Burma
Burma
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Burma

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: 2026381280
  • Hours of Operation:
    *Lunch: * Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm 3rd Sunday each month: 12:00pm - 3:00pm *Dinner: * Daily: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Burmese
  • Executive Chef: Jane Tinpe, Ownwer
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Catering for large parties.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private room for party of 36.
  • Private Party Contact: John 2026381280
  • Entertainment: Restaurant and private room maybe reserved for private events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: H Street
  • Public Transit: Metro: Chinatown/Galllery Place (Chinatown exit.) 1 bloc from metro station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking or garage parking next door.
A word from Burma
The premier Burmese restaurant in the area. This restaurant introduced Burmese food to the nation's capital. The Burma serves authentic, regional cuisines from the Southeast Asian country. Delicious noodles and curries, salads and appetizers, vegetarian and meat dishes. Since opening it has been the winner of Washington Best Bargain Award, winner of Washington Cheap Eats 10 years in a row and reviewed by area's top publications. Popular gathering place for scholars interested in the country. Monthly meeting place for Chinatown business networking.
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Burma reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Glad to get here before it is over!
    Grateful
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    We learned that this restaurant will soon be closed, so we were happy to try it before it is no longer available. The food was decent and portions very substantial. An overall good deal in a nice setting. It will be interesting to see if it opens in another location.
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, good service
    pryornetVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Very interesting cuisine, rare for DC. The place has as much ambience as a Greyhound bus station waiting room, but the food is excellent (sort of existing somewhere between Indian/Bangladeshi and Vietnamese). And the service was surprisingly attentive and helpful, although I didn't see any Burmese either in front or in the kitchen; I assume they are there somewhere given the quality of the food. It's a tad hard to find (it's on the second floor; look for the sign on the door). Definitely worth visiting.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Burma? Bummer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Things started to look sketchy when we arrived and Burma had not reserved a table for us. We were sent to a back room that was cluttered, hot, and smelly. Noodles were lukewarm and greasy. Green papaya salad seemed to be greasy cole slaw. Wait staff did not know what salt was, but luckily we saw some salt shakers on a table by the bar and my dining companion was able to walk over and help herself to a container of caked salt.
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  • Okay, not great
    JMO1VIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    The food was okay. The interior isn't anything special. The fried potato triangles and noodle dishes were good. The sautéed eggplant was greasy and lacked flavor.
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  • Great find near Verizon/Chinatown
    Mark
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    If you haven't tried Burma...or Burmese food in general...you have to check out this GREAT restaurant that's right next to Verizon Center and Chinatown. It can be hard to find as it's on the 2nd floor of a building on 6th (just south of H St)...but if you look up...and climb the stairs...you won't be disappointed. Burma (and Burmese food) combines the flavors of Chinese, Thai and Indian cuisine. Our favorite dishes here include Kokang Chicken, Kauswe Thoke, Sauteed Squid. Tamarind Fish and Curry Shrimp. But almost anything you order will be great. And definitely order the Green Tea Leaf Salad as an appetizer (Burmese tea leaves soaked in garlic oil, mixed with sesame seeds, ground shrimp, peanuts and lemon juice). Amazing!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • cold
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    It was a very cold evening and they had no heat in the place. Even the waiters were wearing coats. When we asked about the heat the our server said that the restaurant was closing down and they were not using the heat. Cutting cost should not mean sacrificing service. The servers were in a bad mood and I don't blame them, nobody should work under those conditions. Typing from my phone so please excuse typos.
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  • Great loss to the Chinatown area
    GalsVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Burma is closing. What a loss. Hope to see Burma somewhere close by soon. Fair well.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cosmopolitan
    GalsVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Ask for the Chef"s signature cocktail, custom blended. He will know.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Listless
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Kitchen is on auto pilot - where is the old Burma we know and love?!
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  • very disappointing...
    drdonnaVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    I hadn't been to Burma in several years, but we had dinner there last weekend and it was very disappointing. The food was marginal at best and the waiter was almost rude and definitely careless. I wouldn't go back.
