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About Cafe of India

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.

4909 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Indian, American

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

Cross Street:
Emery Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 244-1395

Website:
http://www.cafeofindiadc.com/

Executive Chef:
Navjot Singh

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Cafe of India Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.5

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Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2012

Great little Indian Restaurant in the Chevy Chase/Friendship Heights neighborhood. Service is average, but the food is quite good. I haven't been back to Indique Heights since finding this gem. Quality Indian food for a modest price.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2012

Wonderful food, but still have some kinks to work out. Understaffed with seemingly little experience. Lighting at dinner was challenging. Couldn't read the menu clearly and felt like I was eating in the shadows. The dining room seems clean and well designed, but maybe that's because it was dark. Too bad...after eating the food, was really pulling for this place.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2012

This is the second time we've gone to Cafe of India. The first time we had a very good experience - food and service. This time the service was so bad we considered leaving in the middle of the meal. We were there for 2 and 1/2 hours because it took ages to get drinks, menus, appetizers and our entrees. I doubt we'll go back after this last experience especially since there was no recognition by the restaurant that there was a problem. No apology or explanation. I can't remember ever having such bad service at a restaurant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2012

This restaurant is outstanding. The service and food are always incredible.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 31, 2011

This is D.C.'s best Indian cuisine at any price. This isn't the usual Indian fare, but regional dishes exquisitely prepared by the owner/chef. We go regularly because of the consistent quality of the food. The service is usually great, but I have been there a few times when the service has been slow. No problem though, just gesture for your waiter to come to the table, and you're off to a great experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 13, 2011

Pretty solid choice for Indian food. The interior is more attractive that you might expect from the store front. The fried spinach starter had deep flavor and was delightfully crisp. Lamb Korma came in a thick sauce that was complex, but seemed a bit too salty to me. The chick pea chole was well cooked -- the garbanzos were neither mushy nor hard. I probably would say 3.5 on the food. It took a very long time for our meals to come out of the kitchen. They were a bit busy, and I am sure everything is cooked to order, but it was almost 40 minutes before we got our appetizers.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2011

Food is always good. Menu goes beyond normal fare. Staff was overtaxed.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2011

We were delighted with our lunch, the setting and the service. An exceptional appetizer is the crispy spinach, a dishunlike anything we ever had. Delicate, delicious and fresh.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2011

Good samosas.
Very good chicken dishes.
Good meat dishes.
Garlic naan very good.
Physically beautiful restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2011

A lovely, lovely place with a lovely, lovely staff and wonderfully delicious food. We had a great time here and the staff were very accommodating. It needs the business because unfortunately nearly all the "gems" in this neighborhood serve similar kinds of food--so skip the Cheesecake Factory and have yourself a really special experience here instead!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2011

When we arrived, there seemed to be only 4 people working in the entire restaurant. Every table was sat, but no one seemed to have any food. We waited at our table ungreeted for about 15 minutes, after which we left and went somewhere else. I was disappointed as I had looked forward to this dinner.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2011

the food was good but not much ambiance. I don't think I'll go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2011

We always like going to Cafe of India. Pleasant surroundings, lovely wait staff, moderate prices and delicious food--with our special favorite of the "crackling spinach".

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 6, 2011

very nice neighborhood restaurant. reasonable prices, food excellent, service attentive but not over bearing. a winner!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2011

Very interesting menu, and very reasonable prices for the quality and imagination of the food. We went because on a Spotlight offer but now would go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2011

We always have a great meal at Cafe of India. Their recommendations are spot-on and the service is quick yet comfortable. This time we started with Crispy Spinach and Bombay Crackers, which we always enjoy. The tandoori salmon was superb (much moister than the dried-out version at Masala Art down the street).

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 15, 2011

Our first dining experience here was a strange one: the restaurant was out of most of the items that we'd ordered- even the wine! It seemed odd, especially since one of the items consisted mostly of spinach. Although we had to settle for more mundane selections, the owner was very apologetic, and the food was tasty enough. One note for the temperature sensitive: almost every table has an A/C vent directly overhead, and receives a direct hit of very cold air. Although it was 63 degrees the night we ate there, we were told that the A/C could not be turned off or even down. Again, very strange.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2011

The food was just OK and the service not so good. In addition, the table linens are stained and it appears to be not very clean.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 7, 2011

Fantastic addition to the neighborhood - lots of classics and new twists on south asian food. Hopefully they'll put some tables out on the sidewalk for fall and spring outside dining. We had a great dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2011

Great lunch buffet: many choices, carefully prepared.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 29, 2011

