Sticky Rice
Sticky Rice

Sticky Rice

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.stickyricedc.com/
  • Phone: 2023977655
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Matt Digangi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Order catering pans of any noodle dishes or your favorite sushi. Can accommodate large orders with sufficient notice.
  • Private Party Facilities: Warm and friendly space with capacity for 100 people standing or 40 people seated. Various combinations of food offerings. We also have a chefs tasting table (Omakase) which is perfect for intimate gatherings of up to 10 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Joey Belcher and Mark Groeschel 8776262050
  • Entertainment: Tuesday Night Karaoke Speed Bingo (Blingo)Thursdays

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 12th
  • Public Transit: On X2 bus line- blocks from Union Station and Metro- On the future Streetcar line!
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Sticky Rice
With its charming atmosphere and bad attitude you won"t find anything quite like it. Our specialty is our fresh sushi bar. With rolls like g.i.jane, shiitake happens and Godzirra, how could you go wrong? Our huge bowls of noodles will satisfy big and small. Sandwiches, large salads, and a selection of other entrees round out the menu. We also feature a kids menu! Don't forget the (soon to be famous) bucket of tater tots with our special tot sauce. Sticky Rice, established last century has been rolling on and on. Sticky Rice serves up an unusual mix of American, Pan-Asian entrees in a friendly, inexpensive and inviting atmosphere. Spring rolls, potstickers, sushi, noodles and edamame (steamed soy beans) are simple and standard. Lots of choices for vegans and vegetarians!
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Sticky Rice reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4.1
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (30)good for groups (27)fit for foodies (23)hot spot (19)great for lunch (16)late-night find (15)vibrant bar scene (14)special occasion (8)kid-friendly (6)great for outdoor dining (5)great for brunch (3)romantic (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • loud, poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This restaurant is loud, poor service, food is mediocre. Had to ask several times to get appetizer; food did not come for all of our table at once.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GReAT Food, HORRIBLE Service
    yumyumyum
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Had a reservation for 7:30, and were seated promptly. It wasn't all that busy. Seemed like there were plenty of servers/bussers running around. No one even offered us water for the first 15 minutes. We had to flag someone down, and still waited. In the meantime confused servers/bussers came by twice trying to deliver food to our table - mind you we hadn't ordered anything yet and were still waiting for water. When we finally ordered, the food came quickly and it was delicious (sweet potato tots, shrimp salad, shrimp curry, and another noodle bowl). I'd go back for the food, but I'd sit at the bar or maybe on one of the lower levels to see if that gets more attention from the staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty Good!
    FatmanJonsey
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food and the atmosphere is usually pretty great though the Curry Fried Rice this time around was somewhat burnt (please keep an eye on this as Curry Fried Rice is one of my favorite dishes). The Yum Yum was stellar as always and the Tator Tots were perfectly golden brown. However, I was not pleased when other diners brought some loud and obnoxious kids to the facility and the server did not say anything to the parents. This can make for a very noisy experience on an otherwise quiet lunch date but this can also cause a server to drop their plates (which almost happened). Of note, it'd also be nice if the chairs had cushions or were a little more comfortable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good time for a party of 8
    n0000dles
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had a great time with a party of 8 on a Friday evening. We tried several different kinds of sushi and everyone really enjoyed their food. Our server was friendly and fun (John? I think?). He brought a complimentary dessert because he suspected it was a special occasion, and then brought a second one with a candle when we confirmed we were celebrating a birthday. He messed something up with splitting the bill in the end (which can be very hard to do with 8 people), but before we were aware of the problem he came up with a solution that included a discount and several drink tokens. It wasn't a big deal-- and we took those drink tokens to the bar after our meal and continued hanging out :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible service!
    DCO3VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I always like the food at Sticky Rice but the service is horrible. After waiting 10 minutes to be helped, the waiter took individual trips to do small things (get a drink, bring an appetizer to the neighboring table, get chopsticks, etc), frequently just hanging out in the back. It took nearly two hours for a table of 4 to have lunch when the restaurant was nearly entirely empty. The service is honestly some of the worst in the entire city - apparently they believe it is our privilege to eat there!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Our waiter Eric was appropriately attentive and helpful. The tater tots are an amazing sauce delivery device. Eclectic feel. Yummy sushi. The acoustics made for some loudness, but the noise level is not unbearable. Great place for lunch (and dinner). Less crowded for lunch :)
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Linds
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Think fried food. Everything from the sushi to the apps are fried
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DabassVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The martini lychee was so gooooooooooood!! and the my meal of mongolian beef and rice was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprisingly good
    B4theaterVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We ate at Sticky Rice before a Fringe performance at Atlas. The sushi was well prepared, fresh and very good. The signature bowls of noodles with other things were just okay. Nothing really wrong with them, just not on a par with the sushi. The tempura shrimp were basically just deep-fried shrimp. Again, okay, but not classic. The ambience was fairly basic and the music was on the loud side, but well worth it for the fresh fish.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time as always
    kt331VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Enjoyed trying a few new things and some favorites. Always have a good time at Sticky Rice!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Over Rated
    GenDiva712
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I heard a lot about this place so I had very high expectations, sadly I was pretty disappointed overall. The sticky balls were good but everything else was just ok. It is clearly more about the hype and the location in downtown DC. There is way better sushi in Columbia and it's cheaper and more authentic.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent Food, Lousy Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Horrible service. How do you forget to bring a child's food out?
