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Masala Art DC
Masala Art DC
  • Address:
    4441 B-Wisconsin Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20016
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary Indian
    Price: $30 and under

Masala Art DC Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.masalaartdc.com
  • Phone: (202) 362-4441
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Indian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Delivery, Takeout

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Masala Art DC
'Too much is so good, you can't stop eating it. The tandoor-baked breads are not mere swabs for sauce but could be eaten, and enjoyed, on their own; the naan with cilantro and rock salt is terrific, as is the kulcha richly stuffed with minced lamb. Masala Art offers combinations you don't see often around here, but even its more familiar dishes can be revelations. Consider its samosas. They're flakier than a lot of the competition, and their filling of peas, potatoes and sweet raisins tastes fresher, too. A burst of cardamom in every bite helps. In the same vein, soft logs of minced lamb pulse with heat from jalapeno peppers, a shock offset with breezy mint. Pureed spinach is a vibrant green, flecked with corn and rich with garlic...' - WashingtonPost.com Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Perhaps, like us, many were inspired by the new movie to re-find our great neighborhood Indian restaurant when we visited last night. Unfortunately, the volume put a strain on staff working very hard and professionally to handle it all. Service less attentive than usual (although when they came as polished as ever -- not showing harried) and food was slower than usual. On hold 5 mins when called to say I would be 10 mins late for reservation. Waited 30 more for my table. And I initially got the wrong bill. I chalk it up to a very busy Monday night because the fundamentals are solid if they can match volume to service."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "We arrived a little late for our reservation but they were great...also had great service. Location is great for metro."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "This was my second visit. Took 5 friends to Masala Art and they all loved it. (Two were Indian, three were self-proclaimed Indian food attics!) First visit was Valentines Day 2014."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We are regulars at Masala. We live in the neighborhood, the food is delicious, and it's a family consensus choice. But from time to time, we seem to fall into a diner's twilight zone, and it ends up eating up a big chunk of the evening just to get dinner. This most recent visit was one of those occasions. 50 minutes wait for entrees (after a half-hour wait for appetizers) is just too long at a neighborhood restaurant. When this happens, and it's far from the first time, we wonder aloud as we walk home whether we should visit again soon. We'll be back, but that occasional endless wait is an irritating flaw in an otherwise good restaurant. (It would also be nice to get an acknowledgement from the waitstaff that there's a problem)"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Our favorite Indian restaurant did not disappoint us. As always, the food is well prepared and enjoyable."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Second time here. Food just okay except for the bread stuffed with onions -delicious. Made specific request due to allergy and several dishes came with what friend was allergic to sitting on top in clear view. Mgr came out twice to apologize as did waiter. If they'd offered a complimentary dessert or drink or something it would have made us feel better. Prefer Tiffin or Taste of India."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Masala Art continues to produce excellent, unique dishes. As often as I go, it continues to be a treat."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Had a great dinner at Masala Art. A year ago, the food was good then but now they must have a different chef since he food was almost uniformly spectacular. We only ordered vegetarian dishes. We had the pani puri, the Makai kabab and the dahi bhalla as appetizers; the tawa paneer, bhindi chole and the zucchini jalfrazi with the garlic and cilantro naans. We also ordered the channa biryani to go. Each dish had a unique flavor, which is something you rarely encounter in most restaurants (the exception is Rasika). We also ordered dessert - the sorbet and the date/fig with cardamom ice cream - a big mistake. They were very ordinary and not quite the finish that we imagined to the wonderful dishes before that."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Our family has opted to go here on several special occasions. The food is excellent, location is perfect as a meeting spot for us. Lovely decor, a bit on the smaller side, so I recommend making a reservation. Very close to metro and I recommend you take metro. Staff is very nice and if you ask for something and it is not on the menu, they probably will make it for you, they have made it for me. Their selection is huge, and many vegetarian options as a few of us are vegan/vegetarian. Long dessert list which is nice, usually it's just a few selections available at other places. Nice wine list as well. The portions are not huge, but I still had a little bit I could bring home, and room for dessert. