Cafe of India

4.5
445 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
Cafe of India's menu features a bevy of alluring flavors and palate-stimulating spices.Our guests are greeted by a warm atmosphere, and friendly courteous staff .Cafe of India offers an extensive wine selection, a wide variety of domestic and imported beers; especially Indian beers. The decor is elegant,warm,inviting and very romantic. We put our full effort to avoid long delays while they are being seated and their food is being prepared. our gracious, knowledgeable servers delight you with their uncanny ability to anticipate your every need.We are here to provide exceptional service. Cafe of India has two levels for your dining experience. We want our guests to leave with the desire of coming back soon.
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RL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was perfect for our party and the service was warm and friendly and responsive to our needs. We will be coming back often.

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b
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We were pleasantly surprised with our meals. The chicken makheni and lamb kebob was tender and juicy. The lamb seemed a tad dried out but it was tender inside. The portions were the right size. Sadly they do not serve bread, it must be ordered and paid for. This varies so much at Indian restaurants.

The service was a bit slow but otherwise it was a lovely experience. The chocolate lava cake was intense dark chocolate and a real treat, as we usually do not have dessert. We do plan to return!

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S
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant combines the ambiance of a friendly neighborhood place and really good Indian food. The waiters are unassuming, pleasant and prompt. There are some real treats on the menu, notably the fried spinach and date starter and chicken with pistachio sauce, and an ample array of vegan options. We find something new to enjoy each visit. There is a full bar, and some surprisingly good inexpensive wines.

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M
Washington DC
129 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food here is very good, and the noise level low. Additionally, the service is very professional and attentive, and street parking is always available. Cafe is much better than some of the higher priced establishments. Their crackling spinach is the best I've had.

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great! The place is clean and pleasant and comfortable! I highly recommend👍

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Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service at Cafe of India is excellent. The food is very good. It made in an authentic Indian style, although conservative with the heat and overall spices to appeal to an American palate. Please note, we have only eaten during the weekend buffet. The value, variety and quality are excellent. All the food is made with fresh ingredients and appeals to patrons of all ages. We plan to visit for dinner soon to taste additional menu items and to inquire about "Indian spice" options. The majority of the menu is gluten free and there is a large variety of vegetarian options. There is a beautiful party room available to host groups and events on the second level.

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R
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood gem with delicious cooking. Service is very nice and the quiet ambiance is a welcome respite from so many restaurants that are noisy.

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OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Indian food in town.

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LP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Café of India. We continue to go back for our favorites and to explore new dishes.

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FC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Food was okay. Some of the chicken pieces were rubbery and not well cooked. Had much better Indian food

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MY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There are several Indian restaurants along Wisconsin Avenue NW now. The menu and seasonings at this one are somewhat more adventuresome, not just "standard." It's quite, pleasant, and reasonably priced. It is becoming a favorite.

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t
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Indian food, small neighborhood restaurant, very reasonable prices. One of our faves!

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g
Washington DC
79 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We go often, especially when they have specials, which they do often. It's a cozy comfortable place where you can hear yourself talk. The food is consistently good, as is the service. They are really nice people. Another big plus is easy on street parking. Good to make a reservation though on weekends anyway because it's small and fills up quickly at prime dinner times.

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TT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks to the staff of Cafe of India. I forgot to read the fine print on my Groupon, which clearly stated “Friday and Saturday” excluded. The manager honored our coupon anyway. We were totally surprised and very pleased! Great food and exceptional service. We will be back. Tim and Gordon

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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and friendly staff. Easy street parking.

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EG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent varied menu of mostly Northern Indian cuisine. Especially like the crackling spinach appetizer.

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EK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This is our favorite Indian restaurant, but this time it was not as good. Service was very slow and some of the food too spicy. First time we were disappointed.

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G
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe of India is a neighborhood gem. Peaceful ambiance, great food, and good service.

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LP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I took my friend to the Cafe of India restaurant for her birthday because of all the wonderful reviews. We got to the restaurant and were mostly ignored by the staff. We had to repeatedly get up and ask for tea and if we were supposed to serve ourselves. We ate from the buffet because no one gave a menu. The dishes were fiery hot. I have eaten in numerous Indian restaurants and have had hot dishes and options for a milder spice. When I got up to ask the person behind the bar who I believe was the manager, if any of the dishes were milder. He got really arrogant and told me to look around that no one else had a problem and were all eating the food. We picked at our meals and then asked if we could order a mild dish of spinach. Well and hour later we asked them if they knew when we might get our spinach and they were annoyed with us for asking. They also had no naan for the first hour we were there. All in all this restaurant treated me and my friend horribly. The only person who was nice was the busboy. I ended up throwing away almost $50 for the meal and even worse was the constant insulting remarks. They should not be serving the public.

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G
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We go there often and are never disappointed. I get vegetarian most of the time but had a good scallop dish this time and an excellent shrimp appetizer. My friend had the same, she enjoyed it also. Their garlic naan is the best in the area. Prices are quite reasonable.

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E
Washington DC
87 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

I like spicy food. But, these spices were even too much for me.

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CT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This place is small and intimate in feel. The service was attentive and the food was good and well-priced. One surprise is that they feature Indian wine, which my husband had and said was very good.

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j
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Reliably good grub complemented by attentive service

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OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful lunch buffet.

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SM
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I dine at Café India a few times a year, often with friends. It's tasty, inexpensive, and conveniently located in Tenleytown, DC. The Naan Bread is my favorite.

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B
New England
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Portions were average to small.
Flavor was decent in a few dishes and completely lacking in one dish.
High prices for condiments.

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G
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good, food and service, went on a special deal which was an exceptional value.

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JD
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always have enjoyed food at this cozy restaurant. Give it a try if you like,Indian food.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went with friends. Staff was very friendly and attentive!

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DC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and friendly, attentive service. Try the Tamarind Margarita!

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Naples
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delightful and service excellent. Small and quaint location.

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c
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

they had few new items which other restaurants dont have. it was good.

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DG
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is very good and prices are even better. Easy to park which is not always the case in DC. Would definitely recommend eating here.

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G
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Go there often; usually get vegetarian. This time tried shrimp coconut masala, which was very good (the spices came through nicely, none dominating). My friend had scallops with vegetables in a tomato based sauce, which had a nice kick to it but OK even for people who don't like really spicy food. The accompanying rice was good and had a sprinkling of tiny seeds in it that added to the flavor (sorry can't remember the name of the seeds but they are common in Indian food). I also had spinach and lentil soup, possibly the best I have ever had, a beautiful blend of the two primary vegetables, neither dominating.

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A
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Fresh and tasty food. Best Garlic naan. Good location

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TR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect place to relax, dine, and converse. True service without intrusion and deeply satisfying authentic food!

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CC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and warm, friendly service

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CP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My family and I went here for dinner. Joe was our server and he was great. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. My family and I are vegan, and there were plenty of options for us to choose from. We will be back!

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite local eateries for delicious food and attentive service. Never disappoints.

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g
Washington DC
79 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We think of this as our neighborhood Indian. Food is consistently good and so is the service. Nice people.Most seating is in booths, and the noise level is fairly low, so it's a nice quietish place to actually have a conversation without screaming. Also they have a few tables outside. And they appear to do a pretty thriving carryout biz as well. Once on their email list you will get regular offers - $10 off etc etc....... a good deal.

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