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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
  • 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 (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, 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. Parking is available in the Tech World Parking Lot, directly under the restaurant, for $17 per car (up to 8 hours).
A word from Ping Pong Dim Sum - Chinatown
Serving up irresistible Dim Sum, innovative cocktails, and luxurious Chinese teas, Ping Pong Chinatown is a vibrant location to enjoy Dim Sum with a twist. The cosmopolitan restaurant boasts a dim sum bar, sunken dining room great for large groups, and a buzzing cocktail bar with award-winning libations.

Offering a wide range of Asian treats, the sleek Ping Pong restaurants pay homage to the ancient traditions of Chinese tea houses. With a big choice of dumplings and steamed buns, the Ping Pong menu also offers an array of "big-small plates", all Chinese tapas style.

As well, there are plenty of familiar Chinese delicacies, with spring rolls, soup dumplings, and hearty dishes like our hoi sin duck bao sliders. For dessert, try Ping Pong’s roasted banana and chocolate spring roll or the ice cream filled rice pastry, mochi, and finish with a lively Ping Pong cocktail or soothing Oriental tea.
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Diner Reviews
  • "this place is always a hit with out of town guests and our teenagers -- fun atmosphere, interesting but approachable food, close to lots of fun shopping"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Avid dim sum connoisseur expected soooo much more. Very limited "dim sum" menu. Ate withasian girlfriend & we both know our way around dim sum. For it to advertise itself as a dimsum restaurant was deceiving. It was more of a new age fusion restaurant. Did not even have Asian cooks"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Had a great time with the family. Food was awesome. Everything we ordered was tasty. For the world cup the bar is makes certain drinks when the country plays on that day. The Persian Rose such a refreshing drink. Hope they keep it on the menu after the world cup."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I grew up eating dim sum im Hawaii and California, and was pleasantly surprised to fing an upscale gourmet twist on this childhood favorite. The selection of teas was another wonderful offering of exotic and clean flavors. I would LOVE to see something like this in Madison Wi or St Paul Mn!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Good dim sum, slightly off beat from more traditional dim sum locations in that they offer some variants like hoi sin duck 'sliders' on steamed buns. Overall, good place as the ambience is more trendy than your regular large Chinese restaurant style dim sum place. You lose some authenticity and food quality compared to places you might get in Silver Spring or Wheaton, but still a good choice. Would definitely go again. They do overcook their bok choy, so may want to stick to the more dumpling type dishes - fried or steamed than fresh vegetables."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Amazing food and very helpful servers. I totally enjoyed the experience."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I've been here before and I love the place. However, it turned out not to be such a hit for my son's post graduation celebration. This place is not for friends or family that value volume of food over quality. Also, the vegetarians in the group were disappointed--not because there were inadequate vegetarian options, but they claimed that their food was mediocre at best. Even so, it's a great spot and I will definitely return again!"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "While most of the dim sum was quite tasty I had to send back the coconut milk/lemongrass soup for being way too salty. I would not have expected such an amateur mistake for such a supposed gourmet establishment. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We had high hopes for Ping Pong Dim Sum, and we were not disappointed, but we were not blown away either. We had several outstanding dishes, but a number were just so-so. The best part of the restaurant was the decor. It is a beautifully appointed space, and we had a great time at the round tables that were conducive to conversation among our group (and translation for the Chinese members of our contingent). But I don't think I would eat here again. The quality of the dishes was too uneven and the service was abominably slow. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Adore this place. It's perfect for a group of friends to go order a bunch of food and split. Their cocktails are delicious, creative, and beautiful (I recommend the Ping Pong)! They also have an awesome rewards program. It's a place I plan on going to again and again! The food is to die for. I kept ordering more, even though I wasn't hungry because the food is just that good!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "While, very expensive - the dimsums in this place are amazing. Specially when they have the weekend unlimited dimsum brunch menu and you just don't want to leave the place :). The place has some great drinks too."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Great restaurant with a cool atmosphere. Service was beyond amazing and the food is great - there's a lot of variety in the different things you can order. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We had a lot of fun at Ping Pong - a group of 6 of us enjoyed figuring out which items to get and how to share them all. Our waitress was wonderful - very attentive with lots of good suggestions. It was a great place to celebrate my son's graduation."