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Namaste' Jalsa, Alexandria, VA

Namaste' Jalsa

4.3
4.3
59 Reviews
$30 and under
Indian

We promise you an unforgettable, unique and delicious dining experience! Namaste Restaurant will provide unique and magical taste to Alexandria, Virginia through international creative food, and hospitality that will make everyone feel welcome and special.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Indian, Nepalese

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–2:45 pm Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:45 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:15 pm

  • Phone number

    (571) 970-0615

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Cross street

    King street

  • Parking details

    Parking is Free behind the building after 5.00pm everyday and Saturday and Sunday you can park for lunch and dinner.

  • Public transit

    We are 5 minutes from Kingstreet Metro and Dash is on our street also

What 59 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. g

    gaila

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great food and service. Lots of choices. They can make food mild to very spicy and in between. Wait staff attentive. Would definitely return!

  2. B

    Bill

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    On a different day, the service may have been better, but they were not prepared for Valentine's Day, and it wasn't even that packed. We debated leaving because it was taking so long and the wait staff clearly were overwhelmed, but then the appetizer came out and it was amazing! Then we waited a little more and the entree was even better! We ended up taking some home for a snack the next day.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    30 minutes for chips and sauce . 1 hour for appetizer. Entree was pretty small. I understand that it was Valentine’s day but what was the point of making the reservation if we still had to wait that long.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was our first experiences with Indian cuisine in Alexandria. This will become a regular spot for us, great food, great price & incredible service. Looking forward to coming back.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love this restaurant! The staff is wonderful and the food is fabulous! All over great place to eat!

  6. KH

    KarenH

    Washington DC

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We took our out of town houseguests there as they are big fans of Indian cuisine. They were very impressed by not only the huge amount of options on the menu, but the quality of the food as well. They were particularly excited to see all the dessert choices, something that apparently they rarely see in their local Indian restaurants. We sat in one of the elevated booths, which makes it very private and quiet, allowing us not to scream at each other as in so many restaurants nowadays. The service was friendly, knowledgeable and very efficient.

  7. KR

    KatherineR

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Really good Indian food. Flavorful. A good go to.

  8. DC

    DCdiner

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Food was delicious and dining room was unexpectedly very empty. Staff seemed a little confused and we had multiple people coming by to ask us the same thing (eg offering to take a drink order when we were waiting for drinks we'd already ordered). Pretty sure it was a training night. Would definitely come back again if I was in the area and craved this cuisine.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely place and awesome staff. Food was delicious. Had o save room for dessert. Rose ice cream was great! 10/10

  10. R

    Robert

    New York Area

    76 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good Indian food in Old Town Alexandria. I enjoyed my thali. It featured a variety of delicious dishes.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    45 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    overall1food1service2ambience2

    This was the third and final time we’ve been here. We came when it opened and the food and service wasn’t great, but we put that down to opening issues. 6 months later we ate here and while the food was passable, the chicken curry dish my wife ordered had diced chicken bones in it that she choked on. This last time was the final straw. We went when it wasn’t busy, we ordered and then my wife’s tandoori chicken came out incredibly quickly. The chicken was barely warm and dry. It had obviously been cooked many hours before and reheated poorly. The salad it was served I was limp and unappetizing. About 10 minutes later the Indian Salad turned up - a pitiful plate of limp iceberg and chopped tomatoes with one ring of cucumber on it. No mint dip, no onion, no care gone into it at all. My dish hadn’t even appeared. We opted to leave and walked out. The sign outside says ‘Old Towns Best Indian Restaurant’ - technically as it’s the only Indian Restaurant it’s not a lie - but it also makes it the worst, poorest service, and poorest cuisine standards. Do yourself a favor and stay away.

  12. EC

    ECS2

    Washington DC

    85 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Very nice buffet ! And nice helpful staff

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a great meal there. They have a varied and diverse menu and service was attentive.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed the service, atmosphere and food. We’ll return soon.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Delicious food and excellent service. The mango martini is a must!

  16. LR

    LeslieR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had the best time! Will definitely go again!! The food is made from scratch and is flavorful. The staff was attentive and the atmosphere so fun.

  17. B

    Bobby

    New Orleans

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I found the food to be delicious and if you request spicy, for real, they will comply and give you spicy! I don't recall the name, but the smothered samosas were outstanding.

  18. HM

    HemenM

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    My family and I come here 2-3 times a month, so much so that they know us and give us our regular table, which my daughter loves. The food is spot on, even my Indian mom would approve. They are improving their bar offerings, and we are excited to see where they go with it.

  19. JP

    JimP

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great flavors. Very nice presentation. Staff excellent. Best Indian food in the area without doubt. Jim

  20. R

    Rose

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    A group of six friends had the lunch buffet on Saturday. Lots of choices, all delicious, and nice service filling water and removing plates.

  21. BT

    BillyT

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Only wanted the buffet, but it was offered for dinner

  22. JF

    JonathanF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent food and friendly service. Pricing is quite reasonable and great variety of choices, including for vegans and vegetarians.

  23. DK

    DavidK

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food, food service and rrelaxed atmospher!

  24. HM

    HemenM

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    As an Indian, it’s hard to find restaurants that mom would approve of, but Namaste is one that she’s love.

