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Mama Rouge

3.6
85 reviews
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$50 and over
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Southeast Asian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem

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Bangkok Joe's makes its customers happy by providing great gluten-free food. The restaurant is also famous because it offers awesome Thai cuisine to the visitors. From the inside the restaurant's attire is casual, but comfortable. The place is good for dining out with large groups of guests.

People were extremely disappointed when Bangkok Joe's closed its doors a few years ago. Now that it's back on the road, flocks of orders rush for the delicious treats. Popular entrees in Bangkok Joe's menu include the chicken basil kapow, penang chicken curry, dumpling and rolls. Cocktails and alcohol beverages are also offered. The Bangkok iced tea is often found to be refreshing after a full course meal. A thing which seems fascinating to all visitors is that the food is not very much Thai in its presentation and taste. In fact, it's more of a modern Americanized Thai cuisine.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Southeast Asian, French
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday, 11:30am - 10pm
Friday - 11:30am - 11pm
Saturday - 10:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday, 10am - 9pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(202) 333-4422
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Aulie Bunyarataphan
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Thomas Jefferson Street & K Street
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Parking details
There are three hourly garages on K Street as well as metered on-street parking close by.
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Public transit
The closest Metro stop is Foggy Bottom: Blue/Orange Lines @ 2301 I St. NW.
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.6based on all time ratings
3.6
food
3.6
service
3.8
ambience
1.0
value
Noise · Moderate
73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on October 13, 2015

I've been to this restaurant twice and both times it was nearly empty. I had the red curry and chicken cashew nuts dishes. Both were all right but nothing special. Bottles of wine are priced well and the happy hour is uncrowded and a relatively good deal. This seems like a nice, low-cost-for-DC, casual place, as long as you lower expectations on the food before ordering.

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5.0Dined on September 18, 2015

Great food! Great service! Great restaurant! I would definitely return here.

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1.0Dined on September 6, 2015

I decided to go to Mama Rouge for my bday and I was very disappointed. The food took Over an hour to arrive and the waiter brought out the wrong order for a couple of people in my party. Instead of taking it back and apologizing the waiter questions them saying "you can't eat that?" Poor service and the food was over cooked and not hot.

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3.0Dined on September 5, 2015

Our waiter was prompt, attentive and friendly. We ordered summer rolls. The food was ok but the sauce was watery. My husband ordered pad thaï. His food was ok but not great. A little tasteless. I ordered pineapple fried rice and it was good. The food arrived fast. The location and decor was lovely.

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5.0Dined on September 5, 2015

Welcome by manager friendly and professional. Tuan, our server, was efficient, knowledgeable and attentive. Appetizers (calamari and coconut shrimp), mains (seafood curry, Massaman, pad Thai, and ginger veggies), and desserts were delicious, flavorful and professionally presented and served. We also enjoyed the "Enfants Terribles" red, deftly opened and poured by Tuan (who ensured glasses were never empty) ... and we ordered and relished a second bottle. We did not have the opportunity to sample a nicely crafted cocktail this time ... but we'll be back!!

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4.0Dined on August 25, 2015

Great food but be careful of over-salting. The fried rice was very over-salted. Summer rolls great; pad Thai too.

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2.0Dined on August 20, 2015

In town for work and eating alone on a slow night, only two other tables with people, ordered the Banh Mi and was brought Pho, when I questioned it, the waiter said that is what I ordered. After I corrected him he offer to replace the food but it so long to get that order I said I would just eat it. Okay, but nothing to return for in the future. Got billed for the wrong item in the check. There are so many other places to eat at in Georgetown, no reason to return.

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4.0Dined on August 16, 2015

Grownup version - French bread -go with the bananas foster sauce.

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3.0Dined on July 24, 2015

Was expecting a cute place with good food, got a cute place. My food was not at all what the menu said, I got the pad Thai that was supposed to have been cooked peanut sauce. It must have been a thin oil they maybe put a drop of in. It was like eating super salty cooked noodles with undercooked salty veggies and just disappointing. I even flagged the waitress down for sauce and after bringing me literally oil first then brought me sauce, she didnt even look at me or say anything, just dropped it on the table. She seemed absentminded and never checked on us, I had gotten the sauce halfway throught my meal simply because she didn't pay attention to us and I had finally called her to please come for sauce and water. My friends Chicken fried rice was incredibly dry and she had to ask for soy sauce to drench it to make it edible. My other friend was pleased with her meal, so could have just been the dishes we got? But the service was unimpressive for a fairly pricy meal.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2015