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My new staple
    yummytummy
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Very much enjoyed my visit here! It was my second time going. I was early to my reservation, but they sat us anyway. The tables were much too close together, and I was jammed up against someone at the table behind me. A larger person would have had difficulties. (Last visit I was in a booth - a much better experience). The music was turned up a bit loud downstairs, but that didn't trip us up badly. The food was very tasty - we got the nigiri combo and the salmon was super smooth and all the fish was a good temperature. Our waiter was outstanding. Very personable and attentive to our needs. The mango sticky rice for dessert was pretty decent, and my friend was happy with his pie from nearby partner Dangerously Delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed in the service
    NEfoodie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I always look forward to the food here, but was disappointed by the service during my most recent visit. Not only were we asked to move to another table after one dish was already served (we didn't end up moving because they were seating a group at the table the waitress asked us to move to) but then we repeatedly had to ask about the status of one of the signature rolls which was finally delivered to the table after the rest of the group was finished eating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thomas
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The wait staff and kitchen staff were out of synch. When our dinner arrived, half the order was missing. We had to request the missing items three times, and it took over an hour before they were delivered. The food was so-so, but did not live up to the expecations I had for the restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Little place on the block
    Monique
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    It was a little small but luckily not too busy. I was advised to make reservations because sometimes the wait can be hours long. The portions were small but still filling. I shared a sushi roll (6 pieces) and a sesame chicken rice bowl with 1 other person. It was just enough food. Prices are great and I would definitely go back but only for lunch or an early dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • delicious!
    dcvgn
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Went here for my brother's birthday and everyone loved it -- there wasn't a dud appetizer or entree! Huge portions, nicely spiced, and a good amount of protein (so it's not all just noodles and rice). Yum!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good staple on H street
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Sticky Rice has been around for a while on H street. Its a solid bet for a casual/quick dinner. Its quite casual, and food is good. Large menu, plenty of options. Sushi, noodle bowls etc. Food is good, portions are HUGE. We liked it, apart it being a bit too loud for easy conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood Japanese
    BethesdaresidentVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    A neighborhood dive, Sticky Rice is far from being noteworthy Japanese fare. The sushi was fine, but not outstanding. Service was perfunctory with a bit of attitude. Decor is reminiscent of WWII's Tokyo Rose. I'd go often if I lived around the corner, otherwise there are better places to go for Japanese food and sushi.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fun and delicious
    cadc11VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    love this place! snap, crackle, pop roll is so, so good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • virtualjustin
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    At the last minute, I was able to book a table for my group of eight. The staff was extraordinarily accommodating. Our server offered us some great ideas from the beer/drinks menu (e.g. "that's a bit hoppy," "this one is great with that dish," etc.) as well as offered up some menu customizations. Our food was fantastic and service excellent. I was very happy that we ended up at Sticky Rice for our gathering.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, mediocre service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Our server was pleasant enough, but he was just never around. We all ran out of water and ended up having to grab a bottle and fill up our water ourselves. Which of course, we can do, because we are adults, but it's still not exactly what you expect when you go out to eat. The food was delicious, as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun spot to celebrate and hang out
    nessa
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I have been coming to Sticky Rice with friends for a while, drawn in by the bucket of tater tots and special dipping sauce, sushi roll options and noodle bowls. I decided to come this time with friends to celebrate a friend's birthday and it was great. The waitress was very friendly. We ordered the gamut of regular tater tots, sweet potato tots, sushi rolls, vegetarian noodle bowl, sashimi combo and a very spicy Singapore noodle special. Everyone finished their plates/bowls. This time we ordered more tots since usually we end up fighting over the bucket and the special sauce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Our server was not on her A-game. She forgot my drink order and barely checked on us.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Won't return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Terribel service. Our group of 10, that had reservations, was seated and given water. The server didn't return for 10 minutes. They brought our appetizer and drinks about 45 min later....when they were bringing our food out plate by plate. Some of our group had their food for about 20-30 min while the rest of us waited for our appetizer. And food. To top it all off 3 of my pieces of my spicy salmon roll did not have salmon in it. They made me a new one but it was too late. We will not return.
