Bar Bao

4.5
69 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.

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
What 69 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The service was great, the food was so good especially the JFC bao

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vipOpenTable Diner
Caribbean
10 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.

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vipKrisW
Washington DC
33 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
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.

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Colleen
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food!

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AndrewMullen
Wilmington
8 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.

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Abigail
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, nice service, outdoor and indoor seating! Try the breakfast potatoes!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
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.

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HappyEater
New Orleans
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.

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vipCaitlyn
Washington DC
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 :)

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Jissel
Washington DC
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
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

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vipElena
Washington DC
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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had the best server and the overall experience was amazing

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AREZOUB
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Everything was great except it took an hour to get our food!

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vipMariaK
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

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vipLero
Oklahoma City
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food!

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AwalinS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made reservation, went there, and saw the restaurant is closed, I was supposed to meet a friend, and we were both dumb founded. If they are gonna be closed, why did they accept our reservation?

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! We had a la carte brunch, the food came in small plates but was so delicious. I highly recommend the breakfast bao and chicken and waffles!! They were very friendly and nice. We were visiting Virginia and look forward to returning in the future!

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momof4va
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and drinks are delicious. Go at Happy hour for great prices. My only complaint is that all of the accompaning sauces were too spicy. I like spicy, but these were nuclear. Have some tamer sauces would have sent dinner over the top.

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BarbaraT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there because we were going to a party later in the neighborhood. Also a friend of our family’s is part owner.
WE LOVED IT! I’m not much of a sushi person but everything was delicious! Especially the Bao Buns! And Peter made the experience so fun for us. We’ll definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Wait staff made sure we got to taste the entire menu, even bringing out food we didn’t order to make sure we got to try all of their best dishes! We never had to wait for a refill. We felt very taken care of!

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vipTmarbs
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! Tasty menu. Our waiter was awesome and so helpful. The service was great! Our waters were never empty. We regret not trying this place out sooner as we are nearby but did not hear much about it. It’s unsuspecting and sneaky good! Will be back to try the other menu items.

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ThaddeusH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at this establishment. Invited by a mutual friend. He told me that Bar Bao really parties on Saturday's. It was nothing short of the truth. I recommend Bar Bao any given Saturday! I will be back soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for a work group

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vipComiendoenLA
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Buena variedad y buenos precios

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food service and drinks

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Jco71
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We specifically went for the bottomless brunch, so our table of 6 practically tried everything on the menu. The pork belly bao and calamari were standout winners. Well that and the 99 cent mimosas. A lot was good. Some was meh. Overall too much creamy sauce put on top of food that would have already tasted delicious on its own (smoked salmon benedict drowning in hollandaise, seaweed salad that was better without the sauce and cheesesteak bao that sauce detracted from what was probably tasty but couldn't tell because it was overwhelmed by sauce). The service was really great, they checked in on us multiple times, made good recommendations, and made sure we could just talk and enjoy ourselves while they offered to select most of the orders. Have been there twice for brunch and both times was surprised that only a few other tables were taken. Guess must be more of a night spot.

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vipTiffanyI
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Went there for brunch. I like the atmosphere but the food was just ok. Our server (Sara) was nice but she was forgetful on a few things.

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vipstatusk
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Good place for happy hour. It's really a bar now than a restaurant. Sushi Special on Wednesdays and good happy hour prices everyday. Don't expect great restaurant service but what you might get at a typical Bart.

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vipAnonymous
Washington DC
99 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

stopped in for their lunch special bento box for $15 every day for lunch, it was great you get to choose from several dumplings and sushi rolls. We will be back next Wed for their half price sushi special!

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Nope
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

There was literally no one else in the restaurant and our food took over 20 minutes to come out. The server had told us our baos would come out quickly then went to sit in the corner to stare at his phone. I had to literally get his attention and he tried to compensate with sake shots for the table. I'm not sure who else the kitchen possibly could've been cooking for but the food took way too long. Food was not worth the price and the wait. Thanks, but no thanks.

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vipJason
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome spot! We’re very happy to come across Bar Bao. Not for people looking for a quiet atmosphere. It was lively. The service was excellent. The food was really good! We look forward to going back! Thanks

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We arrived for our reservation and opted to sit outside for our meal. There were lots of high top tables available and outside was self seating. The food was delicious but it took nearly an hour for an food to arrive. We ordered an appetizer, but it was brought out with the dinner portion (not requested). Our server seemed interested in flirting with other patrons rather than inquiring about our needs. We had to flag down another server to refill our drinks. At no time did our server check on us while we were waiting for our food or apologize for the delay. The two top table next to us, which was seated at least 15 minutes after us received all their food (which most of it the same menu items) before us. Our food arrived after we sought out the server to inquire about our meal and came out in various intervals. Was disappointed with the overall experience and will probably not go back.

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StephenS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Probably a great spot at night as a bar but underwhelming as a restaurant for brunch.

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JacobF
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Summary: Food was tasty but portions were extremely small for the price.

Food: I ordered three of the Bao buns (JFC, short rib, and braised pork belly). They were tasty, but very small—you could eat each bun in about one bite. My friend ordered an entree (the sesame poke bowl), and she liked it, but that looked like a small portion too.

Service: Our server was polite and friendly. We would have liked it if she had stopped by our table a little more often, though.

Ambience: I don’t recommend going during trivia if you want to be able to hear your companion(s).

Value: Not a good value. Unless you’re OK with spending a lot of money, don’t expect to get enough to eat.

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Kyle
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

the food really was not very good, the menu was obviously set up for a bottomless meal which my friend and i were not looking for, but the service was good. I definitely thought 2 of the 4 small plates i ordered were not fresh / kind of cold.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed the food and great service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food & service! Will be back for the wings and dim sum :)

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 4.5 stars by 69 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.