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Masala Art DC

4.5
976 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Indian
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  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Spicy
'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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Indian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 362-4441
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Albemarle Street NW
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Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
What 976 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Great food, great service. Half price bottles of ok wine. What's not to like?

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

top notch Indian food. Very pleasant, helpful, and prompt wait staff

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

I always appreciate the genuine interest that the staff brings to each customer. The food is really delicious with a wonderful range of tastes and textures. My neighborhood gem!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Love this place. Both a neighborhood spot and a special occasion place. The staff is fabulous!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Happy customer-again! Masala Art continues to please

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

I went for a 65th birthday celebration based on strong reviews from Tom Siestma and people on the Chevy Chase list serve (thanks, Susan Samberg). Food was terrific - my wife and I split a appetizer called Cauliflower Bezule, florets coated with rice flour, spices and tossed with mustard seeds and curry leave s - really excellent, with just the right amount of heat, and the cauliflower neither over or under cooked. We then split a order of Murgh Makhani, charbroiled chicken in a tomato cream sauce, very rich and tasty, and an vegetarian order of Zucchini Jalfrezi, stirfried zucchini, onion, green and red peppers tempered with who red chili - also tasty with a kick.
Service was spotty. I had actually ordered an eggplant dish, but at first had started to say the zucchini - even though the waiter repeated the proper dish, he apparently got it confused. As that would have been the second choice, we let it slide. I found it odd that no effort was made to offer another beer when the main course arrived. Then, after clearing the meal, he said he would be "right back" with the dessert menu, but never showed. (We probably would not have ordered dessert as we were pretty full, but still...) Finally my wife flagged someone to bring the check.
Ambiance is great, there are ceiling baffles that hold down the noise and the décor is Indian themed. We will be back and trust that service was weird because it was a Wednesday and they were short staffed or the guy was new.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Another excellent meal with family at our favorite neighborhood restaurant. Masala Art never disappoints us.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Just really great Indian cuisine. Good price, pleasant atmosphere

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Excellent service and delicious food! The Chicken Vindaloo, Shrimp Masala and Shrimp Vindaloo was some of the best my family has tasted. The attention the server provided was exceptional and attentive.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Our group of 6 enjoyed a great authentic Indian meal before a show. Our group enjoyed a variety of dishes including vegan options. Extensive menu covering a range of tastes and drink options including imported Indian Beer. Fun night, reservations recommended.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Food and service were great. Excellent table.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Although this restaurant can get loud at lunch, it was quiet and pleasant at our early Sunday evening dinner. The service was attentive but not hovering, and the food was excellent.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Appetizers: Sarson wali Gobi was tasty but small portion and Angoori Chicken Tikka was disappointing.
Tandoori Chicken: Disappointing taste. Big pieces were not cooked through.
Bhareli Wangi: Okay but not great.
Meen Moilee: Very tasty gravy but the fish pieces were not so great.
Lamb Neelgiri Korma: Tasty dish.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Masala Art serves many interesting Indian entree choices, as well as your favorites that you walked in hoping to find. The service is just right, attentive but not obsequious. The cocktail menu is interesting, they have appropriate wine choices. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Lunch buffet is very nice but ordering off the menu is really the way to go! Always fresh, tasty, just enough spice.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

My boyfriend and I usually come here for the excellent buffet. When my friend said she wanted good Indian food I made a reservation here and it did not disappoint. We got the spicy chickpeas, spinach and corn, eggplant and salmon with garlic naan. Everything we ordered was excellent. Would definitely recommend. Great service, awesome ambiance, noise level was perfect!

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Delicious!

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3.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on November 14, 2017

Another lovely meal at Masala Art. It is our favorite neighborhood restaurant, with easy access to the metro.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on November 5, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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