Mokomandy

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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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

A disappointing experience, one that surprised us given the excellent reviews and buzz around the restaurant. The service was nearly nonexistent, with more of an apathy for that result rather than apology. The cocktails were poorly crafted as well. The food was good, but not enough to make up for the rest. Will not be going back.

CD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Understaffed but did their best. Always a top notch experience food wise in the area!

MS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very nice server and creative food choices. Casual environment.

k
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very interesting and eccletic mix of food. As our server pointed out, it's NOT Korean-Cajunfusion. It's actually a whole set of Korean dishes alongside a bunch of Cajun dishes. Stars: Jambalaya, Sliders, Boar dumplings. Service was a little slow but our server as very affable and helpful with the menu. A twice a year kind of place, not the monthly go-to I was hoping for.

GN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Give this place a chance to become what it has the potential to be. The food is a delight (try the dumplings) and the staff is pleasant and informative (first time visiting, take their good advise). Make a reservation for early because they fill quickly and then the time you wait for food and drink becomes a major problem. Don't order drinks not found on the menu--they don't know how to make them. Do order drinks from the menu as they are yummy and not stingy. Prices and serving sizes don't disappoint. I'd really like this place to work the bugs out of its service delays because everything else about it is a joy. Best of Luck.

l
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my husbands birthday this past Sunday. Our food was wonderful, the drinks delicious and the wait staff attentive. Thank you!

KC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish that arrived at our table was amazing!! Favorites were the Korean Sliders, Fois Gras Dumplings, Korean Chicken, Bison Dumplings and the Syrup Cake!! We can’t wait to go back and try everything else on the menu!! Also, the cocktail menu is creative and fun!! Just book in advance because it fills up fast!

MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Once a jewel, now tarnished. Management has taken their eye off the details. Restroom was filthy. No one greeted us as we entered. We had so many servers, it was ridiculous. Ambience and decor needs work.

P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The variety of food was excellent providing a variety of options. The dishes were not only unique but delicious. Excellent service on top of great food.

T
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very nice experience that I enjoy several times each year. Good food with very good service.

VA
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had not visited Mokomandy for a while but keep seeing it on the Top Restaurants lists. It does not disappoint. The only thing that is annoying is that most dishes include a bit of spice which I'm not fond of. All in all a nice experience.

JW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I’ll be back!

m
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The service was disappointing this time but the food quite good as usual.

VK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, very unique twist on common dishes that made it just excellent. Also the cocktails were amazing.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mokomandy is always a treat. Great food and service. Unusual but delectable culinary experience! And the cocktails are delicious!!

F
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch in NoVA for sure!

d
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The room is too bright and apparently lacks effective central heat. The food was very good although the foie gras appetizer was only so-so. Loved the jambalaya and bulgogi beef dishes.

E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great for family dining and sharing food

AB
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best food and service in NoVA. Been 5 or 6 times, and it has consistently exceeded expectations. Every time. The cuisine is unique, delicious, and surprisingly affordable. The servers are the perfect level of attentive, not too intrusive but never leaving your glass empty. Dine here, you won’t regret it.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, my husband and I liked it! It was nice to try something different :) food was good!

b
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The menu has gotten smaller and so has the proportions. It’s just not as good as it used to be.

G
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Excellent cocktails
Ok food
Bad service
Terrible management
If you have a problem don’t expect management to make it right.

N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very small place. Service kind of slow. Too crowded place

TS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food is amazing and I will go back again. The service on the other hand was horrible. Took forever just to get our drinks. Our server was nice, friendly, and helpful but it was sooo slow. If the food wasn't as tasty, I would not go back.

KM
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been there several time. Different menu, but everything I have tried was great. It has always been busy, so I always make advanced reservations.

GB
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food had great potential, however their seems to be missing experienced management needed to address communications between staff, customer service/waiter basics, bar standards, and general operations. Their are energetic staff members, but issues with getting orders in and appropriately delivered to the table. Food and drinks were offered, but when ordered were not prepared with the ingredients in the recipe. We had to wait a while other customers seated after us were served and then another table sat after us was served as well. That delayed our order and subsequent orders. Staff was pleasant, but disorganized.

