Mokomandy

4.7
2034 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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CP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food never disappoints! Especially loved the Chicken Palliard and Rock Shrimp (?). Drinks are outstanding as well.

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JB
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks and service as always. We always bring out of town guests here because we know they’ll live it and it’s unique to our neighborhood.

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

An eclectic mix of food I am always up for. The waitress was phenomenal with her detailed explanation of our dishes. The dishes were executed well, and could have used a little less oil. Overall good expression of Korean/American fusion.

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

Three of my guests complained about the amount of oil in their dishes

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j
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

This place used to be good. Now everything tastes the same and is loaded with salt. Many of the dishes are overdone with sauces. Quality of meat dishes is poor. Don't know what happened to this place, but don't waste your money!

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NC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Yes. However the noise level was too much for those of us who had hearing aids. We came early to hope to have a quiet time. It became too hard to hear each other.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. Gumbo was cooked perfectly and shrimp etoufee was to die for. You can tell the quality of seafood is a cut above the rest. Thad and his family make you feel at home in Louisiana... but your in Virginia!! This is the type of place that we need to keep going.

To Thad and your team: Thank you for an amazing experience. Please keep doing what you are doing. What you are doing is art and it matters more than you know.

Keep Making America Beautiful!!

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MB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried Mokomandy for our son’s birthday. The 3 of us ordered Korean dishes. Everything tasted great and Phil was a very friendly and knowledgeable server. Great atmosphere and great food!

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l
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was great. Went for my son's BD and shared 8 plates for family of four (not including two desserts and one comp'ed for BD). We left very satisfied, and each bite was as good as the previous one. Will most certainly go back. Oh yeah, craft cocktails were great, too!

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H
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was excellent. She was delightful, knowledgeable and went over and beyond. As always, food was excellent.

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C
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Because of the reviews I'd read, I had high expectations. The prices reflected high expectations as well.
I had asked if I could move our reservation back, and we were told we couldn't move it back even half an our, although we saw two other tables open the whole time. The hostess wasn't very friendly coming or going. We were very near another table, so we could mutually hear everything the other was saying without straining. We tried Bulgogi, which we had eaten at Taste of Korea earlier that same week. We liked the one at Taste of Korea as well or better, and it was cheaper with more side dishes. Also, we ordered fresh cut noodles, but we were told after half an hour it would be an hour before they were ready so we settled for our appetizer and one entree.

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d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very welcoming environment, quaint with friendly staff. Very interesting menu and good flavors on everything. Lots of DF options! Drinks were creative and delicious.

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AD
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phil was amazing and the food was superb as always - maybe the best chicken paillard ever (and we’ve had it dozens of times!). Another fantastic meal. ❤️ Thank you!

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AI
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I love Mokomandy when it is spot-on. Luke-warm when it's not. Unfortunately this time was 'eh'...not great, not bad. Cucumber salad was bland, fried kale chips were okay, even the jambalaya was not the best we've had there. The potroast sliders were excellent.

Something else we've noticed is that their weekend lunch menu seems to offer fewer and fewer items which is a shame.

Regardless, one of our favorite restaurants. We just wish there was more consistency in its quality.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great cocktails. Great service. We will definitely be back.

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JM
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Mokomandy. Such fun and interesting food in such an unexpected location. In addition, Laura was the kind of fun and personable server that so adds to the experience.

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k
Richmond
371 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We love going to Mokomandy! Always a variety of new and old favorites to choose from. We had cucumber salad, fried chicken legs, roasted potatoes, deviled eggs and lettuce wraps. All wonderful and perfect for sharing along with hand crafted cocktails.

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JH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is a good reason Mokomandy is consistently rated 5 stars: they deserve 5 stars in everyway. Especially the tantalising food. And the friendly staff. I always order too much because I can't decide which yummy thing I want. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

service was poor. i get that dishes come out as they are made. we ordered chicken fingers and fries for the kids and it took 30 mins to come out. we didn't order any additional plates of food because we didn't feel like waiting 25 minutes for it to come out.

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A
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For a 150$ (Including tip) for 3 people, we weren’t even full. I guess we go there for an experience and not exactly to have full stomachs. Each item was so good but there was not enough for a second bite.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day. Drinks and food were amazing. It was a loud in the restaurant but it didn’t take away from the food.

