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Rania DC's Main Dining Room - Rania DC, Washington, DC

Rania DC

4.7
4.7
264 Reviews
$50 and over
Indian
We are excited to welcome you to Rania, DC's hottest destination for modern Indian food. Tom Sietsema has called our food "some of the most inspired Indian cooking in DC." At Rania, we offer homage to the time-honored traditions, rich flavors, and spices of India in an intimate, luxurious setting. We look forward to sharing our vision with you!

Presenting sophisticated, highly acclaimed 4-course prix-fixe menu, with an upcoming debut of our chef's tasting menu.

Policies:
-Dress Code: Smart Business Casual. No shorts, athletic wear, or baseball caps are allowed.
-Children under 10 are not allowed in the main dining areas.
-Reservations are available for parties of up to 6 people.
- A non-refundable deposit of $30 per person is required for parties larger than 5.
-A 20% gratuity will be added to all parties 5 or more.

For large party or private dining inquiries, please email: Info@raniadc.com

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 32 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Indian
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 804-6434
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Chetan Shetty
  • Private party facilities
    Hosting a business event or a celebratory occasion? Rania has the perfect space for your next event. We offer a variety of spaces and menu options that bring forward the history, flavors, and hospitality of India.
  • Private party contact
    Hamid Khalili: (202) 804-6434

Experiences

  • Regular Dining Experience 4-Course Menu

    $90.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Rania's 4-course ($90) pre-fixe menu experience, with the option to add wine pairings and cocktails as desired. Available Tuesdays thru Saturdays. Note: Due to the unique nature of our cuisine, we are unable to accommodate allergies to allium, nightshade, cumin, and coriander. However, we are pleased to inform you that we can cater to vegan diets and other dietary restrictions if notified beforehand. We take pride in our ability to provide a quality dining experience to our patrons and appreciate your understanding.

What 264 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

264 Reviews
  1. IndranilS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience. Have been there twice once before Michelin star and now once after. Will go there again.

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  2. ChelseaB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful experience. The food and cocktails were delightful. We will make sure to visit again.

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  3. Sommelieragogo

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow! Wow! & more wow! Food and cocktail presentations were unbelievable and delicious! Service super attentive and friendly. Management on top of their game!! Love this spot!

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  4. VivianN

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and excellent service. Cocktails were delicious and very creative.

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  5. Tucker

    Philadelphia

    286 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    286 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The modern creativity expressed here is certainly deserving of the Michelin star they have. We had 8 different dishes/tastes plus an amuse bouche and all were impressive. Rania also has an excellent wine list and a group of house conceived cocktails that are unique. Service was knowledgeable and timely throughout. Can't wait to return!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing 10/10 the food the service was immaculate

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  7. EleanorR

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service was outstanding. It was the perfect place to have a special dinner to celebrate my husband’s birthday. The only nitpick is there are no sound buffers so it can be very loud and hard to have a conversation at times.

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  8. ChrisP

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food - we love Indian food and this is one of the best Indian meals we've had in a while. Food and service are exceptional. They also have great and creative cocktails.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Some of the vegetarian dishes were smoky. Most of the vegetarian folks don’t prefer smokiness.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tasting menu, ambiance, service, cocktails - Rania, you knocked it outta the park

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  11. AdedayoO

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, great service, exceptional food 👌

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  12. JinayD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The experience was extremely enjoyable, the presentation of the food, the creation, serving and presentation of drinks was quite creative, some dishes could have been better in the third course; the best was the second course. Definitely worth the money, cannot wait to visit next time to try out other dishes and drinks.

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  13. JStew

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Worthy and deserving of the Michelin star. Made the mistake of taking a few with me who live off of chicken tenders and pizza, who felt out of place anywhere without ketchup on the table, and even they were amazed. Would definitely return. Everything was brilliant, intensely flavorful, and next time, I'll go alone. Much love.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best service I’ve had in DC. Food was amazing, spicey deliciousness.

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  15. PopeS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Except vegetarian Entree, all items were great and god service Paneer dish was too sweet

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  16. Andrew

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing experience. From the moment you walk in until you leave, you will be enjoying yourself. With impeccable service, attention to detail, and an impressive variety of flavors, you will be happy dining in and spending an evening at Rania. Highly recommend, and will be going back for sure.

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  17. EstherK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was amazing, could not have asked for a better meal or staff

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  18. DanielleF

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service at this newly Michelin starred restaurant is definitely worth a visit. As a bonafide super white lady, I was worried that the Indian spices might be too much for me, but was so pleased that flavor and heat aren't one and the same here. Yes, there was spice, but it was intentional and nuanced with other delightful flavors. I did a wine pairing that was charming, but the stars of the beverage show are definitely their cocktail selections. As a single diner, I appreciated being seated along a banquet in the main dining area and enjoyed the decor. The chairs with shelves for handbags were a thoughtful touch. Bathrooms are convenient and well maintained. I will note that the volume of the dining room (7:30pm reservation on a Friday) was a robust 107 decibels. At times I had difficulty hearing my server and the sommelier. I can't imagine the difficulty nearby couples had maintaining a conversation without shouting. Also of note, I had a drink at the bar before my dinner seating. Definitely consider doing this as the cocktails have exciting presentation and fun ingredients. However, as a person of size, the bar seats were not large enough for me to sit in comfortable. Think about your comfort before planning to eat at the bar.

