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Masala Art DC (Tenleytown), Washington, DC
Masala Art DC (Tenleytown), Washington, DC
Masala Art DC (Tenleytown), Washington, DC
Masala Art DC (Tenleytown), Washington, DC
Bhareli Wangi - Masala Art DC (Tenleytown), Washington, DC

Masala Art DC (Tenleytown)

4.8
4.8
1126 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Indian
'Too much is so good, you can't stop eating it. The tandoor-baked breads are not mere swabs for sauce but could be eaten, and enjoyed, on their own; the naan with cilantro and rock salt is terrific, as is the kulcha richly stuffed with minced lamb. Masala Art offers combinations you don't see often around here, but even its more familiar dishes can be revelations. Consider its samosas. They're flakier than a lot of the competition, and their filling of peas, potatoes and sweet raisins tastes fresher, too. A burst of cardamom in every bite helps. In the same vein, soft logs of minced lamb pulse with heat from jalapeno peppers, a shock offset with breezy mint. Pureed spinach is a vibrant green, flecked with corn and rich with garlic...' - WashingtonPost.com

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 4 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Indian
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 362-4441
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Tenleytown
  • Cross street
    Albemarle Street NW
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

What 1,126 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

1,126 Reviews
  1. Bigplate

    Washington DC

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Masala Art has been consistently good over the years we have eaten there. Some unusual Indian dishes, like the lamb tacos, lobster dish, and goat curry. Atul is always a great host.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A bit out of the city in a nice bedroom community. Feel of small family owned restaurant. Food seemed a bit Americanized; disappointing if you are accustomed to authentic Indian food and flavors (e.g. the “butter chicken” was far more tomato sauce tasting than the typical butter & masala forward flavors with sauce from fresh tomatoes). The service was very good, prices are as expected. Cardamom Ice cream was excellent.

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  3. CarolK

    Dublin

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible Indian cuisine.. helpful waiter and owner .. will return soon!!!

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  4. JudithP

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the most delicious Indian food we have ever had. Anywhere!

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  5. DeborahG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dinner was delicious and everyone was so nice and attentive. I am gluten-free and had so many great options and well marked on each course. We look forward to going back again soon.

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  6. DaveH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent, casual, affordable Indian restaurant.

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  7. AmyW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a party of 8. I requested a round table for a special occasion when I made the reservation and we were given one in our own section of the restaurant. It was wonderful as it was easy to talk with everyone and you could speak at a normal level. The service is fantastic and they are always very helpful when it comes to deciding on the many different menu offerings.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful, family run neighborhood restaurant. Extensive menu and everything we tried (3 appetizers, 3 entrees, 3 types of bread) was delicious!

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  9. FredA

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, helpful staff, reasonable prices. Has some unique items on the menu in addition to standard Indian restaurant fare. Also has vegan options. Our party of 6 loved it. Recommended, give it a try!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice meal and comfortable neighborhood environment.

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  11. AliciaB

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was lackluster to me. The ambience was nice. It can get a little loud though. The staff did not check on me as much as I would have liked especially to see how I liked my dish early on.

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  12. James

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding food. We’ve been enjoying dinner here for years and the food’s never been better. Several new dishes on the menu. All terrific.

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  13. MarFe

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious as usual - one of our favorite Indian restaurants.

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  14. RamonaB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious! Our favorite Indian restaurant in DC. Lots of interesting dishes not found at most Indian restaurants.

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  15. SusanS

    Atlanta Metro

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I've been going for years and really love the food. Had a LOT of issues with service on my most recent visit (some members of our party waiting for beer while others were served. Never bringing some things we ordered. etc.) I think they may be training some new staff.

