Zaika
Zaika

Zaika

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.zaikadc.com/
  • Phone: 7032488333x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch Buffet: Saturday & Sunday: 12Noon- 3:30pm; Lunch buffet: Monday to Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Dinner: Monday to Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday 5pm - 11pm & Saturday: 3:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm
    NOW WE DO DELIVERY!
    BUFFET 7 DAYS A WEEK!
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Pakistani, Indian, Contemporary Indian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering for parties of 25-400 people. Please call the restaurant for more information.
  • Entertainment: Lounge Music on Friday and Saturday nights.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N Clarendon Blvd and Clarendon Blvd
  • Public Transit: Clarendon Metrorail Station (Orange)

    Courthouse Metro Station (Orange)
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking available in Public Parking lot next to Restaurant. We will validate Parking. AT 50% Off
A word from Zaika
Zaika offers an appetizing array of India’s regional cuisine, including signature dishes from Bombay and Goa, as well as vegetarian specialties from the south. A delicious complement to the main dishes, the traditional Naan bread, baked in the tandoor oven, is given extra flavor with garlic and fresh butter, spices, dried fruits and more.
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Zaika reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
73% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (21)neighborhood gem (14)good for groups (12)special occasion (11)romantic (9)great for lunch (9)fit for foodies (8)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (2)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • They kicked us out
    Minnie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We had a reservation for 9pm and they never said through the course of the meal that the kitchen closed at 9.45. We ordered and one of our entrees never came, which ended up being fortunate as the appetizer and other entree were huge. The food is acrually very good. When we wanted to order coffee and desserts they brought us the check and said the kitchen was closed. In the end we were able ro order a amall dessert to share while they literally removed the tables around us and cleared the place up. They should not allow reservations that late if they are not able to provide for the customers!! We paid and left and nobody was around. Im not coming back
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Great everything!
    DowntoEarthFoodies
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Great food, great service, great ambiance, great place to gather with friends!
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Felt a bit swindled by this restaurant. We initially order a mixed basket of bread and decided we wanted more bread. When we tried to order just 2 more orders, the waiter insisted that we needed to essentially order on a per person basis and order 1 order per person (5 ppl at table). We were all very confused by this but considering waiters/waitresses normally guide the diner correctly we submitted to this. Not only did we not even come close to finishing all the bread (prob ate 1-2 orders worth), but when we got our bill $25 of it was attributed to these bread baskets. We felt like we were very misguided and swindled by our waiter, ultimately, we decided to take this $ out of his tip. Def a negative experience and prob wouldn't go back.
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  • Great service
    mgrollins
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Only complaint was that the AC was broken. Great, unique spicy mojitos! Garlic naan is awesome, order extra.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service could improve
    FoodzgoodVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We have visited several times and the food is always delicious. This time the service was not good at all and the food passable. We sat outside because the weather was beautiful - I think the waiter forgot us. We waited 30 minutes for our appetizer salad and did not get it until the manager came over and asked if everything was okay. The salad was not prepared as requested with dressing on the side so it went back. When the waiter brought a new salad, he also brought our dinner. The meat was over cooked and dry - possibly having sat for a long time (?) it was my husband's birthday and they did bring over two honey balls with a candle, which was nice but did not make up for the overall disappointing experience.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best servers and tastiest food
    LunchOut
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    This restaurant always has the most flavorful food I have encountered with Indian cuisine – it borders on Nepalese, but perhaps those come from the Asian overtimes found in the secondary menu. Plus, the wait staff give just the right amount of attention and charm to make the meal even warmer and more pleasant. Definitely a NOVA favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Felt the food lacked correct spices and was not fresh.
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  • Delicious!
    HBearVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Very simple presentation - and very appealing. The food was excellent. We sat outside and enjoyed a beautiful early evening meal. Definitely recommend.
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Good Food
    EnjoyDining
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food was good and enough to fill us up. Their drink prices are high so be careful of your drink order, it can be as much as your entre'. We saved the location in GPS as a favorite so we will still go back again...but I will be aware of the drink prices next time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Old customer disappointed
    3kids4meVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Such a shame, I have been going to Zaika for over 5 years; back when it was Tandoori Nights days. I had a truly problematic addiction to the Chicken Makhania, and happily introduced my family to the wonders of Butter Chicken. This last experience was horrible. They admitted they had changed the recipe. ;[ , for health resins, and it was an abomination. The chicken had been frozen, creaminess was gone, and I am dejected.
