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“Wonderful North Indian Cuisine For a Reasonable Price”
Review of Dishes of India

Dishes of India
Ranked #69 of 755 Restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $12
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Wonderful North Indian Cuisine For a Reasonable Price”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Have been to this neighborhood restaurant several times now and it is definitely worth going back. We usually go with other people so that we can get several dishes and share. I am very
fond of the chicken tikka and the chicken with spinach. We also like some of the vegetarian dishes like the potatoes with cauliflower or the chickpeas. We usually get the breads as well and the portion is quite large so normally will split one for two people. Service is efficient. We have also gotten food to carry out. The restaurant is often crowded but we have not had to wait. My only complaint is that the food is rich and sometimes a little salty so we eat it more for special occasions than as a regular meal. They also have been in the Entertainment guide so we use our card to get a small discount when we dine here. The place has easy parking and is perfect for a tasty Indian meal. I understand that they also have lunch buffets but so far have not tried that. We will definitely recommend this restaurant when you are wanting a nice Indian dinner at a good price.

  • Visited September 2012
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1 Thank turtlelover22
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Alexandria Virginia
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23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Outstanding Food, Neighborhood Atmosphere”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

We went to Dishes of India (you need to correct the name on your listing) for years and were never disappointed, but it's important to know what the restaurant is and is not. It serves really first rate Indian food. I am especially drawn to northern Indian dishes but everything I have had has been fine. The service has always been excellent and friendly. New to Indian cuisine, or have a question? Just ask. The atmosphere is nice, but it's not a place to go on a special date. It's a neighborhood favorite, so there are families and groups of friends, not just couples dining, dim lights, and soft music in the background. (On the other hand, a couple who just enjoyed each other's company and wanted some good Indian food would probably be very happy.)

A word needs to be said about the physical setting. The decor and furniture are okay, but it could stand a facelift. The restaurant is in a basement in a strip mall. That's not a show stopper, but there are certain inherent limitations -- low ceiling and no windows. You enter after descending a long flight of stairs. If anyone in your party is mobility impaired, check it out first. It can be a real show stopper, and it has been in my family. My wife and I can no longer eat there. However, they do an excellent carry-out service, and they appear to do a lot of it. They will pack full meals very well and we now occasionally enjoy them at home.

  • Visited July 2012
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1 Thank Olearius
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Lynchburg, Virginia
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2012

Tripadvisor rates this restaurant as the best Indian Restaurant in Alexandria. While the service was very good the food was not.We visited during the Sunday Buffet. The food had way too much color added to almost all dishes. The color was so strong it went all the way through the Tandoori Chicken. Very average and nothing exceptional. I did not go back for seconds. Extremely disappointed in the taste. We saw a table that had ordered Mango Lassi. The color of their drinks were neon orange. They really need to rethink all of the artificial color added to their food and think about the flavor instead.

Visited September 2012
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Alexandria, Virginia
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44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Always great food”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

This is my go-to place for take out Indian food. It never disappoints. Although a bit pricey, the food is just so yummy!

Visited January 2012
Thank doglover5856
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3,309 reviews
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“Awesome Indian!”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

I love Indian food, and this is likely the best I've ever had in the States. Everything we got was absolutely delicious, and the staff were wonderful--very kind, attentive, and polite. I can ask for nothing more from a restaurant. Definitely try it out--if you've never had Indian food before, this will be a wonderful first experience!

  • Visited August 2012
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