Masala

4.7
23 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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JC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Indian restaurant in the area. Amazing service!

M
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All good here. Tasty food, friendly service, easy parking and moderate prices. Especially liked the mutter paneer.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We got the lunch buffet, the food “ok”. It wasn’t that hot & the bread was stale.

d
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

American style food. Did not taste like Indian food. Staff was very nice though.

PM
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 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.

MM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very large family group and Masala was very accommodating. The food was delicious!

j
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I go well out of my way to eat here, the food is fantastic! The service has always been excellent, too.

LR
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 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!

FM
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have taken three different groups of friends there and will introduce still more. It is really a very good Indian restaurant.

S
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We live in the neighborhood and enjoy the food and friendly service.

NN
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 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.

ML
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dry enjoyable meal with our son and granddaughter who enjoyed the food and ambiance. Service was great

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed it.

JP
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always. Lovely presentation too. I was happy to find that they took reservations!

KR
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places.

P
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food. Casual eating.

TH
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and good option to have spicy food - we ordered the "spicy" curries and it was just the right amount of heat.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 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.

W
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 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.

h
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 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!

CC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Graduation dinner

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JA
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasant surprise. Enjoyed our meal. Unassuming location. excellent selection of food options, great service, very tasty.

D
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent variety on the luncheon buffet. Pleasant waitresses. Reasonable for lunch buffet.