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Chaplin, Washington, DC

Chaplin

4.6
4.6
1225 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
Chaplin's Restaurant & Bar is a 1930's style Japanese Ramen House and cocktail bar. Chaplin's Executive Chef and Partner, Myo Htun, is originally from Burma, but was cooking ramen in Japan at a young age. Myo received a blessing from his mentor in Japan after nearly 30 years of cooking in Japan, to come to America and continue to showcase his authentic Ramen and traditional Japanese cuisine. Chaplin's Restaurant demonstrates the aesthetic of a bustling ramen house in Japan in the 1930's silent film era. There is also a large outdoor dining area that is dog friendly and open late 7 days a week. Chaplin's is located in the heart of the Historic Shaw neighborhood. And it is open until last call 7 days a week. Chaplin's received a Plate certification in the Michelin Guide in 2020. And it is located steps from the convention center and popular Logan Circle, 14th street and City Market.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 73 times today

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  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Asian, Ramen

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–1:45 am Fri 4:00 pm–2:45 am Sat 12:00 pm–2:45 am Sun 12:00 pm–1:45 am Kitchen Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 644-8806

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern

  • Executive chef

    Myo Htun

  • Private party facilities

    Chaplin's serves as a perfect venue for events both large and small. Our restaurant can fit up to 300 guests, and has smaller spaces to accommodate semi-private events. Our Events Packages can be customizable to fit any events needs!

  • Neighborhood

    Shaw

  • Cross street

    9th and P NW

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Mt. Vernon/Convention Center - Walk north on 7th Street 3 blocks and take a left on P Street. Chaplin's will be on your rightShaw/Howard - Use the R Street exit, walk south on 8th street towards Rhode Island Ave. Take a right on Rhode Island and then a left on 9th Street NW. Walk south 2 blocks. Chaplin's will be on your left.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,225 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Hot Spot

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Japanese

  • District of Columbia

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  1. CH

    ClarkH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ramen was best I ever had! Would defiantly go back for authentic ramen.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and good environment
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So great!! I remembered them because they donated to our hospital during Covid. So glad to see the company do so well.
  4. AG

    AGee

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an old favorite, and the food was delicious per usual. Our waitress was GREAT. She was brand new, but gave us excellent service. Angelina, you’re a star! Chaplin’s, thanks for another great date night!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing drinks and great service. Our server was super accommodating and understand that we had our two little children with us. Will be back very soon!
  6. RC

    RyanCM

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    One of the best happy hours in the city! Great ramen, good apps, and a lot of fun. Definitely check it out.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    When we arrived for our reservation (party of 6), the hostess seemed very inconvenienced by our arrival. We informed them of the rain that was beginning outside and we’re told to wait as “there plans had now changed for accommodations” and they proceeded to find a place to put our party. The service itself was smooth and efficient. Our waitress was lovely, though our only interaction with her was our food order and check. I don’t think she told us her name. We’ve been customers of Chaplin’s several times in the past. While the food was still good, the quality seems to have gone down since our previous meals. The ramen was good, though some of us had under cooked noodles. Some of the “spicy” ramen was not spicy. Our time with each other was timeless and though we enjoyed ourselves, we wish Chaplins would step it up. This experience was nothing like we’ve experienced previously.
  8. F

    Foodie

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    We ordered fried gyozas, pork buns, and kakune for appetizers. The fried gyozas were deep fried, which is not the way it’s traditionally done. The Kakune lacked color and did not look appetizing at all. The dish was lukewarm at best and did not have any of the rich flavor kakune normally has. The only thing that gave the pork buns flavor was the sauce. The ramen took forever to come out, which is abnormal for a ramen restaurant. The noodles were goopy and clumped together. The tan tan ramen had maybe a teaspoon of ground pork and one little piece of bok choy. To be honest, the ramen tasted like the packaged ramens you can get at an Asian market such as Mitsuwa. Do. Not. Get fooled by the frozen drinks you see on Instagram. They look better than they taste. The prices here is not worth what you get. Unfortunately, this is the first restaurant I’ve been to in DC that was terrible.
  9. SM

    StevenM

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    The food and the atmosphere was pretty good. The downfall was the service. Felt like we were totally forgotten about. Took a long time for the waiter to initially come over to the table. After placing our order it took a while to get our food (appetizers and main courses). Water!!! I had to get up a number of times to request water. When water was finally brought to the table it was warm water. Don’t know about you but I don’t like drinking warm water. I will give Chaplins another try because I really liked the atmosphere it was giving off but I will probably sit at the bar.
  10. JS

    JacelynS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    This place was average. I am a big ramen eat and have eaten some pretty good food. I would rate their ramen a 6/10. 6 of us went there with a reservation. 2 big cons was that we sat right next to a huge fan that was blasting and we could barely hear each other. 2nd our server wasn’t amazing. She literally sent out the food and that was it. A pro is that the place was spacious.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Overpriced junk food.
  12. B

    Brianna

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Food was absolutely amazing. My biggest complaint would be the service. Food being delivered was slow as well as the service. The manager comped two of our drinks due to the frozen drink machine being broken. But the servers weren’t attentive at all.
  13. B

    Bill

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    So loud inside it hurt. Had to eat outside and chance the rain. Food was bland and boring. Service was good. She should work a better place.
  14. OO

    OneOf26

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    When my group of 7 arrived for our reservation, we were told we would have to wait. After about 15min, a new group of 8 arrived and were seated prior to us though they were just walk ins. This was more upsetting since it started raining while we were waiting. Once we were finay seated, we were short a setting and a chair. Chair was easily rectified, but we didn't get the missing table setting till food arrived. Only offered water refills after food arrived 1 time before we got our checks. Check was not split properly, but we managed it ourselves
  15. VT

