Karma Modern Indian

4.7
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Indian

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Good Vegetarian Options
Creatively and relatively re imagining classic Indian cuisine and flavors, Karma Modern Indian uses locally-sourced ingredients prepared with traditional and modern cooking methods. We aim to make Indian food more approachable by introducing the traditional cuisine with contemporary plating and forward-thinking flavor profiles. Favorites like naan bread, Palak paneer and Chicken Tikka are still part of the foundation of our menu, but we’ve put a modern twist on various dishes with unexpected seasonings and ingredients like truffle oil, pesto and star fruit.

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What 441 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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OT
Greensboro
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the best time!!

d
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food is good although the vegetarian choices in the main course are limited. The ambience is great.
The service needs improvement. We were seated for quite a while before the waiter came in to take our drink orders. Once we had finished our meal, we asked the waiter to take a picture and he was less than enthusiastic about it and asked another person (? busboy) to do so.

A
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to Karma Saturday evening 2/15. Elegant dining, great food and service. Look forward to going again soon.

AR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We ordered a 4 course meal for a expensive price of $75 and the waiter did not serve us the first course. I realized that before we ended the meal. Darn bad treatment. Very bad decision coming here and would not recommend the place

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was fantastic. We had the Valentine's Day prix fixe. You got a complimentary glass of rosé which was very good and options for 3 of 4 courses for $75/a person.

The first course (not optional) was a cold quinoa salad. I wish the ingredients had been listed on the menu because it had cucumbers in it and me and cucumbers are not friends :)

My husband had the Mumbai sliders and the lamb chops both of which were delicious. The branzino was delightful and dessert was amazing.

I would absolutely go back again. Service was efficient and everyone was friendly but not hoovering.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was healthy, filling and delicious. The service was flawless. The owner ensures that every diner feels and eats like royalty!

W
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My strongest recommendation. Service and food were terrific. We are big fans of Indian Cuisine and had never been here. Extremely attentive service and outstanding food that had a twist from typical Indian food. Fun bar area with great happy hour specials. Bartender was excellent and creative with serving up some unique drinks.

s
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Karma for birthday celebration dinner. We ended up going for the 'For the inquisitive' option. The dishes, the service was perfect. Each item on the menu had a good presentation & taste. We really enjoyed ourselves & had a memorable dinner.

ST
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocktails were excellent, personable bartender. We choose the fix-priced “inquisitive” menu and were not disappointed. Never felt rushed. Overall wonderful.

W
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining experience at Karma Modern Indian was exceptional! Everything from the food to the service was outstanding. My fiancee and I were celebrating our friends' marriage, and the manager brought us glasses of champagne, which was a very kind gesture. The food is delicious! The staff were very accommodating as I am celiac and our friend has a nut allergy.

DD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far one of the best restaurants in DC !!

Not to be missed !!!!

m
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, upscale version of Indian fare, a gew

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative varieties and top notch service and ambiance! From start to finish the food did not disappoint- the tandoori cauliflower, chicken jodhpur, and mumbai sliders were table standouts!

D
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was treated very well for my first visit. The tasting option was great and very generous with the amount of food we got. They even brought a piece of cake for my friend's birthday, in addition to the desserts that were included. Looking forward to my next visit.

k
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, Karma delivers! Our food was delicious and the staff very gracious and accommodating. Just a block from the DC Convention Center and Capitol One Arena in Penn Quarter. It’s a great place for a casual or business meal with new or old friends.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my second time enjoying the food and ambiance at Karma Modern Indian. A hidden gem in between DC’s Mount Vernon Square and China Town, this restaurant offers everything and more that you could want in a modern dining experience. From modern decor, impeccable service, and tastefully presented and thoughtfully executes dishes you will be sure to enjoy.

CM
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Everything we had there was delicious, not overpowering with spices and curry but just the right amount of flavor. Highly recommend this place.

DM
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Indian food and outstanding service. Will come again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, good food.

AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fantastic service, food, and ambiance — can’t wait to eat here again!

SK
Washington DC
108 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Nice meld of East meets west except the venison sauce was too over powering for the meat. The chef does seafood very well. The scallops were melt in your mouth and the halibut was divine.

SE
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I ate here for the first time last week with several friends. We all had different dishes and everyone enjoyed their choices. Each dish was beautifully presented, as well as being delicious. The cocktail, beer, and wine list had a nice selection including a few mocktails. The service was attentive, with multiple individuals checking on our needs throughout the evening. Noise level was moderate, but it was a weeknight and they weren't super busy. Actually, based on the quality of our meal and service, I'm surprised it was not busier. I definitely plan to return for another meal.

f
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was good and quite flavorful.

