Punjab Grill

4.5
308 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Indian
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Punjab Grill welcomes guests to gather over time-honored recipes handed down from generations of khansaamas (chefs), expertly crafted cocktails and an assortment of spectacular wines in our sumptuous yet inviting design, inspired by the lifestyle of the Maharajas who were patrons of the arts and fine craftsmanship. May your experience be a true reflection of the multicultural influences and heartfelt hospitality of the region and its rich regal heritage. Please refer to our website for our dress code: www.punjabgrilldc.com/location.
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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was absolutely fantastic, and the food was amazing!

LC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A new Indian fine dining option in DC. Amazing. I was worried at first when the water was served at room temperature. However, the service picked up and they were very responsive. They have a real sommelier and wine list with plenty of options (not just white!). Each dish has its complex flavors. It’s not just the same sauces with proteins. You can go adventurous and have venison. Or go basic with chicken makhni which was outstanding! Get a side of potatoes or Brussels sprouts which are clean and elegantly simple to compliment the heavy spices of the dishes. Make sure to save room for dessert - paneer cheesecake and the coconut kulfi were our faves.

This is not your basic everyday Indian dinner. This is not what Mom makes. This is fine dining and worth the indulgence.

DW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superlative! The food was beyond delicious, every taste a sensation. After sharing the burrata badal jaam, I had rarha lamb--a perfectly cooked, falling-off-the-bone shank atop a pile of minced lamb, all fragrantly seasoned. Companion had the venison, which I sampled and can confirm as delicious. We shared two sides, the brussels sprouts thoran and dal punjab (black lentils). We even splurged on desserts, each opting for the dark chocolate. Without fail, everything we ate was absolutely delicious. (Be warned, however, that cooking of this caliber comes at a price. Including two cocktails and a glass of wine each, bill was over $200.)

RK
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service, great ambiance, good for special occasions. food was alright, not great, i would rather go to rasika... it maybe authentic, couldn't tell but the food was underwhelming for a few dishes, some were pretty common also like "butter chicken" and the goat briyani. my briyani was a dry for some of it and not seasoned that well, the rice was okay the butter naan was only 2 pieces for $7 and not very soft nor tasty. some of the apps came out nice but overall, disappointed but the service was good and good drinks.

d
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a great meal here during Restaurant Week. The choices were very good and will definitely come back. Service also is good and the owner came around to introduce himself.

BD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great, attentive service. The tables near the bar feature surprisingly shallow benches which isn't most comfortable way to sit. That's really my only complaint, so if you avoid that you should have a great experience at this restaurant.

A
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Came for Restaurant Week but the RW menu was just ok so we ordered off regular menu. The restaurant is beautiful, the service harried/hurried (probably because of RS), the food was tasty, nothing wrong with it, I just thought the menu could be more interesting (other than the usual tikka, masalas, choles).

LS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an excellent restaurant week experience! We had 5 in our party and they seated us at the booth in the bar area near the window even though we probably didn’t meet the dress code (one person came in workout clothes) Oops! It was a little cramped but they adjusted the seating to make us more comfy. Because this was a work lunch most of us just had mocktails which were delicious and beautiful. Started with the aloo tikki chaat which was tasty but some of the spinach stems were a bit chewy. Then I had the palak paneer with the butter naan. All the mains came with naan and all really tasty. Unfortunately, by the time we finished our mains it had already been 90 minutes so I had to pay and get back to the office but they wrapped up our dessert (mango mousse) which I ate later and it was also delicious and very aromatic. It didn’t feel like a mousse at all though more like 2 fried patties. The bartender took good care of us and the owner came over to check on us, showing a real effort to make customers happy. I will definitely go back for a date night.

TX
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for lunch during restaurant week. This is a high end Indian restaurant. Impeccable service, beautifully presented dishes. Standouts include chicken tikka sampler appetizer and broccoli with cheese sauce entree.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

For was very good and amazing service

DL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Very bad service. Food was okay.

OP
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Indian restaurant in DC. Just about perfect.

TG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, creative indian food in a beautiful setting. Our server was friendly, efficient and offered great recommendations. Met the owner, who was very welcoming and an amusing storyteller. Will become our new go-to Indian restaurant downtown.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An acquaintance and I were discussing Restaurant Week and he mentioned that this was relatively new and reported very good. I was very impressed and will be returning. I’ve told others since and we have a tentative trip planned for October.

P
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lamb shank was life changing. Beautiful inside!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing new venue. Very talented young chef - ask for chicken red curry and sea bass. Also the spinach+cheese kulcha is ridiculous!
Solid wine selection and vibrant ambiance.
The waiter told us the entire restaurant was shipped from India and assembled here by a top designer group.

F
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was beyond spectacular, the signature cocktails superb, the service impeccable and the physical restaurant itself is like a museum. Highly recommended.

