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The Best Chinese Food in Washington D.C.

The OpenTable Team

Our Nation's capitol is one of the most magical travel destinations in the country. Full of museums and monuments, eclectic neighborhoods and a true, local flavor, DC is a truly unique place. And it doesn't disappoint when it comes to dining choices either. The city's can't-miss restaurant scene offers everything from vegan-friendly steaks to raw bars with a focus on amazing ethnic cuisine. If you're in the mood for Chinese, we put together this list of the best Chinese food in DC so you know where to take your friends next time you're in town.

Restaurants:Mala Tang, Big Bowl-Reston, The Source by Wolfgang Puck
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Asian, Chinese
Neighborhoods:Arlington, Reston, Downtown
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Mala Tang

$$$$·Asian·
Arlington
473 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Come one, come all to sample some of the best Chinese food in DC - and have the experience of a lifetime! This awesome casual dining spot in the Arlington neighborhood of DC finds Read more
93% recommended
Asian in Washington, D.C. Area
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Big Bowl-Reston

$$$$·Chinese·
Reston
921 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Special Occasion
Big Bowl, located in the Reston neighborhood outside of DC, is the place to go for authentic Chinese and Thai food. Their Thai menu covers everything from spring rolls to Pad Thai Read more
92% recommended
Healthy in Virginia - DC Suburbs

The Source by Wolfgang Puck

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
3,596 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Head to Judiciary Square to try this famous Wolfgang Puck mainstay. Located adjacent to the Newseum, the restaurant feels like one of DC’s finest eateries and is always filled withRead more
86% recommended
Asian in Washington, D.C. Area

Dolan Uyghur

$$$$·Turkish·
Cleveland Park
29 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Creative Cuisine
This is a very unique restaurant that serves up traditional Uyghur cuisine, which are foods that aren’t found in many places in the United States. Dolan provides a taste of this cuRead more

Q by Peter Chang

$$$$·Chinese (Sichuan)·
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
476 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Spicy
  • Fit for Foodies
Another restaurant by the famous former chef of the Chinese Embassy, Q is Bethesda, Maryland’s answer to the best Chinese food in DC. Q stands for Qijian, which means flagship in CRead more
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Chef Guo

$$$$·Chinese·
Alexandria
7 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Chef Guo Imperial Banquet is the creation of Master Chef Guo Wenjun. It’s a fine dining establishment in Alexandria, just outside of DC, that is one of the best Chinese restaurantsRead more
100% recommended
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Ginger - MGM National Harbor

$$$$·Asian·
Oxon Hill
495 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Ginger serves up authentic Asian food in the Oxon Hill neighborhood at the MGM National Harbor. They cover it all here, including Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese fooRead more
Hot Spot in Washington, D.C. Area
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Asia Nine Bar and Lounge

$$$$·Asian·
Penn Quarter
1,420 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Pre/post Theatre
Asia Nine has some of the best Chinese food in DC along with a full menu of Thai, Japanese, Indonesian and Vietnamese to go along with it! They have a full service sushi bar, a boiRead more

TenPenh - Tysons

$$$$·Asian·
Tysons Corner / McLean
598 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
TenPenh Tysons is a charming and welcoming experience that will delight anyone who loves Asian cuisine. Located in the trendy Tysons Corner neighborhood in the Rainbow Building, thRead more
88% recommended
Asian in Washington, D.C. Area

Asian Origin

$$$$·Chinese (Sichuan)·
McLean
14 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Great for Lunch
  • Worth the Drive
Asian Origin is the brainchild of Sichuan chef Liu Chaosheng, who owns a whole gamut of restaurants across the Mid-Atlantic region. This is his flagship spot and he also owns the HRead more
86% recommended
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P.F. Chang's - Chevy Chase

$$$$·Asian·
Chevy Chase
33 reviews
  • Casual
  • Kid-friendly
  • Good for Groups
P.F. Chang’s is one of the best Chinese restaurants in the country, with locations all over the United States. It has roots in Chinese cooking and a menu featuring items that stretRead more
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Full Kee Restaurant

$$$$·Chinese·
Falls Church
It makes sense that you can find some of the best dining in town in DC’s Chinatown. Full Kee is easy to miss - it’s a small place with a little yellow awning but you can always spoRead more
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Peter Chang - Arlington

$$$$·Chinese·
Palisades Northwest
Peter Chang, a former chef for the Chinese Embassy, left his post there and began cooking at Chinese restaurants around the country. But every time devoted fans would find him he wRead more
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Panda Gourmet

$$$$·Café·
H Street Corridor
Panda Gourmet has an unassuming location in the lobby of a Day’s Inn on the Northeast side of town. People might not be able to find it that easily, but it is getting so popular thRead more
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A&j

$$$$·Chinese·
Annandale
A &J, one of the best Chinese restaurants in DC, is just outside of town in Fairfax. They specialize in dumplings here and foodies recommend that you order more than you’re cravingRead more
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Peking Gourmet Inn

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Arlington
Another Falls Church Institution, the Peking Gourmet Inn opened over 40 years ago and continues to be a favorite with locals and tourists alike. Here, the focus is on the duck, andRead more
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Yuan Fu Vegetarian

$$$$·Chinese·
Rockville
Yuan Fu Vegetarian, located in Rockville, is a paradise for vegetarians. They focus on sumptuous Chinese-style vegetarian and vegan plates, served in a relaxed and welcoming settinRead more
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Big Wang Cuisine

$$$$·Chinese·
Rockville
Located on Frederick Road in Derwood, Big Wang’s is one of the most highly-touted Chinese restaurants in the area. It’s a Schezuan-centric spot that focuses on the dry hot pot - anRead more
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Mark's Duck House

$$$$·Chinese·
Falls Church
Head to Falls Church for a meal at Mark’s Duck House, about 15 minutes from D.C. It is a small Cantonese restaurant that is famous for its lunchtime dim sum as well as the house spRead more
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China Bistro

$$$$·Chinese·
Rockville
Located in Rockville, China Bistro is a true hole-in-the-wall, an unassuming bistro that absolutely serves some of the best Chinese food in DC. Locals call it Mama’s Dumplings afteRead more
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