Chaplin

4.7
741 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
Chaplin Restaurant & Bar serves up Asian-inspired cuisine that will take diners on a journey to Japan and Shanghai in the 1920s.
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Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This was my first time at chaplin and I liked the warmth of the wood floors and the furnishings and use of fabric on walls which made it a great place to engage in conversation. I look forward to eating there again.

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CH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ramen and charming helpful waiter. We went for lunch on Saturday with kids and it was pretty empty but the service was very good and the food was as well. The outdoor seating is lovely.

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ML
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, I have been coming here since I moved here almost two years ago.

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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Tasty, hearty Japanese food. The service was a little slow, but our server made up for that with solid recommendations on the menu.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Really cool spot and chill atmosphere

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New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food took a long time to make it to our table but other than that it was great

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PS
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With so many restaurants in DC to choose, I usually go to a restaurant once and never go back, unless it was really good. I'll go back to Chaplin. There were a lot of interesting choices for food and drink. Ambiance was energetic. We went in around 6 pm and a line quickly formed for tables.

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n
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ramen, but not so impressed with the appetizers.

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MD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place to meet friends for good Asian food. Gyozas are to die for. Ramen was too spicy and we barely ate it. Buns are amazing.
The place is too loud, I literally left my voice there!
Service was excellent.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Slow service at the end.
Loud upper bar area. Good for young professionals, bad for parents

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K
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The menu items we ordered were very good... gyoza, three different ramen soups. The "Chaplain" ramen bowl had so much lean pork, I was surprised and happy! I like that you can do "add-ons" to any of the ramen bowls. Adds to the variety you can get if they don't have exactly the bowl you want. The music was on the loud side, as were the ambient voices of other parties. The service was very solicitous and good. We were late for our reservation but they have a policy of holding your table for 15 minutes before they release it, so that was convenient for us. It is a bit on the strange side to have non-Asian owners open a ramen place with a Charlie Chaplin theme. But if you ignore that weirdness and just focus on the food, I would recommend it. Just keep in mind the noise level.

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GZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I spent the Memorial Day holiday in DC with my family 5/26/19. We had a party of eight and had an amazing time. the service was spot on. never had to wait long even though the restaurant was packed.
All of our appetizers and entrees were great. I had the Stamina Spicy Ramen it was amazing.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Food was excellent.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is our third year coming here to celebrate birthdays and we love it! It would be even better if the noodles were made fresh! We will definitely be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience and service by Presley!!!

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V
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food. Beautiful weather and sat outside. It was great but the waiter spilled on me.

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RP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best ramen in DC. Very cool atmosphere and and a great beer/wine list.

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Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Chaplin's is always packed so plan ahead! The food is yummy but stick to shumai, gyoza, and the ramen. thought the pork platter was mediocre but everything else was tasty.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was very nice! Excellent service!

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ME
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant. Great prices. The service was so nice as well - I forget his name but he was very personable and genuine in his recommendations. We had the spicy ramen and the chaplin and everyone at the table was really impressed! It's really loud, but we could still hear one another to catch up - probably a great spot for groups under 10 (it's pretty small).

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a
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was great - but music was terrible and so loud!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great all around. Service and food were both amazing.

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ON
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Overall I enjoy Chaplin and their ramen. However, service was a bit slow despite it not being that busy. Our server was friendly, just seemed a bit distracted.

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TL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 5

Just wondering if they have cameras as I left my wallet and it was returned thankfully as soon as I got up with over $100 missing. Sucks that I basically paid for our group meal double thanks to whoever felt the need to keep all my cash. Great food and experience but now my night is ruined.

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k
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE Chaplin!! Never disappoints and it’s reasonably priced. Best ramen in the neighborhood, for sure.

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The music was entirely too loud, made it difficult to have dinner with friends.
Initially service was slow, but after the time from ordering to delivery was good.
The food was really good.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicious ramen and their gluten free rice noodles are surprisingly good!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is exceptional and the food is amazing. I have not gotten a dish that I didn’t not genuinely enjoy. The spicy ramen was flavorful and delicious.

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E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 3

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour cocktails and delicious authentic dumplings! Also, a comfortable patio and vibrant ambiance.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Te virgo bartender gave exceptional service -
And put up with my annoying friends questions !
I will be back!

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NB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for drinks or dinner in a date or hang out atmosphere.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place

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FP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Overpriced. Terrible service. It took so long that we ended up standing up and paying at the bar. Left our still to arrive desserts behind.

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A
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food, drinks, and service. Never let down by any of the food!

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RS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

I made a reservation for 6 at 6:30 and requested outdoor seating. The hostesses were rude to the members of my party and made them wait to be seated until a majority arrived—even though there was plenty of seating outside. When I arrived they told me I was the first to arrive and they’d cancelled the reservation after fifteen minutes due to “no show.” I explained the rest of my party was already there. They pretended to look around (never actually leaving the host stand) and then one waved her hand in the air saying “they might be on the patio.” A group of 6 on the patio is hard to miss. Of course, everyone was there. Once I inquired later about whether they could reverse the cancellation they said there was nothing they could do. Of course, no apology for making a mistake and no offer to remedy. Our waiter was barely there—he never stayed long enough for us to put in the extra orders we wanted, I guess because they were busy. Still, I’ve never been treated this rudely by the staff there in the 3+ years I’ve been going (at least they used to be kind and helpful) and with all the lovely restaurants in the area, I’m happy to go somewhere else.

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N
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has become my happy hour go-to! The alcoholic drinks are refreshing and well mixed. My personal favorite is “the cure”. I also make it a point to order the “pay day” beef dumplings. They are infused with Whiskey at the table...a perfect compliment for "the cure".

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K
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was awesome!!! Great place to go!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat or to get a drink!!

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D
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I always enjoy eating at Chaplin’s.

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