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  • solid sushi
    MaggieKS
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Who doesn't love Sticky Rice? The food is great, the staff is cool, and the ambiance is artsy. I love going to Sticky for dinner dates with my main squeeze. We always go home fat and happy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sticky Rice - Great sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Love Sticky Rice! Whether for a special occasion or just a quick bite, Sticky Rice is the perfect place for unique sushi, befitting an eclectic group (vegetarian, carnivore, vegan, picky eater all in one group in my case) at a reasonable price in a great atmosphere. Servers are always fast, friendly and offer wonderful menu suggestions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi!
    Patrick
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Great spot for a casual dinner with friends or family
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great!
    tchdwn
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    There's always something fun and delicious to try at Sticky Rice. Even my sushi-averse brother found an awesome shrimp dish that he liked so much he wouldn't share. We'll be back again. And again after that. P.S. We were running way late for a Saturday evening dinner reservation and called to find out if we could change it. Not only were they able to accommodate us when I first called, but they did it again when we were running late a second time! Total wait time upon arrival: less than 5 minutes.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Great food, just wish my reservation had warranted me a better table than the one we got.....
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 446 reviews are from the Sticky Rice reviews archive.
  • Great Place!
    NuklearMoses
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This place is awesome. I am a huge fan of their food. They have some of the best tots I have ever had and it pairs well with the sushi and the bowls. The bottles of sake are great too. It has a very upbeat feel with a good selection of music. The service is pretty good, even when the place is packed. A great place to go hang out, with great food and a great feel.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My wife birthday
    Cmdm83
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I took my wife, our family and friends to celebrate my wife's bday. We are vegan and we love this restaurant. It is our special place for special occasion. Highly recommended for everyone vegan or not you will enjoy all the food!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disapoints
    LessThanImpressed
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This restaurant never disappoints. Love the diversity of choices and
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud
    SavannahVisitor
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Don't try to have a conversation with the person sitting across from you. The sushi is not what it use to be but fill up on tots and you might not notice. Probably won't be racing back to Sticky Rice given the other options in the area.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food if you have the time
    diningj
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Although the service is slow, it is friendly and the food is great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible hostess, great otherwise
    NomNomNomVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Everything about our visit was fantastic, with the exception of the hostess. We dined for a birthday dinner and had fantastic service from the waitress, who allowed us to bring in cake and was hospitable in bringing us plates, forks, etc. However, the hostess was miserable. The bulk of our group began arriving a few minutes after our 6pm reservation, when we were first told the group had to be present to be seated. I said I wished someone had told me that prior, I would have ensured the party arrived on time. The hostess rudely responded "Well, it's already after 6, so that ship has sailed", and rudely insisted we wait for everyone to arrive. I spoke with the restaurant 2 times prior to dining, and they never told us of their seating policy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great for vegans!
    dcvgn
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    All the dishes are clearly labeled with whether it is possible to be made vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free -- and all of it is extremely tasty. The portions are also quite large. My partner and I ordered the tofu bites (appetizer) and vegan chicken noodle dish with vermicelli noodles, and almost couldn't finish them (but we did because it was too tasty to wait to eat it as leftovers). When you realize how large the portions are, it also makes their pricing fairly economical. We spent around $20 for our meal, including tax. Not bad at all! Also, we went for a late lunch (around 3pm) on a Saturday, and it wasn't crowded, which was nice.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was incredibly mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I normally love this place but we all ordered various sushi and noodle dishes and nothing was fresh. Avocado was brown. Veggies in the noodle bowl tasted old. The tempura was mush and had slid off the shrimp. Got $3 well drinks but the vodka was un drinkable so there was no point. It was my friends' first time visiting and everyone was really disappointed. It was almost embarrassing because it was my decision to take everyone there.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and delicious
    Sudiebooty
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Sticky rice has an amazing menu, great vibes, and pretty good service. I really like the dirty vegan dish, but last night I got the chef's special sushi, which was a three course dinner, and it was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Refreshing!
    ValleyQ
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed going here after church. We wanted a place where both he and I(vegan) could eat and not feel limited. This was perfect and is recommended on HappyCow. My husband ordered the Szechuan Chicken with Udon Noodles and a bowl of Miso Soup. I ordered the tempura vegan sushi and a bucket of tater tots. Let me say, both the hubby and I tried, but could not finish the tots while at the table. They were hot, crunchy, and delicious! The sauce(a bit spicy) was a great compliment to the tots! The miso soup was pretty good. My husband loved his Szechuan Chicken Udon bowl. The vegan tempura sushi was awesome! It gets 5 thumbs up and I would definitely recommend it to my friends and we will definitely be coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.