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Masala, McLean, VA

Masala

4.4
4.4
31 Reviews
$30 and under
Indian
We specialize in fine Indian cuisine cooked with perfect blend of spices or Masala. Masala is a generic term used to describe different types of ground spice mixes used in Indian cuisine. A typical mix consists of coriander, cumin, black peppercorns, green cardamom, cinnamon, and dried red chiles, while cloves, fennel, mace, and nutmeg frequently assume the roles of supporting casts. The decision of what spices to use (and in what proportions) to concoct a perfect masala for a given dish depends on, among others, whether the dish includes meat, vegetables or fish and on the culinary origins of the dish. This process of creating a perfect mix to add just the right spice and flavor to different dishes is something of an art in itself, which our Chef, Ram Thapa, has mastered over years of training and exploration. We invite you to take a stroll down Chef Thapa’s world of masala and experience fine Indian cuisine like you have never before.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Indian, Nepalese, Pakistani
  • Hours of operation
    Daily: Lunch: 11:45 am-2:45 pm; Dinner: 5:00 pm- 10:00 pm:
  • Phone number
    (703) 462-9699
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    McLean
  • Parking details
    Parking is plentiful and free in a public lot right in front of the restaurant.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 31 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

31 Reviews
  1. CurryLover

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Indian food in the area, including DC! Really have a great buffet. And wait staff is very friendly as well.

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  2. DCHugh

    Washington DC

    84 reviews

    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    always great, best Indian / nepalese in the region

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  3. OccasionalGourmand

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    great local indian. the steamed dumpling appetizer from Kasmir was particularly good.

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  4. DCHugh

    Washington DC

    84 reviews

    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    excellent visit, for curry officianados you will know that Nepalese quisene is a little different from the run of the mill, great find in McLean will certainly be going back

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  5. MHVa

    New York City

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Buffet lunch is an excellent choice. There is a wide selection of food. The food is always flavorful, with choices of spicy, hot and mild. Service is good and the dining room is comfortable. I will definitely return.

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  6. Mila

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    It was fine overall, but we are not going back. The tables are too close to each other, I was constantly kicked by everybody who was passing by. The service was very slow and they brought my son's entree 15 min earlier than the rest of us...

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  7. RenukaC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went in a party of 4 for a celebration and the food did full justice to the occasion! We left very satisfied with our choices which were Lamb Vindaloo, Chennai Seafood Curry, Shrimp Briyani and Okra, specifying Medium Spicy. In addition we had Rice, Naan and Raita. We ate it Asian style with central dishes so that each person had a meal balanced with flavors and nutrition. The chef was top notch and I was particularly intrigued with how they drew out the dried chilli and curry leaf flavor in the seafood curry. Absolutely superb! For dessert we variously ordered rasmalai, gulab jaman, kheer and mango kulfi. Every one of those desserts enchanted. The mango kulfi was served as a round in 4 pieces with a sauce. It was a memorable meal and we are all devoted fans of Masala, planning to come back regularly. Of course the service was delightful and very responsive.

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  8. CarlottaL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food, especially the chicken teka massala! Nice service!

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  9. JenaC

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Indian restaurant in the area. Amazing service!

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  10. Michelle

    Washington DC

    136 reviews

    4.0

    136 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    All good here. Tasty food, friendly service, easy parking and moderate prices. Especially liked the mutter paneer.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We got the lunch buffet, the food “ok”. It wasn’t that hot & the bread was stale.

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  12. danak

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    2.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    American style food. Did not taste like Indian food. Staff was very nice though.

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  13. PatriciaM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    As if often the case with buffets, the chicken was a bit dry, and the goat curry had almost no goat in it. The thing that really annoyed me is that they do not service hot tea or coffee. Their only non-alcoholic beverage is water or ice tea.

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  14. michellem

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a very large family group and Masala was very accommodating. The food was delicious!

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  15. josg16

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I go well out of my way to eat here, the food is fantastic! The service has always been excellent, too.

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  16. Lori

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    There is no better Indian restaurant in the area. We love the food at Masala. It’s always delicious. We usually get take out, but last weekend decided to meet friends there. We don’t find the ambiance very pleasing. It feels almost like a cafeteria. The lighting is really bright and the music somewhat unpleasing while dining. The young servers are certainly kind and courteous, but we felt rushed. They could use further training in the proper way to serve and remove dishes from a table. There’s no need to reach across the table, in front of someone to clear a plate and then drop silverware on the diner. Again, the food is fantastic!

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  17. FrankM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have taken three different groups of friends there and will introduce still more. It is really a very good Indian restaurant.

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  18. Sicangu

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We live in the neighborhood and enjoy the food and friendly service.

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  19. albNewtoNorthernVA

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good North Indian/ Nepalese food cooked fresh. Portion size very fair and prices are very reasonable. Attentive service. A must for all those who enjoy this type of cuisine.

    1 person found this helpful

  20. McLean

    Washington DC

    43 reviews

    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Dry enjoyable meal with our son and granddaughter who enjoyed the food and ambiance. Service was great

    1 person found this helpful

  21. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed it.

    1 person found this helpful

  22. JadePlant

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious as always. Lovely presentation too. I was happy to find that they took reservations!

    1 person found this helpful

  23. KarenR

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite places.

    1 person found this helpful

  24. Phillyguy

    Baltimore

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food. Casual eating.

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  25. TajH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and good option to have spicy food - we ordered the "spicy" curries and it was just the right amount of heat.

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  26. Lovedessert

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We go to Masala about once a week. The food is consistent and always delicious. A little more atmosphere would be nice but it’s fine for a casual meal out.

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  27. Wally

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Just not their night. Service was really off. It took forever to get our food. We asked for separate checks up front, but this posed a real challenge for our waiter. Also, I ordered my dish spicy, but it was not. Too bad. When this restaurant is on, it is really great.

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  28. happytraveler

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service, an extensive menu, great-tasting food. The additional of some Nepali items makes the menu more interesting than other local Indian restaurants. Low noise level made conversation easy. Outdoor seating looked lovely but cut off wheelchair accessibility. Entered through the front door but had to move tables and chairs to get to our table. Would be easier to have access through the side door, if a curb cut could be made there. But the meal was worth the accessibility challenge - will return!

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  29. CatherineC

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Graduation dinner

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  30. JANETS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Pleasant surprise. Enjoyed our meal. Unassuming location. excellent selection of food options, great service, very tasty.

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  31. Demetra

    Washington DC

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent variety on the luncheon buffet. Pleasant waitresses. Reasonable for lunch buffet.

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FAQs

Masala does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Masala also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 462-9699.

Masala is rated 4.4 stars by 31 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Masala

1394 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22101

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    McLean
  • Hours of operation
    Daily: Lunch: 11:45 am-2:45 pm; Dinner: 5:00 pm- 10:00 pm:
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Indian, Nepalese, Pakistani
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Parking is plentiful and free in a public lot right in front of the restaurant.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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