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  • Excellent Food
    robodoc
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    I took a group of 18 College students to Burma on October 24, 2013 while away in DC. I was curious about the food, and wanted to provide my group an interesting experience. Everyone at Burma provided friendly and excellent service. The food was very good, and most everyone enjoyed it very much. I highly recommend the Green Tea Salad! I'd say the only complaint is that they missed one of the people's orders, and as such got the food out much later than the rest, this is however forgivable given the number of people in the group, and the fact that ultimately Burma is a small restaurant.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    jessVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Burma serves up great food at reasonable prices. If you've never had Burmese, it's worth checking out. Ignore the reviews recommending the tea leaf salad, though--it was nowhere near as interesting as people make it out to be.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    Went there for the first time because I heard good things. Must say I thought the food was disappointing...lacking freshness and flavor. The salmon was dry and seemed it had been sitting too long. The tofu/mushroom stir fry was boring. Maybe they had an off night.
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  • diamond in the rough
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    Burma is a great restaurant with interesting and good food at reasonable prices in a quiet atmosphere. Not yet fancified, the restaurant gives you the real thing from real Burmese.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Food, Strange Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    I had never had Burmese food and found the food here to be very tasty and different from other Asian cusines I'm familiar with. There were 5 of us and we ordered family-style so I got to taste a little of everything. The green tea salad, sour mustard chicken, and tofu with tomatoes all had very robust flavors and were delicious. The Kauswe noodles were good but not amazing, and I didn't care for Mohingar soup. While the food was wonderful, the service was strange. Our waiter seemed visibly bored and impatient with us, even though we weren't being fussy in any way. He also seemed to want to rush us out of there, even though there were empty tables. However, he did get our order right. But he definitely could have been more welcoming.
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  • Delicious!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    Food and service are always outstanding here. Not quite Mandalay in SF, but it's really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Cosmopolitan
    GalsVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    International scene. Good value. Ask for what is not on the menu: custom-created cosmo by chef.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great option for omnivores to vegan
    JodiVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    Very delicious food, reasonably priced. Any dish can be made vegetarian, and is also vegan-friendly. Second floor dining makes it feel removed from the street. Not fancy, but a very pleasant place.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    VTVeg
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    I was drawn in by the menu I found online and the wonderful selection of vegetarian options that didn't squeeze out the carnivores in our large and varied group. Nice server handled our crew graciously. Fishy smells. Odd that most dishes had totally plain, unembellished presentation. When they say potato curry, I didn't expect to find a brick (a loaf, maybe?) of flavored mashed potatoes, and that's it. No sauce, no other vegetables, no garnish. just a brick of potatoes. In contrast, my dish was a big pile of vegetables and tofu, but alas - the other side of the same issue - almost no added flavors. It was far and away our most expensive meal in our 4 days in DC, and our least favorite.
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    good for groups
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  • Chinatown Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    I absolutely love the Burma Restaurant. When I lived in D.C., I would frequent Burma at least a few times a month. In the last five years, it hasn't changed! Every dish is excellent with a great selection of beer and wine.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    I really wanted to like this place, but the food was mediocre and the service merely adequate. I would not go back.
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  • Yes and no
    NonicknameVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    Yes -- the food was good and enjoyable. The waiter was attentive to refill water glasses frequently; much needed on a hot day. No -- the air conditioning was woefully inadequate. Another party walked out after coming to eat because of the temperature. The second floor location was also uninviting.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tucked Away in Penn Quarter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/24/2013
    Burma is tucked away on Sixth St NW, upstairs and not very visible among the many competing restaurants. But it is worth seeking out, because the food is terrific. There is almost zero atmosphere, save for a few photos of Burma and the Burmese. But don't let that fool you. The food is fresh, very tasty, with very interesting flavors, and is prepared quickly. It is a great place to eat before a theater production, and you can choose from among light options (we love the Green Tealeaf Salad and the Green Papaya Salad) and more substantial ones. And there are lots of vegetarian options. This place is one of our favorites!
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good, easy meal at a good value
    happydiner
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    One of our regular places in Chinatown. Good simple food, good service, never gets loud.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Concert Delight!