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  16. Tashi

    Washington DC

    340 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    340 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect dinner with a friend visiting DC. So much wonderful food (Saag Paneer, Butter Chicken and Biryani) in a charming and quiet (very difficult to find) setting.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Sorry to report that our experience at masala Art last evening was not up to the standard we had come to expect. When we came in and said we had a reservation, we were met with a blank stare. Then someone else came and seated us. The servers appeared glum and unfriendly, as if they really wished we weren’t there or that they they weren’t there. On top of that, they rudely asked if we were finished eating when one of us was still eating. Then they started to wipe off the table while we were sitting there, and the guest was still eating. It took about 20 minutes after we were seated for someone even to take our order and then the food did not arrive until we have been sitting for at least 55 minutes. So the service has to get a poor rating. Too bad there isn’t a negative star option. The food was generally good, but there was a complaint that the potatoes had a “funny” taste as if they had been sitting in the refrigerator for too long or perhaps had been reheated. I will not write off this restaurant forever, since we have had good experiences in the past,but if what happened last evening happens again, we will not return to the masala Art restaurant and we will let our friends know.

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  18. FrankM

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Nice ambience. Service was rather slow, nut the food more than made up for that. Will return and look forward to doing so.

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  19. MarFe

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite restaurants. We return again and again

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  20. JoeFigg

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Masala Art is a neighborhood gem in Tenleytown and always provides a pleasant and reasonably priced experience. The bang-bang chicken and shrimp special were excellent.

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  21. Luvgoodfood

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There were 9 of us sharing all sorts of wonderful dishes from vegetation to lamb and butter chicken. The aromatic flavors stayed with you for hours after the sumptuous feast. The people running the restaurant helped with selection and were very gracious. Highly recommend!

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  22. Katina

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were celebrating our anniversary. We choose Masala Art because the service is great and the food is outstanding. There are some new items on their menu that we decided to try. They were very tasty and buttery which is what I love about Indian Food. I always love their vegetarian options and their menu also makes note of which items are vegetarian/vegan, that is always helpful when it comes to appetizers. We highly recommend this restaurant and it is our go to for fantastic Indian food.

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  23. AndrewP

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding cuisine! Really enjoyed some of their new dishes, like the goat curry.

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  24. DavidA

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    food is always good at this very friendly neighborhood restaurant

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, diligent service. Lovely location near the tenlytown metro

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  26. MarinaR

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excelente comida y ambiente! Muy bueno el chicken masala

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  27. Mica

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very comfortable neighborhood restaurant with excellent food and friendly and efficient service.

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  28. RIK2

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, excellent service, great dining experience

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  29. MarkP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were out for an anniversary dinner and this is our go to for Indian food in our neighborhood. The food was very good as we have come to expect. Very consistent. There was a large group taking up all the tables combined across from us. Turns out that we had the same waiter and the staff was overstretched… and the noise level was higher than usual too.

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  30. MsMs

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service; many vegan options. An intimate, lovely ambiance.

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  31. Larry

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I highly recommend this place: great food, great service, moderately priced.

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  32. omnivore

    Cincinnati

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Creative Indian cuisine, plenty of variety on the menu.

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  33. Tashi

    Washington DC

    340 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    340 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, we had a lovely and relaxing meal at Masala Art. We continue to be amazed after enjoying their meals for many years that the tastes and flavors are always perfect. Great place to meet a friend for dinner to catch up.

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  34. internetwiz

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lamb and salmon were over cooked. Samosa and Cauliflower apps were good. It was a while since we’d been there and I’m not sure it still has the same attention to quality it used to have. Waitstaff was ok, but inattentive considering how empty it was.

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  35. Diner51

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always wanted to try this Tenleytown staple and it didn’t disappoint. The service was impeccable and the vegetarian dishes were delicious.

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  36. MitchellS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service with a reasonable price. Lots of vegetarian items.

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  37. barrys

    St. Louis

    24 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was really slow and in attentive. Restaurant was nearly empty

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  38. HHGY

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is an inventive Indian restaurant with creative dishes and very knowledgeable staff. The owner was extremely attentive and gave us wonderful ideas for new things to try. Love it!

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  39. DavidA

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    great food and very personal service and greeting from the owner. This is my go to Indian restaurant.

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  40. samy

    Washington DC

    65 reviews

    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and service. Owner very helpful in recommending dishes. Will be back.

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FAQs

Masala Art DC (Tenleytown) does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Masala Art DC (Tenleytown) also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 362-4441.

Masala Art DC (Tenleytown) is rated 4.8 stars by 1126 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Masala Art DC (Tenleytown)

4441 B-Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Albemarle Street NW
  • Neighborhood
    Tenleytown
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Indian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
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