Our focus is traditional North Indian cuisine served to share in an edgy and modern dining room, accompanied by a full bar offering wine, draft beer, and a unique craft cocktail program.
The hostess was quite rude to my friends who were waiting for us to arrive. She threatened to give away our table if we didn’t arrive in 6 minutes. There was no line and no one waiting and they wouldn’t seat anyone until the entire party arrived. There was only 4 of us and we were parking the car as she was threatening to give away the table. It’s not like my Friends were just waiting around they went to the bar and were ordering drinks which they would have done the same if they were at a table! We weren’t even 15 minutes late to the reservation and our friends were at the bar ordering drinks And they still wouldn’t seat them even though they were there and we were on our way. Service was good. Food was ok. Small portions. Menu listed gulab jamun with rose ice cream. They didn’t bother to tell us that they didn’t have any more of the Rose ice cream and just gave us vanilla. They served one little gulab jamun ball with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. I’ve never been to an Indian restaurant that serves 1 gulab jamun ball as the dessert. It’s usually 3 pieces or more per one serving. Portions for price are not typical like at most Indian places. They were quite small. The malai kofta was very tasty as was the spinach chaat. The bacon chili paneer naan had no chilli just tasted like bread stuffed with bacon bits. Not a fan at all. The lamb was good but the mussels were great!
19 year Anniversary
Great Indian fusion food. Creative fusion options as well as authentic dishes. Went for restaurant week and had a great 4 course meal with some delicious drinks.
Fine dining experience for Restaurant Week. Food was very good and with four courses almost more than we could. Salmon dish was my favorite and pictured by my review. Apparently not on the regular menu, though.
Veda might be my new favorite place to eat in Philly. Restaurant week was my third time eating there. Unlike most restaurants, they don’t design the RW menu cynically to dumb down their kitchen and cut costs. Every thing I put in my mouth that night, as before, was exciting and memorable.
The menu is so creative and exciting, the atmosphere is on point, and the service was charming. An owner/manager type gentleman also checked in with us, which is always nice. The cuisine just nails that aromatic, heady magic of Indian food that feels like both medicine and comfort food; it keeps a sort of happy cloud of complex flavors hovering in your nasal cavity for an hour after the meal. Usually I find a hole in the wall to get that fix, and I still will, but Veda adds an artistic twist and puts South Asian cuisine proudly on the foodie map of Philly.
Excellent service and food! Will be going back soon
The lunch buffet is worth the trip. Wonderful staff and amazing food!
Our waiter was extremely helpful. Great service! The food is good too!
It's affordable, but our server was switched halfway through which caused confusion, drink glasses were weirdly sticky, and desserts didn't come out all at the same time. It was OK. Just not great.
Our selection of main dishes was disappointing because thy happened to be too similar. Our okra starter was the best I’ve ever had. Perhaps they were short staffed the night we came, but it took halfway through the entree for one our cocktails to arrive. I’d go back and ask more questions to make sure I get different kinds of tastes
Very good, as always.
Great food, atmosphere, and flavors. Highly recommended!
Food was amazing and our waiter made fantastic suggestions. We will definitely be back!
This was out anniversary dinner, and we told the restaurant this. Upon arrival, we gave our name and the hostess said happy anniversary. From there, the experience became too ordinary. Service was inattentive at the outset, although it did improve. My wife ordered Prosecco and we were told they were out of Prosecco. Imagine that? The State Store was 2 blocks away. The entree was tasty, especially the curry chicken and the Tandoori Shrimp. Most restaurants honor your celebration at desert time. Veda did not for us. It would have been a nice touch and engendered us to return.
Had a great time on a double date recently. Our group was composed of vegan, vegetarian, and meat eating diners and everyone was able to find multiple things on the menu to order. I recommend ordering a bunch of appetizers for the table to share because there are just so many great ones!
Delightful NYE prix fixe dinner. As a solo diner, I was treated graciously and with respect. The food was out of this world (lobster) and just enough to feel sumptuous. Fantastic cocktails, as always. Veda is one of my top 5 favorite restaurants in Center City.
Not as authentic as I hoped . Channa masala was tasteless. Same with the chicken tikka . Nice ambience with good service .
Good food. Service fine.
Great food. Had 8:30 pm reservation on a weeknight. Host didn't seat our party even though the restaurant was nowhere near full. There should be some discretion used by the host (despite the policy). We sat at bar with my 8 year daughter. Bartender was "chilly" and explained that she couldn't sit there. I forgot that that is standard protocol so I had no problem moving BUT it was the chilli-ness that got me. Server was OK. At the end of our meal, another server came to clear table and then came back to ask us for our napkins, which I found odd. Moments later, the lights were turned up brightly--to signal it was time to get out. I found this to be so incredibly obnoxious. I was really turned off by this. It was clear that the manager was tired and ready to shut things down. His desire to go home was more important than making sure his guests didn't feel rushed. We were done with our meal, as I said, but I didn't want to feel that I was an imposition. I've never experienced this before and I didn't like it. Too bad because the food was really good!! Will try someplace else next time.
everything was great. We made a reservation but moved to the bar seating for the happy hour menu. They should offer happy hour for the entire restaurant not just the bar area. But that's my only complaint if you want to call it that; everything else was 100% great
One of my favorite spots in Philly! The buffet is fantastic and great value
Philly needs a fine dining Indian restaurant. Until this happens Veda takes that place. Tangy, spicy cauliflower was tasty but very stiff. Eggplant was nice, good sauce and easy to cut. Lamb chops were fine. Soup that came after the food was presented was very tasty even if arriving late.
