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Masala Art DC (Tenleytown)

4.6
4.6
1081 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Indian
'Too much is so good, you can't stop eating it. The tandoor-baked breads are not mere swabs for sauce but could be eaten, and enjoyed, on their own; the naan with cilantro and rock salt is terrific, as is the kulcha richly stuffed with minced lamb. Masala Art offers combinations you don't see often around here, but even its more familiar dishes can be revelations. Consider its samosas. They're flakier than a lot of the competition, and their filling of peas, potatoes and sweet raisins tastes fresher, too. A burst of cardamom in every bite helps. In the same vein, soft logs of minced lamb pulse with heat from jalapeno peppers, a shock offset with breezy mint. Pureed spinach is a vibrant green, flecked with corn and rich with garlic...' - WashingtonPost.com

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Indian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 362-4441

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Tenleytown

  • Cross street

    Albemarle Street NW

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

What 1,081 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. NG

    NickG

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Having lots of food allergies I shy away from Indian food. So glad we took a chance at Masala Art DC! The owner took personal interest and care to be sure there was no cross contamination, and the food was delicious! We'll be back.
  2. MI

    McIeats

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Amazing food. You can’t go wrong with Masala Art!
  3. P

    Prontomac

    Washington DC

    407 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    407 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly outstanding Indian food in many varieties. We think the kitchen is very mature..no Hollywood but exactly like the food we had in great places in Delhi, Lucknow etc
  4. M

    Mauri

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Nice cozy restaurant with good food at reasonable prices.
  5. DG

    DanG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    indian pickle chicken wonderful and not what we in America think of as pickle flavor. got a 1/2 vegetarian dish that we did not like and they gladly switched it to another 1/2 vegie dish. very helpful and informative waiter.
  6. JE

    JohnEO

    Washington DC

    115 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    115 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    We returned to Masala Art on the basis of our previous pre-COVID experience. Our return with friends, however, turnout to be a somewhat embarrassing experience. The first hint of disappointment was us hanging around by the door waiting for a maitre d' to turn up to direct us to our table. We received glances from staff but were studiously ignored. We decided on pre-emptive action and chose a table ourselves - only to wait another 10 minutes for menus and attention from a server who gave every impression of not wanting to work at the restaurant at all. Eventually, 25 minutes after arrival the manager took our orders during which interval we noticed a regular stream of carry-out customers picking up their orders. We concluded carry-out was where this restaurant now thought it made most of its money. 60 minutes after arriving we received our first food, which was really very good: in my case, tender, nicely flavoured Rogan Josh; but all the other dishes were also very good, except one chicken dish was too spicy. (Unusually, for an Indian restaurant we were not asked how spicy we liked our food). The Kashmiri naan was also good but the pre-entree popadoms never showed up although we were charged for them. We hear DC restaurants are suffering because of post-COVID staff shortages - something we had not experienced at other DC restaurants we have visited recently. At Masala Art, the problem appears to be server quality, customer inattentiveness, and overpriced wine: $40 for a bottle of cheap Malbec is ridiculous. We were disappointed. I doubt we will return despite the very good fare.
  7. LC

    LoreeC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Masala Art's food and ambience are excellent. A new appetizer to us was the delicious cauliflower bezule. We will definitely order it again. Service was efficient and pleasant. We frequent Indian restaurants regularly and highly recommend Masala Art in Tenleytown.
  8. BG

    BobG

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Tried the goat cheese kulcha which I had never heard of. It was ecellent. The Dal makhani was excellent as usual. The remaining food was uninteresting -- samosas, the Tawa eggplant and the dhokla. It was a disappointing meal with some highlights.
  9. g

    geezerseat

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food, usually quiet enough for easy conversation. Staff are attentive but not obtrusive and you never feel rushed. Recommend for catching-up-with-a-friend.
  10. JA

    JAWNPS

    Washington DC

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best Indian food around.
  11. JL

    JaneL

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of our favorite restaurants. The aroma and atmosphere are very good. We feel welcome here & frequent it often. We like the lamb and chicken dishes and the naan. The prices are quite reasonable and the dishes feel fresh.
  12. JC

    JenniferC

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There are so many interesting and hard-to-find dishes on Masala Art's menu that it was totally worth the trip from Takoma Park. Good selection of beers on tap and in bottles, and it was utterly generous and charming that they brought me a birthday Gulab Jamun / Rasmalai sampler with a lighted candle in it, on the house! Will return to sample more of their great menu sometime in the near future!
  13. S

    Seth50

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am always very pleased by the warm welcome I receive upon entering the restaurant and the attentive service. This is in addition to fine food and reasonable prices!!!
  14. P

    Prontomac

    Washington DC

    408 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    408 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Truly outstanding food prepared by a very good Chef. The Setting is quite comfortable, and the manager very welcoming as was her charming daughter. We were especially impressed with the shrimp in chili sauce appetizer and the lamb with mint and cilantro. Both the cauliflower appetizer and the baby eggplant are just wonderful. The wine list if just the right size for this restaurant, and not crazy prices like you see elsewhere these days!
  15. KG