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  • great restaurant
    Abhi
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    great food. great service . excellent restaurant. I always try to dine at this restaurant, whenever I get a chance.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 96 reviews are from the Zaika reviews archive.
  • My Family Was Impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This was an excellent place for my family, one of which is quite picky. The food was excellent. The timing of the service between courses was excellent. Balraj was an excellent server with a super personality. He was on it!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was excellent
    FoodzgoodVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The evening started with a waiter that was not as friendly as normal but he disappeared shortly after we arrived and was replaced by someone helpful and interested. The food, as always was excellent. I had shrimp and my husband had eggplant - both well cooked. The breads are excellent. We will return.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent Food and Pricing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Food is not great but it is decent enough. The only thing I hate about this restaurant is the floor and the chairs, they keep sliding.
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    good for groups
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  • Good Food and Good Portions
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    I've eaten here three times. Each time the entrees are excellent and the portions are good. Some Indian restaurants serve such small portions...this place does not.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty but a bit overpriced
    DiscerningPaletteVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    The lamb and spinach was delicious. . . Cauliflower was tasty as well. Very good service. Delicious nan. Not much pizazz factor. food is a bit overpriced for whole experience. The bar area could be more fun
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    neighborhood gem
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  • time after a time a delight
    GnocchiHeavenVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Thr beautiful paintings and canopy decorations make this a perfect romantic date but the two group dining areas are also perfect for work or personal functions. I just had my birthday dinner in the glass enclosed area. We love the veggie selections including byriani, malai kofta, navaratna korma. Chat papri is great appetizer and the mango and strawberry lassies are a must. Kashmiri naam is fantastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice find in Claredon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Went to Ziaka for the first with friends from out of town who wanted Indian food. The food and service was great and there were plenty of vegetarian choices. Will definitely go back.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Just OK
    somewhathappycustomer
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    I have been to Zaika twice. I probably wouldn't have gone the second time, but I found a Living Social deal so I snagged it. Just like the first time we were there, the second time we went was just OK. The food was fine (standard Indian), but the waitstaff was unorganized. We were asked several times by several people for our order even after we already ordered and our drink order was messed up. If I was in the area and craving indian food I might go back. I would not go out of my way to eat at Zaika unless you have a coupon and even then, it might not be worth it.
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  • Very nicely done Indian cuisine
    AsianfdlvrVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Very nicely done Indian cuisine with short, but worthy wine list. Larger portions than I'm used to for tandoori items. Try the eggplant with cashew-based sauce for a surprisingly different and delicious option.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, attentive service
    ArlingtonGirl
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The service at Zaika was excellent--the servers were attentive without being intrusive. Our waiter gave excellent recommendations and the food--in particular the Aloo Chat Papri--was flavorful and delicious. If I lived in this neighborhood, this would be a go-to restaurant for me.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious High-End Indian Food
    NatetheGreat
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Zaika was one of the classiest Indian restaurants I have been too. They have a large selection of dishes (that is somewhat bizarrely organized) and everything we order was good. I had the spiced wine which was also delicious; my date had the mango-rita which was a little sub-par (basically just mango nectar and tequila). The server was attentive though somewhat stoic and reserved until it came time to settle the bill (and add a tip!), at which point he brightened up noticeably. The decor was nice and had romantic/intimate lighting, which made for a nice date atmosphere.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Indian food with a flair
    AsianStirFry
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Zaika gets it right with good and authentic Indian food in a restaurant designed to be modern and vibrant. We took the family here for a Valentine's dinner. The prix fixe menu included selections for soups, appetizer, entree, and desserts with wine pairings for each course. Our family of four had the opportunity to try out most of the selections and really enjoyed them all (both then and the next day with leftovers)! Zaika is not trying to be exotic by fusing east and west flavors...instead what you have is what you expect to eat at a good Indian restaurant. From street snacks and tandoor items to curries, breads, and desserts all do justice to the taste buds! Service seemed overwhelmed...hopefully only due to the Valentine Day crowds.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Avoid at all cost.
    ServiceMattersVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Worst service of any restaurant I have been to in a decade. Took over an hour to get a waiter to even take our order, then drinks took 30 min. Even when I had to get up to find the manager and explain our situation, he was rude and unapologetic. Total time to get drinks and two courses was almost three hours. I can't remember any service experience this bad in a relatively expensive restaurant.
