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Mandu - 18th Street

324 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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Mandu opened in the fall of 2006 by Chef Yesoon Lee and her two children, Jean and Danny. Located on 18th street in Dupont, Chef Lee presides over the kitchen making sure that the recipes and dishes taste as she was originally taught being raised in Seoul. Her specialty is creating homestyle Korean dishes that one would enjoy in her own kitchen. Jean and Danny run the operations and service, making it a fun and energetic environment that provides the comfort and ease of a neighborhood restaurant. In January 2011, Mandu expanded to another location at the City Vista building in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:30am - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 588-1540
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
Mandu offers 2 rooms for private dining that can seat up to 75 people. Our restaurant is great for hosting birthday parties, wedding rehearsals, business luncheons and many other events.
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Private party contact
Diana Pollack: (888) 654-8086
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Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout
What 324 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OriginalDC (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 24, 2017

I was just there for dinner, but about a month ago I was there for brunch and it was amazing. Their normal menu is pretty good, but there's something about their brunch that's extra appealing to me. This is a really good place to introduce people to Korean food. I don't drink, but their happy hour is AMAZING!!

vipJoyce (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 21, 2017

Delicious food! Will come back!

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on June 12, 2017

The food was remarkable, fresh, delicious and a good mix of vegetarian options. Service was excellent. Cocktails were spot on. Serviceable wine and beer selection

OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on June 6, 2017

Mandu has tasty, creative Korean specialties on the menu, and there should be something for everyone, even the novice. The starter dumplings are soft pillows, the pork with seared vegetables to be piled into lettuce leaves with hot sauce -- yummy and you get to eat with your hands! The staff are very nice, informative, attentive, and do not hover. There is limited outdoor seating; the indoor seating is not overly squished-in, and the wooden chairs are comfortable. Warning for those having trouble with steps -- restrooms are upstairs; the noise level is such that you may have to raise your voice to converse. However, those small issues aside -- it is all about the food: We had our second meal at Mandu last week, and both times the dishes were delicious, well cooked and well-presented. Highly recommend.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

This used to be a great place. Unfortunately, my last experience there was terrible. So sad.

Dana (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 12, 2017

I absolutely love Mandu. I don't live in DC anymore, but every time I visit I make sure to stop here. Awesome food with a lot of variety in flavor and spices. Cocktails are always on point and happy hour is an amazing deal. I've never brought someone here who wasn't a huge fan.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on May 6, 2017

I came for bibimbap and my girlfriend had a beef soup. The portions were quite generous and the food was fantastic. They have hear happy hour deals as well.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on May 6, 2017

Excellent service and very good food. Dumplings 4/5; scallion pancake 2.5/5; bulgogi entree 4/5.

Steve74 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 6, 2017

The food was excellent and our waiter was knowledgeable and very good.

Widness (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on April 29, 2017

Food is awesome and very reasonable. Dolsot bimbim bap for $16. Beer selection could be better, nothing on draft. I prefer the City Vista location. Try to get there before happy hour ends at 7.

vipcarolgalaty (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 21, 2017

This is a terrific restaurant when you want a break from the usual food one finds at good restaurants and especially when you want to take friends out for a new experience. The Korean food is delicious, the atmosphere is cozy down stairs and outside (a little less so upstairs) and the price is modest. The Bibimbap (SP?) in the stone bowl is my favorite. We have taken many guest who eat out at good restaurants a lot; most of them had never had authentic Korean food and they've loved it. It seems the 20 and 30-something generations have discovered it recently and it has become very popular so reservations are highly recommended.

Claire (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on April 3, 2017

We visited Mandu (we are Korean) and found that the food was not authentic, with little flavor, and too expensive for what we got. it was really disappointing.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on March 24, 2017

BiBimBap was authentic and delicous....easy to make vegan choices!

vipJudi (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on March 22, 2017

Wonderful, interesting food -great service! Happy hour is lively and loud - so a little hard to have conversation during that time!

vipNYDiner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on March 13, 2017

This was a middle of the road Korean meal. We both had Bulgogi which was brought to the table cooked as opposed to having a open charcoal or gas cooker. It was tasty but lacked the flexibility and freshness of a meal prepared at the table. The pear cocktail was refreshing.