Big Bowl-Reston

4.4
866 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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R
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent in all respects. Some of the best pan-Asian food in the whole Washington metro area

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r
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good experience. Server was attentive. Love the stir fry option where we can load up in our favorite veggies and omit the ones we don’t care for!

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M
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

I like the food and visit this restaurant often however last Saturday was too crowded with the kids in private room

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PR
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Big Bowl remains a must-dine when I'm in Reston. Food and staff remain outstanding, the menu carries old favorites, along with new and interesting choices that make for tough decisions on my too-infrequent visits. The only negative that comes to mind is the wine list continues to suffer from price creep. Otherwise, it's still one of my favorite places...

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

The food tasted like it was reheated meat- Ana was super bland.
The staff was cleaning and sweeping around our table as we were eating preparing to leave for the night- such a turn off.
The waiter was ok but mess the original order up and we ordered soup which was gross but we had no more energy to complains so we paid and left.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

My meal wasn’t correct, our waiter never came back so someone refilled our water after waiting. I never gave my Lettuce number and overall no friendly service except one girl came by to take our plates was full of smiles and spoke.

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LO
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This was not a good night for us at Big Bowl. The tables were sticky so we didn’t feel it was clean. The food took over 45 minutes to arrive at our table. Chicken pad Thai was just ok. Orange chicken was very heavily dressed with sauce and chicken lettuce wraps also had a ton of sauce and ingredients like celery that we are not used to seeing in that dish. Server was inexperienced and seemed to be overwhelmed. All in all we spent an hour and a half dining tonight spending much of that time waiting for food or waiting for server to check us out.

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VS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been to Big Bowl many times. The food was delicious, as always and our waitress was probably one of our best. The service she provided was excellent.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

great food even for vegetarians . will visit again

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great, service could be better.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We used to really like coming here, but no more. Unfortunately, the food did not taste good at all. It was very salty and greasy.

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AB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always like eating at Big Bowl-Reston. Right in our neighborhood, bigger menu choice even for vegetarians like me, friendly servers, and excellent preparations. I always recommend it to my friends.

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just lived everything about the place I have been going since Big Bowl came to Reston.

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N
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

A bit disappointing. Not crowded, but service was slow. Wrong meal delivered and the wait staff kept looking at us like it was our fault. I felt very uncomfortable. Food was just OK.

Haven't been here for a long while, will be a long while before I go back, if ever.

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JB
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
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
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 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 8, 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 3, 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 December 31, 2018
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
87 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
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience as always :)

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C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 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 29, 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 28, 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
8 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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HD
Washington DC
16 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 2, 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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