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Ping by Charlie Chiang's

3.9
484 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chinese
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighborhood Gem
Charlie Chiang’s has been a member of the Greater Washington DC area for over 30 years. Charlie Chiang’s has always served the best food in a generous and hospitable atmosphere. We've had the honor of serving our dishes to President George H. Bush at his inauguration, President Clinton at his reception at the Capitol, visiting international bankers at the annual China Trust Bank dinner, and dignitaries at the Smithsonian’s Diversity of Food program.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Chinese, Sushi, Pan-Asian
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Hours of operation
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11:30 am to 10:30 pm Friday & Saturday: 11:30 am to 11 pm Sunday: 12 pm to 10 pm Note: Last Call for sushi is 1/2 hour before closing time.
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Phone number
(703) 671-4900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Randolph Street
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Parking details
There is street parking as well as several garages with designated spots before 6PM and open parking after 6 PM and on weekends.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 484 People Are Saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.8
food
3.7
service
3.8
ambience
3.6
value
Noise · Moderate
80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Enjoyed a great dinner before the theater. We each ordered something different and shared. Every dish was a hit!

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1.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Although we had a reservation, it took a few minutes to figure out where to seat us, even though there were many open tables. Our server was inattentive. I waited a long time for my cocktail which finally arrived as we finished the appetizers. The food was nothing extraordinary and when it was served it was not very hot. We won’t be returning.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

It used to be different. The staffs were all new except the sushi chefs. I might still drop by once in a blue moon. I will stick with sushi not Chinese food there. We sat at the bar area.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Hostess was unprofessional (about to throw something at the bus boy as we walked through the door almost hitting my boyfriend). The food was good, the sushi definitely out shined the actual entrees which were good but not great.

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1.0Dined on March 9, 2018

The food was not fully cooked and when we complained, they promised to allow us to reorder, but never came back. The waitress was nasty and, to quote the owner, "arrogant." Will not be returning.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

We made reservations via OpenTable for Sunday at 9:45pm (after movie dinner date). When we arrived at the restaurant at 9:45pm, it was closed : (

Advise that restaurants only advertise available reservations when the restaurant is actually open. Otherwise, Ping is a very good restaurant.

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2.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Generally Ping is really good. Tonight it fell far short.

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Not the fault of the restaurant, but parking was really difficult. We have a nice lunch although I would have enjoyed a few more small plates but the people I was with didn't want to have those. I did,however, buy the two types of buns to share and they were good. I personally had a bento box and was not impressed with the couple pieces of lettuce with my favorite Asian dressing.
Server was nice but was not as attentive to unfilled drink glasses at the table. That could have been because of the number of tables.

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

We have been going to Ping for years! They had a bit of a lull.. but Bam! They are back!! New chef- additions to the menu and we had the Best sashimi! Keep it up so we can continue to love Ping!

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

We came here with 9 for a birthday dinner and were so pleased, we returned 2 weeks later for another dinner and it was just as delicious! My father-in-law was so impressed, he'll return any time any of us want. In our opinion, the best Chinese dinner in the area!

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3.0Dined on January 2, 2018

The score would have been less. Please talk to your host. She is rude, has an obnoxious attitude, and does not fit your restaurant standards.

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2017

The service not the food was not very good, the waiter was unsure if something we ordered off the menu was actually something they served. When we got it, it clearly wasn’t something they wanted to make as it was overly breaded shrimp with salt and pepper on it and was very dry. The sushi we ordered came out after our meals and the the order was wrong after all the waiting. Non of these things were *that* terrible, however, for the amount we paid it was not worth putting up with.

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4.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Enjoyed a fun xmas meal with family in from out of town. The cocktails were superb, and the food was delicious! It was a busy night, but we were well attended.

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3.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Food was mediocre not real Chinese food not even Americanized Chinese food. Service was outstanding but probably won't be back

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3.0Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was OK...nothing special. I have a better take out Chinese place near my house. The dumplings and spring rolls were good though.

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4.0Dined on November 21, 2017

Four of us got together to catch up and enjoy a relaxing night around the table. Atmosphere was nice for that. Food was enjoyable!

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

So I was nursing a beer at the restaurant while waiting for my date to arrive. This lady walks up to me and asks if everything was fine and if I needed anything. I said everything was fine but would prefer a table next to the transparent glass with a view of the street. They were all occupied and she said she would look into it - and she went back to the table she was sitting at with some of her friends (I figured she was someone important at the restaurant). After some time the folks dining at one of window-tables got up to leave. This lady immediately got up from her table and started cleaning up the table, readying it for me - and invited me to occupy the table once cleaned up. We got talking. She introduced herself as Christiana one of the owners of the restaurant (later introduced me t o Charlie, her husband). This is service! She cleaned up the table herself (she could have asked one of her employees to do so) for a customer who she did not know from Adam (my first time to the restaurant). She later chatted with my date when she arrived. What a welcome feeling! Good food and ambiance as well. Recommend folks to have a meal there.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Ping is a dependable local option for well-prepared and attractively-presented Asian cuisine. WIth a pleasant selection of Chinese and Thai dishes it also has good sushi options. The service is efficient and attentive without being invasive. The food quality is a always good to excellent. Prices are reasonable. Parking in Shirlington is plentiful and free in the evening and the area lends itself to an enjoyable after-dinner stroll on the boulevard. It is a good spot for a pre-theater meal.