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  19. DavidE

    Baltimore

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A superb update/upgrade to Indian cuisine! Clearly layers flavors with just the right degree of heat. Obviously deserving of its Michelin star and possibly on track for another. Our only concern or discomfort was the very loud noise level supported by a driving bass note in the music which was otherwise overcome but ambient noise. While the decor was lovely, the addition of some softer surfaces for noise abatement wpould be welcome.

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  20. ShailendraJ

    Richmond

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Really bad food. Not sure how Michelin star works but i have eaten to many places and this was the most pathetic indian food ever in my life. Spoiled my anniversary dinner evening totally.

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  21. Chanson

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Can't believe the quality and creativity received for the price paid, extremely well-executed dishes, impeccable service, great value.

    1 person found this helpful

  22. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience!! As someone who has grown up on Indian food his entire life, seeing an elevation on classic dishes from presentation and depth of flavor, is always welcome! The wine pairings were on point!! Jotish was a gracious host, handling our every request. Be sure you select the Parsi Chicken as one of your courses - it may be the most underrated on that menu, but the flavor — fabulous! Oh and that dal makhani — 🙌🏽 — dynamite!!

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  23. Caroline

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a unique restaurant - the food was fantastic as was our server. The drink presentation for the Tequila drink was really something! Not crazy expensive for a Michelin star!

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  24. Tricia

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding flavors, exceptional service, creative presentation. Loved it!

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  25. SamM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious and outstanding service, but $300 for a dinner for 2 sitting at a high top was a bit excessive.

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  26. DanielB

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for my husband’s birthday last Saturday. It was a very comfortable atmosphere, the food was great and the price point for a Michelin Star establishment is considerably cheap! However, where they really shine is their cocktails! Every single one is a show! You know how when you go to a mexican restaurant and a staff member walks through with fajitas and everyone watches as it goes by?? Yeah, that’s this place with the drinks! 😂 We would return without hesitation!

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  27. Guest

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    During my visit I experienced great service and great food.

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  28. PhantomDiner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good, but not as good as I expected. Service was very good, but a bit impersonal, and we felt rushed through dinner. The food was somewhat underwhelming and not as flavorful as I would have expected from a high-end Indian restaurant. We went during restaurant week, so it may be better during a regular night. The restaurant itself is beautiful, and the drinks were outstanding.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food and drinks . We had great time

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  30. JoshuaW

    Baltimore

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Some things were excellent (pork vindaloo, beet fritter, the wine pairing) and some things did not live up to Michelin star standard (dry rice, both under- and overcooked naan, slightly rubbery kofta). Service was good, overall ambiance is not up to the standard I expect for a $200 a person meal. Likely would not repeat.

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  31. LisaB

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic meal! The service was great, and the food was an incredible mix of flavors. We will definitely be going back soon!

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  32. ManojS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall a good experience, very good service, presentation, starter and first course very good, second, third, and fourth course okay, we need to taste may be other entrees, on expensive side.

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  33. ElizabethR

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our dinner at Rania was wonderful, our service and the meal was exceptional. My only comment is was that the interior of the restaurant was a little cold during dinner - I will caveat that it was cold outside so it was a minimal affect on a great evening out.

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  34. JillL

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderfully creative and innovative take on Indian food. Best lentils I've ever had in my life, and I eat them a lot (they're provided as a side dish to course 3; you don't need to ask for them). The chana masala panisse on course 2 might have been my favorite. If you love cocktails, check this place out for their Instagram-worthy and innovative cocktails alone. Dessert was just okay, which is why I'm deducting one star - I prefer more spiced Indian desserts over fruit-forward desserts, but that's just personal preference. I appreciated that dessert was light and felt healthy lol.

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  35. DeepakM

    New York City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    First of all, excellent service. Very pleasant staff. Very timely service without feeling encroached. Most food (4 course Price Fix Menu) was very good-as it should be for a Michelin Star restaurant. Except for the Daal which was ordinary and looked just like any average Indian Restaurant. The Chef did not compromise on spices and kept most dishes authentic.

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  36. PrasadB

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    excellent place. will be back for sure. expensive but worth it

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  37. TomH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible experience - a well deserved Michelin Star with incredible takes on Indian cuisine with a fun atmosphere and impeccable attention to detail in the plates and glasses!

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  38. TanyaW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing night at Rania with family! Tried 3-4 cocktails, all well-balanced, enjoyable, mezcal one a favorite. We choose variety of meat, seafood and vegetarian courses and all loved. Got each dessert option at table, all 3 perfect ending to the meals...surprise guava fruit jelly with check nice touch and loved by all, tart and flavorful.

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  39. KayG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent fine dining. Delicious menu, beautiful presentation, and top tier service. Perfect for date night.

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  40. Jenna

    Cleveland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was pretty good here. Small portions, but a decent value nevertheless for the price. The service was disappointing. It took us probably 40 minutes after we finished our appetizer to get our main courses. Tables who came in 30 min after us got their food far faster, and yet during the wait our server never checked in to ask if we wanted another drink, or to tell us where our food was. Our server was in fact, pretty MIA. Also, it was so loud in there I couldn't actually hear the server. I don't mind a loud place, but the servers should speak up after the first time I say "I'm sorry, I couldn't hear you."

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FAQs

Rania DC offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 804-6434.

Rania DC is rated 4.7 stars by 264 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 32 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Rania DC

427 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Penn Quarter
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Indian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Executive chef
    Chetan Shetty
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Phone number
    (202) 804-6434
  • Private party facilities
    Hosting a business event or a celebratory occasion? Rania has the perfect space for your next event. We offer a variety of spaces and menu options that bring forward the history, flavors, and hospitality of India.
  • Private party contact
    Hamid Khalili: (202) 804-6434
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