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Date
Wed, 4/25
Time
11:00 PM
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Cafe of India

4.2
404 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good Vegetarian Options
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Indian, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch Monday - Friday 11:30 am -2:30 pm Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm -3:00pm ; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(202) 244-1395
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Navjot Singh
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Emery Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
What 404 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.0
ambience
4.3
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 5 days ago

We were a little disappointed with the quality of the food at Cafe of India. The dahl was good, but the chicken tikka masala was not very good as the chicken in it was dry. The cracking spinach had good texture but was far too sweet.

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

This restaurant rarely disappoints. The service is very professional and the food authentically good. (Having been to India twice I can say that.) We tried two new (for us) dishes and they were terrific. And the Indian beer list is smashing!

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Nicely presented buffet with vegan, vegetarian and regular offerings.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Been here for dinner several times and never disappointed with food or service. Can be crowded on weekends so try a reservation for a little peace of mind! Give it a try!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Neighborhood gem that keeps getting better and better!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Neighborhood Indian restaurant, very nice people, food inexpensive and very good. frequent on-line coupons and specials. a real winner !

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Salmon and vegetarian dishes we had were good but fairly small portions in my opinion

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Delicious food and very attentive staff. Definitely order the crackling spinach as an appetizer!

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We have mixed reviews. The restaurant was quiet - but almost too much so (it would be nice if it had a bit more life). Service was good. My meal was very good but my dining partner's meal was not as advertised.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The restaurant is nicely situated on Wisconsin avenue not far from touristy areas. The food and service is very good. There are several Vegan options available too.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

This is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is unfailingly delicious and the service is very professional and also welcoming. Some of our favorite dishes are the crackling spinach, salmon tikka, kava eggplant, and the Punjabi tikki chat.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

This was my second Visit to Cafe of India in less than a week and this restaurant is a perennial winner. I had the Murgh Kebab (ground, spiced chicken) and my companion had the salmon kebab as entrees. Neither disappointed! Let me also say this: I am not a fan of fish, but the salmon was so perfectly spiced and cooked in the tandoor that I must say it was one of the best pieces of fish I've ever tried. This place is a winner no matter what you order!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Cafe of India is a great neighborhood restaurant. The food is authentic, the service is attentive, and the cocktails are well-made and inexpensive for DC.

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

We ended up sitting as the only table upstairs across from a 20+ group celebrating a birthday that was very loud group making it hard to hear our conversation. Food was good but nan tasted more like pita.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Authentic Indian cuisine with good menu, courteous service, and reasonable prices. Highly recommend for date night, small group and special occasions. Crispy spinach not to be missed!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent food and prompt, attentive service. Always has been a very positive experience. Give it a try!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

My family truly loves this place and will come back over and over. The interior is gorgeous with an amazing antique crystal chandelier and the artwork is stunning. The feel is cozy, but plenty of room and quiet with nice lighting. Our server was very friendly and helpful and made fantastic recommendations from a very difficult to choose from menu. I love that there were plenty of vegetarian and vegan options! I had a shrimp dish that came with an apricot sauce based on his recommendation.. and it was amazing, rich with the Indian spices we love but a little different from the regular dishes. You can tell there is chef creativity and flair along with the classics. You can make it affordable with just entrees, or go a little more extravagant for a celebration with apps and drinks. This place is very special, a gem!

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3.0Dined on January 15, 2018

Great food! And waiters are friendly. But they need more servers with more attentive and faster service.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

The place was packed on Christmas night and the cooking and service and bar were in top form!

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4.0Dined on December 25, 2017

We went for Christmas Dinner. They made us feel welcome, and the food was plentiful and good. It turned out to be a very good choice. Several of our party had never been to an Indian restaurant before, including a picky ten-year old who loved the food.

They are very good at mentioning the gluten in foods, so I wish they'd follow suit with the lactose.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent, wide range of Indian cusine/ Have eaten here many times, never disappointed. Give them a try!

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Nice, quaint restaurant. Ideal food portions, enough for one person. Good price points. I would go back.

