Masala Bites
Masala Bites

Masala Bites

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.themasalabites.com/
  • Phone: 7575632828
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am -2:30pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm - 10pm
    Saturday and Sunday 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Weekend Brunch: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Dining Area for up to 12-14 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Bobby 7575632828

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Upton Dr.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Masala Bites
Masala Bites awakens the inner soul through colorful ambiance, rich palate and complex tastes with a seductive dining room. We strive to create memorable dining experiences day after day.
Guests can sample the vibrant flavors of India through Masala Bites" various dining options. Our menu features classic Indian cuisine reinvented for today’s more discerning palate. We invite you to indulge in India’s culinary treasures, time after time.
Our main dining room is outfitted in various textures and modern materials that begs to be minimalistic in approach and aesthetics, yet is warm and comforting. Vibrant and earthy tones are intertwined through the entire space.
A private dining area awaits your presence for business or pleasure alike.
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Masala Bites reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (10)neighborhood gem (9)romantic (6)special occasion (6)notable wine list (4)good for groups (2)hot spot (1)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • A cut above
    since2011VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    This is not your tired buffet food, or we-have-three-sauces Indian restaurant. They have a special daily chaat ('street food' style snack or salad), goat curry, and many delicious stuffed nan and other fresh breads. Heat level can be adjusted totaste; 'medium' was quite bearable, but perhaps a tad too hot for the delicate crabmeat tikka. Vegetarians will enjoy the selection of dishes (the only thing I missed on the menu was tadka- or yellow- dal, although black dal makhni was there), and you can get all forms of protein from tofu to fish of the day to chicken and lamb. Less adventurous folks, stick to kebabs or biryanis with mild spice. And you can order the creamy kheer (rice pudding) separately dessert, rather than as part of a platter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Masala Does Not Bite
    Buddha2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Again great experience dining at Masala Bites. Large and varied menu food was cooked to perfection and level of spice was spot on
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    flutrby
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I read the reviews and was looking forward to dining here. The appetizers arrived in two minutes, which to me says they were not fresh. We had to send one back it was so unappetizing. The two main dishes were decent. I just wasn't overly impressed with Masala Bites.
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  • jakeVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    always excellent food and service. our son and friend had their first meal at Masala and thoroughly enjoyed it. Great location, wonderful food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always A Pleasure
    Bjpittssr
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I can't say ENOUGH good things about this establishment, the staff is very knowledgeable about the menu and always give great recommendations. The signature dishes are amazing and the ambience is very nice and romantic. I've never tried anything here that has been bad, if you are in the mood for some great cuisine do yourself a favor and try this gem out; you won't be disappointed. I just hope they are able to get that mango cake back it was an amazing dessert to go with an extraordinary dining experience :)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal!
    CPB1
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We had a delicious dinner in a lovely atmosphere. The waitstaff was friendly. My only suggestion would be to not bring the entrée out while diners are still finishing up the appetizer. We wanted to enjoy the meal a little longer; we did not feel deliberately rushed, just that it was too quick. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super meal
    rich
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Made our folks that were comfortable with Indian food and those new to it completely happy! Great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!
    GW757
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Went in for lunch during the week with freinds then....went back for dinner!!! Very reasonably priced. The place is very well decorated so you expect to pay a lot more for your meal. Not the case here. Well worth a try if enjoy Indian foods and breads. The wait staff was very helpful in ordering foods as well as ensuring everyone's "spicey" tolerances we met. Great place.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Wife loves it
    emiller66
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I'm not a huge fan of Indian food, but I really did enjoy what I had. Additionally, the wine my wife had was terrific. I had a Taj Mahal beer which was interesting, but not worth going out of my way to find. Again, the food itself was awesome. Just can't recall what it was.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Masala Bites continues to deliver with great Indian cuisine. The lamb, chicken, and seafood are all fantastic. The chat of the day was, as expected, excellent. The only knock on Masala Bites is the service. Waiters are well intentioned but stretched. A leisurely paced meal is desirable, but servers need to be a bit more attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We went early...
    Navycolts
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Marsala Bites is located in a developing area that does not attract a lot of people, yet. We arrived at 6pm and were the only people there. The next patrons did not arrive until after 6:30, when we left at 7pm there were 4 tables in use. The food was good and the wine list was very impressive. The Spicy Shrimp bites are a bit salty but if you ask they can tone it down for you. The Goat curry had way more bones than I was used too but the Manager offered to give me a new dish free to make us happy. But we passed on that. The Surf & Turf was awesome, very tender lamb cuts with prawns.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Indian food in HR by far
    ISOYum
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Must try the cauliflower appetizer! Looking forward to going back to try more dishes. A little pricey but worth it. I could have ordered a little spicier but every individual item on our plates was cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Indian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The food is outstanding, the atmosphere is even better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance5
    • Service5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 23 reviews are from the Masala Bites reviews archive.
  • just wonderful
    peedy44
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Food was delicious and the staff was very friendly and helpful. I will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeat Visit
    BillVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    As always a superb experience. The wait staff makes sure you know just what you are ordering and that the seasoning will be just to your liking. We'll be back again, and again, and again... A great night out and excellent food.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • never disappointed - food
    jakeVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    never disappointed - food has been consistently excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I took my kids out for dinner
    Krunchers
