Curry Mantra 1 - City of Fairfax
Curry Mantra 1 - City of Fairfax

Curry Mantra 1 - City of Fairfax

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.dccurrymantra.com/
  • Phone: 7032188128
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Adil / Surrender (North / South) Specialty
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Catering for Birthdays, Weddings, Social Gatherings or Office Parties.
  • Special Events: Closed on Thanksgiving.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Chain bridge, Rt 50
  • Public Transit: Vienna Metro
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of parking in the front of the Restaurant.
A word from Curry Mantra 1 - City of Fairfax
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Curry Mantra 1 - City of Fairfax reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (16)fit for foodies (12)special occasion (11)great for lunch (7)good for groups (6)kid-friendly (5)romantic (5)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Enjoyable, Casual Dining
    Mindy
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    My husband and I love indian food. This was not the best we've had in the area, but it was very good. We noticed some of the dishes seemed spicier than we are used to, which we liked, but I thought it worth noting. The restaurant is small so it's a bit crowded, but once seated we were quite comfortable. The live music was nice too, but between the size and the music it was more of a lively, fun atmosphere than a quiet, calm one. We didn't have our kids with us, but I think it would be a good family restaurant because it's relatively casual and with the noise if the kids are a little rambunctious it wouldn't be too noticeable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good find in a random
    DCfoodlover
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Very good find in a random strip mall. Top notch food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Find
    Av8tor14
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This was our first visit to Curry Mantra. Incredible food and extremely professional wait staff. Look forward to going back. Tremendous find for a tucked-away, suburban restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For Indian food lovers
    Alanyspr
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Everything from the service to the quality of food was superb!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Fairfax Spot
    occasional1splurge
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We have been to Curry Mantra twice and ordered from there numerous times. It is a great spot for some really good Indian food. This last trip I had the Goat Curry, which I don't recommend, but the Chicken Tikka is phenomenal and other food there is great too. The appetizers we have had have been great and authentic too!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good service...on Valentine's!
    TangowoodVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Even though it was Valentine's Day and every table was full, the restaurant still managed to deliver good service. And the food, as usual, was absolutely wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good selections at moderate cost
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We visited here for a Valentine's Day treat. Although we were a bit late (10 minutes) for our reservation we were quickly seated and given a menu. The wait for dinner was longer than we expected, but, hey, it was Valentine's Day and virtually every table was occupied. The meal itself was very good, comprising a broad selection of curries and condiments with a very good quality Basmati rice. All in all it was a nice outing, and a night to remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food; slow service this time
    Dave
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This experience was quite unusual for Curry Mantra. We've been there many times, and this was the first disappointment. The food was excellent as always... but they seemed unprepared for the crowd that came on Valentine's Day. Short-handed maybe? We were seated promptly (as we had reservations), but it was about fifteen minutes before we got menus and papadums. (They were probably low on them; instead of the usual two we got one, pre-broken in half.) It was also many minutes after we put down the menus, before the waitress took our order. They were nearly out of shrimp so we had to change our order. That all said, the food arrived fairly quickly, and was delicious. I will definitely go again many times, but try to avoid very busy times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Evening out ...
