815 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20006Neighborhood:
IndianPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Fine Dining
- Website: http://www.bombayclubdc.com/
- Phone: 2026593727x
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:45pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 2:30pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Indian
- Executive Chef: Nilesh Singhvi
- Dress Code: Business Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Entertainment: Live Piano music nightly beginning at 6:45pm.
A word from Bombay Club
The Bombay Club emulates characteristics of the old clubs of India. The elegant environment with pale pastels, ceiling fans, and a profusion of greenery is designed to create a warm and inviting gathering place for relaxation and regeneration. The cuisine is the finest of India, utilizing only the best quality ingredients to create a harmony of subtle flavors. Specialties prepared by Executive Chef Nilesh Singhvi, include tandoori salmon and green chili chicken. The sophisticated cuisine is enhanced by refine service and live piano music. Distinguished Restaurant of North America Award.Continued
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- Diners' Choice WinnerIndian
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Bombay Club reviews from OpenTable diners
377 reviews since June 2, 2014
- Ambiance4.4Noise LevelModerate
special occasion (212)fit for foodies (178)romantic (149)great for lunch (77)good for groups (76)great for outdoor dining (62)neighborhood gem (51)great for brunch (46)notable wine list (39)hot spot (24)kid-friendly (11)late-night find (9)scenic view (2)Show More
- Dinner at the Bombay ClubOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/27/2014This turned out to be great evening meal and dining experience on our recent visit to DC. We are British expats and enjoy Indian food but we have been deeply disappointed with the food served in most of US Indian restaurants we have tried. We are very pleased to say that the Bombay Club is easily the "best in class" and would have no hesitation in recommending it to fans of good Indian food. Friendly staff and classy ambience made for a very good evening. Be sure to try the Bombay Club gin and tonic - as far as I know this is a unique spicy aperitif!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Bit of a Let DownLAtoDCdinerDined on 9/27/2014As a Rasika fan, I thought the Bombay Club would be a good second choice. When we arrived for our 7:45 reservation we were not seated until 8, despite visibly open tables. Our waiter was extremely slow and unfriendly-- far more attentive to the larger party next to us. The kale chaat was an EXCELLENT appetizer, as good if not better than Rasika's palak chaat. But the brussel's sprouts I ordered as a vegetarian dish were nothing special and the portion of naan was extremely small. The blueberry pudding the waiter recommended for dessert was not particularly good either. The decor and atmosphere of the restaurant was nice. Overall the food was only average and the service was poor. I'd order the kale chaat to go.Special Features:
- Decent Indian VegetarianAndrewMullenDined on 9/27/2014The Bombay Club is an elegant restaurant that harkens back to colonial India. See *A Passage to India*, and you'll know what I mean. The food, however, though tasty, did not live up to the hype of the Washingtonian's review. If you're a regular patron at ethnic restaurants, you may have discovered that, in the US, Thai, Indian, and other cuisines have been toned down for the so-called unsophisticated American palate. For example, Thai is less spicy (hot), and in this case, Indian is less spicy (spices). The flavors at The Bombay Club are fine, and many folks will find the food delicious, but I have eaten much more interesting Indian food in this area -- plates full of vigorous spices bursting with all that India has to offer.Special Features:
- Best Indian in town2dineoutDined on 9/27/2014Always love taking special friends to this restaurant. It has never let me down. It reminds me of the Rest Houses of India and Sri Lanka.Special Features:
- AccommodatingOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/26/2014This was our third time there. We made reservations in advance. After realizing we would be late called and changed our time. We were still 5 minutes late and they accomdated us. Staff is friendly and knowledgable concerning their menu. If they offer the sticky toffee cake on the menu please try it!Special Features:
- IndAmeri11Dined on 9/24/2014The food was great, so was the ambiance. The only suggestion I like to make is please do not sit your patrons near the windows. My party of 3 had a closed window to our left giving a bad taste in the mouth.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- HIGHEND INDIANBillVIPDined on 9/23/2014Food is excellent, although portions are very small for sharing. Service was ok but a little staged. Good place for business dinner but not a special date.Special Features:
