Mandu - 18th Street
1805 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009Neighborhood:
KoreanPrice: $30 and under
Mandu - 18th Street
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://mandudc.com/
- Phone: 2025881540
- Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:30am - 9:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Korean
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout
A word from Mandu - 18th Street
Mandu opened in the fall of 2006 by Chef Yesoon Lee and her two children, Jean and Danny. Located on 18th street in Dupont, Chef Lee presides over the kitchen making sure that the recipes and dishes taste as she was originally taught being raised in Seoul. Her specialty is creating homestyle Korean dishes that one would enjoy in her own kitchen. Jean and Danny run the operations and service, making it a fun and energetic environment that provides the comfort and ease of a neighborhood restaurant. In January 2011, Mandu expanded to another location at the City Vista building in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood.Continued
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Mandu - 18th Street reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since May 5, 2014
- Ambiance3.7Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (27)fit for foodies (25)great for outdoor dining (19)good for groups (18)great for lunch (11)great for brunch (8)special occasion (6)late-night find (4)romantic (3)scenic view (2)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
- Bad bad SERVICEOpenTable Diner Since 2013VIPDined on 8/29/2014Been there many times but tonight was just bad. Noisey and bad service. Our waiter has to go back in and out from the kitchen to ask the manager/owner about info in our order. Bad serviceSpecial Features:
- Great Happy HourMaggieGDined on 8/29/2014Mandu is a great spot for Happy Hour (Mon-Fri 5-7pm). I always order the aloe sojutini and the dolsot bim bim bop. Great for groups.Special Features:
- It was just OKDrewDCDined on 7/29/2014Was here for happy hour and the food was so so. Got some fried stuff, probably the platter, and it's stuff covered in egg then fried. Mandus were full of fillers. No wonder they're inexpensive. Service was great though. Would probably come here for dinner and not happy hour. Bibimbaps look promising.
- A very different kind of brunchcprin6VIPDined on 7/27/2014I went with a group of ladies to try the brunch. The food was delicious! We were really blown away by how tasty and different the brunch option is. There's just one small complaint - there is only one thing on the brunch menu! It's like a bento box, and a creative take on brunch. You can pick different kinds of meat, and everyone loved it! But there's just the one and only option - we wish there was at least a little variety or something else we could come back to try. I'm guessing it's a better dinner place, since the food is delicious! And there's a lot to try on the dinner menu.Special Features:
- traditional korean foodMikaDined on 7/25/2014with upscale presentation and pricing. quality was very good but coming from someone more familiar with hole in the wall korean restaurant prices and presentation had a bit of a sticker shock. however it is nice to see korean food gentrified in a nicely decorated environment. i would return to try some other dishes. we had kalbi and dolsot bibimbap for mains and half order all beef jeon and soba salad apps. everything was very good food wise. ban-chan was a nice selection of vegetable dishes. service was a bit distant.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food, good spot for talkingJLABDined on 7/22/2014I met two former colleagues at Mandu for lunch. We're all foodies, so good food was important--and we had dined previously at Mandu. Equally important was the opportunity to talk comfortably, without having to compete with a noisy restaurant and without feeling rushed by restaurant staff. Mission accomplished. We'll be back.Special Features:
- Delicious Korean foodTheGoodLifeVIPDined on 7/18/2014Coming from the West Coast, I wasn't sure how good the Korean food would be in DC, but Mandu does a decent job at it.Special Features:
- Great for groups during happy hour!OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 7/17/2014I came here for dinner with a group of 9 people for my birthday. For $4, we ordered mandu (dumplings) to share and sojutinis while waiting for our entrees. The steamed mandu was delicious and fresh, as was the stone bibimbop with fried egg. The sojutinis were pretty good but not my favorite drink. I would definitely come back for mandu and bibimbop, and would love to try their Korean BBQ dishes.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good Brunch. Great Happy Hour.OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 7/12/2014While the food at Mandu isn't crazy-authentic, it's solid fare and would be a great toes-in-the-water experience for less adventurous eaters. Both my friend and I got the brunch special with the pork, and it was a great way to sample their menu. The pork was excellent (I'm not a big meat eater, but Koreans do pork right - I was relieved not to be let down!) and I especially enjoyed the chive pancakes. The rest was so-so. It was good, and I didn't regret my meal at all, but I think that their menu as a whole probably offers better. Service was great. We got there close to opening, and it was pretty empty, but by the time we left it was busy inside. Next time, I'll come back for happy hour and order the Mandu or other dim sum offerings.Special Features:
