Tamarind Indian Cuisine

4.8
59 reviews
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Good Vegetarian Options
We are specialized in authentic Indian food.

Specials

Thirsty Weekday Happy Hour Specials

Enjoy $2 Domestic Beers, $3 Draft Beers, $4 Import Beers, $4 House Wines, $6 Cocktails and $6 Well Drinks. Available at the Bar & Patio area only.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: May 17, 2019

Ends: May 18, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 4:30PM-7:00PM

What 59 People Are Saying
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KM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Goat Dum Biriani was well prepared, flavorful and delicious. The staff went out of their way to ensure that we had an enjoyable experience. I look forward to my next meal at Tamarind.

PJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food, we're very glad to find a good Indian restaurant!

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on July 15, 2019

Hi PamJ, Thank you for your review. Appreciate it ! Look forward to see you soon !! Regards, Venkat. (Owner)

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Such good food and served so nicely. Great seating near the front where it’s quiet or be close to see kitchen in action. Everything was the best and it’s our new favorite Indian restaurant. We will be back.

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on July 15, 2019

Hi , Thank you for your review. Appreciate it ! Look forward to see you soon !! Regards, Venkat. (Owner)

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good. All Indian restaurants feel kind of same after sometime. But Tamarind had a different flavor to even traditional items. The palates are delectable different, and bursting with flavor in the mouth . We tried Kutthu Paratha, Chilli shrimp , Chilli Corn, Sukha mutton and some vegetarian dishes with assorted bread basket. Service was good as well. Keep up the good work. Please don’t allow it to be mediocre as the time passes by. That’s the problem with the Indian restaurants in our area. Hope you will keep your novelty.

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on July 15, 2019

Hi, Thank you for your review. Appreciate it ! Look forward to see you soon !! Regards, Venkat. (Owner)

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A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was OK and they added multiple extra items in the bill which we had to ask them to cancel.

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on May 1, 2019

Hi Ashish, Thank you for the review. Appreciate it! However, it is very disappointing to see your statement of adding extra items to the bill. It is just because you pointed, and as we respect our guests' opinion/choice, I went with your word & refunded the money for items pointed without any say but that doesn't mean we really added extra items to the bill. If you truly felt it, your say is most important for us than investigating into. We look forward to see you soon! Venkat (Owner).

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KW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants. I love to come here with a small group and share multiple entrees. Was here with friends to celebrate my birthday and everyone loved the food and the atmosphere.

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on April 30, 2019

Hi Ken, Thank you for the review and sharing the experience. Appreciate it ! We will see you soon !! Regards, Venkat. (Owner)

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CW
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My group all enjoyed the food and ambiance of the place. Here is something the restaurant can do: mark the dishes that are not spicy and which were. I had not trouble with spiciness of the food, but there was one person who because of spiciness won't go in the future. Thanks

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on July 15, 2019

Hi CelesteW, Thank you for your review. Appreciate it ! We will definitely look into that and make those changes. Look forward to see you soon !! Regards, Venkat. (Owner)

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h
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was outstanding - flavorful and properly spiced. The owner gave us suggestions on a few dishes to order. It was fun to try something new. the dishes were so delicious, we plan to go back soon! Loved it!

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on July 15, 2019

Hi hckate, Thank you for your review. Appreciate it ! Look forward to see you soon !! Regards, Venkat. (Owner)

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RK
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was good. The waiters are personable. The service was slow.

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on July 15, 2019

Hi RameshK, Thank you for your review. Appreciate it ! Look forward to see you soon !! Regards, Venkat. (Owner)

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J
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was outstanding! But it took 30 min to get a waiters attention once we were seated and then never saw him again once the food was delivered. We had to go to the bar for drinks and then again to get the check.

If it wasn’t for the fact the food is so wonderful we would not go back.

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on February 18, 2019

Jeff, My apologies for the inconvenience caused. I totally agree with you, it was the Valentines Day dinner and as it was super busy night, we missed on few checkpoints with our guests for some duration. We have discussed and provided strict guidelines to our staff to be maintained during busy hours. Thank you for your review and feedback. We're confident and provide you better service next time. Once again sorry. Look forward to see you soon !! Regards, Venkat.Aella (Owner).