- AnniversaryTuckerVIPDined on 9/22/2014This was a perfect place to have our anniversary. The waiter even brought complementary champagne. The other guests were friendly and the whole evening was happy.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Traditional and DeliciousSLGDCDined on 9/21/2014We tried to get into Rasika on Sunday night but it's closed, so we opted for Bombay Club. It was very good. We asked our waiter to deliver some of his favorite dishes, since some in our party had never tasted Indian food. We got a really nice array of appetizers, including shrimp, samosa, lamb sausage (my favorite) and crispy kale - delicious. For our meal we each had tandoori salmon which was without a sauce and perfectly cooked., and a small lamb chop which was served with a cilantro and mint sauce - tangy and spicy. The meal was wonderful - a small caveat - bring a sweater - the air conditioning was relentless!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Service and food in declineGte697hDined on 9/19/2014So, I've been to Bombay club often over the years and the service/food quality is going down. When I got there on time for the reservation I was told that it will be 15-20 minutes till I get seated. There is no contrition for the fact that I have a reservation and still have to wait like I just walked in. You expect at least a "I apologize but we are running behind with our other guests" kind of courtesy. None of that. Then we get to the bar and the bartender is goofing off. They see us and there is no acknowledgement such as "I'll be with you in a moment." We were the only people at the bar. The food was cold when it arrived and the waiter didn't know how to pronounce any of the dishes. Seriously gone downhill.
- An excellent experienceDeborahDined on 9/19/2014This is not that expensive considering it is a DC classic. The decor is beautiful, & there is a piano player who plays standards from musical theatre as well as Billie Jean! Very busy on a Friday. We got there early, & had pleasant drinks from the bar. Then, we were guided to an elegant table right in the middle of everything, great for people watching. The menu, besides containing some exciting items (all that we ordered was excellent!), is very careful to note what is spicy (or VERY spicy) & what (very important for me) has nuts in it. Our waitress was very helpful, & even allowed me to order two half entrees when I wasn't sure if I could handle the spicy green chile curry (I could, but probably a half portion was wise). Would recommend!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent Indian Food ExperiencesparkyDined on 9/19/2014My son and I enjoyed the menu containing a range of Indian dishes. We shared the crab appetizer... simply delicious. It was light enough to order one for yourself without filling up. I ordered the traditional silver platter with three different meats... fantastic. I enjoyed sampling all the different flavors. My son ordered the Lamb Vindaloo which was spicy as advertised and he loved it. I tried it too and would have enjoyed ordering that one as well. Recommend ordering extra Naan bread as soon as dinner is served, you will need it to soak up all the tasty sauces. Service was top-notch. We will be back.Special Features:
- Too noisyFLCarolVIPDined on 9/19/2014This is my tenth visit to the Bombay Club, at least, and the worst experience I've had. There was a large wedding reception which bathed the restaurant in noise. I couldn't hear the person directly across the table from me at a table for four. It was fun for people-watching, but not for visiting with our guests.Special Features:
- Gem of a RestaurantSamtheManDined on 9/17/2014Bombay Club is our favorite Indian Restaurant in DC. We were there with a group of friends who enjoyed the food immensely and the atmosphere was great. Ashok Bajaj, the owner stopped by and that was a plus!!Special Features:
- Service Not Up to Foodbrklynd1nerDined on 9/14/2014I was excited to try this restaurant given all the good reviews. The food and ambiance did not disappoint. I just wish the service had been more welcoming and gracious. I was eating alone - which I've done many times - but at this restaurant I definitely felt out of place. The waitstaff was gruff and unwelcoming - I have experienced better service at my local Indian restaurant in Brooklyn. Still, the food and ambiance of the restaurant are great; the acoustics are good and you can actually have a conversation. I would go back - but it would be great of the waitstaff would take the hint that solo diners are people, too.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- WonderfulOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 9/13/2014This really is the must visit Indian restaurant in DC. Great food with very helpful wait staff!Special Features:
- Nice place to celebratedawnDined on 9/13/2014We ate here for the first time to celebrate our anniversary. Overall it was a fine experience. The food was good, the service was understated and the ambiance was nice. My only quibble would be that the pace of dinner was quite fast. Maybe because we did not order an appetizer, but we did order a bottle of wine, two thalis and dessert, and we were done in just over an hour.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DeliciousFoodGloriousFoodDined on 9/12/2014We've been to Rasika West and it's a tiny bit better than Bombay Club, but not glaringly. The same group owns both restaurants. The Crispy Kale is outstanding. I had the Club Thali and it was all wonderful. Service was a bit slow and unfriendly.
