Bombay Velvet

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$30 and under
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Contemporary Indian
Modern, Indian cuisine located in Reston, Virginia.
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AG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal. Beautiful decor, delicious food, superior service. Everyone in our party of 7 raved about the dining experience. Our new favorite!

TM
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service. Delicious food and cocktails. Modern take on Indian food. Portions are reasonable which allow for enjoyment of appetizer and main and possibly dessert (if sharing). Lovely evening. Look forward to going back and trying more of the menu.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The quantity of every item is very small, you would need to order at least two portions of everything for just 1 person.

RO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience3

Food took more than 45 minutes to arrive. Overpriced menu. Very small portion size. I’ve had better food at a lunch buffet.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service. Beautiful space. We will be back!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A modern spin on traditional dishes!! A must visit!

RF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Bombay velvet. We were pleasantly greeted and sat immediately. The service was wonderful throughout the night. They had a number of traditional drinks as well as the classics and some really neat combinations that we had not seen before. The food was spectacular. We will definitely return!

ID
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Loved the Indian whiskey and the Indian wine. Salmon appetizer was outstanding. Entrees were perfectly portioned and well prepared and presented. Staff was attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. I suspect this will become a popular location.

e
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and cocktails were delicious and inventive. We celebrated our wedding anniversary and the waiter acknowledged the occasion with a special dessert. The food was delicious but the portions were a little small.

v
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing service and outstanding presentation of the dishes.

PC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The services and ambience are good. But for the value of money, the food isn’t that great

T
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Our dinner at Bombay Velvet was delicious. The food is really the star at this new restaurant. The chef has created many tasty delights based on a fusion of Indian cuisine and modern combinations. Fascinating tastes well-prepared. The night we were there, the restaurant was almost full (it was a Friday night), and most of the patrons were Indian, so that's a good sign that Indians in this area enjoy eating at this restaurant. The two things that took away from our eating experience were the high level of noise, which made it difficult to talk with our friends, and the remarkably slow service. At this restaurant, you have to wait a lot for your dishes to arrive, and for the wait staff to visit your table throughout the dining experience. A shame. Otherwise I would give this place 4 stars.

KK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Food, drinks, atmosphere, everything so fantastic!! Can't recommend enough-

d
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, modern and elegant, great for a special occasion or fancy date night. I'm calling the food nouveau Indian because it's not your traditional Indian food that every other place serves. In fact, we didn't find any of our "go to" entrees on the menu. However, if you want something different this is the place. I love the decor, feels super plush, like the name implies. It is comparatively expensive and probably wouldn't bring children here.

S
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Here’s my detailed review: simply loved the ambience, decor and presentation of the food... very upscale .. Food was hit or miss.. as with most restaurants... they brought us the meal platter menu for lunch.. said we cd order a la carte too from a separate menu but we both thought we wd try the platter so we can try more items that way.. as that menu looked good for our late lunch...the baingan, paneer curries, Sambhar were very different but tasted really good as were the appetizers and the salad... the Sambhar could have been more traditional, tasted like a simple curry... lemon rice wasn’t flavorful but plain as I guess it was supposed to be that way to pair with the accompaniments... husband said naan and kheer were awesome.. he had mine too:) boondi raita was bland and soggy..
last min I thought I wd look at a la Carte menu while they were working on the bill and I was so mad at myself... they had so many unique items ... so hv to go back to try them another day!

SJ
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Food quality was extremely poor for the high prices.

C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service highly recommend

L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding new spot in Reston!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent dinner. Food was delicious!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

E
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

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
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved the service and great recommendations by the staff

ST
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

a
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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

JB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
21 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

AC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food is delicious. I highly recommend a cocktail.

JO
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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).