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v
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s the real deal. Great Indian food. Great cocktails. Great staff. Lovely decor. We will be going back!

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on February 18, 2019

Vadiner14, Thank you for the review and feedback. Appreciate it. Look forward to see you soon !

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, slowish service but very thorough. Would definitely recommend

BF
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

They have a bar but wouldn't make a drink.
The lamb chops were overcooked.
The staff was eager but not overly competent.
One of our dishes was never served.

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on December 14, 2018

Hi Bill, Thank you for your feedback and review. We're very sorry to see that your experience turned out to be disappointing. We talked to our staff and set some strict guidelines. Usually, Lamb Chops is one of our signature dishes, on that day it was a bad day and a mistake. We're confident to provide the best Lamb Chops with perfect cook, spice-level and tenderness and quality service on your next visit. Look forward to see you soon. Thank you !

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SN
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

How can a new restaurant that opened in November 2018, get 50+ five stars reviews before Nov'18 dating back to Year 2015, see below review dates?

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on December 14, 2018

Hi Naidu, It's a valid concern. Just to clarify, it is not a brand new restaurant. New Management and bought an existing restaurant. When it is purchased, all the Assets, Liabilities were part of the settlement. The Website, reviews (good, bad) were considered as Assets and part of the transaction along with equipment etc. Sametime, we don't want to stop there (eg: 50 reviews) and passionate to build-on & enhance what was before with best quality food and overall experience. Thank you !

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GP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Getting seated quickly was the only nice thing that happened to us.

In the 45 minutes that followed after we ordered our food, our family (including very young children) were left waiting, starving and frustrated. We had a waiter come up to us ONCE to empathize with us and also to inform us they lost our order. The manager (lady) had an attitude, and she seemed to think we should care about their plight of having to serve us lowly paying customers.

I think their food is good judging by other reviews since we never got to the entrees.

Mistakes do happen I get it, but they seem unprepared to deal with their mistakes. I would have been completely within my rights to throw a tantrum and scream at a couple of staff but my civility got in the way. That is more than I can say for their manager.

Have no intentions of setting foot in there again while I still have my self respect.

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on November 20, 2018

Dear Gopalan, Thank you for your review and feedback ! We apologize to you and your family for all what happened and the inconvenience. We truly felt your situation when you were there in the restaurant and waiting. We are here to provide good food and quality experience to our customers. We are satisfied only when our customers really enjoys it. We hope you provide us another opportunity to server you better. Thank you!

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GO
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to celebrate my wife’s birthday in a Thursday evening and were surprised how quiet it was. We liked the open plan kitchen, you can see your food being prepared by the chefs. When it arrived the meal was excellent and the service was very good. We’ve been looking for a good curry restaurant and this is the best one we’ve found so far in Loudoun County.

CF
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Indian buffet anywhere--wide selection of main dishes

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are a plethora of Indian restaurants in this area, but it’s difficult to find a really spectacular Indian restaurant....until now. 1947 has the best Indian food of any Indian restaurant in northern Virginia, and I have tried all of them!

The atmosphere is great! The restaurant has really vibrant decor. When you aren’t enamored by the food, it’s very entertaining to sit back, look around, and take it all in.

The drink selection is excellent! They have a lot of Indian beers, as well as the usual fare if you aren’t feeling adventurous. The food is exceptional. Everything from the appetizer to the entree to the naan is perfect! That’s very rare.

1947 is so good, I don’t plan on going anywhere else when I’m craving Indian food!

H
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our good friends, my husband and I love to visit this restaurant. The food is so delicious and, of course, authentic. If there are any questions, management fixes everything. They will put two tables together so that we aren't crowded. There's never a negative when we eat at 1947. I have to add a negative comment to my previous review. The manager has not acknowledged our reservation so we are denied our points for this visit. I don't know why this has happened because we definitely checked in when we were there. I'm going to call once again--I've called before. If he does acknowledge, I will amend this remark.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great buffet. Each dish had its own unique taste and was spectacular.