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    I took my kids out for dinner it was a very pleasurable experience
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was excellent - Indian
    DebbieVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The food was excellent - Indian spices were perfect - Bobby the waiter was superb!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Our book club met for dinner. Our server was knowledgable, friendly and incredible patient with 8 women with no experience with Indian food. The garlic naan and paneer fritters were a wonderful beginning to our dinners ranging from different patias to the prawns. Truly a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Indian food in the area
    Passionss
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    This place is great. It's difficult to decide what to order because everything sounds so good. The servers are very helpful in describing the dishes and are always attentive. The spice level goes from 1-5 depending on your preferences as well. The food comes out quick and is delicious! I love this place and wish it was closer to my house.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet night out...
    BillVIP
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    We were looking for a quiet meal prior to the Super Bowl. She who must be obeyed had never tried Indian cuisine and I hadn't had it since 1973 in Amsterdam. The server was most helpful in assisting us in making our selections and although we anticipated a lot of spice the Chef met our requested level of heat dead on. Our meals were expertly prepared and presentation was excellent. Even the shrimp were perfectly cooked, sweet and not tough at all. We plan to return soon for what we are sure will be another excellent meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall Good Restaurant
    MsBL
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Great food. Friendly staff. Good service. Will continue to go back and plan to take others for the experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEST Indian restaurant ever!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    BEST Indian restaurant ever! Amazing food, excellent ambiance, outstanding service. No complaints whatsoever! Very classy restaurant, I recommend it for a romantic date as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    The best Indian food a American Indian can get in America
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot!
    Patsy23456
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    This little hidden gem has the best Indian food in the Beach. The Naan is light, crisp where it needs to be, the Korma is to die for. Many choices for entrees. They let you choose your heat level, another plus. Wine list is not extensive but certainly adequate, beer list is fairly long and international! The service is excellent. Prices are very reasonable. We have been a few times and will certainly be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    Cuisine is very good. The food is flavorful and they have a good selection of Indian beers to go with your food.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the most tender lamb ever!
    spepr
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    really the most tender lamb ever! i dont recall the name - but its the longest name/title in the menu! just try it! grear flavors!! great service!! get the goat/spinach bread - insane! and the assorted naan - have some to go an enjoy some hummus at home reminiscing on your last night dinner thats what we did!! two thumbs up on a randomly found gem - on our lighthouse road trip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, and lots of it
    triabetes
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    My girlfriend and I went for our anniversary, and it was wonderful. We decided to get a few different appetizers and a single entree to split between us, and there was food for one or two more people. Especially the naan plate, it was a sampler platter of naan bread and they gave us the right amount: more naan (the garlic naan was probably my favorite). We split the chicken masala and it was super tasty, so tender and flavorful. The only disappointing thing was that there was a couple who had brought their toddler with them that was sat in the booth next to us, he was mostly well-behaved, mostly, but I felt that he was a little out of place, especially when he made a few loud baby noises. But that's not really on MB. Bottom line: Fantastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous!!!
    moongate
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    The staff was excellent and the food was even better! It was our first time having Indian food and we will definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Indian food in Virginia Beach
    dansan
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    Every bite was perfectly seasoned. The service was very good and the manager made us feel very welcome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food 10......service 6
    Jcalhoun5
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    The food was great, plentiful, and it was served hot. The waiter was informative for people who do not frequent Indian restaurants often, but the service was just ok. We had to grab another waiter to bring us more water. Contrary to the name, Masala Bites, it is not just a tapas kind of restaurant. The protein/veggies are chosen with the sauce of your choice. ours were served with bowls of rice and they will gladly bring you more rice. Glad we went there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Food
    Raj2virginia
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Went with my parents who were visiting me from India.. They loved it.. Thanks for the awesome food..and super fast service... recommend everyone who wants to taste fresh indian food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
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  • interesting menu
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    First time here, just passing through the area. Interesting menu, very attentive to vegetarians and most preps are gluten-free. The foods I tasted were flavorful and a little unusual. I liked that! The services was dreadful: friendly but things got all messed up. A soup had been left standing in the kitchen, arrived tepid at best. Server didn't know if it was meant to be a cold or hot soup. I cancelled it and went with a salad. Salad arrived and a new soup arrived - free of charge (should have compted the salad). The suggested naan was like a breakfast naan - slathered with jelly. Not for me. I would return but the resto seemed a bit out of sorts this evening. Menu enticing.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Indian Cuisine
    LaLa3
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    The food was delicious. The waitress we had was outstanding. She took her time and explained everything on the menu to assist us in making great choices. Everyone was so pleasant and friendly. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot!
    FoodCritic
    Dined on 7/7/2013
    The appetizer was hotter than expected, the menu was limited (for a Sunday) but there were vegetarian options. The hostess put us near a table with h noisy kid, yet there was room to put us far from the child. Beware, for a group of six or more there is an added gratuity
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My New Favorite
    expdnr
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    I was pleasantly surprised by the upscale and modern atmosphere of Masala Bites; it's a nice deviation from most other Indian restaurants in the Hampton Roads area. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because it took our server over 10 minutes to greet us...thankfully the hostess filled our water glasses when she sat us. But the food was fantastic and, luckily, the server made up for his slow start by making some stellar recommendations ... AMAZING flavor (especially the Chili-Mili Shrimp!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.