The crispy spinach is amazing. The four of us fought to get the last bite! Cafe of India service was attentive, friendly, and attentive without getting in the way. The restaurant brought us another delicious veggie samosa so we each could have one. We all shared each of the four dishes (lamb, chicken, eggplant, and spinach) and had enough for one lunch the next day. The one mixed drink we had was just ok. We loved the neighborhood feel and we'll be back to try other dishes. The noise level was low enough for easy conversation. A good value and a great find.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2011

I'm glad we gave Cafe of India another shot. We had eaten here right after it opened, and it was terrible! The menu is much improved, not just a list of all the standard US Indian restaurant fare. The food was delicious, the portions generous, and the prices reasonable. It's great to have the restaurant back on the map as an in-neighborhood option.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 14, 2011

Excellent food - spices were light and does not give that overstuff feeling.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 8, 2011

Staff is friendly and accomodating. Food excellent - much better than you'd expect at a neighborhood Indian place.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 28, 2011

Lovely meal, as usual. The staff is helpful and attentive. One dish was a bit disappointing, but the rest, just terrific.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 25, 2011

Solid, dependable Indian food where the owners really care about service and pleasing their customers.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 24, 2011

Our lamb curry and lamb biryani were very good. The only problem was my bottle of beer (Buckler) was barely cool, definitely not cold. It was a hot day outside and a cold one would have been appreciated. Refrigerating the glass it is served in would have helped as well.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on July 22, 2011

Among the best Indian restaurants in DC, and very reasonably priced.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 14, 2011

We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food -- it was outstanding. I had the cracked spinach -- I could have eaten several servings, it was light and pleasing. My husband had the fish appetizer that came with two sauces. It was very good. As an entree, we shared the lamb curry and the fish masala. Both were excellent. We will definiltely return and bring family and friends with us.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 13, 2011

One of the best Indian restaurants I have been to the DC area. Lunch special is outstanding. Crackling spinach is a delicious appetizer. Presentation is elegant for a neighborhood restaurant. Only a few tables so reservations are advisable.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 13, 2011

Excellent food and service. Love the Crackle Spinach. Intrigued by Faloodah (Iranian ice cream)but it was very good.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 11, 2011

Never having been to Cafe of India before and having been burned with inferior Indian food at unknown restaurants, we went there with trepidation. Totally unnecessary. The entire experience was wonderful. The food was very good with a number of unusual dishes. We had an avocado and crispy spinach appetizer that was unlike anything we've had in an Indian restaurant-excellent and recommended. The mixed grill appetizer was what you'd expect and very tasty. Entress were a vegetarian cheese dish, shrimp, lamb korma and chicken tikka masala. All well prepared and nicely served. We will return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 25, 2011

My third visit was my least satisfying. While my appetizer and entree were both attractive on the plate, they were bland and dry. My companion was much luckier with his choices. The service was gracious as always.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2011

It was a great experience and food was really tasty

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on June 17, 2011

This is the 3rd time we have eaten here since finding it a month ago. Best indian food I have found in DC. The menu has a combination of traditional dishes with some dishes that are fusion-ish and less traditional. Haven't had a dish here that wasn't exceptional. Daal Gosht, tikka masala, Mahkani, Dosa, all great. Best thing I have found is the angoori paneer tikka appetizer. AWESOME. And the drinks are generous and interesting, as well as reasonably priced at $7/ea. Not much more to say really, other than everyone should try this place, it is great. It isn't ever really that busy, which worries me, but the food is exceptional.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 23, 2011

When Cafe of India opened it was very good but, sadly, has declined, to judge from a recent meal (we were told that there was no change in the kitchen, which we thought might have been the reason). Basically, everything was bland, with similar sauces as if out of the same jar on different dishes; no hints of fresh spices; dry nan; and less-than crispy crispy spinach. Why can't restaurant sustain their opening level of cooking?

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 8, 2011

We had a reservation but were sent upstairs as the lovely downstairs was full. They had the air conditioning blasting upstairs and it blows directly on the tables. We had to ask 3 times to get it turned off. My only real complaint was that it was Mother's Day and they had a special menu which was fine but they didn't offer us the option of the regular menu which I noticed they did to other patrons. I had wanted to order an entree that wasn't on the Mother's Day Menu and had asked the waiter about it but he just said it wasn't an option. To their credit though I think most of the staff was fairly new so are probably training. Overall it was a fine dining experience and the food was outstanding as usual. I prefer the downstairs.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 23, 2011

The menu has many dishes I haven't seen on other Indian restaurant menus and quite a few wine selections. Very good flavors overall although one grilled vegetable dish was rather bland.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 23, 2011

Best Indian food I've ever had- and in DC that's saying a lot.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 23, 2011

My friends and I had a delightful non-rushed lunch with terrific food and service. And the restaurant is beautifully decorated! I highly recommend it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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