Chaplin

4.7
940 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 940 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ColleenS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Felt comfortable with their outdoor dining.

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vipAudrey
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots for quality time with loved ones

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vipErikE
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
50 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
1 review
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
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Chaplin’s!

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

Valentine’s Day

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
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!

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vipEddie
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took very good care of us. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food and the staff is very accommodating. Thank you!

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Livvy
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to go during the pandemic!! Nice warm heaters outside and yummy veggie ramen!

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vipmarye
New England
26 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Outdoor seating only. Food served in plastic to go containers with plastic utensils. Food broth tasted like it was made with Maggi or chicken cube. Not worth the money.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food as always!! Loved how they’ve enabled the curtain border on the outside patio to separate the restaurant guests from the street.

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vipluv2eat
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We waited 20 minutes to be seated despite having a reservation. We were given complimentary warm drinks while we waited, a courtesy that we appreciated while we waited in the cold. Appetizer gyozas were good. Ramen A.S.S. was excellent, as always. My one complaint was actually a huge disappointment. Practically everything used for our meal service was single-use plastic. Plastic to-go containers for appetizers, plastic bowls for every main course, plastic flatware for each course. We try so hard to avoid using single-use plastics in our daily lives that it was really unsettling to see how much plastic was being used at this restaurant. We decided that we will not return until they resume using their normal dish-ware. We really don't want to support the rampant use of plastics like that.

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vipRandiP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pork dumplings ! Service is always spot on . Love this place !

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They’ve done a fantastic job adapting to COVID requirements and offered great outdoor dining service!!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Started with some appetizers: pork gyoza, ribs and pork belly, all really good. For drinks we tried the Tokyo tea and Daisy Duke, both really good. We then tried the Ramen with added corn and extra egg, really savory. Overall the food was really good, great friendly staff and good area.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love it here. It’s always a winner on a cold day!

MD
vipMissDC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chaplin is always great! I celebrated my birthday here with friends, but have been dining here often for the past couple of years now. The staff are always friendly and the manager (or owner?) is always so accommodating. If you like ramen, Chaplin is a sure bet. The ramen offerings (and starters) are so flavorful and filling. My favorite ramen dish is the Chaplin A.S.S., and the pork buns and gyoza never disappoint!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My bf and I always come here from time to time when we’re craving ramen. we love how they have vegan and vegetarian options. we always have a good time when we come here. we also get the veg. spicy miso ramen and get some add-ons. they veggie fried dumplings are BOMB

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time

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SaraC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to this restaurant a few times and the experience has always been great. The employees have a great vibe and the restaurant has high energy. Food is always phenomenal even during the pandemic.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Strange and wasteful that everything was served in takeout containers. Definitely made the evening less special. Would have been nice to know about that in advance.

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vipFJS81
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as usual

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The portions seems small with the plastic bowls but the taste was still great.

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Melissa
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place in DC, hands down!! Anytime my friends and I want to get together this is our first pick. The food is incredible - the best ramen you will find in the DC area without a doubt. The staff makes your experience better each time you go. Ari is the absolute best. He truly cares about every single person that walks through the doors, and goes out of his way to make sure you are having a great time. The GM, Gui, is awesome!! He always goes above and beyond and remembers you after just one visit. I have never had anything less than amazing here. If you want a great and fun server - ask for Jake!! He knows his stuff and always has the best food and drink recommendations!

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Stylist73
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very reliable all ways friendly service

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Ravali
Key West
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant with a cool vibe! The Ramen however was not authentic japanese. Felt more like a thai-japanese fusion!

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vipbloomingbeauty
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Delicious ramen and great service! Grateful for this place, especially on a chilly night :)

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Asiemo
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chaplins is the go-to local hangout that has that "We're All Family Here" vibe.

FAQs

Chaplin does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Chaplin also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 644-8806.

Chaplin is rated 4.7 stars by 940 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.