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

My girlfriend and I bring our daughters almost Monthly (husbands not so into Indian food) and we love this relaxing place with delicious food. The girls love the lamb dishes and of course the naan. Service is always top notch and polite.. helpful with questions. We love that we can walk and seems like the place has a nice loyal following.

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2017

Delicious appetizers and entrees. Attentive, yet non-intrusive service. A neighborhood gem!

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4.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Aside from not being able to use our
groupon ☹️because it was a Fri night, everything was delicious!!!

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5.0Dined on November 30, 2017

Our favorite Indian restaurant. Their crackling spinach is better than Rasika's.

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2017

We like this cozy and comfortable neighborhood Indian restaurant. Good food and service at a reasonable price.

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Nice staff. Quick service . Tasty food. Great salmon tikka

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5.0Dined on October 19, 2017

Cafe of India is my favorite Indian restaurant in this area and I revel in introducing friends to their fantastic Crackling Spinach. It is much better here than in competing restaurants! Wednesday, with a friend from Florida we found a Diwali festival of food in the buffet line. It was wonderful, and she loved the spinach too!

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

A useful OpenTable review criterion could be "The food at this restaurant tastes GOOD." I would check that box for this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on September 26, 2017

Best Indian food in DC. The ambiance is perfect, the servers are friendly and attentive, and you won't find a better lamb and spinach dish. A+

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4.0Dined on September 8, 2017

A civilized addition to the local scene

While there are many restaurants in the Friendship Heights area, Cafe of India is one of the few where it is possible to get food food in a quiet, comfortable booth. The service here is impeccable, with plenty of welcome advice--such as a recommendation for a tamarind-flavored marguerita, or a reminder that raita comes with the chutney--and a chance to try some of the classics of Indian cuisine. Reservations are recommended, since the tables fill quickly.

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2.0Dined on September 6, 2017

Very poor. Had eaten there many times. This time food very salty. Informed waiter and manager and the argued with me that it was not. Very insulting. Poor way to deal with regular customer.

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4.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Neighborhood jem. Great food. Service is so-so. You should get absolute clarification from the server on your order before he leaves. They brought the wrong dishes - similar to what we ordered and still excellent - but not what we ordered.

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5.0Dined on August 14, 2017

My friend and I really enjoyed Cafe of India. It was my first visit, and it was definitely worth the drive. The space was just large enough and the calm, quiet atmosphere was a welcome change from so many area restaurants. Our servers were polite, patient, and very helpful when it came time to order. And the food was SO delicious and beautifully presented! We both plan to go back to this restaurant in the very near future to try even more Indian dishes.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

Great food and a professional and friendly wait staff. A real neighborhood gem!

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2017

The food is very nice and not too spicy. Service is generally very good - the staff is courteous and friendly. On this occasion, the served the starter and entree together, which I find unusual and has not happened there before. Altogether, a good experience and good value for money but missing the edge.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2017

For all the talk of chic and expensive Indian restaurants in DC, the Cafe of India never disappoints. The service is impeccable, as it always is in India itself. The Crackling Spinach is the best I've had and one order isn't enough. We ordered lamb shaag, chicken tikka masala, and cauliflower and potatoes, with a break basket. It was perfect for four. While the decor is somewhat nondescript and the lighting not great the elegance of the service and quality of the food make up for it. Beware: At 8:30 on a Friday night, they were ticketing illegal parkers.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2017

Service was attentive without being overbearing. Since one item required longer cooking than the others, the waiter brought a complimentary basket of papadam to tide us over. I tried the tandoori lamb chops as a change from my usual fare and was very pleasantly surprised by the perfect spiciness and flavor of the little chops. Very good value as well.

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2017

This is a great value if you enjoy Indian cuisine.

My only gripe with it is that the buffet is very hot (spicy). I used to enjoy food that would take the enamel off of dishes, but as I've gotten older, I found I couldn't eat much of it. I'd mix it up with cooler dishes, but unless you like the cuisine on the hot and spicy side, you may want to ask the guys there which ones aren't so tough on the pallet.

If the food was less spicy, I'd give it five stars in every category. I doubt I'll go there again for the buffet. I'll wait until I can order if off the menu.

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