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Permanently Closed - Curry Craft

67 reviews
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$30 and under
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Curry Craft is a contemporary Indian restaurant that is all about the craft and judicious use of spices. Conceptualized and designed by Chef Mel Oza of "The Evolved Curry Studio" the restaurant has at its heart a kitchen that boasts both traditional and modern Indian cuisine with the Chef"s signature twist. Chef Oza has in the past consulted for Copper and The Blue Taj restaurants in Charlotte, NC and Lehja in Richmond among many others in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Denver. Here at Curry Craft you will come to know Indian food in a new and exciting way, albeit without missing a single note, spice or flavors associated with ancient Indian tradition. Curry Craft's convenient location makes it an ideal gathering spot for private and business diners alike. Visit our bar and fill your craving for cocktails with our signature and innovative offerings. Like our motto says, we are Culturally Rooted, Locally Suited!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan, Contemporary Indian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Friday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(804) 358-0350
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Mel Oza
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Private party contact
Mel Oza: (804) 358-0350
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Cross street
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Takeout, View, Wine
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Beefeater7 (Richmond)
2.0  Dined on June 25, 2016

They advertise as Indian but not authentic nan is just your typical pizza flat bread and they don't even have a clay oven to make authentic. The sauces were more Italian gravy and they had no Lamb. There are better options in Richmond

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 3, 2016

I love Curry Craft's food. Sometimes, I feel as if the service or communications between the kitchen and the wait staff is spotty though. I'm not sure what that is about. And I really can't understand why the restaurant is not packed all the time b/c the food is so good. When I came in this time, the server was very welcoming and attentive. I was waiting for my date who was caught in the rain and having trouble parking. I had time to look at the menu and order a drink. I had decided that I wanted to order the Pondicherry escargots when my date arrived. The server suggested that he would put the order in as soon as my date arrived. But when she arrived, even though there weren't a whole lot of people in the restaurant, our waiter appeared to have forgotten his suggestion. I had to order it later when he finally came over to take our order. It's not a big deal. But he shouldn't have suggested this "auto" order if he couldn't fulfill such. Overall, we had a lovely dinner. We also appreciated the chef sending out a second dessert of kofi (yummy...not too sweet and the nut paste consistency was fantastic) after we chose the gulab jamun (also wonderful)

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on May 21, 2016

Food great, service slow.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on April 30, 2016

Call ahead and request a tasting menu - worth the time and money! Best Indian restaurant in Richmond (yes, better than Anokha and Lehja!). The food is much more Indian-fusion than traditional Indian. Chef takes it to the next level.

debber44 (Savannah)
4.0  Dined on April 28, 2016

really good. The chef/owner came out to tell us about some of the preparation of the dishes.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on April 27, 2016

The food was delicious! Our waiter explained each dish including the specials, and indicated carefully which were very spicy. The three of us shared 2 appetizers (chaat and amazing escargot--not the French preparation, a little more heat and crispness), each had a different chicken entree and all were good, a bottle of wine, a platter of naan. The restaurant was quiet even with a number of other diners, and my friends, facing Cary Street, enjoyed the urban scene as it passed by.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

I went to Curry Craft with my best friend on Valentines Day. We had made a reservation just in case it was super busy. When we walked in, it was clear that a reservation hadn't been necessary. There were only two other parties sitting down. We stood for approximately 4 minutes at the front door (very awkward) before finally being approached by a server, who simply told us to wait for someone to seat us (umm, thanks?) When the next server approached, he pointed us to a table and that was that. Grateful that we were finally acknowledged, we decided to give the staff the benefit of the doubt; however, 10 minutes later we still had not been provided menus, water, or even a simple "how are you?" We got up and left. The experience left both my friend and I very uncomfortable and annoyed.

vamom (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2016

I can always depend on Mel at Curry Craft to serve the freshest, most delicious, most creative and interesting Indian food in the city. And in the prettiest dining room to boot. Thanks for another wonderful dinner!

vipIKnowWhatIAmDoing (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on January 29, 2016

The lamb curry sauce was reasonably tasty, but the lamb was cooked to death. The prawn Curry was apparently made with tomato soup. The garlic naan was truly terrible.

Skip it. Place is all hype.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
2.0  Dined on January 29, 2016

It took nearly 15 mins to receive a glass of water and the menu initially. We were reedy to leave and would have earlier had we not been talking. Initial oversight my be okay, but it continued the entire meal (see below).

If the place was packed it would have been at least a bit more excusable. However, half the tables indicated they were "reserved" and were empty. In other words, the service shouldn't have been this bad. Further, we went long periods without service (again, water fill-up, addtl rice, etc.) and took 1.5 hours to eat dinner.

SusanE (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on November 28, 2015

chef Mel is also the owner and so invested. Put yourselves in his hands and enjoy the ride

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on November 20, 2015

As always Curry Craft was exceptional! The food was wonderful and I couldn't be happier. It is the best place in RVA!

vipRichmondFoodie (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 8, 2015

The meal at Curry Craft was delicious and the chef(s) obviously know(s) what they are doing, however the waitress who took care of us seemed a bit off her game and that unfortunately colored our experience. We had to remind her to take our entire order and when we asked some questions about the menu, she seemed confused about them and not very well acquainted with Indian cuisine. We were also only told about the chef's tasting menu after we placed our order -- a shame really, because we didn't want to over-complicate anything after having already gone through the ordeal of asking all the questions about what was possible to order/and ordering an initial time with her. That said, the food was amazing.

Jojo (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on November 7, 2015

My date and I had a great time at Curry Craft. We made a reservation through Open Table beforehand, but when we walked in, they asked us if we had a reservation, said yes, but then the server didn't ask for our names or anything. They were aware of two big parties that were coming in (only one showed up during our entire meal) and so they had those set aside. So they didn't seem to be aware of the reservation list or have tables set for us. The service was OK. One person was clearly inexperienced, but she was sweet. Food was good, plenty for two. Wine was good too. My final complaint would be the atmosphere: it seemed cold. It was cold, actually, I was shivering the whole time. But although the lighting was dim, the furniture, wall decoration, and placement of the tables didn't do much for our comfort and enjoyment. Could use nicer and warmer chairs and decorations to make it seem more "Indian".

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on October 24, 2015

The food is absolutely amazing! The chef is conscious of food allergies, great non meat options. Wine selection is great. Best place in RVA to eat.

Woop (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on October 23, 2015

Waitress was great, but the food took too long to come out. We waited for almost 30 minutes, and the portions weren't what we expected considering the price.

As far as taste, our meal was delicious.

dj5000 (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on September 26, 2015

I'd call Curry Craft "gourmet" Indian food. Dishes are carefully prepared with often interesting/unusual ingredients. It's a very pleasant setting and NOT loud! Easy to have conversations with your companions - making this a very unique dining spot in Richmond!

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on September 25, 2015

The food was good, very well spiced and flavorful, but the service was not good. It was 30 minutes to get one of our appetizers (the other took another ten minutes), and in that time no one came to take our dinner orders. We ordered raita and naan that didn't come out until well after our dinners. Pretty bad for a not-crowded Friday night.

vipOpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on August 22, 2015

Change of utensils between appetizer and entree.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on August 22, 2015

With my peanut allergy is daunting to go out, but at Curry Craft they double checked my order. Always asked if I needed something. The food was hot and delicious. Not just the best Indian food in rya, the best food period.