Karma Modern Indian

4.9
499 reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Dine in
Starting Feb 14, 2021

Celebrate Valentine's Day at Karma! A special prefixe dinner menu will replace our a la carte menu.

What 499 People Are Saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.9
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.4
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Five of us celebrated New Year’s Eve at Karma. They have a very comfortable outdoor space that is covered but not enclosed. Plenty of heaters keep the space warm enough to dine without wearing a jacket, but still you feel safe and with proper social distancing. The food, as always, was flavorful and delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding as usual. It’s our go to place for excellent food. The service is outstanding as well. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food- every bite was unique & incredibly satisfying! Wow!

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MRGQ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Kept Secret...exceptional food and service!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was good and service was great!

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vipDevildog36
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, owner was amazing. Overall very excellent and highly recommended. Walked through the door and saw three Indian American's eating there and all seemed very happy. We will return

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was a great experience and the food just amplifies the experience even further.

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vipDanielleS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love Karma. Every time I go I try something different and have yet to be disappointed. The food is full of flavor, the ambiance is luxurious, the service is great, and the presentation of each dish is impressive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food as always. The Lamb is delicious as is the Butter Chicken. The Chicken Tikka is a staple and my go to every time I go there. Highly recommend.

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vipGaryT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gracious service, unique cocktails and excellent food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent fare and service. Highly recommended.

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vipGiorgio
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food (always) + amazing service (always) + great outdoor setup!!

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DinerP
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Food was great. The cocktails were great as well. The bartender definitely made the drinks really strong. Service was fantastic. The main dining room is a little sterile. Looks like a high end diner. But then the private dining room by the side is just great. That is the room in the pictures online.

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vipBandido
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious, authentic Indian flavours; nothing watered down to suit unadventurous palates.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, and there was a lot, was amazing. The service could not have been more friendly and hospitable.

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VishalVaradharajan
Portland
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Probably the best Modern Indian Food in the US. The Paneer Lajawab, The Edamame Tikki and the Mushroom Biriyani was excellent. Can't recommend it enough.

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vipMichaelR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was excellent. It would be nice if they do a few specials once in a while. If you go often, the menu can feel a little small.

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vipSPANDANAT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great personalized service! Food was delicious. Recommend the butter chicken with garlic naan. Cardamom ice cream was a pleasant surprise for dessert.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely birthday celebration. We sat outside, so the noise level was low. Servers were very attentive. Food was delicious, with a nice presentation. We had the branzino, butter chicken and priyani chicken. And rose ice cream for dessert. It is expensive, but a nice experience!

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Mimi5
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and cool modern ambiance! Great service!

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MyChefShirley
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service! We ate outside and it was relatively quiet and we lucked out with gorgeous weather. Everything was superb and the mushroom and truffle naan was perfection!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food! I can't say it enough. We had the Lamb Roganjosh and Butter Chicken and both were outstanding. The spices are spot on. We also had desserts that were delicious. We thoroughly enjoyed the restaurant. Please give this place a try...you will not be disappointed.

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vipSharon0719
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great. I don't even like Indian food but went here because my visiting friend loves it. I was surprised that I really enjoyed the food and the service and ambiance were great too..

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PalakG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Solid food, great drinks, AMAZING service. Definitely on the pricey side but if you're looking for a special night, I would highly recommend.

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FoodLover
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good restaurant with great food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was a journey for our tastebuds! Incredible experience!!!! A bit pricey but we’ll definitely be back.

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vipHoustonBound
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very delicious, with unique tastes. Great environment. Very friendly and attentive staff. An outstanding experience.

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OpenTable
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Glad we tried their Inquisitive Menu. It was perfect six course tasting menu - gave us the variety and flavors.

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DCdiner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, Cocktails, service and ambience as always. Continues to be the fav place in DC. Michelin worthy food & quality. Looking fwd to try the new menu.

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vipLonna
Washington DC
10 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
7 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
2 reviews
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
14 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
9 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
7 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

FAQs

Karma Modern Indian does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Karma Modern Indian also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 898-0393.

Karma Modern Indian is rated 4.9 stars by 499 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.