Karma Modern Indian

4.7
202 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Indian
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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Daily 9:00PM - 10:00PM

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C
Washington DC
582 reviews
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely excellent on all accounts. Hostess was beyond gracious. Server was attentive with great recommendations. The chefs deserve awards. Chicken tikka was the perfect size and delicious. Cauliflower and peas were just as good. Olive naan was terrific. Nothing was left behind.

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MT
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and the service was incredibly attentive. It seemed a place where anything you ordered would be a great meal.

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KE
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This upscale Indian restaurant is perfect for a special date night. It's a little pricier than other nearby Indian restaurants, but the ambiance is more formal, and the service was really great. The manager came by to check on us, and we received a complimentary little snack! I also spilled a little food on my jacket, and our waiter came over with club soda to help me. And of course the food is delicious, but the dessert is AMAZING! We tried something that was described to us as a "saffron and cardamom creme brulee," and it was FANTASTIC. I would definitely come back here (as long as someone else was paying).

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T
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish I could give it 10 stars. Really wonderful food, unique menu. Don’t be afraid of counter seating. We booked late and it was the only thing available. We had plenty of room (party of 2) and it still felt private enough to have a good conversation, plus we could see in the kitchen!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent. It’s a modern take on traditional Indian fare. The price was very reasonable for the quality. We’d go there again in a heartbeat.

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CS
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food at Karma is outstanding! My fiancé and I are both big fans of Rasika, but we felt the food at Karma was superior. We can’t wait to eat here again. The ambiance in the main dining room is a little sterile - the space needs to be warmed up. We both noticed it. But, other than that, it was a fantastic meal and we will come back.

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VG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The place is excellent with the best service by the staff and management. Very personal service. But the food . The zucchini koftas were hard and the sauce had hardly any taste, just plain tomatoe sauce. The presentation of the potato dish was great. Tandoori cauliflower was so so. Mint Chicken was excellent.

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DC
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, though some of it seems too expensive for what you get (for example, the whole fish was $38, and was just average-- nothing special). Aside from that, the food was very good and not just your traditional chicken curry, which is refreshing. Also, they said that most everything is organic or wild caught or sustainably-farmed/ranched, which is great and hard to find! Very yummy zucchini kofta and coconut cake. They kept cancelling my opentable reservation because I didn't call them back, which was annoying.

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I
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful! Highly recommend! Food is delicious, bar drinks are amazing, service top notch and we had a fantastic time!

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m
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, presentation and service are all top notch. Their Butter Chicken entree may be the best I’ve had in DC.

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TN
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I will return as I always do when in D.C. The food is quite good and our server was pleasant and sufficiently attentive. However, this was our least enjoyable visit for just a couple of reasons. First, the service was much slower. I presume it was due to it being on a crowded Saturday night. It wasn't unbearable, just noticeably slower. Second, I won't ever accept a seat (for 2) at the first two tables near the front. People tend to come in the front door and hang around behind you while they wait for a table. The ledge behind and to the side of you is wide enough for people to lean on and/or set their children on. The end result is eating with a lot of bodies hovering behind and to the side of you. I think the hosts and management should do a better job of keeping people from doing this since it's so obvious. Put some plants or something up there, I don't know, but do SOMETHING! Sitting at the counter is a better option.

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MD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

My guest requested an entree which would not be spicy. She ordered an entree following our waiters' suggestion. When it arrived she thought it was quite spicy. When I commented to our waiter, he made a gesture indicating I should swap my entre for hers'! I more polished response would have been to offer her a replacement instead of suggesting I ate something I had not ordered.

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CF
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I had a very nice dinner here on a rainy Friday night. I ordered the lamb shank, which was very good; and my wife ordered a vegetarian zucchini dumpling dish that just might be one of the most delicious dishes I've ever tasted! Both of our dishes were hot and spicy, but not too hot and spicy. Our waiter was excellent - very knowledgable and professional, and the manager was walking around making sure everybody was happy. The naan was great and the raita was super-fresh and chunky. The place looks new inside. It's extremely clean and the bathrooms are also very well-kept. We'll have to go back just to sit at the bar, which looks large and very inviting. I HIGHLY recommend Karma and we plan to return as soon as possible!

