About Big Bowl-Reston

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.

11915 Democracy Drive
Reston, VA 20190
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Chinese, Thai

Hours of Operation:
Lunch & Dinner Everyday: Monday- Thursday 11:15am - 9:30pm; Friday 11:15am-10:30pm; Saturday 11:30am-10:30pm; Sunday 11:30am-9:30pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 787-8852

Website:
http://www.bigbowl.com/

Parking Details:
Please note we offer complimentary parking with validation when dining at Big Bowl. We encourage you to park in the orange parking garage. Please see a manager for your validation code. We apologize for any inconvenience this new parking system has created. Please share any concerns with Boston Properties at 703-579-6720.

Public Transit:
The Reston Town Center.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Big Bowl-Reston Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.6

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4.3

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4.1

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4.1

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Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

20 years ago 3 families met upon being stationed in Japan. As we had an opportunity to meet it only made sense to be an Asian flavored restaurant. The location was the best for all of us. All of the intangibles of the resturant matched our expectations. Food options, price, service, ambiance. ... it turned out to be the perfect location and restaurant. It allowed our casual conversations (afterall, we were catching up on 20 years), the server, sorry I don't remember his name, was awesome. He attention to us without being overbearing or due to the length of time, pushy for us to leave. Those of us in the area will be back - before the next 20 years (maybe next month).

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Fun, had a great time

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Bigbowl has good ambience and quality food. Sometimes (may be one of few rare days) theh get little messy with services otherwise without concerns Bigbowl is a good family dinner place and highly recommended.

Food is great and surely people will love it.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Stir fry bar is nice, food is usually quite good. Darker atmosphere. Also this last time we went there, we saw Dog the Bounty Hunter, with his 4 body guards.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Casual, Healthy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Front desk members can do a bit more in greeting if found a frequent diner come through by reserving a table. Ask what they would like a booth or a table? Also, thank you for being a frequent diner, etc..

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Organic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Fun, had a good time

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

A good meal with good service. Always a family favorite.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great service by Milton!

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food and customer service at reasonable prices.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great service. Glad we made a reservation because Saturday evening get busy. Good is delicious and they have a good kids menu.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Spicy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Big Bowl is always good. Great service. I love the food, spice level is great.

Tags: People Watching, Kid-friendly, Spicy
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

My favorite place since they moved to Reston. I traveled from DC on 10/7/2017 Just to have lunch with my family.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Vegan, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Spicy, Quick Bite, Casual, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

I love Big Bowl Reston. Great veggie options and lots for meat eaters too. Can eat with vegan friends and carnivores and have a delicious relaxed dinner. Love their sangrias too!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Spicy, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Vegan
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Great place for family dinner. Kids meals are very good and I've not had a main entree that I wouldn't want to eat again. Mongolian beef is superb, the curries are excellent. Enjoy Big Bowl!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Excellent food and service. Have been to Big Bowl many times and always a great meal for the price.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Came here to celebrate my birthday and had a terrific meal. I love the stir fry bar with the Kung Pao sauce; I thought there was just the right amount, not too much, not too little. My wife got the orange chicken, which was pretty good, although I think it was a little heavy on the sauce. (We'll just add some more rice and chicken to the leftovers.)

I've been here several times before for business lunches and plan to return.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Spicy, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Waitress was fabulous. She has been there a while and takes her time with all of her customers.
The only complaint was the temperature. When we got there I could feel the restaurant was really hot. After voicing my complaints to a waiter, I noticed it started to cool down. I also noticed the side door was opened when we arrived. I am sure the cool air was escaping through that door.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

We are back now that there is no parking fee on weekends. We drive in from Haymarket. Moved from Reston. No good Chinese in Haymarket, Va. would you consider building one there.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Food is usually much better, I was there close to closing time and the stir fry area had very little food left and it was frozen. Also the food was excessively salty....

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

I am a regular at Big Bowl and it used top be amazing place to have Thai food but from last few visits I am feeling that Big Bowl has lost its quality, its like going to any regular make your own bowl restaurant. I was very disappointed, food was bland and had to request sauce but still it didn't came out well.

Will surely give this restaurant a miss for few months.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Big bowl is always a great place to have dinner or enjoy their extensive happy hour offerings. Rarely disappointed with the food or the service.

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We were all very happy with our meals!! There was so much flavor, my friends had never been to Big Bowl, and all were very pleased with their meals. Thank you!

