Bar Chinois

4.5
199 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 199 people are saying
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Noise · Moderate
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DCRez
London
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

My biggest concern here was that none of

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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

GK
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
1 review
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

CB
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!

DC
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.

RM
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
Washington DC
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.

MD
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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food, and drinks are always amazing.

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vipDominicG
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

This is much more of a bar than a restaurant, which was not what I was hoping for. Food was pretty good, though the desert well above par. Drinks were very good. Server was a bit pushy.

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TheFatFox
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Prather's epitomizes the trendy restaurant that exist to take advantage of the foodie craise. Their menu is a shortlist of overpriced uninspired new American staples. Our servicer not only got a member of our table's orders wrong but the service, in general, was painfully slow. Despite the restaurant being empty, it took us about two and a half hours to simply have entrees. There are better cheaper options in the same neighborhood.

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AWESOME
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

It was ok, we are going to come back for dinner and update the review then.

HJ
vipHJHJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, drinks, atmosphere, and service! Great ownership group as well. One of the best places in DC.

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Gary
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

My wife and I were both disappointed. The food was decent, but nothing amazing. We ordered the summer salad with labne and zatar. It came with barely a smear of labne, and the beets in the salad were beyond salty. The main courses were nothing special either. The service was very slow and inside the noise was way too high. There are way too many good food choices in DC to waste your time and money here.

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KevinM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The whole experience was very awkward. To start, we asked the host if we could change tables- the table he sat us at was directly in the sun. He said they were fully booked and he wouldn't be able to change us. 90% of the tables were open and remained open the entire time we were there.

Our waiter was incredibly obnoxious and over eager. He said awkward statements throughout the dinner and kept cutting off our conversation multiple times throughout the dinner-- more than normal.

The food was okay- the ribs were very dry and came in an awkward three- everything else was okay but the environment and staff turned us off.

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Sami
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Super slow service. Food was ok.

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Pickierthanithink
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Delicious food, great service, but ridiculous noise level. I found myself yelling across the table at my friend. I'd recommend this place but would always clarify that guests should expect an uncomfortably high level of noise.

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vipMizzle
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

This was my first and last time at Prather's. The environment is nice--really posh actually. A very straight-forward menu with a few unique elements. The service we experienced with Reyes was subpar and we felt ignored for most of the dining experience. Had the brussels (fair), mac n' cheese (do not recommend) and we both had burgers (star of the show). The fries were fried fingerling potatoes which we both adored. The cocktails were well-crafted, too! Everyone else in the establishment appeared to be enjoying their meals--they didn't look like us though.

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AlisaH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This is a great neighborhood spot. The charcuterie board is excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Really loved the brunch I had here. One of the best I’ve had in awhile. I look forward to returning for other meals.

FAQs

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

Bar Chinois is rated 4.5 stars by 199 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.