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Mandu - 18th Street

4.2
324 reviews
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$30 and under
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Korean
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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About

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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Cuisines
Korean
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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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Neighborhood
Additional
Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
3.7
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 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!!

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2017

Delicious food! Will come back!

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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined on May 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined on March 4, 2017

I usually love Mandu, but all of us had beef that was tough and nervy and dry this time - odd. I got the Bulgogi which is usually amazing - but it was awful this time. Maybe a very odd "off day" - but Korean beef is usually so tender and juicy - and usually it is at the 18th St Mandu, but not this time. Ugh.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2017

My friends and I absolutely love this place!! Never a bad time and the service and food are amazing!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2017

This was our first time to Mandu. The food was delicious and the service was great! No complaints. It was a little more casual than I was expecting, but it was fine. We started with the pan-fried vegetable dumplings which were amazing. They then offered a plate with small servings of kimchee, pickled cucumber slices, potatoes and soy sauce, broccoli with sesame seeds, sautéed tofu and bean sprouts. They were each so good! I ordered the bibim bap with tofu and loved it. The spicy bean curd is served on the side so you can decide how spicy you want it. My husband ordered the chicken thighs and potatoes. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful. We will definitely go back again.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2017

We sat in outside seating because the restaurant itself is not handicap accessible. However in warm weather the atmosphere outside is great. Would recommend!

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2017

I went to Mandu's to celebrate some birthdays and it was such a great time. Walking in the hostess was friendly and escorted us to our table. The server followed him with a pleasant attitude and walked us through the menu. The food was so good. We had various meals that were easy to share with the group. I would like to go back for their happy hour specials soon.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2017

This place hit the spot. Delicious Korean food - the gracious staff fielded all my sons questions - what's that? Kind staff. Warm and comfortable environment. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2017

I have been 3 times to this Mandu location and have been enormously satisfied with the food and service each time. Appetizers and main courses are all attractive and delicious. The staff each time we went was courteous, responsive, and extremely helpful with food allergies. I highly recommend Mandu to those of all ages. Great ambiance for adults but kids are welcomed there too.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

The service was spectacular even though it was very crowded on Valentine's Day 2017. I found the food to be good and well worth the price I paid. Our orders got confused but both the waiter and manager were quick to make amends. Considering how busy they were the mix-up was quite understandable. Korean food for me is delicious and this restaurant serves good Korean Food. Parking is a bit tight so you may want to take an Uber. W

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2017

The service was good and the food acceptable, which is probably more than one can expect on Valentines' Day.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2017

Great meal. Always have good experiences with Mandu!

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2017

Great lunch spot with amazing food.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2017

First time trying Korean food aside from one of the Korean BBQ places like Kogiya/Iron Age/Honey Pig. We went for restaurant week and loved the menu from top to bottom. The mandu were all very tasty, and I loved the rice porridge we had for the third course. The main course was very tasty (my friend had the bibimbap in the stone bowl, while I had the spicy bulgogi), and the quantity of food was great.

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2017

Great food, great service and good for celebrating a birthday.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2017

We went for a joint birthday for 2 friends. There were 4 of us altogether and we easily fit at a table (actually the same table we had last year--did they know?) Food was very good and the service was also unusually good. Good balance of "standard" Korean with some other items that you don't usually see in the States.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2017

A wonderful experience. Outstanding food, friendly vibe, a sheer delight.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2017

I love this place. The food is always consistently good, it's one of my go to places!

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3.0Dined on January 7, 2017

The food was great but the service was awful. It took 20 minutes for a server to come to our table. We had to ask the hostess for our server to order drinks. One of the servers dropped a sauce all over my friend. The server didn't even try to remedy the situation. Then, they brought one of my friends meals out with the appetizers, instead of with the entrees.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2016

We visit D.C. For a family get together every year and discovered Mandu a few years ago. Since then, we always eat there when we are in DC. The dumplings are a favorite, and the entrees are always delicious . This is a favorite spot near DuPont Circle.

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4.0Dined on December 17, 2016

Very good. Nice service!

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2016

I have been craving good mandu and this reminded me of the outstanding food I ate when I visited Seoul. 고맙습니다

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4.0Dined on November 30, 2016

Uncompromisingly good Korean food at reasonable prices. The service was prompt, friendly, and well informed. No coffee, but teabags available.

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4.0Dined on November 13, 2016

Had a great brunch here, which is served only on saturday and sunday. Comes with korean beef, two zucchini pancakes, hash browns, an omlette, side dishes, mocci, and 4 pieces of breakfast sushi for only $15. All delicious, and was 2 meals worth of food for me.

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3.0Dined on November 12, 2016

House wine was terrible; opaque, bubbly; asked for it to be changed and was brought back exactly the same thing.

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2016

Happy hour Mandu is the best!

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2016

Restaurant is too loud, but is great! I had the dolsot bibimbap.

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