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GQ
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third visit. Service and food was excellent. They were able to accommodate my Son's dietary restrictions. Mandy was working the dining area. They never disappoint.

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MG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and cocktails were unique and delicious! Perfect shareable plate portions.

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S
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular dishes - the poutine was devoured by our table in seconds - and wonderful service created an unforgettable experience for our family. The veal brisket tacos were a hit and the chocolate pot with lavender and saffron cookies were delicious. We will definitely return for seconds!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and service! They have a great gluten free menu and are knowledgeable! Also the bartending is fun to watch, since they have very cool specialty cocktails.

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DB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all around experience! One of my favorite places when visiting the area! Food is great!! See you soon

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M
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant. I thought it would be too crowded to ever get in but that is not the case. Wonderful small plates and dinners, excellent cocktails! Very friendly place.

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SW
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is fabulous. Such a unique menu, all of which is cooked to perfection and the presentation is wonderful to. The staff is friendly and efficient making you feel at home, and very welcome.
The drinks menu is outstanding to. My son in law had something green with a twig of Rosemary and some other herb and it was delicious. It is a place you will definitely go back to. Moderately priced too.

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SS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love the food at this restuarant!! It's creative and good. I would like to make a small recomendation. I have had the eggs benedict twice, once with shrimp and recently with lobster. Both times the fish had a fishy flavor, as if it was not fresh. Maybe a little extra lemon to take that taste away or fresher fish. All and all I will be back soon.. Another recommendation is to update the seating as it seems to be sagging a little.

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a
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great overall and we brought home leftovers so we got to enjoy yet again!

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J
New England
21 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Remains a jewel of small special bites of delicious food.

It takes a sophisticated palate to catch all the flavors.
But from a beginner in the art of Asian taste to a gourmand. You will find a well served meal here.
Jack Cook Leesburg VA

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BB
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, drinks and service! It was a perfect date night!

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l
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best! The service, the food, very cozy and comfortable. Best cocktails ever.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was fantastic! Love the tapas style and the service was great even though there was not an empty table in the place. I have already recommended it to coworkers.

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B
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The menu has a great variety of flavors for every (adult) palette for those who enjoy unique cuisine. We’ve been coming here about once a year for the last 5 years. Our meal was delicious as usual but didn’t blow me away this time like in the past. There was only one bartender, on a Saturday night, so it took about 20 minutes to get our cocktails after we ordered. But they were very tasty! The service was good but he seemed like he too was too busy and could have used more help with the food runners or something.
The place is really small and gets really loud. It’s very hard to hold conversation because of the noise. We really like this place and will go back. But just not sure it’s the same experience it used to be.

We had the wild boar bowl, bone marrow, deviled eggs, Catfish boudin balls, Korean fried chicken leg & Foi Grois dumplings. All were delicious and enjoyed by everyone- even by my 9 year old VERY adventurous eater gave it 2 thumbs up.

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D
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great, drinks were great. Servers were excellent. Noise level was a bit too much and it was hard to talk as we couldn’t hear each other. Pricing for certain items was a bit excessive for what was presented. ($18 rock shrimp tempura bites)

Will return, but wish it wasn’t so loud in there.

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FT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

What happened? We had not been to Moko Mandy in about 6 months. Total change - and not for the good. Chef, bartender, servers all new. Our server proceeded to take bottle of sparkling water, reach over table and turn it upside down into glasses, spilling water everyone. Not once, but twice. Quality of service is now the level of Denny's. Food items have not changed, but taste dry and re-heated. In fact the Cajun Cassoulet was just a bowl of dry white beans and no liquid. Unable to eat it, we requested it be removed from our bill. Pot Roast Sliders were tasteless, no matter how much sauce we put on them. Drinks are no longer mixed correctly, which we never experienced before. For instance, "Bees in Garden" was served warm and very sweet. Very disappointing as Moko Mandy used to be one of our favorites.
All we can guess is that Moko Mandy has changed ownership. Needless to say, we won't be going back.

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G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my GF’s birthday and Lauren (our waitress) could not have been nicer.

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SS
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday night was wonderful. Our server was personable, informative and friendly. Everything we ordered was fresh , well plated and absolutely delicious. Can’t wait to return.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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