Mokomandy

4.7
1970 reviews
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Modern. Korean. Cajun. Mokomandy is a casual fine-dining restaurant located in Sterling, VA. We offer an eclectic menu of American, Korean, and Cajun dishes that complement one another, resulting in an unprecedented dining experience. Born from a Korean-American father and a Cajun mother, President Thaddeus Kim has assembled a team of culinary professionals dedicated to delivering the freshest quality ingredients to our customers.

Mokomandy understands that every guest is different and may have dietary restrictions or allergies to certain foods. We pride ourselves in our ability to address our customers’ needs when possible. Please feel free to tell our servers about any special requests.

We look forward to seeing you at Mokomandy!
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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is always great. Have gone there 50+ times over the years as it’s walking distance. I wish there were some healthier options added like any green vegetable or possibly salad-ish dish. Closest thing is really the ssam or kimchi but after so many years they could branch out. The menu does enjoy frequent refreshes and new dishes but they usually tend toward heavier prep methods. Still an outstanding place to dine. Lucky we live so close! They do not offer a pick up / take out option which I can understand but I met a woman in there recently drinking alone at the bar just so she could order food to take it home with her (she didn’t want to eat alone but wanted their food). That seemed downright silly to me. They told her she had to order at the restaurant and then they could box it up for her. Strange.

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JG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everyone in our party of 4 loved your restaurant and our server Phil who took great care of us.

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j
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent and unique.

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k
Richmond
353 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always enjoy dining at Mokomandy! Very unusual dishes you can't find anywhere else and almost never disappoints. We had cucumber salad, stuffed mushrooms, Arctic char and steak. All was good but our ribeye steak was a little tough. Mentioned it to server when they noticed it was hardly touched. Chef agreed and they took it off our bill. Appreciated that even though it wasn't expected. Great restaurant and service!

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MB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Second time here. Food is very good, but something was going on Saturday night. Nobody said anything, but drinks and food were very slow to get to our table. A couple of drinks were incorrect the first time, which the server rectified. And the food took forever, but it tasted delicious. I think it was just an off night, and we’ll try again!

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Drink service was slow. Need an additional bartender for the weekend.

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T
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An odd location for a a fantastic restaurant. Don’t let the strip mall scare you off, this is definitely worth your time. Loved both the Korean inspired dishes and the Cajun dishes. Great jambalaya and kimchi, very odd to see these on the same menu but it works! Great restaurant.

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A
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I’ve had in a long time. Really just food popped with flavor and unexpected combinations. Will be back again soon.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious. The staff is fantastic. They were accommodating to a group of 8 and were happy to seat us.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Superb and interesting take on Korean fusion food.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was outstanding as was the food!

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K
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate at the bar- bartender was awesome and entertaining!

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LT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Mokomandy since it opened I have never been disappointed with the food or the staff.

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JI
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service is outstanding and the staff is very helpful with menu choices and suggestions. The cocktail menu is interesting and delicious. The interpretation of classics is very inventive and well worth the price.

We enjoyed the bison dumplings and ssam (pork in lettuce cups) the most, but we've had almost everything on the menu and it's all good...a very interesting fusion of Korean and Cajun.

This is a great place for foodies and the pacing of the small plates is well done.

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s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service - above and beyond, and the food was delicious and beautifully plated!

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DW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is outstanding every time we have dinner there!

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CP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our 4th visit to Mokomandy's and it did not disappoint, for which we're grateful as we were introducing 4 friends to the place. They all loved it. I am always amazed at the perfection of flavor and seasoning of each dish. They do such a wonderful job. I look forwarding to introducing more friends for our next visit. I do recommend reservations.

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YM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time. The food was delicious.

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g
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy the food and ambience> It keeps us coming back!

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DP
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was a very busy weekend and it was noisy. Even though we always come early, it was still busy on a Friday night. The people were friendly and the staff did well to keep up with all the people, but it was not what we were used to. We are used to coming during the week and it is much quieter and relaxed during those times.

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AC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mokomandy is always our go-to restaurant. It is the BEST in the area!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was slow for some reason. Been here several times before but was unusually slow this time. Over 30 min for first small plate to come out.

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TM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Don't let the fact that they are in a strip mall in Sterling, VA fool you. This is a serious restaurant putting out serious food and serious cocktails. Usually fusion concepts suffer from mediocrity, but the chef here pulls it off and delivers good food with above average presentation. That is not to knock the presentation though. The menu lends itself to sharing and they want you to feel comfortable, so the presentation reflects that. The service falls along similar lines: familiar, attentive without being overbearing, and consultative. This was my second visit, and I will almost certainly be back for another.

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CM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Mokomandy for a birthday dinner. Sky our waitress was fabulous and explained the menu and patiently addressed all our questions. Other wait staff kept our water glasses full. Ready to go back again for dinner.

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LA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mokomandy never disappoints, their food is always delicious and imaginative! The staff is super friendly and welcoming! It’s just like coming home for dinner!

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d
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful food that is consistently delicious. The staff always make me feel welcome

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CR
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place! Best drinks, best food! Amazing bartender Hunter made our evening great

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P
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food..first experience at Mokomandy and have already recommended to others.

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SD
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are frequent diners at Mokomandy. The food and service are always outstanding. We LOVE the Bulgogi Beef and Housemade Noodles. The Kings Cake Bread Pudding is PERFECT.

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DM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love, love, love Mokomandy. Chef is forward-thinking--Food is ALWAYS terrific. Only difficult part is deciding what to try next. Prices are reasonable considering the quality of ingredients.

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MD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great, very creative and we loved the choices of small servings for sharing. Nice selection of craft beers.

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P
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is terrific. Only complaint is the wine list is awful....do you permit BYO with a corking fee? And how about more than IPAs on the beer selection....how about Stella, Coord, or other traditionals?

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VA
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been coming to Mokomandy since it opened and are never disappointed. The Korean based dishes are the best!

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DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always! Has been amazing food and service every time I've been here. Have brought friends here and noone ever leaves disappointed.

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DP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently good food and always good service. We had shrimp and grits the last time and it was a good change of pace. We slways get coffee which is pressed and very good.

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TE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined here many times and always have a great experience. This time was no different. Great food and great service, makes this a place that we will be coming back to often. We are in the hospitality business and had one of our oldest clients with us and they were very impressed as well.

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LC
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delightful restaurant with delicious food and terrific service.

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MM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Attentive, knowledgeable and friendly wait-staff. Food was superb.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the food! So many great plates to choose from.

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