Masala Art DC (Tenleytown)

4.8
1075 reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Indian
'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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4.6
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vipdinerwiner
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

I go to Masala Art often. The food is always good.

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vipFoodnDrinkGuy
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Masala Art is one of my favorites. They have a contemporary twist on traditional fare. There is something for everyone. I highly recommend them for any occasion.

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Peterw
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Always constantly good food. Friendly service.

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Leighatsea
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Their menu ranges broadly and is excellently prepared. Service and ambiance are terrific.

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vipCoachPaul202
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Meh. Absolutely okay just nothing special. Fine. Won’t rush back. Almost empty.

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MeronA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really good food! We enjoyed our family dinner. The stuff was really helpful.

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JamesB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

One of our absolute favorite restaurants in DC. They offer traditional dishes like Tikka Masala and also a wide variety of lesser know dishes like Dhokla and Bhelpuri and even Tawa.

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ML92
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All-around great experience! Great food, lovely atmosphere, and excellent service--which is remarkable during a time when so many restaurants are short-staffed. Will be back again soon.

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JudyC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic meal! Beautiful, warm setting with amazing food! Will definitely go back!

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celebratinganniversary
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

good food. tasty vegetarian options. so close to Tenleytown metro that makes it very accessible

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Prince
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

This was very good Indian food and the manager serving was very helpful indeed. We will certainly bring back more guests next time and Tenleytown is a nice location. Thank you.

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vipRHHDC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Don’t be fooled by the outside. The ambiance and food are terrific. Best Indian food in upper NW.

JM
JenniferM
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. Food is fresh and delicious.

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AmandaZ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Masala Art is truly a hidden gem of Tenleytown. Their food is unmatched in quality, taste, and texture, and their friendly and accommodating service and ambience just further make this restaurant shine. I would absolutely recommend to anyone!

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vipHenryS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best Indian restaurant in town. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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vipchimpati
Washington DC
112 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good meal! Crispy spinach appetizer, goat cheese naan, shrimp bachao, Tandoori salmon yummy. Service vey good. Atmosphere lovely. Still looking for the perfect Chicken Korma though.

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vipLPG1
Washington DC
265 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely experience. Nice new menu items. Will be back soon!

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ElizabethT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This food is so fresh and delicious! The lobster dish (not remember the exact name) was fantastic!

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vippaulG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Some of the best Indian food around. Some great new dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific food and friendly service. Loved it!

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vipSeth50
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

An excellent neighborhood restaurant that never disappoints!

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vipBorincano
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Masala Art is the best Indian restaurant in the area. Because outside seating was not really a viable option, the pandemic has been tough. Happy to support a local favorite that's starting to fill up again, and have a great meal.

MM
vipMarissaM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner with another couple. Every entree was amazing, highly recommend!

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Patches5
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really excellent Indian food. We took home enough for lunch the next day.

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vipMS2013
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

That was my first time eating Indian cuisine. The calamari appetizer was the best I’ve had, the lobster sauce was also perfect. My taste buds were buzzing for more. It was an amazing experience overall. The service was awesome too

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Terrific food and service. It was a birthday dinner and they gave us dessert on the house!

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vipShariP
Washington DC
163 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The three of us had a variety of things, including a special yummy spinach appetizer. The vegetarian options are always terrific at Masala Art, and my meat-eating friends enjoyed their chicken and shrip dishes. Service is -- as usual -- attentive, and the noise level was fine.

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NicoleS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 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
55 reviews
Dined on March 7, 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 February 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every dish was flavorful and interesting. Service was perfect.

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vipjohn
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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

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vipNancyB
Washington DC
210 reviews
Dined on February 19, 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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juliette
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on February 18, 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
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

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

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KarenS
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 1, 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 January 25, 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 January 22, 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
27 reviews
Dined on January 17, 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 January 6, 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.

FAQs

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

Masala Art DC (Tenleytown) is rated 4.8 stars by 1075 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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