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Cafe of India

4.2
404 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
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  • 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
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on August 14, 2016

We enjoyed the food so much and parking was so easy. This place is a sweet spot! I'll be going agin and again.

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2016

A neighborhood gem!!!

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2016

good Indian cuisine in comfortable surroundings. servers are helpful and attentive

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2016

Our favorite Indian restaurant in D.C. --- be sure to order the crackling spinach appetizer.

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2016

My friend and I both enjoyed our food, and the service was very good and attentive.

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2016

We've eaten here a number of times - but this latest was the best. The dishes ( especially the appetizers ) were fresh and delicious - and unusual ! If this keeps up, we'll be weekly regulars .

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2.0Dined on May 29, 2016

The gentleman named Raj was very impersonal and a bit rude. Joe was nice.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2016

We went to Taste of India both before and after we spent a month traveling in India. The first time the food was tasty, the second time was even better because we knew how Indian food should really taste.
In addition to the good food, the variety of dishes and the quiet, calm ambience, the service is so polite and attentive you feel like you are the most important there.
We had creamy saag paneer with layers of flavor and generous chunks of paneer. The lamb vindaloo was not as spicy as we would have liked but delicious nevertheless. The samosas were delicious and well seasoned, but the surprise appetizer was the Indonesian crackling spinach with figs. The portions were so generous we did not have room for dessert which we will certainly do next time.

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2016

Cosy neighborhood restaurant. Authentic Indian food. Very reasonable prices.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2016

We love Cafe India. We are vegetarians and it is our favorite restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2016

Really attentive care loved the menu and service was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2016

My mother and I have been on the hunt for a fantastic Indian restaurant. We found it here!!! The food was amazing, the service was great and I highly recommend it to a foodie and any Indian foo lover :)

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2016

This restaurant would probably be a lot more popular had it been in a better location. As it is, it's a bit of a trek (about 10-15 minutes) from the Tenleytown/AU metro, and not in an area with much foot traffic. Other than that, it's got nice upscale decor (complete with white tablecloth and cloth napkins) and the food is very good and elegantly presented. The dining room is not large, with booth seats on one side by the windows. It's not a noisy restaurant even when full (although it usually is not at least on weekday nights) so a good place to go with family or friends when quiet conversation is desired.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2016

Great Indian food but thought the portion size was a bit dinky for the price.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2016

This is my second time to Cafe of India. It is absolutely delicious. I've tasted Indian food throughout the U.S. and Europe, and this is by far the best. Service is impeccable as well.

The only reason for not a straight 4 star rating is that both times I've been here there is a slight disinfectant smell. Whatever product this restaurant uses to keep it clean has a strong odor which lingers.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2016

Café of India is small restaurant that puts out good quality food. While there may be other Indian restaurants that get better reviews in Washington Post, the service is accommodating and enjoyable. I would recommend it for nice dinner with friends, or for its buffet lunch (a great deal, by the way).

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2016

Always have a good meal here, and service is very friendly and professional. We used to live in Central NJ where the Indian food is abundant, cheap and delicious. For the cost, best Northern Indian food we have found in DC. We are semi-regulars.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2016

Pleasant venue, upgraded interior, hardworking two waiters, good menu
choices. Food served hot and nice presentation.

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2.0Dined on April 3, 2016

This is a small neighborhood place. A few of the servers - especially mine - are distant, even surly. That's an initial turn-off: pardon me for being in your restaurant and inconveniencing you! The food was OK: hot (temp) and nicely spiced. THe décor is worn out. I would only return if I were in the area and really hungry.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2016

We love Cafe of India. The food is always good. The service is stellar. The ambiance is casual, but lovely. For the superb quality of the restaurant, the price is reasonable. It's one of our go-to eating establishments.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2016

We eat here every few months. Food and service are generally good--but not great.
Latest meal was good, but what should have been a spicy standard, lamb curry, was almost without seasoning. India is the World Capital of Spice and Hot Foods. We don't have unusually great tolerance for that, but we are average. Food was too bland, which should be a warning signal for Indian cuisine. The prices have steadily crept up, and we believe they are excessive for the quality and quantity of food served. If the food had been much better, we'd rate the value higher.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2016

The buffet was terrific, and a welcome surprise that it is offered on the weekend. We will be back!

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2016

A group of us go out to dine in different restaurants in DC once a month. Gave Cafe of India a shot in January, knowing that some people in the group are picky eaters. The picky ones were able to find chicken, shrimp or scallop dishes; the non-picky ones as well. The food was all well prepared, fresh and delicious. And for the many diners who have commented on the crispy spinach -- YUM and WOW! Quite tasty and worth a try for sure. Chicken tikka, salmon tikka, the breads and the other dishes (can't recall names) were all winners. No one left the table disappointed.

