Mokomandy

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$30 and under
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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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ME
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, full stop. The atmosphere is upscale but not pretentious, and while the meal was a little on the expensive side it was completely worth it - good quality ingredients and food that brought all conversation to an end at the table while we simply savored what we ordered. Servers were friendly, quick with recommendations when asked, and made sure our dining experience was great. A real treat, and one I look forward to trying again!

V
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The small plates were good, the wild boar bowl was a bit salty. But overall service was good and food was fairly good.

RL
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal.

FF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food. A bit pricey, but good for some of the ingredients used, like fois gras dumplings. Cocktails were amazing!

SS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Mokomandy experience is such an opportunity. The staff are so upbeat, positive, and work as a happy team. We custom ordered a lot of good because I’m beyond picky and everything was phenomenal and the staff explained options. LOVE the opportunity to go to Mokomandy!

j
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It is our favorite neighborhood restaurant. Consistently excellent. It’s only drawback is it is extremely noisy. Ask to sit against the walls or window. Less noisy there. Active bar and you can eat there. Overall really good.

MC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé took me to Momokandy for our first real date so I took him back there and the experience was great once again! The food is delicious, tasty and different. The cocktails were as well delicious. I would recommend!

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really great combination of flavors. It is not as much fusion as it is a pairing of Cajun and Korean flavors. Overall a really fun restaurant that is a complete break from the norm!

RS
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience .. the great food made even better by the awesome staff

JB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch dat for my wife’s birthday. 3 of us had different meals. Tasted all and there were Fantastic!

DC
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food definitely lived up to the hype - excellent! Been excited to try the place, went with a party of 6 and had lots of fun. Our server Laura made all of the right recommendations -- lettuce cups, dumplings, chap che, sliders, jambalya were all awesome . . . deviled eggs were incredible (as crazy as that sounds!).

Only issue was really bad bartending. Took our friends literally 40 minutes to get a drink after they arrived. Deliberately got there early to spend time at the bar and it was a waste. Asked at one point and the bartender told us "sorry, I'm trying to make drinks for the whole place!" It wasn't even that busy at the bar, plus that's not our problem -- clearly she was way overwhelmed.

w
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Cramped dining area. We were seated directly behind the front door which was not ideal. It was a bit loud but we did not mind it. The entrance is small and it gets very congested and chaotic! The service staff was friendly and seemed well informed on the dishes. The desserts were lacking as they were out of a few of the choices, odd for a Saturday early in the evening and the remaining options were so-so. Overall not bad!

RP
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

As a veteran of 30 yrs. in food our recent visit to Mokomandy left something to be desired. Sat at our table at 6:45, bus boy filled our water. Expected a waiter to acknowledge our presence shortly thereafter as the restaurant was not excessively busy. we were now approaching 7pm, water glasses filled a second time and still no hint of service. A women obviously not a waitress but helping to serve food to some tables, was notified of our problem. She would take care of it. Under the circumstances attention should have been immediate but we waited another few minutes. Not to mention a cocktail when ordered was wrong, but we can forgive that. Regardless of how busy restaurant the wait staff should acknowledge a table under their responsibility. Regardless we left a 20% tip knowing well, how hard people in this industry work. A little word to the staff a simple acknowledgment is all that required to keep a diner content.

C
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place and table for 2 is small but love the restaurant

OC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Awesome food and great cocktails. Service was excellent as well. Will go back soon.

T
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I always enjoy Mokomandy and the food never disappoints. Love the bone marrow and the Bulgogi. Normally I get the wild boar bowl but I was there for lunch.

C
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Maybe it’s not the best option for date night.
It’s difficult to hold a conversation with the noise level. Even out waitress had to kneel down to answer questions we had and take our order.
Food and presentation were amazing.

c
Washington DC
86 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delicious cuisine & superb service.

L
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Mokomandy was suggested to me by OpenTable and I was intrigued by the Korean Cajun menu. Unfortunately they were out of most of the Cajun items and the foie gras dumplings everyone raves about, so we had a mostly Korean meal. All of the dishes were excellent though and full of flavor. The cocktails were very good too. I will definitely return to try more of the menu.

KH
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Scott was our waiter and he was fantastic! Food was great, cooked to order, and creative. The only issue was the very loud table with children next to us (3 kids kept screaming - felt so badly for the establishment and wait staff, but something had to be done about the kids running around and screaming while patrons tried to enjoy.).

l
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it. It's like being in the city without the drive and it's absolutely delicious and always feels like a night away!

C
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect spot for foodies. The menu choices and portion provide options for all. This is a must try if you enjoy great food, drinks, and service. Our server Scott made our evening perfect for our party of 6. He was attentive and provided great recommendations.

RC
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed ourselves. The food was good and our waitress was friendly and attentive. We would go back.

KL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Korean pork roast sliders are one of the best things you’ll ever eat!!

WC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service, as always! Love Mokomandy!

c
Washington DC
87 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We miss not having Arctic char on the menu but the beef was to die for and the portion of shrimp & grits was more than generous.
The service was wonderful - Laura knows the menu & Laura knows food! She is excellent at suggesting pairing and we trust her instincts.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

MokoMandy is one of our favorite restaurants. The food was amazing with every bite! Our waitress, Laura, was the BEST! It was a wonderful Anniversary celebration!

k
London
386 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We love Mokomandy’s food. Very different and unique. However have noticed that service isn’t quite the same as in the past. Hopefully they can correct that cause with a menu as unusual as theirs, they need people who can make you feel part of experience.

DP
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the first time going to Mokomandy on a weekday, and it was early. Hardly anyone was there so the service was better than it has ever been, though it is always good by any standard. We didn’t have to wait for anything. The menu items are always changing but there is not a steak to be had - yet. I understand there will be one “in a week or so”. When they have them, they are good - perfectly cooked and tender. When they don’t have it, I get one of the other meat dishes which are good but don’t compare to the steak. My wife loved her traditional Manhattan. They have a good variety of drinks which people seem to like.

MD
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dishes, cocktails and service. Visited from a personal recommendation and will definitely visit again. A really special find!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Casual restaurant with close-to-fancy setting and deco. Service was great. Food was good but we expected a little bit more of a fusion more than separate cuisines by itself.

In overall, their respective cuisine dishes are generally good and good value.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding anniversary experience!

a
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, great service, good ambience. A lil tight on the table set-up, but doable. Ordered tons of food and they were smart enough to bring it out in waves. Loved that. Everything was really good. My favorite was the jambalaya and hubs favorite was the brisket. Highly recommend

KC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place ..great drinks we prefer bar seating at the corner...best mixologists ....always personable... great good at fair prices...great menu...it's just all great...

SD
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. We love sitting at the bar watching Jess create her fabulous cocktails and the conversation along with food is the best!

AC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, as always! My favorite restaurant for this reason! 😍

RK
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are top quality.

TU
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great experience - there are plenty of options for sharing.

DP
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have recommended it to others. It continues to be a great place for a date or just an evening meal. We do miss the steak but the beef Bolgogi was a good substitute. The staff is always friendly. Lara and Jess are great people and the main reason we come.

WH
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Go there for a unique and memorable dining experience.

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