N
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and affordable in a pleasant atmosphere.

b
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

The worst food ever. Not hot. No taste. Less dishes in buffet . Only ambiance is good .

RS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Six adults went to 1947 for a family celebration. The food and service was excellent. I have also been to 1947 for a lunch and highly recommend the buffet where you will find a broad delicious selection.

N
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very pleased with our dinner at 1947. The food was absolutely delicious and was presented in a beautiful manner in authentic serving dishes. The service was very good and the drink selection was good as well. I highly recommend and I will definitely be visiting again.

JC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. I would recommend 1947 to anyone who enjoys Indian food.

OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Good food. Great service. Cheap feeling ambiance but the price is right.

j
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

As previously explained apparently no one at the restaurant made a record of my Idine reservation despite telling them my name and that I had made one. The meal was a typical Indian buffet. The decor was interesting with a theme of Indian independence hence the 1947 name of the restaurant.

R
Oklahoma City
16 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

As another review mentioned, the rose scent from the bathrooms is VERY POTENT! However, the food is delicious and prepared well.

CH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An outstanding Indian meal, very friendly staff at every turn. We largely put ourselves in the hands of our waiter, asking his recommendations for appetizers and main courses for a table of seven. He asked us what kinds of things we liked, and the result was a mix of delicious standard selections and some we otherwise might have missed. The service was prompt and friendly and every dish was delicious. We are definitely coming back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Dishes were pricey

s
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Very friendly.

VA
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Disappointing second experience!

We had dined at 1947 a few months ago, and it was superb! We went again this weekend, and it was very disappointing. Our waiter had no interest in answering questions or making any recommendations. I asked for a dish with no hot spice, and he recommended one that was still much too spicy for my liking. He never came back to ask if our meals met our expectations, so I was not able to express my dislike until much later when the manager/host was walking by. We used a Groupon which seemed to upset our server as he rudely threw the bill down on the table. I found the portions to be very small (4 small "meatballs" in sauce for $16). I WILL NOT BE GOING BACK!!!

AL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

While the food was very good, the okverattentiveness of the waiter ruined the experience. He insisted on taking things away appetizers we were not yet finished with. Likewise, he pushed an appetizer on my date while she was waiting for me to arrive (thankfully, it was a tasty one!).

While just enjoying our drinks and settling in, he repeatedly kept coming back to the table to take our entre' order every few minutes. We would politely ask to come back in a little while more, and he would then hover just a couple tables away, waiting to make eye contact.

It was relatively early, and the restaurant wasn't particularly crowded, so maybe he just didn't have enough to keep him occupied. It got to the point that my date and I were laughing, and waiting in anticipation of the next antic he would pull. Nonetheless, it ruined an otherwise pleasant dinner.

d
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great experience and food was surprisingly really yummy!

PC
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The food choices were standard and nothing stood out. The quality and taste was mediocre, but overpriced. Would not visit again especially with so many other restaurants that offer more exotic and varied choices in the area.

DT
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our first time eating Indian food, staff were very helpful guiding us in our choices.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is by far some of the best Indian food i have ever had. I took my mother here while she was in town and had a fantastic time. She is vegan and we we're both impressed how our server took that into account the entire evening. I would recommend this place if it is your first time trying Indian, or if you eat it daily! It was SOOOO GOOOD!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Authentic Indian cuisine in an upscale atmosphere. Beautiful decor and great for a special occasion. Food served in copper pots atop copper heating pots so meal is piping hot until you finish it. Mango chutney is amazing, as is the lamb in mint and cilantro sauce. Great service. Will definitely visit here again.

MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food, prepared well. Plenty for a full meal of leftovers as well. Chicken very tender, sauces flavorful. Mild ones a bit spicier than some but not too bad.

n
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The palek paneer was very good but everything else was just okay. It smelled like mold in the hallway to the bathroom and they masked it with horrible rose smells. I accidentally walked back in the server area looking for the bathroom and caught a couple making out. Not good.

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