Karma Modern Indian

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469 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Indian

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Creatively and relatively re imagining classic Indian cuisine and flavors, Karma Modern Indian uses locally-sourced ingredients prepared with traditional and modern cooking methods. We aim to make Indian food more approachable by introducing the traditional cuisine with contemporary plating and forward-thinking flavor profiles. Favorites like naan bread, Palak paneer and Chicken Tikka are still part of the foundation of our menu, but we’ve put a modern twist on various dishes with unexpected seasonings and ingredients like truffle oil, pesto and star fruit.

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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
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4.7
Ambience
4.4
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Lonna
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We "discovered" Karma Modern because of the pandemic (a walk through Chinatown) heat well moderated; excellent Naan - light & a little crispy on some edges. The Dal was seasoned & simmered to perfection. I know cauliflower doesn't usually evoke excitement - but try the grilled appetizer - the tender texture, smoky char & rich tomato based sauce are surprisingly different, and of course good. Very inventive cocktails & mocktails made with fresh squeezed juices & herbs - try anything with the blood orange. This was our second trip to bring the family in from Virginia for some real Indian food. Excellent, attentive service and knowledgeable staff. Treat yourself, if you are ready for authentic Indian - with a definite haute modern flair.

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OpenTable
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always enjoy the dining experience at Karma. Keep it up!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This was the second time I went to karma. I remember my impression from the first time was “good, but kind of pricey. Not sure if worth it.” Glad I gave them another shot!! The food my friend and I got was amazing! We got the chicken tikka, daal makhani, and two entrees (it wasn’t on the menu, but they let us get an appetizer sized daal!) The food was very good! Still a bit pricey, but definitely worth it! I was very happy with the Salt and Pepper Gimlet (I got two)

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AllysonW
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love this restaurant and particularly enjoyed eating on their 'indoor' patio.

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vipAlysiaM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I always order Palak Paneer but decided to try something different. My server suggested the Zucchini dumplings and it was amazing! I now have a new delight to request the next time I go out.

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vipPeterR
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice venue and great Indian food. Well worth a visit.

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vipLadyDi
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

I’ve been coming here since it’s opening and by far my favorite place. When I order cauliflower, usually my guests question my judgement- until it is serve and tasted- simply a gift from the gods. And so is the lamb - just to satisfy others in case the cauliflower fails and it never does.

The naan is amazing, no matter which you choose. And did I go wrong with the butter or curry chicken? No- both are magnificent. But so is everything else on the menu.

There are specialty drinks and desserts to please anyone.

But don’t come too often - I want to be assured to always get a table.

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vipChrissyL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my third time dining at Karma. The first time was a 10-person party last year and most recently in a socially distanced setting. The food was always top notch for my friends and me. Everything is so flavorful that we would have licked all the plates if it were acceptable in public! Under considerations for COVID-19, the restaurant has taken all the right precautions and went above and beyond to follow guidelines. I felt safe and comfortable throughout the meal. No outside drinks and food are allowed. I also love all the staff, they’re warm, friendly, patient, informative over the food. I’ve seen the owner every time I’ve dined here. Karma will always be my go-to for fine Indian cuisine. My friends absolutely love it and it may have become “our place.” I highly recommend it to others!

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OpenTable
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service and food always excellent. Food is consistent and fresh.

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OpenTable Diner
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was so so amazing everything was wonderful. Thank you guys so much❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great tasting menu

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vipUpcomingDCInsider
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have enjoyed every meal we've had here. The wait staff are extremely attentive and knowledgeable, the food and drink delicious and thoughtfully presented. We tried the tasting menu for the first time and it was a great way to try new dishes - we especially liked the lamb and paneer. Highly recommend!

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becca
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food met and exceeded expectations. I hadn't reviewed the menu closely before making our reservation and the cost took me a bit by surprise, but the experience was fantastic. I look forward to returning for a special evening.

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vipSRS54
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best Indian fine dining restaurants in DC. Excellent service as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is beyond delicious, with glorious new Indian spiced dishes and the traditional dishes given some freshness and flair (lighter than your ordinary Indian food). The service is attentive but not intrusive. The tables in the side room are a little too close together but this is DC and expected.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautifully designed space, perfect service, the waitress was most helpful and management checked on how we liked the meal and service.

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vipCajungirl
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious. We ordered several shared plates and scarfed down every bit. Same thing with every naan. Service was excellent and gracious. Only disappointment was coconut cake which tasted nothing of coconut. Texture was wonderful but lacked flavor. The only person who loved it hates coconut. Lamb chops, rogan josh, biryani and branzino were all excellent. Will definitely go back.

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TH08
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Phenomenal food, service, and atmosphere!!!

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Boogs79
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the fantastic customer service to the drinks to the meal, everything exceeded our expectations. Surprised this restaurant wasn’t packed. The food is tremendously flavorful, drinks delicious, and service outstanding. One of my favorites.

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vipSueE
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As soon as I walked in the restaurant I smelled a wonderful aroma. The food presentation and taste were too outstanding. I ordered Branzino per the recommendation of the server. The fish was flavorful

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JJW88
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food, service, and ambience. Brought the family for our mother’s birthday. They provided a delicious coconut cream cake with a birthday candle. There’s a parking garage literally right next door so it was easy to get to. The food was delicious and we will be back.

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Dfourfabs
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

The glasses & bathrooms were dirty
Entrees were great
Apps so so

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DaynaS
Richmond
2 reviews