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "My fav Dim Sum in DC. Fantastic. Servers are very polite and helpful. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We had a great dinner and thankfully the tasty food appealed to the two non-adventurous eaters in our family. Four of us had been to this location or the Dupont Circle location before, but two had not. The prix fixe menu was easy for us to suggest to the two who don't normallly choose Asian fare. Terrific service helped. Everything was smooth and all six agreeed that we would definitely come back."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Love Ping Pong (dim sum) We try to go before the basketball games and they give 4.00 validation!! Steamed Pork bun and Black pepper chicken are two of my favorites!! Go get some today! "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Though the menu options a bit on the pricier side (well, you're in D.C., so what would you expect), the food was decent and very tasty. If you're new to dim sum, they have a helpful guide for beginners."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Been there many times and always a treat. Food, Service and location-the best "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We dined as a party of 6 on Friday night 05/09 and had a truly unexpected-VIP experience. We noted in Opentable we were celebrating my girlfriend's graduation and they really made it a point to make her feel special. The table was preset with a little bubbly toast, and a card, signed by the staff congratulating her on her graduation. As for the meal, the Shanghai Pimm's Cup cocktail was sweet, spicy and refreshing with ginger beer and perfect for the warm weather. As for the dim sum, we actually gravitated mostly to their signature dishes, which were all delicious: duck bao sliders, crab and edamame cakes, vegetable wontons in a spicy peanut sauce, crispy beef were all standouts. We will be returning! "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "brought a group of dim sum beginners here and it was fantastic. The food was spectacular and the menu laid everything out in such an easy way. Great place would go there again!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "This was my second time here, and I will continue to go back. The food is very good, if not a little expensive for the small portions (meant to be shared). We ordered the honey chicken puffs - delicious, the vegetable spring rolls - very good and fit for vegetarians, the shrimp and crab dumplings - decent, and the spicy chicken dumplings - also decent. The latter 2 were very doughy and there wasn't much meat. All come out in 3. Our server was good. He wasn't super attentive to our needs for such a slow night, but everyone else was helpful. My friend got the mojito to drink and it was very weak and not very mojito-based, but it was still good. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "This is a great place to stop and dine however for big parties you will pay up to 30.00 per person! This is crazy because the prix fix menu offers great food for 25.00 per person. The portions are small...and disappointing to a group of people. We went there with 11 people in our party and ended up paying 315.00 + tip. That was ridiculous. I figured that since it was a dim sum place that people would come around and everyone would pick what they liked. It was served like sushi...disappointing. Mostly I felt that we were misled to purchase so much thereby creating a filling meal but it was not a great experience. They did provide us with fillers like wonton chips but it was just not great."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "This is our 3rd time visiting ping pong & We requested that the food be spread out over a period of time as we were in no rush. The food began coming out too quickly, within 10 minutes we had 7 items on our table, and as soon as we were finishing one, we were receiving the next. We asked the runner if things could be slowed down & were told it could not, that all of the food had been put in and that they just keep firing. She gave us a few tops for our food to keep it warm and our server came by and took them off. He seemed annoyed. They kept bringing the food quickly and within 30 minutes we received all 14 items. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "The food was incredible and the arrangement was beautiful. The music was great and the waitress was attentive. Will definitely go again!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We waited for over 20 minutes before someone came to take our order. It took wild arm flailing to attract the attention of one of the half dozen servers who were covering a near empty restaurant. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Our waiter was Raymond, he was attentive, pleasant and thoughtful. It was a birthday lunch and he brought the birthday girl a card, us dessert and sang. I will be returning w/more friends for happy hour in the near future!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "If you are looking for creative, delicious dim sum, look no more! Diverse menu with excellent specialty drinks. "
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This place food was pretty good and atomsphere was nice, however the service was terrible. The waitress was extremely aloof and disinterested in helping us. Notifying the manager of this behaviour was a waste of time she seemed unsympathetic and annoyed.. overall food was good but service is too terrible to make me return."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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