Bombay Tandoor

4.3
171 reviews
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Exotic...Indian. Prepare to be lifted to another world. The only Indian fine dining restaurant in Tyson's Corner, open since 2000. Tandoor means "clay oven." It is traditionally used for the baking of bread, meat, and fish. The clay oven, for oil and fat-free cooking, is practical and energy-efficient. Today's health conscious consumers will find Tandoor cooking truly delightful, full-flavored and delicious. Our chefs endeavor to create a large variety of savory clay oven tandoori dishes and exotic curries for your pleasure. Experience the sights, sounds, and fine aromas of the best of fine Indian cuisine. Catering and delivery also available for events both large and small.
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MT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is London-quality Indian. Please open in Arlington!

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IF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Absolutely great food. Decor is sparse and lacking something, perhaps a little color.

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SS
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service
excellent food and ambience
excellent goat curry

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Indian food, basic and delicious. Took my dad and wife for the lunch buffet, now it‘s my go-to when craving Indian, Unpretentious, generous. Great service.

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BB
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday, and we were treated excellently. Alook (?) was wonderful helping me select the foods that fit in with my medical diet. It’s become a tradition to go there each year, and we will continue!

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b
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is excellent- best Indian food I’ve ever had. Our group shared the lamb, chicken tiki Marsala (sauce is great for dipping in naan bread) and saag.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We dined early so noise level was nominal, raising only sightly by the time we left when the restaurant was 70%+ full. Food as usual was hot, plentiful, and tasty. Kudos the kitchen! Wished service had been more attentive, as it was on the unusually haphazard side this visit, appearing to be understaffed. Redeeming was the staff's friendliness. We'll still return for the variety and consistent quality of dishes with commensurate, reasonable pricing.

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FO
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent buffet. PEOPLE PLEASE do not put your fingers in the food while serving yourselves. Gross

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was absolutely delicious! There was a special event there though and it made our dining experience a little odd. Not bad necessarily, but a little odd - we were seated near where they were staging plates for the event. I felt in the way; of course I wasn’t and they sat us there, it was just odd! I’d come back again though - the food was very very good.

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j
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

The experience was not what we expected, however, overall described as average.

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l
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food wasn’t very good .

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b
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Probably the best Indian food I’ve ever tasted. The chicken tiki Marsala was incredible. The lamb was also very tasty.

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TK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Starters were very good.
Samosas were spicy but on point as were the Pani puri, which the whole group loved.
Other appetizer we ordered were Pakoras, a mix of vegetables, usually dipped in a spiced chick pea batter and fried. These were prepared slightly differently, but still tasty.
Entrees were the Tandoori platter, the only thing which was a bit disappointing. It had chicken tika, a bit bland; chicken malai also on the tasteless side; lamb kebab and shrimp which were both good. The chick pea side, Masala chole was good.
Konkan Fish curry was tasty, a bit spicy but not to hot and very good.
Bangan Bharta was also tasty, but too much tomato gravy, like no Bharta I have ever made or eaten.
Aloo Gobhi was excellent.
We also shared a bread basket, three types of naan....plain, garlic and onion very good and oh so useful for the delicious fish curry!
Servers were very friendly and patiently answered questions about gluten free options, and the kitchen was also very accommodating.....chicken kebab platter with rice.
We were belatedly celebrating a friends birthday and she loves Indian food. We all left happy and full, a place we would gladly return.

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P
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As u can see above everything was good from food to ambience. The only advice I have is we know we went in late for dinner and I wish the waiter had warned us that the kitchen was closing soon. My kids wanted dessert and tea but we were informed that it was too late:( it was disappointing fir my son who was visiting home for just one day from college and wanted a good meal with dessert fromBT!

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SP
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience. Very good taste and value for food

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JL
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. The food is always delicious. We enjoy attending for business lunches. They can easily accommodate large groups. Making an online reservation was super easy.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

When we walked in restaurant was almost empty, I mentioned I had a reservation for party of 4 with one toddler. Manager didn’t care to start with and we got seated. Ordered two apps, two curries, bread basket and couple of drinks. While we were waiting server got chutney but didn’t get papadam, when I asked to get some.. he got it and they were all uncooked.. how difficult is to roast papadam?? I was told it’s free😳.. so you can serve inedible good if it’s free?? Apps - samosas and paneer tikka we’re very good. Paneer was fresh. Okra masala was good too.. kashmiri dum aloo had more whole cloves then entire curry.. in total four adults removed 23 cloves aside and 8-10 we ended up eating! Yes some curries does require whole masalas but not that you dump the entire packet!! Bread basket was also good. Lassi was on the thinner side compared to usual ones. Overall food was average, some items were hit while some were a miss.. overall experience was average.