- ManduManduDined on 7/6/2014Brunch special was superb, such great flavors and so much food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Dupont Circle AsiansobepsychVIPDined on 6/1/2014A slightly offbeat, off the beaten trail little inventive restaurant.Special Features:
- JayzeeDined on 5/17/2014We had 12 people and the variety was great and service was prompt.Special Features:
- My favorite brunch in the city!fistfuloflentilsDined on 5/17/2014I have been coming to Mandu for brunch every few weeks for years. Absolutely delicious and the the soju bloody marys are wonderful!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Sold on BibimbapMcMonikerDined on 5/9/2014Other than enjoying bulgogi, I don't know much about Korean food. I can say, however, Mandu has wonderfully tasting food ranging from flavorful mandu to a crisped rice-based bibimbap that had my group returning for a second visit. Staff are friendly and willing to answer questions for those of us who are new to the cuisine. And, if you find sake too strong for your tastes, definitely try the sojutini with aloe - it's wonderfully light, refreshing, and goes well with the food.Special Features:
- awesome finddcdinerVIPDined on 5/7/2014My roommate go out and try new restaurants all the time and I think I have to add this on to our permanent list. We went during happy hour and each got one of the sojuntinis (I got the aloe and she got the orange). They were only $4, strong, and amazing! We got the pan-fried pork and beef dumplings and I could have made a meal just out of those they were so good!! We both got the bimbibap in the hot stone bowl and the $2 extra was worth it for the extra crunch in the rice. The sauces are sweet and spicy and the egg on top was cooked perfectly. We left feeling full, satisfied, but not gross. Definitely a meal worth every penny!Special Features:
- The following 162 reviews are from the Mandu - 18th Street reviews archive.
- Really good KoreanDaveCDined on 4/26/2014The food is excellent. Really enjoyed our meals. This was my second time here - the first time the service was pretty poor, but much better on the second try. I would definitely recommend for a casual, delicious, and somewhat unique meal.
- Nice food, terrible serviceFoodiefromPhillyDined on 4/26/2014I have recently been introduced to Korean food and was looking forward to sharing the experience with family from out of town. The rice bowls and appetizers were good (but not great) and presented in an attractive manner out of the kitchen. Unfortunately, it seemed most of the wait staff was clueless. Our server had to be asked to take away empty dishes, did not refill water glasses, and seemed impatient with questions about the menu. The person who brought the food could not answer any questions at all, but said she was new (so maybe should get a pass). The staff needed more training before they went out on the floor with customers. The outside dining looked really nice.Special Features:
- Good placerosariotDined on 4/22/2014Nice food and good atmosphere and service. Prices adequate.I would recommend this to a friend.
- TeePeeDined on 4/19/2014Five of us enjoyed the Korean food. Not as spicy as we expected. As a vegan they were very accommodating. Very pleased with the restaurant.Special Features:
- The food was excellent - especiallyDFDCVIPDined on 3/28/2014The food was excellent - especially the dumplings and tofu appetizers - and service was excellent.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious early dinnerOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 3/23/2014Dined early on a Sunday evening - cheap beers ($3) from 4-7pm, and the mandu dumpling appetizers are also on special. We got the veggie version which were great. I had the kimchi bowl with chicken which was incredibly flavorful but bordering on too spicy. My fiance order the veggie bibimbap in the stone bowl, which she is in love with. The stone bowl definitely seemed like the most popular thing to order. Service was a little slow but that wasn't an issue on a laid back Sunday. The outdoor area is great once it warms up a little. Interior is minimalist but bright and pleasant. Overall a great experience, high quality ingredients, and affordable for the amount of food. The tasting plate was a welcome surprise as well.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Love this place. Its definitelyOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 3/22/2014Love this place. Its definitely a small neighborhood gem and I keep coming back. Get the dolsat beepin bopSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious foodKatherineDined on 3/20/2014I've been here a few times and the food never disappoints. They also have really delicious sojutini cocktails, which are definitely worth trying.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best Brunch in TownOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 3/15/2014Mandu's brunch is the best deal in town. You can't beat their bulgogi and scallion pancakes, and the whole meal is delicious. The only downside is they do not serve coffee (Why, Mandu, Why?). They are also very accommodating to children.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The food is excellent andOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 3/8/2014The food is excellent and it is very affordable. Most entrees are under $20. Definitely a great spot in Dupont!Special Features:
- Hit or Miss on ServiceLoriInDCDined on 2/18/2014The food is typically great, however the service is hit or miss. This visit it was a miss.Special Features:
- Korean in a pinchElleVIPDined on 2/15/2014Although I think the best places to go for Korean food are in Annandale, VA, if you don't feel like going out there and have a craving, Mandu will do. The wine list is pretty decent, and so is the food.
