Permanently Closed - Rasoi Indian Kitchen

3.9
405 Reviews
$30 and under
Indian
This restaurant is permanently closed. Eclectic Indian fare in an elegant dining-room. Indra, the God of rain, graces the entrance. Our North Indian dishes are made using special blend of spices by Chef Poonam. A full bar including four tap beers and Indian Wines to enhance your dining experience. Reservations accepted for a la carte only.
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vipDiscerningDiner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I have had many enjoyable meals at Rasoi in the past. Probably not again. The manager who greeted us was frankly rude, and the buffet quality and experience has degraded considerably since my last visit. It was doubly embarrassing because I had invited friends hoping to make it an enjoyable occasion. It's a pity.

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traveltheusa
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Horrific service. The food was fine, but the service was so awful that the food could have been the best Indian meal ever and I still would strongly NOT recommend. I brought three colleagues here for dinner - we are in DC for business - after flying in from East Africa. I’m American and they are all Pakistani. We needed halal food for them. Really shocking how awful the woman treated us as customers. I was so embarrassed. It was empty on a Saturday night. No wonder. Spend your hard-earned cash elsewhere. Hard to understand how they are still opened for business.

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AndyL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best curry in town full stop. Fantastic food really enjoyable

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DiningDish
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was delicious. I was disappointed to see that some of the items that were previously served as staples were not included in the buffet.

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Sarah
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was quiet on Thursday evening. The food was delicious. I had something really spicy but the flavors were really complex. Loved it. Great place to catch up with my best friend.

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OldVet
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Indian Food I have had since my college days in New York City! I have had Indian food in England, Scottland, and Germany. Rasoi of Washington DC beats them all! The owners were very friendly. The restaurant is small and has a warm cozy atmosphere. Only 10 minutes away from the Kennedy Center for the Perfoming Arts. Rasoi is a good place to eat before attending a performance. Parking is validated and the garage is next door. The clientel when I ate there was mostly local Indian Americans, a sure sign of authentic food. If you like Indian food, this is the place.

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vipBandido
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Didn't have a chance to sample a lot on the menu but the little we had was suitably spicy and very tasty.

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CarlyJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food on the buffet was fine, nothing special, not spicy at all. Service was good to start but then it took forever to get bill

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KimS
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Palak Paneer I've ever had! Was a great experience dining, good service, pretty speedy considering that some dishes take a bit of time to cook.

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JDawg44
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was I believe our third visit. The food is outstanding, but it's the owners and their warm and friendly service that really makes this place special. I always feel like I'm at their home for a special occasion vs dinner at a restaurant. We'll be back many, many more times.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good value, especially for downtown DC. Best samosas I’ve ever had.

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Sarah
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

tHIS RESTAURANT CATERS TO BUSLOADS OF TOURISTS ARRIVING FOR THEIR BUFFET LUNCH. There was not another soul in the place when we arrived and no one else came in. Food was mediocre at best. The server was gracious, helpful, and friendly. the bright spot. I booked it because it was close to the Renwick , should have read reviews 1st.

Rasoi Indian Kitchen - Permanently Closed
Responded on October 9, 2019

Hello Sarah, I apologize if you were inconvenienced by the big group. My buses are scheduled for 1:15 PM onwards. We do our best to fore-warn before the big group is seated. Thanks for your understanding!

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vipChris
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great, owner explained dishes, engaged us in conversation and answered questions.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best Indian meals I’ve had in DC. The owners are extremely friendly!

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yummy
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went about an a hour before closing so we were the only ones there which meant fast and attentive service. Food was delicious and options were plenty.

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vipLinlomax
Phoenix
47 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Naan was cold and a bit dry. Otherwise, the special dinner was delicious.

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ElizabethL
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoy Rasoi. I have been here a few times and always like the food and the service. Getting your food can sometimes take a little while, but I would not call the service slow by any means. I really appreciate the separate vegan section of the menu; I love the eggplant and the gobi Manchurian.

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KBaket
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

We arrived for our reservation and there were no servers present. The workers were setting up a buffet and did not seat us. We seated ourselves and got our own menus. After several minutes, we decided to just eat the buffet and serve ourselves. The food was alright and drinks were fine.

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AmaA
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience! Very courteous and attentive service. My family and I were treated with utmost respect. Great food!

