Chaplin

4.7
988 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 988 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipWhitneyM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Chaplins is incredible. Great vibes, incredible service, super safe, and the ramen is delicious. Highly recommend for a chill happy hour on the patio.

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stever
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This restaurant was terrible in so many ways, including ambience, service and food. Starting with drinks, one drink (just a martini) wasn’t made right and the second came out after dinner was served. The « cure » cocktail looks like a a college party punch drink with a flaming tree of rosemary sticking out the top. I wasn’t sure if we should drink it or use it to scare away evil spirits! Food was just awful. How do you screw up edamame? Pork items had so much fat you had to have mining gear to find the meat. We paid (unfortunately) and left after taking a few bites. Very very disappointing.

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vipAsiemo
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There’s no place like Chaplins… With spacing of the tables you feel like you’re in your own private area yet you can feel the energy of others around you. And everyone who works there is always accommodating.

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Andrea
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My mom had a great time on Morher’s day and that’s all that mattered at that time.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paul and Jake are very good at their jobs

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Foodlover2000
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I heard about Chaplain’s about a year ago and finally got here last week and loved it. The selection of food, the way it was prepared, the vibe and service were all great and I plan to go back.

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LizNoe
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chaplin's serves delicious, authentic ramen and the cocktails are excellent. The food and drinks are cleverly named, and the theme of the restaurant comes through in the physical restaurant and decorations, food, and drinks. The Chaplin ramen is dark due to the nori, giving it a black and white look, just like the Chaplin silent films. The staff are very friendly and provide excellent service! If you sit inside, it can get a little loud, but outside is quieter and still has a great atmosphere!

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vipKate
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent noodles and great service. Plus pet friendly patio with water & treats.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved Tim!

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Cameron
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambience and service! Really enjoyed my time.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good for a drink and a snack. Not dinner or lunch

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Melanie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food and good vibes. Little slow on service but it was crowded.

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vipMeredithW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour specials and delicious food! The Cure cocktail is a favorite.

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viprevicita
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Always delicious, and great people watching from the patio!

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KJA20772
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have an awesome experience every time we dine here

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vipAdrian
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place every time!

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vipUser17
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to meet friends for a yummy meal and good cockstails!

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KeyaB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and ambiance was wonderful. I will definitely go again.

KJ
KJA20772
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and vibes!! I love coming to chaplins. The Chaplins A.S.S. Is the best And also the fried dumplings! Yummy

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kaitlfyden
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very efficient covid procedures that made us feel safe

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vipJLuX2
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

A lovely date night and even dog friendly. Nice cocktail that was large! (I got The Cure). The fried chicken was awesome - wish they served it with more sauce. we got two bowls of ramen. Both were quite good. The Soyou was nice but wish it was more flavorful or had more salt. The Tan Man was quite good too.

Nice outdoor seating and each table has its own heater.

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Dessertconnoisseur
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Wontons were decent. Service not the best. Good outdoor ambiance.

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JillianE
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Overall good experience

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DCien
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
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 on April 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great ambiance and service

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Maddie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
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
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, the food was incredible!

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Yuria
Washington DC
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
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ramen I’ve had in DC this far

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vipmoresauerkrautplease
Washington DC
16 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
5 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

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vipMsLadyT
Washington DC
33 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.

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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
Washington DC
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.

FAQs

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

Chaplin is rated 4.7 stars by 988 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.