Karma Modern Indian

4.7
533 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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
What 533 people are saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RonaldJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor seating for lunch was great—quiet, private, and easy to access. The food, as always, was terrific, and the service was prompt and friendly.

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MaxAndFriend
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dined outside on a beautiful evening. The service was excellent. Very attentive and friendly. They were very welcoming. The manager dropped by the table for chat. The cocktails were unique and I would recommend them. Not a big selection of wines by the glass, but the quality was excellent. Try the Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley. We had both ice cream desserts. Cardamon, very tasty. Parking was close. Next time we'll try the tasting menu.

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vipNatalia
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best experiences and best Indian food. I will definitely come back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, menu selections, and quality of the drinks and food exceeded expectations. The flavor profiles were unique, exquisitely fresh & distinct. I will definitely be dining there again! 😉

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vipBebop
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Every element of this meal was outstanding. I enjoyed the Bronzino, which was accompanied by grilled seasoned brocolini. Even thed mahkani was beautifully seasone

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JillO
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. We are vegetarian and all of the dishes we ordered were seasoned perfectly . We shared many sides (eggplant, cumin potatoes, dal, chickpeas) and a couple of entrees (bronzini and chickpea dumplings...amazing) between 5 people and it was plenty.

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vipNicknameFoodie
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We tried the Fixed Price 3 course special, which was $65 per person. The first course with appetizers was the best - interesting flavors and well done small portions. The focus was on presentation and less on the quantity of the food. The second course with salmon and lamb chops was good, but nothing to write home about. Again - small portions. The final course with dessert was good, but nothing extraordinary. We did have to order off the menu to get full.

It is a place that has an overinflated sense of the value of presenting food. We go to restaurants to eat, and less to look at food!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good place to have a family dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Truly horrendous service experience on Mother’s Day. They initially tried to force my 5 year old daughter to order the $100 price fix. The manager was not able to fix the situation and then we waited 35 minutes for dessert. Disaster.

Karma Modern Indian
Responded on May 11, 2021

Dear Guest, We appreciate the feedback but would like to clarify the review. Our team ensured that while making a reservation the Mother's day menu price displayed. We also left a VM. We did not charge for your younger child but advised that both your children share one selection since the ala carte menu wasn't available. We checked on food and service after each course and desserts took around 15-20 min. We were told each course was great so how was the service horrendous? Thank you.

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Momof2boys
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to celebrate Mother's Day early and went to Karm on Saturday night. The food was delicious and the service was lovely. Staff wore masks the entire time we were there.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Lack of service

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious. I would definitely recommend the lobster masala. It was bright and flavorful, you'll definitely feel like you've gotten your money's worth. The cocktails were my least favorite. We should have ordered wine instead.

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None
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Indian fine dining. Great friendly service. Beautiful space.

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vipNini
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Three of my good friends celebrated our birthdays today at Karma. We’ve all been there before. The food was excellent, the service was excellent, and we partook in the tasting menu. They also gave us a free glass of Prosecco to help us celebrate, which was very kind and we appreciate it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best and most unique Indian meals I’ve ever had! Elevated interpretations of Indian dishes that still keep the flavors’ integrity at the forefront. The staff is friendly and attentive, the interior space is beautifully inviting, and there’s a great cocktail/wine list. Can’t wait to see more of the seasonal dishes and specials. We will absolutely be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening at Karma. Wonderful food and service.

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AnjuA
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were in DC for the weekend and had lunch at Karma
Loved the flavors, presentation and service !!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
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 on April 9, 2021
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
2 reviews
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
2 reviews
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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ! Great food !

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RachelK
Washington DC
8 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
22 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipSatyaT
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
24 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
13 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
16 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
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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EdomA
Washington DC
8 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

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 4.7 stars by 533 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.