    Dino
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Visited Curry Mantra on Valentines day, it was a nice meal. The food is always good and plentiful. Good service, good food and a relaxing meal. Would go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day Surprise
    NickSmithPub
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I surprised my fiance with a reservation at Curry Mantra for Valentine's Day. It was an overwhelming success. This was her first time dining at Curry Mantra and my third or fourth. The service was impeccable as always, the food was outstanding, and the overall dining experience was wonderful. My fiance later admitted she had a very bad experience with Indian cuisine when she was in high school (it was way too spicy and none of it was appetizing). She was worried Curry Mantra would be the same but she said she trusted me and went into it with as open of a mind as possible. She said she left Curry Mantra that night with a completely different outlook on Indian Cuisine! Curry Mantra is now on our Top 5 favorite restaurant list.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently good
    breakfastloverVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Curry Mantra is our "go-to" restaurant for Indian cuisine. The food is Excellent every time and the service is always friendly, warm, and welcoming. The only thing that detracts from the dining room expeirence is that the live music is just a little bit too loud. Otherwise, absolutely no complaint. I recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Galo
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Food was excellent. Packed in a corner next a large table of people with staff constantly running back and forth between my table and that one. Could hardly raise my arm to eat without someone running into it. And had noted was a special occasion.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The BEST Indian Restaurant in town
    breakfastloverVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Attentive and knowledgeable service; excellent cuisine
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    MDTravlin
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    We always have a wonderfully spicy meal here! Everyone is friendly and the decor is vibrant and energizing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Indian food in Fairfax!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    We drive by several other Indian restaurants to come to our favorite. There are three Curry Mantras, and they are all great, but #1 is our favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Cele
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I tried Tandoori salmon and found it beautifully seasoned and delightfully moist. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I've been to this restaurant
    ffxdinerVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    I've been to this restaurant several times. The food is consistently good. It's esp. nice to be there when they have the live music. This time I had the chicken tikka masala which was delicious. My husband had a vegetarian entree which he raved about. Our one disappointment was the shahi naan (bread). I had 2 pieces & neither piece had the raisans & nuts in them. Plus the naan tasted as if it were stuffed with coconut. It was not at all like we've had before.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's no Rasika
    icanhazfilomenaVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    but it's good. Expensive for what it is though, paid around $55 (not including tip) for a meal we felt was worth $38. Great service, pretty little restaurant. The only gripe is with the price.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful place!!!! We always
    Anya
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    Wonderful place!!!! We always have delicious and memorable meals here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DO NOT MISS THIS RESTAURANT!!!
    ShayprilVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    It is some of the BEST indian food we've ever had - amazing service at every turn from the moment you touch the door handle to the moment you leave again. We'll go back a thousand times - SO SO GREAT! THANK YOU!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love curry mantra!
    Bless4
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    I dream about their tandoori chicken. I think I could eat it every day. Nice decor, attentive service. Manager spent time explaining a couple menu items. Don't let the humble location fool you! This is a great restaurant. My husband had a curry fish that was delicious too. I even like their unusual ice tea.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Food!
    Jeff
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    Best curry I've eaten in a long time...probably since I visited India 10 years ago. We had the Vindalloo and the Butter Chicken curries. Both outstanding. The naan bread was very good as well. We are already planning a return trip...this time with some friends. Thanks for the military discount!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite place for Indian Food
    John
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Curry Mantra 1 has earned top billing in our Indian food quest. Always delightfully detailed meals. Kali Murch Chicken is my favorite ( and not found elsewhere). Saagwalla is rich and fresh. Crispy naan. We were told this evening that the menu is different at each of the three Curry Mantra locations - thus far we are completely satisfied at Number 1.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Outstanding
    amiesVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    Curry Mantra 1 consistently delivers great food and service. We have been dining here since it opened and have always been delighted with our experience. If you like tandoori Salmon look no further. The desserts are wonderful too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    pickyeater
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Six of us celebrated a birthday dinner: 3 vegetarians and 3 meat eaters. We ordered 2 different appetizers and were sent two from the manager, which provided a delicious sampling. My husband, who had been reluctant about eating Indian food, said he got the best wings he'd ever eaten! Plus, he said his lamb was delicious. The saag paneer was flavorful with just the right amount spice. I can't remember the names of all six dishes we ordered but no one was disappointed with our meals or service, and most of us had enough leftover for a weekday lunch, too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I am a huge fan of butter
    jmno
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    I am a huge fan of butter chicken and Curry Mantra has the best butter chicken, hands down!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    NattyGirl314
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    This was my second time at this restaurant and I was very happy with the food and service again. There is great variety to the menu, and the six other people who joined me for dinner thoroughly enjoyed their dishes as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • been to the best in DC...
