Masala Art DC (Tenleytown)

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1064 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Indian

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Good Vegetarian Options
'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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NicoleS
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This neighborhood restaurant serves the most interesting Indian dishes in Washington. Coorgi Murg is fabulous, but you can't go wrong with any of the main dish courses--and there are many delicious vegetarian options as well.

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vipglobetrotter
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Masala Art offers a large choice of dishes, including vegetarian ones. They finally made their dishes less spicy, so it is now accessible to most palates. The service was friendly, without being invasive. The noise level was low. Best feature is that it is one of the few good restaurants in the Tenleytown area.

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vipsharon
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was flavorful and interesting. Service was perfect.

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vipjohn
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, service and value. Definitely will go back.

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vipNancyB
Washington DC
197 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We've never been disappointed at Masala Art Tenleytown. This time we went for lunch but opted out of the buffet, preferring the freshly made alacart selections.

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vipjuliette
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I have been going to this restaurant for years. But the meal we had recently was the best ever!!!! The presentation has changed since the last time and it is an improvement. Service is good. My only complaint is they turn down the lights so low it is hard to see. But overall excellent!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We were seated 30 minutes late and waited for our food for 50 minutes

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vipKarenS
New England
11 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Masala because the food is always excellent. The selections are very interesting and the wait staff are very helpful in selecting items that are not too spicy. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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Zeus
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Unexpected suprise...........loved it! Great food, good service had a neighborhood vibe.

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vipMichaelW
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

When you look up the phrase “neighborhood gem,” you’ll find a picture of Masala Art DC. A welcoming place with great food and great service.

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vipLynn
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

We normally love Masala Art’s food. But this night the shrimp was over cooked and the eggplant was undercooked. The staff was insufficient and our wait for a drink and to order was too long.

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Eaterbee
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice ambiance, very tasty food. Portion size of chicken was a bit slight though tofu entree and appetizer was plenty. Surprisingly, Monday night in January was busy-- number of walk ins for pick up orders. Taxed the service a bit so attention this visit wasn't what I've experienced in the past. Great variety on menu.

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DavidT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The kitchen and service continues to be top notch and iMasala remains a cozy and relatively quiet haven and good value.

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SharonS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this neighborhood restaurant. As usual, I had a special meal request, and the cook made sure I was fully accommodated. Great place to enjoy good food and friends in a charming yet low key atmosphere.

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paulG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Still some of the best Indian food in town. Lately they have added items to the menu- this refreshment should continue.

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JonR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The food was mixed. The salmon tandoori was dry. The chickpea appetizer was too sweet. Other dishes were good. I might try it again, but go with traditional dishes, not fusion style dishes.

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joeb
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience3

I said I would recommend - it is not as good as it used to be..noticed this the last two trips..also, how can a restaurant be open without a functioning bathroom...that was embarassing for me with my guests...

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CristinaS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

I think we were unlucky with the table and the waiter. There was an older gentleman who chewed loudly and burped often and since the restaurant was almost empty (there were only a total of 3 tables with customers) we asked to move after a while but before we even ordered. The waiter seemed to have a problem with that. Also the waiter took a long long time before he got our order, never asked whether we needed more hot water for our tea. All in all, very poor service but good food. I have eaten there before, this is the first time that I was disappointed.

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vipthomask
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We two couples wanted good food that we don't cook at home, attentive service, a fair and reasonable price and we wanted to be able to hear each other on a Saturday night. Masala Art at Tenleytown hit a home run. Two of us had different versions of chicken, one had a vegetarian large bowl of rice and chickpeas, and one had the extra large grilled shrimp. Delicious. We talked and talked and enjoyed ourselves.

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RevaF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Family gathering

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vipKirue
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I dropped the overall rating by a star only because service was so slow on our last visit, probably due to understaffing. The food, however, was as good as it's ever been since this restaurant's opening. Probably because in recent years we've been ordering via their delivery service more than dining at the restaurant, we were actually surprised by how delicious and fresh-tasting everything was--both the old favorites and some new dishes we tried. We've always appreciated that Masala Art didn't pull its punches on the spicier dishes, and it still doesn't--not, unless, you ask them to. It remains Tenleytown's best restaurant by far, and in my opinion one of the best Indian restaurants in the larger metro area.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

All the food was delicious, attractive, and served hot. The only problem was that we waited nearly an hour after we ordered to be served.

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vipPhilipS
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Excellent and innovative dishes. Indifferent service.

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vipokn310
Palm Springs
50 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Consistently good food in a dining room where you don’t have to yell at your dinner companions.

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vipsabrinab
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience4

The place was very full and although we had a reservation and were seated upon arrival, we did not our food for 50 minutes. I have been there several times and this is the first time i have to wait that long but it would have been good for them to at least offer a couple of samosas if you have to wait one hour to get any food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Be careful and check your bill when you eat here. I had ordered a half order of dal, but was charged for a full order. Every time I walk out of here, I feel like I’ve paid too much, even though the food is great.

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DCRandy
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is consistently our favorite Indian restaurant in DC. The lamb vindaloo is spicy, with very high quality ingredients. The eggplant dishes are exceptional. The wine list is fairly priced and the selections pair nicely with the menu. We highly recommend this unassuming restaurant with great ambiance and exceptional service.

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Daisy
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food, gracious service, we will be back!

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vipBorincano
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Just before our reservation there was a tremendous wind and rain storm, which plunged Masala’s neighborhood into darkness. Blackout. Always a terrific place, but on this night Mother Nature has other plans.

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vipSparky
Washington DC
120 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. The best Indian restaurant in the DC area.

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cd62
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We love this place. Great food and convenient location. But it was sweltering on Sunday night. No AC? In DC? Not so wonderful when you’re eating spicy food.

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Tabs
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

food and service were good, unfortunate that the Air conditioning was not working

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GaWa
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Usually love the food, get the same dishes. Didn't like the flavor of mine AT ALL but we had brought a guest and didn't want to complain in front of him. Turns out it was the same for my husband; on our way home he told me how yuks his was. Will take this off the rotation

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vipGeeg
Washington DC
112 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The buffet at Masala Art is the best sit down lunch value in Washington, DC, hands down. I'm not sure my bill even came to $40. The buffet is imaginative - it's not just butter chicken and saag paneer. The service wasn't great this time - it took a long time to get our bread and I had to go searching for the server to get our check. Other times I've eaten there that hasn't been the case.

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vipTashi
Washington DC
313 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great place to enjoy when visitors are in town. The food is always amazing and it's usually quiet enough to have a conversation. We also enjoyed the leftovers that made the trip home with us.

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premj
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic food, quick service and peaceful environment.
Pain poori was really good.

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vipJoelS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience1

I have long been a fan of Masala Art, but I was stunned at the poor quality of the food we were served on a night when we were more or less the only table that was occupied in the restaurant. Things were bland, some dishes were cold or not very fresh. Only the naan was at the level of quality I had known in the past. I'm not sure I will be back unless I hear a good report.

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msbeeDC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a spectacular meal. Every dish was wonderful.

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CBS42
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is one of my favorite (top 5) DC-area restaurants. The food is delicious and perfectly prepared, and they do not skimp on the portions. I always leave stuffed and happy.

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JenS
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Loved the waiter’s recommendations. Nice neighborhood atmosphere.

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

Masala Art DC (Tenleytown) is rated 4.4 stars by 1064 OpenTable diners.

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