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About Masala Art DC

'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

4441 B-Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary Indian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Albemarle Street NW

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 362-4441

Website:
http://www.masalaartdc.com/

Additional:
Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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Masala Art DC Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good Vegetarian Options (19)
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Authentic (10)
Spicy (9)
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Quiet Conversation (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Cozy (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Business Meals (2)
Fun (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Good for Groups (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Romantic (1)
Vegan (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Delicious!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

The restaurant is notable for a good location and good buffet pricing. The food was average, a bit salty perhaps, and unimaginative. That makes this a good bargain meal, but not a gourmet find.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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food3
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

An absolutely excellent meal. Our very friendly waiter was well informed, and offered us great and honest evaluations from their great menu. I'd been there within the last month for lunch, and had friends in from PA for dinner Sunday night.

Every appetizer, entree and dessert was delicious. It was one of those meals that, as a diner, you didn't want it to end.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was very good - when it finally arrived. We had to wait about 15-20 minutes just for someone to take our order. And while the appetitizers came quickly our main course took about 30-40 minutes to arrive with no visit from the wait staff. The beer I ordered did not come until I specifically asked for it when the main course finally arrived. Not sure if there were issues with the kitchen or with the serving staff, but we had very poor service this visit. In past visits to Masala Art, our service has been excellent.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Montreal)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We had terrible service, unfortunately. The food was very good, and we had a nice table.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We met friends for dinner last Friday (2/2) Masala Art is a perennial favorite of ours but our friends had never been. They loved the food, as does everyone we bring to the restaurant. Servers are very knowledgeable and great with recommendations. Masala Art is, hands down, our favorite Indian Restaurant in the DC area!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
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food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent food (tasting menu was great!) as well as service. Good price. Will come back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Some of the most authentic Indian cuisine in the area with lovely rotating specials that tells you the chef is not stuck in a mold. Loved the Korma and Masala, two favorite sauces and the fried spinach appetizer had a tangy dressing with chopped onion, etc. The tandoori salmon was perfectly cooked fish but lackluster. I love the lamp light making a perfectly cozy ambiance and had no trouble hearing our friends (such an uncommon bonus in restaurant dining). Decided I must dine her more often!

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Creative menu. Modern indian. Waiters seems little discombobulated and uncoordinated delivering the right plates to the right tables promptly. Forgot our Nan.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We loved the new crispy spinach appetizer and hope that it will become a permanent menu option. Among its other many fine qualities, Marsala Art's extra dry Grey Goose martini is still the best in the area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

This is just darn good food. When they say spicy, they mean it. My family has been going here for years, and we don't plan to stop anytime soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

An unfortunate experience...decent food but really unacceptable service. We waited nearly 40 minutes before being asked if we wanted cocktails...and another 20 before they were delivered. Dinner was served in a reasonable time and was a mixed bag: chicken was excellent, lamb way overcooked and dry. And then they brought the bill without even asking if we'd like coffee or dessert (we did). The place was busy but not overly so...hence there really was no excuse for the poor service, or the fact that we had to ask twice for a waiter so we could order drinks and twice again when we needed something else.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Always reliable and always excellent.
I hope the how empty the restaurant was for a late Saturday lunch is atypical. I would hate to lose this neighborhood option.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 13, 2017

This was my first weeknight visit to Masala Art, having been there many times before on Saturday nights. I appreciated the quiet, more relaxing atmosphere during the week. The food is always excellent and on this visit, I had the opportunity to try some new appetizers that I will be adding to my standard order the next time I go there.

Tags: Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Spicy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Wonderful food and wonderful servers. What more could one want.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Masala Art is a neighborhood favorite that's worth a trip across town for. It's simply yummy and the service is always amazing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Spicy, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We three had a terrific dinner beginning with Bhelpuri & ChickenTikka appetizers and moving on to wonderful lamb and eggplant entrees. Great table service as always!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We have visited Masala Art over the years and have always enjoyed the food. The service in the beginning was nothing to write home about - but has improved over time and is very good now. Our favorite place for Indian food - far better than more expensive (and overrated) places.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always a good experience - tasty meal in modest setting, served with care.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Best Indian food in Washington DC area. Any other Indian restaurant we've tried since coming here doesn't hold up to Masala Art.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Masala Art is our go-to joint for after a concert at Cathedral Choral Society. Indian cusine could make me into a vegetarian.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We were so disappointed that there is not a weekend buffet as there is during the week! Would you consider adding one...?

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I was very disappointed in this restaurant. I went because I read a glowing review in the Washington Post on the Ooen Table web site.

The service was very attentive and the servers nice. The tandoori chicken was awful. So was the Naan - tough as leather. A spinach with corn dish that I ordered was actually quite good.

The dining room was dark and freezing cold. Overall, the experience was tremendously disappointing and the value for the dollar way overpriced.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food at Masala Art is spectacular -- right up there with the city's best Indian -- and you can enjoy it here any night of the week, without a lot of advance planning and without breaking the bank. We tried the tasting menus this time, both vegetarian and non-veg, and were blown away by how good it was, and how much food it was. We love this place and will keep on coming back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Family visit

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We always have excellent food at reasonable price with good service. We love to eat here.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Standards seem to be slipping. Food wasnt as tasty as usual. The Chicken65 was especially bad (too salty).

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Unfortunately the chicken was not cooked all the way so it spoiled the meal. We sent it back and got the same chicken back, cooked, but the mood was spoiled and we were charged full price for the meal

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

This was our 8th or 9th visit over the years. It has been our go-to place for Indian food. This visit was disappointing. The cauliflower appetizer was overwhelmed by a strange mustardy taste. Our favorite dish - Murgh Markhani - had a less savory sauce and drier chicken than we've had in the past. The Dal Markhani was as delicious as always.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The service is very attentive. The dishes are delicious.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Service was very good. Food was good, but not great compared to other Indian I have had. The potato cake appetizer was awesome. Nice atmosphere. I would recommend and go again.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 25, 2017

The food was really good, some of the best Indian food I've eaten in America!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Masala Art is a lovely Indian restaurant with wonderful service a excellent food! Our meal was delicious!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We went to Masala Art for my husband's birthday. The food was really beautifully prepared, aromatic, and delicious. The service was outstanding. The ambience is very soothing without being boring. It was my third time at the restaurant, and I love trying new dishes there.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 11, 2017

We liked everything but wished the buffet had more options to choose from. We especially appreciated the fact that there were vegetarian and vegan options.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Amazing! I loved this place. It was a great place to meet up with friends and have food that was not only delicious but great portions.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for a Date, Authentic, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 4, 2017

The food is really good! Our Indian friend was happy with the menu and this is a good sign. We will come again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 31, 2017

A friend had recommended Masala Art. Masala Art exceeded our expectations. The food was inventive and well beyond the norm of typical Indian restaurant food. Examples included eggplant with cashew sauce, Aloo Tikki Chaat (panfried potato cakes on a bed of chickpeas, sweet yogurt and sauces), and Coorgi Murg (chicken cooked with curry leaves, crushed black pepper in a rich coconut sauce). The service was excellent. We will return and highly recommend.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Excellent quality Indian food in close-by neighborhood. Good prices and nice atmosphere.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 28, 2017

The lunch buffet gives one a chance to try new dishes.

Tags: Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access
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