Bombay Club

4.7
3885 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Indian
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Indian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:45pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(202) 659-3727
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Nilesh Singhvi
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between H & I Streets
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Public transit
Farragut West & Farragut North Metro Lines
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Entertainment
Live Piano music nightly beginning at 6:45pm.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

We are pleased to offer three separate private dining options with seating for 10-110 guests.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parents visiting

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D
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very old school elegance

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JM
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mulagatawney soup was great - as was my palak paneer. This is a great place for a business lunch.

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L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is exceptional - everything makes for a delightful experience.
We thank all of the employees.

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

Indian food is superb. Their lamb and chicken creations are fantastic.
It was the best value find in the Lafayette Square area. Great quality at a reasonable price.
No complaints and would dine there again - for sure.

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V
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Fantastic service. What more could you ask for. From my previous visits I used to think that restaurant is very expansive but this time prices seemed comparable to other restaurants in the area.

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DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would recommend changing artwork to remove hunting parties with dead tigers and bears

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OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration. Fabulous restaurant never disappoints. Every detail is top notch.
I highly recommended for any day. I would ask that if you plan to go men should wear suit and tie or at least sports jacket and tie and ladies dress up. This is not a casual restaurant and it deserves the respect that is offers to you.
Saw too many people dressed as if they were going to the local pizza joint.

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SW
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as always. Even though I goofed up the reservation (reserved for the 6th when our anniversary was on the 5th) and we showed up a day early (on our anniversary, I'm not THAT dumb), they didn't bat an eye. Impeccable service, delicious food, piano music, and you don't have to shout to be heard. One of our faves for over 25 years.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The Bombay Club is still good. Not as great as it was in its heyday though. I had the lamb vindaloo and garlic naan. It was good but not memorable.

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OT
Wilmington
13 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service.

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DC
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here was fantastic. Some dishes were very spicy, but our wonderful server knew exactly which ones to warn us about. The service was wonderful, and she took great care to help guide us through the menu. There are a ton of options, and everything we ate was delicious. The ambience IS swanky.

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SR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

They thrive on their appetizer, in particular the crispy kale. The entree quality was mediocre at best, both in quality and quantity -- certainly not worth what they charge. Overpriced and poor taste. Service etiquette has a lot of room for improvement. There are much better Indian restaurants. Appears the quality has gone down as it was better when I visited this place a year ago.

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s
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bombay Club remains such an outstanding Indian restaurant.

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f
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great server Andreas; miss old dishes like Rogan josh and old style sides

Glad to see slightly more accessible wines price wise...

Nice champagne treat to toast 50th anniversary

Civilized evening good pianist

Thanks

Loooooong time diners

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J
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic dinner! Fabulous piano music too!

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T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bombay Club is always an amazing evening. The ambience is remarkable; it is a great place for a date; and the food is fantastic! Love this place!

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HE
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Execellent and authentic food
Really bow experience to have dinner at Bombay club as we were in hurry to catch our night tour and food were served fresh hot and presentable
Great experience

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Business lunch

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C
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely and delicious dinner with excellent service. We’ll definitely be back soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything ‘was great and by luck we also had Soji as our waiter who looked after us so well as always.

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PD
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Likely the best Dahl Makni I have ever tasted- and I have eaten many since my husband is East Indian.
Loved the more elegant atmosphere and live ( soft) piano music.

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SJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Bombay Club was amazing. I found this restaurant during the most recent restaurant week for the DC area. They offered a brunch buffet.

The options for the buffet were varied and tasty. I would definitely recommend it to everyone.

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M
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food at Bombay Palace is consistently excellent. Servers are very helpful.

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b
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love the Bombay Club. The Indian food is the best -- especially the krispy kale appetizer. The dining room is lovely. I like having the piano music as well. My only complaints this last time were that our table for two was right next to the waiter's table so it was quite busy and it seemed to take far too long for us to get our dessert. But the food was exceptionally good.

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AS
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The ambiance was really good. Limited choices for vegetarians. The signature Kale chaat was reaking of oil not a healthier option like they claim it to be.The aloo spinach ragda patty was very good. The main course arrived in a silver plated plate which was very nice. All the side dishes were very good .But the daal makhani lacked the dal flavor and had lots of ghee. The desserts were all excellent. The piano was a nice touch but it was not loud enough when they played happy Birthday for my husband who was celebrating his birthday that day. I cannot speak for the non veg options but overall a very nice dinner experience.

