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About Permanently Closed - Curry Craft

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!

2915 W Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23221
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan, Contemporary Indian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Friday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Sheppard

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(804) 358-0350

Website:
http://www.currycraft.com/

Executive Chef:
Mel Oza

Private Party Contact:
Mel Oza: (804) 358-0350

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Takeout, View, Wine

Curry Craft - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.1

ambience

3.9

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (96)
Neighborhood Gem (69)
Special Occasion (41)
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Romantic (36)
Good for Groups (24)
Hot Spot (11)
Great for Lunch (9)
Late-night Find (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Kid-friendly (3)
Scenic View (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (Richmond)·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

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 (Washington DC)·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)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 21, 2016

Food great, service slow.

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·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Savannah)·Dined on April 28, 2016

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·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.

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 (New York Area)·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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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.

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 (Richmond)·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.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 28, 2015

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·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".

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·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.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·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.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on August 22, 2015

Change of utensils between appetizer and entree.

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 (Richmond)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 30, 2015

Fantastic curry. Had the jumbo prawns with tamarind/coconut south Indian curry on Basmati rice.
The prawns were gigantic and succulent and ordered extra naan to soak up all the excellent curry. Quiet, exotic atmosphere in the midst of vibrant Cary Town. When I'm in Richmond again, will certainly return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 17, 2015

Great food, portions a bit on the small side, but on this particular Friday night, the dining room was way understaffed (only 1 waitress, and a bartender who pitched in with waiting tables), and the wait for food and drink was borderline unacceptable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2015

The Juhu chaat is amazing. We also loved the chicken tikka masala and the crab and prawn anjeeri. The service was great. One of the best Indian restaurants we've been to.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 10, 2015

Best Indian food in Richmond, VA
Unique blend or triditional and contemporary indian food.
The staff takes extra care of the clients and listens very well.
Great spot for a first date.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2014

Though the bread was nothng special (I've had much better at other Indian restaurants in NYC and elsewhere), all of our entrees (vegetarian and meat) were perfectly prepared and imaginatively spiced.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 13, 2014

Liked the twist on Indian, but sadly this place is now closed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 18, 2014

We love Indian food and are constantly looking for new restaurants to experience. Curry Craft has traditional dishes with a unique taste twist that we thoroughly enjoyed along with a delicious signature dish provided as a free appetizer while we waited for the entrees. Only negative was the Nan (bread) was barely cooked (even after requesting "well done" when more was ordered), small and not enjoyable compared to what we have been served in other Indian restaurants. Our server was very good, knowledgeable of the entire menu and attentive. Beer and wine menu had a good variety of selections. Full bar not available but not a problem for us. The ambiance was nicely upscale for a restaurant on Cary St.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 14, 2014

Small and well curated menu. Knowledgeable waitstaff. Dreamt flavor and great callus. Get the chaat.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 30, 2014

All the selections were different variations or different sauces with either chicken or lamb there were very few vegetable options I would've liked more menu choices. The waitstaff was fabulous. The food we ordered was very good.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 23, 2014

Curry Craft is a quaint spot for deliciously delicious not cheap not expensive Indian cuisine. Phenomenal apps-the chaat is supurb, and dynamic curry. Portions are not large, but ordering a number equal to your party size +/- 1 with the same number of naan (1/2 regular and 1/2 garlic) will create a tremendous sharing food experience for all!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 15, 2014

I love Indian food, and I really liked how Curry Craft put a modern twist on classical Indian dishes. I also thought it cool how they put different ingredients that one would never see in traditional Indian cuisine (i.e. - goat cheese and mushroom on naan). The food was absolutely fantastic, and our server was very knowledgeable. It was very thoughtful of the chef to come out, check on us, and to thank us for coming in.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 14, 2014

For a great Indian restaurant centrally located in Richmond look no farther. Located on hip Cary Street we found it to be a quiet oasis -- and hope it grows to be a thriving, bustling neighborhood favorite. (We had a 5:30 reservation which could explain why it was quiet.)

The food was excellent. All four of us enjoyed what we ordered. The food is both authentic and has a touch of fusion. Escargot!

The service was also excellent.

The booths were very comfortable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 31, 2014

One always feels altogether welcome at this place, and the food is wonderful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 17, 2014

This was my second visit to Curry Craft and it was just as good as the first visit. Our waitress was friendly, attentive and helpful with picking dishes and wine. The food was flavorful and fresh. This isn't your typical Indian food restaurant - the quality and flavor is outstanding.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 13, 2014

I've never had Indian food at this level before. We had an amazing meal, among the best in this city.

We started with apps off the menu and the special board, and followed with rockfish and tikka masala. I want to go back and just work my way through the appetizers one night, a lot of textured flavor in each of the small plates.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 11, 2014

Food was perfect and the service was prompt and polite. Good recommendations on the wine. Overall a wonderful experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 11, 2014

When I moved to Richmond from NoVA, I thought I'd never find the kind of excellent Indian cuisine that I loved when in the DC area. Curry Craft meets and in some ways exceeds what I knew and loved up north. Creative, spanning several different cuisine traditions of India, well-balanced vis-a-vis heat and flavor, I always find something to make me smile. The crab/prawn special on Sunday night was marvelous. Looking forward to going back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 11, 2014

We had an excellent experience at Curry Craft. Lunch was good, and had delicious flavor. The chef even prepared a free appetizer for us to try. Delicious!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 9, 2014

What a find. We recently dined here before attending a play because we had heard so many good things about the place. My initial reaction was, "How much different can it be?" Boy was I surprised. The restaurant is casual and comfortable. This staff is friendly and attentive, without being oversolicitous. But the food, oh the food. Everything was delicious. The goat cheese and mushroom naan was amazing. My entree was lamb with a coconut sauce. Outstanding. Others had two different chicken dishes that were outstanding. You simply can't go wrong here. Prepare yourself for. Whole new Indian experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on April 25, 2014

Good food, good service and we will be back for more.....

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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