Mandu - 18th Street

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

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.
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Mandu - 18th Street reviews from OpenTable diners
54 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (25)fit for foodies (24)great for outdoor dining (14)good for groups (12)great for lunch (9)great for brunch (8)special occasion (4)late-night find (4)romantic (3)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • always yummy
    tatergirlVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great brunch - but be hungry when you arrive because the portions are big!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Korean place
    ML4DC
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Very flavorful quality food and nice service. One of my favorite places in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Korean Cuisine
    Seoulful
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    A real taste of Seoul! Our dining experience was quite enjoyable. As with any restaurant in the area, parking was non-existent. But it was worth the walk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad bad SERVICE
    Luv2eatgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Been 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 service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Happy Hour
    MaggieGVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Mandu 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:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was just OK
    DrewDC
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Was 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.
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  • A very different kind of brunch
    cprin6VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • traditional korean food
    Mika
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    with 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:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, good spot for talking
    JLAB
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious Korean food
    TheGoodLifeVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Coming 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 brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for groups during happy hour!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I 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:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Brunch. Great Happy Hour.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    While 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:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mandu
    Mandu
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Brunch special was superb, such great flavors and so much food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 167 reviews are from the Mandu - 18th Street reviews archive.
  • Dupont Circle Asian
    sobepsychVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    A slightly offbeat, off the beaten trail little inventive restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jayzee
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We had 12 people and the variety was great and service was prompt.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite brunch in the city!
    fistfuloflentils
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I have been coming to Mandu for brunch every few weeks for years. Absolutely delicious and the the soju bloody marys are wonderful!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sold on Bibimbap
    McMoniker
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awesome find
    dcdinerVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really good Korean
    DaveC
    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.
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  • Nice food, terrible service
    FoodiefromPhilly
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place
    rosariot
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Nice food and good atmosphere and service. Prices adequate.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TeePee
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was excellent - especially
    DFDCVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The food was excellent - especially the dumplings and tofu appetizers - and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious early dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place. Its definitely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Love this place. Its definitely a small neighborhood gem and I keep coming back. Get the dolsat beepin bop
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    Katherine
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    I've been here a few times and the food never disappoints. They also have really delicious sojutini cocktails, which are definitely worth trying.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Brunch in Town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is excellent and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The food is excellent and it is very affordable. Most entrees are under $20. Definitely a great spot in Dupont!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hit or Miss on Service
    LoriInDC
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    The food is typically great, however the service is hit or miss. This visit it was a miss.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Korean in a pinch
    ElleVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
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  • Great food, happy hour, and service
    Nikkigee
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Manu never disappoints
    Vokonski
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Great food, quick service, reasonably priced. Get the bugolgi you will love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mandu on 18th
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite Korean in DC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall Excellent Experience
    GWpfVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Good and interesting food, nice low-key space with sharp service. Prices reasonable, all in all, very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date spot
    DCFoody
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Dinner I've had in a while!
    PrincessG27
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Loved the ribs! I cherished each bit and took leftover home to enjoy as another meal. I will be back to try the brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Somebody was having an off night?
    17thStFoodie
    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.
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  • GREAT Korean place
    EricV
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    I read about this place in GQ magazine. It lived up to my expectations! Great food, awesome presentation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dolsot bi bim bal
    choofly
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    hit the spot! real Korean food in DuPont circle - who woulda thunk it?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.