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DB
Frankfurt Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I have liked this restaurant for many years, but had not visited it in a while (I don't live in the DC area but visit fairly frequently). I was very much looking forward to having dinner there last Friday, but when our group arrived, I found, to my dismay, only a very abbreviated menu -- it was prix fixe, with only a handful of options for a first course, main course and dessert (it looked like the sort of menu that one might find for afternoon tea). When I questioned the waiter about the lack of options, he replied that it was Restaurant Week, and said that the mini-menu was all that was available. I was looking forward to having a tandoori dish, and there was not one tandoori dish on the menu. I have never had such an experience before -- many restaurants offer a special prix fixe menu during Restaurant Week, but I have never been to a restaurant during Restaurant Week and found that the regular menu was unavailable. If this information had been disclosed when I made the reservation, I would have opted to go elsewhere. My guess is that the restaurant was anticipating a slow end-of-summer period, and rather than just closing for vacation (as, for example, is the case with many restaurants in Paris), they instead scaled way back. I believe that all of the main course dishes that were available were of a stew variety, which could be cooked in advance in one big batch, rather than items individually prepared, such as tandoori meats and seafood. All of this said, however, my meal, although not what I really wanted, was quite tasty and wonderfully spicy. The ambiance is lovely, and the place has a feel of old fashioned elegance (in a very good way). I definitely will go back, but also will definitely confirm before doing so that the regular menu will be available.

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JS
London
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AWESOME in every respect! The food and service exceeded our expectations and the piano player complimented the mood for a great dining experience.

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LE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked a table in Bombay Club for my husband’s birthday, it was our first visit to Bombay Club. We could not have had a better time! The restaurant staff were absolutely superb (our special thanks to Rinu R who took excellent care of us!), the food was fantastic and the ambience was warm and friendly. Thank you, Bombay Club! We will definitely be back!

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MM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We always loved the Bombay Club but this was our first visit in about 2 years. We were very disappointed. The potato appetizer had a peculiar taste and was cold. The tandoori salmon was positively mediocre and bore little resemblance to the salmon we used to get. The dessert had little taste - we might as well have been at Applebees. Our waiter was completely non-attentive, and the restaurant was not that crowded while we were there. I don’t know what has happened to my favorite DC restaurant, but I won’t return any time soon.

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MN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was good the only down side - because we went for lunch during restaurant week, they only allowed is to order off the restaurant week menu because the kitchen was too busy to make other dishes.

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JM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Washington, whether for a business lunch or dinner, or just a gathering with friends. The food is fantastic, the service is impeccable, and the ambience is great. I did not love the restaurant week menu -- not enough options, and they did not serve from the regular menu. But even with limited options, the meal was great (not so fond of the calamari appetizer, although it was beautifully spiced). This place is on my regular restaurant rotation.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was slow to start and wine pours were overpriced. But, it was restaurant week so it's forgivable.

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KB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bombay Club is consistently excellent. The food is delicious, and the service is always very attentive.

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RR
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the waiter was very knowledgeable about the dishes. I will definitely go back.

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MH
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is truly fantastic at this restaurant. The dinning area is rather plush with gentle piano music in the back ground providing an up market atmosphere. We have been in the US for 6 months looking for a good Indian restaurant - this has hit the mark and we will be booking a table weekly! We do love our Indian food.

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LE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Indian cuisine w/excellent service. Menu is almost the same as Rasika. Atmosphere is elegant & classy. Great for business meals, large groups or elegant dinner for couples.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite restaurant in DC! An excellent fine dining experience with a variety of delicious vegetarian options!

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ND
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is not the usual Indian restaurant. The ambience is definitely not classical Indian. A wonderful pianist playing a beautiful white piano is not classic for any Indian restaurant. The menu is not large and has a handful of classics and a lot of very different and interesting choices.
The kale appetizer is excellent. The samosas are really different. They are made with fava beans instead of the usual potatoes. Same owners as Sababa, an Israeli restaurant they own use fava beans for falafel. Healthier and more tasty. Bravo!
The goat cheese nan is amazing, as is the onion kulcha.
Entrees are slightly varied from the usual. The chicken byriani is perfectly prepared. Taste is great and served with raita. The chicken makni is not as buttery as a classical dish would be, and the large chunks of chicken should be cut down to smaller size pieces. The taste was good but not great.
For Desert, we had the sampler. 4 set choices of deserts. The carrot halva was served perfectly warm and tasty. The gulop juman was good. The other two choices of rice pudding and rheer were rather tasteless.
The wine list is good and not overpriced.
The service is excellent!! Waiter did exactly as we asked, to not be rushed thru the meal.
All in all, a very good meal.

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CS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I was visiting for a conference and have strict dietary restrictions. I emailed 2 days prior to my reservation then spoke with the maitre d' (who spoke with the Chef) about my dietary restrictions. When I showed up for the reservation with a friend who eats and drinks everything, the restaurant knew exactly who I was and made me feel welcome. The server was very accommodating, as well. The Chef had done an excellent job of adhering to my dietary restrictions and made a lovely dinner (my friend ordered something else and really enjoyed her meal, too). The spice level was very mild. Next time, I'll make sure to request the food be spicier. Additionally, we sat outside on the patio as it was a lovely evening. I would highly recommend this restaurant whether you have dietary restrictions or not.

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