Karma Modern Indian

4.9
512 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Indian

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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff went out of their way to ensure we had a memorable experience. The food was fantastic, the service was excellent, and the drinks were delicious. Overall we were so impressed with our visit and look forward to coming back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Came in to celebrate a friend’s birthday, and we had the For The Inquisitive. Well worth the price. Everything was great, but the Tamarind potato sphere was our favorite. The entrees of Brazino, and lamb chops were awesome, and just when we didn’t think things could get any better dessert was a great way to cap the dinner off. This was my friend’s first time having anything other than butter chicken, when it comes to Indian food, now she is hooked.
The service was excellent, Ambiance was amazing, and I would highly recommend to anyone.

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Emily
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, to say the least. Many diners were doing the "For the Inquisitive" menu, which came with four courses. The first course was a small appetizer trio, followed by a second larger appetizer (fennel chicken and pesto paneer were both amazing), followed by a delicious main course (get the lamb chop), and then dessert (cardamom ice cream is a must). Of course, the way to do it is to take a friend and then you can sample everything. The cocktails are also fantastic, but if you're keeping an eye on your wallet, make sure to take note that the drinks, like everywhere in DC, are priced at a premium. However, these cocktails are some of the best I've had in DC, so the price is well worth it. There are lots of fantastic Indian restaurants in DC, but this one really took my meal to the next level.

It is rare to sit down and eat a meal that can truly inspire appreciation of the changes a culture experiences through centuries of its existence. Through its brilliantly and creatively genius take on Indian classics, Karma did that for me. Combined with the excellent service (we had a very knowledgable waiter; the manager himself came and refilled our drinks and ensured our satisfaction as each course was brought out; and we were able to sit along the kitchen and watch the chefs prepare food on the grill), it was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had.

100% recommend.

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vipOlivierB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Best Indian food we ever had... great ambiance and anniversary recognition... great cocktails
Timeline service
Only negative was upon check presentation with solicitation for tips after charging an automatic 20% service charge... spoiled the amazing experience. Also to go Kulfi small dish much smaller than portion served at the restaurant. No spoon to go.
Michelin star reachable but this needs to be addressed...

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was amazing

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vipEdsk
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Work celebration.

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RachelK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic and the food and cocktails were phenomenal. I would go back just for the cocktails alone! The restaurant is beautiful and the staff was incredibly friendly and attentive. Everything we ate from the amuse bouche to our entrees was delicious. We will definitely be returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious delicious food, great presentation. They were keenly aware of social distancing and gave great service. Highly recommend.

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AshrafM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in DC with amazing food and remarkable service

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vipPrettyfirst
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and fabulous service!!! We will return soon!!!

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SatyaT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

In spite of the difficult environment in which restaurants must operate, Karma made us feel welcome and but for the sparse patronage, one would be hard pressed to identify anything about the service or food that was otherwise compromised.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Karma continues to consistently deliver delicious food. Hands down the best Indian food in town!

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KoKo
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We decided to visit during winter restaurant week. They definitely made sure guests felt safe, we were seated across the room from the only other occupied table and then as other diners arrived they too were strategically seated to allow for social distancing. As this was our first time, the hostess/waitress and the owner Sashi, were very attentive. The owner actually visited each table to ensure they were enjoying their dining experience. The young lady that waiting on us checked on us often, made recommendations of wine and entrees. We opted for the restaurant week meal, which I found to be filling and satisfying, I ordered the grilled branzino...my companion, though his meal was flavorful, did find the 3 small and unfortunately they were rather tiny lamb chops to be more of an appetizer than an entree. Would definitely visit again.

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CLJohnson
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Karma Modern is a hidden gem with a spacious dining room, great staff, and delicious food. If you like it spicy, I would recommend going for a birthday celebration, date night, or even for a family dinner. I definitely plan to go back!!!!

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vipDCSexy
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This neighborhood gem was a delicious date night spot. Ambiance, service, social distancing and food were outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five of us celebrated New Year’s Eve at Karma. They have a very comfortable outdoor space that is covered but not enclosed. Plenty of heaters keep the space warm enough to dine without wearing a jacket, but still you feel safe and with proper social distancing. The food, as always, was flavorful and delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as usual. It’s our go to place for excellent food. The service is outstanding as well. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food- every bite was unique & incredibly satisfying! Wow!

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MRGQ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Kept Secret...exceptional food and service!!

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EdomA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good and service was great!

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vipDevildog36
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, owner was amazing. Overall very excellent and highly recommended. Walked through the door and saw three Indian American's eating there and all seemed very happy. We will return

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great experience and the food just amplifies the experience even further.

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vipDanielleS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Karma. Every time I go I try something different and have yet to be disappointed. The food is full of flavor, the ambiance is luxurious, the service is great, and the presentation of each dish is impressive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food as always. The Lamb is delicious as is the Butter Chicken. The Chicken Tikka is a staple and my go to every time I go there. Highly recommend.

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vipGaryT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gracious service, unique cocktails and excellent food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fare and service. Highly recommended.

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vipGiorgio
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food (always) + amazing service (always) + great outdoor setup!!

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DinerP
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was great. The cocktails were great as well. The bartender definitely made the drinks really strong. Service was fantastic. The main dining room is a little sterile. Looks like a high end diner. But then the private dining room by the side is just great. That is the room in the pictures online.

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vipBandido
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious, authentic Indian flavours; nothing watered down to suit unadventurous palates.

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JesseH
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, and there was a lot, was amazing. The service could not have been more friendly and hospitable.

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VishalVaradharajan
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best Modern Indian Food in the US. The Paneer Lajawab, The Edamame Tikki and the Mushroom Biriyani was excellent. Can't recommend it enough.

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vipMichaelR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. It would be nice if they do a few specials once in a while. If you go often, the menu can feel a little small.

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vipSPANDANAT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great personalized service! Food was delicious. Recommend the butter chicken with garlic naan. Cardamom ice cream was a pleasant surprise for dessert.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely birthday celebration. We sat outside, so the noise level was low. Servers were very attentive. Food was delicious, with a nice presentation. We had the branzino, butter chicken and priyani chicken. And rose ice cream for dessert. It is expensive, but a nice experience!

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Mimi5
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and cool modern ambiance! Great service!

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MyChefShirley
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! We ate outside and it was relatively quiet and we lucked out with gorgeous weather. Everything was superb and the mushroom and truffle naan was perfection!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food! I can't say it enough. We had the Lamb Roganjosh and Butter Chicken and both were outstanding. The spices are spot on. We also had desserts that were delicious. We thoroughly enjoyed the restaurant. Please give this place a try...you will not be disappointed.

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vipSharon0719
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. I don't even like Indian food but went here because my visiting friend loves it. I was surprised that I really enjoyed the food and the service and ambiance were great too..

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PalakG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Solid food, great drinks, AMAZING service. Definitely on the pricey side but if you're looking for a special night, I would highly recommend.

FAQs

Karma Modern Indian does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Karma Modern Indian also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 898-0393.

Karma Modern Indian is rated 4.9 stars by 512 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.