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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Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

WC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service, as always! Love Mokomandy!

c
Washington DC
85 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
380 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
5 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
1 review
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.

j
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There is a reason this place always gets rave reviews and awards. The food is wonderful. The flavors and spices are delicious and different. The service is great. The prices are reasonable. We will be back!

G
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We love this place, but maybe we caught them on a bad day. It was Sunday brunch and they appeared to have limited wait staff (I think only one server). Food was forgotten and then late versus the other plates. Items never showed up. We will go back, but hopefully it is better.

d
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Food was fantastic, as usual. Creative and delicious. Service was awful. After 20 minutes of waiting the server came to take our drink orders (which took another 20 minutes) and basically blamed us for our wait. We were also told, at first, they don’t serve mock-tails until we explained it didn’t have to be an exact drink off the menu. We barely got our servers attention the whole meal and then he continually mentioned the fact that he hoped we were enjoying our experience. Then at the end when I tried to use my Open Table gift card, his immediate reaction was “I have no idea what this is.” He eventually was willing to try the directions provided but it was a painful back and forth. I will probably go back (because the food is so good) hoping not to ever encounter this server again but wow did it ruin our meal.

PH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Disappointing.... terrible service, food was bland & not well prepared. Would NOT go again

J
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Went on a Friday night, 5:45 reservation. Got there at 5:35 was seated. Approximately 5:45 ordered drinks & appetizers. Waiter did not come back until 6:45, we had to stop him & ask for another drink. He said “you can order but I don’t know when you will get, we have a short staff tonight & a full house.” He was told in beginning we were there for dinner & dessert cocktails. We then asked for bill, it came immediately, we paid cash & should have gotten money back. He did not bring so we left, giving him a $14 tip on a $37 bill, and extremely poor service. I have there many times, but last few were not as in the past. I was very disappointed as I brought someone who had not been before. I have never had such poor service & attitude by waiter at any restaurant!

D
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Food. Slow service.

WF
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Totally underwhelming and overpriced. We ordered three small plates, one medium plate, one side and a cocktail each. Our bill with tip was $100.

Positives - Staff other than our server were lovely and accommodating.

Two great dishes that we would maybe consider coming back for are the Korean fried chicken and the short rib lettuce wraps.

Negatives - Our server advised us that it was her first day, not ideal for first time diners, she couldn’t answer basic questions and didn’t come to the table once to ask us how we our food was. We had more interaction with other servers and support staff.

Our cocktails took about 15 minutes to get to the table - with a basically empty restaurant at 5:30, this was surprising. Additionally, to charge $13 for an average cocktail in a strip mall seems a bit steep.

We had two terrible dishes that I would have sent back had I been asked how the food was.
The mussels the bison ravioli were simply not good. The mussels were anemic - shriveled up and no flavor. The serving vessel was too tall and couldn’t get to the liquid - it would have been best to have a more shallow bowl as the broth was the star here. We ended up shelling all the mussels and letting them sit in the sauce. I was over the whole thing after the second mussel. The bison ravioli had a delicious sauce, but the filling which was supposed to be the star, tasted as though the ravioli were frozen. They were rubbery and totally unpleasant.

The side we ordered was the jalapeño hush puppies. Basically they were fried dough with no kick.

Overall quite a disappointing meal, especially for the price and hype.

LT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Mokomandy since they opened. We absolutely love everything. The menu is always interesting with things to tempt you and tastes fantastic. There is a wide variety of beer and wine. The specialty drinks are delicious. And most of all the staff is very knowledgeable with all the food and drinks and are extremely friendly.

LG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was just fantastic and our waiter was a gem. Thank you for an amazing birthday dinner.

a
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, they made eating keto very easy

TM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love MM. Food and staff are always great. Birthday celebration was cut short because of a power failure due the weather. I hope to return later this month for dinner. Laura, our waitress, was great under the circumstances. We will return later this month for dinner!

RB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us for a special Dinner. The power went out half way through dinner - (all of Reston and lower Loudoun was out - lightening storm). They did a great job taking care of everyone with the power outage, getting drinks and food out that had already been prepared. Closed out our bills oldschool - with paper. Service at its best!! We'll be back again next week!

AD
Richmond
24 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another amazing meal at Mokomandy - never disappoints! We had never had this server before and he was excellent, as is all staff at Moko. Jess served up fabulous drinks as usual, and Laura stopped by to say hello which was nice. Always a great evening out for us!

MP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I loved the place. We had a couple of vegetarian type requests and prefer fruit for desert. They bent over backwards to make sure we had a happy healthy meal. The waitress and the bartender were amazing. We had a later reservation but got there early. They fit us in early! Food was amazing too. Loved it.

ML
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Scott, was fantastic! Very knowledgeable at the menu and had a great positive spirit. The food was just as delicious as the last time. Compliments to the chef and all the staff!

NW
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food - have the fingerling potatoes roasted in duck fat - amazing.
Delightful cocktails - well made and wonderful selection.
So much fun to share the small plates and such an unusual selection that changes just enough without loosing the favorites.

Been here multiple times over the last 3 years and it has never disappointed us on any level.

JM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Mokomandy is the diamond in the rough. You would never think such an outstanding restaurant would be in a strip mall like this but it is. The cocktail menu is exceptional and changes frequently. The food menu provides a wonderful assortment of small, medium and large plates to share between your party. The food is always amazing and would highly recommend it to anyone. Always leave room for dessert. The meal can get pricey if you enjoy all the wonderful things they have to offer but it is definitely worth it so treat yourself and savor every part!

E
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food! Will definitely recommend to friends and Cannot wait to return.

BB
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!

r
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mokomandy was as great as usual. The brunch meal was unique as you would expect from Mokomandy. The eggs were done perfectly and the server was patient and fun even though it was busy. The dishes we selected were more on the full size versus the small plate. We wish more small plates would be offered for the breakfast in order to try different dishes. The only down side was the Bloody Mary was a little pulpy. We will be back!

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