Dharani South Indian Cuisine

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$30 and under
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The word ‘Dharani’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘dhar’ which means to uphold or maintain and true to this Dharani upholds the authenticity of traditional flavors from South India! Dharani is a fine dining family restaurant where the calm ambience enhances your sense of taste. We are proud to offer you signature dishes from all five southern states of India, abounding with their distinct flavors. Our menu, offers vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike, a variety of dishes to choose from. South Indian dishes aren’t just the famous Dosa, Idli and Uthappams of Tamilnadu. Amongst our many dishes we offer the renowned Dum Biryani of Hyderabad, spicy gongura pickles of Andhra accompanied with millet based flat-breads from Telangana, the distinct coconut infused dishes of Kerala, the unmistakable sweetness of the Mysore-pak of Karnataka! We have a flavor to suit every palate – from sweet to savory, from tangy to spicy, from subtle to overwhelming!
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.3
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4.2
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4.1
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4.3
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food

d
Richmond
36 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dharani gave us the most delightful Valentine’s Day dinner we could imagine. The restaurant was festively and tastefully decorated with pastel colored balloons, rose petals on the tables, and the napkins arranged in goblets on the tables like long-stemmed roses. It was a very elegant scene! They made the meal even more romantic by offering a complementary glass of wine for each guest and presenting each lady with a long-stemmed red rose at the end of the meal. Valentine’s decorations aside, the dining room is a very elegant setting on its own: marble-topped tables, plush upholstered chairs, crystal chandeliers. Service is very courteous and attentive. Dharani’s menu is very extensive, with a broad selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian appetizers and entrees. The cocktail menu is far better than most other restaurants, of any ethnicity and they have a broad selection of liquors. The food was deliciously seasoned, although, the level of spiciness at Dharani tends to be hotter than I have grown used to at other Indian restaurants. The chili paneer was very spicy hot, even at a “mild” level of seasoning. Gobi Kothimera appetizer (cauliflower in a dry cilantro dressing) was out of this world. All of us thoroughly enjoyed our entrees and the Onion Kulcha bread. We were only passing through Herndon for the weekend, but I would be eager to return to this fine restaurant with every future visit! Thank you for a memorable evening!

KY
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Not your typical Open Table restaurant. At least at lunch there is only a half decent buffet. No menu, no wait staff, nothing offered to drink but water. I might go back by myself for the buffet but I was embarrassed to have taken guests there.

x
Washington DC
166 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Going out for dinner is intended to be a pleasant experience. Unfortunately, the incompetent wait staff at Dharani detracted from the food. This could be a excellent, value based establishment. However, the terrible service substantially detracted from our experience:
1. There was no pace to server our order. The appetizer was still being enjoyed (dosa) when all of our entrees were brought to the table. We were expected to lift a large platter make room for our main courses, which were brought out way too early.
2. Halfway through the meal, we were finally able to flag someone down to inquire as to the status of our cocktails. We were told that they were not able to fulfill and order for their 'signature' cocktail and option 2 was also unavailable.
3. Prior to ordering a dish for my mother-in-law, we confirmed with the wait staff that the item as not spicy. To her (and our) disappointment, it was in fact quite spicy.

There may be some promise in the food itself, but there are plenty of nearby options that will merit our visit before we give Dharani as second chance. After all, running a restaurant is operating a SERVICE BUSINESS. I cannot say that Dharani takes SERVICE at all seriously.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff, made excellent suggestions

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, large servings, very friendly and helpful staff.

GW
Naples
32 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surprised. Went here on Friday night and it was jamming with families. Delicious food and a slightly different take on the recipes with the Southern Indian spices. All food was good quality and large portions. Service was prompt and courteous. We will definitely come back.

a
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Birthday for my son

R
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in the area!

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Beautiful place and great service. There was a lot of food unavailable on the menu. What we did order was great.

L
New England
78 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Food is delicious and a great value. The 3 star rating is because, the address is wrong in open table. We drove around a residential neighborhood and called when we confirmed that the restaurant was in a different town. The other star was because they served chicken to a vegetarian. We were careful but our waiter told us that the dishes looked the same.