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Tamarind Indian Cuisine

4.2
76 Reviews
$31 to $50
Indian

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Tamarind Indian Cuisine is one of the finest Indian restaurants located in Northern Virginia metro area and Sterling, VA. Our restaurant is best known for its outstanding Indian cuisine, excellent service with livery and cultural ambience. Tamarind Indian Cuisine prepares everything fresh using the best quality ingredients and the freshest vegetables. Each dish represents flavor, pleasure, affection and essence.

Tamarind Indian Cuisine offers authentic South and North Indian dishes as diverse and vibrant as people and regions of India. At our restaurant, we blend taste and emotion into a one of a kind delightful experience for our valuable customers.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 76 people are saying
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vipGingersnap
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Terrible experience. Food was ok. The service was atrocious, although the restaurant was nearly empty. We were asked for our appetizers order, which then took a long time to arrive. Had I not gotten up to find a staff person, I think they would have forgotten we were there. ( I was ready to just leave some money on the table and leave. Dinner is always available somewhere else.) After the entree, we were able to pack our take-home portions, and a server cleared the table. But it was another 10-12 minute wait for the check. Again, I had to flag someone down to get it. Conclusion: if the dining room is open, it’s necessary to attend to your dine-in customers - not just the take-out orders.

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SophiaB
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Pretty good food, their choice of flavors/spices in Biryani and Chicken Tikka Masala were a bit different, not our favorite but good. The atmosphere is terrific, the waiter was too soft spoken and required to wear a mask which makes for a difficult conversation. The service was great.

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MPolybius
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and very nice folks who work there. Our go-to place for Indian cuisine in Sterling.

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FoodLover
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food but they forgot a part of the order (Side Raitha) and gave it to us when we requested. Overall it was ok to good.

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vipNWRJT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Immediately at ease with excellent cleaning protocol before being seated Prompt, courteous service and EXCELLENT, freshly prepared food. Indian beer selection a plus. Will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my daughter’s 16th Birthday. Great service, staff was excellent, definitely would recommend. We had the place to ourselves due to Covid. Loved getting special treatment. Made my daughter’s day special 😀

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on July 30, 2020

Thank you for your review! We are glad that your daughter enjoyed her birthday!!! Look forward to see you soon !! Regards, Shruthi. (Owner)

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vipFoodLover19
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Highly recommend. Especially love the samosa and tandoori grill.

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on July 30, 2020

Thank you for your review. Appreciate it ! Look forward to see you soon & please do try our Chef's Specials !! Regards, Shruthi. (Owner)

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vipWilliamC
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Another wonderful meal! The menu is extensive and has a huge variety of dishes!

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on July 30, 2020

Thank you for your review. Appreciate it ! Look forward to see you soon !! Regards, Shruthi. (Owner)

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vipCharles
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love the food at Tamarind. The staff are always very welcoming and attentive to our needs. During our most recent visit, they did a great job of managing social distance. Patrons were sat as far away as possible from one another.

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on July 30, 2020

Thank you for your review. Appreciate it ! Look forward to see you soon !! Regards, Shruthi. (Owner)

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vipthespgone
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Indian spot around!

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on July 30, 2020

Thank you for your review. Appreciate it ! Look forward to see you soon !! Regards, Shruthi. (Owner)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty food!

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on February 16, 2020

Thank you so much for the review! Let us know next time you come in and we'll make the experience extra special. Best Wishes, Shruthi

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ParthavJ
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had dinner at Tamarind on a week-night to celebrate our wedding anniversary. There was ample parking in front of the restaurant. The restaurant is huge and seating is spacious and accomodates different seating preferences. We tried a couple of cocktails (no alcohol) with an indian-twist and both were unique. The service was prompt, courteous and the food was well-presented. The owners took the effort to personally attend to all the customers. Food quality and quantity was really good with reasonable prices. The menu had unique dishes (both appetizers and desserts) that reflected the 'Hyderabadi cuisine'. Menu is largely continental (no south-indian dishes inspite of the name suggesting a typically south-indian fare). There is room for improvement in the decor and ambiance to qualify the overall experience as 'fine dining', but I would surely recommend it as an above-average restaurant for both couples, families and large groups (they have an adjoining party hall accomodating 70 people). We plan to visit it again for their lunch buffett.

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MonicaZ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious buffet at a good price. Friendly and helpful staff. Will definitely return.

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on February 16, 2020

Thank you for your review. Appreciate it ! Look forward to see you soon !! Regards, Shruthi. (Owner)

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KathyS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We enjoyed our dinner & will come back again! My butter chicken was very tasty!

