety of other entrees and loved them. The naan so light and tasty and fresh out of oven. One of my new favorite spots in old city.

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Chuck62
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good food and service. Just make sure they check you in on open table

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food. Excellent customer service!

TJ
vipTheJDizzo
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great service, food was delicious. Just wish they had checked me in on Open Table!

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DidierG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Good to see a young team at work and delivering a very good meal in a nice atmosphere and very good attention to customers.

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MelissaS
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The restaurant has a cool southeast Asian vibe and the mango chicken that I had was so delicious. The friends that I were with also enjoyed their dishes. The details and layers of flavors for each dish were well thought out and even our Nan bread was exceptional, soft and warm, right out of the oven. I will probably return to this restaurant for other celebrations.

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KanouseS
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing new find in the heart of Old City. Food was exceptional and the service was friendly and helpful. Restaurant is fairly small so reservations would be helpful. We will definitely be back!!

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JuliaC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food here is really excellent! The spice level was perfect and dishes were perfectly creamy. My naan was a little drier than I am accustomed to but still very good. The service was friendly. My only complaint is that the tables are every close together. Still, we will be back for sure!

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RaymondH
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Everyone was so nice and attentive. Looking forward to going again.

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vipLaurelWN
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Our new favorite!

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vipHungryTravelers
Philadelphia
94 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fine new addition to Old City's list of restaurant choices. The cauliflower appetizer and the lamb entree were delicious.

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vipLeonardU
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Service was not very good and the menu seemed to have items that varied not much differently than each other the bathroom was dirty looked like some minor construction was done and it wasn’t cleaned up

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Foodie
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant came highly recommended, and it did not disappoint! The food and the service were excellent. Makhani is a real gem that people haven't discovered yet. If you like good Indian food, give this place a try.

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vipredram
Philadelphia
133 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just discovered this place and were happy that we did. Food is excellent, service top-notch and location
right off Market on Third is great for theatre goers. It is a BYOB so plan accordingly. We had the lamb shank and mango shrimp entrees and they were delicious. This is a North Indian place. Also recommend their corn soup.

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RobertC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ascetic. Food is well portioned, and delicious. Everyone is super nice, and attentive. 10/10

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jenn
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Service ruined the food.
Flavorful food but the service is awful. Did not receive appetizer plates nor dinner plates! They kept forgetting water & lemon.
Just get your food to go!

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vipPhlFoodie
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food!!! Very small. Would def recommend. The chicken biryani was mist and aloo Gobi was on point. And you must get mango cheesecake

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Makhani Modern Indian does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats. Makhani Modern Indian also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (267) 534-5097.

Makhani Modern Indian is rated 4.4 stars by 43 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.