Asian Spice
Asian Spice

Asian Spice

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.asianspicerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 202-589-0700
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Pan-Asian
  • Executive Chef: Tanya Poonkrven
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 8 St. NW
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Asian Spice
" At Asian Spice, a continent of cuisines " by Tom Sietsema ( Washington Post ) offering array of exquisite cuisine from China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thai, Lao and Malaysia. The dining room is stylish, comtemporary and comfortable. Join us for our daily happy hour at the bar from 4 -8 pm offering an extensive selections of beer, wine and house specialty drinks. We offer seasonal outdoor seating, Spring thru late Fall. A private dining room and karaoke room are also available for your special event.
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Asian Spice reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (19)great for outdoor dining (18)fit for foodies (13)great for lunch (12)good for groups (8)special occasion (7)romantic (4)vibrant bar scene (4)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Better options out there
    dcshrink
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Food was okay, with neither panache or fault. Service was poor. Brought entrees before appetizers, did not refill water or tea. Seldom seen. Obsequious when presenting bill, punctual in collecting the bill. Room was uncomfortably cool.
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  • If only the food were better
    RichardGVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Nothing special that I detected about the ambience. The service was outstanding--really wonderful. Unfortunately, the food was not. Even the dishes marked with the chili pepper icon were bland. As a friend once said, "Everyday fare at special-occasion prices."
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  • Great Time and food
    diner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I have been to Asian Spice several times and the service is always good and friendly. The happy hour menu is pleasing with great drink options to choose from. This is a nice place to have a quick meal and meet friends especially. I enjoyed the sushi and the raspberry martinis were awesome!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Great Food
    DCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    As always the food was delicious and it is so easy to get a table. The service wasn't good as usual, but still fine.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great lunch deals for chinatown
    MartyJVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Went here for a quick lunch. They had great lunch specials and options including bento boxes. I had the pad thai lunch which came in a bento box tray with a crispy roll, some watermelon and a salad all for $14. Would definitely go again- but next time for the drunken noodles or the Salmon Teryaki Bento box.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • not so spicy
    GalsVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    great outdoor seating on a good day, best spot in the area, on the street
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Happy
    DCGirl32
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    So happy to find Korean food on the menu! I was born in South Korea & I was thrilled to find Korean food on the menu! The first taste brought back a lot of happy memories for me! The service was awesome as well! Great job!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Terrific Asian Cuisine
    CMcNettVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The food at Asian Spice is excellent; always fresh ingredients and well done. I meet colleagues here for business lunches not infrequently just because the food is so good, wait staff is very profesisonal, courteous and helpful. The prices are also very good for the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre at best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Good service, quite table, but I left very unimpressed with the sushi. It was mediocre and over-priced at best. My companion's plated meals looked much better, but I left still craving proper sushi. Lump Crab meat was more mayo than crab- and it was not outlined that it was a crab salad roll.
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  • DateNight
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Intriguing appetizers and good Thai food near Verizon center. Our server (from Thailand) was excellent and excelled when we told him our request for slightly spicy food came out beyond what we could take. It was replaced immediately. We ate outside and the ambiance was basic, but in an energetic part of town. Would visit again and stretch out a bit more on the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Philly Roll
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Very generous amount of salmon and so tasty! All the food was very fresh and served fast. Great spot for quick meals before a Verizon Center show.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Service OK Food Good
    rtesmerVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Been here before, and liked it. Had to go up a very long windy set of stairs to get to our table, ok. Service once up there was spotty at times. Had to request refills, several times. Food was served fresh and hot and when one dish was incorrect, it was quickly replaced with the right one.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I love this place. Everything I eat is amazing!!! Longevity fried rice is fantastic. Drunken Munky roll is awesome too!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    DCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food is always great and it is so easy to get a table. I definitely recommend
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Great service
    Livelee
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Great bartenders Scott and Charles!!! They will make your visit worth the while. A great place to go before or after an event at the Verizon Center.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average at best
    wrldtrvlr157
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    After reading all the great reviews of this place, we really had high expectations. The mood wad already set when I asked about the drink specials and the server abruptly answered, it isn't for outside diners. The korean bbq was way too salty, and our server only checked on is once throughout the meal. It's a great looking place, but the food just was not up to par.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Food excellent, service outstanding and what a very pleasant experience. i plan to eat again at Asian Spice the next time visitors come to town.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luv2EatOut
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    The food was wonderful! The service was great and the ambience was great for a lunch meeting.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flawed but lovable favorite
    Woodchuck
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Asia Spice is a neighborhood favorite of ours. The service can be spotty (especially during happy hour if there is a game at the Comcast Center), but it is always friendly, the food is creative and carefully crafted, and the ambiance is fun. The Peasant Noodles are worth making a special trip. Take some time to read the whole menu, because the names of the dishes are some of the most creative in Washington. I think they would benefit from making the menu a little smaller and less confusing, and focusing on doing a smaller number of dishes to perfection. I've really never been disappointed by the food, but I have been frustrated a few times by chaos.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful choices
    joyceVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Service was perfect, waiter helped us decide among many good choices. We came early, not crowded, but had a problem with Groupon that manager and staff solved for us, they were all extremely helpful, friendly and efficient. A pleasure. Lots of good menu options, the Panang Curry with Salmon was really good. Large portion, excellent quality, salmon perfectly cooked. Dessert was sticky rice with mango, unique, delicious, artistically presented. Hadn't been there for several years, consider it a find.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good sushi
    Dani
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    sushi was pretty good... decent service. Good spot to check out when in the area
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 445 reviews are from the Asian Spice reviews archive.