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on November 14, 2019

Thank you for Kathy. Appreciate it ! Look forward to see you soon !! Regards, Venkat. (Owner)

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vipkayceeintulsa
Washington DC
493 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Don't dine at Indian restaurants often so usually stick to foods I know. This was our first visit here but will definitely be back again. Nice ambiance and food was very good just give you too much. We ordered a mixed grill and grilled lamb with order of fried rice and garlic naan. Enjoyed it all and ended up taking enough home for 2 more meals. Be aware of portions when you order!

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Hollyhock
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent and delicious. Everyone is attentive. Wait staff always beyond reproach. They do everything possible to make this an awesome dining experience.

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veereshk
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of the best indian restaurant i have visited so far in virginia , i definitely want to go again and we got quality of food along with good ambience . All the food we ordered was tasty .

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vipKathleenM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Goat Dum Biriani was well prepared, flavorful and delicious. The staff went out of their way to ensure that we had an enjoyable experience. I look forward to my next meal at Tamarind.

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on August 22, 2019

Hi KathleenM, Thank you for your review. Appreciate it ! Look forward to see you soon !! Regards, Venkat. (Owner)

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PamJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food, we're very glad to find a good Indian restaurant!

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on July 15, 2019

Hi PamJ, Thank you for your review. Appreciate it ! Look forward to see you soon !! Regards, Venkat. (Owner)

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Such good food and served so nicely. Great seating near the front where it’s quiet or be close to see kitchen in action. Everything was the best and it’s our new favorite Indian restaurant. We will be back.

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on July 15, 2019

Hi , Thank you for your review. Appreciate it ! Look forward to see you soon !! Regards, Venkat. (Owner)

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good. All Indian restaurants feel kind of same after sometime. But Tamarind had a different flavor to even traditional items. The palates are delectable different, and bursting with flavor in the mouth . We tried Kutthu Paratha, Chilli shrimp , Chilli Corn, Sukha mutton and some vegetarian dishes with assorted bread basket. Service was good as well. Keep up the good work. Please don’t allow it to be mediocre as the time passes by. That’s the problem with the Indian restaurants in our area. Hope you will keep your novelty.

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on July 15, 2019

Hi, Thank you for your review. Appreciate it ! Look forward to see you soon !! Regards, Venkat. (Owner)

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Ashish
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was OK and they added multiple extra items in the bill which we had to ask them to cancel.

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on May 1, 2019

Hi Ashish, Thank you for the review. Appreciate it! However, it is very disappointing to see your statement of adding extra items to the bill. It is just because you pointed, and as we respect our guests' opinion/choice, I went with your word & refunded the money for items pointed without any say but that doesn't mean we really added extra items to the bill. If you truly felt it, your say is most important for us than investigating into. We look forward to see you soon! Venkat (Owner).

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KenW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants. I love to come here with a small group and share multiple entrees. Was here with friends to celebrate my birthday and everyone loved the food and the atmosphere.

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on April 30, 2019

Hi Ken, Thank you for the review and sharing the experience. Appreciate it ! We will see you soon !! Regards, Venkat. (Owner)

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CelesteW
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My group all enjoyed the food and ambiance of the place. Here is something the restaurant can do: mark the dishes that are not spicy and which were. I had not trouble with spiciness of the food, but there was one person who because of spiciness won't go in the future. Thanks

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on July 15, 2019

Hi CelesteW, Thank you for your review. Appreciate it ! We will definitely look into that and make those changes. Look forward to see you soon !! Regards, Venkat. (Owner)

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hckate
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was outstanding - flavorful and properly spiced. The owner gave us suggestions on a few dishes to order. It was fun to try something new. the dishes were so delicious, we plan to go back soon! Loved it!

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on July 15, 2019

Hi hckate, Thank you for your review. Appreciate it ! Look forward to see you soon !! Regards, Venkat. (Owner)

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RameshK
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was good. The waiters are personable. The service was slow.

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on July 15, 2019

Hi RameshK, Thank you for your review. Appreciate it ! Look forward to see you soon !! Regards, Venkat. (Owner)

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vipJeff
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The food was outstanding! But it took 30 min to get a waiters attention once we were seated and then never saw him again once the food was delivered. We had to go to the bar for drinks and then again to get the check.

If it wasn’t for the fact the food is so wonderful we would not go back.

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on February 18, 2019

Jeff, My apologies for the inconvenience caused. I totally agree with you, it was the Valentines Day dinner and as it was super busy night, we missed on few checkpoints with our guests for some duration. We have discussed and provided strict guidelines to our staff to be maintained during busy hours. Thank you for your review and feedback. We're confident and provide you better service next time. Once again sorry. Look forward to see you soon !! Regards, Venkat.Aella (Owner).

