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Tue, 2/20
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Masala Art DC

959 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Indian
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  • Neighborhood Gem (14)
  • Fit for Foodies (11)
'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...' -
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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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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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Albemarle Street NW
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Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
What 959 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago


easterner1 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined 4 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.

vipcioppino (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

Arvodog (Washington DC)
4.0  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.

MsBNOLA (Montreal)
3.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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

DebB (Washington DC)
5.0  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!

vipViki (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

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

Pearlgirl (Washington DC)
4.0  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!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  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.

vipLPG1 (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  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.

vipLadyshrink (Washington DC)
4.0  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.

vipinternetwiz (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

vipSatisfiedCustomer (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 11, 2017

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

vipRoyelen (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

vipLPG1 (Washington DC)
5.0  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!

FoodANDService (Washington DC)
5.0  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.

vipSwifty (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 5, 2017

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

vipSpike (Washington DC)
5.0  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.