The Source
The Source

The Source

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/restaurants/fine-dining/3941
  • Phone: 2026376100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch (served in our Bar & Lounge):
    11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday

    Lunch:
    11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tuesday – Friday
    Closed Sunday & Monday

    Dinner:
    5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., Tuesday – Thursday
    5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m., Friday & Saturday
    Closed Sunday & Monday

    Bar & Lounge:
    4 p.m. – 11 p.m., Tuesday – Thursday
    4 p.m. – 12 a.m., Friday & Saturday
    Closed Sunday & Monday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Executive Chef: Scott Drewno
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For catering information please contact Erica Frank at (202) 637-6106 or erica.frank@wolfgangpuck.com. Thank you!
  • Special Events: Please contact Erica Frank, Catering Sales Manager, at (202) 637-6106 or erica.frank@wolfgangpuck.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th Street
  • Public Transit: Metro to Archives/ Navy Memorial
  • Parking: Valet
A word from The Source
The Source is the first fine dining restaurant in the nation’s capital headlined by Master Chef Wolfgang Puck. Designed by EDG, the three-level restaurant is the signature dining experience at the Newseum, an interactive museum of news. The Source offers two distinct dining experiences as well as a private room located on the lower level that seats up to 40 guests. The ground floor bar and lounge where guests enter offers approachable dining in a casual setting and features a traditional Japanese Izakaya menu offering sushi, sashimi, noodle dishes and authentic "Robata" grilled dishes. Upstairs, guests can enjoy a menu that features Puck’s modern take on Asian cuisine. The Source is the recipient of many awards and accolades including #3 ranking on Washingtonian Magazine's "Top 100 Restaurants" list, "2008 New Restaurant of the Year" Award and "2008 Restaurant of the Year" from DC Magazine plus has received three stars from Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema.
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The Source reviews from OpenTable diners
201 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (121)special occasion (97)notable wine list (53)great for lunch (50)romantic (48)hot spot (37)good for groups (35)great for brunch (30)neighborhood gem (20)vibrant bar scene (16)scenic view (9)great for outdoor dining (7)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (5)Show More
  • great location, great lunch!
    Kiki
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    We had wanted to try The Source, and a trip to the Newseum and The National Art Gallery was a perfect opportunity. Everything was even better than anticipated and we look forward to returning, especially for dinner. Nice to know a good place to have lunch when in that area of the District. We had reservations at noon on a Monday and could have been seated as a drop in, but reservations are probably a good idea on most days.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The apptetizers were fantastic, even better than the entrees. The biggest problem was that the restaurant was way to cold. We told the manager about how cold it was, and they were not able to adjust the temperature (they said it is controlled by the Newseum). Even though the food was delicious, the cold temperature may prevent us from going back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Expensive/Noisy but execllent Food
    GourmandWannabe
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    High quality but fairly loud/distracting took away from feel was hoping for. Asked for quiet area in Fine Dining level. Seated next to stairway between Casual dining & Fine Dining. Constant rushing of wait staff on stairs/past our table but food was excellent. Chose 7 course Tasting Meal to get feel for what was offered. Even items not to our taste well prepared. Don't like raw fish (taste/texture) but Tuna Tartar in tiny cones still likeable as cones were delicious due to various spices/herbs. Most other courses also excellent. Dim Sum mixed bag. 7 different wontons. Some-little flavor/mushy, but others very tasty/good texture. Chalk up not liking some to not being to our taste. Rather expensive restaurant, doable for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Somewhat disappointing
    l3wwl
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    A disappointment after a catered event at the Newseum indicated this would present an amazing experience. The house cabernet was quite good and reasonable, and the lamb meat and lettuce appetizer was heavenly. Unfortunately, things went downhill from there. The halibut was overcooked and the scallops, though tasty, were not hot and undercooked. Staff didn't come by to refill our water after the main course arrived. Overall good, but for the price, disappointing.
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  • TashiVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Finally, a beautiful weekend in DC and we were fortunate enough to have reservations for the wonderful Saturday dim sum brunch at The Source. This is one meal we never tire of, and for so many good reasons. Each plate is so beautifully presented, and the variety of tastes and textures is amazing. While we miss having Anya as our server, Jorge is also terrific and we look forward to dining with him again soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely WONDERFUL
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    I can't say enough of how wonderful the food, the service, the food, the atmosphere. Did I mention the food? OMG! Yes! It is a must. I tasted food that I never knew possible. It was like nothing I have ever imagined and I will definitely recommend The Source and go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Everything was tasty except the small plate of green beans they seem to serve everyone. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a lunch spot near the Newseum and Smithsonian areas.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MsLB2dineVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    I've brought several of my colleagues to the Source for lunch, they all love it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    JiffySquid
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food is really bland. Even the things labeled "spicy" have barely any flavor.There is nothing interesting or innovative about the menu. The fish and shellfish we ordered were overcooked, dry and rubbery. A salad we ordered had been left to sit in the kitchen until the greens were wilted. The lack of valet parking during the day is a drag as there is not a lot of street parking in the neighborhood and the garages are expensive and fill up on week days. There is nothing really memorable about the decor, atmosphere, or service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All Star Service