This is not one of those brunches where there is a huge buffet of dozens and dozens of items. There is a relatively small limited menu. What's so wonderful is that the menu has a few classics such as eggs benedict as well as some atypical items such as a brief/apricot crepe topped with a light honey mustard (light on the mustard too!) sauce w/mixed summer greens. Absolutely outstanding and at a fantastic price as well

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3.0Dined on July 12, 2015

The location, decor and service at Mama Rouge were great. We were a little disappointed in the food which didn't seem to be anything special -- especially in an area where there is so much excellent Vietnamese food. We should have known there might be an issue when several items we were interested in were out. The dumplings and spring rolls seemed like ones you can get in the freezer section. The banh mi was good but the lemongrass vermicelli noodles were pretty bland. We wished the food was as personable as our waiter, who was very friendly.

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1.0Dined on July 11, 2015

The wait staff, while polite, were totally unresponsive. Basic things were not attended to, such as water for our party of five (we had to ask three times for water). Service was slow, and we had to ask repeatedly for the status of our orders. The onsite manager told us we would receive an appetizer on the house, due to the mess-up on our reservation (another issue), but when we got the bill, we were charged for the appetizer. When we brought this up, the manager took our bill to adjust it and never returned! After waiting 20 minutes, we decided to leave cash on the table to cover the cost of food but no tip. We rarely do this, but felt that the poor service should not be reinforced. The restaurant was not very crowded so we were at a loss to understand why the service was so poor. Food was OK.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2015

Decor, food, price, service, etc. All of the above is amazing. Had Beef with Fat Noodle entreé with spring rolls and everything is FRESH. Will definitely go back for the affordable fresh food that was way above average.

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2015

The food is better than the Thai place that was here before this restaurant opened. The service was very nice. The waitress was very patient with the kids in our group who were very roudy. I will recommend it if you're looking to spend an evening with family at the waterfront and eat a hearty meal which is not exorbitantly priced just a few steps from the boardwalk.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2015

Great location at Georgetown Harbor! Happy hour 4-7 has $5.00 drink and cocktail specials - they were great! I had the $18.00 mixed grill with brisket and chicken - meats were prepared in an asian fusion style and were fantastic. Loved this place will go back. Nice open floor plan.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2015

The bottomless mimosas and brunch menu were incredibly delicious. The savory crepes, eggs Benedict, and maple French toast are a must try!

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2.0Dined on July 3, 2015

We thought it was a little strange this was the only place on Opentable that had seating for 10 on a Friday night at the Georgetown waterfront. Three of us sat at the bar whilst waiting for the rest of our party to arrive. There were only 4 other people seated at the bar. The bartender did not tell us about any specials, didn't take our order for at least 10 minutes, then about 5 minutes later the hostess from the front came over and asked us again what we'd ordered. When we tried to close out, the credit card machine declined all three of our cards, so she surmised their system was having a problem. Luckily we had enough cash to cover it. After we moved to our table and ordered, our food arrived and we waited 10 minutes and never saw our waitress. We ended up raising our hands until another server passed by and saw us, so we could ask for a knife and extra sauce.

In summary: There's a reason this place isn't packed on a Friday night when every other restaurant is!

The Good: The calamari appetizer was great. Our entrees were good (I love when a restaurant has pork belly!). Drinks were decent but had too many ingredients for me.

The Bad: The service was absolutely terrible. I almost never tip less than 20%, but I was completely fed up by the time we managed to get our checks.

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2.0Dined on June 21, 2015

Despite the prime location the restaurant was empty. The expensive, uninspiring food, with inadequate service is a good indication as to why no one was in there.

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2015

I had wanted to take some out of town friends somewhere scenic in DC and looked up places by the water. I had been to Farmers Fishers and Bakers a few times and wanted to try something new in the surrounding area. We were deciding between Sequoia and Mama Rouge. I had not heard much about Mama Rouge but the menu looked interesting so we gave it a go. We ended up running late for our reservation and I must say the staff were incredibly accommodating. We sat outside and our service was not the best. Numerous times, people tried to put down drink and food orders that were not ours. Busboys also kept coming by to take away plates that still had food on them. The waiter gave me a drink recommendation of the Ritz something or other, which came out and tasted awful. I ended up giving it to my bf and ordering something else. The food took a LONG time to come out. If we weren't visiting with friends, it would have been an incredibly long meal. We ordered calamari which wasn't what I expected. It seemed like a frozen kind and not the kind you get in a restaurant. As for the entrees, I had the pad thai and frankly, I've had better. I also was surprised there was tofu in it - ick. :-P I thought it was just chicken and shrimp. My boyfriend had a curry dish and he liked it. The ambiance was nice here but if I can get a reservation elsewhere, I probably won't be making it back here. It's closer to the street than the water. Also something to note.

