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Rania is Washington DC’s dazzling new destination for evolutionary Indian cuisine

From the team behind the famed Punjab Grill DC, Rania is our daring new vision that shatters stereotypes of what an Indian restaurant is and can be. Derived from the word “Queen” in Hindi and Sanskrit, Rania embodies the evolution of this 5000 year old cuisine into the 21st century.

The kitchen is led by Executive Chef Chetan Shetty—originally from Pune, India, and formerly of the critically acclaimed Indian Accent in New York and Delhi (on the prestigious World’s 50 Best list). Rania introduces guests to a brand new and totally unexpected approach to Indian cuisine. While inventive and modern, Chetan’s approach at its core is an homage to the time-honored culinary traditions, rich flavors and spices, and agriculturally diverse regions across the subcontinent.


Leading the wine program at Rania is April Busch, previously of two-Michelin star Atera. Her single-minded focus is to dispel the myth that wine does not pair well with Indian food and to prove not only that it can but rather should be, just the way it is with other cuisines. Our cocktail program emphasizes classic cocktails with an Indian twist—contrasting both delightfully familiar and surprising flavor profiles.