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Certificate of Excellence2016, 2019 Winner


Indian, Fast Food
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
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Choose Your Size and Base
choose your base. You can choose from: - Crisp Romaine Lettuce - Rice - Naan - Vegetable Medley (Your choice of cabbage, chickpeas, potatoes, cauliflower, green peas - choose all 5 or any combination you prefer)
Choose Your Warm Veggies
On each bowl, you can choose which warm veggies you'd like. Choose all 5, or any combination you' d like! - Braised Red Cabbage - Chickpeas - Potatoes - Curried Cauliflower - Green Peas
Choose Your Protein
After you've selected your size, base and veggies, you'll choose your protein option! - Chicken (halal, contains dairy) - Lamb (halal, add $2) - Paneer (vegetarian, contains dairy, add $2) - Lentils (vegan) - Tofu (vegan) - Extra Veggies from Step 2 - cabbage, cauliflower, chickpeas, potatoes, green peas (vegan)
Choose Your Masala
Next, you'll choose from three warm masala sauces: - Makani (mild, contains dairy) - Tikka (medium, vegan) - Onion & Tomato (spicy, vegan)
Choose Your Cold Veggies
Next, you'll top off your bowl with a selection of fresh, cold veggies. You can choose all 4, or whichever combination you'd like. - Crisp Romaine Lettuce - Cucumber & Tomato Salad - Pickled Red Onions - Sweet Corn
Finish your creation with one (or more!) of our chutney sauces: - Tomato (mild, vegan) - Tamarind (mild, vegan) - Garlic Yogurt (mild, contains dairy) - Mango (medium, vegan) - Cilantro Mint (medium, contains dairy) - Red Chili (spicy, contains dairy) - Habanero (very spicy, vegan)
Add something to your meal to make it even better!
Fried pastry with potatoes, green peas, and spices inside. The quintessential Indian street food snack! 2 per order.
A soft, buttery piece of naan bread. Perfect for helping scoop the goodies in your bowl, or all by itself! (Contains dairy)
Whether you make it spicy or keep it mild, you'll want something to sip on as you go!
Mango Lassi
Mango, coconut milk and sugar come together to create something rare: a Vegan mango lassi with all the flavor of the original recipe!
Pistachio Lassi
Pistachio yogurt, cream and milk together in a delicious, cool, creamy beverage. Perfect as a dessert or as a drink with your meal!
Canned Pepsi Products
Choose from Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mist Twist, Ginger Ale, Bubly Mango Sparkling Water, Bubly Lemon Sparkling Water, or Bubly Grapefruit Sparkling Water
Bottled Water
Pure Leaf Iced Tea
Choose from unsweet black, unsweet green, sweet, peach, raspberry, lemon, or half tea/half lemonade
San Pellegrino Drinks
Choose from original sparkling water, aranciata rossa (blood orange), or limonata (lemon)
Hot Chai Tea
Piping hot black tea with milk, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices.
Chai Iced Tea
Housemade iced black tea, sweetened with brown sugar, and accented with aromatic chai spices.
Turmeric Mint Limeade
Fresh mint, lime, turmeric, and brown sugar come together to make our most popular housemade drink. Try it, you'll love it!
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My family visited Merzi for lunch after a day at the Smithsonian. It was so delicious and healthy. The restaurant was clean, staff was friendly and the food really hit the spot. I ordered a rice bowl with chicken and almost all the topping and...More

Date of visit: December 2019
Thank sunbeamluvr
Reviewed September 6, 2019

Basically, an Indian version of Chipotle. Good food, friendly service and cool atmosphere. A bit pricey, but worth it for Indian fast-casual. I like that they have environmentally-friendly packaging and have several vegetarian/vegan options. I would give them 5-stars, if their samosas were a little...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank RazrBlzr
Rickey D, Owner at Merzi, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2019

Thanks again! We appreciate your business and your taking the time to review us! Hope to see you back again at Merzi sometime soon!

