Zaika Arlington

Indian Restaurant
2800 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201 2800 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington Directions
+17032488333
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Specials (3)

Lunch Special
Lunch Buffet ($11.99 Mon-Fri) ($14.99 Sat&Sun)
Happy Hour
Monday - Friday | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
$5 tapas, wine, and mojitos.
Weekend Happy Hour
Saturday - Sunday | 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
$5 tapas, wine, and mojitos.

Tips

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Report | 13 days ago
The chefs and wait-staff assume you want medium spicy unless you state otherwise. We like spicy but the rogan josh (a typically mild dish) has even been too spicy for us in the past. Since then we have asked for mild for everything-still some dishes have 'a kick' despite our requests. By the way, the chicken makanah (=butter chicken, is very good and rarely has any kick). Avoid Vindaloo anything (chicken, beef, shrimp, vegetarian, etc) unless you want fire-ry spicy--it is never served mild at any Indian restaurant. You need to be adament (assertive) if you decide something is not to your liking, to get a replacement dish, therefore unless you know this restaurant well we don't suggest 'delivery/take-out' for the first-timer.
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Report | 13 days ago
Monday is half price wine bottle night so double bonus! Really great service and friendly staff.
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Report | 15 days ago
Our waiter was phenomenal! I needed quarters for the meter as our dinner ran over. I asked for change and instead of giving me quarters, he put the change in the meter for me!!! Tandoori chicken tikka was delicious.
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Report | 15 days ago
Our first visit to Zaika was great - food was delicious and the service good. But what a disappointment for this, our second, visit. We waited a very long time after ordering for our food to arrive, and all the sauces were bland, the meats dry.
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Report | 13 days ago
food was great...service so-so. front door needs a good scrubbing...can barely see thru the glass. WARNING.....this place is on the second floor with many steps to navigate.
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Report | 15 days ago
Good food with wonderful flavored. Especially the palak paneer. Best I've had.
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Report | 13 days ago
Very nice food and service
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Report | 13 days ago
High quality food and service. Servers were very attentive, our waters were never empty, and we had a free dessert since it was a special event for my friend and I.
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Report | 13 days ago
Great food!
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Report | 14 days ago
Good food and good ambience - the lunch buffet is good but a bit short on variety for vegetarians.
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From Our Editors

Two floors can accommodate 36 basketball teams—180 diners—at Zaika. But there’s an elegance that belies the size of the restaurant. Crimson and orange permeate the scene, with flowing, red curtains canopying booths. A high-sheen black bar points to a flat-screen television, and much of the seating adjacent to that bar has enough cushioning to withstand being trod by a tank. Sprawling murals depicting starry skies suggest there might be even more space than seating capacity states. Named after a Hindi word meaning “taste” or “sense of taste,” Zaika unites aesthetic splendor with culinary splendor: it holds its chefs to high standards of both tradition and innovation, presented on a menu of creative Indian cuisine.

Toward the lavish dining room, which has hardwood accents as glossy as a freshly licked mirror, the complex aromas of Indian spices emerge from the kitchen. Those scents waft from a Calcutta specialty of raj kachori, filled with chickpeas, tamarind vermicelli, chutney, and yogurt, as well as chicken 65—spicy diced chicken tempered with mustard seeds and curry leaves. The chef’s special bakes in the traditional tandoori oven and features a whole red snapper, marinated and grilled, alongside malai kebab—cubed chicken breast marinated in a combination of yogurt, cream cheese, ginger, and mild spices.

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