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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.4

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Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (6)
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Kid-friendly (2)
Cozy (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Romantic (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

Tags: Vegan, Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy
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food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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food4
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic, Spicy
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food5
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Casual, Good for Groups
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food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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food4
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 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!

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Healthy, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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+

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Spicy, Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Gluten Free Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Casual, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 25, 2017

loved chicken tikka masala 😀

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Very nice place. Would have had higher reviews but the food was spicer than I expected and that made it hard to enjoy the food.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Very nice place. Would have had higher reviews but the food was spicer than I expected and that made it hard to enjoy the food.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Café of India is a favorite spot. Their luncheon buffet is wonderful and very inexpensive. Dinner is always delicious and authentic. Service is excellent and we have introduced many friends to this neighborhood gem.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Had a very pleasant family diner here. Food was great and service was excellent.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Poor experience and very salty food. Manager argued that food was fine. It was not. Had been there many times before w/o a problem.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Everything was excellent. Delighted to know there is a good, authentic Indian restaurant in my general neighborhood.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Cozy, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Small, casual place with good food. Nice menu including some delicious deviations from the typical offerings of other Indian restaurants in the area.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 11, 2017

I wouldn't eat there again, as the food left much to be desired.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 10, 2017

My wife and I had a very nice dinner. The crackling spinach was amazing.

Tags: Authentic, Spicy, Casual
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 (Tampa)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Very attentive, timely and pleasant service. Food was fresh and well-seasoned - had lamb saag, tandoori mint chicken and garlic naan and lacha paratha. About as good of Indian food as I've ever had. Would definitely go back!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Having traveled a lot in India, my standards are relatively high when judging American restaurants; I find most Indian food here bland because the spices are tired and/or common. My recent meal at Cafe of India was one of the best in D.C. for a long time, notably the Crackling Spinach. Its Tendoori Chicken is better than most, and the lamb in the Lamb Kohlapuri more tender than usual in Indian restaurants. One disappointment was the homemade ice cream: the rose too artificial, the mango lacking taste. Very good Papadams (though they uncommonly charge for them, $2.95, unlike most Indian restaurants, where they are brought to the table free) and good Naan, too. A bonus: draft beer, a rarity in Indian restaurants in D.C.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 21, 2017

As usual, staff were patient and helpful with our group which included two picky children. We loved every dish and in this elegant dining room were able to enjoy conversation without noisy background. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Vegan, Kid-friendly
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