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3.0Dined on May 24, 2015

enjoyed the food, but were severely disappointed with the service. Tried several appetizers, and recommend the shrimp dumplings. The vermicelli and hot noodle dishes were good, though a friend thought the duck a l'orange was syrupy sweet mess. Restaurant was not full, yet our table of 5 was rushed from the beginning. Rushed to order, entrees coming out on top of appetizers, and items forgotten. Our server was generally unpleasant, but we did find the assistant staff of busers and food runners very friendly and helpful. It was near the beginning of dinner service, but they were out of countless choices - including pancakes and at the end coffee (yes, we were told the restaurant was entirely out of coffee).

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2015

Pleasant surroundings ... seated promptly ... great, friendly service by Esrom ... delicious entrees (massaman and squash curries, soy salmon, coconut shrimp). We'll be back!

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2.0Dined on May 16, 2015

My wife and I were excited to try out this new restaurant, but were sorely disappointed in the quality of the food and the beverages. Service was decent, but somewhat slow. Overall, I would not recommend going here. Though it's billed as a French-Chinese fusion, it's much closer to a French-Vietnamese fusion, which frankly, doesn't work. Most dishes just seemed to be an Americanized Vietnamese dish without any French elements whatsoever. Even had there been French elements, or had this been a true fusion, I'm not sure those kinds of tastes go well together.

I ordered a "Siracha Bloody Mary," but it tasted like a mixture of soy sauce and ketchup. It had very little spice and I couldn't even stand to drink all of it before giving up--a rare thing when I order drinks at dinner. Truly, it was awful and a huge portion of the reason I'll never go back there.

I also ordered a Beef with Fat Noodles dish. The meat was ok, but the noodles were subpar and the portions were small considering the price and that it was a dinner plate, not a lunch plate.

The location is great, as it's right on the waterfront in the Foggy Bottom area. There are dozens of other restaurants within walking distance, however, and I would try each and every one of them before going back to this place.

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3.0Dined on May 15, 2015

We were one of a handful of tables, and we had reservations, yet inexplicably, we waited over an hour for our food to be served. Food came out piecemeal, and while some things were tasty, most were just OK. Our waiter was not at all knowledgeable about the menu, and had to retreat to the back to answer even simple questions. Luckily, we were seated outside on a beautiful day, so we just enjoyed each others' company while waiting. In total, we were there for nearly 2.5 hours, with more than a 60 minute wait between ordering and the arrival of the first plate.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2015

The food varied from good to ok- The flank steak was dificlt to cut with a knife!! The service was alright until after we finsihed our main course. It was my son's birthday so we were going to enjoy a nice dessert and sing to him. Instead, at the end of the main course, the server arrived with our check! Needless to say, we did not have dessert and left a small tip. We went elsewhere and continued the celeration!

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2.0Dined on May 8, 2015

Service was well-meaning but haphazard. The real problem was that the quality of the food does not match the prices Mama Rouge charges. The server told me that my entree came with vegetables -- meaning three pieces of sauteed onion. It was barely lukewarm and the noodles had started to congeal. I have been there four times in the last year, and the food is always over-marinaded or over-sauced and way too sweet. This was the last time for me!

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2.0Dined on April 25, 2015

The Vietnamese French mix souned fun but the venue does not live up to ite potential. The staff spent most of their time laughing together in the aisle next to the kitchen. The food was slow in coming and overcooked when it got to the table. The music made it hard to hear. Potentially a hot spot in Washington Harbour, but a real missed opportunity. Expect it to close unless they make it more welcoming.

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1.0Dined on April 23, 2015

Mama Rouge opened up recently Oct 2014. I was hoping that it would be as good of the previous restaurant. But it was horrible. The flank steak could not be chewed at all. Duck was bad. Sandwich was not good. Only the appetizer- spring roll was ok. I took my friends from CA to that place. I wish I had not. The restaurant needs to get their act together for that location with those prices.
They can make and advertise of the quality as a fast food place not a restaurant. Of course their service was slow. Pot belly's sandwiches are better than this restaurant. I am not sure if they even had a kitchen there. Now that I think about it maybe not. It seemed like they bring the items from another location. Horrible experience.

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2015

We were a group of four for early dinner. Waiter was great: personable, knowledgeable, attentive while giving room to breathe.
The disappointment came with the mixed drinks: odd tasting, small and not worth the price. Liked the Flying Dog beers, though.
Outdoor seating was fun for people watching, but general area around tables felt neglected and lacking in spiff.

