Dharani South Indian Cuisine

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$30 and under
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Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Comfort Food
The word ‘Dharani’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘dhar’ which means to uphold or maintain and true to this Dharani upholds the authenticity of traditional flavors from South India! Dharani is a fine dining family restaurant where the calm ambience enhances your sense of taste. We are proud to offer you signature dishes from all five southern states of India, abounding with their distinct flavors. Our menu, offers vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike, a variety of dishes to choose from. South Indian dishes aren’t just the famous Dosa, Idli and Uthappams of Tamilnadu. Amongst our many dishes we offer the renowned Dum Biryani of Hyderabad, spicy gongura pickles of Andhra accompanied with millet based flat-breads from Telangana, the distinct coconut infused dishes of Kerala, the unmistakable sweetness of the Mysore-pak of Karnataka! We have a flavor to suit every palate – from sweet to savory, from tangy to spicy, from subtle to overwhelming!
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Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Not your typical Open Table restaurant. At least at lunch there is only a half decent buffet. No menu, no wait staff, nothing offered to drink but water. I might go back by myself for the buffet but I was embarrassed to have taken guests there.

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Washington DC
164 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Going out for dinner is intended to be a pleasant experience. Unfortunately, the incompetent wait staff at Dharani detracted from the food. This could be a excellent, value based establishment. However, the terrible service substantially detracted from our experience:
1. There was no pace to server our order. The appetizer was still being enjoyed (dosa) when all of our entrees were brought to the table. We were expected to lift a large platter make room for our main courses, which were brought out way too early.
2. Halfway through the meal, we were finally able to flag someone down to inquire as to the status of our cocktails. We were told that they were not able to fulfill and order for their 'signature' cocktail and option 2 was also unavailable.
3. Prior to ordering a dish for my mother-in-law, we confirmed with the wait staff that the item as not spicy. To her (and our) disappointment, it was in fact quite spicy.

There may be some promise in the food itself, but there are plenty of nearby options that will merit our visit before we give Dharani as second chance. After all, running a restaurant is operating a SERVICE BUSINESS. I cannot say that Dharani takes SERVICE at all seriously.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff, made excellent suggestions

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, large servings, very friendly and helpful staff.

GW
32 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprised. Went here on Friday night and it was jamming with families. Delicious food and a slightly different take on the recipes with the Southern Indian spices. All food was good quality and large portions. Service was prompt and courteous. We will definitely come back.

a
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Birthday for my son

R
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in the area!

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place and great service. There was a lot of food unavailable on the menu. What we did order was great.

L
New England
77 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is delicious and a great value. The 3 star rating is because, the address is wrong in open table. We drove around a residential neighborhood and called when we confirmed that the restaurant was in a different town. The other star was because they served chicken to a vegetarian. We were careful but our waiter told us that the dishes looked the same.