Mandu - K Street
Mandu - K Street

Mandu - K Street

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://mandudc.com/
  • Phone: (202) 289-6899
  • Hours of Operation:
    Full Kitchen: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
    Late Night Kitchen: Monday - Saturday: 11:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 10:00pm - 12:00am
    Bar: Open Until Last Call
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Korean
  • Executive Chef: Yesoon Lee
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 453 K St., NW
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Mandu - K Street
Mandu's newest location, opened Jan 2011, is located at the City Vista building in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. Mandu opened on 18th St. in the fall of 2006 by Chef Yesoon Lee and her two children, Jean and Danny. 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, providing a fun and energetic environment that offers the comfort and ease of a neighborhood restaurant.
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Mandu - K Street reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (29)neighborhood gem (22)good for groups (20)great for lunch (15)great for outdoor dining (9)great for brunch (7)special occasion (7)hot spot (7)kid-friendly (6)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)romantic (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great bite near the convention center
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    It is located very close to the convention center. Very good food, efficient service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love mandu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Fair warning, I'm a vegetarian. We don't often have much luck at Korean restaurants, but Mandu is fantastic. For appetizers, my favorite is definitely the fried vegetable Mandu. The fried tofu is pretty good, but the Mandu really stands out. For entrees, the winner is the Dolsot Bibimbap with tofu. The combination of vegetables, tofu, rice, and hot sauce is delicious, and the hot bowl wonderfully crisps the rice. The beer list usually has a good variety, and the sojutinis are really nice. Service is consistently good. The last time I was there, we had a reservation for 10, and everything was ready when we arrived. I'll keep returning to Mandu to tame my Bibimbap cravings.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Korean food for Being in DC
    marker10
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    if you're in DC and crave Korean food, Mandu is basically your only option. They don't have an extensive Korean menu but have the basics like bibimbap.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Brunch
    PetworthVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Love Mandu and after eating there a couple years I finally went for Sunday brunch. My friend and I both ordered the platter (for 1) and it was fantastic! Veg sushi, omelet, Korean veggis, and either meat or tofu. Best of all - their spicy soju bloody Mary's are $4 when you order the platter. Highly recommend. Have never had a bad (or even average) meal there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodplease
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    It was a fun alternative option for Korean good. The drinks were tasty and Mandu was delish. Nice decor
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love Mandu K Street!
    Susan
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This is my number one go-to place when I come into DC. I can't help it! With all of the amazing restaurants in the city, I still hanker for Duru Jjigee all the time. The dish with spicey marinated pork belly sauteed with kimchi and rice cakes, steamed tofu on the side is unbelievably seasoned. It is the most unusual dish, and is amazing. Many on the staff have been there since the restaurant opened, and they are kind and very helpful. I took out of town friends here this night, and everyone was happy with the choice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • If it is Tuesday, we are here!
    chipVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Fast, friendly, and efficient service keep bringing us back - along with the desire for the mandu dumplings (we love them pan roasted). It is a treat to have this comfortable culinary gem in our neighbor.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great variety
    Tommers
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Outstanding small dishes for appetizers and very large portions for the entrees. The service was informative and very well timed, especially considering the challenges our large group posed to the server. Thanks for a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • K-town comes to DC
    katie03VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Bimbimbop doesn't get any better! We love the mandu (dumplings) and the hot stone bimbimbop here! The service is great and the food is delicious. The closest you will come to Korea or LAs K-town without taking a flight.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very friendly staff!