  • Fair Value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The food was very good and a good value for the money. The appetizer, salad and soup we had were good starts to the meal. The lamb kebabs were excellent and was the duck entree.
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    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for quick pre-theater supper
    Tammy
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Enjoyed the tom yumm soup and the duck roll - an appetizer big enough for a main course. Service was very courteous but timing was off -- the food arrived before the cocktails were half finished.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service were great.
    dinky
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Food and service were great. We ate here during cherry blossom festival and dined outdoors. Great experience. I would go back.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old.Standby
    highexpectations
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Always good food and reliable. Great for vegetarians as well.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot Hot Hot
    JosZebley
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    when the Tom Yumm seafood soup makes your eyes water and your nose run, without burning your mouth AND delivers layered flavours, your know you are in the right place! The chicken, not pork or beef sates were OK and the Asian spice salad was also good but nothing special. The Vietnamese Lemongrass Pork pulled Asian Spice back out of the humdrum to the delicious. The drunken noodles were a delight. My Mee Goreng, egg noodles was a bit of a disapointment as I am used to wide flat noodles that hold the hot peanut sauce, but the flavor was there. Thai Green Curry again hit the spot. Spicey, hot, but with mutiple flavors in the heat without any burn My ginger creme brûlée was bland with little ginger flavur, cold, and dense. Not a success.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good mixture of all things
    Pete
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Good mixture of all things Asian. Also a wide range of food volumes from tapas and sushi to full dinners. Lots of energy and a fun place.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little noisy
    amcostello99
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Food was delicious, but it was a little too noisy for a business lunch.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent Variety of Asian Choices
    JeffVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The food selection and quality were great. Thai was especially good. Service was good. A very nice dining choice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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  • very convenient to Verizon
    kaaaVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    very convenient to Verizon Center for a delicious meal before the game.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, friendly service
    debt
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    have had dinner & lunch here--both times the food was great and the service appropriately friendly lunch is also a great deal
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Very nice restaurant
    QLing
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    This was my first time dining at Asian Spice. I was very pleased with my experience from start finish. Their sushi was delicious. The waitress was very nice. I will definitely be coming back to Asian Spice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING Dining Experience
    Deka252
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Asian Spice is great for Groups, Date Night, a Romantic Evening with that Special someone, First Date or hanging with Friends, how do I know, Because I have been part of ALL of them. Asian Spice mix the charm of Great Sushi and Asian cuisine with the hussle and bussle of city dining. I love this place and Often look for reasons to return (smile).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    MmDCVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    started with the Duck Roll App - great!! Both entrees - the Korean Short Rib & Chicken Basil were great... very much like what we used to expect at Kenlaya. Happy they still have this location open!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Delicious!
    OTDC
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    If you have been looking for Kal Bi that is more like Hawaii-style Kal Bi rather than the traditional Korean style Gal Bi, this is the closest I've found so far. Also, the Malaysian Roti is perfect! The same as you would find at Malaysia Kopitiam.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • menu not as advertised
    drross
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    There were a number of items blacked out with marker. I ordered crab cakes which were described as lump crab meat. There was no lump meat in it at all. I returned it and replaced it with another dish. Thevreplacement and the other dishes at the table were tasty but nothing to rave about.
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  • Waste of time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Arrived at 6:30pm for an 8:00pm concert and after being told twice that they didn't have the wine we had chosen, we got our appetizer . At 7:15pm I reminded our server we needed our main dish, when it still had not arrived at 7:45pm we decided to leave. Would not recommend this restaurant.
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  • So disorganized
    Good2goVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Ate dinner here on a Thursday night. Kitchen appears to be very disorganized. Choices of wine by the glass are few and unexceptional. No one could answer even the simplest questions about wine. My seaweed and tofu soup was acceptable - very fresh tofu but the broth was thin. Even though the restaurant was not that busy, we waited 90 minutes for our entrees to show up. Just two noodle dishes. The drunken noodles were a slightly spicy muddle of overcooked soba noodles, although the shrimp were fresh. Mee goreng noodles was a mild curried mush with overcooked chicken. Perhaps the restaurant should shorten their menu, increase the precision of the cooking and for heavens sake - get some interesting wines by the glass.
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  • good variety good food
    debt
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    server was pleasant; food was excellent & presented well
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • this was my second time at
    ando
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    this was my second time at Asian Spice and it was as delightful as the first time and I will continue coming back when money graces my pockets and open time greets my busy life.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.