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Turmeric Indian Dining

116 reviews
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$30 and under
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Turmeric Indian Dining, in East Vienna, serves authentic Indian cuisine made with the finest ingredients and most vibrant seasonings in its elegant, welcoming restaurant. The spice rubbed and sautéed tawa shrimp and the pakora platter laden with assorted vegetable fritters with cilantro and tamarind sauces make ideal appetizer selections. Some of Turmeric Indian Dining's specialty entrée dishes include the spicy chicken vindaloo curry with potatoes and seasonings, the beef sheikh nawabi slow roasted on skewers in the tandoor and the Kerala fish moilee salmon cooked in coconut milk and black pepper. Turmeric Indian Dining also has plenty of flavorful vegetarian dishes like the baked eggplant with onions, tomatoes and spices and the yellow lentils with ginger, garlic and mustard seeds.

For an exotic dessert, enjoy Turmeric Indian Dining's mithai taster with gulab jamun honey dumplings, mango kulfi ice cream and rasmalai sweet cheese patty.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Bar Dining, Takeout, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JENN (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 5, 2016

Much better than average Indian food. Not your standard Indian fare because they have dishes from all over India.

McleanDesi (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 24, 2016

Very good Indian food with a friendly wait staff. Ordered a couple of their non-veg Thali dinner meals and it had a lot of good variety. It was quite for a Saturday evening and I'm wondering if it is because of the location. Def. will come again.

vipshoemaven (Naples)
5.0  Dined on August 20, 2016

Good food in a friendly atmosphere. Best samosas on the planet.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 31, 2016

We had not been here before, but very much enjoyed it. The food was very well prepared, friendly service, and conveniently located. Will definitely go back.

CACBS (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on July 24, 2016

We have eaten here before (same dishes) and enjoyed it. The food has been good and good value. However our meal tonight was disappointing.
The pakora appetizer was soggy and consisted only of 3 small onion rings, and a few battered potato and zucchini slices.
The shrimp makhani was a nice portion and the sauce was tasty as usual however the shrimp were smallish and so over cooked that they tasted like hockey pucks. When told, the waiter shrugged, muttered " sorry about that" and offered to pack it to go.
We are not likely to give it another try despite having enjoyed it previously due to the "could care less" attitude.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 15, 2016

We visited for the first time and enjoyed it. The food was very good. We had an early reservation so they were not busy - hence the low noise.

vipHDFHTBOY (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 13, 2016

This is right by my office and I love to go there for lunch. They have a great buffet and the staff is very nice.

LAubergeReview (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on July 6, 2016

Excellent selection of dishes and good prices (not a cheap eats but won't break you either). Service was friendly but very slow.

1Peg (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 22, 2016


The wait staff was very attentive but not intrusive. I ordered the lamb rogan josh which I thought needed a little more seasoning. However, with condiments, it was fine. My table
companions all enjoyed their meals - lamb vindaloo, and chicken with spinach (which I tasted and thought was delicious). The restaurant was moderately busy on Wednesday night and it
was easy to converse. This is a neighborhood restaurant for me and I would certainly go again.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

Good food and good service. Nothing outstanding but with the price.

chrisg (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 16, 2016

Tumeric Indian Dining has been our favorite place to get a fix of authentic Indian dining. The menu is extensive and includes a wide variety of regional dishes. My favorite is the fiery Lamb Vindaloo - when they say it's spicy, they mean it! Service is always impeccable and friendly, and they take the time to answer any questions and explain how dishes are prepared if you ask. They are my go-to place for Indian food!

vipOceana (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 24, 2016

Still as good as ever. We lived in Vienna 2 years ago and used to have the buffet lunch at least once a week. Tried it again last week and we were positively surprised that the quality and food and service hasn't changed. Great buffet!

viprhk20190 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

We (husband & wife) have been 7 or eight times early on Friday evenings. The food has always been excellent, and distinctive among local NoVa Indian restaurants, refined, balanced, with good quality ingredients. Some of the dishes, i.e., lamb saag, are outstandingly delicious and a great value. Some, like the chili paneer appetizer, are outstandingly delicious and a very poor value in terms of quantity. It all works out. The small wine selection is good enough and fairly priced. The breads are OK, but not their strong point.
Service is not their strong point either, despite the fact that they are very friendly, personable, and even somewhat hip. The service is structured in that annoying way where you may never see the same person twice, except when each of 5 staff come by as you're finally trying to eat to make sure "everything is OK."
Last Friday night, we were greeted, seated, menu-ed and abandoned for 7 minutes as usual, interrupted by water delivery after about 3 minutes. When a female server appeared with pad in hand, I said, "we're ready to order." She said nothing, so I said we’d like a bottle of the Malbec. “A bottle?” She peered at my menu where I was pointing, wrote it down, but turned on her heel and disappeared for another 6 minutes. Someone else showed up with the bottle, opened it and filled our glasses more than half full. Again I asked to order. He disappears, the female reappears. I order the appetizer, my wife’s meal, some bread… and then I want to ask about one of the 3 specials, a tandoor red snapper. I said “can you tell me what the red snapper comes with?” She wrote something down and then said she would repeat the order back to us.
The good news is, every dish was superb that night, even better than usual.
If you go, and you should if you want some lovely food, go with time in hand, leave your type A self at home, and be braver than I about asking for a competent speaker of English.

vipNovaDiner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2016

This was our first visit to Tumeric - the first of many to come. Great food and excellent service!

vipGASAP (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2015

food is really good. Service was a bit off this time, and very few in restaurant, but that's not been usual experience so not sure what issue was.

vipPrettyFoodThatisAll2 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 28, 2015

The title says it all. The restaurant wasn't super busy on a Saturday night and the service was still extremely slow. The entrees didn't come out at the same time. They forgot to bring us dishes we'd ordered several times. Overall just not great service! But good food at a decent price.

Eric (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 14, 2015

Nice atmosphere; delicious food; great service. There was a pretty good crowd on Saturday night but not packed. Other times - weekday evenings, etc - there have been very few patrons so I hope they have enough business to keep it going. It really is good!

viprhk20190 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 13, 2015

Wife and I have been several times in the last couple of years. Service has always been attentive, friendly, and accurate. The cooking lately has suddenly become more to my taste. Their spicing as always been deep and complex, but "heat" has been lacking, even if requested. Lately, if you ask for very spicy, you get it, and it still does not compromise complexity. Very satisfying. All the vegetable dishes are top notch. The Saag Lamb is outstanding and a great value. The Malabar Fish Curry (I asked for extra spicy) is mind blowing. I'm not sure the breads are up to the standard of everything else. Highly recommended.

PeggyM (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 10, 2015

They have a decent lunch buffet for $10.99. There were 2 kinds of chicken, goat, lentils, spicy mushrooms, potatoes, spinach, plain basmati and saffron, bread, pappadum, some sort of dessert, I cant recall all, but everything I tried was good. I got a couple samosas to go home. They were good, too. The staff was friendly. The ambience is barebones, functional. I would not choose it for date night. We ate a late lunch so there was only one other customer there so dont rely on my noise rating.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 30, 2015

Great food!