    Leslie4DC
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was great and the setting was very pleasant, but this places gets an A++ for its amazing staff and welcoming environment. I highly recommend this place for large groups too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummy with a kick
    Amanda
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I really enjoyed my dinner at Mandu. The dduk bok gi, which I'd never had before, was delicious and had just the right amount of kick to it, and I really enjoyed my seasonal gin cocktail with the lime and bay leaf ice cube. My only critique is that the mandu dumplings were a little bit under-seasoned.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ch22VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This restaurant is such a steal. We got there in time for happy hour and got appetizers, drinks, and dinner for $20. Can't really beat that! And the food is delish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JTNUGENTVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Seated promptly and taken care of well all evening by the staff. The waiter was very helpful with menu choices since we wanted to try new things food was good although mine was a bit spicier than I expected. Good times overall.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I really liked that they have a variety of options, including healthy options. The hot stone veggie and tofu bowl I got was very much "clean eating" and tasted really fresh. They were also well-able to accommodate our large group for Saturday lunch. And the Sat/Sunday "Korean Brunch" option looked great/creative~
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 195 reviews are from the Mandu - K Street reviews archive.
  • Flavorless Dishes
    dopamine
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The food at Mandu on K Street was flavorless and boring. It's as if someone added all the veggies and eggs, but none of the herbs, spices or sauce. Bland, bland, bland. It was also quite noisy and the waitress was inattentive.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Disappointing
    TheFoodGuruVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Expected it to have good food, if nothing else. My bbq ribeye had gristle. I told the server and she apologized but did not offer to substitute for it or remove it from the check. I only gave it 3 stars because the other members of my party had acceptable meals.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Deliciousness
    JessicaVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This is my first time at Mandu at K Street and I felt as if I was transported to Seoul. Loved the decor of the restaurant and great service. My favorite was the the pork belly dish: a merger of my favorite Korean meals: the pork belly and rice cake. Looking forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ch22VIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    So much value for such an inexpensive meal! I would definitely go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • emmy2004
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    As a Korean, I can say that this food is pretty good. But not quite as good as home cooked, or the food you would find in the kitchen at a Korean grocery store. For non-Koreans, I think this is a great starting point to learn more about Korean food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and Simple
    Alison
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    This was my first time trying Korean food and it made me into a fan of the cuisine. Happy hour prices are good--make sure you order some mandus for an appetizer. I really loved the Bibimbap as an entree. The name sounds intimidating but the flavors are wonderful--just another take on rice, meat and vegetables!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Accessible Korean
    otberburVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Mandu's K Street location is louder and trendier looking than the 18th St. location, but both restaurants appear to desire to take the mystique out of Korean food. In a city where Koreans are ubiquitous, the servers are overwhelmingly non-Asian, and happy to explain a menu that focuses on well-prepared, if not especially exotic, grilled meats. Banchan are satisfying, if skewing towards the conventional. I can't vouch for the authenticity of the result, but it yields satisfying meals.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vegetarians and meat- eaters alike
    Vegout
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Great Korean food for vegetarians nd meat eaters alike! There were numerous menu choices for vegetarians, which is not always the case. And the food was quite tasty too! We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date Spot
    DCFoody
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Mandu is one of my favorite restaurants in DC. The food is flavorful and not overpriced. Their happy hour special is a great bargain and the dumplings are delicious. My boyfriend and I regularly eat here or get take out. Eating in is a good mix of some noise but not too noisy. That makes it great for a nice date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • yum!
    katie03VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Weather it's and early dinner on a Tuesday or a late night meal on a Saturday after a movie Mandu never disappoints. Servers/staff are always awesome and super accomodating with any special requests.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid food, great ambiance
    Pengpunch
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    The food here is consistently good, but won't blow your mind (unless you've never had Korean food). The happy hour specials cannot be beat ($3 plates of dumplings, $4 sojutinis). If I've got a big group and a limited budget, Mandu is #1 on my list.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Post- and Pre-Theater Dining
    FormerFedVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Dropped into Mandu for dinner between a matinee of "Elling" at the Washington Stage Guild and an evening performance of "Nero Pseudo" at the Shop at Fort Fringe. Started with the namesake dumplings and found them very tasty. Also got a half-sized appetizer assortment. Liked those enough that I ordered the fried tofu and a beef-vegetable stew. Couldn't finish the last, but everything was good. The attentive waiter kept the drinks coming, so my bill (with tip) came to $120. I'm not a fan of Korean cuisine, but enjoyed Mandu enough that I will return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Korean Easter Lunch!
    LLovelyz
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    This was a great spot to slip into for Easter lunch with my family especially as more traditional American restaurants were full for the afternoon. Delicious dumplings and great bibim bap and bulgogi. Not quite like Honey Pig or many of the Annandale corridor Korean restaurants, but definitely delicious and convenient to get to. Will certainly be going back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great prices
    psu17
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I went here recently for a birthday, and I can't say enough about how great the servers were and the food was, too. A few people at our table had different types of food allergies, and our server went out of her way to check about them and to find alternatives to the way things were cooked to accommodate both Celiac and onion allergies. In addition, the food was delicious and the portions are enormous. Most of the people at our table got the bibim bap (sp?), a stone bowl filled with veggies, meat and rice. Highly recommended, and can't wait to go back soon.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nom!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Knock out Korean food, reasonable pricing, great ambiance, will definitely revisit!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Be aware, the noise level
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Be aware, the noise level as previous diners have noted, is pretty high around happy hour! It's a giant open space, so even if you are seated upstairs, the noise from the bar downstairs is still pretty significant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Great Service
    goodfoodVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Our server was amazing. I've never had Korean food before because I don't eat shellfish or pork and many Korean restaurants have very few options for someone like me! Our server helped me navigate the menu and made great recommendations. I loved the soup I ordered. Delicious food for a solid price. And again, to reiterate, our server was so patient and knowledgeable! (I wish I knew his name so I could give him a shout out!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Korean food made easy
    BonnieB
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    I don't have much experience with Korean food, but was pleased with both the service and the food. The servers were knowledgeable and pleasant -- and the restaurant went out of their way to accommodate our large group in an area where we could talk, even though it required the server to run up and down the stairs. I would go back, for sure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I really love Korean food and this resturant was on point! Food was delicious and better than expected! The only downside is that the wait staff took a longer time than average to come to our table to ask for drink options and then to ask what we wanted to order. However the tasty dishes quickly dissipated any ill feelings..
    Special Features:
    late-night find, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot for Korean food
    Arnold
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    My Korean food experience is limited so I don't have much to compare it to, but the food here is quite tasty. We had great service and the atmosphere is nice, too - not too loud, not too quiet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual AND very good quality.
    Hungerstrikes
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Easy quick meal in a casual atmosphere without sacrificing quality. Staff extremely helpful and service oriented. I would definitely make a return visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Mandu !
    mfwb3515
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    What a wonderful place. Gorgeous restaurant, great food. The Hot Granite Bowls are just so much fun to eat the Rice Bowl. Short ribs delicious. Drinks made it all a good time. Get the New Amaretto Ice Cream and a Shot of Kahlua and pour the Kahlua over the Ice Cream... Best Dessert !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Korean food near capital
    skidocVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    I had excellent Korean food here. Bibim bop was excellent. Service was attentive. Would higly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great potential, a little too noisy
    gjdc
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    For the most part, my group and I really enjoyed Mandu - K Street. The food was quite good, and service was excellent. My one complaint is that this is the latest in 21st restaurant design that equates volume with "energy" - just look at the noise level rating above! There needs to be one more rating for "too loud." As the evening went on, the music got louder and louder, and it became more difficult to hear the person sitting across the table from me. That really detracted from the overall experience. I will say that they have great happy hour deals, and it may become another go-to spot for after-work celebrations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not all that great...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    I was a bit dissapointed with the restaurant, firs of all the hostess was very nice and attentive, my waitress barely talked, service was very fast it didn't even give me time to enjoy my drink, the food needs more flavor it's too plain, there are no condiments on the table, btw the bar scene seemed to be great ..
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seafood pancakes were a little
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Seafood pancakes were a little bland, but the soup (I can't remember the Korean name) - it had shredded chicken, zucchini, rice cakes, rice noodles, egg strips, and a green leafy vegetable was great, especially with the added hot pepper paste
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.