Chaplin

4.7
955 Reviews
$30 and under
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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 955 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.4
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DCien
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience3

I like the food at Chaplin but did not enjoy myself this time: I came there on a date and they sat us by an open door on a cold night. When we asked the waiter if he could kindly close the door he said “No”, and when we asked for an explanation he said “just because”. That left a bad taste in my mouth, particularly in these times when we are trying to support restaurants by dining in.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great ambiance and service

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Maddie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing server! Gave us great recommendations so the food was amazing, and above and beyond customer service. Seated right away even though we showed up an hour and a half before our reservation so the hostess was very accommodating on a busy night which is impressive. Overall 10/10

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, the food was incredible!

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Yuria
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Interesting cocktails, great food and fun staff. Can fully recommend this place for dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ramen I’ve had in DC this far

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vipmoresauerkrautplease
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food..music is a touch too loud making it hard to socialize.

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vipceantelo
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food!! Heaters!!

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vipChuck
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

If you like ramen you’ll love it here. Cocktail named “The Cure” is deadly good

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good meal, good service

ML
vipMsLadyT
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is chaplains was so delicious. I enjoyed my time and I took my roommate who Was trying Ramen for the first time in DC. I had an experience at a Ramen place the other day and I did not like it. I knew I had to be remedied so of course I want to chaplains to get the taste that I was looking for, in which I did. The service was OK, I have had better service, but given the pandemic I guess I would say most waiters have to stay away from their tables a bit more than usual just because of what’s going on. Other than that, it was fantastic.

LH
vipLatoyaH
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

My only recommendation is blinds. We sat at the window near the front and the sun was painful. Felt myself becoming overheated.

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OCof
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great cocktails and some creative twists on ramen. Great outdoor space in on a cozy corner.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my absolute favorites. The service staff let us put 2 tables across from each other to stick with covid protocols, but we were still able to feel like we were all together. Food is great. Drinks are great. The server even gave us complimentary shots because it was my birthday. 10/10

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Mike
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a reservation in the morning. Got sat quickly for an evening dinner. All dishes were served hot, quick and flavorful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

I enjoyed coming here when the place just opened (5-6 years ago?) but now it went downhill. Food, ramen particularly, is delicious, that’s why we do take out quite often but dining in experience has been bad again and again. Last time we came to enjoying the nice weather on the patio on Friday evening. When I came to check in our reservation , very unpleasant man that acted and looked more like a manager, definitely not like a welcoming host, just threw in my face that our table is not ready yet and that’s it. 20 min after our reservation time i came again to check on our table and this man once again acted very rude and said “your table already paid, I can’t kick them out”. I asked how long does he think it will take, because we came with the baby and we couldn’t just hang out near restaurant entrance forever, he said “it will happen eventually”. Is it my problem that they didn’t time our table or didn’t set the expectation for the dining in group sitting at our table? I don’t think so.
Our server Merybath was quite unfriendly too. She was very mild and in her own thoughts, kept forgetting stuff. Also, does wearing a mask mean server doesn’t have to smile? Guests could still feel a vibe, right. She was also wearing black sports hoodie... Waitress attire always speaks for the level of the restaurant.
Bathroom was pretty sad lookin with cracked sink , no paper towel machine, old door handle. Place clearly needs some renovation, nothing has changed since the opening several years ago.
I would love to support local business but this business doesn’t want to support its own customer and service quality level.

JD
JDFutbol
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and great service!!! Love the appetizers and ramen alike!

SC
SamanthaC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The best pork buns I’ve ever had, and the fried wontons were great as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience2

Terrible service but the food it’s so good that is one of my favorite restaurants. I almost always order to go .

RP
vipRandiP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food and best staff in DC! Always delicious and fun !

JS
vipJosephS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service! Highly recommend especially on the weekends!

AL
AmyL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Ramen and cocktails are always exceptional here. Weirdly they wouldn't give us tap water. The waiter said it was because of the pandemic but I've never heard that from any other restaurant. Service was very slow but courteous. Outdoor seating was spread out and comfortable.

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ColleenS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Felt comfortable with their outdoor dining.

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vipAudrey
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots for quality time with loved ones

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vipErikE
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would argue that this is the best Ramen in the city. I know there are many other great locations but Chaplin is my favorite!

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vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Felt like we were being rushed out from the second we arrived.

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vipdcwineguy
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great eve at Chaplin’s - home to some of the best ramen in DC. The ramen was amazeballs, as usual, as was the tori karaage chicken. Strong drinks, a great server, and the best heaters I’ve experienced so far in DC made it a stellar eve.

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vipNavyGuy
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, amazing!
Drinks, amazing!
People, amazing!
Ambiance, amazing!

Always banging and delicious.

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GGFromDC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

We were seated outside but there was a black tent and black fabric enclosure so it felt really dark. Food was served in plastic containers which is not at all environmentally friendly. If you want to eat from here I would recommend just ordering a take-out and eating at home.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Friend wanted to try pho and I had been a few times so thought it would be best location.

WD
WashD
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

We had to wait almost 20 minutes for our table. The service was extremely slow, we did not get any water despite asking for it three times. The Ramen was served in a throw away plastic bowl like it was take out food. The restaurant was extremely cold because the served and guests never closed the door to the patio.

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Lucy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food was bland, served in take out containers, and they charged us $1 for water

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Dirk
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place, great experience, great service and great menu

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Chaplin’s!

TB
vipTBEMD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chaplin’s never disappoints! The service was incredible, the food was delicious and the ambiance was a vibe. We ordered ribs, gyozas, chicken and shrimp shumai, various ramen dishes, the Japanese friend chicken and every dish was so tasty. I’ll be back! Thanks for making our Valentine’s Day dinner amazing.

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vipSRSR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great outdoor set up! Our waiter was incredible - tons of positive energy.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and drinks as always. Propane heaters at every outdoor table.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Never disappointed when I dine at chaplins!

FAQs

Chaplin offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 644-8806.

Chaplin is rated 4.7 stars by 955 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.