Solid experience, good food.
We have been to Veda several times. It is one of my husband's favorites.
This visit we had the samosas, spinach chaat, chicken tikka, mushroom korma, and garlic naan.
All of it was served with a generous bowl of basmati rice.
Everything was delicious and the service was friendly.
We will definitely be back and highly recommend to anyone with an interest in Indian Cusine.
Veda would have been 5 stars for me except for two things.
First, our friends were delayed in traffic and were about twenty minutes late. Veda made us stand in the bar and wait for our friends to arrive. The table was ready and available, but we were not permitted to be seated. I am 71 and I don't like to stand and wait. I would rather be seated and relax and order some drinks.
Second, after numerous appetizers, most with sticky sauces, the waitress removed our dirty silverware from our plates and placed it on the table while she cleared the plates. We got fresh plates but not fresh silverware. Plus now the table was sticky from the dirty silverware. You don't put your elbows on that table because if you do your elbows would stick.
Food was excellent and service was otherwise very good.
Good selection of Indian dishes - good service and a nice place overall.
Always impressed by the service and food. I introduced 3 friends to Veda lunch and they were also impressed. Although the restaurant was full with holiday groups etc, it wasn’t too noisy. Typically, I can’t hear myself in other restaurants if seated next to large groups. Tried a la carte, instead of the buffet, to sample new dishes. Hope to eventually try all their special dishes.
The cocktails were very good - we had two appetizers, both of which fit the bill. The entrees were bland, however. The Paneer dish tasted like the cheese was simply tossed into a cream of tomato soup and lacked any fragrant spices or complexity that I expect from Indian cuisine. The chicken dish, while better, was nothing to write home about. Both dishes were portioned well, served in an appealing manner, and were delivered to our table in a timely manner. MANY Gluten Free and Vegetarian options on the menu.
Waitstaff, while attentive and available, were obviously green. We saw two waiters walk by with cocktails served in coup glasses who both seemed terrified to drop them. Manager was on the floor and visible the entire evening, also spoke with us more than once to ensure we were happy.
Prices were great for a Philly restaurant - very reasonable. Atmosphere was ok - scented oil (vanilla maybe) was being diffused in the front of the restaurant - very distracting to the palette and olfactory when eating.
Saw that Veda is now offering Sunday brunch so I had to try! There are always lots of good options for vegan/vegetarian/gluten free/dairy free folks at Indian places so I brought a friend with a soy/shellfish/dairy allergies.
We were both able to find things to eat- she got the chicken kati and I got the curry eggs. The kati came with a side salad and the eggs with paratha. The kati was small, which we were warned about, but it was basically one spring roll cut in half for $8. The eggs included two hardboiled eggs and nice sized portion of curry. The paratha was made in such a way that you couldn't peel the layers and instead it was like one long string so that wasn't as good as it could have been. The curried eggs were 10$ and that seemed like the right price.
They were running a promotion where if you posted on social media about being there they would give you a free dessert. I got the saffron kheer (rice pudding) and my friend got the pear, wine, and ginger sorbet. Both were delicious and I would definitely get that again. The kheer seemed to have pistachio on top which is not mentioned in the description so I did have to scrape that off.
The service was a little too intense. The waitress came to our table about 20 times throughout the meal. She was very kind and always had some new information for us but we were trying to have a catch-up brunch and she basically became part of it. We went right when it opened and there were only one or two other tables there with us so perhaps once more people come she is less intense.
Overall I would highly recommend this place and I will definitely be back!
Happy hour apps only in the bar which had no space.
I kept thinking about the food I ate here the for the next couple days. Everything was delicious; Tandoori kebabs especially were just full flavor. Highly recommend eating at Veda.
Authentic Indian Recipes, Perfect food, Best service.
Food is excellent had dinner by the bar, staff does not know the cuisine cant describe flavors, and understand what the dishes are. Service is decent suggestion focus on the guest not the TV. Keep personal convo to a minimum when guest are present. If they improved front of the house. Could be a top restaurant on philly.
Really enjoyed the wonderful flavors. The cauliflower appetizer was very good.
Beautiful presentation; excellent service
Food is at best 3/5. I’ve really tried hard to love this place but the food is just glorified Indian food. Nothing great! Go to indeblu!
At lunch time, it seemed that the buffet was the correct choice -- and it was. Many selections with fresh naan and rice delivered directly to one's table. Great vegetarian options; three chicken entrees; salad; soup dessert. Excellent value. Plus exceedingly friendly and accommodating service.
Food is excellent. Portions are on the small side. A bit pricey for Indian cuisine. Drink pours are measured and on the small side. Worth a visit for a change of pace. Has potential to be a go to place.
We enjoyed a variety of dishes - all were delicious. Some people wanted food to be less spicy, some wanted it more spicy. I thought it was just right. At this particular dinner on a Sunday evening it was not too loud. (Other times is was very loud.) Our servers were attentive and helpful. I am sure I will return and recommend it to friends. It's best with a group so you can taste many dishes.