Big Bowl-Reston

4.5
851 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chinese
There’s really only one place for authentic Chinese and Thai, and that's Big Bowl. It all begins with the highest quality ingredients–naturally raised chicken and beef, heirloom pork, sustainable seafood and produce grown locally. Because Big Bowl believes that the best food is made from scratch, you can taste big, bold layers of flavors in every dish, from the curries right down to the dipping sauces.

Everyone raves about the pad Thai, our spicy dishes that are truly hot, and our create-your-own stir-fry–and for good reason. Every element adds up to big taste and takes our food to another level, be it a fresh squeeze of lime, fragrant herbs or the seared Thai chilies.

Big Bowl is so big on authentic flavors that even the ginger ale is made with fresh ginger root–from scratch, of course.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Enjoy a special 3 course Valentine’s Day Menu for 2 from 2/13 - 2/17, in addition to our regular menu. The menu includes an appetizer to share, your choice of main course & choice of dessert to share. The dinner is $45.95 per couple, not including beverages, + tax (gratuity not included).

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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JB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dining experience - food was good, service was good, etc.

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FO
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Came again after many years and it was a surprise it was so great. Service is key and our server was the best. Didn’t have to wait for water and he checked back often. Food was tasty, different and plentiful. Made a reservation and was seated immediately. Will be back.

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OT
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If the menu says it is "Spicy", this is one of the few places where it means it is SPICY!!! Love the food. Service was prompt and friendly. Hate that they took the shrimp rolls off the menu and that you have to pay for parking at lunch. Otherwise, great place!

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F
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crowded at lunch and dinner and very noisy, but at "off" times this place is THE BEST! Food is fantastic, service is perfect.

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LZ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Helpful service, relaxed vibe, we’ll be back!

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PG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Big bow is my family's all time favorite place for weekend Lunch, when we feel like eating out

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

HORRIBLE Place. We got soup for starters as soon as we got it, it was cold. We told our server that it was cold and not good at all. She took it away and still charged me for it. The manger was also not able to help out our problem. Even though it was busy she could’ve came and helped out and see how we are doing. The server didn’t even ask how was our food and if we needed anything. I will not come here again.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, wide variety

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AP
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Service on new years eve was terrible and it wasn't packed. The lady manager was as slow as the servers. Ssuce for tgai came 1/2 hour later when food was cold and the teriyaki chicken came when everybody else had finish their food!!! Wouldn't recommend it to anyone. We were party of 8.

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NB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We frequently dine here. It's usually very busy but service is still okay. This last time, the restaurant was not busy but service was slow because servers were standing around chatting. It was early on New Year's Eve. When my meal arrived, I asked for chopsticks. The young man then took my unused fork away and never returned! I waited several minutes before I could even get anyone's attention to repeat my request for chopsticks, despite people cleaning tables, checking on their own tables, and standing back by the register. Meanwhile my food sat there, getting cold. We waited again after we finished eating to hear about dessert options. Food was fine, dessert was awesome! Service much worse than it should have been.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas Eve Celebration

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KK
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

We were looking forward to trying the Reston Big Bowl after discovering the chain in Chicago. The Chicago location was fantastic in food, atmosphere, and restaurant staff. Reston was a let down as soon as we walked in the door. Decor and general atmosphere is bland, and low energy. Food quality was also a disappointment. Pan fried potstickers arrived cold, Kung Pao chicken was very greasy.

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JD
Washington DC
79 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My husband and I had an early dinner and both liked our entrees. I got the yellow chicken curry with vegetable fried rice - and it was quite good, lots of fresh vegetables cooked perfectly. Only complaint is the dish was a bit on the salty side. My husband had some HOT beef and vegetable dish with jalapeno peppers with jasmine rice - and he loved it though it made him break into a sweat. We have to applaud the restaurant for appealing to healthier diners by offering cauliflower rice in lieu of a regular white, brown or fried rice option. My husband had to send back his Cosmopolitan martini - but the wine and beer were fine. We do not dine here that often, but when we do we do like it.

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P
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience as always :)

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C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

The food arrived quickly and just as we expected. The fire cracker Chicken was delicious.

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RT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and friendly service! Recommend to all!

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SS
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My first experience at Big Bowl was absolutely wonderful. Planned a family dinner there for my sweethearts birthday as his favorite food is thai. Not only were they accommodating to making it special, they were more than willing to bring out the cake I brought as a surprise. Lighten up and everything! I am, personally, a picky eater and the waiter worked with me to create my own masterpiece. It was more than delicious. Definitely would return!