    VictorT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Being asked to wrap up and leave by the Maitre'd... not really what I expected. Then being told that I could move over to the bar added insult to injury.
  16. K

    Krissy

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    The pan fried chicken noodles was awful. Covered in soy sauce and not flavorful. Best thing on the menu was probably the fried chicken with the (mambo sauce). Maybe I was miss lead by their Instagram post but the drinks were mediocre. Frozen monkey didn’t taste like it even had alcohol. I ordered another drink the Pinot Gres and was very sour. Almost like a lemonade. My daughter ordered a soda which was a bit flat. The ambiance was great I enjoyed the vibe. However, our waitress seem very overwhelmed and didn’t check back with us at all throughout our dinner. Not a place I would recommend to others.
  17. MH

    MarcH

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food is great! Cocktails are alright and could be improved.
  18. N

    Nichole

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    I was having a lovely time until the manager came over and told me I'd been there for 30 minutes and wanted to know when the other member in my party was coming (though I'd already ordered for both of us and the food had not come yet). He did the same thing to 2 other parties. The food was good, but I was very uncomfortable and won't be returning.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it here! I come at least one every two weeks. The vibe is always the same. Laid back and the servers are pretty friendly.
  20. DC

    DCFoodie

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The food was average/decent but the ambiance was lacking. The hostess sat us outside next to another couple when there were clearly other tables for two available (spread us out a little). Basically, it was like we were on their date with them because there was zero privacy and you can hear the entire conversation at the next table. Also, the couple clearly knew the server who ended up serving them free drinks etc. - remember we could hear everything, it wasn't cool. We probably won't go back there.
  21. ND

    NateDogg

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always chaplins never disappoints. It is beyond delicious.
  22. RP

    RobynP

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Small but tasty menu and fancy cocktails
  23. K

    Katie

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I love Chaplin’s. The food and drinks are amazing! It is super loud in there though (they tend to blast the music) so I wouldn’t go there if you’re trying to have an intimate conversation.
  24. p

    pbindc

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasty cocktails, Delicious food. Great service.
  25. A

    Amber

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic and their Pinot noir was incredible. I’ve gone few times and never had a bad service experience.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place with even better food.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience1
    This entire restaurant needs to be thoroughly cleaned. Bathroom was a bit gross (dirty walls, slimy sink, layer of dust on the air freshener, etc.) and it wasn't even a busy night. Everything looks tired and that made me sad. Even the food seemed tired. This place used to be so cute. I won't be coming back again until they make some changes.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Either higher an appropriate amount of staff or limit the number of customers.
  29. JP

    JPYG

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Don’t dine here with high expectations for their ramen. It’s terrible. The noodles were one big clumped glob. There were three of us dining, so three clumped globs of noodles per bowl. Can’t slurp a glob of noodles! Anyways, tried it once and won’t be back. There are better ramen spots in the area, so if you crave ramen then check those other spots out.
  30. WK

    WalkerKB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The patio is delightful for both food and people watching. I recommend the Spicy Stamina, and steamed gyoza!
  31. JW

    JayW

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Lively Ramen place with great views of Shaw and lots of ambience. Good place to take in the city energy. The mood was better than the food.
  32. M

    Mike

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best place in DC for outdoor happy hour. Can't beat it.
  33. D

    Diner1

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, drinks and service! The music was a bit loud, though.
  34. CL

    CandiceL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe , cool atmosphere, not really a family spot more of a hangout after work or date night
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I both love Ramen. We had dinner here while in DC and it was great! They have Happy Hour every day, 4-7, which is so fun! Definitely would dine here again!
  36. L

    Leena

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chaplins is truly a gem! The best food and drinks ever!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My roommate and I went for happy hour and it was outstanding!! Both inside and out had good vibes, even with a little bit of rain at one point it was just fine. The happy hour drink prices and super good and the cocktails are all unique but really well done, this would be a great first date spot I think :) if you want an extra fun experience, get “The Cure” and they toast the rosemary when they serve the drink!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Chaplins, the service is top notch and the happy hour deals can’t be beat. Solid choice for a weekday friends get together
  39. SM

    ScottM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    The laziest waitress I have ever experiences. She actually acted irritated that she had to walk to the other end of the table to take orders. She wanted to lean against the wall and have orders yelled at her. Drinks orders sat on the bar for so long that they were warm by the time they arrive. The restaurant was also miserably hot. This was the worst place I could have brough out of town business guests.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    I was actually very disappointed the server was very rude. A member from my group asked to speak to a manager two times and the manager never came. We had to go find her. The glasses were very dirty and had lip stains on it and the waitress got frustrated and slammed plates on the table. I actually eat here often and I was so ashamed that I recommended it. I hope they can resolve their staffing issues promptly

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Chaplin using the Order Online button. Chaplin also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 644-8806.

Chaplin is rated 4.6 stars by 1225 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 73 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Chaplin

1501 9th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Additional information

  • Cross street

    9th and P NW

  • Neighborhood

    Shaw

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–1:45 am Fri 4:00 pm–2:45 am Sat 12:00 pm–2:45 am Sun 12:00 pm–1:45 am Kitchen Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Asian, Ramen

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Mt. Vernon/Convention Center - Walk north on 7th Street 3 blocks and take a left on P Street. Chaplin's will be on your rightShaw/Howard - Use the R Street exit, walk south on 8th street towards Rhode Island Ave. Take a right on Rhode Island and then a left on 9th Street NW. Walk south 2 blocks. Chaplin's will be on your left.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern

  • Executive chef

    Myo Htun

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 644-8806

  • Private party facilities

    Chaplin's serves as a perfect venue for events both large and small. Our restaurant can fit up to 300 guests, and has smaller spaces to accommodate semi-private events. Our Events Packages can be customizable to fit any events needs!

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