Urban Tandoor

4.2
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$30 and under
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Indian
At Urban Tandoor, you will be able to take a delectable culinary tour of India and Nepal. Our specialities include menu items prepared in the traditional Indian clay oven (“tandoor”), grilled items, classic curries, and a wide variety of comfort delicacies. The tandoor-based and grilled items are light but highly flavorful, and the curry items provide a wide sampling of curries from North and South India. Menu items are selected meticulously to help our customers appreciate the art of bringing the ingredients and spices (also called “masala”) together.
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4.2
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3.8
Service
4.0
Ambience
3.9
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

The service was absolutely terrible, probably because of the holiday, but the food was good. It’s a lot, so order fewer dishes than you have people.

KP
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

Food good. Service poor on this and previous visit.

GP
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We were a party of four on a Sunday evening. While the restaurant was not very crowded, our server was attentive and took the time to explain the menu and answer our questions. The portions were large and the food quality was high.
We will definitely return!

AW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The TV screens are unpleasant. You are a restaurant, not a sports bar!

MJ
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

This was picked due to prior experience. The lunch buffet food selection options were half of what we had experienced in the past, the quality of the food also was less than prior experience. There was a very heavy incense odor throughout the entire restaurant that also impacted the experience.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Me and 2 of my friends went to this restaurant and ordered a curry.
We thought it had celery and I allergic to celery so asked them if it had celery they said no but I wasn’t sure since it looked exactly like celery so I asked them if they couldn’t change it.

The waiter was nice and said he would check but then a lady waiter came overhearing our conversation and said no we won’t change.
I asked her again since I didn’t hear her well and she very rudely said it cannot be changed we won’t change it. I won’t take the name of the waiter but she needs to understand how important customer service should be to a restaurant.

The manager was nice enough to come and ask but we didn’t change it and I didn’t eat it.

Food was ok!
Gobi manchurian was Bad don’t try!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great experience, great food! Wished they offered monos during buffet as well! Took a while to get our drinks - but great drinks though!!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Will go again!

NA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service!

DL
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Having made a reservation to celebrate our shared birthdays, we were disappointed when our server didn't engage us, at all. Was there a special on a Saturday night? We don't know. How were any of the dishes prepared? Don't know. At the end of the meal, she cleared the table and immediately came back with the check. We were not offered dessert. We don't know if Urban Tandoor even serves dessert.
We decided to pay up and celebrate somewhere else.

EH
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Authentic Indian and Himalayan food, beautifully presented. Service is attentive and very helpful.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was great!

EH
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Both Indian and Himalayan dishes are outstanding. Servers are attentive to requests for "Indian spicy" if you love authentic Indian food, and are happy to adjust for less adventurous palates. The Himalayan bison Momos and goat curry are both fantastic. Rogan Josh and Vindaloo dishes are superb. The staff is friendly and helpful with questions--in short this is a terrific casual-to-date night dining experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The service was spectacular! It was my friends birthday and more people came than we had originally planned, but the staff was so welcoming. They also gave my friend a free Indian dessert on the house with a candle and all.

AA
Dallas
65 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Spice level is quite low. All else was good.

AG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service. Relaxed and comfortable atmosphere

KJ
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent cuisine at very good value! Lamb Vindaloo is quite special!

KD
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was really good however our tab was $250K before tip and only 3 beers were purchased with party of 5.

s
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Food was well prepared but it tasted a little like spices had been toned down. We weren't asked what spice level so I guess this is the target taste for the mild. Could also taste a hint of salt which seemed strange and perhaps a little more Western palate than Eastern. Good service and modern space.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Really good service however I felt the food was not of the best taste as much as it could’ve been. Perhaps that maybe because I am used to eating more spicer food and majority of the food was at best mid level spicy kn a scale of low to high. I enjoyed the pani puris the most however they shouldn’t give it with the inclusions inside it. I was unsatisfied with the entrees i had ordered. The mango kulfi in dessert is pretty good.

The waiters were really friendly and understanding. The ambience is great and despite the food, I had a good experience.

F
Memphis
18 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Urban Tandoor has delicious food in a nice restaurant, centrally located between Virginia Square and Ballston. The staff is very willing to accommodate special orders to adjust the level of spiciness in each dish, and this was helpful to our party of five. The dumplings, naan, and butter chicken were all absolutely delicious. We will gladly return to Urban Tandoor again soon!

HR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We had only gone there for dinner and it was the first time we tried the buffet. There was a great selection and we certainly stuffed ourselves. The only suggestion is to make sure the dishes have different levels of spice. They were all pretty spicy which I do not mind but it would help to get a break with havin gless spicy dishes. Great place!

r
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a great experience here! Excellent service, delicious food, and quiet, pleasant atmosphere. They really went above and beyond to meet my dietary needs, which I so appreciated. We will definitely be coming back!

MM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant, great service and absolutely some of the best Indian food I have ever eaten. I was in Washington D.C. this week for five days and made the trip to Arlington twice to eat at Urban Tandoor.

LB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious, staff friendly and helpful. I will defiantly dine here again

ML
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was fantastic. I would eat the onion kulcha everyday if I could. Service was great. They checked on us, but weren’t overbearing. I wish they offered sides of the veggies (like the chickpeas, lentils, etc). Or even a veggie combo platter would be great.

OT
Washington DC
260 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very good food and excellent service and recommendations. Will be added to our neighborhood rotation, although not to top tier.

CS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. My friend from out of town was impressed as was I. Definitely a new favorite on our list!

KO
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food in a fun setting. A popular spot in the neighborhood. Service was very attentive. Our waitress was well informed about the food and was very well able to help us navigate a food allergy issue.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

The food was

DC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

So good to see a local Indian restaurant thriving. I visited on a busy Saturday night and the place was definitely packed. The food was very good as usual and the service attentive, even though they were almost completely full and most people were seated by 6:30 so the kitchen must have been super busy. My only comment is that while I prefer my food mild and my guest prefers very spicy, the main dishes seemed to have been dialed down just a notch in terms of spiciness/taste. Even so, a delightful evening.

C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was excellent. Get the Buffalo Momo!

g
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

A nice neighborhood restaurant. Food is quite good. Servers attentive.

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DL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Decent Indian food, nothing fancy. There are many tables but half of their customers order to go, so the place look kind of empty because of that

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was fantastic. But portions seemed very small.

JC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious, authentic food with incredibly kind servers / staff. Lots of great veggie options and a few vegan options, too! My only recommendation would be for the restaurant to consider adding a dairy free / vegan dessert to the menu. I really enjoyed the food, and I will definitely be back!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

DELICIOUS Indian food! This time we went for Valentine's dinner, but we usually go to their FABULOUS lunch buffet. If you love Indian food, you'll love Urban Tandoor!

L
Washington DC
109 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very acceptable option for Indian dining in Ballston. Portions on the small size especially desserts.

RG
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Had a great lunch buffet and great options, I wasn’t expecting to have fish and goat as an all you can eat lunch option. Definitely not the best Indian food I have had- but certainly a great option when craving some good home-cooked Indian food. Was disappointed in the ambiance- certainly did not feel like I was in an Indian restaurant.

CG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Lunch buffet was excellent and a really good price!