- Great food, happy hour, and serviceNikkigeeDined on 2/1/2014Staff were awesome in accommodating a reservation change for our large group. Much appreciated! Food was great as always, and happy hour specials totally rock.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Manu never disappointsVokonskiDined on 1/10/2014Great food, quick service, reasonably priced. Get the bugolgi you will love it.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Mandu on 18thOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 1/4/2014Visited Mandu with my ladyfriend last Saturday night. I've also been to their K St location, which I slightly prefer. The service at both locations is excellent - friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating (I have some dietary restrictions that can make dining out complicated). The food is delicious and the menu is clearly marked for vegetarian and gluten-free options. The 18th St location is pretty noisy, which is understandable on a Saturday evening, but the tables in the downstairs dining area are also very close together, which made it even harder for us to hear each other. Mandu's K St restaurant is a bit more spacious and has a double-door set up to prevent the dining area from being blasted by cold air every time the door opens.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Our favorite Korean in DCOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 12/28/2013Our favorite Korean in DC for several years. Service is good and food is pretty authentic with a few bows to American taste and prep standards. My wife and I have never had a meal we didn't like or inadequate service at Mandu. Overall they have a pretty genuine and unique menu for a restaurant in DC. A great change of pace from anything in the vicinity. We stopped in before seeing a concert this time.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Overall Excellent ExperienceGWpfVIPDined on 12/27/2013Good and interesting food, nice low-key space with sharp service. Prices reasonable, all in all, very enjoyable evening.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great date spotDCFoodyDined on 12/14/2013I went here on a second date and it was great. The services was prompt and attentive. The setting was intimate but not dark nor isolated. We could chat and joke without worrying about disturbing the people next to us. The food came out promptly and was delicious. And the bill at the end was not outrageous. I'd recommend this place to anyone who loves food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best Dinner I've had in a while!PrincessG27Dined on 12/13/2013Loved the ribs! I cherished each bit and took leftover home to enjoy as another meal. I will be back to try the brunch.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Somebody was having an off night?17thStFoodieDined on 11/22/2013The food was great, and the waiter even helped me find a nice appetizer/entree combination. Great menu, although there were no gluten-free seafood choices. After I placed my order the service went downhill fast, however. My waiter never checked on me, and he only refilled my iced tea once--when I asked him. My glass was empty most of the meal. He flitted to every table on the floor but mine. I didn't hear from him again until he placed the check on my table and asked how was everything. I said: "I was disappointed that you never checked on me and only refilled my iced tea once when I asked. Did I do or say something that was off-putting?" He apologized and claimed he was just busy. After he gave me the check, he never came back.
- GREAT Korean placeEricVDined on 11/22/2013I read about this place in GQ magazine. It lived up to my expectations! Great food, awesome presentation!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- dolsot bi bim balchooflyDined on 11/11/2013hit the spot! real Korean food in DuPont circle - who woulda thunk it?I would recommend this to a friend.
- Solid showing - great happy hour!Las2011Dined on 11/11/2013Unfortunately, my friend who wanted "Asian" was apparently not really in the mood for Korean, but we both really enjoyed the veggie mandu (dumplings) and I had a solid vegetarian bibimbap. Not the best bibimbap ever, but good, and I appreciated the hot stone bowl option. Also, the happy hour deal hear is a must - cannot beat it, and the mango sojoutini is delicious. Seriously one of the best happy hour priced drinks you'll find.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Over-priced and moderately goodMBAFoodieDined on 11/8/2013The appetizers seemed to be frozen foods heated up. None of the dumplings had any flavor (pork/beef, shrimp or veggie). Same for the bimbap dishes. Overall bland and unimpressive food.
- Great food and happy hour everydayDanDCDined on 11/8/2013The food is great and the service is very friendly and great at explaining the menu and cuisine to newbies.Special Features: