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Jul 8, 2011 07:39 PM

vegetarian indian in dc

I'm going to be in the DC area (and also around Vienna, VA) and am looking for really good vegetarian Indian food. Could anyone recommend some restaurants in that area?

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  1. if you have a car, then consider Saravana Palace in Fairfax when you are near Vienna. Purely vegetarian South Indian restaurant.

    6 Replies
    1. re: Steve

      I agree - Saravana is probably the best around since Udupai Palace closed down.

        1. re: Steve

          Thanks guys. I unfortunately will not have a car, so I need something accessible by public transportation. Is there a train or bus stop near Saravana?

          1. re: ossauiraty

            There are buses that go from the Vienna metro to near Saravana Palace. You may have to walk a little bit as well. Call Metro for more information. If you don't want to make the effort, your best bet is to stick to DC and choose vegetarian items from a larger menu. I recommend the street hawker menu at Hertiage Dupont, the rather elegant Bombay Club, the trendy but delicious Rasika, or take the Metro up to Bethesda for maybe the best Indian restaurant in the area, Passage to India. If you go to Passage to India, do not miss the pickles and spices from the last page of the menu.

            All of the above have very different menus.

            Rasika Restaurant
            633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

            Bombay Club
            815 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006

            Passage to India
            4931 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

            1. re: Steve

              "Call Metro for more information."

              Or better yet, go to their website <> and plug the address of the restaurant into the "Trip Planner" on the front page of the site. It will give you 3 different public transportation options. The first one is usually the best one.

              1. re: Steve

                passage to india is metro accessible and far better than Heritage in Dupont. If you can get in to rasika, go there.

                My husband and I also really like Dalchini on CT Ave in Dupont - it's very good and has a lot of vegetarian options that are very good. But to be fair, I think we're ruined by Saravana Palace :)

          2. There is a lunch place in the food court at International Square called Nirvana. All they do is veggie Indian. Nice folks, too. This is hidden and not at all fancy, but highly accessible. It's downstairs, right next to the Farragut West metro stop.