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4.0Dined on January 5, 2016

Cafe of India has great food at a reasonable price, good service and a comfortable ambiance. My wife and I go there a few times a year and are never disappointed. I particularly like the shrimp coconut masala and the cracking spinach.

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4.0Dined on January 5, 2016

Tasty Indian lunch buffet in a light-filled, small restaurant. Clean and cheery, with soft colors and table linens; pleasant, informed, wait staff; and plenty of windows looking out onto street. Meat served, but also plenty for a gluten-intolerant vegetarian.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2015

Tasty food, delicious cocktails, friendly waiters.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2015

The appetizers are to die for, especially the fried spinach, so just for fun I would recommend ordering several appetizers and then splitting an entrée. You can always order more if your left hungry. Or you could just move forward and order one of their lovely desserts.

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2015

Café of India is a neighborhood gem that always satisfies the urge for good Indian food served with grace, in a friendly atmosphere at reasonable prices. Well worth a visit.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2015

As always Café of India delivers an excellent experience. We recently ate there on Christmas Day with family and food was amazing and service excellent.

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4.0Dined on December 23, 2015

Very calming and relaxing atmosphere. Quiet enough for comfortable conversation. Food is quite good, esp. the lamb saag, samosas, and chicken tikka marsala. Naan is also very tasty. Beer list could be more extensive.

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4.0Dined on November 30, 2015

Café of India has a very consistent kitchen and very good service. I've been half a dozen or so times all on weeknights and find the atmosphere perfect for catching up with friends and enjoying a relaxing meal. The food is well spiced, the sides are prepared with the same attention as main courses. I've found the bar is also quite good.

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2015

Cafe of India is a neighborhood restaurant in Friendship Heights. The Indian food is great, authentic, and fresh. Service is fantastic. Servers make you feel at home.

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4.0Dined on November 13, 2015

Café of India is my go-to spot for out-of-town guests who like Indian food. Good service, nice atmosphere, i.e., you can talk during your meal without having to shout, a variety of menu options for any diner whether vegetarian or omnivore and the food is delicious. If you go, make sure you order the crackling spinach appetizer - it's one of my favorite things on the menu.

A great option, too, for a pre-movie dinner with AMC Mazza just down the street.

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5.0Dined on October 11, 2015

Every time we took a bite it was followed by a happy "emmmm" - so that should speak for itself. Great selection of vegetarian options, spicy and well seasoned dishes.

The service was very attentive ~ we dined on a Sunday @ 5:15PM

Table water is served in a large crystal goblet!

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4.0Dined on October 10, 2015

My husband and I ate here for the first time recently and were very pleased with the food and ambiance. The waiter was very attentive, too, despite not having a great command of the language. Our favorite food ordered was the crackling spinach (appetizer) - just a delectable dish and one that you don't expect to find in an Indian restaurant. The entire meal was very good, though the entrees were a bit disappointing. My chicken tikka masala lacked the creaminess that I'm used to and my husband ordered a lamb and spinach stew in which he said the lamb wasn't as tender as he expected. Flavors, though, were good. The chef should pay a bit more attention to the execution of the entrée dishes. We'll likely return!

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4.0Dined on October 3, 2015

In very pleasant surrounding (which could be a little more luxurious; wall art and lighting need some updating), this restaurant serves up consistently excellent Indian food (both northern and southern) at dinner, that perhaps isn't exactly what you'd get in Mumbai or Delhi but is certainly close enough and overall excellent. The service is friendly and competent; prices are reasonable. Definitely worth a visit; you won't be disappointed. The "crackling spinach" appetizer is amazing!

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4.0Dined on September 28, 2015

The service here is so elegant you feel as it you are in a four star restaurant! The waiters are attentive but non-intrusive and everything is very correct. The food is also very good and their classic Crackling Spinach is the best I've ever eaten. We always have to have two orders. My only complaint is that there is not enough meat or shrimp in the dishes. Plenty of sauce, but for a shared party of four (which I would venture to say most people do) very little meat and shrimp. Otherwise, this place is a gem. Rasika is big and noisy, and in our opinion the food isn't any better than Cafe of India's.

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3.0Dined on August 29, 2015

The food was fine. The noise level was low, but the waiter never once asked about the quality of the food and seemed annoyed with us. He needs to get a new job.

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5.0Dined on August 28, 2015

I have eaten at and taken friends to Cafe of India many times and the food and service are always excellent.

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4.0Dined on August 22, 2015

I took two Chinese friends to Cafe of India. One had been there before, and could not wait to get his order of crackling spinach. He had not been able to find anything like it anywhere in New York. We ordered chicken vindaloo, dahl gosht and shrimp with coconut and spices. It was a great combination of two delicious dishes and one that worked for the guys (I can't eat anything as hot as vindaloo - though it was the most edible vindaloo I have had. We had a great meal outdoors. It was fun, tasty and well served. We'll be back.

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