    JerryM
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    Discovered this place by reviewing possible places to eat near Verizon Center before a concert. Thought that it would be a little hole in the wall but the reviews kept coming back calling it outstanding. At first, after walking in, my wife actually wanted to leave. She complained about the décor, the chairs and tables, and that there was a smell. To her credit, she gave it a chance and was blown away. She has had Burmese food before and loved the food served at Burma - especially the green tea leaf salad and the iced Burmese tea. We will definitely be coming back and look forward to dining here the next time we're in DC!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Little-known Cuisine
    Thoughtful
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    Burma has been consistently delicious. The menu is extensive and contains many unusual and tasty items. It is quiet enough for conversation and inexpensive enough not to be guilt-producing.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • No there there
    Mitch
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Even though this is meant to be an inexpensive restaurant, we found it to be pretty basic. The service was not attentive, the food was just about good, and the ambience was nil.
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  • The food was unbearably salty.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/16/2013
    The food was unbearably salty. We had two different dishes - both were horribly oversalted. There was only one other couple in the restaurant - not a good sign.
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  • Food isn't particularly exciting.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    Food isn't particularly exciting. Have had Burmese food before that was much more flavorful and nuanced. Best thing my group of 3 shared was the Papaya salad.
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  • It was a very warm day and
    Nancy
    Dined on 4/10/2013
    It was a very warm day and there is no air conditioning, so it was a bit warm. There are so few tables and the room is so small that you can hear everyone's conversations. The food was very good though.
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  • My family went right before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/3/2013
    My family went right before a concert, which is not the best time to go. The service is attentive, but slow. There's certainly no rush to get you out the door, which is great if you have the time to sit around. The food was tasty and it was a good meal. The room is very stripped down and basic, so not a place to go if you want a lot of pizazz. It was also extremely quiet when we arrived, we almost felt like we needed to whisper, but then the noise level picked up as more people came in and you didn't feel like everyone was listening into your conversation. We would certainly go back, with a bit more time on our hands.
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  • My friend had a very smelly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    My friend had a very smelly bamboo and chicken dish that did not taste good, either. My dish was just ok--it was a curry but did not have coconut milk in it as I had expected. That's probably my fault for not reading the ingredients carefully. The shrimp in it were edible at least, but did not like the sauce all that much. The dishes came out at all different times so that was a little strange, too.
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  • The food was excellent, and
    HostingGuests
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    The food was excellent, and our dietary restrictions were completely accomodated. The service was courteous and well-intentioned, if occasionally flakey. We'll definitely go there again.
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    good for groups
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  • The food and service were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/6/2013
    The food and service were fine. We really enjoyed the sour mustard plant with shrimp and the sauteed eggplant. We got the tamarind fish, which was OK, but came out luke warm. The atmosphere was a little odd- there was no music, and the restaurant was small but not crowded, so we basically could hear everyone's conversations.
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  • This restaurant must be living
    DCDinerVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    This restaurant must be living on past glories. Pretty bad, if you ask me.
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  • What a great find! Burma is
    arbucloVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    What a great find! Burma is probably not a place you'd just happen upon since it's upstairs in a building so I'm very glad it was listed in Open Table. While the atmosphere is a bit hole in the wall, the food and service were terrific. We ordered the tofu in tomato sauce, stir fried noodles with pork and chicken and beef potato curry. There were many other enticing sounding dishes on the menu. Don't wait, go to Burma this week and explore a new cuisine!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Love Burma! Order the Potato
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Love Burma! Order the Potato puréed, mango pork, and green tea salad. You will thank me. The owners are lovely and they offer good value wines.
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  • When you want an adventure
    terrypVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    When you want an adventure that you can easily afford, this is your place. Be brave and order something new...I loved the pickled mustard greens and ground pork. We also ordered the spring ginger salad (it had less ginger than in the past--regardless, it's delicious) and a chicken noodle dish, which my wife loved (I can't eat the noodles, alas). Enjoyed a really nice bottle of French Riesling, and I also had a cocktail, yet the bill was less than $80 including tip. My only nitpick is they brough everything at once (we had hoped to eat the salad first) which made for a very crowded little table. But, hey, happily so.
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  • The food here was mediocre,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    The food here was mediocre, nothing to write home about, but it was decently priced and the service was outstanding.
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  • Decent but not great
    JessieVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2013
    Perhaps we did not order the right dishes, but the food was decent but not great. The ginger salad was the only thing worth noting, the rest was pretty bland. The staff were very friendly and the ambiance cozy. That said, it's not a place I'll go back to any time soon.
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