Bombay Velvet

4.2
32 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Indian
Modern, Indian cuisine located in Reston, Virginia.
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4.3
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SJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I consider Bombay Velvet to be the BEST restaurant in Reston.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Food quality was extremely poor for the high prices.

C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for lunch, when they have a prix-fixe menu available for $15.50 (not including beverages). My wife and I each ordered from the prix-fixe menu, and that was more than enough food for two hungry people. I had a delicious, spicy lamb curry, with sauce so flavorful I ate most of it with the wonderful accompanying butter naan. I also ordered a fried fish dish which was arrived crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. It was good, but overwhelmed by the lamb. In addition to the butter naan, the lunch also came with excellent lentils and gulab jamun. I can't comment on the latter, as I've never been a fan.

My wife ordered the Paneer Makhani, which was amazing. The paneer was had a dense, creamy texture, and the makhani curry was perfect. She also ordered a chicken dish which she loved, and I have forgotten, because I loved the lamb so much. Her meal was also accompanied by the naan, lentils, and gulab jamun.

Service was wonderful.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service highly recommend

L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding new spot in Reston!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent dinner. Food was delicious!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is definitely one of the best place in Reston to dine. Good cocktail, amazing ambiance and quality food.

E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

This was an atypical Indian dining experience. Food quality to price ratio is less than one. Service was absolutely awful. Very anemic. We were charged for two alcoholic drinks when we had only water.

LM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the service and great recommendations by the staff

ST
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at Bombay Velvet. The service was impeccable and the food was very good. We also had some fun cocktails that you can't find anywhere else. I would highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was out of this world! Food was great, don’t get me wrong, and the place is gorgeous inside, but the service was through the roof outstanding! I will definitely be going back!

NR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

For a fine dining Indian restaurant in the ‘burbs, I was excited to eat here. Alas, I was disappointed with the overall service. The ambiance is lovely and the food is good (non-veg dishes were better than the veg dishes). However, it lacks consistency and quality of service. Train your people in customer service and not just to follow orders from the manager or higher ups. And then there are smaller issues that can be easily fixed. The beautiful plates with “Bombay Velvet” etched on them were taken away once you are seated and when asked why we can’t eat on them, the reply was, “it’s only for show” !! Seriously???! I also noticed that several serving dishes were too large for the food served within it AND for the table. So for a table of 7 guests, there was eventually no place to put anything extra down! We were served cold jalebis and gulab jamuns and were told, “South Indians eat it that way” (whaaaat?)!! This South Indian didn’t take kindly to that. Lastly, splitting the tab between all of us took a lot of coaxing. In the end, they obliged but not after several convos. This took away from the whole experience. The most important takeaway for the owners from this review should be that the food is good (which is half the battle won) but service and putting the customer first can improve.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. Very pleased and hope it becomes as popular as it deserves. Easy walk from RTC.

S
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent food, even satisfying to two young children. Enjoyed the three cheese appetizer, the butter chicken, the scallops, and the naan. Attentiveness was good; food delivery seemed long for a weeknight evening with a lighter crowd and two youngsters.

t
Washington DC
129 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

It's still and I think the dishes (spinach chaat in particular) need some work. Pricing was a bit high as well. The place is stunning, and our server was attentive without being intrusive. Odd that a man who appeared to be the owner or manager was roaming around looking surly and failed to acknowledge the three tables of customers. Saw him drive off in a Maserati, so he wasn't a dishwasher!

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

awesome food... i can see myself being a regular here.

s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Too expensive for indian food standards. Many upscale restaurants in DC are not as expensive as this one. Vegetarian dishes are ranging from $20 to 26 and the quantity is not even sufficient for one person. My mohito was watered down and My huband's bay of bengal drink was tasteless, waste of money.
The dishes are fancy but too big for the size of table, Tables are too small to fit the fancy serving dishes. I ordered Dal Makhni, the dish took more than half of the table and hardly had enough for both of us to share.
What I liked was that the dishes were out of the box, the chef was creative. Loved the decor!

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

awesome... been there twice already in a week.

a
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent new addition to the NoVa restaurant scene. Super decor and ambience with a very attentive server. Food was nicely done and well prepared. Great place for a special occasion.

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

The items were overpriced and the tables too small for two people.

JB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Awesome modern indian food. The options were plentiful, the mushroom appetizer was delicious as was the lamb chop appetizer. The lobster curry was divine. The craft drinks were a lot of fun. I would highly recommend this to anyone. (Only thing they were lacking was a vegetarian curry which I found surprising.)

VA
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

New restaurant. Nice atmosphere. Food was good. Had an interesting menu.

AC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Way too expensive. $80.00 for an Appetizer, Entree and 2 glasses of wine. Menu and presentation was exquisite. Eclectic for an Indian restaurant.
Lunch for $20.00 would be more affordable. That's what I plan to recommend to a friend. Will not go again for dinner on account of expense.

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

The food is delicious. I highly recommend a cocktail.

JO
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Bombay Velvet has very good food, and a nice, if somewhat non-authentic Indian ambiance. But that's ok - the food was what we went for anyway. And the service was very good as well. Would definitely go back again.
One thing though, I had been trying to get a reservation through Open Table for several weeks, and finally just reserved several days in advance. However, when we got to the restaurant (reservation was for 6:45), there were many empty tables, so I asked my wife to check Open Table and see what was open. She said that the next reservation was 8:15 - I don't understand because there were a lot of open tables at that time (around 7:00).

M
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The food was served cold. It's too dark, almost depressing inside. Very expensive compared to the food quality that u get. Indian food not enough for me. service was excellent.

JS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Would recommend with a proviso - food is good but not what you would expect if you want a curry - no curry. All food mildly spiced and more geared towards fine dining with an Indian twist - the inspiration according to our waiter is more European. Food also overpriced although service very good.
Ambience interesting and modern if somewhat dark.

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

Amazing food, excellent fusion of flavors...a bit pricey but worth it when you taste the food!

JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new restaurant with a fresh take on Indian cuisine. Service was great. Food was well thought out with excellent flavors.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and excellent drinks.

LT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful addition to the area - great ambience, fantastic food, and excellent service.

LA
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Service, food, ambiance were just ok. Not worth the very high price. If you go, set your expectations. This is not a typical Indian restaurant...they strive for a hip, fine dining experience. Go to see and be seen, except nobody is there. Maybe they are too early for Reston's development... we are not yet urban enough. AC is blasting too.