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Bar Bao

4.2
4.2
91 Reviews
$30 and under
Asian
Bar Bao, where East meets West with its creative take on traditional Asian fare, brings an exciting bar and culinary spirit to the heart of Clarendon.

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2 people

10:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (703) 600-0500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

What 91 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. A

    Alex

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Food was no good but the restaurant was fun and nice.
  2. K

    Kat18

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience3
    The food was amazing, but they forgot our reservation and the waitress had an attitude. Next time I’ll do take out.
  3. KB

    KirstenB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Food was great, there was a DJ who played great music. Nice spot for chill atmosphere with music and hookah.
  4. JM

    JaeM

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This was my 3rd or 4th time at Bar Bao for their bottomless brunch and it's awesome everytime. I came with a friend and it was her first time. She also loved it. This is my go to spot for a delicious affordable brunch.
  5. G

    Gdon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Happy Hour from 4-8pm, Monday-Friday. Also have trivia night on Thursdays. Definitely check if out if not just for the happy hour
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food and service was great but they put the music so loud that I couldn’t even hear my friends that were right next to us.
  7. M

    Mystery

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Went for mothers day, half the food never came out, was only checked on twice, and food came out EXTREMELY slow. Would i recommend for brunch? Never again. For late night? Def
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Interesting menu, but the food took way to long to reach the table and when it did it was either cold, or sometimes the wrong order.
  9. RS

    RosaS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Have been to other restaurants that do small plates so maybe my expectations were set too high. After putting in the first order for brunch with ladies (unlimited dining) we waited 15 min before the first round came out. And the mimosa pitcher that we ordered also took a good 15 minutes to be sent to our table. I could have understood if it had been packed but it was our table of 8 and maybe 3 other tables dining. Maybe the kitchen wasn’t up and going yet! Food was ok. They kept bringing out extras of the same plate that was ordered so seemed a bit disorganized. Overall food was ok and flavor was good. Mimosas were also basic/orange juice. Seems a bit overpriced. You could visit Pallet in Shirlington and get more bang for your buck. To be fair one of the girls at brunch had recommended Bar bao. And she said that this time around it wasn’t a great experience but her past 2 times visiting it was amazing. So maybe we just pulled the short straw this time. Would give another try but not on my top 3.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked a birthday dinner for friends as the birthday girl was very excited by the menu. We had Marlon and Otto taking care of us. They went above and beyond to make sure the experience was extra special and a ton of fun. The food was delicious and we all left full and happy. Will definitely be back in the future
  11. TN

    ThuyN

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For the price of bottomless brunch was great. Our service was great.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to dance off of you want some action , and to dine in on the patio.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the staff!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The Bao buns were amazing but the General Tso’s chicken was HEAVILY breaded. So hard I felt like the combination of the breading and spices punctured the roof of my mouth. Take 80% of the breading off and it’s a winner.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food and service!
  16. KH

    KHTwumasi

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We recently dinned at Bar Bao for my husbands birthday. The restaurant was very accommodating and not to crowded; plus the service was great! The food was excellent. The menu is really designed as small plates to be shared across the table, the stand alone entrees took much longer than the shared plates to arrive at the table. The cocktails were good, just small.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    I've been here a few times. I took my friends from out of town here for brunch yesterday and it was like we were invisible when it came to food. It was five of us and we were watching all the other tables get full orders and we're just getting bits and pieces. We did bottomless and I probably received maybe four of my small plate orders. Even that came after we sat like an hour waiting for food. I was so embarrassed. They were so amped up to take advantage of bottomless brunch and it didn't go that way at all.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    birthday brunch. service could be a lot faster since it is bottomless.
  19. JB

    JBarr

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our waiter was excellent and gave us expert suggestions on what to order and when. If you have become bored with standard brunch fare, the bottomless brunch mixture of Asian inspired small plates intermixed with a few standards is delicious, interesting and a good value.
  20. A

    Ainsley

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Went for a late lunch around 2:30pm. Was not told when I called that menu was going to be extremely limited. The only food available were the bao buns, which were INCREDIBLE, but we were looking forward to trying more of the menu. Absolutely will go back for dinner, but only wish we had had a better experience.
  21. G

    Ginseng

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The food was good, but the menu does not describe well enough each item, because one member of our party had a nut allergy and ordered the Honey Shrimp, which had no mention on the menu that the topping had walnuts! Luckily she was ok, but that could have been tragic for someone else. Overall it was a good brunch, but with so many small plates coming out, it got a little confusing at times. I always had a plate in front of me. I actually think that it would be a good idea to serve the food like a Dim Sum restaurant and put it on carts!
  22. BS

    BrianS

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great choice for brunch. Bottomless small plates and great variety of 1.99 mimosas! The menu had great choices and every dish was delicious. Service was amazing. Definitely a great spot to enjoy with friends. Will definitely be back!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The service was great, the food was so good especially the JFC bao
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great authentic dishes and excellent drinks using various Japanese liquors serve a young, diverse, beautiful crowd. The atmosphere is energetic, summery, with an open air feel and DJ directed trendy house vibes in the heart of Clarendon. Impressive.
  25. KW

    KrisW

    Washington DC

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A unique Asian Fusion culinary experience. Everything we ordered was delicious. The service was great and the ambiance fun.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    This is an okay option to visit with friends in my opinion. Service was okay, took forever to leave at the end of the meal because check situation took like 20 minutes. Cocktails are overpriced with little presentation. Food is okay. Sushi is fine. Nothing worth raving over. This place is best to visit when the weather is nice and you’re sitting on the patio.
  27. C

    Colleen

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food!
  28. AM

    AndrewMullen

    Wilmington

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    A great place for noisy and lively w/pumping music and hard surfaces for sounds to bounce off of, including shrieking young women. The staff is professional and charming and efficient. The eats were delicious. Best tofu fried rice I've ever had. With margaritas, the check ballooned.
  29. A

    Abigail

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, nice service, outdoor and indoor seating! Try the breakfast potatoes!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Server forgot to put food order in several times, brought out wrong food, food was cold and pork bao bun was just fat, no meat.
  31. HE

    HappyEater

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We enjoyed our first time at Bar Bao very much! Sally was so personable and a pleasure to talk with! The food was delicious and fresh! Service was great- we’re definitely going back within the week. Next time, we’ll try an outdoor table.
  32. C

    Caitlyn

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Wow the unlimited brunch and mimosas were soooo good! The only problem is that the servers tend to disappear and it's hard to find them, but they're so busy at this time that it's hard to complain. I will definitely be back for brunch :)
  33. J

    Jissel

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    My request wasn’t acknowledged. I requested a particular server due to his attentiveness. Our server was fine but didn’t come around too often.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Went for bottomless brunch and it was delicious! Had a great server as well. Small plates but you can order as many as you want and the bao buns of course are amazing
  35. E

    Elena

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service! Very nice and attentive manager and servers! The ambiance is super fun and the food is delish. I’m a big fan of their wonton nachos if you want to have a cheat meal haha
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had the best server and the overall experience was amazing
  37. AR

    AREZOUB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2021

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Everything was great except it took an hour to get our food!
  38. MK

    MariaK

    Washington DC

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place!
  39. L

    Lero

    Oklahoma City

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Terrible, terrible service. It's incredibly loud in the restaurant as well.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

FAQs

Bar Bao does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Bar Bao also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 600-0500.

Bar Bao is rated 4.2 stars by 91 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Google Map for Bar Bao

3100 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sat, Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

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