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·Dined on August 16, 2017

Never fails to disappoint - great food and amazing service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Enjoyed food. Little noisey. Too close to restrooms. Will select better table next time

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Meeting a high school friend after 37 years

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 3, 2017

My only complaint is the drink prices. I ordered a bourbon on the rocks. At first glance I thought the server brought a small glass of ice water but it was bourbon. $12.50 and could hardly taste the bourbon. In my opinion not worth the price. Stick with the food and beer.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 29, 2017

After two times dining (lunch & dinner) we have a good but not a great impression.
POSITIVE: ambiance is nice and cozy, service was nice and attentive, appetizers are tasty and plentiful, complimentary cucumber salad that we received at lunch but didn't receive at dinner was yummy, the drinks (Sangria, cocktail and beer) were were very good.
NEGATIVE: The taste of entrees in both visits were very bland and mediocre. The choice of desserts was limited full of fats and calories even from the mere look at the samples and average. The fruity flavors are limited to banana and mango blended somewhere in the cheesecake. Definitely not inspired us to order (even though we did have a room for some sweet ending).
CONCLUSION: Maybe worth to return if in the area for a lunch meal tapas style consisting just appetizers and drinks.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 23, 2017

The food is always delicious at Big Bowl - today is was the stir fry bar. Nothing like made to order stir fry! Steaming hot and cooked just right to seal in the flavor. Today's service was exceptional, as well. Scott was attentive, personable and professional - really appreciated the good attitude. His bar and dessert recommendations was on target. Overall a outstanding dining experience. Thanks, BB.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Spicy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Made a late afternoon reservation for 8 pm, asking we be seated in a booth in the back of the restaurant. Our table was perfect, our waiter was very personable, professional and capable (wish I'd gotten his name), our food was delivered by the Chef and it was served piping hot which I love and it was delicious! We both ordered the make your own stir fry. Fabulous meal! Big Bowl is always consistent in that regard if you get the stir fry. I can't speak to the other items on the menu since we always do stir fry but I'm sure they're good too.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Cool place. Chicken was very undercooked. Sent it back and when it came back it was better but there were still some pieces that weren't much better. The wait staff was very good and friendly. Sesame chicken may just be a weakness of the place.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Big Bowl is always a pleasure to eat at. We had requested an outside table and they had one waiting for us. We had the Mongolian Beef and the Pagan Curry Chicken. You can always test the fresh ingredients. The staff was very present and provided some good suggestions for dessert.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 7, 2017

The food is always worth the trip. We always go at "off-hours" because otherwise the noise level can be pretty high. During the day the parking situation is awful. Reston Town Center has instituted a very frustrating parking situation, but after 5 the parking is free, just like the good old days.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Casual, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Food and service was great. I will be returning again soon.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Food is tasty and spicy enough. We don't like the table they gave us, but overall I like this place to go out with family. I love the location of this restaurant

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Despite the outside temperature being 96 degrees, Big Bowl had their doors and windows open to get access to outdoor seating. The air conditioning was not on. We had reservations, and when we got there we immediately said we would go elsewhere. They then said they would shut the doors and windows and turn the AC on. However, it didn't really cool down until after our meal was over. We should have left right away and gone to Jackson's -- great AC and great food. THe food was OK -- we had 6 people -- and ordered their 3 appetizer and 3 entre option for $23 per person. It wasn't enough food and we ended up ordering another entre. I don't think its a good deal at all. Better to order from the menu.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 3, 2017

This is our most fav restaurant we love going there. The food is great most important is the service it's amazing. Pedro was so so nice to us. He made us feel very comfortable. Overall 10 out of 10 as usual. Thanks guys thanks so much.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Our group of 9 were there for 2 special occasions, celebrating a birthday and a Barbershop singing competition. Food and sevice were exceptional. One of our favorite place to eat.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 20, 2017

We love this place and look forward to eating there every time we visit my soon at school. The vegetables are always fresh and there are many different and unique choices. The sauces ops with flavor and can be tailored to any taste. I wish we had one near Philly..we'd go all of the time

Tags: Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Great food and excellent service. Reservation was honored on time.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Food was just average. I've dined at Big Bowl in Reston twice now and had mediocre meals. Portions are huge. I wish I could have swapped out some of the volume for better food. I won't be returning.

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