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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!!
Delicious food! Will come back!
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
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.
This used to be a great place. Unfortunately, my last experience there was terrible. So sad.
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.
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.
Excellent service and very good food. Dumplings 4/5; scallion pancake 2.5/5; bulgogi entree 4/5.
The food was excellent and our waiter was knowledgeable and very good.
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.
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.
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.
BiBimBap was authentic and delicous....easy to make vegan choices!
Wonderful, interesting food -great service! Happy hour is lively and loud - so a little hard to have conversation during that time!
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.
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.
My friends and I absolutely love this place!! Never a bad time and the service and food are amazing!
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.
We sat in outside seating because the restaurant itself is not handicap accessible. However in warm weather the atmosphere outside is great. Would recommend!
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.
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!
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.
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
The service was good and the food acceptable, which is probably more than one can expect on Valentines' Day.
Great meal. Always have good experiences with Mandu!
Great lunch spot with amazing food.
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.
Great food, great service and good for celebrating a birthday.
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.
A wonderful experience. Outstanding food, friendly vibe, a sheer delight.