Mokomandy

4.7
1910 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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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my wife to Mokomandy for Valentine’s Day, and I’m not exaggerating when I say it was the perfect dining experience. The plates are both diverse and full of depth. Every bite is bursting with flavor. Because many of the dishes offer smaller portions, you can try several of them so you’re not just eating one or two things. It’s like the culinary equivalent of an adventure around the globe. The best proof of how good this restaurant is, is that I tried something that I never thought I would eat in my life (the bone marrow with onion jam and brioche), because I was confident the restaurant could deliver, and of course it did exactly that. My favorite dish here is the kale chips. With every bite I thought to myself, “kale chips shouldn’t be this good.” They quite literally melt in your mouth. Considering the value, quality, and service this restaurant provides, I can’t think of a better place to have an unforgettable meal.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good, but I was looking forward to the shaved fried catfish. Please bring that back!

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CW
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is amazing. The jambalaya is the best I’ve ever had. I really enjoyed the dumplings. We tried several of the little sides (there’s a special price if you order 3) and had several small plates. The kimchi pancakes were so good. The mussels were cooked perfectly, however, I would have preferred way more broth and a bit of bread to soak the broth. One of the owners came by for a visit which was nice. I tried different cocktails which were high-end and yummy. My only complaint, is they should put up a curtain system by the front door as it gets cold from the door opening and my wonder if it gets hot in summer.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so good! We loved every dish we had. I have a shellfish allergy and the waitress was so nice to check and see if the back fryer was free of shellfish. She was great and looked out for me and gave great recommendations. The food was great from beginning to end. A little pricey, but worth it. Thank you for the wonderful evening!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very tasty and cosmopolitan!

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c
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, Laura, guided us through the menu with humor and professionalism. She knew the menu and all the intricacies of the dishes. We couldn’t have been in better hands and the menu is fabulous.

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LK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Kimchi Ramen is the bomb! A winter delight that will fill your belly & leave you feeling warm.

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OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Unfortunately, this might have been an ‘off’ evening... our drink order was not up to par, albeit for two details, but still, Mokomandi is supposed to be known for its details. As well, in all of our meat dishes, the beef/bison were either overdone or just plain tough.

We’ve had it better here!

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VD
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing food and great service! We love to come here.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Super friendly and knowledgeable staff. Made us feel welcome. Excellent food. They do have a problem with a draft on the colder days, though

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Staff excellent and long term and some great new staff to meet!

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DP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is consistently good and the service is stellar. When we first started going there it was not necessary to get a reservation, but we wouldn’t try it now.

We like the steak and mixed fries. Pressed coffee is always good.

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H
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! If you are into trying something new this is the place to go

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s
Washington DC
152 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

On a snowy Thursday night Mokomandy filled to the brim. The food is why.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Simply an amazing menu of food & drink in an unassuming location of a small plaza. This place came highly recommended and certainly lived up to the hype.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food as always was amazing and Sky our Server was awesome as always !! Love the Moko!!

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Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hate the tables right in front of the door-always cold!

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DL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great waitress and overall great time with friends! Thank you for such a nice place to eat! Love it!

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b
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at Mokomandy's multiple times over the past 10 years. We have never been dissatisfied. There were six in our party celebrating three birthdays and shared multiple small plates. Too many choices to describe them all, but I can there was nothing that anyone did not like. They have a good beer and wine list and very creative cocktails. Service was very good, the young lady assisting us was very helpful. A little on the pricey side, but well worth it.

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AS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very tasty. Very good cocktails. We enjoyed it a lot and will come back.

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WJ
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Very limited lunch menu on a Sunday. Too few wait staff -- and waitress for our table was terribly inattentive. Took her extended time to come back and tell me the beer on the menu I requested was unavailable, then return with the beer I ordered. Subsequently, I ordered a second beer that she never brought. So, had to ask the greeter (who was helping clear tables and deliver food) to track down my beer -- and bring us water. Bad experience that makes us not want to go back.

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C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Don’t order a Bloody Mary unless you like it very hot and spicy. The grits took a long time to come. Although it was worth the wait, we’d have preferred to have the grits with our brunch plates.

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BK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mokomandy has small, medium and large plates. My husband and I ordered one of each (3 dishes total) which we shared. We had plenty of food for our fairly hearty appetites. Everything was delicious, and the service was good - attentive, but not intrusive. The menu had lots of interesting looking choices. We'll definitely go back!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is incredible, and our waitress was awesome! We will definitely be going back soon, there are so many more things on the menu to try!

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S
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drinks, great food, friendly service. We especially enjoy the dishes that lean Korean... beef sliders, beef ssam, pork and octopus skewers were especially good.

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BB
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is definitely a neighborhood gem! The handcrafted cocktails are unique and delicious! We have never been disappointed with the service or food. All employees are knowledgeable and FRIENDLY! This is a great place for a special occasion, as well as a date night. Enjoy!

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LD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with thoughtful service. Mokomandy is my "go to" for a special meal.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I have been to Mokomandy many times and the last couple experiences have not been good. Food was mediocre at best.

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LD
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mokomandy has been consistently great in it's service and creative food. The staff was friendly and professional, and the cocktails were creative and refreshing. We loved the bone marrow with onion jam. It was so perfectly prepared that my friend licked the plate. The light and fresh Arctic char, the crisp char-grilled octopus with flavor-inducing pork belly skewers, and fois gras dumplings were also favorites. We had a great time + the venue was a perfect place for us to celebrate.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend I celebrated our 4 year anniversary here on Friday. We had great service and the food was awesome! We will definitely be returning to this gem.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was just AMAZING! The glass noodle entree and the octopus small plate was To DiE FoR!!!! I’m a MM’s Addict!!!

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JG
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food Was delicious excellent. Drinks and selection were great. Laura’s service was excellent. We look forward to returning!

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Miami
11 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food! Creative and fresh.

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PM
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love eating at Mokomandy. Great food and experience.

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

Service was excellent. Food was delicious but very small portions even for small plates and the medium belgogi beef was small. I left hungry.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing menu. Everything we tried was delicious had had many depths of flavor. Like nothing else in the area. Service was superb.

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Richmond
345 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy searching out something new to try at Mokomandy. This time was an excellent recommendation from server. Octopus and pork belly. Something I wouldn't have dreamed of trying but liked it so much, we ordered another. Artic char was excellent as well.

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RG
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I have eaten here at least a dozen times
It is a small and very busy space
The food and service are both outstanding
The bartender never disappoints
We usually are a group of six and like sharing lots of small plate items
The menu has evolved over the years but they have kept several customer favorites
We are especially partial to the kale chips, the brisket sliders and the beignets
The new dishes we sampled and enjoyed were the octopus /pork belly skewers,
the brussel sprout/potato pancake and lobster on toast (ala a lobster roll)
Looking forward to brunch on Super Bowl Sunday!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My dad and I had a wonderful New Years Eve dinner. The food and cocktails were unique and excellent! Our favorites were the rabbit gumbo and the braised veal tacos, but every dish was outstanding!

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j
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food, cocktails and service are fantastic! You will quickly forget that you're in a strip mall in the 'burbs. The wait staff is so knowledgeable -- able to make good recommendations, handle specific needs like gluten free (Celiac). My ONLY complaint is that every time I've eaten here, the restaurant is FREEZING COLD! I'm seriously not going back until summer time. Please fix the draft issue. The food is amazing, but the temperature of the dining room really ruins what would otherwise be a perfect experience!

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