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My wife and I went back to Masala Art, our local Indian food gem. As usual, the service was outstanding and the ambiance and decor very good but the food was truly exquisite. My giant prawns were cooked just right in a creamy mango-inspired sauce, which together with an onion-stuffed bread was a real dining experience. My wife's saffron cream chicken dish was also terrific and together (we always share) these dishes made for a real gastronomic delight. Of course the appetizers are always terrific and rounded out with good Indian beer it was as though we had been transported back to India but on a far superior level. We both heartily endorse Masala Art and recommend it to all of our friends."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Menu has been revised and improved since the last time we were there. Dishes had very distinctive flavors. We will be back. Other reviews suggested that noise levels are high but it was very quiet when we were there on a Sunday evening."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We eat here all the time and I cannot adequately express how CONSISTENTLY good the food is. The flavors are tremendous and creative. We have tried nearly every appetizer on the menu and they are delightful. The entrees are good sized and fill you up. The spices are wonderful and everything is just carefully done and beautifully presented. Everything about Masala Art is wonderful, including the service, the manager, the owner, the wait staff. The naan bread is out of this world -- the rock salt and cilantro in particular. Perhaps one of the best restaurants in all of Washington. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The chicken & lamb dishes were excellent, but I'd return again and again if only because of the rock salt nan and the perfect vodka martini."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Masala Art is our go-to joint after a Cathedral Choral Society concert. Street parking. An easy drive from National Cathedral. And excellent cuisine. Indian food could make a vegetarian out of me."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Can't wait for the new location in SW! Delicious Indian food in a great neighborhood location, steps from Tenleytown metro."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The food is good and the service is okay once you get seated. Somehow making a reservation doesn't seem to mean much . So if you have plenty of patience and time at hand, might be worth a try"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We went here for the first time for a birthday dinner. We liked it -- the service was attentive but not too much so, and the food was all good. The pineapple fritters, lentil dumplings, and fig/date ice cream probably ranked as our favorites, but everything was good and many of the dishes were ones we hadn't encountered at other Indian restaurants. So we would definitely go again if we were in the neighborhood and up for Indian food. But I'm not sure anything was outstanding enough to draw us back otherwise."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "After reading all of the great reviews, I was terribly disappointed today. Service was slow and inattentive due to understaffing. Food was not very good. I won't be back."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food had a fantastic blend of Indian spices and was presented with a modern contemporary twist. Service was ok. Would go back for the food. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Naan is included in the very good lunch buffet, but by the time the waiters bring you the bread, you are half way through the meal. That has happened to me several times. Kitchen needs to have it warm and ready to come out much faster."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Terrific and refined Indian food at reasonable prices. In addition to all the dishes you'd expect, Masala Art also offers some more unusual ones. The place is pleasant and unpretentious and not so noisy as to require you to shout at your dining companions. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Masala is a family standby (when we can get a seat). The menu is more challenging and interesting than the run-of-the-mill Indian place. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Service was VERY slow, in terms of drinks and the main course, and at first they brought us the wrong main course. It also seems they did not credit us for making the reservation through open table."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The food at Masala Art is wonderful! Although the lamb in both dishes was a bit on the chewy side, the sauces, bread and raita were terrific. The atmosphere is low keyed and very comfortable. However, we found our waiter supercilious. We were two women with a 6:30 reservation. Our waiter brought us past numerous tables to a twosome squeezed between the bar and the back wall at the very rear of the restaurant. When I asked if he could move the table a few inches from the wall, he ignored me. He then disappeared, and I finally flagged another waiter and asked if anyone had been assigned to our table. The original waiter appeared a few minutes later with no apologies for the delay. His service continued to be slow and indifferent. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We have been to Masala Art numerous times and it is consistently pleasing. Very good food quality, particularly with vegetarian dishes, at reasonable prices. The dining area and service are a cut above what one typically finds at a neighborhood Indian restaurant. "