LD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was tasty for the most part but the service went back and forth between the excellent friendly service I've come to expect at Mokomandy, and some really clumsy and inattentive moments. It took a long time for our starters.

One note, some of the meat in the Boar bowl was literally cold, while other meat was overcooked. It's usually perfectly prepared, so I'm willing to chalk it up to an off night.

I would love it if Mokomandy added some noise baffling. There were times that it was nearly impossible to hear my dinner companion, sitting directly across the table.

DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Listed as "kid friendly" I wouldn't go that far. They had no high chairs and booster seats that were complicated and most of the wait staff didn't know how to operate. Food was good but slow and it seemed like they waited to bring it out in batches per order to all of the tables at once, creating long delays. One of our small plates was not captured on initial request and arrived after we'd already asked for our check.

One of the waitresses was really proactive and amazing and the other seemed completely indifferent. They seemed under staffed. We did really like the menu options and food, though.

CM
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent service, everything was outstanding.

DD
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Likely an off night. Servers were stretched thin, had to order drinks a second time, owner was at the table to deliver plates but did not bother with dirty plates on the table. Certainly not awful but not a pleasant night out. Will pass on my next time through.

k
London
396 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We always enjoy the creative menu at Mokomandy! Never disappoints. We were there on a week night and it was very busy and servers were stretched thin. Somehow they made it work with everyone from bartender to hostess pitching in. Highly recommend them for all their interesting creations that make you want to come back to try more.

m
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was a lot of fun sharing small plates with friends and trying various flavors

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful food. Service was a bit slow.

BB
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always outstanding! The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about the food and beverages. The seafood is cooked perfectly when it arrives at your table. The drinks are very creative! Various simple syrups are house made. We enjoy sitting at the bar and meeting new people! Order one dish at a time and share with your company. This way you can really enjoy your meal!

NM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!

MC
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

I love Mokomandy and the food did not disappoint. Though the servers were friendly they may have been overbooked which left us often not getting our orders in a timely manner. (It took over 20 minutes for 2 people at our table to get their drinks and then they brought out the wrong drinks). The food was not all brought out at the same time which meant some of us were nearly finished by the time others got their meals. I’m not holding the bad service against them overall but I do wonder how they might have handled things differently. (At least they took one of the drinks off the check.)

DL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

An absolute gem and an unexpected delight in its fusion of Korean & Cajun flavors, which on paper didn't sound particularly compatible - happy to be proven wrong! Things were a little busy, but we ordered several sets of small plates and three cocktails (great bar), and the hits kept coming - the deviled eggs were perhaps the best I've ever had, the sliders are amazing, and the beignets are a must. Like Ciao Osteria in Centreville, this is the type of restaurant the defies any expectations that might come from being in a strip mall, and is worth traveling out to even if you're in DC. Can't wait to go back!

e
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Not sure how this place got ranked #1 in NoVa. Food was just ok. The only thing Korean about this place is the sauce that they put on everything. The bartender kept smoking the place out by burning rosemary at the bar for a very unimpressive cocktail. While we appreciate the waitresses enthusiasm of wanting to give us free drinks, we had to wait a while for the ones we did order. It says a lot about the bar staff, when you are working a tiny bar and the restaurant is not real busy, and you are in the weeds already.

g
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recommended to my son who went the next night and said it was one of the best eating experiences he had had in 20 years. The deviled eggs and mixed fries were to die for. Service was excellent. My wife and I like to sit side by side and they accommodated us cheerily at a table for 4 so we could even though it meant they had to rearrange other ares. We will be back. BTW, my son thought the sliders were killer good.

A
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Mokomandy has some nice Creole and Korean dishes. The cocktail menu is extensive and creative. The restaurant is nice and open. I would definitely recommend it for folks to try out at least once.

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