- Very niceTextCrashDined on 9/12/2014The Bombay Club is class all the way, from the waiters to the ambiance to the decor. The food was great, although a little on the spicy side. And I mean it was so spicy my wife and I drank gallons of water and ate 14 loaves of naan during dinner. Not sure if the heat index was on the menu (it probably was and we missed it), but it would be a good idea to watch out for this. beyond this, we loved it.Special Features:
- Better than Ever!OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 9/10/2014Went to Bombay Club for my husband's birthday. I had the Bombay (vegetarian) thali, which was overall delicious and an excellent value. My husband had the seafood mixed grill, which he loved. Food and atmosphere were perfect and service was very good. When I made the reservation thru Open Table, I asked if they could bring a dessert with a candle for my husband's birthday. They remembered and brought a festive mocktail with sorbet and a candle on top. They did it very quietly so my husband wasn't embarrassed and the piano player switched subtlely to playing Happy Birthday. They made the occasion very special and my husband loved it. They have a nice assortment of wine too.Special Features:
- Been Many Times, Never DisappointedOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 9/9/2014Took my wife and son (visiting from the West Coast) for dinner. The food was supurb (tandori chicken and salmon for the parents). The service is just attentive enough so someone is ready to stroll over with water or drink refills; but not so that it's cloying or distracting. The tables are far enough apart so conversations are not easily overheard (a must in Washington, DC). Highly recommmendedSpecial Features:
- Excellent and ReliableLP45Dined on 9/7/2014As always, we had a lovely dinner here. Wonderful food which is thoughtfully presented and fine service. This is a great choice for a night where you want to hear conversation at your table without feeling like you're rattling alone in a tomb. Piano player was a nice surprise! One of our go-to restaurants to take out-of-town guests.Special Features:
- Exquisite foodKukurvitasDined on 9/7/2014If you like Indian food, as I do and have tried many indian restaurants, this is one of the best. The use of spices is jus right giving their dishes an extremely tasty, spicy, yet digestible touch. Service is impeccableSpecial Features:
- Good brunch, so so selectionpcartyDined on 9/7/2014Service was perfect. Every one was very attentive to our needs. Selection of entrées was just average. Would have loved to see more variety of grilled foods. Quality was high. Great ambiance and location.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Travel in' manforeveryoungDined on 9/6/2014Food was very good but quite different from Indian food on the west coast. Ambiance and service were commendable. Would certainly return when next we visit Washington.Special Features:
- TOO LOUDOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 9/5/2014The noise level was so loud that I literally could not hear myself think. At a table for two, it was impossible to carry on a conversation with my dinner companion - we could not hear each other, even when shouting. Nor could we hear the waiter. The people at tables near us were yelling at each other and the piano music was totally lost in the din. This type of noise I expect in a bar, not in a fine restaurant. Within 15 minutes, both of us had such a headache from the noise that we left. We found another Indian restaurant a few blocks away where we had an excellent meal in a relaxed and SERENE setting at half the cost.
- Crown Jewelti2mDined on 9/3/2014Putting aside owner Ashok's other Indian jewels (the Rasikas), the Bombay Club is still the standard for quality Indian cooking in Washington. The "raj" interior and piano accompaniment make for a sophisticated ambiance. Prices remain surprisingly reasonable. It says something that Ashok personally entertains out of town relatives at the Bombay Club.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very authentic experiencePhilDined on 9/3/2014Food was excellent - one of the best chicken tandoori we have ever had. Service low key but very friendly and efficient. Prices very reasonable. We will be back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best Indian food ever!NanceVIPDined on 9/3/2014Having lots of Indian friends, I am picky about restaurant Indian food. This restaurant was superb - the lamb vindaloo was hot and spicy but you could still taste it - it was divine. They suggested a kale appetizer that was out if this world delicious! Great wine list and every dish was awesome. ThanksSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Okay food, but too many mosquitoesLuv2trynewfoodDined on 9/2/2014We went to Bombay club after reading the great reviews about the place everywhere. The food was okay. We ordered Bombay sev puri and paneer tikka as appetizers. Although they have small portions, both of them were awesome. The entree was not so great although the Naan was delicious. The whole time we sat there, there were too many mosquitoes and were literally eaten up by them. Wouldn't go again.
