Mokomandy

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1948 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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AC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
5 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
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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SS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always done to perfection. The Korean/Cajun influences are great. My favorite place to eat.

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n
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Innovative fusion food, perfect portions, well balanced flavors and intimate environment.

We had octopus and pork belly skewers. Super tasty only con was size is small but we did not feel the value was off. The smoked rabbit gumbo is warm, earthy, Smokey and perfectly portioned. We also had the bison dumpling! So delicious and well cooked. The dumpling was not mush or bland. The broth was amazing. We got warm buns to soak it up :)

Then dessert was creme brûlée! Great portion and not too sweet.

Cocktails are expertly crafted. I usually stick to wine but had two.

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EN
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and drinks excellent as usual. Skye, our server, was excellent. Tough to get reservations on Friday and Saturday when you desire - think a week ahead.

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DR
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A wonderful dining experience! Our server Laura did a great job guiding us through the menu. The cocktails were lovely. We recommend enjoying their small plates to get the widest possible variety in your experience - Don't miss the Bison Dumplings ~ They are to die for!

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MB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still one of the best restaurants in the area. I like that there are always some new items on the menu but the classic Mokomandy dishes that we love are there as well. Truly, this restaurant never disappoints.

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KL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I met two of my friends there for for a lunch or brunch. The table was ready and we ordered our drinks. after looking at the menu all three of us decided on the eggs benedict, which is not your usual eggs benedict, but very tasty. When it came to desert the only item that we ordered on the first round was it pecan pie. The Ava to desserts one of which was the chocolate cheesecake tempura was not available. The desert my friend ordered had to do with salted caramel and that too was not available. That's two of us had to reorder and the desserts that we we ordered the second go-round we're very good. This was my second visit. My first visit was terrible and I reviewed it on Google.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful wait staff, very capable, easy-going, knowledgeable and a pleasure to have dinner with. The wait staff make you feel very much a part of the family. We will be back soon!

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BB
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!

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AD
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another perfect evening at Mokomandy! Tess and Laura took great care of us and the food was exceptional. Great celebration of our 24th wedding anniversary!

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RJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and fabulous service. Mokomandy was wonderful for dinner!

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RR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

On a second visit, we again found the food interesting and enjoyable and the service very good. However, on a winter day our table was exceedingly uncomfortable as it was blasted with cold air every time the door opened. Either a double entry or some other baffle must be installed or I would not recommend a winter visit to this restaurant unless assured a table in the front corner away from the door. The noise level is also almost unexceptably loud. Diners were not raucus, so the problem is the space. This is a very good and innovative restaurant in an inadequate physical plant, since noise and cold drafts so significantly detracted from a pleasant dining experience.

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LW
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful! Everything was full of flavor and the small plates were perfect for sharing. Hit of the day were the bison dumplings; reordered them, they were so good!

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EM
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing, even if you dont like coffee you need to enjoy a French press cup of coffee but with honey. We were there for Brunch time, their menu is unique. I don't remember the name of the appetizer, it was small pieces of corn bread garnished with bacon and sweet sauce on top...delicious. I highly recommend the Eggs Benedicts, fresh muffins made on site!

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QX
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Valentine’s Day dinner. We love variety and that’s exactly what you get. Every dish was delicious and there are several options to choose from. It’s a bit pricey, but the food is really good. Tables a close together so you can hear several other conversations.

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BS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is good but we should gone to dinner instead of lunch.

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r
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was great and the food was OUTSTANDING!!! Great 21st Anniversary outing!!!!

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DP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We mostly go there for the food and service. We get steak and mixed fries. The servers there are great and know their customers. I suppose they would get into trouble for banning children, but I wish they could. The one next to us was sick and infecting everyone, but the experience was still as good as it can be under the circumstances. Still, a great place to take someone for dinner. They have Loudoun County’s best wait staff.

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P
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
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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VD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another amazing experience!
Highly recommend to everyone!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
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 on February 12, 2019
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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