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  • Well let me start off with
    Ilovefood
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Well let me start off with saying that the area this restaurant is in has plenty of parking garages so that is not an issue. We found this restaurant tucked away by a bookstore and let me tell you we were blown away. When we entered the establishment, we were immediately greeted and seated to our reserved seats. Our waiter was phenomenal in that he took time to explain the special menu for Valentines day. The restaurnat was quiet even though it was busy and the food was brought out very fast. Overall the food was excellent and well worth the price. My wife was hesitant at first due to never trying Indian food before but she now wants to go back after we have eaten there. Well done to the staff at Zaika and we will be back soon.....
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale Indian in Arlington
    RagnarVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    For all of the decent Indian places in Arlington, there aren't many I would consider upscale. Zaika is. Decor, ambiance, service, and especially food are a notch above the typical. They even have King Fisher on draft (in addition to a couple of quality crafts). Food was splendid. Tika salmon and pakora were especially good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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  • V-Day Dinner
    PaulB
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The ambiance is romantic and nicely decorated. Apart from that, the service was horrible. Our waiter either didn't understand English well or was just a poor listener. He would say ok and nod to everything but then not truly understand and our request would not be carried out. This happened several times and we had to talk to the manager who was very visible and passed by a few times. We were there for the 4 course Vday special however the service was extremely slow and we waited about 15mins in between courses. After 2.5hrs at the restaurant we decided to leave without staying for the last course. The food was also not great. I've been to a few Indian restaurants in the DMV and all were better than this one.
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  • Excellent buffet
    rdshah
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    $15/person buffet expensive but tasty. Living social coupon helped. Food was very nice. Naan was very soft and surprisingly juicy. They could have added complementary drinks at that price range. Parking was public which got reduced to 50% after validating. The public parking is right next door. 3 hours = $3 after validating. Very romantic atmosphere. Old name Tandoori Nights. New name Zaika. New owner. This was my first visit and I loved the food and ambience. Could be a place for special occasions. Buffet items that were tasty [I am veggie] - Naan, Palak corn [like saag corn], Kheer, Gulab Jamun, Paneer chilly, Paneer Makhani, Veg Jalfreezi [okay]. Didnt like - Plain rice and pakoras [oily]. Probably another item would work better
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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  • The experience overall was
    akmm
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The experience overall was very good. The ambience was perfect, decor beautiful, food good. Only complaint: Our waiter was a little cold, but attentive. He would point at items on the table- without speaking-ie: if he wanted to refill my glass, or take my plate, he would point to the table. It took me by surprise a little bit, as I was unsure what he was wanting or needing at first. I found it a bit annoying.
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    good for groups, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting experience
    LianaLT
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    This was my family's first experience of the Indian cuisine. Portions were big, food was fresh, the homemade cheese dish tasted good, but the rest was not special - Assorted Platter was dry, lassi lacked taste and my adolescent was not impressed with her Vegetable Jalfrezi. The ambience was nice and we spent our evening well. May come back some day.
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  • New go to Indian in Arlington!
    Arlgal
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Delicious food and great service at a reasonable price!
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very tasty "modern" Indian food
    PaBlum
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Very tasty "modern" Indian food. By modern, they mean that some dishes are not found elsewhere but are made in the style of traditional Indian dishes.
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    fit for foodies
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  • The food was execellent, prices
    Mike
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    The food was execellent, prices were medium to moderate, the staff was attentive and I liked the decor. The Hostess was very friendly and attentive as well. I would definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was average, not worth
    Jason69
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    Food was average, not worth a 20+ mile drive. Despite of 60% of the restaurant was empty, we were seated right next to the Kitchen Area.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • overall good food experience
    Martin
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    This is our second visit to this restaurant. We ordered bengan bharta and kadai paneer. Both dishes were nicely prepared.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buffet was not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    Had the buffet on New years Day. Had to wait for plates, some food items were gone, staff was rather rude, didn't ask if we wanted something to drink. I doubt we will eat here again.
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  • Lovely dinner
    LoveIndianFood
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    The food was marvelous and had interesting touches. A lovely evening.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Been better
    Frank
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Same restaurant, another day, was much better then.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic Indian food
    FOODIEVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Wonderful menu and all of the selections are prepared perfectly. They have goat, one of the few places that serve it.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food; Trying Too Hard
    BarbVIP
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Had dinner here this week with two friends. The food was absolutely perfect. And Zaika has a great atmosphere (especially considering it's above the Barnes & Noble in that Clarendon shopping center.) My only complaint was the service. Someone stopped by our table to ask how everything was at least a dozen times, interrupting the conversation each time.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.