- Not for romantic dinersLove2EatRomanticDined on 8/31/2014We arrived on a recommendation that this was a very romantic restaurant. Wrong. While being a very beautiful restaurant there was absolutely no dress code. The thing that ultimately made us leave before even eating dinner was the screaming children. You can't be romantic with that kind of noise.
- Great Brunch ExperienceglobalfoodieVIPDined on 8/31/2014The ambiance is classy. The food is excellent. But what pushed the experience over the top was the live piano. Well done. We'll be back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great if is not SundayConnieVIPDined on 8/31/2014We have been to the Bombay Club several times in several years, and Sunday Brunch was always great. Good food, not outstanding but very authentic, good service, a pretty place and excelent price if you consider the unlimited sparkling wine. HOWEVER this past Sunday August 31 it was a bad unpleaseant experience. The service was terrible. and any of the waiters and staff we have seeing there before were around. We arrived with our guests and were taken to our table, where we had to wait for a long time before anybody came. That happened everytime we needed somenthing even water or the check, leave alone the refill of our glasses! Waiters were just standing and talking to each other. Bad service is the only way to describe the experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Never lets us down.RinoWinoVIPDined on 8/30/2014BC is always great. We will continue to eat there for years to come.Special Features:
- Huge DissapointmentTravellerVIPDined on 8/29/2014Seated in a back corner of a room off the main dining room with a large family. Service was impersonal, perfunctory and lacked the finesse that I expect a restaurant rated, undeserved, 10 in the Washingtonian. Food was inconsistent - chaat and tandoori chicken - wonderful, puri ok but super hot, and eggplant bharta a mediocre paste. They charge for rice. There are better Indian restaurants in this city. After the family left, no one else was seated in our room. We felt shunned. This restaurant is overly impressed with itself and needs to consider how it treats people who are not "powerbrokers" or restaurant critics.
- India in DCexpatathomeDined on 8/29/2014I had heard from friends how special "The Bombay Club" was and a group of friends were interested in trying out authentic Indian cuisine, and so I suggested a dinner at "The Bombay Club." Making reservations was easy, ambiance superb, service excellent and the menu extensive offering possibilities for different palates. We ordered various appetizers - fava, green bean samosa that was one of the best I have tasted; others had Tandoori scallop and Mango shrimp and an order of Papadam (not on the menu, but they agreed to make it). For the main course - Chicken Tikka Makhni, Kubhani Duck, Lamb Roganjosh and Bombay Thali, and a basket of tasty naan. All EXCELLENT! Cocktails and Kingfisher beer, and various sorbets rounded out the evening.Special Features:
- Gracious Ambianceechcpa1Dined on 8/29/2014My husband and I enjoyed a lovely dinner served by attentive Maria. The naan and kale chat were exceptional. The restaurant has old world charm and traditional Indian fare.Special Features:
- Amazing experienceannadanoloDined on 8/23/2014The food was delicious, the waiting staff was friendly, helpful, and attentive. I went for a date night and it was romantic, the tables had candles and there was live piano playing.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious Indian food, nice settingRedhotmeDined on 8/23/2014Our waiter told us to share the plates and oh, so thankful. The spinach app was super delicious. We had a thoroughly nice time at this more traditional restaurant. Attentive waiter, piano playing quietly in the corner, wonderful aromas and beautifully prepared and tasting food. Salmon, brussels, rice rounded out our meal.Special Features:
- frankVIPDined on 8/23/2014Once again the food and service were impeccable. we love the flamboyance of the 'cobra coffee' as a fitting closing of a lovely evening.Special Features: