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$30 and under
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Indian

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Good Vegetarian Options
We promise you an unforgettable, unique and delicious dining experience! Namaste Restaurant will provide unique and magical taste to Alexandria, Virginia through international creative food, and hospitality that will make everyone feel welcome and special.
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and excellent service. The mango martini is a must!

LR
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best time! Will definitely go again!! The food is made from scratch and is flavorful. The staff was attentive and the atmosphere so fun.

HM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My family and I come here 2-3 times a month, so much so that they know us and give us our regular table, which my daughter loves.
The food is spot on, even my Indian mom would approve. They are improving their bar offerings, and we are excited to see where they go with it.

JP
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great flavors. Very nice presentation. Staff excellent. Best Indian food in the area without doubt. Jim

R
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A group of six friends had the lunch buffet on Saturday. Lots of choices, all delicious, and nice service filling water and removing plates.

BT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Only wanted the buffet, but it was offered for dinner

JF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and friendly service. Pricing is quite reasonable and great variety of choices, including for vegans and vegetarians.

OT
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, food service and rrelaxed atmospher!

HM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

As an Indian, it’s hard to find restaurants that mom would approve of, but Namaste is one that she’s love.

KD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent selection and variety. Good service. Try the mango martini.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We got seated right away, the menu is extensive, service was good and so was the food!

CF
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We’ve been here before and always return because our food is always excellent! We’ve had spotty service before but this time it was perfect. Bravo! Only thé ambiance is a little below the cuisine. But we’ll come back for the delicious food. And always generous portions.

JG
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They’ve been making some upgrades in the menu and website, but the food is just as delicious as always! You can’t miss with samosa chat, butter chicken, and onion kulcha!

h
Frankfurt Area
12 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wir hatten draußen einen Tisch ergattert. Es ist war eine sehr gemütliche Atmosphäre. Wir würden sehr zuvorkommend bedient. Es hat immer jemand gefragt , ob alles o. k. ist, ob das Essen schmeckt und so weiter. Ich war schon mehrmals da und mag die das Restaurant sehr , da Klein gemütlich , essen toll. Und teilweise auch andere Auswahl als bei anderen indischen Restaurants.
Sehr lecker. Sehr zu empfehlen.

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HK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely space to have a meal with large, arched booths available if you arrive early. We started with samosa chat which were quite good and not too spicy and followed this with the tandoori grill dish. (A nice mix of salmon, chicken, lamb and one shrimp.) Well seasoned and you could order it based on your spice tolerance. The chicken biryani used a longer grain rice and is a darker color than we were used to seeing but was also well prepared and flavorful. We also ordered kasmiri naan (a sweet, fruit stuffed bread) and dal. All good dishes and well seasoned. Attentive service and quiet enough to hear each other talk. Would have liked a little music perhaps. :)

CF
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Fantastic flavors! We wanted to lick our plates! But they simply don’t have enough servers to provide good attentive service. But it’s so excellent we will return most certainly.

PH
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I began a ritual of trying different ethnic restaurants once a month. I took a poll from google, yelp and ListServ and Nepalese won for Indian cuisine. I made a reservation through Open Table with a note we were looking forward to trying it. Within an hour the Manager Jay, called me saying to be sure to ask for him. We were greeted like old friends.
Since I was the only one slightly familiar with Indian food, he suggested the buffet. He took the time to tell us about each item on the buffet table. It was all fresh, plentiful and every sauce and entree was absolutely delicious.
If you read this Jay, thank you for a delightful experience. You made these rookies a huge fan and we will be seeing you and Nepalese a lot more.

M
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Truly delicious and a lovely evening, unfortunate that the restaurant was short-staffed so service quite slow, forgetful (multiple asks, etc. as you might expect on a short-staffed night).

MG
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This meal was the highlight of a lovely evening in Alexandria. Service was pleasant and welcoming. The minced lamb seekh kabob was fragrantly flavorful with a nice texture, and a shredded paneer dish (name?) that was new to us was quite good too. The Indian dishes we ordered were well prepared classics with no surprises. Spice levels were generous even if a bit inconsistent across dishes. Though we did not take advantage of it on this occasion, others may find it valuable to know that the menu mentions the ability to accommodate gluten free diets and food allergies -- of course, be sure to contact the restaurant directly to verify this prior to making your plans.

JJ
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

My wife and I came to Alexandria (Old Town specifically), because we just love this place and it was her birthday weekend. I made reservations online through OpenTable and made a request for a little something special, if possible, for my wife's birthday. However, I was informed that somehow the reservations never went through (although I was receiving reminders from OpenTable). No biggie, we were able to get a table without a problem. The food was pretty good. She got the lamb madras and I got the chicken madras. My wife absolutely loves Indian cuisine so I was happy the food lived up to expectations. My only complaint was the service. I snuck off earlier in the dinner and spoke to our server about it being my wife's birthday and if there was anyway something could be done. He says, "I'll see what I can do." That was one of the maybe handful of times we saw our server. We had to flag him down to order dessert and once that was brought out that was the last we saw of him. Someone else gave us the check and I never did find out if there was anything he could do for my wife's birthday. The restaurant wasn't packed but the was a large party there that played a large role in the loud noise level that night. If we're ever in town again and choose to eat there, it'll be takeout.

JK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 1

Buffet choices were numerous but food was not kept hot at all in the chafing dishes. Place just seemed sort of slow and tired. Would not return

BG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service. The prices were also very reasonable, especially for the location.

s
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very authentic Indian food! Loved the dosa masala!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our first visit to Namaste. This is probably our new favorite restaurant. Looking forward to regular visits!!!!

J
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Conveniently located near the King Street station, if you are just passing through Old Town. The owner was extremely friendly and the food was outstanding!

D
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We went for dinner. I have been to the Namaste on Franconia road for the lunch buffet and we are always very pleased with the food and service. The restaurant itself is very attractive, but on a Friday night at 7pm it was pretty empty. The service at this location was confusing. We had multiple servers. We asked one server for recommendations, he simply replied it is all good. So we were on our own. Not being especially familiar with Nepalese/Indian cuisine I got the stand by dish of Chicken Tikka Masala, it was unimpressive. I was with 3 other people they all liked their dishes enough, but not outstanding. The naan bread is not included with the meals so you must pay extra for it. We were given 2 dishes of rice, even though 3 of the dishes were supposed to be served with rice. We all shared a plate of chili momo dumplings as an appetizer with a chicken filling, these were the best part of the meal. The bill was $100 for the 4 of us for 1 appetizer, 4 main dishes and an $8 basket of naan...no drinks or dessert. We felt like it was overpriced for what we got. We may try the Old Town location again for the lunch buffet, but I wouldn't return again for dinner.

J
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was wonderful. Shrimp curry was excellent. I enjoyed the food so much, I returned the next night and ordered the Seafood Thali, which was beautifully presented and quite delicious.

DP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is delicious and the wait staff is friendly and attentive.

m
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We stopped in for the Sunday buffet and were blown away. Incredible flavors. This is seriously some of the best Indian food we have had in years. The sauces were silky and luxurious. The chutneys were thick and flavorful. Servers were friendly. The restaurant is very clean and bright. Highly recommend. Cannot wait to return and order off the menu.

G
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good. When they say their vindaloo is hot, believe them. Love it.

RH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, nearly empty (due to polar vortex)... Found it strange that they decided to seat other patrons right next to us (no privacy!)

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Was quiet and cold in the restaurant and they didn’t have half the wines or beers on the menu. However the food was excellent.

A
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was not seasoned properly... worst was the service. Had to wave arms wildly for service...

B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant. Wonderful people. The manager Jay is terrific.

L
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First, compliments to our server - I didn’t get the name, but she was a very friendly young lady who said she was from Mumbai - for doing a great job with the six people at our table! She had a good sense of humor, accurately took down the many things we ordered, and never made us feel rushed throughout our long dinner!

Many compliments to chef!! The food - all of the dishes - were delicious! We started with Samosas, and Pani-puri, for the apps, and for the main course, had lamb Rohan josh, Chicken Tikka Masala, Baingan (eggplant) Bharta, Bhindi (okra), and the Aloo-Gobi (potato-cauliflower) dishes, followed by desserts: Gulab-Jamun, Ras Malai, and Mango lassis. All SUPERB!!

Thanks to the Namaste team for a great experience!!

MD
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic food and ambience!! The chef personally comes to your table to explain the day's menu and you see him cook all your food only feet away in a completely open concept kitchen/restaurant (no walls - not even glass walls). The setting is sooo much fun and the mediterranean food was delicious!!

GT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Waiter was excellent - recommenced great appetizer and was a great sounding board for main dishes. Gave skepticism when we ordered lots of naan bread which was good because he did not know our love for naan vs rice.

Food was good but not sure got lamb korma that we ordered. If it was then least favorite lamb karma that have had after eating Indian for the last 20 years to include a few years in England.

On a good news, Butter Chicken was awesome - soaked up good naan with the sauce.

B
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was so flavorful, beautiful and carefully prepared. The peanut appetizer was one of the biggest surprises-can’t wait for a re-do on that. Everything was wonderful but the peanuts were special

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food choice. Nepalese and Indian specialties. Vegetarian choices are extremely numerous. Beer, wine and cocktails are expensive but good.

AM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite Old Town restaurants for the food and ambience.

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