  25. KD

    KathleenD

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Excellent selection and variety. Good service. Try the mango martini.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    We got seated right away, the menu is extensive, service was good and so was the food!

  27. CF

    ChristineF

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    We’ve been here before and always return because our food is always excellent! We’ve had spotty service before but this time it was perfect. Bravo! Only thé ambiance is a little below the cuisine. But we’ll come back for the delicious food. And always generous portions.

  28. JG

    JustinG

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    They’ve been making some upgrades in the menu and website, but the food is just as delicious as always! You can’t miss with samosa chat, butter chicken, and onion kulcha!

  29. h

    hellosabine1968

    Frankfurt

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wir hatten draußen einen Tisch ergattert. Es ist war eine sehr gemütliche Atmosphäre. Wir würden sehr zuvorkommend bedient. Es hat immer jemand gefragt , ob alles o. k. ist, ob das Essen schmeckt und so weiter. Ich war schon mehrmals da und mag die das Restaurant sehr , da Klein gemütlich , essen toll. Und teilweise auch andere Auswahl als bei anderen indischen Restaurants. Sehr lecker. Sehr zu empfehlen.

  30. HK

    HollyK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Lovely space to have a meal with large, arched booths available if you arrive early. We started with samosa chat which were quite good and not too spicy and followed this with the tandoori grill dish. (A nice mix of salmon, chicken, lamb and one shrimp.) Well seasoned and you could order it based on your spice tolerance. The chicken biryani used a longer grain rice and is a darker color than we were used to seeing but was also well prepared and flavorful. We also ordered kasmiri naan (a sweet, fruit stuffed bread) and dal. All good dishes and well seasoned. Attentive service and quiet enough to hear each other talk. Would have liked a little music perhaps. :)

  31. CF

    ChristineF

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    Fantastic flavors! We wanted to lick our plates! But they simply don’t have enough servers to provide good attentive service. But it’s so excellent we will return most certainly.

  32. PH

    PatH

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My friends and I began a ritual of trying different ethnic restaurants once a month. I took a poll from google, yelp and ListServ and Nepalese won for Indian cuisine. I made a reservation through Open Table with a note we were looking forward to trying it. Within an hour the Manager Jay, called me saying to be sure to ask for him. We were greeted like old friends. Since I was the only one slightly familiar with Indian food, he suggested the buffet. He took the time to tell us about each item on the buffet table. It was all fresh, plentiful and every sauce and entree was absolutely delicious. If you read this Jay, thank you for a delightful experience. You made these rookies a huge fan and we will be seeing you and Nepalese a lot more.

  33. M

    Michelle

    Kansas City

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Truly delicious and a lovely evening, unfortunate that the restaurant was short-staffed so service quite slow, forgetful (multiple asks, etc. as you might expect on a short-staffed night).

  34. MG

    MichaelG

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This meal was the highlight of a lovely evening in Alexandria. Service was pleasant and welcoming. The minced lamb seekh kabob was fragrantly flavorful with a nice texture, and a shredded paneer dish (name?) that was new to us was quite good too. The Indian dishes we ordered were well prepared classics with no surprises. Spice levels were generous even if a bit inconsistent across dishes. Though we did not take advantage of it on this occasion, others may find it valuable to know that the menu mentions the ability to accommodate gluten free diets and food allergies -- of course, be sure to contact the restaurant directly to verify this prior to making your plans.

  35. JJ

    JerJ

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2019

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    My wife and I came to Alexandria (Old Town specifically), because we just love this place and it was her birthday weekend. I made reservations online through OpenTable and made a request for a little something special, if possible, for my wife's birthday. However, I was informed that somehow the reservations never went through (although I was receiving reminders from OpenTable). No biggie, we were able to get a table without a problem. The food was pretty good. She got the lamb madras and I got the chicken madras. My wife absolutely loves Indian cuisine so I was happy the food lived up to expectations. My only complaint was the service. I snuck off earlier in the dinner and spoke to our server about it being my wife's birthday and if there was anyway something could be done. He says, "I'll see what I can do." That was one of the maybe handful of times we saw our server. We had to flag him down to order dessert and once that was brought out that was the last we saw of him. Someone else gave us the check and I never did find out if there was anything he could do for my wife's birthday. The restaurant wasn't packed but the was a large party there that played a large role in the loud noise level that night. If we're ever in town again and choose to eat there, it'll be takeout.

  36. JK

    JudithK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2019

    overall3food2service2ambience1

    Buffet choices were numerous but food was not kept hot at all in the chafing dishes. Place just seemed sort of slow and tired. Would not return

  37. B

    Brooke

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and great service. The prices were also very reasonable, especially for the location.

  38. s

    seafoodlover

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Very authentic Indian food! Loved the dosa masala!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved our first visit to Namaste. This is probably our new favorite restaurant. Looking forward to regular visits!!!!

  40. JT

    JenT

    Dallas

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Conveniently located near the King Street station, if you are just passing through Old Town. The owner was extremely friendly and the food was outstanding!

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Namaste' Jalsa is rated 4.3 stars by 59 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    King street

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–2:45 pm Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:45 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:15 pm

  • Cuisines

    Indian, Nepalese

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking is Free behind the building after 5.00pm everyday and Saturday and Sunday you can park for lunch and dinner.

  • Public transit

    We are 5 minutes from Kingstreet Metro and Dash is on our street also

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

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