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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.
Washington, DC 20016
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
Cafe of India Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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