Bombay Club

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4181 reviews
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The Bombay Club emulates characteristics of the old clubs of India. The elegant environment with pale pastels, ceiling fans, and a profusion of greenery is designed to create a warm and inviting gathering place for relaxation and regeneration. The cuisine is the finest of India, utilizing only the best quality ingredients to create a harmony of subtle flavors. Specialties prepared by Executive Chef Nilesh Singhvi, include tandoori salmon and green chili chicken. The sophisticated cuisine is enhanced by refine service and live piano music. Distinguished Restaurant of North America Award.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The so-called buffet left a lot to be desired. The list would be too long. It was so off ( dated). It was my first visit & I was shocked ...... does the place really belong to “The” Ashok Bajaj!!
Service was OK, not to par.

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S
Oklahoma City
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food.

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BF
Miami
58 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Some dishes I had never had before. All excellent. Server was outstanding. Beautiful restaurant.

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AS
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Delicious food as always but unfortunately our waiter was not very warm with us, and when my dad asked if he could order his bread first, the waiter snapped back condescendingly to order his entree first. Left a bad taste in our mouth. Also, we had to wait a long time for our drinks. Normally when I come the service is much better. Don't know my waiter's name but want to be sure management is aware of our experience. We will surely return as it's one of our favorite restaurants but hope this waiter is nicer to others in the future.

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PL
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Good value.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Limited. Selection on Sunday brunch buffet. Lacks grilled chicken, salad, chutneys, yogurt Raita. Limited and restricted appetizer and the deserts. Not worth considering the high brunch buffet price. The price Does not include juice, tea and coffee in the brunch.

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KE
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Bombay Club is always an elegant experience. The food, the ambiance, and the courteous wait staff make Bombay Club a favorite culinary destination. I took my husband to Bombay Club for Father's Day. The Sunday brunch buffet featured several curry dishes (eggplant, chicken and beef) that were delicious. It was truly a memorable meal.

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f
Charleston
38 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Th Bombay Club is an elegant, upscale, authentically Indian restaurant with moderate prices. My husband and I have enjoyed coming here for years whenever we visit DC. The food and service were excellent as always. The ambiance is classically romantic, with white linen tablecloths, low lighting, and a very talented pianist playing unobtrusively in the background. This is not the type of restaurant you would want to bring very young or rambunctious kids to; although, we saw at least a few families with children I would guess were 10-12 years old. I would highly recommend this restaurant, particularly for special occasions. My husband and I were celebrating our 34th wedding anniversary and were each unexpectedly treated to a complementary glass of champagne. A perfect way to top a thoroughly delightful evening!

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RI
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The food is fine, but kind of underwhelming if you're vegetarian - it's the same sort 'faux Hindusthani' North Indian that's come to typify Indian food served in Anglophone countries, which means an overemphasis on Moghul cuisine, and an underemphasis on anything that's authentically Kashmiri, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Gujarati, or Marathi (true South Indian foods nowhere to be seen).

This is OK, I guess, but it means Bombay Club's distinguishing features are its service (excellent) and decor/atmosphere (excellent) - this is fine, and deserves praise, and it's pretty much what Japanese cuisine had to do to get taken seriously by the Michelin system, but I am sure BC is capable of doing quite a bit more.

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CH
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is extremely tasty and delightful, and the service is excellent! As a vegetarian, one of the things I love about this restaurant is, they offer lots of vegetarian choices. I recommend 100%!

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LF
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! First time I’ve asked for my food less spicy but there was still tons of flavor!

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RM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice ambience and friendly staff. Was not quiet enough to carry on a business conversation. Food was very good.

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W
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bombay Club sets the standard for consistently great food, tremendous service in a nice setting. No restaurant in DC or New York is as reliable for great food and service. The restaurant does not pack in guest. Conversations can occur and the wait staff is knowledgeable and attentive.

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Wilmington
14 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, good service with well prepared meals with high quality ingredients. Kale chat, lemon rice, rabri were all excellent.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Been a number of times. Food was fairly bland. Somewhat disappointing

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SD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite DC dining spots for special occasions.

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OT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I hadn't been to Bombay Club in a while since I switched to Rasika, but the food is still good. My problem was the hostess and the server. I don't walk well, but the hostess walked me the length of the restaurant to seat me. When I complained to the waiter, he snapped that she was probably keeping me away from the piano, and offered no apology. He got better as the evening word on, but I won't be back real soon.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We often go to Bombay Club for good Indian fare in DC. It has a nice ambiance following colonial “Bombay” club. However, our last time’s experience wasn’t up to standard. The Tandoori chicken wasn’t thoroughly cooked and when we told the server, he argued instead of doing something about it.

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ND
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love the crispy kale! Fish curry ix excellent. Green chili chicken is superb.

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AH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner on a Friday when they had a piano player who was fantastic! I don’t know his name but his playing was wonderful and we thoroughly enjoyed his mix of songs. It made our dining experience complete - delicious food, warm ambiance, and delightful songs for our ears!

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

Each dish had its own flavor and we appreciated that very much. Given our special occasion, Chef was nice enough to treat us to dessert.

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CN
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite DC restaurant! The best palak paneer I have ever had. Absolutely love their spicy Bombay gin and tonic. The lemon cashew rice and the crispy kale is also amazing. Always wonderful service!

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B
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We asked for a quiet table and were carefully placed in an alcove, although the ambient sound level was low. The price/value ratio is fabulous. My guests commented on how wonderful it was to see families with kids, young couples and we seniors all enjoying meals together. A great choice for the three of us -- old foodie friends who talk together not often enough! And yeah, the food was seriously good.

