Cusbah

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16 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
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Cusbah specializes in serving delectable Indian cuisine in a warm and charming atmosphere. For a unique and flavorful starter, try the minced lamb and garam masala keema samosa or the battered and fried spinach palak chaat. Cusbah’s house entrées include the tandoori malai kebab, which consists of marinated chicken in a creamy sauce, the simmered chickpeas chana masala and the rich goat curry, all served to your preferred level of spice. Cusbah also has a tasty variety of naan breads, such as the roasted garlic naan and the cheese-stuffed paneer naan, both excellent meal accompaniments. For a sweet end to your exotic dining experience, enjoy the cardamom and cinnamon laden masala tea with the rice pudding kheer.

Cusbah also offers an array of unique cocktails, has delivery options and hosts live music events.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Indian, Pakistani
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Friday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Friday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(202) 506-1504
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Cusbah can accommodate any of your upcoming catering needs whether it be a small luncheon or a large dinner party. Please check out our catering menu located on our website and contact us in order to place an order.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
12th St NE
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Parking details
There is street parking available on H St, 12 St, and on the cross streets.
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Public transit
The closest metro station is Union Station. The closest bus stop is at H St and 8th St NE where the X2 stops. The trolley is still in testing mode but should hopefully be fully operating in the coming months.
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Entertainment
Cusbah has live bands play on Saturday nights
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2015
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Even though we made a reservation, we had to wait for over an hour for our table. They sat a large group that used every table in the restaurant. Probably not a great idea when you have accepted other reservations?

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was really tasty. Pretty straightforward Indian cuisine. Cocktails were not bad but nothing special. Wine was good though! Overall, it's a great value especially with most places on H street skyrocketing.

The service was prompt and all around good. If you aren't familiar with Indian food though, the wait staff may not be the most helpful in recommending a dish.

Ambience is good. Not too noisy. I'll definitely be back.

F
Hawaii
23 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was absolutely amazing. I can eat their everyday. The Paneer Makhni was really good, bread basket was a lot. Baingan bharta was really good. Definitely coming back to try everything else.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2015
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant does not exist at the address given in opentable.com. No-one in the vicinity has even heard of it.

L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was good, but despite requesting that the bread basket be brought with the entrees, the server evidently forgot, and the bread basket was brought 15-20 minutes after the entrees. One of our party ordered a chicken dish and said that the chicken was very dry.

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Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

What a surprise to go into a neighborhood restaurant and have terrific Pakistani food and the best Mojito I have gotten in Washington...real intense lime juice, loads of mint and not too sweet. The curries were delicious and the nan fresh and tasty. Will go again even though slightly off the beaten path.

t
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

You can have your curry "authentic" or "medium." I had the Chicken Vindaloo, very authentic, and it was good and HOT, the way I wanted it. The garlic naan and samosas were excellent, too. Service was very good. We ate outdoors, able to observe goings-on around us, since it was a nice summer day. It was just what we wanted.

m
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Four of us shared a variety of dishes. Lamb was good. Also eggplant. Generous appetizer platter. Waiter was very attentive and friendly. Small bar. Neighborhood place, informal. Has happy hour with good beers featured. Not fancy but friendly and good food

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Though I throughly enjoyed the food, I found the portions wanting. The meal that I ordered, Chicken Tikka Makhni (?), that i ordered was delicious; however, it could use some work. There was more sauce than chicken served with my dish so after awhile all I was left with was a bowl filled with tomato sauce or more like a bowl of tomato soup. If Cusbah is apprehensive about using more chicken, use vegetables. That way the customer isn't left wondering how they ended up with so much sauce. Additionally, given the amount of rice that is automatically shared with two or more customers order certain foods, I would suggest the restaurant either bring out more bowls of rice or make the bowl much bigger.

CC
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good authentic food!

DC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Daughter was in from New York by train. Found Cusbah through Open Table because of proximity to Union Station. Daughter was impressed with hipster-like parent's selection. Most important, the food was outstanding. The setting is informal and very friendly. The service was excellent and came with a smile. Neighborhood is gentrifying and parking is difficult.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a wonderful dining experience. The food and drink were so delicious!!! The menu was easy to read, and there was something for everyone to enjoy on it. I most definitely look forward to returning to savor more of the items on the menu...soon. Two thumbs up!!

m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We arrived a little late for our 7:15 pm reservation because of traffic. As a result, we had to wait for about 10 minutes for an open table. However, the greeter and bartender were extremely friendly and comped us each a glass of wine while we waited. It wasn't necessary, but was very nice of them. Our server was professional and attentive. Our appetizers and main dishes came out quickly. The atmosphere was lively, but not too loud. To conclude, this is a cozy neighborhood restaurant that has outstanding service and delicious, flavorful food.

H
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This place has amazing food for a great price. We only had two issues: 1. Not enough servers so our food/drink took really long to get out and 2. The door by the front door makes the entire restaurant freezing every time you open it. But based on food alone, this place would get 5 stars!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and I have been going to Cusbah since we moved here three years ago. My fiancé is from India and we've tried every indian restaurant in DC (no joke), and this is by far our favorite. We've recommended it to all our friends and they love it too. Bottom line; incredible food, great service, and wonderful atmosphere!

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have taken friends/parents there who have been familiar and not familiar with Indian food and have always been able to find dishes that everyone enjoys. People always ask to go back there when they are in our area. The inside of the restaurant is small and cozy but not cramped, the ambiance is good and the patio is great when the weather is nice. They have delicious vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options available which are all labeled on the menu.

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