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About Permanently Closed - Asian Spice

This restaurant is permanently closed. " At Asian Spice, a continent of cuisines " by Tom Sietsema ( Washington Post ) offering array of exquisite cuisine from China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thai, Lao and Malaysia. The dining room is stylish, comtemporary and comfortable. Join us for our daily happy hour at the bar from 4 -8 pm offering an extensive selections of beer, wine and house specialty drinks. We offer seasonal outdoor seating, Spring thru late Fall. A private dining room and karaoke room are also available for your special event.

717 H. St NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Pan-Asian, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
8 St. NW

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 589-0700

Website:
http://www.asianspicerestaurant.com/

Executive Chef:
Tanya Poonkrven

Private Party Facilities:
Asian Spice provides sophisticated styling with genuine, warm service. We have two completely private rooms, as well as two semi-private areas to cater to your every need. For larger groups the entire two floors can be rented out, as well as our 100 person outdoor patio.

Private Party Contact:
PJ Kern: (888) 372-0363

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Asian Spice - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

3.9

service

3.8

ambience

3.7

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (551)
Neighborhood Gem (518)
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Great for Lunch (348)
Great for Outdoor Dining (286)
Hot Spot (238)
Romantic (233)
Vibrant Bar Scene (228)
Special Occasion (197)
Late-night Find (117)
Kid-friendly (58)
Notable Wine List (43)
Scenic View (29)
Great for Brunch (21)
Casual (10)
Good for a Date (10)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Spicy (7)
Authentic (5)
Cozy (5)
Outstanding Value (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Business Meals (2)
Great Beer (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Vegan (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Asian Spice is on the edge of Chinatown, providing easy access from the Gallery Place Metro stop. It is less crowded than other eateries in the vicinity, which we like.

The menu is 'pan-Asian', featuring a little of everything - sushi, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, etc. The service is on the slow side - you sometimes feel forgotten. But the food is consistently good. We stop in for sushi every so often. Good appetizer selection too.

Good option in this crowded corridor.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Love the sushi here!

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food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 6, 2017

Went here seeking good Asian food in the Chinatown district of DC. Very mediocre. Bad start when I tried to order several Belgian beers on their menu, Each time the waiter came back stating they were out. After the fourth try I asked her what beers they DID have. Luckily they had one I liked but very frustrating. Miso soup tasted instant. Main dish of Korean BBQ also unimpressive and rather tasteless, though the kimchi and rice were good. Disappointed.

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food2
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Great food and service. Highly recommended!! We were seated quickly on a Friday night and the food was delivered fresh and promptly

Tags: Spicy, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on February 26, 2017

Great food and service... excellent

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ambience3
service5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Was good nothing exceptional but solid

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 25, 2017

The food was unimpressive. Quality was average and taste was fair.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2017

Food was great. Nice Variety. Excellent service. Authentic flavors.

Tags: Spicy, Great for Lunch
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food5
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 24, 2017

Our server was good, the food was average. We all enjoyed our meals and the price was pretty good as well.

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food3
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 16, 2017

Went to the restaurant before an afternoon Wizards game for lunch. Service was great. Food was good to above average. Location was just right.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Kid-friendly
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food4
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2017

Eaten here several times, when in Chinatown, where I have eaten often - probably sampled pretty much everyone there. Above average for the neighborhood in ambiance, service, cleanliness, inventiveness of menu and generally for the food. Unfortunately that is a low bar. It isn't truly great food, but for people out for a very nice meal, in a nice spot, at (for DC) decent to low prices, it is an excellent choice. Pan-Asian choices, allowing us to have Japanese, Korean and Chinese elements at the same meal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 26, 2016

Yummy veggie bento box and well-prepared gluten free noodles

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food4
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Open on Christmas. Noting special but nothin bad. Goo service. Good selection and of dishes and beers. A safe bet

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food3
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service4
value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2016

A very interesting menu that offers Chinese, Korean, and Thai dishes, along with a nice Sushi selection. We tried a Korean steak dish, Pad Thai, and a Korean spiced chicken dish, along with a Thai inspired Fried Rice dish and a couple of Sushi rolls. All were excellent.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Reservations were waiting, staff was friendly. Food was quick and very good.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on November 5, 2016

This place was close to our hotel so we wandered over and were seated immediate upstairs. Somewhat noisy with families but not bad. Server was a little slow on drinks but the rest of the meal was served promptly. Lamb kebabs were surprisingly dull but the shumai was good. Penang curry was great. Crispy duck noodle so-so. Overall good but not 5 star. I would return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Spicy
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 16, 2016

the panang curry salmon is very good and so is the kung pao shrimp, sizes are modest, its a good value with groupon but maybe not without groupon, its yummy tho

Tags: Spicy, Good for a Date, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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food4
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 (London)·Dined on September 8, 2016

The food here wasn't great, there were a few options but the menu wasn't clear. Nowhere did it mention the meals came with rice so we ordered extra and had loads in the end. The staff had trouble understanding what we wanted, possibly due to our accents and we were quite glad to be out in the end!