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2017

Service people forget what you ask for...

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Amazing food and service we go every time we are in DC.

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1.0Dined on October 7, 2017

Great location is Shirlington with horrible Chinese food. Each selection from appetizers through the multiple entrees were either tasteless or over seasoned. Although there were maybe only 6 customers on a Saturday night, the wait staff congregated at the hostess stand and chatted while they braided hair. Time to get a new chef and staff or move on.

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Tasty food. Decent beer selection. Good prices. Great service. Lots of sushi options, but also Chinese dishes. Favorites are: beef scallion pancakes, little green chile pork, spring rolls, edamame, spicy tuna roll, avocado roll and veggie lo mein.

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3.0Dined on August 31, 2017

The food was good but not hot. The Sake was not good.

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3.0Dined on August 28, 2017

Food okay. I had the lunch bento box, it was lacking in flavor. Probably won't go again.

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1.0Dined on August 28, 2017

The "Drunken Noodles" were excellent, tasting just like the dish prepared in China.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

I had drunken noodle, veggie spring rolls, and egg drop soup. It was awesome! I will be back again.

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2.0Dined on July 22, 2017

We ate here with our four children, two older and two younger. The restaurant is definitely not child friendly. The hostess was incredibly rude and glared at our two year old the entire time. We were there before the crowd and it took two hours to get our food. We had to ask for our server 5 different times. The food was definitely overpriced for what we received. We will not be coming back.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2017

Great food and service! Met friends and no complaints. Shrimp Pad Thai was delicious!

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2017

Am a repeat customer who really likes this restaurant!

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2.0Dined on June 10, 2017

Disappointing limited menu. Went for dim sum on a Sunday & very few items. Went back for 9-item item & 2 of them were sauces and small bowls almost impossible to eat out of.

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2.0Dined on April 29, 2017

Very slow, seemed short staffed even though they really weren't that busy. They may want to lighten the amount of hostesses and bring in more wait staff. The food was not much different than what you'd get at a regular Japanese restaurant, don't think it's worth going back. The only nice thing was the ambiance.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2017

Continues to be our go-to place when we're in town. Wednesday night is half price bottles of wine. Excellent food variety and well prepared. Great spot in Shirlington.

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3.0Dined on March 26, 2017

A bit disappointing. Was expecting it to be more flavorful. Spring roll was dripping grease. Presentations just ok. Food did not come out hot.

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2017

Food was not good at all. Besides that, one of the main dishes arrived while we had barely had time to star the appetizer.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2017

Good before Signature Theatre

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2017

I got the Groupon here and normally order crispy beef. It is wonderful but doesn't reheat well, so this time, I decided to try the sushi. I got a salmon roll and a spicy shrimp roll that was fantastic (I had them leave off the masago.) Service was great, and my friend and I really enjoyed our meal! I also ordered the shrimp Vietnamese summer rolls. Yum!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2017

Great food and service. Waiter was friendly and the location was great. Clean, eclectic atmosphere that was very welcoming!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2017

We went there late on Valentine's Day and they must have been exhausted because the service and kitchen were very slow. It took a while for someone to take our order, etc...and they weren't busy then. I'll give them a pass since the food was good. Not the best day of the year to go out for dinner!

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2.0Dined on February 2, 2017

Food did not seem fresh

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2017

We were sat immediately. Our table was decently sized, and the decor was chic and appropriate with good ambiance set by the dim lighting. The restaurant was not packed but most of the tables were occupied. The atmosphere was overall quiet. The service was cut and dry but exactly what we needed as we had somewhere to be afterwards. Our food came out promptly, our table was cleared efficiently, condiments were brought out quickly when we asked for them, it was perfect for eating and running.

The food: Children's menu was a hit. My son ordered the pork dumplings (a la carte), breaded chicken breast nuggets, and tater tots. That was $11.99 total. Not bad. The tots were good, the chicken nuggets seemed homemade and fresh which was definitely the most impressive part of everyone's meal, and the dumplings were gone in a flash.

The adult menu was mediocre at best. The prices were on the higher side of average but the food was on the lower side of that same scale. We had combination fried rice and general tso shrimp. The rice was luke warm and lacked flavor. The shrimp had a nice presentation and decent in number with 4 small broccoli spears on the side and brown rice. The rice was good. The broccoli was excellent, especially dipped in a little of my son's dumpling sauce, but the shrimp themselves were like eating textured air. No spice is fine but we all shared and agreed that there was zero taste to this dish. I asked for hot sauce and drenched my portion. Some flavor is better than none. At the end the bill was $50 having drank only water.

The check came promptly, no issues with the Groupon (we saved $11), it was as smooth of an exit as possible, which was perfect because we arrived at our next destination with time to spare :).

The verdict: great atmosphere, great service, great children's menu. Our food being flavorless and cold however means checking out reviews for their food before ordering is a must if one is to dine here.

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