Bar Chinois

4.6
211 Reviews
$30 and under
Chinese
Bar Chinois features a Chinese Dim Sum menu by Chef Tim Ma with a French beverage program by Margaux Donati and Jacob Simpson.

Located in Mount Vernon Triangle, Bar Chinois is a short walk from the Washington Convention Center, Capital One Arena, National Mall and Union Station. If you are looking for a lively Washington, DC dining experience with great food, drink and service, we would love to host you.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 211 people are saying
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SanjaA
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the best time ever last night with my friends, the overall experience was superb. It will come back for sure!

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downtowndc
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great addition to the neighborhood!

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RyanM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The crab rangoons were incredible! It was a great place for some light food and drink with a good atmosphere. Noise level was a bit high during happy hour.

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MarE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for accommodating an extra person at the last minute. Great drinks and bites!

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vipEric
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Has a very pretentious vibe. Service was terrible. Waitress never followed up to see how anything was. Girlfriend did not like her drink and asked the waitress for another. Was not apologetic or accommodating or concerned at all and still charged us for the drink that had one sip. Had to flag her down whenever we wanted anything. We were handed the check at 90 minutes into our reservation on the top with a heavy implication we had to leave, even though there were half a dozen empty tables in there. It’s like extra effort was put in to make us leave with a bad feeling. Drinks barely had any alcohol.

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vipAH3333
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A few more items on the menu would be nice! Overall great experience.

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vipManuelO
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

Excellent food
Knowledgeable, experienced bartender
Wonderful food

We will be back soon!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was welcoming a family friend back to the DC area and wanted to visit Bar Chinois as an intro spot, and it was pretty much perfect. It is a fairly new spot, and as far as I’m concerned, it hits. Menu is concise, to the point, with a nice assortment of small bites which include a very savory trio of bao buns (available with pork or duck confit) that pair exceptionally well with the Carre Nouvelle, a cocktail that appears to be the closest and much more elegant version of an old fashioned that I have had. Due to the heavy rains on this particular evening, space was limited indoors, and we were supposed to be restricted to about an hour and thirty minutes at our table, in order to accommodate the other reservations. Margaux and her team may have noticed that my friend and I were really enjoying our conversations and libations, and courteously moved us to another table, in which we were able to sit and chat for a little while longer than the initial time allotted. I must’ve tried almost everything on the food menu, and I could eat each item, over and over again. I’m so excited to see what else makes it on the menu moving forward, and will definitely be back for some wine and bubbles!

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StuartW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

First, beware that this restaurant’s reviews include reviews from its predecessor, Prathers, despite it reopening in 2021 under a new name and concept. That could be misleading. My rating would be better if the hostess didn’t inform us that we would need to leave 30 minutes into our meal. We had a reservation at 6, were served drinks and then our food (very prompt, good service) and before we could take our first bite, the hostess told our server that we needed to be out on 20 minutes because there was a reservation for our table. So, we were asked to quickly finish our meal and leave in less than an hour from our reservation time. What the heck?? Can’t you manage your reservations better than that?? It was embarrassing to our waiter and embarrassing to my dinner guests to be asked to rush our (not particularly cheap) meal. Fortunately, our waiter was INCREDIBLE and took issue with the hostess. In all my years of eating at restaurants around the world, I have never ever been asked by the hostess to leave in less than an hour after my reservation began.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little get away with the wife after work. The drinks are excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another visit - our server Rumi was delightful and attentive!

Great job!

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DCRez
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

My biggest concern here was that none of

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overall - very good but one plate of dumplings came out cold and the bar ran out of kambucha - great to have this place re-open - love the menu and ambiance

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SarahN
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience with the lighting, a phenomenal energy to the place. Loved all the little bite food that was paired perfectly with excellent cocktails. Service was quick and attentive. So glad this place opened up!

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vipRory
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So fun! Great happy hour

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vipRubenH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

So noisy you end up with a sorethroat. The food and drinks were excellent

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vipGraceK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food came out so quickly, you know it’s been sitting around. Drinks were fine, but food was such a let down.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Really great flavors, but tiny tiny portions for the price. We were surprised to only get 4 small dumplings per portion, and under poured cocktails. We had hoped to love this restaurant, but won’t be back.

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CarlosC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, decor, ambience, and food!! Will definitley be going back soon. Great spot for either dinner or drinks

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CourtB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience overall! Went hoping for dinner but I’d say it’s more of a cocktail bar with amazing small plates. For two people we ordered 4 small plates and left very satisfied! Great environment and very cool concept! Would absolutely go again!

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vipDCYP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dumplings are fantastic and the drinks were great!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

I know they just opened, so hopefully they will get better with time, but the service was abysmal. We were seated and then no one ever came to take our order. We moved to the bar, but the bartender was flirting with some guy, so she didn’t take our order either. Our original waiter came over and apologized and offered to give us a free round of drinks. We never received these. It was also too loud inside. I won’t be returning for a long time.

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RinkuP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

music was too loud, trouble
hearing the person next to me. Food was okay.

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RohanM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and beverage service.

Exceeded every expectation.

Will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Epic spot!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it for date night

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ethans
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was EXCELLENT. Cool vibe. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Unprofessional and slow service. This is my first and last time at this restaurant.

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mnw538
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great spot for brunch! Had their mimosa special- $24 for a bottle and a carafe of OJ/grapefruit juice!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service
Highly recommended

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Had brunch - food wasn’t great, service was bad. Good location and fine ambiance. Cocktails are great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Attended this venue during their restaurant week menu on a Saturday. It was apparent that they were a bit overwhelmed with the volume of people and as a result had to wait about 15-20mins past our reservation time. However, this unfortunate fact was made up intentionally by their attention to service and recognition of the inconvenience. Food was certainly flavorful and a great collection of options. Drink cocktails were on point as well (Night Train and Northington were great for Whiskey/Bourbon drinkers). Great atmosphere for a date night as well. Will go again on a regular evening.

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Janinke
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The place is hip and cool. It has a great bar. Staff were very nice. But the food was not a great value for a restaurant week. One of the weakest experiences compared to other restaurants we went to. I would not recommend friends to give it a try.

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vipakararules
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great meal personally. One friend's food came out later than everyone else and wasn't very good (chicken) but didn't necessarily detract from the overall experience. Not normally one to write reviews and wouldnt have if we weren't rudely asked to vacate our table not 10 minutes after paying our checks. Maybe it was because it was restaurant week, I'm not sure. I would still recommend others go but just beware they may have overbooked and you may need to prepare for a place to go to chat and relax immediately after finishing your meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and drinks

LJ
vipLouisJr
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Service was absolutely slow. Took over an hour to receive our food and the waiter gave no explanation as to why others received similar dishes much sooner than we had, even though we’d arrived and placed our orders much earlier.

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hAirguy
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service, friendly staff, delicious cocktails.

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MalucyDC
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Modern yet cozy vibe with awesome comfort food, fun cocktails and great wine. It's my new go to spot for a girls night out! Lively bar scene also; great service and friendly staff. Loved their fingerling potatoes, shrimp cocktail, steak tar tar, and brussell sprouts.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Terrible customer service, bartender slow, gave wine in dirty glass and took half hour to get a new one - service for food was bad..there are better places in city- do not waste your money here

FAQs

Bar Chinois offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 838-9633.

Bar Chinois is rated 4.6 stars by 211 OpenTable diners.

Bar Chinois does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/prathers-on-the-alley/giftcards.

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.