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S
Miami
106 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent. Everything we tasted was very good. Service started out slow. It’s been a common theme I have read. Order was messed up a couple of times but we went with it and all good. They have plenty of staff I think it’s just slower to respond on some things. I asked for another drink and they forgot it so had to remind them. Service was friendly however and helpful. We had Tandoori salmon and chicken and butter chicken all which were outstanding. Salmon was really flavorful. All very good.

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M
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Service was very slow at first, perhaps because of the large party taking up much of the interior. Until the group’s speech-making ended, it was hard for us to hear each other. It would have been nice to have been informed about this when our reservation was made. However, the food throughout was excellent.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The servers were in a rush. Towards the middle of dinner they came and said if we needed more bread, we had to order it now and kind of forced us to order it. Service was horrible and it felt like they were rushing us so they could close on time. Even though we got there around 845 and there was plenty of time till closing.

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JK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service, delicious food, close to Wolf Trap

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AP
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was pretty good but the service left something to be desired.

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JS
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Don’t like the location particularly so have been trying other Indian places recently, but others simply don’t compare very well. The food here is always good. Wish it had a bit more ambiance and was easier to get to, but BT is the go-to.

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E
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My wife and I came here for dinner on a Tuesday night. We arrived at 5:30 and the restaurant was just opening so it was not very crowded. We started with an order of the Samosas and our server brought over complimentary pappadams with chutneys. For our entrees, we ordered the daal makhani, the channa masala, the chicken tikka masala, the saag with corn and an order of roti.

The portions were extremely generous and we really liked the food, but were not big fans of the channa masala as it was made with black tea. The spice level was just right for us- flavorful, but not too spicy.

Overall, we left with ample leftovers and we will certainly be back.

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h
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very good, but not spicy even though we asked for spicy. When I caught the servers attention I asked how we could soucevit up & he brought a wonderful spicy garlic sauce. Also, we didn’t know we could not take home the thali leftovers we had not finished...that was odd...

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

First time eating here...we'll be back!! Loved the butter chicken!

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H
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Bombay Tandoor has a great lunch buffet with lots of vegeterian options!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!!! Nothing else to say! Fast service, great food and great company. Finally had curry goat and it was delish!!!

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Butter Chicken is the best in the DMV area.

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R
Portland
32 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

My third time dining here so I tried something new :the prawn and a coconut sauce. Keep in mind that I have food allergies and cannot eat garlic or onion. So the options are limited.
The first two trips I had the butter chicken and was very pleased. So my expectations for the prawn were high. The prawn we disappointing. More like medium-size shrimp. The preparation did not allow for proper expansion joint cooking so the shrimp texture was too firm and the balance of sauce to Shrimp was off. The naan was delicious. I found myself craving vegetables I would return again to the restaurant but for the butter chicken again.

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F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I thought it was bad service I thought it was very loud and noisy also the food was not good at all it tasted all the same .

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R
Portland
32 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very attentive service. Special care was taken to respect my food restrictions. The rice was fragrant and light, in contrast to the creamy texture of the butter chicken sauce which I take mild.
I carried home a VEGAN CHICK PEA dish for a client along with their delicious Naan- buttery, fresh and chewy.

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R
Portland
32 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Despite the dining room being sparsely attended, but with one large party that seemed to take all of the service resources. So, the service was quite slow. Yet the waiter was attentive to my food restrictions and made an excellent suggestion of “butter chicken “ cubed Breast of chicken in a rich and spicy tomato-based sauce. With a side of delicate fragrant rice and naan. A very tasty meal, save the tea Marsala which was poorly executed, thin-bodied with barely a dash of spice. I would return again for the food.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Top notch staff and delicious food in the buffet. I can only assume the menu items are even better. Wide variety of options. Bright, clean, private dining room, bar. Great all around choice.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was great. Will recommend.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to eat, drink and relax with friends. Great menu

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CL
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Really good authentic tasting food. Reasonably priced.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Butter Chicken is a family recipe. It's the best Butter Chicken in the DMV area.

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S
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and very good food. Very large portions - we all took extra home. Interesting mix of folks in shorts to folks in ties and dresses. This 7pm - 9pm on a Friday night. Waiters and staff very nicely dressed so I was surprised at how casual some of the diners were.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food....my second time dining here, would highly recommend!

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