NT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great - we were asked "how is everything" maybe every 5 minutes! Food was very beautifully presented and spiced excellently

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Restaurant Week with my partner & chose Karma to check out , and it was absolutely wonderful. We were greeted by our lovely server , and he was the most attentive. Our 3-course menu selections were great, because of the fact there was enough options for every diet. I was very impressed. The drink menu was great, but I chose not to drink anything . My partner had a non-alcoholic drink , with the main player being star fruit. I can’t remember the name.

We both ordered the Mumbai Sliders , for our First Course . The Pav was toasted well & was so buttery. The potatoes & vegetables were so flavorful and spicy, not too spicy, though. Moving on , my partner ordered the Lamb Kadhai & I selected the Pindi Chickpeas with Garlic Naan , added on to the order. The garlic naan was amazing flavorful and moist. The chickpeas were simmered well & the rice was great. My partner was barely saying much, which isn’t always the case, because he was too busy stuffing his face. He really enjoyed the lamb. He kept talking about how tender the lamb was & how the sauce left a spicy after taste.

We couldn’t stay to indulge in dessert , because the Halwa and Pistachio dessert contained nuts , and my partner has a nut allergy. I didn’t want to try , because of a personal preference, as I never really liked nuts to begin with. But, I’m sure it was good.

Overall , I thoroughly enjoyed my restaurant experience at Karma. The manager came often to make sure we were ok, as did the lovely hostess & waitstaff. As like our previous visit, which was for a Valentine’s Day dinner, 2 years ago, this experience was no different, a wonderful one.

Karma Modern Indian is a GEM , in the city!!! I love coming here & I definitely recommend this to anyone who loves Indian food or wants to try something new. Good food , drinks , staff & ambiance ? Amazing formula for a great restaurant.

MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Karma had excellent service and felt like a 5 star experience. Thanks to Alex and the team for providing the excellent service.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience1

Food was nothing to write home about. Good service. The atmosphere is severely lacking.

F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Over all good, food was just spicy enough and tasted authentic. I would have preferred the dishes to be little bit more warmer as 1 dish was at room temperature but other one was just right.

S
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food at Karma is always outstanding. The only reason I didn't give the highest mark is that our waiter seemed to have an attitude toward our table of 3 women. It wasn't my imagination; one of my guests thought I should talk to the manager, but I let it pass because all the other wait staff, host station, etc. were terrific, as usual.

JS
London
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Excellent food but pricey (especially for the amount of food received compared to other Indian restaurants which tend to have more shareable sized dishes). Our server was very inattentive (i.e., had to ask for water repeatedly, pour own wine, get own replacement fork. ) The time between courses was too long.

JS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is beautiful, delicious and healthy too. Great service and great ambiance. It is worth it every time! I love it there!

e
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

i love karma modern indian. best service ever. just some of the things can be a bit weird. like the paneer was not as soft as i would like it to be.

LS
Washington DC
144 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service. Can see why the Michelin sign is by the door. Cauliflower and paneer both outstanding appetizer. Olive naan wonderful. Cheese and herb Naan excellent. Zucchini balls in wonderful sauce. Asked if they had cooking classes ( no but they should)

k
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Karma is out of this world! We couldn’t get enough and can’t wait to return again.

T
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and cocktails were excellent. Everyone in our party of 5 was very happy. The Salt Temple cocktail was outstanding. We wanted primarily vegetables for appetizers, so stuck with apps rather than small plates. But, they made us a large plate of curried cauliflowers to share. Wonderful sauce.
Green Peas and Edamame Tikki were very tasty. Just enough for us al to get one or two bites.
The Branzino filets did not come in a sauce, but had a very nice, slightly hot chili rub on them that kept them nice and moist. The generous portion was on a nice bed of cooked greens that melded with the heat of the fish beautifully.
Halibut sauce was fantastic, as was the Lamb Roganjosh.

C
Washington DC
172 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every respect. Very attentative service, had the family style dinner, great food, great value. A great, great evening.

P
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You will not be disappointed! Great food with little surprises along the journey. Try it out and you will see. Recommended!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing 3-course meal, great drinks, excellent hosting. A must!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing!

RF
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, presentation, cocktails, ambience and service! Had visited Punjab Grill but LOVE the food and cocktails at Karma. Can’t wait to go back!