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DCdaughter1
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My friend and I decided on lunch on this visit. We had the choice of choosing from the menu or the mostly vegetarian buffet. A warm basket of various flavors of naan arrived at our table while we headed to the buffet. I loved the fried cauliflower in a spicy red sauce. My friend's and my plates were filled with favorites like spinach paneer, chickpeas, aloo, and all the condiments. The only downside is we had no room for dessert.

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FCgourmand
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, perfect location. Spinach app was awesome. All the dishes were delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great, warm service and very delicious dinner- definitely recommend it!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, fantastic food and perfect service. I will be back during every trip to D.C.

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meschmarter
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Rasoi was a wonderful experience for us. We were in DC for a girls' weekend and selected Rasoi from Open Table the same day as our reservation. The food was absolutely delicious and our waitress (whom I can only assume was also an owner) had great recommendations and was very patient with us as we made our menu selections. Very good and I would go again!

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vipDrew
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

That was nice. Two things worth comment. I was dining alone. This can be kind of a bummer, but the hostess was nice - went our of her way to make me feel less alone. Also, I'm strict vegetarian. I don't expect restaurants to cater to a minority of diners, and Indian restaurants are usually a no-go (ghee, paneer...) Fine choices here. Go again? Yeah.

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Lunch
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have dined twice. Once a la carte lunch and once buffet. Excellent food and experience both times.

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vipOpenTableRegular
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Rasoi's lunch buffet may be Washington's best kept dining secret. The buffet changes daily and offers a generous array of vegetarian selections along with several meat dishes. Unlike some buffets, each dish is unique in flavor, color & texture with varying levels of heat, and they're all delicious. I love finishing off with the fresh fruit salad after sampling the tasty main courses.

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AakritiR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Their kulfi was wonderful! Their service was even better

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DonnaL
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and friendly. Totally hit the spot!
Staff was excellent. Food was tasty. Portions were just right

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SJinEC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Attentive service. The food was pretty good but not great. The tables are close together so it is a bit noisy.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has the best food! You will not go away hungry! Service was great and the ambience was even better! Would highly recommend this to all my friends for any occasion!

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vipJAWE
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time at Rasoi, which had been recommended by a friend, and we thoroughly enjoyed the great food and service and will definitely go back!

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vipAlan
Salt Lake City
17 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall1food1service5ambience4

Each meat was over cooked

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DavidO
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, nice contact with the owner. The spices are very subtile, and some of them are very soft if you are afraid of eating something too spicy. But if you like spicy food, you'll find it also ! We spent a cool evening, very relaxed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The vegetable samosas were to my satisfaction. I was delighted to have their butter chicken. I asked for spice level 6/10 (medium) and was totally satisfied with the outcome.

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NaomiB
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience3

It is very conveniently located and has plenty of seats for a circle of friends. The food was not great unfortunately - my tandoori chicken and naan were kind of dry.
If I were to go there again, I will definitely order something else.

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Deepa
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This is a very bad restaurant. Very rude and unruly owner. They charged my 3 year old twins full buffet price each. They hardly took a bite of anything. Very bad restaurant. Bad quality food. You will feel disappointed and sad after your visit to this place. Don’t ever waste your time and money.

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vipgourmande
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience2

We came to Rasoi for my daughter's birthday. As a vegan, it can be difficult to find good dining options, but Rasoi was a great experience. The food was very good, I'd say that on the same level as Rasika, where finding a reservation is usually very difficult. The lady who welcomed me defines customer service. I am thinking she must be the owner or similar. Her smile and warmth sure beat anyplace else's service. I told her about my vegan birthday girl and she said she would be aware of that throughout the dinner. In the end, as there were no vegan desserts, she brought a cute bowl of melon with a candle. Our food was amazing and, if you think you're good on spicy food, do try their vindaloo. Outstanding! A great night was had by all, and we enjoyed the welcoming service and conversation.

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DAnnC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent customer service! The host is very personable.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The worst indian restaurant in this world, the people were super rude/rascist. They kept serving water and checking on the Caucasian customers and belittling us. More than that, the food was uncooked and unwanted. It might sound too extreme but this restaurant deserves to be shut down.

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Permanently Closed - Rasoi Indian Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 775-5660.

Permanently Closed - Rasoi Indian Kitchen is rated 3.9 stars by 405 OpenTable diners.

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