Bar Bao

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34 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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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1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

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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SS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

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

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JF
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

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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KB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed the food and great service!

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was a solid B. Overall experience was good. Would return but not in a hurry.

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k
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

I used to love Bar Bao, esp the Hangover Soup. This time, we had someone with a soy allergy and we were very careful in specifying with the waiter. The food arrived, served by someone else, and no one said that it had soy in it. It caused a significant problem for our guest.

My salad was overdressed and the dressing was too sweet. The service was not attentive and the number of different people supporting our table, but not being the official waiter, made things disjointed in our communications.

I would no longer recommend.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super friendly. Food was good. Drinks were quite interesting.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Definitely recommend the tuna poke nachos. The shrimp bao bun was good as were the fried pork dumplings. The fried rice was ok. Service could have been better, the waiter left us alone for longer than necessary (we could have ordered at least another two drinks but didn’t have the chance) and it took awhile to get and pay the check. The space is pretty cool and it seems like it turns into a club type atmosphere after 8.

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RS
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and good cocktails, service is decent

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ET
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It wasnt bad, but I've definitely had better. I miss Ping Pong

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RG
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were wonderful! I would suggest any of the baos, as they were all delicious. The mochi paradise cocktail was also amazing! I wish the restaurant was a little more busy that night, it was pretty quiet for what seems like the vibe of a leveled-up sports bar.

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DB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Rob was a great server. Second time there I haven been disappointed. Great bottomless brunch.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was good, but I wasn’t amazed. Also the whole table’s bao buns came out mixed into different trays, so it was a little confusing trying to locate your order across the trays

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R
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Some of the food was overcooked, but overall the bottomless brunch was good.

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PM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Very disappointing! The food was mediocre, except for the shu mai. They were out of the wine we ordered and out of the barbecubed pork buns. The other food that we got was not great...won’t go back!

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BS
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food in a friendly atmosphere. We joined friends outside and had a lovely time sharing plates. Enjoyed every single dish we ordered. Our waitress Amelia was attentive and cordial. Will definitely be returning.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Got Three Bao Buns which were about ~$12, I don't eat much so most would probably prefer 4. Very good, very small though. Good spice level and most vegetarians would find the selection decent. The menu is a asian fusion mix, with about 10 or so Bao selections. Good happy hour selection with a nice sport bar ish setup outdoors. Def recommend.

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CB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Waitress was incredibly inattentive. It was more than 30 minutes before we had anything but water on our table. Also, the bill came back screwed up. Considering the restaurant was not busy, there could not have been an excuse for such terrible service.

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M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sunday brunch with a friend and my husband food and service were amazing! Peanut butter- Nutella French toast is out of this works and a must have!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Was loud so not good if you're looking for somewhere quiet.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, staff was super friendly, and dishes with nuts were clearly marked. The shrimp bun was my favorite, though I did expect it to be more spicy than it was. The spicy chicken bun was a close second, and the tuna poke wonton nachos were delightful. The wonton was crisp and airy, the tuna was fresh, and the veggies were perfect.

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j
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

We tried this on a whim! It was delicious and great happy hour prices!

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c
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was incredible!!!!!

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A
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great spot! The tuna nachos are a must. The food came out timely and the service was on point !

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K
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This food is delicious! The brunch pho is amazing, as is the orange chicken and bao buns. So good!

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J
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here on date night and had such an amazing time. We really cannot stop talking about how much fun we had. Alex our server was so laid back and got us well fed and had good drink recommendations. The seating is curved so we were able to get silly and have a good time together. We don’t get to go out much so this was so awesome. We will definitely be back!!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was a little lacking but it was super busy. Everything else was delicious

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S
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for lunch. Good asian flare and the pricing was appropriate. I'll go again but this time we'll try dinner.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff an d service. Shrimp sumai and fried pork bao buns were a good start. Hangover soup was superb. I liked the bulgogi breakfast cheese steak but not the bread, not a fan of hard crust baguette.

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CG
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was amazing. Food was delicious. A great experience all around

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First timer. Place looks very low-key & unassuming. Food was amazing, drinks were great, and the service was timely & WONDERFUL!!

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