PK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was excellent, and the Restaurant Week special was a great deal. However, the service was very slow, which was very disappointing especially given that it was during the weekday lunch rush when many patrons have to return to work within a reasonable time frame. I recommend faster service during the lunch rush to accommodate those patrons who want to be in and out in as close to an hour as possible. We spent almost two hours there for lunch when we were ordering off a set a menu.

MA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great ambiance, and exceptional service.

JE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two of us dining from Restaurant Week menu; one is vegetarian. Many vegetarian options were available. Amazing flavors and beautiful presentations. Service was excellent. A little noisy but we were seated on the side so conversation was easier. Already recommended to others.

JF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every bite was fantastic. Great decor and atmosphere. They pay attention to every detail, and it makes for a great experience.

GO
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It’s not a good sign when you favorite dish of the meal was the chocolate dessert. Granted, part of the problem was probably my poor choices from the menu since my dining partner was very happy with her meal. Avoiding the ubiquitous chicken tikka and red curries, i thought I would try something different. I started with the « chili » which was fine but nothing special. The next dish « chole masala » looked and tasted like a side dish rather than an entree. After a couple of spoonfuls, I had no desire to keep eating this rather bland, monotonous dish. I declined when the sever offered to wrap it up for me to take home.

HC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect from appetizer to dessert. My friend and I shared, so we got to try twice as many delicious dishes. We couldn't have picked a better way to start Washington Restaurant Week.

MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! The restaurant came highly recommended and it did not disappoint!

PS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We found the service to be a bit lethargic, although we did arrive on the earlier side of opening (around 5:05PM). The lady at the front was expressionless as she asked for our reservation and took us to our table. Things got better after our order was taken. Our server was friendly, the food was very flavorful and creative. The chef and manager showed up in person to ask how the meal was. The food really is the star of this restaurant. The interior is well crafted, the marble tables are a nice touch which remind of India. As others might have mentioned, Rasika is still the gold standard when it comes to service (regardless of who you are). Favorites for vegetarians at Punjab Grill are: Dal Punjab, Kathal Kofta, Missi Roti. Will be back, but hopefully the service improves!

v
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!! It was a foodie experience. Everything was on point.

NB
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service by Renzo and Chef Bindra!! Everything was perfect, from food to ambiance and presentation.

M
Washington DC
248 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice experience - food is very heavy - ambiance is nice but florescent lightening needs to go....

Will try again

JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent. The service was good, but too many people hanging around and interrupting. The only reason I have marked it down was that the noise level was so high, we had trouble talking and I found the sound disturbing. Never again.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Great service. Wonderful birthday celebration.

AN
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great experience for fine dining for Indian food. Staff is very courteous and they cater to special requests too. Usually such dinner places are very quiet and you cannot get to talk in a huge group without raising your voice. We were in a huge group and there was absolutely no problem in talking loudly.

M
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and services. Prices can be a little expensive for the quantity. Ambience and drinks are amazing!

A
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great evening with good food, great drinks and warm welcome. The owner stopped by a couple of times to check and also suggested a few specials to order.

Interior design is really good.

TG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was excellent with the exception of the short rib main which we collectively thought was average. The Naan was great. The star of the night was the Tandoori chicken sampler. I am not usually a big fan of Tandoori but this dish was fantastic as a small plate. The butter chicken and goat (no I don’t often have goat either) were very very good. Service was attentive and the drink menu was better than average.


The only draw back was the wine list which was a rather poor selection, not very interesting and too expensive. If you are going to charge a lot for wine you should put more choice into the bottles below $150 as the wines in this category were very average.

All in all the food was very good. They need to work on the beverage offerings.

F
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The diners in our group of 7 reported that their dishes were generally very good, except for the lamb shank, which was mediocre. The appetizers were particularly good, on par with Rasika. Overall, I'd rate it a tad lower than Rasika.

m
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing and the jackfruit dumplings were divine!

SM
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great detail to service, beautiful ambience. An overall enchanting evening. Hightly recommend this place. We will be going back!

CD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ALWAYS have a wonderful time at Punjab Grill. The customer service, food and atmosphere are remarkable! I recommend to everyone who is interested in a dining experience!

PH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was excellent and the service started out amazing. We felt like we were getting 5 star service initially. Towards the end of the meal when the place got a little busier (it didn’t fill up on a Thursday night) it was harder to get our servers attention and food sat on the table well after we were finished.

Overall we really enjoyed it and would go back. The menu was interesting with modern and fusion takes on Indian cuisine classics.

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Punjab Grill to celebrate my father’s 70th birthday with his grandkids in tow. The service was exceptional. Pulina, our server, was fantastic. She answered all our questions and chatted with the kids. She made everyone feel welcome and comfortable - like we were dining at home while eating elevated Indian foods. The kids enjoyed everything they ate and drank. The owner even chatted up with the kids and ensured we were enjoying our meal. I highly recommend this place but may go back for a date night - ambience was wonderful.

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