Delhi Dhaba

20 reviews
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Delhi Dhaba was established in July of 1991 by a local Arlingtonian family that emigrated from New Delhi to the United States in the 70’s. Their vision was to bring the colors, flavors, and riches of a traditional Indian Dhaba to the locals in the metropolitan area. Traditionally, a Dhaba is a roadside restaurant or cafe found on highways and on the outskirts of cities, towns, and villages. Dhabas were initially started by enterprising Punjabi’s to cater to the needs of truckers, for wholesome, clean, and hot authentic Punjabi food at any hour of the day or night.
br> Over the years Delhi Dhaba has become one the most well known and respected Indian restaurants in Arlington. The family continues to push the envelope of new ideas everyday while staying true to their culture and values.
“Best Butter Chicken In Town” - Washingtonian Magazine, 2006
“Arlington’s Best Business Award” - City of Arlington, 2008
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:30pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday, Sunday: 3:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:30pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(703) 524-0008
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Balwinder Singh
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Private party facilities
Small groups up to 30 people
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Private party contact
Daisy: (703) 524-0008
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Catering for all different types of occasions.
Large groups are always welcome.
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Cross street
Barton St
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Parking details
Street meter parking available. No charge after 6pm. Garage inside the building also available on Adams Street.
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Public transit
Bus and Metro accessible.
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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New England
182 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food is in steam trays in the front. You order what you want, sit down and they bring it to you. Then you sit at a table like in a standard sit down restaurant and they refill your water glasses. We really enjoyed the food and we would come back.

Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Malai kofta delicious. Garlic Naan spectacular!

1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is very good and prices is also ok by Washington DC standards.

6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

On entering we informed that reservation had been made under Open Table but this was ignored. Told by the waiter it didn’t matter and that they didn’t subscribe to Open Table. This had to be untrue so we had to insist that this be noted in their system.
We tried the weekend buffet and the price was reasonable for the amount of vegetable and meat dishes. But the only meat cooked in different forms of curry and tandoori was chicken. So go à la carte if you want to try their lamb or beef dishes.

1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service was very good -- pleasant and prompt to take our order as well as deliver food.
Four of us shared four appetizers and four entrees. Two of us had dessert. All of the food was good.
It was not very crowded when we had dinner there, but the atmosphere was warm and friendly. The decor was nice and exotic (as one would expect) but not overdone. My idea of very good.
Somehow, I had never been here before, so it was a very pleasant surprise.

Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Went for a birthday, they didn’t note that from the Opentable app. Really noisy place, food was okay. Waiter asked us to pass the food to everyone while he stood and handed out food from one end.
Cook didn’t care to remove seeds from jalapeño pakoras so they were inedible and extremely hot and thats coming from an Indian person.
Didn’t create a good impression, food was okay, songs’ first line was stuck on a loop for 15 minutes until I asked them to change, waiter was not feeling it.
The family that came that day was probably the owners because they kept going in and out of the kitchen like it was their private pantry. So they probably don’t care about other paying customers because their noise level was incredibly loud which really destroyed our mood to come to a restaurant otherwise well rated. It was like oh you’re 9/10 loud, so I’ll be 11/10 loud, I win.”
This was the part I thought was incredibly inconsiderate and ruined the evening overall.
Not going back if I’m in DC again. Not like the owners care anyways.

New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Look at the picture attached. The hours specified clearly state that Friday's and Saturday's the timings are 3:30 PM to 10:30 PM.

I had initially made a reservation on Open Table for this restaurant at 7:30 however knew there was no way I was going to make it on time. I ended up canceling the reservation, and made another reservation through open table again for the same day, an hour and 15 minutes later. I also called up the restaurant to inform them I had changed the timing, in case it didn't get updated in time and clearly told the man over the phone we'd be coming in at 8:45 pm.

We arrive at the restaurant, on time, and the first thing we hear upon entering is "We're closing soon". We had come for a quick date night dinner, and I told the server that we had called and informed of us arriving at 8:45 and that their website clearly mentions that they're open until 10:30. I also mentioned, we're not the couple to sit and take hours to order (seeing we generally read the menu well in advance) and order almost immediately. The waiter proceeds to tell us that they close the restaurant at 9:30. (UPDATE YOUR WEBSITE THEN). My only concern was this could have easily been avoided, had they mentioned this over the phone on our drive to Arlington. We'd have saved the time and quite honestly, I'd have been happier ordering pizza rather than deal with such a rude server.

The food we ordered was alright, nothing extravagant. We felt rushed, the server didn't even get us a glass of water, even after us repeatedly asking for it.

Overall, I'd never go there again. Hopefully, you don't either.

New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

The ambiance needs improvement but the food is well worth it. It was a cold night and the front door which was missing the top hinge kept staying in the open position. I had to point this out several times to the wait staff. Also could have been a little cleaner. We came at 7:30 and the floor seemed to have some mess from earlier diners.

Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The buffet was a great deal, and we really enjoyed the food!

Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Delhi Dhaba is a neighborhood gem located in the Courthouse are of Arlington. It is a mix of sit-down dining with a lunch quick order counter. The food was very authentic and tasty. What seemed odd is that there was really no drink fountain or ice tea brewing station, and you had to pick out a bottled drink.

Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Several tasty authentic Indian dishes; Moderate prices; Friendly, polite service; Pleasant experience. (Please note that restaurant does not have own parking area, street parking only, towing strictly enforced if parked in the adjacent parking lot that is owned by another business.)

Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The tandoori offerings, especially tikka chicken, are delicious and tender. Samosas are filing. The garlic naan is exceptional. I'm not a lamb fan, but my husband ordered it. It was a bit on the dry side.

Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delhi Dhaba: A local Arlingtonian family owned restaurant with must-eat spicy, rich, and flavorful Indian food. Their tandoori, chicken, lamb, goat, and vegetarian specialties show the variety and taste of Indian cuisine. Must-try food: Kari Pakora, Lamb Korma, and Paneer Naan with Tamarind Chutney.
The manager and the servers were hospitable from the second we walked in.

Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

food is not good. i ordered lamb vindaloo something ive eaten often in other restraunts, and instead of being ficially bright red sauce without much flavorin kind of a brown sauce, it was in an arti

1 review
Dined on March 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Indian food I've had. Superb service - I left my doggie bag at the table and our server noticed. He ran 2 blocks down the street to catch us to ensure I had my left overs! Please eat here.

10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were looking for a casual place to have dinner close to the courthouse metro stop in Arlington, VA. Delhi Dhaba was perfect. Very good Indian food and nice friendly wait staff. It was a very enjoyable evening.

New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service with quiet and relaxing ambiance, great place for a date or a night out with friends.

Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious. My bushland has lamb chops that he deemed among the best he's ever had (lamb can be hit or miss) and I had mutter panier, a vegetarian dish that doesn't appear on most menus.

The only thing better than the food was the service! Our server was attentive and helpful, from answering questions on the menu to clearing away players for courses.

This is a hidden gem for Indian dining and we will be back!

159 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good quality Indian cuisine. Service was okay. Soup was served after the entree arrived.

Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the food was first rate Indian. The staff was attentive as well.