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RB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the atmosphere are just wonderful. Such great flavors! I plan to return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shinu was very attentive and professional. The food was amazing and I will definitely be returning.

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MR
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was quick and attentive. The food was served promptly and delicious.

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e
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Best Indian food in DC

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SD
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my ALL TIME fave dining experiences in DC...the food, the service & ambience ALL make for an elegant & tasteful meal. Cheers!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Absolutely horrible service. Food was cold.

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DP
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The dinner was Very disappointing!! The service was minimal- the dinner was disappointing with very small portions, no side dishes - long, long wait before getting a glass of wine. The four of us, sitting beside a window and not in the middle of the dining room, had to shout to hear each other. This was a sad version of the Bombay Club we had enjoyed in the past. The waiter was a no show unless we waved our hands to get any service!
What has happened to this formerly elegant and special restaurant??

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NZ
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food at Bombay Club was flavorful and scrumptious. Spice level was not overwhelming. Service was attentive and efficient without being intrusive. Cauliflower, okra, kale, chickpea, and lentil dishes were all knockouts. Wine (Gruner Veltliner) was not widely-available label that was delicious and complimented food well. Only reservation was that lamb rogan josh and fish curry were both meager with respect to the quantity of meat or fish. Place was on the noisy side, but it was a busy night. Prices may be too high for some budgets but not extraordinarily so for downtown Washington.

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HM
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The Bombay Club was always a family favorite. My husband dined there regularly when he worked across the street. My son would beg to go because he loved it. However, this recent visit was very disappointing. We arrived early for our reservation but it was indicated that they would seat us shortly. I did not check the time, but it was after 9:00 for an 8:30 reservation. Our server came promptly and we placed our order. The crispy kale appetizer was delicious and came out quickly. But our main entrees took way too long and all but one disappointed. The seasoning in the rogan johst was too strong of cardamom and the lamb was tough; nothing like we’d had before. The tikka masala was too spicy and we like spicy. We did enjoy the mango fish curry dish. Our waiter apologized for the delays and blamed it on a large party that was seated after us so they’re orders should not have preceded ours. He offered dessert but we could not stay as we had to get home to our dog. Very disappointing experience!

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e
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I was really looking forward to dining here, as I am a huge Rasika fan. The cocktails (Bombay G&T and Manhattan) were great. The food was all delicious: tandoori salmon was rare and delicate, the dal was beautifully spiced and cooked, the naan fluffy and flavorful. The okra was good but a bit too spicy for most diners. The mango creme brûlée had a hint of mango flavor and the custard was very nice with a proper crust.

My critique comes from the service and the upkeep. The service was technically very good and professional but it was VERY rushed. Chairs were constantly being added and taken away from our two person booth as they set and reset tables around us. We were given menus and then asked in less than 5 minutes if we were ready to order. Everything felt very very rushed and we didn’t have the opportunity to just sit and enjoy our cocktails or the meal. It all felt overly transactional. Everyone was friendly and professional just FAR too rushed.

The ladies room is also in severe need of a remodel. The toilet paper dispenser was half ripped out of the wall, the wallpaper is drab, and the doors are pretty beat up. The restroom was also filthy: water everywhere, paper towels and toilet paper littered all over the floor, and empty toilet paper rolls left in the holders. I notified the host and he thanked me genuinely for letting him know but as a former hostess at multiple restaurants (in DC and elsewhere), any restroom should never get into that state even on a busy night.

The food here is great but it isn’t the 5 star experience I was hoping for and have experienced at Ashok Bajaj’s other restaurants. I feel a couple of overhaul touches and retraining could really make this place shine again.

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MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience .
Please try thali
Royal Indian feeling
Awesome food

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OT
Singapore
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

We’d made a reservation here because it was recommended by friends in Washington DC. Our reservation was for 7.30pm and were on time only to be told that our table was not ready and we were asked to wait. We did. No one came up to us to ask if we’d like a drink while we waited. My husband and son were getting annoyed at the service and were ready to leave.
Finally, at 7.50 a gentleman came and asked us if we’d like drinks and apologised for keeping us waiting. We got a table at 7.55 and he sent over a plate of appetisers to accompany our drinks - both complimentary (although, we were happy to pay for them) That was a good effort made to save our evening.
The food - (we ordered thalis) was good. The service was rushed as the restaurant was full and looked short staffed.
Despite the food being good and the effort made to salvage our evening, I don’t think I’d go back. Unnecessary stress and spoilt moods when one is looking forward to a relaxed evening with the family, isn’t fun.

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SG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bombay Club team consistently presents great food in a beautiful environment.

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J
Jacksonville
60 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This is a ‘go to’ when in ‘DC’ for us. The food, service, atmosphere, location, and value have made it hard to beat! However; being from Florida and being a recreational fisherman, I can not countenance the placement of a specific fish (grouper) on the menu to only have it replaced by a much lower quality and valued fish (tilapia) on my plate!

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DE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took a large party for a celebration. We had excellent service, lots of attention and fabulous food. The crispy kale is amazing. Thanks for a lovely evening

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BS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place for a special meal. The food is delicious and the service is superb. The menu contains old favorites and nouveau Indian entries. The choices should please most diners.

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BB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really glad I got to visit here. Take yourself away for a few an hour or 2 to the 1930s. Staff are polite and efficient. Not pushy or hello my name is. .....
Piano player is a nice touch. Great ambience. Service was prompt and everything was delicious. Good size portions for price point. Nice Cocktail list too. Definitely would go back as I didn’t try the amazing desserts. Mango Creme Brûlée to name one.

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