Reviewed August 26, 2019

What a great idea. Perfect for anyone who wants a healthy bowl of food. Choose all your ingredients, then a protein, then a sauce and enjoy! A few vegan and vegetarian options.

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank KiwiCat1234
Rickey D, Owner at Merzi, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2019

Hello KiwiCat1234! Thank you so much for checking out Merzi! We're really glad you enjoyed the food and all the options. We hope you'll come visit us again the next time you're in our neighborhood!

Reviewed July 12, 2019

We picked this restaurant after walking by and considering several others one evening before an event at Capital One Arena. It appealed to us because we were looking for something moderately priced, offering food we anticipated would have vibrant flavor; it wasn't crowded, and we...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank nosnobstravel
Rickey D, Owner at Merzi, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2019

Wow, thank you so much for your kind review! We're so grateful you stopped in and tried our restaurant. I'm sorry our team member wasn't paying closer attention to your requests - I'll certainly share your review with the team in the hopes of helping...More

Reviewed June 23, 2019

It is like a chipotle but Indian. You choose you carbs, then your veggies, then your meats, then your sauce and then any extras. It comes to about $10 so what do you expect. I had the veggie dishes, the chickpeas weren't bad. Everything was...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank zola025
Rickey D, Owner at Merzi, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2019

Hello! My name is Rickey, and I'm the owner of Merzi. I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy our food and thought it was one dimensional! That's certainly not what we're going for. We've been around for 7+ years in a super-competitive DC restaurant market,...More

Reviewed May 18, 2019

The food here was wonderful tasty and fresh! We will return here the next time we are in Washington DC

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank tug11
Rickey D, Owner at Merzi, responded to this reviewResponded May 21, 2019

Thank you so much! We're really glad to hear you enjoyed your meal with us. Thanks for checking us out and for leaving a review here, and we hope to see you back at Merzi next time you're in our neighborhood!

Reviewed April 26, 2019

I walked by this restaurant countless times before finally stopping in for lunch. I don't know why I waited so long - the food was great and made exactly how I wanted it. It's a Chipolte-style place with plenty of options for every palate. i...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Robin S
Rickey D, Owner at Merzi, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2019

Hi Robin, thank you so much for checking us out, and for your kind words! We're grateful you enjoyed your meal with us. We really appreciate you sharing your review here, and we hope to see you back at Merzi soon!

Reviewed April 11, 2019

The choice is simple. You choose your base and then your meat, additives and sauce. All together in one container and enjoy. It was hot, good in taste and everything tasted fresh. I would definitely come here again. The place was also full when we...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank UBSJustinni
Rickey D, Owner at Merzi, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2019

Hi! Thank you so much for your kind words! We're grateful that you tried our restaurant, and we're hopeful we'll see you again the next time you're in our part of town!

Reviewed March 31, 2019

This was one of the few places where we didn't have to wait to get something to eat while sitting down before a Caps game. My buddy and I both ordered a Build Your Own Bowl and filled it with different curried meats, rice and...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank PHLee7ca
Rickey D, Owner at Merzi, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2019

Hi! Thanks for checking us out before the CAPS game and for sharing your review! We're glad you enjoyed it and hope you'll come back and visit us next time you're in the neighborhood!

Reviewed March 30, 2019 via mobile

Chipotle-style Indian cuisine. Lots of options for people with all kinds of food intolerances. Reasonably priced considering the location and the copious amounts of food.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank amarll19
Rickey D, Owner at Merzi, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2019

Hi! Thanks for checking us out! We're glad you liked the food and found the meal to be a good value, too. Thanks for leaving a review, we really appreciate that! Hope to see you next time you're in the area!

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Response from Rickey D | Property representative |
Hi, I'm the director of operations for Merzi - sorry for the late response, I've been traveling and just got back to DC. Short answer: YES! We absolutely cater and we can deliver depending on the size of the event and... More
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