    anniversary
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The dim sum brunch was fantastic, we enjoyed every dish. We split two of the 8 course dishes for a table of 4 and it was just the right amount. But besides the great food, the service was exceptional, they really treated us right. My husband & I had gotten married a year earlier at the Newseum, catered by Wolfgang Puck Catering so we though The Source would be a perfect place to mark our anniversary. They wished us happy anniversary when we walked in, brought champagne for the table and finished with complimentary desserts for everyone. Definitely above and beyond any of our expectations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ho-hum Dim Sum, but not bad
    dcfoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Growing up a fan of traditional dim sum, I was really looking forward to trying The Source's take on the small-bite food. I found the flavors and presentation clean, but I was not really blown away by anything. The duck baos were good, but the general tso's chicken wings bland. For a table of 3, we ordered the 8 tastes then 2 a la carte. Our server was professional, and provided recommendations. I had the District Bloody Mary which was served with a half smoke. That was a treat. I was a bit disappointed to find our table to be in a louder section of the downstairs bar, but I am appreciative that the hostess was able to accommodate an accessible table. All in all, The Source Dim Sum brunch was good, certainly not great or outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easy Lunch Date
    YummyFoodie
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    The Source was a great fit for my boyfriend and I to have a lunch date. The location is great for Federal employees, and they even have a "speedy menu" where they guarantee that you will be out in an hour or less! And even with the speedy service, food certainly does not suffer. I had the tandoori salmon salad and my boyfriend had a burger. Both were great and we will definitely come back for another lunch date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    We ate here six weeks ago and had a sublime experience - fabulous food, wonderful service. This time - what a disappointment! Sub-par food (chicken entree was inedible) and lackluster service. It felt like no one was minding the store. Manager or maître'd not in evidence. We travel to DC frequently and thought we had found the perfect place to dine, but no longer. Wolfgang usually watches over his establishments more carefully.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant but too noisy!
    96817w
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Everything at The Source is wonderful bug I won't go back because of noise. I know that they build noisy restaurants to speed turnover of tables. Well, we left fast and won't be back. Too bad. It is otherwise a great restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • So so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I really dislike online restaurant reviews, but I wanted to recommend (STRONGLY) against doing the wine pairing with the tasting menu. Even if the wine and food appeared at the same time, which they rarely did, the food overwhelmed the wine in almost every single pairing. You were left with a glass of slightly alcoholic sour juice. Pretty pricy for such poorly thought out pairing. The food was good/high quality/well executed but not particularly inspiring. I realize it's my food snob showing, but I found including filet mignon on a tasting menu laughable. There so much more interesting meat out there, some of which even has flavor.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun in ambient
    Dafoodie
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The restaurant has a streamlined but extremely impressive fusion menu. The waitstaff is well trained and knowledgeable, I recommended highly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday Brunch
    LeoK
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food here is exceptional. Some of the tastiest I have had. The brunch menu is only available on Saturday. It's a dim sum type affair. Each small plate offers a distinctive taste and appearance. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Our dinner experience was fairly decent. The food was great. Although, our server was not that responsive and proactive. I myself did not know what our server's name was but we sat at table 10 at the 8pm dinner service on April 29.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The perfect evening!
    LisaD
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    A simple note of thanks for making our special birthday dinner one of the most memorable milestones.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Great dinner for a birthday. Everyone said happy birthday and really made it special.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday Dim-Sum Brunch
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The Saturday-only dim-sum brunch is a treat of refined (if costly) offerings, with a variety of dumplings (go for the sea scallop sui mai and the lobster & shrimp spring roll for starters.). We got the 8 tastes for $42 and it was plenty for two of us. Along with five types of dumplings, we ordered the Chinois Style Chicken Salad, which was refreshing, and the Shanghai Noodles with oxtail, which was a good, hearty dish.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always The Source
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Had the Maryland crab blt with great friends who had the fried rice and rockfish. Chef sent over those amazing tuna cones for amuse bouche and of course the string beans and walnuts with sesame and soy. I LOVE THE SOURCE for lunch, dinner and always for drinks after work.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • PTJPTJVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Amazingly good food and impeccable service. The lamb lettuce cups are terrific as are the chicken dumplings (both are appetizers). The Singapore street noodles are divine and my friend loved her chicken sandwich, perfectly but lightly fried. I can't recommend this place highly enough.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Power Lunch
    HungryLobbyist
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    All four of us did the soup and sushi option and were not disappointed. It was all very fresh and well presented, though the restaurant was nearly empty and had a sort of sterile feel about it (probably because were were there during recess). Otherwise, very nice meal.
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  • Wonderful Lunch
    GOOUTTOLUNCHVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Great service and ambiance. I was only disappointed in my meal-a fried chicken sandwich. The chicken sandwich was a bit greasy for me. I should have ordered the chicken salad instead-next time. The complimentary plate of green beans as a starter was a nice treat.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    djustin11VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I've eaten at most all of the prominent restaurants in the DMV area. All things considered--food, wine list/drinks, service, ambience, location, restaurant design, attention to detail, etc.--this is the best restaurant I've eaten at in DC. The exec chef leads an outstanding team. I'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok
    Marcelo
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Everything ok, but not worth the price. Save it for those special occasions.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best dinner
    Cris
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We were vacationing with our 2 teenage daughters and this was unanimously voted the best dinner by our family. Great presentation, great food, and great service.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    CissyAVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    My son is in law school here in DC and we have been here three times, now. Admittedly, it is pricey, but the value is without question. Drinks, appetizers, entrees and desserts are always impeccable. Service is attentive but can occasionally be slow. Nothing wrong with the product when it hits the table, however. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy Hour
    LiketoeatVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    We came for Happy Hour. It was $22 for 3 dishes. We enjoyed most of the dishes except for the Crystal Dumplings, which was not good, because the dumpling skin was too thick and gooey. Good crystal dumplings should have a thin and chewy skin. All the other dishes were good - the highlights were the Stir Fried Yaki Udon, Wok Seared Baby Octopus, and the 15-layer Carrot Cake. I would go back for this Happy Hour deal.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I met Wolfie himself
    msjudyVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The food was excellent and beautiful to see. Then, down the stairs he came to be a charming host. We chatted, he signed his new book, Wolfgang Puck Makes It Healthy, This is a vibrant, light, happy place adjacent to the Newseum. We will seek it out whenever in DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dim sum brunch
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Went here for brunch on Saturday. I thought the 8 choices for $42 was a great deal. I had the cocktail with basil and cucumber-- nice and refreshing. The noodles with oxtail is a very generous portion, as was the fried rice. I loved all the food, but nothing really stood out from another. I would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food!
    Leah
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Great food but service and ambiance was to be desired. Music was an odd mix and too quiet. Service was terrible! Had to search for a waiter to order dessert.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the top three restaurants!
    DariusVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    In my humble opinion, this is one of the top three dining spots in DC and the BEST asian fusion style food. I highly recommend their asian pear cocktail, garlic dumplings, pork chop, and their little green bean/walnut starter. YUM!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Regular spot
    TEDD
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I have been coming here for years and it never disappoints. Great location to bring friends from out of town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    SonKa
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The food was excellent. I do not eat pork, so the chef made a substitute sauce for the scallops, and it was delicious. Wine list is also A.MA.ZING. We were a little disappointed that no one from the wait staff told us we had to order the chocolate souffle 20 minutes before we wanted it... a dessert menu was simply brought out AFTER our meal was done, and then when we attempted to order the souffle, we were told it would take a while. They admitted they dropped the ball in not telling us sooner. It was already 10:30 pm at that point, so we ended up skipping dessert altogether. Also, our waitress was not very attentive. She didn't come back to check on refills for drinks, and we had to ask someone else to get our waitress at one point.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but service...
    DEMoVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    I had been at the Source before. The food remains excellent. However, service was much less attentive than before. It was rather interesting since, there were several empty tables, even on a Thursday evening. There were no reason for the service to be less than attentive. I have no complain about the food .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected More but Fair
    FarzNYPhlDcVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Wasn't amazed by the food. Good portion. Good wine list. Did not note specialty cocktails. Service was okay. I am not opposed to paying above average for restaurants however I felt that the pricing was not warranted for the food. We had to ask the waiter to refill our water quite a few times. Had to flag him down a couple of times for other needs. He was pleasant and somewhat knowledgeable but again for almost $400 meal/bottle of wine, expected more. Hostess staff were also all very nice and professional.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had not been to The Source
    Diner301
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    I had not been to The Source since the year it first opened. On this visit, the service and food was just as I had remembered--excellent! I was one of a party of seven. The waiter helped us by going off menu to provide us with a platter that included a selection of at least six different dumplings for us to share--dim sum of sorts. It was fantastic! I had the scallops which were quite exceptional. The others in my party had the wok fired whole sea bass --which was an odd site but delicious--the rockfish and sichuan filet all of which were equally delicious and prepared to perfection. I did not have dessert as the appetizer and main course were plenty but I heard the 15-layer carrot cake was delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Source is My Fav
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Met a friend who had the thai chicken salad. I had eaten nearly everything on the menu so I tried the pastrami gone Korean. Delicious just enough and it comes in the little steam basket. Tender and tasty. The side dish of hot cucumbers was a bit much for me. The chef sent over a special treat of a cone of tuna sushi. These little gifts are what makes The Source special and wonderful and adds to the reason why it is my go-to in this neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.