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vipvadiner14
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s the real deal. Great Indian food. Great cocktails. Great staff. Lovely decor. We will be going back!

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on February 18, 2019

Vadiner14, Thank you for the review and feedback. Appreciate it. Look forward to see you soon !

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food, slowish service but very thorough. Would definitely recommend

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BillF
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall2food1service2ambience2

They have a bar but wouldn't make a drink.
The lamb chops were overcooked.
The staff was eager but not overly competent.
One of our dishes was never served.

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on December 14, 2018

Hi Bill, Thank you for your feedback and review. We're very sorry to see that your experience turned out to be disappointing. We talked to our staff and set some strict guidelines. Usually, Lamb Chops is one of our signature dishes, on that day it was a bad day and a mistake. We're confident to provide the best Lamb Chops with perfect cook, spice-level and tenderness and quality service on your next visit. Look forward to see you soon. Thank you !

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SNaidu
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience3

How can a new restaurant that opened in November 2018, get 50+ five stars reviews before Nov'18 dating back to Year 2015, see below review dates?

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on December 14, 2018

Hi Naidu, It's a valid concern. Just to clarify, it is not a brand new restaurant. New Management and bought an existing restaurant. When it is purchased, all the Assets, Liabilities were part of the settlement. The Website, reviews (good, bad) were considered as Assets and part of the transaction along with equipment etc. Sametime, we don't want to stop there (eg: 50 reviews) and passionate to build-on & enhance what was before with best quality food and overall experience. Thank you !

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GoPr
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Getting seated quickly was the only nice thing that happened to us.

In the 45 minutes that followed after we ordered our food, our family (including very young children) were left waiting, starving and frustrated. We had a waiter come up to us ONCE to empathize with us and also to inform us they lost our order. The manager (lady) had an attitude, and she seemed to think we should care about their plight of having to serve us lowly paying customers.

I think their food is good judging by other reviews since we never got to the entrees.

Mistakes do happen I get it, but they seem unprepared to deal with their mistakes. I would have been completely within my rights to throw a tantrum and scream at a couple of staff but my civility got in the way. That is more than I can say for their manager.

Have no intentions of setting foot in there again while I still have my self respect.

Tamarind Indian Cuisine
Responded on November 20, 2018

Dear Gopalan, Thank you for your review and feedback ! We apologize to you and your family for all what happened and the inconvenience. We truly felt your situation when you were there in the restaurant and waiting. We are here to provide good food and quality experience to our customers. We are satisfied only when our customers really enjoys it. We hope you provide us another opportunity to server you better. Thank you!

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GarryO
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to celebrate my wife’s birthday in a Thursday evening and were surprised how quiet it was. We liked the open plan kitchen, you can see your food being prepared by the chefs. When it arrived the meal was excellent and the service was very good. We’ve been looking for a good curry restaurant and this is the best one we’ve found so far in Loudoun County.

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CeliaF
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Indian buffet anywhere--wide selection of main dishes

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are a plethora of Indian restaurants in this area, but it’s difficult to find a really spectacular Indian restaurant....until now. 1947 has the best Indian food of any Indian restaurant in northern Virginia, and I have tried all of them!

The atmosphere is great! The restaurant has really vibrant decor. When you aren’t enamored by the food, it’s very entertaining to sit back, look around, and take it all in.

The drink selection is excellent! They have a lot of Indian beers, as well as the usual fare if you aren’t feeling adventurous. The food is exceptional. Everything from the appetizer to the entree to the naan is perfect! That’s very rare.

1947 is so good, I don’t plan on going anywhere else when I’m craving Indian food!

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Hollyhock
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our good friends, my husband and I love to visit this restaurant. The food is so delicious and, of course, authentic. If there are any questions, management fixes everything. They will put two tables together so that we aren't crowded. There's never a negative when we eat at 1947. I have to add a negative comment to my previous review. The manager has not acknowledged our reservation so we are denied our points for this visit. I don't know why this has happened because we definitely checked in when we were there. I'm going to call once again--I've called before. If he does acknowledge, I will amend this remark.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great buffet. Each dish had its own unique taste and was spectacular.

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vipNeen
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and affordable in a pleasant atmosphere.

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bypu
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience5

The worst food ever. Not hot. No taste. Less dishes in buffet . Only ambiance is good .

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RichardS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Six adults went to 1947 for a family celebration. The food and service was excellent. I have also been to 1947 for a lunch and highly recommend the buffet where you will find a broad delicious selection.

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You can order delivery directly from Tamarind Indian Cuisine using the Order Online button. Tamarind Indian Cuisine also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Tamarind Indian Cuisine also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 429-1994.

Tamarind Indian Cuisine is rated 4.2 stars by 76 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.