About Zaika

2800 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
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Zaika offers an appetizing array of India’s regional cuisine, including signature dishes from Bombay and Goa, as well as vegetarian specialties from the south. A delicious complement to the main dishes, the traditional Naan bread, baked in the tandoor oven, is given extra flavor with garlic and fresh butter, spices, dried fruits and more.

Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Indian, Contemporary Indian, Pakistani

Hours of Operation:
Brunch Buffet: Saturday & Sunday: 12Noon- 3:30pm; Lunch buffet: Monday to Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Dinner: Monday to Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday 5pm - 11pm & Saturday: 3:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm
NOW WE DO DELIVERY!
BUFFET 7 DAYS A WEEK!

Cross Street:
N Clarendon Blvd and Clarendon Blvd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 248-8333

Website:
http://www.zaikadc.com/

Entertainment:
Lounge Music on Friday and Saturday nights.

Catering:
Catering for parties of 25-400 people. Please call the restaurant for more information.

Parking Details:
Parking available in Public Parking lot next to Restaurant. We will validate Parking. AT 50% Off

Public Transit:
Clarendon Metrorail Station (Orange)

Courthouse Metro Station (Orange)

Private Party Facilities:
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Zaika can accommodate all your special event needs.

Private Party Contact:
Manjeet Singh: 8444680464

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Promotions

50% Off Select Cocktails and Wines

Mondays - Wednesdays from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Details
50% Off Select Cocktails and Wines. Excludes Tax and Tip. 50% wine bottles Mondays 50% cocktails Tuesdays Wednesday buy 1 app get 1/2 o. Special valid Jan 24, 2016 - May 24, 2016 on Mondays - Wednesdays from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM.
Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Details
Join us for Mother's Day
Buffet Special 12-3:30pm, $20 per person
3 Course Dinner Special 4-10pm; $35 per person

Zaika Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

3.7

ambience

4

noise

Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

fit for foodies (14)
good for groups (9)
great for outdoor dining (8)
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romantic (7)
great for lunch (7)
neighborhood gem (7)
special occasion (5)
great for brunch (2)
notable wine list (2)
kid-friendly (2)
vibrant bar scene (1)
hot spot (1)
late-night find (1)
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food4
ambience5
service4
value5

Great food, friendly service

Dined 6 days ago

Although my first choice entree (lamb shank) was sold out, they recommended an alternative lamb disk, which was delicious.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service1
value3

Incredible food, but service keeps getting worse

vip
Dined on March 31, 2016

The quality of servers at Zaika is ona downward trajectory, and it has reached a point where it is JUST NOT WORTH the aggravation to have what is undoubtedly the best Indian food in Arlington. Zaika needs to stop hiring servers who cannot speak basic English and do not have basic service skills.

food4
ambience3
service2
value3

Good food, weird service

Dined on March 8, 2016

Great go-to for delicious Indian food - my boyfriend and I both had the chicken tikka masala and garlic naan and they were absolutely delicious. We requested a plastic container to take the extra sauce home! Now for the bizarre...the service was slow, took forever to even get water. The happy hour menu was very poorly labeled - " $5 - house wine " - when I tried to order the happy hour wine, the server couldn't tell me what was actually on HH. He indicated just a red wine and when I said "what about a white wine?" he asked me to select which white wine I preferred. I selected a sauv blanc and he said "no no too expensive" and suggested one about a dollar less expensive. When we ordered food and both selected the same dish, the server tried to talk us out of it and said he'd bring one of us something different. We had to INSIST that we, indeed, wanted what we were ordering. I've never had to negotiate my food/drinks before! We might come back, the food was great and the outdoor patio is lovely, but the service? So bizarre.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

First Timer

Dined on February 28, 2016

Had a great meal. Very accommodating. Will go back

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Excellent Dinner

vip
Dined on February 23, 2016

Have been here several times and consistently good. Monday is half price wine bottles and that's a bonus.

food1
ambience4
service4
value1

Food was really bad.

Dined on February 15, 2016

Food was really bad, they messed up our order and they made the dishes again but those were really really bad compared to first one. We ate naan and white rice and desert. The Valentine's Day dinner was bad and we paid the full bill which is very disappointing.

food3
ambience3
service1
value1

Food lacked flavor and service was bad

Dined on February 15, 2016

Our servers seemed more interested in getting the check than in clearing the seven or eight plates piled on our table. They also gave rude and unsolicited advice about what drinks we should get. And the price was just not worth it considering how weak the flavors were compared to the many other Indian restaurants I've visited in the US and abroad.

food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Perfect spice

vip
Dined on February 14, 2016

the chicken tikka masala is the best dish ever! Definitely go for the medium spiciness as it has a touch of spice but not too overwhelming. The garlic naan bread is a must as well! Their vegetable samosa is something worth trying as well. Only thing that was not as I expected was that the hostess who took out order recommended the Chicken madras which is supposed to be really good but we didn't like it and the waitress who asked us how our food was knew about this and just merely apologized and laughed without letting the hostess know and without taking the dish off the bill or offering free dessert. That's the only reason why I put 4 stars for service, otherwise phenomena place with phenomenal dishes and staff. Would definitely go again but not taking recommendations if I have to pay for the consequence.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find
food5
ambience5
service5

We were stubborn enough to venture out i ...

vip
Dined on January 21, 2016

We were stubborn enough to venture out in the middle of a nasty ice storm, and were not disappointed. The food was amazing as always, and one of our friends whose "indian" experience is limited to butter chicken was amazed at the range of flavors and textures. The food is not dumbed down for North American tastes, so the medium spice is actually medium.

food4
ambience4
service3

The food was very good, but even request ...

Dined on January 20, 2016

The food was very good, but even requested mild dishes were pretty spicy. The other problem we had was that one person in our group had a food allergy, and the word did not get out to all staff. We had to remain vigilant.

food4
ambience4
service3
value3

Not for special occasion

Dined on January 8, 2016

It was my sister's birthday and I informed them during reservation. However, they didnt consider it and my plan to surprise her was ruined.

Tags: great for lunch
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Birthday dinner at Zaika

Dined on January 3, 2016

Our food was very good - everyone was happy. The waiter was attentive and accommodating. The atmosphere was very quiet - we went early because Open Table indicated there were no reservations between 6:30 and 7:30, but when we arrived for our 6 p.m. reservation the restaurant was very empty, maybe 3 other tables. We had hoped for something more lively. We let the waiter know we were celebrating a birthday but the restaurant offered nothing to our birthday celebrant. They paid for half the parking, which is nice, otherwise it would have been $8, which is very steep to pay on a Sunday night when no one is around. Yes, we would go back as the food is good.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5
value5

Christmas Night Dinner

Dined on December 25, 2015

Favorite spot for Christmas dinner. Quiet, reasonable prices, dishes always dependable good.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service3

Enjoyed our meal

Dined on December 5, 2015

We were a large family group of nine people who decided to try this Indian restaurant. When we arrived we noticed that about half of the diners appeared to be Indian, a very good sign that the food was going to be authentic. We were not disappointed. Chicken, Lamb, and even Goat was ordered by members of our party and we all agreed that our choice of food was good. My only negative comment would be that the Raita was too strongly spiced. I like to order a very spicy main dish and Raita on the side to offer a cooling taste. This one was too peppery.

food4
ambience1
service3

Delicious, but would order takeout

Dined on October 13, 2015

The restaurant was completely empty and super quiet. The food was delicious so I would order takeout. One issue was with the spiciness. We ordered two dishes each with one hot pepper beside the name, and one was extremely more spicy than the other... didn't seem like the dishes should have had the same spiciness level next to the name.

food4
ambience4
service3

A pleasant experience

Dined on October 3, 2015

The food was mostly good and they had a few interesting items on the menu. It was quiet and a pleasant atmosphere, so it was a nice place to catch up with friends and have a relaxing meal. The appetizers we had (vegetable sabzi and fried paneer) were bland and I wouldn't recommend them. But the main dishes were tasty. The breads were very good.

food1
ambience1
service1

Exceptional!

Dined on September 2, 2015

Thank you for such an amazing dining experience! My friend and I had a splendid time!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Really different indian food than the 'typical'

Dined on August 27, 2015

Love this place! It's so different from the typical, butter chicken, vindaloo thing you find everywhere. I suspect it's maybe a different region's food than typical, or something, but if you want indian food that makes you think you're getting real variety, this is the place.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience5
service4

Here on vacation, googled "Indian Restaurants"

Dined on August 25, 2015

This was one of three choices listed as close to me on Google. Slightly overpriced for quantity of food but willing to pay a little more for nice ambiance.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5

Great food and atmosphere.

vip
Dined on August 21, 2015

Great food and atmosphere.

food1
ambience5
service1

Poor food & service

vip
Dined on July 10, 2015

We had been to this restaurant many time and loved it. This time the food was awful, it had no taste and the presentation was in pleasant. Even the condiments that came with the dishes had changed or were non existent. When I asked the head waiter about it he was very argumentative about it. I finally asked the manager and he said the chef was fasting and couldn't taste anything. It was evident that no one tasted the food as it was being prepared. They also didn't have Amstel (on menu) and ran out of Heineken beer

food4
ambience4
service4

Vegetarian dishes outstanding

vip
Dined on June 29, 2015

Definitely try the vegetarian dishes. Shrimp dishes are tasty but not generous in portion

food4
ambience4
service4

We had the chicken masala, lamb tiki wit ...

