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Indian, Middle Eastern, Pakistani
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1.7 km from Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Reviewed 22 September 2019 via mobile

My wife & I and our friends had just gotten into town a few hours previously and after a quick stop at our VRBO we’re looking for a place to eat & consulted TripAdvisor. One of the suggestions was Red Torque. It was close. The...prices were modest. The food however was great. Some of us had lamb kabobs that were tender, succulent & flavorfully seasoned. Others had lentil soup which was thick and delicious. The nan was fresh & baked just right: just crusty outside & soft inside. The place is small. The accommodations simple. But service was efficient friendly & attentive. If you like Indian food this place will not disappoint.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

Samosas were actually the best part of this rating. Both the beef and vegetarian were worth the whole meal. The lamb biryanis was a tad off and shredded lamb. What killed the rating was ordering garlic naan and sending back the plain naan (which was...served) to have the same naan in the same basket sent back with "garlic BUTTER" slathered and un melted on top. Possibly new management. But hey might just be me. Butter never hurts right?More

Date of visit: June 2017
Reviewed 26 May 2017

I searched for this cafe over the net and wasn't sure when i reached there but the taste really blew us. We ordered chicken biryani and chicken karahi along with fresh roti. I must say one of the best karahi we had in US and...biryani really taste good. The cafe itself is small and is owned by a couple, whose wife is Pakistani/Indian and the cook is from Bangladesh. The roti bread was fresh is like what you find in Karachi Pakistan. The owner itself looks after guest and is friendly. If you are in town and urging for a good karahi, drop in and enjoy.More

Date of visit: May 2017
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

I went here with some friends last night. One of us had been there before and spoke highly of it, so we decided to try it out. The place was mostly empty when we showed up, which I thought was odd for a Saturday night....I think it was maybe because they don't serve alcohol, but the food certainly wasn't the problem. We ordered hummus & falafel as appetizers. Both of them were excellent. We ordered the palak paneer, butter chicken, daal, and chicken curry and ate it all family style. The chicken curry and daal were fantastic. The palak paneer and butter chicken were both really good. All in all it was an excellent meal, I'd definitely go back.More

Date of visit: September 2016
Reviewed 20 April 2016

I am looking at all the reviews and how everyone is raving about this place. However my experience was not all that great. The visit was on Thursday night around 9PM in April. We ordered goat biryani and combo kabob. If I would to rate...on service too I would probably give one star (the girl who took our order was very hesitant about the menu and did not know what was the difference between 2 items on the menu.) this aside... Goat Biryani: rice was very good and tasty, however the goat pieces were not in any way or shape good. very small chunks of mainly fat, so when you bite into the piece you get lots of gooey fat and lots of bone chunks and I don't mean an actual bone but spheres of the bone itself (this is a food hazard). there small pieces of bones in each meat piece I had, aside from all that fat too. At the end I had to take the meat piece apart to make sure I am not chewing on fat or bone pieces. Combo Kabob: was a combo of chicken and kabob. The chicken was very raw on the inside and very chewy. It was not fully cooked to the appropriate measures. We would have noted all of this to the guy behind the counter but he was too busy asking us if we could leave him a tip!!More

Date of visit: April 2016
Reviewed 12 January 2016

Go here for the food, but not the atmosphere. Definitely not upscale inside or fine dining as it's just a small open room with some tables and chairs; however, the food is very good, inexpensive, large portion sizes, and they have a lot of options.

Date of visit: January 2016
Reviewed 30 June 2015

This restaurant caught my eye as we searched for a nearby place for dinner on our first night in the area. I thought it was a good sign that a large family was eating outside on the deck, so we took a chance. We both...had the regular chicken kebobs. I am currently eating low carb, so the server was nice enough to offer a little more chicken since I wasn't having rice and bread. With the salad, it was plenty. Food service was good, water glasses were refilled several times, and since we were in a hurry to get somewhere, I went inside to pay, and the server had my check right there and immediately rang me out. Great find that I am sure will get return visits from my son who will be there for a couple of months.More

Date of visit: June 2015
Reviewed 8 June 2015 via mobile

Large portions of delicious food makes for quite a good bargain. Great lamb and chicken and sauces with friendly service.

Date of visit: June 2015
Reviewed 5 May 2015

When I asked Siri (i.e. my Iphone) to find me the nearest Indian Restaurant, I was stunned to find myself directed to a little corner store restaurant, near Florida and Rhode Island Avenues... Toque Red Cafe has a small, local "neighborhood hangout eatery" feel to...the place, with VERY nice customer service... I got takeout--- and they were efficient and VERY reasonably priced (TWO Large entrees for less that $25)... I had the Chicken Tikka and my wife had the Lamb Biryani (medium spice)--- The FOOD was DELICIOUS...!!! The meats were tender and juicy, the rice was perfect and the Flavors had some special spicing combinations that we just LOVED...! (BUT The "medium" spicy was just a little Too much for a non-spicy guy, like me...) For dine-in food, wine and atmosphere, I will trek across town to Indique or Indigue Heights--- but for fantastic Indian take out, we'll be back again and again...More

Date of visit: May 2015
Reviewed 21 March 2015 via mobile

The Butter Chicken was amazingly delicious! I've been to many upscale places in the District, this was the best along with excellent service. I tried the Sweet Potato Cake and it was very good! Upper Marlboro, MD

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  • Yes, Red Toque Café offers takeout services.

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  • Red Toque Café is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4