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always

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PG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoyed coming here. Their stir fry bar is a great value for money . I love their home made gingerale and the seasonal cheesecakes.

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CE
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The menu has lots of options for all sorts of diners. My particular choice was extremely salty, likely due to the amount of soy sauce in the sauce.

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GD
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Even though we arrived early for our reservation we were promptly seated. Service was really fast. The stir fry bar was great as usual.

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VH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We've been going to Big Bowl since it opened, and it's one of our family favorites. Always have a good meal, and the service is excellent.

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MB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was mediocre. Wonton soup had no flavor, had to add lots of soy sauce. Ahi tuna and avocado summer roll was pretty good. Lettuce wraps were standard. Server vanished, very unattentive. We will not return.

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HD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I chose this restaurant because it seemed like a fun place for grown-ups, but that is also kid friendly. Totally nailed it! This is a great place for families who are sick of the usual restaurants. Food was very good, we enjoyed every dish we got. They also make their own ginger ale, kinda neat:) Even though I selected this because I wanted a restaurant we could bring our 8 year old along, this is not what I would call your typical family restaurant. It's very cool.

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RM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came in causing a ruckus right from the start ... baby in a stroller, had to change tables from where my party was already sitting, etc. The staff was very kind and helpful in making these changes, storing the stroller for us, and understanding of our extra needs for the baby. I had no problem with my food allergies, the food was fresh and fast (even with my MANY allergies), and we had a great lunch.

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LT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous including our waiter, Milton! Never had to ask for a refill. He was very attentive!

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OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delish! Great service!

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J
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great stir fry bar. Have been to this location often and have never had a complaint.

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AB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Our dinner reservation was at 8:30; we were seated at around 8:40 pm. The server did not even bother to offer water until we asked about 15 minutes later. She was just too busy serving others and we had to specifically request her to come over if we wanted to order anything. I would have definitely moved out of the restaurant had it not been a special occasion. We all have decided that we will not be coming to this restaurant for any celebrations. Anyway, we did not even bother to cut the cake and brought it back home. Now we all know that this is not going to be the special occasion destination for us ever. Perhaps the restaurant owners should think of taking the last order not at 7-7:30 to avoid hurrying customers to finish their food as they want to close.

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LF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our service was excellent. The food was its usual very good. My whole family goes there a lot. My son wanted to go one last time before he went back to college. We have always had great food there. The wait staff is very responsive to requests. The stir-fry bar selection is wonderful.

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S
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go out of our way just to eat at Big Bowl. We wish there was one closer to where we live in Atlanta. The selection of veggies for our Big Bowl meal is quite nice. The food was cooked and delivered to our table in record time! Tasty as ever!

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AM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent experience as usual. Great food. Enjoyed dinner with family.

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V
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Service is superb, food is made with fresh quality product. The cost is surprisingly low.

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D
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 1

It was a great please it was the frist time I try it I wish they had more thai food

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p
Mobile
15 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great happy hour!

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S
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been in a while and it was great as always! Thank you!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it’s was nice! the service was great and the food was phenomenal! 10/10 recommend!!!

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HM
Washington DC
87 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Birthday party

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MJ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Got here on a Friday evening with an Open Table reservation.

Got patio seating and was perfect for the summer nights!

We ordered the pitcher of Watermelon Sangria.... its like drinking a jolly rancher! For an app we got Crab Rangoon.... sooooo good....still drooling...

My boyfriend and I both decided to do the make your own bowl thing. He was lazy and got Shrimp and let the chefs decide what veggies go in there.

Of course, I have to be more complicated. I got the Flank Steak with Garlic Mushroom sauce base. And I love noodles, so I had them put both glass noodles and regular Chinese noodles. Then I went inside to pic my veggies. You go to the salad area, grab a bow, and fill up. I love veggies so I pretty much put the entire bar in my tiny bowl. I wish the bowls were bigger, but they probably do that to deter people like me from putting too much.

When our food came, it was piping hot! We had to wait like 10 minutes for it to cool down. It was delicious! Of course I had leftovers, it was even better the next day!

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T
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We both had the lo mien, one chicken and one beef, and both were very good. They use more vegetables than we usually see in lo mien but it added good flavor

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