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Mandu - 18th Street

Mandu - 18th Street Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://mandudc.com
  • Phone: (202) 588-1540
  • 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

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
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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Diner Reviews
  • "Brunch special was superb, such great flavors and so much food."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We had 12 people and the variety was great and service was prompt."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "A slightly offbeat, off the beaten trail little inventive restaurant. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I have been coming to Mandu for brunch every few weeks for years. Absolutely delicious and the the soju bloody marys are wonderful!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Other 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."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "My 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!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Nice food and good atmosphere and service. Prices adequate."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Five of us enjoyed the Korean food. Not as spicy as we expected. As a vegan they were very accommodating. Very pleased with the restaurant."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The food was excellent - especially the dumplings and tofu appetizers - and service was excellent."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Dined 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."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Love this place. Its definitely a small neighborhood gem and I keep coming back. Get the dolsat beepin bop"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I've been here a few times and the food never disappoints. They also have really delicious sojutini cocktails, which are definitely worth trying."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Mandu'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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food is excellent and it is very affordable. Most entrees are under $20. Definitely a great spot in Dupont!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The food is typically great, however the service is hit or miss. This visit it was a miss."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Although 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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Staff were awesome in accommodating a reservation change for our large group. Much appreciated! Food was great as always, and happy hour specials totally rock."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Great food, quick service, reasonably priced. Get the bugolgi you will love it."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Visited 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."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Our 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."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Good and interesting food, nice low-key space with sharp service. Prices reasonable, all in all, very enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Loved the ribs! I cherished each bit and took leftover home to enjoy as another meal. I will be back to try the brunch."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "I read about this place in GQ magazine. It lived up to my expectations! Great food, awesome presentation!"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Unfortunately, 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."
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "hit the spot! real Korean food in DuPont circle - who woulda thunk it?"
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "The food is great and the service is very friendly and great at explaining the menu and cuisine to newbies."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Great happy hour, great prices, great service. Went with a group of 9 on a Wednesday, stayed from 5-8, had a lot of fun. Sat outside at first, then upstairs where it was nice and quiet. Delicious and for $4 for 6 dumplings during happy hour, can't be beat. This place came highly recommended by a friend and now I know why. Cuz it's awesome."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "NOT as good as K street location. Food was just ok. Service was good, but kinda rushed"
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "really like mandu's food, location and atmosphere. would highly recommend this place!"
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "Delicious, fresh food. Nice variety. Accommodating of every dietary request."
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "I really like Mandu because the food is great and the price is good. Not overpriced like many other restaurants in DC. I have been there with my parents and friends and everyone loves the food. I am now a frequent costumer!"
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Had the bibimbap which is supposed to be great, but was mediocre if you came from NYC. It's pretty cheap though. No ambiance to speak of. Kind of dumpy looking place so sit outside if you go. Service was really slow even though it wasn't a very packed night."
    Dined on 10/8/2013
  • "The dumplings were not bad, but a bit bland.The ribeye and short ribs were both very good. The short ribs may have been a bit too sweet, but I liked them. They were awkward to eat with chopsticks. Eventually, our server offered scissors to use. There were 2 problems. First, while clearing the table, the waitress knocked over the bottle of wine. Accidents happen...she nearly doused the other table, but missed. However, how do you not either comp us with a free glass of wine, discount the bottle, or offer a free dessert? If you're going to charge $40/bottle and $8-10/glass, I have a right to expect the same back if you spill it. Second, they ran out of mochi. It had been left out, she said, so they threw it out. No substitutes or anything."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "We are so lucky to live right down the street from Mandu. The food, wine, and service are all really great, especially the dumplings which are one of their great happy hour specials."
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "The Bulgogi was overdone, the Short-Ribs were chewy and the Kimchi was not fermented. The starters were excellent."
    Dined on 8/24/2013