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Masala Art - SW Waterfront, Washington, DC
Masala Art - SW Waterfront, Washington, DC
Masala Art - SW Waterfront, Washington, DC
Masala Art - SW Waterfront, Washington, DC
Masala Art - SW Waterfront, Washington, DC

Masala Art - SW Waterfront

4.2
4.2
987 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Indian
At long last, I have a good answer for theatergoers hoping to catch dinner near Arena Stage on the Southwest Waterfront. It’s called Masala Art and it’s a spinoff of the Indian restaurant of the same name in Tenleytown.

Since mid-July, when the second restaurant made its debut, loyalists have had rich reasons to dine closer to home. One is chicken tikka, its moist nuggets elevated with basil and lime leaves. Another is a south Indian fish curry that gathers chunks of cobia in a turmeric-tinted coconut milk gravy. (The dark purple rind in the bowl is kokum, a fruit that imparts a pleasant sweet-sour note.) Tender baby eggplant draped in a thick cloak of pureed peanuts, sesame seeds and tamarind makes for a meaty vegetarian meal.
1101 Fourth St. SW. 202-554-1101. masalaartdc.com.
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  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Indian, Indian
  • Hours of operation
    Monday to Sunday: Lunch: 1130am to 230pm (mon to fri) Dinner: 5pm to 10pm (sun to thu) 5pm to 1030pm (fri - sat) Brunch: 1130am - 3pm (sat - sun) Happy hour : 4pm - 7pm (mon to sun - at the bar only) 10pm to close every night -at the bar only
  • Phone number
    (202) 554-1101
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Ajay Ramola
  • Catering
    full service available
  • Neighborhood
    Waterfront
  • Cross street
    4th & M street SW
  • Parking details
    Parking garage just below the restaurant and plenty of street parking available
  • Public transit
    Waterfront metro on Green Line.<br />Diagonally across from the restaurant.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 987 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

987 Reviews
  1. KrithikaR

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Yummy paneer , I really thought it was quite nice and tasty!Naan is great too!

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  2. CraigW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place. Very chill and laid-back atmosphere, great food, excellent service.

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  3. LarryC

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful in every way—food, staff, ambience!!! A treasure!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always fantastic, and the staff are very friendly and attentive! Overall a great experience!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, attentive service, the Happy Hour is back! The bhelpuri was excellent as always, and the bhaigan barta- eggplant - was rich and tasty, great with the naan. We were invited to try the Aam Palak Chaat - new to the menu for us - and it was so good. Will order that next visit for sure. A great spot to get dinner before a show at Arena Stage - a short walk - and much less expensive than the wharf. They serve lunch as well.

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  6. MichaelR

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food with ample portions. Stuffed paratha bread was wonderful. Very good biriani. Waitress and kitchen staff didn't coordinate signals on when food was to come out but we had a good time.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good atmosphere, food was outstanding. Only downside was I’m new to this type of cuisine so the menu was lacking information about the dishes (how they are served, what is included,etc.) but the staff was very kind and helpful in answering my questions. With their help everything we ordered was amazing.

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  8. ChelseaS

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, we recommend the appetizers. The spice was just right!

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  9. debt

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is EXCELLENT. Service August 10 was not up to par.

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  10. BeaMarie

    Washington DC

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Each of the many times that we return to Masala Art, it is like coming home. It has a very welcoming ambience. Dishes we've enjoyed are spiced and prepared wonderfully. Kudos to Sarah who was our server at our last visit. Her efficient professionalism and friendly demeanor was truly appreciated. We also thank the manager for sharing a sample of a new appetizer; outstanding. We highly recommend anyone to go to Masala Art and enjoy a quality culinary experience.

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  11. Lorry

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I hadn't seen my friend for 30 years. They were very patient with us and let us stay and talk until the last possible minute. Thank you

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  12. DavidW

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I shared Am Palak Chaat appetizer. I continued with Saag Gosht, while my friend had Murg Makhani, which I tasted. Both mains were delicious. Mine included a generous portion of tender lamb chunks, immersed in an aromatic spinach sauce. I didn't taste my friend's chicken, but the tomato sauce with fenugreek was excellent. Both dishes came with brown rice--a nice plus. The appetizer was less praiseworthy; a tempting medley of flavorful ingredients, but the main element--the fried spinach leaves--were overdone and a little too crunchy, so next time I'm opting for the cauliflower. And there'll be a next time!

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  13. RevaF

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were very pleased with the food and the service.

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  14. Warren

    Washington DC

    103 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Consistently good Indian food with friendly staff and nice atmosphere. VERY quiet the night we went, too, so no issue getting a table. Good cocktails, too.

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  15. BigAl

    Washington DC

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Perfect pre-theater dining for shows at Arena. A difficult neighborhood for parking but metro is down the block and there is a garage across the street

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  16. lovelybirthdaylunch

    Washington DC

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    A good choice for lunch before matinee at Arena Stage.

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  17. RaghunathT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just one word 'excellent'! Keep up the good work!!

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  18. JeffL

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service. Restaurant was not busy so difficult to gauge what noise level would be if it was busy.

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  19. Maxx

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Sticky table, poor service, burnt naan, messed up order (ordered veg biryanis and got chicken biryani). Food was tasteless. Was there to celebrate a special occasion… bad choice!