Dined on June 17, 2015

We had the chicken masala, lamb tiki with garlic and onion naan All were outstanding, the seasonings were perfect and when we asked for the spice to be kicked up they obliged with flair. As far as I am concerned the best Indian restaurant in DC.

Tags: fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience3
service2

Good food, but we wish we had known

Dined on June 7, 2015

Made a reservation for my daughter's 21st birthday. Even sent the restaurant a note that it was her birthday -- we weren't expecting anything special; I just wanted them to know and to just maybe take a little care. When we arrived, there was no indoor seating because of a private party. Really? You don't tell someone that? Still, we were there, and it was a nice night, so we sat at one of the much more casual outdoor tables. No big deal. And then we waited. And waited. And finally ordered. And waited. And waited. And waited. Finally brought out appetizers. Waited. Waited. Finally brought out entrees. One of our four orders "is coming." Waited. Finally, the waiter explains that the order had "got lost." The three of us ate. The fourth entree came as we were finishing. My younger ate a little (she had picked at ours), and then we just wanted to leave. Finally got a check. No consideration for the lost order. I said to the waiter, look, I'm not saying what you should do here, but you really ought to do something. He applied a 15% discount, which was fine (but I shouldn't have had to ask). Not a disaster, and the food was good, but they were off their game because of the wedding and we should have been told that.

food5
ambience4
service4

Good Indian Food

Dined on April 25, 2015

Been here a few times. From outside it doesn't look like much but the atmosphere inside is nice. They comp. %50 of the parking garage fee so parking is reasonable & comfortable. The food is consistently good, attentive service. I just think the drinks and the desserts are a bit pricey I mean $6.99 for two balls of Gulab Jamun in a tiny saucer. But again the main courses are very satisfying. Overall, I recommend.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service4

My favorite Indian restaurant in Arlingt ...

Dined on April 25, 2015

My favorite Indian restaurant in Arlington. The food here reminds me of the restaurants in India. This place would pass off as a genuine Indian restaurant anywhere in India (unlike many others that Try too hard). Dishes worth trying: mango lassi, samosa chaat, non veg kebab platter and dal makhni and chicken tikka masala. Their Rotis are always freshly made and light. Don't miss the laccha paratha and paneer kulcha!

food5
ambience5
service5

One of my Favorite Restaurants

Dined on April 21, 2015

When I was a kid, like many other kids, I HATED vegetables. I bet my parents would have wished they found this place when I was younger. The okra, the spinach, the cauliflower, I could go on and on... Everything here is delicious and the service is excellent!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service4

Very good buffet for lunch.

vip
Dined on April 7, 2015

Consistently very good at a very reasonable price.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
food3
ambience4
service4

Average American style Indian Food

Dined on March 22, 2015

If you are looking for typical Indian food that Americans are used to, you will find it here. The food was all good, not excellent. The rice was underdone--a bit crunchy. I was excited about the Indo-Chinese menu--the noodles were bland and disappointing. One standout was the chili chicken--this had an authentic taste. The place is nice, and the service was good, but nothing that had me overwhelmed.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
food4
ambience4
service4

Great buffet for lunch. Attentive servic ...

vip
Dined on March 4, 2015

Great buffet for lunch. Attentive service. Very good value.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Delicious!

Dined on February 23, 2015

I love this place - great ambiance, great food, and the servers are always so friendly. I definitely recommend it if you like Indian food!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience3
service1

Maybe because it was Valentine's day but ...

Dined on February 15, 2015

Maybe because it was Valentine's day but they just didn't seem like they were unequipped to handle the traffic. They were taking forever to bring people their food. Not just us. I saw people complaining all around me. They never brought us our guava juice...which I just let slide because I didn't want to complicate things anymore for them. And they tried to force everybody to order from their special Valentine's day menu which would've costed like $39.95 (don't quote me on the exact price) for a 4 course meal but that was per person. I'm fine with the deal but I called days before and they told me I could order from the regular menu if wanted. However, when I showed up the waiter was telling me I didn't have a choice and that I had to order from the Valentine's day menu and no matter what I ordered, he was going to have to charge me $39.95 per person. After going back and forth he eventually allowed me to order off the regular menu. Wish I didn't have to argue with him but ultimately I appreciate their willingness to accomodate us after what was clearly a miscommunication between their staff. Nonetheless, the food was solid and it's probably a better place to go on a regular day, I'm guessing.

food2
ambience4
service1

A Bad Valentines Day

Dined on February 15, 2015

We planed to celebrate our valentines day at Zaika. It was also our first visit at this restaurant. It all started with that we arrived on time, but they had no reservation for us in their systems. I had to show them the open table confirmation and than we got our table. They only served the V-Day special 4 course menu and there were no other options. So we went for the 4 courses and ordered the additional beverage pairing with wines for each course. Just to make it short: The good sides of this V-Day experience: - The place is very nice and has different look and more modern flair that the usual indian restaurants. - The food was goo and the portions were fair. The Bad side of this V-Day - Our waiter was very confused and I think overstrained with the whole situation. - First course beverage pair was a champagne, which was served in cheap plastic glasses - The second beverage was a white wine which just tasted like water and sugar, so we did not touched it. - We got all the beverages around 15 minutes after the we got the food. For the 2nd and 3rd course we had to ask for the beverages. For the 4th course they completely forgot the wine and we did not even ask for it. To be honest we love both indian food and are not the picky type of guests and usually don't mind some chaos. But If you only have a 4 course menu as a choice it is very annoying that you have to ask for your drinks and remind the waiter for each course that your done since 15 minutes and if they can please bring the next course. Further if you offer a beverage pairing with your menu than you should at lease offer some decent Wines and not the cheapest stuff.

food4
ambience2
service3

Great food! Would recommend for casual date night!

Dined on February 15, 2015

Went here for Valentines Day with my wife. Upon entering, the place looked very beautiful, they gave my wife a rose which was really appreciated. They had a special menu for Valentines Day and a separate area for it. Then we entered the dining area and it turns out the tables were WAY too close together. Felt like I was in a New York City deli where the table next to you was maybe a foot away. It was somewhat awkward as you could easily hear each other table's conversations. My wife and I are also somewhat loud talkers, so I'm sure neighboring tables didn't appreciate that, but we tried to be as conscious about is as we could. The food was great - my wife and I went home VERY satisfied. The price was also very reasonable considering the amount of food we got. Unfortunately, there was 1 server for the entire area, so service was somewhat slow/difficult, but that was not the server's fault at all. I would recommend going here on a non-holiday. We would go back again for casual date nights.

Tags: good for groups
food5
ambience4
service4

A Valentine's Day Delight...almost

Dined on February 15, 2015

This place had ambiance, a very pleasant hostess, a wonderful 4-course Valentine's menu with numerous options for courses 2 & 3, and a wine pairing that complemented each course very nicely. The service was good...a bit unenthusiastic, but good...that is until they brought the check before serving the final course. Forgiving that gaffe, the overall dining experience was good.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Amazing food

Dined on February 13, 2015

We have been coming to this restaurant since it was Tandoori Nights. The food is amazing and the wait-staff ensures it it prepared right and you are happy with it. They have nice intimate tables for one on one discussion and a group room to get your friends together.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

An evening delight

vip
Dined on February 3, 2015

This was the first time to eat though one member of the party had done a take-out meal earlier on. The menu was robust with selections and the service excellent. The food was so good that there wasn't any room for dessert. Will be back again soon!!!

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service4

Super value lunch and great curry

Dined on January 7, 2015

This restaurant, on the upper level of a shopping district of Clarendon in Arlington, VA, is sleek and modern. A little too slick for my tastes. But, the food is excellent. I had the lunch buffet with friends with a selection of about a dozen different dishes for $12 and went home with two curries that I had that evening. Everything was prepared wonderfully and the service was engaging.

Tags: good for groups, great for lunch
food4
ambience5
service5

Great service, pricey but tasty north Indian food

Dined on December 30, 2014

We've been here many times. This most recent time the service seems to have improved, the food seemed a bit tastier, and the prices seem to have gone up. The menu has lots of north Indian classics, including a few regional specialties like pani puri, and also a good selection of "Indian" beers (though the one we tried was made in I believe Norway of all places...). Most of the tandoori dishes and curries that our group tried we really enjoyed. Unfortunately the pani puri was far too salty and lacked that zing of the authentic dish you'd find on the streets of Mumbai. Though not cheap, most of the food, plus the ambiance and great service make Zaika much nicer than your average generic Indian joint.

Tags: good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service2

Good food. Great potential.

vip
Dined on December 6, 2014

The main dining room was closed off and most of the staff was busy getting ready for a large party (Saturday night). As a result, the service was less than "attentive". Nothing like eating spicy Indian food and running out of anything to drink - no waiter to be seen...

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