    KarenG

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Favorite Indian restaurant in the area. Broader, more unusual selection than most and most importantly, tastier!
  16. LB

    LeslianneB

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is attentive without being overbearing; the food is excellent and authentic.
  17. C

    Cakes

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    This was my first time dining here. The food was cold and seemed old. It was as if they didn’t care for our business with them. The only dish that was good was the fried cauliflower. I would not recommend this place.
  18. x

    xyzee

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service and low noise levels so conversation was easy.
  19. J

    Jess

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Masala Art DC is a hidden gem. We had never been there before and popped in on a Friday night. The food was absolutely delicious (some of the best Indian food we have ever eaten - the butter nan is to die for). Staff were very nice as well. We will definitely be going back.
  20. JC

    JosieC

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful!!!
  21. TF

    ToddF

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Masala Art is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is always delicious. And the owner and his staff are very welcoming.
  22. ES

    EdwardonSSI

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had a lovely meal at Masala Art. The food was delicious and we appreciated the personal attention of the owner. The restaurant was doing a bustling take out business but spacious dining room was virtually empty of diners, which made us feel comfortable and safe. We will return soon.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Nice friendly couple running the place. They try really hard from a service standpoint. Food is pretty bad though. It wasn’t just one dish - across the board very very average food. So many much better Indian restaurants in the DC metro area that it is impossible to recommend this place.
  24. CW

    CarolineW

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I always expect excellent food and we were not disappointed. We had lamb vindaloo, lamb ghosh and chicken tikka masala. All recommended.
  25. JM

    JamesM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Masala Art has excellent food and has had a booming take-out business during the pandemic. It is open now for in-person dining. Recommended.
  26. MJ

    MJinDC

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food, attentive service. A neighborhood gem!
  27. B

    Boothbay

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is always amazing, the food and service is outstanding.
  28. DC

    DCRandy

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our favorite Indian restaurant in DC. The lamb chops were superb, as was the saag paneer, naan and chicken tika masala. The wine list is succinct and very fairly priced. Nice quiet atmosphere. It is a great place to spend a nice quiet relaxing dinner. Service is professional and not rushed at all.
  29. SS

    StephenS

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a splendid birthday party dinner with 10 friends (3 birthdays). We were well-cared for, with excellent food guidance, and staff were patient, even though we lingered for a bit and were the last guests.
  30. F

    Foodlover25

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to Masala Art before and it is one of our favorites, but yesterday's meal was really fabulous. We shared 2 vegetable dishes, a shrimp. and a chicken dish and all were excellent. The presentation made it easy to share and we felt completely safe in the clean and calming atmosphere.
  31. S

    Seth50

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been to the Tenleytown location of Masala Art many times, and each time has been a start-to-finish delightful experience. The service is good--in fact, elegant--the food is authentic, and the prices are most reasonable. Do not hesitate to go!
  32. d

    dcdolcevita

    Washington DC

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Masala Art! The food is reliably great - really, everything on the menu -- and it's an easy place to park, get into on short notice, and enjoy a quiet conversation. One of our go-to spots for a casual but delicious night out!
  33. T

    Traveler33145

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Slow kitchen. 1.5 hours waiting at the table for food with nobody coming to get water. Great food, great portions, great flavor.
  34. L

    Lois

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    The Open Table reservation was not found when we arrived. The staff seemed to be pre-occupied with delivery orders and our entire meal took 2 hours. The food was good, but the drinks ordered were miscounted leading to a quadrupling of a glass of wine order (instead of the 2 ordered) and the single Manhattan drink which was ordered but two were delivered. The error was corrected after speaking with management. Overall the meal was good but was slow in being served.
  35. DP

    DarinP

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the staff is very patient and friendly, and willing to answer lots of questions about the spices, etc used in the dishes. We’ll definitely return.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal experience. Food was reasonably priced, service was superb, food was served hot and was delicious, and ambience was great as well. 10/10 would recommend!
  37. d

    dinerwiner

    Washington DC

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I go to Masala Art often. The food is always good.
  38. FD

    FoodnDrinkGuy

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Masala Art is one of my favorites. They have a contemporary twist on traditional fare. There is something for everyone. I highly recommend them for any occasion.
  39. P

    Peterw

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Always constantly good food. Friendly service.
  40. L

    Leighatsea

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Their menu ranges broadly and is excellently prepared. Service and ambiance are terrific.

FAQs

Masala Art DC (Tenleytown) does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Masala Art DC (Tenleytown) also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 362-4441.

Masala Art DC (Tenleytown) is rated 4.6 stars by 1081 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Masala Art DC (Tenleytown)

4441 B-Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Albemarle Street NW

  • Neighborhood

    Tenleytown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Indian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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