Karma Modern Indian

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459 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Indian
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
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4.7
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4.7
Ambience
4.3
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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
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The whole experience was wonderful! The ambiance and service was great and the food was delicious! I highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is a nice place to do happy hour, dinner and lunch. The food is good. The waiters personable. The ambiance is modern but warm.

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AmandaB
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing restaurant, staff and food. Second time in two weeks I have been there for lunch. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
25 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Indian food in DC.

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vipDarrylM
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This my second time visiting in less than a month. Karma is the best and has become one of my favorites. The total experience was great. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipBradfordJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you think there is a better Indian restaurants in DC, you’re kidding yourself. Sure, Rasika is excellent too, but can’t match Karma’s service. Plus you can see into the kitchen!

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had the best time!!

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docag
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

The food is good although the vegetarian choices in the main course are limited. The ambience is great.
The service needs improvement. We were seated for quite a while before the waiter came in to take our drink orders. Once we had finished our meal, we asked the waiter to take a picture and he was less than enthusiastic about it and asked another person (? busboy) to do so.

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vipArnold
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time to Karma Saturday evening 2/15. Elegant dining, great food and service. Look forward to going again soon.

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AnandR
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

We ordered a 4 course meal for a expensive price of $75 and the waiter did not serve us the first course. I realized that before we ended the meal. Darn bad treatment. Very bad decision coming here and would not recommend the place

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The service was fantastic. We had the Valentine's Day prix fixe. You got a complimentary glass of rosé which was very good and options for 3 of 4 courses for $75/a person.

The first course (not optional) was a cold quinoa salad. I wish the ingredients had been listed on the menu because it had cucumbers in it and me and cucumbers are not friends :)

My husband had the Mumbai sliders and the lamb chops both of which were delicious. The branzino was delightful and dessert was amazing.

I would absolutely go back again. Service was efficient and everyone was friendly but not hoovering.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was healthy, filling and delicious. The service was flawless. The owner ensures that every diner feels and eats like royalty!

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vipWlbne87
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My strongest recommendation. Service and food were terrific. We are big fans of Indian Cuisine and had never been here. Extremely attentive service and outstanding food that had a twist from typical Indian food. Fun bar area with great happy hour specials. Bartender was excellent and creative with serving up some unique drinks.

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smitas
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to Karma for birthday celebration dinner. We ended up going for the 'For the inquisitive' option. The dishes, the service was perfect. Each item on the menu had a good presentation & taste. We really enjoyed ourselves & had a memorable dinner.

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ScottT
Orlando
1 review