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "My husband and I shared 3 appetizers and 1 entree -- and it was all delicious. And of course, we had their incredible rock salt nan."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "WE had a delicious dinner at Masala Art. We have been there several times and the food is always good."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Sometimes you can get lost in the shuffle at Masala. The menu is varied, the food is terrific, and the service is attentive...mostly. Every now and then (we live in the neighborhood and eat here often), your order just takes forever to come. The waiter apologized."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "For the money, I'm not sure you can beat Masala Art. All your favorite dishes from every region of India and Pakistan are available, but with quality ingredients not usually associated with restaurants serving that style food. Service was not on par with the food, but Indian restaurants rarely are. We had issues with food descriptions and our server had zero wine knowledge. I'm pretty sure one of our apps was not what we ordered(It was still great). It didn't matter though, management picked up the slack with a complementary desert and sparkling wine for my gf's bday. I could not have been more pleased with my experience at Masala Art. I will definitely be back. Thank you for the wonderful evening! Keep up the good work!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "While I'd recommend this restaurant, I'm not sure I would return myself. The ambience was modern yet zen-like, which was very nice. The lighting was dim and I expected it to be moderately quiet. Instead, there was a large group that was noisey and two kids who cried throughout dinner. This was a Saturday night. Most of the food was great but the lamb cubes were so dry that we had to ask for extra sauce. The service was great though, no complaints there."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Every bite of the tandoori prawns was a spice explosion. This place is a true gem and a real treat in Tenleytown. It's known for superb Indian dishes seasoned to stimulate your tastebuds and it does not disappoint. Everything is wonderful from the greeting at the door to the recommendations for dessert. Terrific."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "All the elements are in sync -- food, service, atmosphere -- which is why Masala Art is on our regular rotation. We especially love the Bhelpuri, any of the lamb dishes, and the amazing rock salt nan. Plus, there's no better extra dry vodka martini in town."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "good food, friendly speedy service, calm atmosphere"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "$10 for a buffet lunch that was delicious and varied. Great deal!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Great food in a lovely setting. Wonderful service. We always enjoy dinner at Masala Art."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We have been to Masala Art on several occasions, but it is doubtful that we will return any time soon. The waiter totally forgot that we were there and we had to wait close to 1/2 hour to give our order (I had to ask the hostess to send him over- even though he was serving the tables around us). Then the food came out in a rush. We were not done with the appetizers and they brought out main courses. It was unpleasant to be scraping first courses onto main course plates while the wait staff stood there with out stretched arms to take the plates away. We are not neighborhood locals, we actually drive 20 minutes to get there and it had been one that we have taken out of town friends and had birthday celebrations, but never again."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Went for the lunch buffet, and enjoyed it. Food was tasty, with 4-5 entrees to choose from, as well as soup, salad ingredients, and a fresh fruit dessert. Very fairly priced."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Masala Art is our go-to joint after a concert at National Cathedral. We also frequent Rasika. Masala Art is a good match for RasiKa at 1/3 the price. $30 for a bottle of wine instead of $150. There isn't a 30/150 difference in the bottles."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "It has been a while since I went to Masala Art - and something was not quite right. Nothing was objectionable - but the warmth and welcome that I remember from previous visits was not there. I remember being so thrilled that Masala Art had accommodated a special food request one of the past times I had dined - and I asked if they could do so again this time. The categoric answer was "no": apparently such niceties only happen when the owner is around (he wasn't on this occasion). That being said, the food was good, and the wait staff friendly. It is a good restaurant to have in the neighborhood. I just hope that the restaurant can work on keeping up its "feel" even when the key man is absent."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "This place serves serious Indian food, definitely a notch above the usual Punjabi (Pakistani-Indian) neighborhood curry joint. Go explore the complex dishes that hail from various parts of the subcontinent."
    Dined on 2/19/2014