|5872 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041, USA
|11:30AM–2:30PM 11:30AM–2:30PM 11:30AM–2:30PM 11:30AM–2:30PM 11:30AM–2:30PM 12–3PM 12–3PM
Raaga is an authentic Indian restaurant located in Falls Church. I fell in love with this restaurant five years ago and Im glad the quality hasnt changed. The restaurant gives off a warm feeling with the warm yellow painted walls and framed portraits of Indian musicians. The restaurant is also decorated with wooden elephant statue, magical lamps (like the ones in Aladdin), and musical instruments. Every table is draped with a white tablecloth with a small glass vase with a bunch of red carnations. To start my meal, I ordered a Mango Lassi, which was a thick mango milkshake. For appetizers, we ordered Garlic Nan and Onion Kulcha, which consisted of four pieces of bread per order. The Garlic Nan was stuffed and topped with chopped garlic. The Onion Kulcha consisted of fine flour bread stuffed and topped with onions and fine herbs. I felt that the Onion Kulcha had more character and flavor. I liked that the onions made it sweet. I liked how the breads came with a lightly spiced raita yogurt. It would have been nicer if there was chopped cucumbers and herbs. For entrees, we ordered the Chicken Tikka Masala and the Shrimp Masala, which I enjoyed equally. The Chicken Tikka Masala consisted of charbroiled chunks of chicken cooked in a mildly spicy tomato based sauce. The Shrimp Masala consisted of butterfly shrimp cooked in a coconut and tomato based curry sauce. Both of these dishes came with rice mixed with fennel seeds and topped with peas.
I have mixed review of this restaurant. I had ordered a glass of red wine. When the waiter brought it to me it wasnt cooled down, but instead was warmer than room temp. Way less than Halfway through i started to taste something different and had my friends who are expert in wine try it. They said it tasted different. I called the waiter over who was incredibly disrespectful when I asked to see the bottle. He said "you already drank most of It". I thought that was very rude and demanded to see the wine bottle. He brought me a bottle that had very little poured out and couldnt have been the original . I will upload pictures. My friends said that a possiblility was that and old bottle and new could have been mixed together. The food here is normally decent, however the food wasnt great at all. They used the same curry in there different entrees. The daal was also missing salt. We were trying different restaurants for a large event and this place will NOT be getting our 500 people order. I would say this place is fine for fast Indian food on the go.
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Very good!! I was recommended to this place by an indian girl I met. We were talking about different dishes and she said to try Raaga. I always hesitated because it was kind of expensive and I love to get a bunch of dishes and have for leftovers.. However last night my boyfriend and I finally went and man was it great!! We got the Shabnum Curry, the Palak Paneer, Chana Masala and the Baingan Bharta to go. We ate for dinner, breakfast the next day, and still have leftovers. The Palak was good, Ive had better and Ive had worse. The Chana Masala and Bharta were excellent, spicy and very flavorful! But the Shabum Curry.. oh wow was this delicious, sad to say there arent any leftovers of this one.. I have to say for now this is one of the best Indian dishes I have ever had!! I highly recommend this one!
In a word: AVOID. Food was just dreadful. Dinners start at $13 and rise quickly to 20+. Portions were downright small. We tried lamb, tandorii chicken and the $13 vegetable plate, all hit new lows for any Indian restaurant (in my experience, and, Ive eaten Indian all over). The pilaf rice was probably the high point of the meal, but, thats damning with faint praise. "Sauces" could have come out of a Campbells soup can (I could dumpster dive and confirm, but, take my word for it). The lunch buffet runs $11-12 and, for all I know, is OK (as Indian buffets tend to be), however, with so many better eateries around, Im not going to chance it. Oh, yes, I waited a good half-hour (on a not terribly busy night) for my carry out (and for this, they seemed to expect a tip...yeah, right).
I use to come here often but stopped. Their food is delicious however when you order carry out their serving portion is very small. They dont fill up the containers. They give you half filled food and say thats the size. Also I order the dessert and sometimes I get 2 cottage cheese and other times 3. Which one is it? This time around I had to express my concern for paying $25 and getting half filled container. Seriously even upscale restaurants in Tysons give you the fair amount of food for what you are paying. I am a big foodie I dont mind spending on it if its served fairly. Beside that the food is good. They just need to serve customers fairly when it comes to Carry out.
We absolutely love this restaurant. The food is consistently delicious. The Chicken Tiki Masala is one of the best we have ever tasted, and every item on their vegetarian menu is delicious. We especially like to go for the lunch buffet. We can enjoy many of the items on the dinner menu for half the cost and it is always good. They do a great job providing both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options on the buffet. They usually have groupons or and restaurant dot com certificates available but check the restrictions (sometimes they are valid for dinner only or exclude certain days).
Second time to Raaga and it was as awesome as the first. The assorted sampler included lamb kabob, tandoori chicken, and a breaded potato. It was smaller than I expected for $8.95, but it tasted good (especially the lamb!). My friend had the Chicken Vindaloo and enjoyed it (too spicy for me!). I had the Mixed Seafood Masala and it was awesome...I think I caught a taste of coconut. The garlic bread was very good, too. Indian food in general is just so damn tasty, but Raaga seems to do it best. And the service is so hospitable...I dont think my water was ever less than 75% full!
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Ive eaten a lot of Indian food. Maybe Im biased because one of my friends from Delhi, India has cooked for me. We ordered our food to be extra hot and spicy and it was presented to us with hardly any flavor at all. We were also approached several times for our drink order upon first being seated. Then, as we were ready to order our meals, it was another 25 minutes before anyone waited on us. I cant recommend this restaurant to anyone based on our experience. Ive yet to find a decent Indian restaurant in Arlington/Alexandria. The search continues...
I used to work just down the street from the restaurant and I visited the restaurant al least once weekly. The food is good and the service is kind. I have always been treated kindly by the staff and have held lunch meetings with guest from across the nation. Everyone has always commented that they enjoyed the meal. On several occasions guest had never tasted Indian food, and have now come to love it. The lunch buffet is an excellent selection that changes daily and is a great deal for the price. I highly recommend this restaurant.