Bar Chinois

4.6
234 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 234 people are saying
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vipElizabeth
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Delicious food and an amazing deal for Restuarant Week! Only wish they had the corn porridge on the main menu :(.

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MaryL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A hipster place with good plates and drinks. Perfect date place.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had our first visit for Restaurant Week and everything was incredible. The happy hour deal (1/2 price cocktails) even runs on Saturday, so we also took advantage of that. Overall, we got a good sampling of their dishes and loved everything. My favorite would probably be the 1970's Garlic Noodles. Will definitely be back

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Ange
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding across the board! Food was inventive and delicious. Cocktails were so good too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went for Restaurant Week & it was packed!
We were seated right away & greeted warmly.
Food was EXCELLENT!!
Cocktails were just OK but wine selection was wonderful!
Good was AMAZING! It was our first time dining here but will NOT be the last!
The only hiccup was in good service - again, it was packed for restaurant week - 1 app came but not the other (took nearly 20min) & then dessert arrived 15 or so min after our entrees has arrived. Resulted in cold dessert which would have been better served warm. Other than that great atmosphere & food!

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Olga
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Cute restaurant bar in Penn Quarter. Drinks were amazing and menu had interesting food options that we're pretty good. The service was spectacular and the place seemed pretty clean.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The flavors were fantastic! I loved the food. I will definitely add to my weekly restaurant rotation

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vipfoodieinDc
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to multiple DC establishments where Frank is the bartender, and he never disappoints. Jake was great, too. Both gentlemen were hospitable, courteous, and very easy on the eyes. The food was delicious- and I will definitely be back.

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RRyan
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It took about 45 minutes to be seated (with a reservation) and get our drink order in. The service was very slow,
Presumably because they were understaffed. The food was fantastic.

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BeeHova
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Drinks, service, and ambience are all great. Food leaves a lot to be desired.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SO delicious, reasonable prices, great happy hour deal and fun atmosphere! Will be going again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was AMAZING and the service was great. Will absolutely be back soon.

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Alexa
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, and ambiance! I can’t wait to go back.

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vipFJS81
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. Love dining here.

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vipManuelO
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

PLEASE revert back to your previous chicken Marsala recipe. What you are presently serving is tougher than a dog chew toy and is absolutely not good

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MargotA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg this is my new favorite restaurant. I love it so much. Such a gem

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Baloney
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed and awesome food. When we got there, we were told we needed to finish in 90 min. Found this to be tacky and at first was very turned off. Food and service made up for it though!

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KeithP
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Walked in with my fiancé and hostess immediately made us feel like we were not wanted. Took while to get service. Wrong drink order. Dumplings we’re flavorless. Definitely waste of noney

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vipFabulous
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Food and Service!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service as always!

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BetsyP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience overall! The staff was great and food was tasty!

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vipNGrand
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were able to get happy hour prices at our table. Service was delightful.

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vipzendiner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food and service are good. But even on a Saturday night, it's rude to tell your guests that they are expected to vacate their table within 90 minutes. Given the loud and monotonous soundtrack, we were happy to vacate after 60.

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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
12 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
7 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
7 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

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 234 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.