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The Resy Guide to D.C.’s Essential Indian Restaurants


Indian food is, and has long been, wildly popular in D.C., and with good reason. We love a diversity of bold flavors, and the many regional cusines on offer provide just that. This is why, quite simply, the variety of Indian restaurants in the District is nearly unparalleled in the U.S. You can have your choice of anything from fancy high-end Indian dining to trendy cocktail-focused spots to hit up with friends to casual places for a quick bite.

So, we’re swimming in great options. Keep handy this list of best Indian restaurants in the city at your leisure, and think about whether you want to treat yourself to the earthy truffle naan at the refined Rasika West End, the meaty mushroom biryani at hot spot Daru, or the chutney sampler at Cleveland Park’s charming Indique. And if you can’t decide, take your time and visit them one by one. Because there is an experience for everyone, from uber-chic modern dining at Rania to the crowded fun times at Bombay Street Food. No wrong answers; just a bounty of exceptional Indian cooking.