    suzy
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Curry Mantra is as good as any! We have been going to this restaurant since it opened. We are also DC Foodies so we also have visited the best Indian restaurants there. We always come back to Curry Mantra. The food is authentic and just plain awesome. The lunch buffets, especially on the weekends, are delicious with plenty of both vegetarian and meat options. The tandoori chicken is very tender and without the red dye that you often see at other restaurants. I love their goat curry, the goat biryani, the paneer saag, and well just everything! The naan is freshly made and brought to your table nice and hot. This restaurant will satisfy the savvy as well as the those new to Indian cuisine. There is something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great food and service
    TBsMomVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    This is our go to Indian restaurant in NOVA. The nice Indian music on Satuday nights is a plus (quiet, wind instruments, light drums, etc...). The hostest is always polite and quick to offer good service. The food is awesome. Highly recommend thier ice cream to end the meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Standard Indian Fare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/23/2013
    We tried a few different courses at Curry Mantra and overall, it was slightly above average Indian Fare. The service was fairly average and it took a few minutes for the server to actually introduce himself. His first question was "ready to order?" Which usually means you have been waiting too long. He did not mention any specials or signature dishes. The first course was the samosas, which were small, dry inside, and not crispy. Tandoori mixed grill was good, except for lamb was very chewy. Chicken Vindaloo was not very spicy and lacked depth of flavor. Mango lassi was not mixed well. Gulab Jamun was best item we had. Decor was lacking, uncomfortable furniture, no privacy. Many other superior Indian restaurants in DC area.
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  • Food was first rate. Hostess
    John
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Food was first rate. Hostess was charming, as was the server. Service in general was fine. The menu is extensive and they are very flexible in trying to provide the level of heat you want. This is a very good place - we have been three times and will continue to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Pleasure
    SeptemberVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    The food and service at Curry Mantra are always excellent. When we dined this time there was live music, which added to the experience. Portions are overly generous and parking is a breeze.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wife and I had a great date
    Joemangler
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    I love going on Friday and Saturday nights when they have live music. I feel that they have a special touch with veggie dishes
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    Food was quite good, with lots of variety for everyone from the novice to experienced Indian foodie. While the food came out in a reasonable time, it took forever to have the plates cleared and the bill presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Indian food, poor service
    TangowoodVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    This is the best Indian restaurant in or around Fairfax, including delicious menu items not found elsewhere. But, again, poor service. For drinks and food, several people can't help but tell us, "I'll send your server," while we wait and wait with only water. Bread ordered "as soon as it's ready, don't wait for the entrees," doesn't come until the entrees -- one of which is completely wrong, so we wait and wait again. Perhaps the owner, busy opening Curry Mantra II and III, has forgotten about No. 1?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Excellent
    breakfastloverVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    Curry Mantra consistently serves delicious Indian dishes that are fresh and tasty. It is one of our favorites. But on our last visit, the flute player was sort of loud and it was hard to have a conversation. Maybe take the flute off the amplifier?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a good dinner. My husband
    ffxdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    Had a good dinner. My husband & I had 2 of the vegetarian entrees plus an order of the garlic naan. All were very good. My husband's dish came with many small bowls of different dishes & a piece of a type of bread. He didn't know what was the right way to eat it. It would have helped to receive some directions from the wait staff. He tried each separately & then just decided to mix them together saying it was very delicious that way. We've always had good food at Curry Mantra.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Goat Vindaloo!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    Took a woman to Curry Mantra who did live in India for a few years growing up. She was very impressed by the service, atmosphere, and the quality of the food. It was her birthday, and they brought out a special chilled rice/cashew pudding. Goat Vindaloo was amazing, the Naan was great, and the Tikka Chicken even had the skewer holes from the Tandoor. (the real deal) we'll definately be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • not as good as it used to be
    BrendaVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    This used to be a great restaurant, with delightfully fresh and interesting food. The food is now bland and overly creamy. What happened!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dependably good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    We have dined here many times and never been disappointed. The food is really delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate