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Ping Pong Dim Sum - Chinatown
Ping Pong Dim Sum - Chinatown

Ping Pong Dim Sum - Chinatown Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pingpongdimsum.us
  • Email: marketing@pingpongdimsum.us
  • Phone: (202) 506-3740
  • Hours of Operation: **Monday - Thursday: 11:30AM-11:00PM, Friday - Saturday 11:30AM-12:00AM, Sunday: 11:00AM-10:00PM NOTE: Dim Sum service concludes 1 hour before restaurant closes**

    Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian, Dim Sum
  • 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, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Eye Street
  • Public Transit: Chinatown Gallery Place Metro one black away from 7th Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Off street parking available in the building as well as several lots and garages nearby, including Gallery Place.
A word from Ping Pong Dim Sum - Chinatown
Ping Pong restaurant is a modern take on a very ancient Chinese tradition - the Tea House. Hundreds of years ago, merchants on the Silk Road would stop at tea houses enroute to rest their weary feet, relax and drink tea with their fellow travelers and share Dim Sum - baskets and dishes of little sweet and savory snacks, usually steamed, baked or fried. Ping Pong may be a Twenty-First Century Tea House, but
we’ve kept all the best bits of that ancient tradition, like meeting to relax and share appetizing food and fragrant tea. We just thought that after the first thousand years or so it would be OK to add cocktails to the menu.
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Diner Reviews
  • "This is a restaurant for twenty-somethings to go & have dinner over several hours. The staff had no idea how to handle a toddler or tardiness. They waited nearly 30 minutes after arrival & until the toddler was screaming on the floor to bring her a bowl of rice that we had to have 'special permission' to get. The staff should have stopped us at the door & explained they were unwilling to accommodate a toddler. Our friends were 30 minutes late & they held up our food without warning mid meal until our table mates reviewed the menu, ordered, & then 'caught up' to us. It was a miserable & stressful experience. It was also very dark & the menu was in such small writing I had to have it read to me. I don't wear glasses. The restrooms more so."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Need more wait staffs! Service was slow although we saw every wait staffs were running around!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The restaurant has a nice appearance and ambience. That is all I can say on the plus side. Food was overall very strange, and one dish was almost inedible. I told the server that, and I believe we should have been offered a refund or at least a chance to choose something else. I would not recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "I went to celebrate a special occasion with friends from work. I was impressed with service, wide variety menu and ambience. Definitely recommend you check it out."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Loved our server I can't remember her name. But she cared and she was cute and bubbly. Other staff were helpful too"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I checked out the restaurant online before I went and found it to be as I expected. The interior was sleek although the seats were more arty than functional (square-like boxes I would not with no back support). Although different I would probably not want to be seated for more than an hour. There were many choices that looked interesting although they didn't have one of the things we tried to order and we had to come up with a plan b for that one. I would suggest they update their checklist and cross out unavailable desserts like they did with the mochi ice cream. My friend got tea and she was very satisfied with it which is good since she can be picky about selection and taste. The server was pleasant and helpful. Food was enjoyable."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "This restaurant is too fancy to really fit into a "Chinatown." If you want good Chinese food that is reasonably priced, this is not the place. It is like Chinese gourmet tappas; small expensive plates that are good, but not very filling. We were ready for an early dinner after lunching there; 100 bucks later!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "SUCH GOOD FOOD. I had the best tofu ever, and I've been a vegetarian for 8 years now. Also, the drinks are spectacular. I got a Lychee & Roses cocktail that was beautiful and to-die-for. Loved it."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We had a fun Sunday Dim Sum Brunch at Ping Pong. Excellent waiter,Raymond, was amusing Plus very helpful. Great variety of dim sum choices, excellent location, and lovely decor compared To most Chinese restaurants. fine food for good value."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I overlooked the poor reviews of this restaurant since there were so many raves, but I should have paid attention to the rants. I also was suspicious when I noticed there were no Asian families or couples having dim sum on a Sunday morning. Although the food we had was well prepared, the portions were small and the prices high. The fried tofu with vegetables was beautifully presented, but the only vegetables in it were bell peppers. The service was poor. I had to ask for our water glasses to be refilled. There was no free pot of tea as is the norm, but only tea you could order from the menu, again at a high price."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "This restaurant has everything right except for the price and the service. The dim sum is definitely adapted for the American palette and although some of the dishes are tasty, they are not good enough to justify the extreme prices. If you are willing to dish out the money, the location is convenient for Chinatown, but not worth a drive across town. Service was very lacking too. It was not busy when we went (about %25 full) and the waitress was distracted and never around. And when she was was a little impatient. Just not what we expected when we walked in. Not on our list for a return visit."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We are vegan and were amazed at how many delicious options we had here! The food was amazing and the service was perfect!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Everything that brushed my lips was a delight. I have eaten so many wanton soups. Ping Pong's is unique and delicious with many more ingredients than I am used to at other venues. The crispy chicken entrée was so moist and delicious with the dipping sauce. Duck spring rolls were filled with scrumptious real duck meat. What a delight - I will be back again!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Bursting soup dumpling, dumpling with fish and black pepper, crab and shrimp dumpling, shrimp and chive dumpling, and pork shu mai were all great. The calamari in the appetizer weren't rings or tentacles, but rather larger flat pieces which were just a bit tough. But I was there for dumplings and the place exceeded my expectations. And the whole place is handicapped accessible, helpful since I use a wheelchair."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "What do you say about a restaurant with a good concept and good enough ambience where the food just isn't good enough? the concept as I say is excellent: a restaurant in downtown where you can have a light meal and not spend a fortune. And dim sum, when it is good. yum yum. But none of the food here reached the level where I could even say it's not fabulous but it's good and I will go again.. Instead my husband and I said: it should have been better. It should have been better. and until we hear it is, we're not going back"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I have been to Ping Pong twice and this past Saturday was my third and final visit. All of my food was gross - all of it. Nothing was authentic and the drinks were watered down - even the coolers (which I asked to replace one because the honey lavender tasted like plain lemonade). Our bill was $200 - which was not bad...however the food was not worth what was on the tab. My friends did not enjoy the food either - I was embarrassed to have recommended it to them. We ended up eating at another spot in the city once we left your establishment. Will not be back again!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "You can never go wrong with picking Ping Pong as a dinner spot. Food, drinks and atomsphere is wonderful. Can't wait to go again!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "An updated twist on dim sum restaurants, one orders from a menu rather than making selections from a string of push carts. We appreciated options to purchase multiple variety of dishes for a flat fee--we elected the 5-selection brunch option for $26 with 3 pieces of each variety per order. We found this quantity (15 dumplings) just short of filling two of us. We added one additional order of our favorite seafood dumplings, and a couple desserts and were well-satisfied. We also enjoyed some beautiful teas including the blooming jasmine variety that looked pretty enough to photograph. We will look forward to returning to Ping Pong next time we visit DC!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "If there is an asian equivalent for tapas, Ping Pong is it. It's nice that they are offering lunch combinations, and tagging the menu with customer favorites - - helpful to those new to the menu. I do wish they'd serve just a regular pot of green or black tea that can be shared, in addition to the intriguing but sometimes challenging "blooming" cups of tea with unstrained access to the leaf, etc. But, otherwise, it's a favorite place for me, only place I can find my favorite thing - bao's (here it's called char sui -bar-b-q bun), and the honey chicken puffs rock."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Ate here 3 years ago and it was superb, ate here last week and it was a mistake! The food was meh on the taste scale and some of our steamed items seemed really undercooked! Bonus: My steamed bun came with a side of hair from someone in the kitchen. Service was great, however aweful the food was."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "NIce ambience good buzz and came highly recommended.........then the server came. 20 mins for tea and a beer. Food greasy,tasteless. Couldn't wait to leave 20 mins for check and expensive for bad Chinese food. Go anywhere else"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Some dishes are very good but others are mediocre, at best. Very inconsistent. And the service is spotty."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The food was fine, but this is not the place to go to actually try dim sum. It's overpriced, definitely feels like a chain restaurant (since it is one) and is way more about the cocktails than the food, which does NOT come out on carts like traditional dim sum does. They were also out of all but 2 or 3 kinds of tea when we visited for brunch. How does a Chinese restaurant run out of tea??"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "The food was really interesting (in a good way), and is definitely for those looking for something different."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "While the decor and overall ambiance of Ping Pong Dim Sum are very pleasant, the actual dining experience I found to be so-so. Service was good, but not excellent. The same could be said of the food. Most of the dishes we ordered were just okay, missing some element of extra flavor. Exceptions to this were the garlic shrimp dumplings in black squid ink wrappers, which were delicious. The prices were high for dim sum but I suppose fairly typical for that area of DC. I would return, but probably not for a full meal - perhaps a plate of dumplings as a snack."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We ordered the regular and vegetarian pre fixe meals. The food was excellent. Light, tasty and different. The prices were reasonable and the choices terrific. As a vegetarian, I was delighted to see the large number of yummy options. Even the beverages were fragrant and delicious. Loved my lychee red black tea! The service was quite another matter. We had a 4:30 pm reservation. The place was quite empty when we arrived but were seated at possibly the worst table in the house. It was very cramped and right next to the kitchen. Our wait person Raymond forgot us for the first 20 minutes and then disappeared again after taking our drink order. Finally my husband had to sternly ask him not to leave. But the food was worth all of it!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food was OK. I ordered Crispy Beef and assumed that I would receive a healthy portion for $13. It was essentially 10 strips of small Crispy Beef. The duck eggrolls were great, but that was probably the only thing that was worth the price. I think this place is better for drinks and a plate or two. Don't go hungry or you will pay a second mortgage!!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "No chicken feet here, but bundles and bundles of dumplings and other yummies,. Excellent for a group, these plates are made for sharing. The cocktails are unique and a fresh take on many of the standards in other places. Server was patient with our demanding and raucous group. Overall, a great experience!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "The food itself was mediocre and the service was good, but I will not be coming back again. The dishes were SO SMALL and incredibly overpriced. I left and went somewhere else to "finish" my dinner."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The cocktails were amazing, and the service was great as well. We each had cocktails (the lychee martini was fantastic!), and split the dim sum for two with a few added items. We enjoyed the food, but (like they say when they sit down) the dim sum is more European twist than actual dim sum-- nothing was really amazing."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "We had a great meal as always and the suggestions Robert gave were on the money! Would definitely come back!"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Sunday of Chinese New Year, tried it for Dim Sum prior to Caps game and parade. Dim Sum items very disappointing, especially sticky rice. Best described as over priced sanitized Chinese food. Back to the traditional Chinatown restaurants."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "The food is wonderful. Our waiter was attentive. It takes some time to get a server to come over and the drinks take some time to arrive, but once the order for food is in, it arrives at a good pace."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Terrible food labled 'Dim Sum'. As someone of Chinese descent, I am quite disappointed with this place and will NEVER come back for the food - it was bland, overpriced, and just tasted bad. If you're looking for authentic Chinese Dim Sum - steer clear!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I was surprisingly impressed with Ping Pong Dim Sum's food. I had written this restaurant off as not being "real" dim sum, but when my best friend requested we go for her birthday, I acquiesced and requested a nice table in my OT reservation. I was pleasantly surprised to receive the best table in the house. The staff was friendly and attentive. They explained how dim sum is eaten, and their menu is in English with explanations of the dishes. Ping Pong sports traditional dim sum and fusion. My favorite was the fried eggplant. Steamed rolls are amazing. Avoid the duck rolls (they're just okay). They're cocktails are okay. I liked that they're not too sweet, as most bars tend to do."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Had six small dishes to share between two of us, plus enadame beans and wine and the bill was nearly $90.00, so maybe next time we'll try Ping Pong for happy hour instead of dinner!"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "The tea (Jasmine Pearls) was phenomenal. The food was mostly very good (there were a couple items that I didn't like, but others that completely made up for it). Our waitress was very friendly and full of good intentions, but she completely forgot about our drinks and didn't take our food orders for a very long time. Our food also came out in a weird order: my boyfriend got his 3rd course entree before his 2nd course dumplings and then my 3rd came out after both. Still, pleasant ambiance, good food/drinks, and kind- if not actually good- service."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We were supposed to go to Ping Pong in December for our department "holiday" lunch, but it was snowed out. So, we deferred to January and were lucky to have it fall during Restaurant Week. There were four of us and we all got the Restaurant Week lunch menu, which gave two rounds of dim sum with a choice of entree. We had been here before, but this menu made it really easy to make a decision because they obviously have a mix of the most popular items. The food was great, but the hot tea was a little weird. I asked for the hot tea expecting the little cups of green/jasmine tea that generally come with Chinese food. What we got were tall glass tumblers of hot water with a flower bud floating at the top. Very strange! But overall, very good."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Great place to try new dim sum dishes - many non-authentic but sometimes healthier versions. The steamed food I got was a little gooey (which should not happen) and the service was spotty (no one came over for 10 minutes when we first got there, stuff came late, etc) but overall I'd go back if I have that dim sum itch that I can't scratch in Rosslyn."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "I really enjoyed my experience at Ping Pong. It is not the "true" dim sum, where carts go around with food and you pick what you see. That was the only thing that was a bit disappointing BUT we had a chance to order as much as we wanted at different times and the food was good. Have a great brunch specials as well as happy hour."
    Dined on 1/10/2014