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2.0Dined on April 11, 2015

Off night or what, but our experience was horrible. Our reservation was early on a Saturday, but with few people in the restaurant including those waiting to be seated, they were already overwhelmed and an unnecessary log-jam happened at the door.
Our waiter was not able to answer any of our questions aboutsome of the Asian food on the menu. Our dinners arrived as soon as our apps were cleared and none of it was very good. Our wIter disappeared so our check was handled by another waiter.
Not sure why all the problems -- of course Saturday night in Georgetown is going to get crazy, but this was more than that.

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1.0Dined on April 10, 2015

Mama Rouge is such a disappointment. Mediocre food that isn't any better than a low end local Chinese restaurant. Why pretend it is Vietnamese with French influence. Spring roll was like a frozen Giant food version. Service was lousy especially over pour on the wine. A pretty restaurant that should have low lights but instead fully lit like a cafeteria. Don't bother going.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2015

Absolutely wonderful food (althought Pho is not very authentic). The only drawback for us and what will keep us from going there regularly is the noise level.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2015

I think mama rouge is still trying to decide which they want to be. It's a beautiful space and the food was delicious. But one of the managers told us they wanted to attract the "beautiful people" and so they cranked up the club music which made the decibel level of the place go into full gear. Mind you, this was around 6:30 on a weeknight. Therefore my friends and I had to yell to be heard. Service was a bit spotty. The waiter was very attentive at first but then would disappear for awhile. We realized he was going somewhere to smoke since we could smell it when he returned to our table. Restaurant owners, please DO NOT allow your staff to do this. It's very offensive to customers to smell smoke and be ignored. This should be a policy at every restaurant. That said. I'd give it another try because the food is so good.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2015

Went to Mama Rouge with my family for a great dinner. Beautiful decor. Great menu with a variety of cuisines.

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2.0Dined on March 13, 2015

We we excited to try this new place for a Friday date-night. Unfortunately we found the food, service and ambiance underwhelming. This may be a good play for late night dinner or for a group of friends, however.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2015

Service was great from the moment we walked in the door. The hostess and waiter were both great with recommendations - suggesting the salmon, which now I can also recommend. I absolutely loved it! The pork dumplings were good too! The interior has a really nice decor. We were a little early for a dinner - dining at 615 - so it wasn't very crowded or noisy - it was a little too quiet to start out but picked up as the night went on. As for drinks, there were good but not too great. Overall, I would recommend this place!

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2.0Dined on February 20, 2015

We decided to try this as a replacement for Bangkok Joes. Our waiter was wonderful and tried to direct us to possible decent menu items. Our food was mediocre at best and I would prefer to stick to my usual places for asian food. I'm not sure I saw anything, I would call fusion. Food was bland and missing all the wonderful flavors they should have had. I know its not fair to compare them with their predecessor, but it might help them to hire the previous owner/chef for consultation.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2015

I live in the neighborhood, and had been wanting to try this place out. Everything was great - the food was fantastic (pork belly bao buns and briskett bahn mi were amazing). They let us taste the wines before committing to buy a bottle, which I really appreciated. Overall, it was a wonderful experience, and we will definitely be back here again soon!

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2.0Dined on February 20, 2015

The Lemongrass Pork Pho was meh -- no real flavor in the broth; not enough meat. The veggie spring rolls were good; lettuce wraps were mediocre; crab/scallion pancakes were mediocre as well. They should find a different method for setting the table......silverware in metal cups is inconvenient and awkward.
We had three people waiting on us; none of whom had any real personality or were helpful beyond average.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2015

We went for Valentines day on the recommendation of a friend and because of the snow were a bit late but the restaurant took care of it and still managed to get us a table 40 minutes later. The service was great and the food very good (a bit spicy). I recommend !!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2015

the food was solid. the drinks (i had a ritz 75) were very good. I was not expecting the french element to the food. I got the mixed plate platter with barbeque and the green beens were excellent, the meat was tender and the cheese potatoes were really good. As for the asian, we had the dumplings, bao buns, and the yellow curry squash bowl with chicken. The dumplings tasted and looked like they came out of the frozen section of costco, The barbeque chicken bao buns were actually a barbeque chicken breast like you have on July 4th weekend. The curry soup was actually pretty good but it didn't have much of a flavor burst. The chocolate roll was not good at all. wet and the cream was hard.

My final notes: "Southeast Asian Bistro" is misleading. The good food is the french food. The asian food is no good. So that is my recommendation to everyone. Overall experience 3/5 stars

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