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food2
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service2
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2016

Asian Spice is a well-located mixed Asian cuisine establishment with outside seating that offers an opportunity to have dishes not easily available at other locations. The summer rolls were a bit bland, and with sauce that didn't quite match. The papaya salad was decent. The entrees were quite good, including the Mee Goreng and the green curry. Worth a return but expect some inconsistency with flavors compared to the real thing. Service friendly.

Tags: Authentic
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food3
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 14, 2016

Unfortunately the ac was not working as it usually does but the staff was gracious and the food was very good.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Food and service was very average The chicken meat was a little tough. We shared around six dishes but nothing was Wow

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 24, 2016

Had wanted to try Asian Spice, and most other nearby places had no availability at 7:00 on a Sunday evening. We were the only customers in the main dining room. A few folks in bar. They did not have the sea bass that my wife wanted. Said they were changing the menu. Miso soup was warm, not hot. Dumplings were okay, but probably frozen. My duck was tasty. My wife's chicken satay was rubbery, and the peanut sauce was extremely sweet. Waiter forgot that I had ordered a glass of wine. Other than the duck, a disappointment. But it sure was quiet.

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food1
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service2
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 20, 2016

Food was pretty gross all around (apps and entree). My friend ordered something that had good reviews on Yelp, that dish wasn't bad...it wasn't great, but it wasn't bad. Service was quick and good which made up for the pretty bad food. Would not recommend.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 16, 2016

Our daughter ordered some sushi and said it was good but not the best she had had. Our fried rice was excellent as was the dish we ordered. Service was great and quick!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 13, 2016

Always top notch. California rolls were perfect. Cashew chicken was great. So much of it that I took a lot home with me. Excellent service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2016

The food is OK, nothing spectacular but not disappointing. A little over priced but nothing outrageous. Wouldn't reject going back but would not choose to do it as a first option

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 2, 2016

The entrees were outstanding and delivered very quickly after the order was placed. However, the customer service was abominable. Drinks were not refreshed timely and the final bill was not accurate requiring additional time for it be to adjusted.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 26, 2016

Service was excellent but I was disappointed in the taste of the food.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 5, 2016

Tried Asian Spice for the first time and ordered several appetizers from the menu including sushi and egg rolls. All very good. The Penang Curry dish was the best I have had; spicy, nice consistency and very tasty. The staff was great, and the bar was quiet and appealing; great place to meet friends after work or co-workers go to just unwind. I will definitely go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on June 4, 2016

Excellent restaurant! Food ranged from Korean to Chinese to other types of Asian. Waiter was fantastic and attentive. Highly recommend if you want non-typical Asian food or if you can't decide what type you want. This ranks close to Big Bowl in Reston, VA for variety of fusion cuisine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 1, 2016

We chose a selection of appetizers as everything on the menu looked appealing. I particularly enjoyed the duck rolls, but the spring rolls, chicken and lamb were excellent, too. It was near the top of our price range, as each appetizer cost nearly as much as an entree and the wine list has no great bargains. Because of the quality of the food, it was worth it.

The next time I come, I will skip the soup and salad (they were fine, but not as good as the appetizers.) The dessert menu didn't offer anything special, but we split a rice pudding. Again, it was just fine but we could have done without it.

It was the first day for our server and he was closely supervised. He was nervous but did everything well. He was present when we wanted him, but did not interfere with our conversation.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 8, 2016

The delicious food and friendly bartender.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on April 30, 2016

Ok if you like noisy places. Music was playing upstairs and different music very loud playing downstairs. Hard to think when two different loud music streams playing at once. I asked if they could turn off music upstairs. They did for 5 minutes then went back and turned it back on. Had a headache entire dinner. But if loud clutter and clamor doesn't bother you then you will be ok....

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 16, 2016

When I first walked in with my family I did not see the hostess desk so I walked up to the sushi bar to ask if they had one. While I asked, the hostess replied so I waited to be seated. I think it's awesome they take reservations. The place is great, you don't expect much from the outside but the food was delicious and the service was prompt. I would definitely recommend this place and I will be coming back soon.

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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on April 13, 2016

My guest and I had lunch recently at Asian Spice. We both had the salmon bento box and asked for our salmon to be cooked as rare as chef would do. Box came but salmon cooked to well done. Manager did give us a break on our bill after asking us how things were. Miso soup was very good and salad in bento box was good, although I prefer a ginger dressing. Nice place on edge of Chinatown area.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 8, 2016

Unfortunately -- because the location is very convenient to my work -- the food was mediocre and overpriced. I have taken this off my list of potential business lunch spots.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 6, 2016

Honey roasted duck was pretty good. Hand rolled salmon sushi was nice and fresh. Good wine, good service. Heart of Chinatown.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 19, 2016

Went for dinner before the Wizards game. Service was superb. Drinks and food arrived much faster than expected. Even got to watch some March Madness while we enjoyed the food. Everything was great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 14, 2016

We have dined here several times. The food is good, the location great and the staff very pleasant. They have an interesting variety on the menu and the food is well prepared. I will definitely return.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on March 11, 2016

Enjoyed all foods that we had from sushi to Thai to Chinese. Good beer list. Great mango sticky rice.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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