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  20. lovelybirthdaylunch

    Washington DC

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We all enjoyed the butter chicken combo lunch. Delicious.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. Really appreciated everything about the dinner experience!

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  22. FrancoisT

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is a great Indian restaurant. Quiet, good service and the food is really good. I highly recommend!

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  23. BobKatMD

    Washington DC

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We chose this restaurant due to A) the proximity to Arena Stage and public transportation, B) vegetarian options, and C) spicy Indian food. Totally happy with dinner! It was nice ambience where you could carry on a conversation with those at your table. If you like happy hour, that was available at the bar area that is screened off from the dining area. Very clean bathrooms too!

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  24. debt

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We always eat at Masala Art before Arena Stage. The food is GREAT (and I have Indian godparents & Indian nieces so I do have a basis for judging) I love that you can get 1/2 portion sizes of some entrees so we can order several appetizers and 1/2 eggplant dish. '

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved food and service , will Definitely go back

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  26. RitaJ

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I am so happy to finally get inside this amazing restaurant. Everything we tried had a unique taste with a perfect pairing of spices. We left NO sauces in their dishes. Our party of 3 shared all the selections. I was the lucky one to take home the leftovers! The staff were efficient and knowledgeable. The space was clean, and inviting. I'll be back.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good but the service wasn’t great and the drinks were absolutely terrible. I’d suggest this place for take out but might skip it as a dine in experience.

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  28. DiningOut

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The only place I ate at TWICE in our one week stay - because it was soooo good.

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  29. idontcook

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always great! And service is fast so it’s a great place for pre-theater dinner!

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  30. leni

    Washington DC

    388 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    388 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a pleasure! Flavorful food served well. Great choices. Yumm!

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  31. DiningOut

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, attention to food allergies was without hesitation. Menu guidance was excellent and the food and atmosphere was fabulous! Highly recommend.

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  32. John

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a great dinner with our children and their spouses. The menu had something great for each person. Service was very attentive.

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  33. jenniferr

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and service. Highly recommend this restaurant

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  34. tpot

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff was attentive My ginger cumcumber drink was amazing. It is a nice quality place that is good for business dinner or lunch or Romantic evening. The garlic Nan bread was great. It is a good find for ethnic food in the District

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was gorgeous, the food was insanely good, and this is the most reasonably priced Indian food I’ve had in the city

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  36. debt

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I have Indian relatives so I value good Indian food. This is my go-to place. Mostly a group of us share multiple appetizers: the Cauliflower Bezule, fried spinach, lime chicken are fantastic. Ditto for eggplant. I love it that we can add a 1/2 order of vegetarian entrees.

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  37. DianeL

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Interesting food offerings with unique taste. My family enjoyed all five dishes and would go back.

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  38. Anniversary

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Birthday and pre-theatre. Superb service, excellent taste, and timely delivery to the table. Manager especially friendly. We’ll be back.

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  39. KarlaH

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was terrible. We went for a pre-theater meal and told them that we needed to be out by 7;15 pm having arrived at 6:00pm. Good did not arrive until 6:50pm after much prodding. There were few other tables in use. So, do not go here for pre-theater meal! The food was good. Sorry to not be able to use this restaurant for eating prior to going to the Arena stage

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We ordered their Aloo Bonda as an appetizer. It was provided promptly and it was delicious. There ends the good part of our experience. The main course took way longer than it should to be honest. A lot of other diners had the same experience at the same time. For the main course, we ordered, Tawa Panneer, Kadai Sabziyan and Butter Naan. Tawa Panneer was good. However, Butter Naan and Kadai Subziyan were really bad. The Butter Naan was hard as a rock and we sent it back. They promptly replaced it, this time it was softer. However, both my wife and I have a feeling that, the butter naan was frozen stuff. The Kadai Subziyan was truly bad. Nothing was right about it. Potato was over cooked, cauliflower some cooked right, some raw, bell peppers were simply raw. The tomato sauce they used was watery and simply tasted like fresh tomato purée. It felt like they threw everything into the pan mixed it for a minute it and served it on a bowl. We sent it back. Our waiter was gracious enough to take it off the bill. We were still hungry and decided to take a chance with Bhel Puri. The plating was interestingly placed inside a roasted Papad. Papad was good. It felt like readymade Bhel Puri. Couldn’t eat more than a couple of spoonfuls. Overall, we had a very bad experience. Will not be visiting or suggesting it to anyone else.

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Masala Art - SW Waterfront does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Masala Art - SW Waterfront also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 554-1101.

Masala Art - SW Waterfront is rated 4.2 stars by 987 OpenTable diners.

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1101 4th St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Additional information

  • Cross street
    4th & M street SW
  • Neighborhood
    Waterfront
  • Hours of operation
    Monday to Sunday: Lunch: 1130am to 230pm (mon to fri) Dinner: 5pm to 10pm (sun to thu) 5pm to 1030pm (fri - sat) Brunch: 1130am - 3pm (sat - sun) Happy hour : 4pm - 7pm (mon to sun - at the bar only) 10pm to close every night -at the bar only
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Indian, Indian
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Parking garage just below the restaurant and plenty of street parking available
  • Public transit
    Waterfront metro on Green Line.Diagonally across from the restaurant.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Ajay Ramola
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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