Chaplin

4.7
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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. With a focus on ramen and dumplings, there's nothing short of a good time whether you're dining with us on our patio, bar, or dining rooms. Perfect for small and large events, with plenty of customizable packages available to fill your needs!
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.6
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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It was good food, service could have been better. We were forgotten a lot. The waiter took care of a drink to recover that however it would have been a better dinner if service was better. Other than that great place and food was amazing.

BM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the service and food were excellent. I recommend Chaplin for all occasions whether that be a date night, business dinner, catch-up with friends, etc.

I would definitely recommend their hot pot experience if you have been before but would like to have a different experience. The bartenders, servers, and management are all really friendly and attentive. I will continue to happy hour here every week as it is my favorite neighborhood spot :)

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was my first visit during restaurant week . It was very busy and energetic (loud). I enjoyed the Dan Dan men

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went at 4pm on a Saturday with a reservation. I'm really glad we made one as there would've been a wait. The ramen is absolutely fantastic and the best I've had in DC. The ever popular "The Cure" cocktail was also a nice treat as it's topped with rosemary the server sets on fire for display. The overall ambiance is nice if you're fortunate enough to get seating upstairs as they play Chaplin movies on a loop throughout the second floor. Downstairs, the tables are cramped and the bar is very loud so not the most ideal spot for a date, but the food, service, and drinks are all top notch!

DC
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Server was very friendly and helpful with helping us order the right spice level and amount of food! Love the artwork and the vibe! Plus amazing cocktail selection!

ND
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great date night spot! Food and ambiance are perfect - would recommend for young couples or groups as the music can be a little loud.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Drinks aren’t nearly as good as the food and worry more about being ‘creative’ than they do about how they taste. Stop torching rosemary at the table. It smells weird and doesn’t add anything to the experience but does smell across the whole restaurant.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The ramen here is wonderful and the drinks are fun. It’s a loud atmosphere. It’s fun for a friends night out.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything on the menu at Chaplin's is amazing and each time I discover something new. This time I tried the strawberry parfait and it was amazing!! Their food is flavorful and made with the freshest ingredients. Every meal is a treat!

OT
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this place and go often. Food took too long tonight but overall still great and I will go back.

KG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Staple spot but the service is a hit or miss. Busy Sunday afternoon that cleared out and our waiter took a while to get to us and was also overly chatty and hard to understand. Great place for pets on the patio and they did a nice job with bringing us water and doggo treats.

Food and happy hour wine prices were wonderful.

MC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience2

Made a 7:30 reservation with my partner for an aniversary dinner and wasn't seated for over an hour. After standing in the way of the servers for 45 minutes, we were finally told we could sit on the patio as we waited for our table. The shrimp gyoza tasted store-bought and microwaved and the silken tofu, while refreshing, was humble and unimpressive.

When we were finally seated and ordered ramen at 8:40, we were too tired and frustated to have much fun. The food was fast and the servers were responsive, but the experience left a sour taste in both of our mouths. I might go back with a friend, but date night is off the table. Really disappointed.

OT
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really good food and good service relatively cheap. It was pretty busy. Overall a good girls night

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was very slow on Sunday as I believe they were short staffed

RR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love Chaplin’s. We live across the street and go all the time. The food and service is superb! Love taking our out of town friends, family and clients there. :)

l
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, and AMAZING food!!! I would definitely go again. Great vegetarian selection as well. Big fan of the spiked dumplings!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Overall a good place to eat! Food was excellent and the drinks were unique. The only reason it’s not 100% is I requested champagne in a note via open table to be at the table or delivered to the table since it was my anniversary. Then a host even called me to confirm the reservation and I told them again that I requested it...but still never was brought to the table even after mentioning while we were there, which was disappointing BUT overall, it was a good place to eat.

CM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chaplin’s is our go to spot and our “anniversary tradition.” Great food, great atmosphere, wonderful service.

C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely pleased with the dining experience and quality of the food. I will be back soon.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite Place. Great for vegan options.
Happy hour is excellent. All things yummy

OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! It was a very nice place to eat on Christmas Eve

BH
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing people who work there

L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Chaplin's has become a standard favorite. The ramen is some of the best in the district!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Ordered gluten free and they brought out regular noodles. Didn’t realize until too late. And they didn’t seem too apologetic.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Overall the experience was awesome. The food was excellent and service was fast. It’s a tad dark in there, but still great for a date spot!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there to celebrate our 5 year anniversary and it was amazing! From the moment we walked in we felt this place was special. The hostess was great! Our waitress (Charlotte) provided fantastic service! The food was delicious. We highly recommend this place and look forward to going back! Thanks Chaplin for the wonderful service!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Best staff and food around.

AL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Pretty annoyed because I get the same order there every time. This waitress wouldn't let me substitute items in my dish without a fee. Ended up with a bowl of noodles and broth.

JC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food always pleased with food and no wait with a reservation

JL
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite place to unwind after work. They have great ramen and drinks!

MT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the food

GA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was very slow

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and our server was amazing!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I highly recommend their tonkatsu ramen. And if you go during Happy Hour they have great cocktail specials.

B
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good value for a food and drinks, we were on the first floor . It was a little cold and noisy

c
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Everything was alright. Their special Chaplin ramen was alright. Pork Bun/Lettuce Wrap Platter was alright. Karaage was the only thing exceptional.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended by wife’s boss during our weekend in Washington DC. Went for drinks the first night. Atmosphere, drinks, and bartender service was so great we decided to set a reservation for dinner the next night. Could only get a late dinner reservation but we took it. Arrived an hour plus early so we had a drink and they worked us in early. Ordered more than we should have, but everything was delicious. Gyoza, pork belly, edamame, Chaplin ramen, and pork ribs. Good thing we were walking back to our hotel.
We’re looking forward to returning to DC and Chaplin’s. Ambience and decor was charming and unique. Service by all staff was excellent. Drinks are creative, unique, and delicious. Menu was delicious with a wide selection. Not a bad choice from our selection as well as what we observed. Price was very affordable. Outdoor seating with gas heaters and thick warm throws. Great Japanese fusion.

JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Chaplins! Always have a great time when I’m there. Please get the vegetarian miso. You will not be disappointed

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and drinks were great, but it was overly hot in the upstairs area

M
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Ramen was really good - our table was next to the elevator which sort of ruined the ambiance but otherwise great place!