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Shangri La

3.9
38 reviews
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$30 and under
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Indian
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Shangri-La Nepalese & Indian Cuisine offers traditional Indian and Nepalese with a modern twist, using fresh local organic produce, tender meats, poultry and seafood and exotic spices. At Shangri-La Nepalese & Indian Cuisine, diners can enjoy the customary offerings one would expect, like tikka masala, butter chicken, shrimp vindaloo and more, or for a special taste sensation try the Shangri-La mixed grill which consists of seekh kabab, tandoori chicken, fish and shrimp cooked in the traditional fashion in the restaurant's clay oven.

Of course, no meal would be complete without bread, and at Shangri-La Nepalese & Indian Cuisine, a dozen different breads are baked daily on-site. If you can't decide, go with the assorted bread basket.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Indian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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(301) 656-4444
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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3.9  based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.9
service
3.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipServedbyNicolas (Denver)
4.0  Dined on March 11, 2014

Very friendly staff, no complains!! Looked for veggie/vegan dishes and were happy with the selection!!
Thanks again

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2014

Went for my son and my joint birthday dinner. The server/restaurant manager was very accommodating and entertained my children so they were never idle. The food was equally enjoyable. Would definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on January 16, 2014

I visit a restaurant by myself before inviting a guest. Unfortunately, this is not one to which I will invite anyone. Even though I told the host/server that I had a reservation, he did not even look at it to check my preferences, a window table, nor did he check me in. The decor lacks a recognizable style, the service alternates between intrusive and negligent, the ingredients in the food are not balanced---one ingredient in each dish overwhelmed the other ingredients. There are only five wines by the glass, all from the same winery--Bonterra.

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Reenie (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2013

We (family of five adults) love the food at Shangri-La. The menu choices range from vegetarian to goat for the adventurous, mild and subtle to incendiary, naan is freshly made on location. The service is friendly and low-key. Children are welcomed.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on December 7, 2013

told we had theater tkts,ordered upon arrival,yet it took almost 40 minutes to be served after multiple inquires "when was the food coming".we have been to this resturant many times in the past,the food is very good;but we shall not return.

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RockvilleCustomer (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on December 7, 2013

We chose this restaurant because of the vegan choices on the menu, and the food turned out to quite good, although the portions were rather small. Maybe we have been spoiled by the generous portions at Spice Xing, but the portions seemed kind of small. The main impression we left with, however, was the poor service. Our waiter spilled lots of water, spilled soup, forgot to bring the iced tea my wife ordered, and forgot to bring the bread basket our guests ordered. And whenever anyone from the kitchen came out, they could not seem to understand what dishes they had on their trays, so when we said Such and Such goes here, they would motion for the waiter to come over. And when the waiter did come over, he forgot who had ordered what.

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vipNUParent (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on November 10, 2013

I am planning a trip to Nepal and wanted to sample Nepalese food. It was good! While the menu is mostly Indian, the Nepalese offerings were delicious. I love the presentation in the small copper bowls. The staff was very nice and called me immediately when I left my credit card there by mistake. Another benefit of making Open Table reservations (so they had my phone number)!

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Angelmom (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on October 8, 2013

Out for a birthday dinner with family. Dining room was easily accessible for grandma and her walker. Food selections were varied, and everything we tried was wonderful. Wine choices were good. The wait staff was very attentive and friendly, without being overbearing. The only thing I did not like was the bread with dips provided. Both were too spicy and peppery to eat.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined on September 24, 2013

I ordered a chicken curry that came with rice. I found chunks of either soggy or partly burnt rice in the rice bowl. I told them and they gave me a fresh bowl. That was OK (no chunks) but not great. The chicken curry was fine.

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vipRexilanna (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 23, 2013

This was the first time I had been to the restaurant for dinner. The lunch buffet is always great. Dinner was just as good. The restaurant was a little empty, but it was a Monday night when I went. Overall, great Indian food!

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vipUKFoodies (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on August 22, 2013

Ate at Shangri-La with some work colleagues and as usual, the food did not disappoint. We had a variety of starters and mains, and the wonderful serving staff asked the chef to prepare an off-menu vegetarian dish which was fabulous. Meat dishes were cooked great and the bread basket was delicious and buttery. Good wine list, friendly and attentive service, and the staff even sat patiently while our leisurely table closes the place down. Well always return here and highly recommend for great Indian food.

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JSMM (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on July 27, 2013

Beautifully and tastefully prepared food. Samosas were very good as was the dipping sauce. Lamb vindaloo is very spicy, not for the faint of palate.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 7, 2013

Very diverse menu of food entrees, breads, & appetizers. Very attentive, congenial, pleasant waiter. My entree of chicken, spinach, & rice curry dish was very ample and tasty. Had the option to request a mild version of the curry as opposed to being restricted only to a hot and spicy flavored offering. Would return for lunch or dinner. Would highly recommend to friends & associates who like Indian cuisine.

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lmcgarity (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 3, 2013

Husband and I had the two-person sampler package and it was really amazing. Just a little taste of several different menu items. The price was right and the food was delicious. Great service and since it's not in the main strip of Bethesda, it was just the right amount of crowded!

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vipLlll (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 21, 2013

No, Shangri La isn't on Woodmont Street. It's on Wisconsin at Montgomery Ave, which must be the reason it's less known than many Bethesda spots whose food is nowhere near as good and whose cost is far higher.

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vipLadeeva (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 12, 2013

We went to Shangri La for Mother's Day and were not disappointed. This was our first time here and believe me, we will be going back. The food was amazing and the servers top-notch! The restaurant is small but not crowded...and everyone seemed happy probably because the food was so satisfying. If you are a lover of Indian cuisine, this is the place for you. They told us that they only use organic vegetables and greens...so delicious. Do not go to Bethesda without stopping in!

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dcgirl (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on May 4, 2013

Small, quiet, genteel atmosphere with attentive service. Authentic food preparation delicately spiced and nicely presented.

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nicewinelist (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on April 19, 2013

Food was good but the service was erratic. I tried to ask what the "*" meant on the menu and the waiter just didn't understand my question after three attempts. They also mis-understood what one person ordered (she wanted a Salad but got a Sala something) and forgot one dish for another person (but fortunately we had enough food). I suggest they consider adding item numbers to the menu (like many Chinese restaurants do) or at least writing the order down and confirming it back to the customer. We like the house wine.

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vipEatHer (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on April 13, 2013

We love Indian food, so the Indian/Nepalese menu sounded good and we decided to give them a try. We were not disappointed. We tried dished from all sections of the menu -- all were at least good, most were excellent. To top it all, they told us they use organic vegetables & greens. Dish size was big enough that we had a doggy bag to take home.

We will be going back. Hopefully, the place will not be mobbed after this glowing review.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on March 24, 2013

Excellent Indian and Nepali cuisine!

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