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PD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a great experience. The service was fantastic, and the food was interesting. The basic vegetarian dishes, like the daal and palak paneer, were outstanding, as were most of the other vegetarian dishes (we did the tasting menu, so got to try everything). Most of the meat dishes were less memorable, though the tandoori chicken and mint chicken were very good. Really the only downside was the price, which seemed excessive for what it was, especially for the drinks. However, overall I would recommend Karma and would definitely go back!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience!

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J
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this was an amazig experience to dine for my birthday occasion.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cocktails and food were outstanding! The service was wonderful.

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PS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We liked the modern twist to Indian cooking and especially appreciated that the dishes we ordered (curried cod, grilled vegetables, grilled sweet potatoes, olive naan) had a healthy feel to them. The food came out a bit slowly, which could have been a problem, since we were going to the theater afterward, but the waiter let us know as things wore on and was prompt in bringing the bill.

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T
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I've been wanting to try this place since last fall. Glad I did. The food was amazing. Indian yet modern and different. Can't wait to go back again to try some other dishes!!

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LA
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an excellent restaurant and I would recommend it to anyone. Your taste buds will thank you

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VS
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Indian Dining Experience in the US. Such polite & gracious staff. Amazing food & classy decor. Beats Junoon NYC

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EL
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional service. On par with Rasika.

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GV
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Could hardly taste rabadi in the dessert. No veggie biryani. How difficult is that to make?

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The bartenders, particularly Carl, are awesome. Super friendly and they make fantastic cocktails. The food, however was just ok. Lamb Apricot had a really good flavor but was dry, tough, and over-cooked. Chicken Tikka was undercooked and lacking flavor. Prawns were smothered in sauce, and just not tasty. Garlic Naan was great but overall the menu leaves much to be desired.

Will definitely be back, for drinks ONLY.

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GW
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service (Alan) was great; prompt and courteous. We had the shrimp appetizer, apricot lamb small plate, garlic naan, and a signature chicken dish. All were 10/10. Topped off with perfect coconut cake! Reasonably priced for a great meal in a great venue.
We will be back!!

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SR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Food wasn't great at all.. We ordered Zucchini Kofta and Paneer Lajawab.. The sauce for both gravy was same though server didnt inform us, the sauce was too soury.

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V
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Worth going to! Food was presented (and tasted) well.

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AK
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. A definite stop when dining in DC

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VB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yum! So delicious and so elegantly presented and served. A wonderful experience. When they get a Michelin star (which seems inevitable), I will be thrilled for them and sad for me in terms of flexibility in getting a reservation!

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L
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Glad we tried it! My butter chicken was divine. The perfect amount of sauce to rice and the chicken was so tender. I'll surely return.

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r
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good service, and elegant atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. Service was friendly & knowledgeable. Ambiance has a good vibe. Will eat there again!

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SA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great host and best server who knew what to recommend and definitely knew the restaurant’s menu.

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MF
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Indian fusion. Excited to come back and try more of the menu.

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n
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We didn’t have one bad dish, each plate was aesthetically pleasing and such a treat for our taste buds! I express how amazing it was. Highly recommend!

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DD
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We introduced yet another couple to Karma Modern Indian, with great success. The mint chicken appetizer is a symphony of (gluten-free) flavors. The branzino and lamb were well prepared. Glad to see the joint hopping on a Friday night. This restaurant is a fine addition to the DC dining scene.

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TY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome and the waiters suggestion was great. I loved the ambiance and the service was impeccable. We will definitely be going back

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AA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for Restaurant Week. The apps were disappointedly small. We had the lamb korma and mushroom biryani for the entrees- they both had entirely too much fenugreek. It wasn’t enough to stop eating, but neither plate was finished. The carrot dessert was REALLY good, but again too small. The ice cream was a bit too frozen.
Overall I might go again to try the regular menu

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E
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for DC restaurant week and were impressed with the special and regular menu. We’ll definitely be back at another time. The dishes were wonderfully flavored and had a unique twist to what one would expect from a traditional Indian restaurant. The stuffed mushroom and bronzino were both great first time selections.

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