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Bar Chinois, Washington, DC
Award-winning

Bar Chinois

4.6
4.6
527 Reviews
$30 and under
Chinese
Since opening in October 2021, Bar Chinois has been recognized for its constantly-evolving Chinese menu combined with a signature French-inspired cocktail and wine program. Recent accolades include being listed in the Michelin Dining Guide USA and the Washington Post Fall Dining Guide.

Located in Mount Vernon Triangle, Bar Chinois is a short walk from the Washington Convention Center, Capital One Arena, National Mall and Union Station. We offer happy hour specials Monday-Saturday from 5 pm-7 pm and a bottomless brunch on Sundays.

If you are looking for an energetic Washington, DC dining experience with great food, drink and service, we would love to host you!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Chinese, Chinese (Canton)
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–1:00 am Fri, Sat 11:00 am–2:00 am Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 838-9633
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Chef Satang Ruangsangwatana
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Shaw
  • Cross street
    5th and I Streets NW
  • Parking details
    Metered street parking. Numerous parking garages and lots within a three block radius.
  • Public transit
    Closest metro stations are Chinatown, Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center, Judiciary Square and Union Station. DC Circulator bus stops on Massachusetts Ave. NW and 5th Street NW and a number of other bus stops nearby.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Experiences

  • Capital Pride Drag Brunch with Cake Pop!

    $35.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Jun 9, 2024 only
    Come celebrate Capital Pride with us at our monthly Drag Brunch hosted by Cake Pop! Tickets are $35. Food and beverage are a la carte. We also have a bottomless drinks option for $30 before and during the show which includes bottomless mimosas, select beers and Stateside vodka spritzers until 3:00pm. All reservations can be seated as early as 12pm and the show begins at 1pm. Tickets are non-refundable and adults age 21+ only. Don't forget to bring cash for tipping entertainers!

What 527 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

527 Reviews
  1. Andrew

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and fantastic drag! Great service and an overall ton of fun.

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  2. Paddy

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Happy hour deals rock. Excellent cocktails at half price. Friendly staff and delicious dumplings

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I love the food and drinks at Bar Chinois! It’s a fun happy hour to take a part in. Unfortunately the hostess at the front was very rude and upon arrival to our reservation told me that we only have our table for an 1.5 hours. As someone who worked in the service industry I know this is a big no-no. If it weren’t for her rude remarks and attitude I would have given 4 stars!

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  4. milan

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Went for brunch, food was good, but could have benefitted from having more predictable serving sizes, ie some dumplings come in sets of 3 or 4 or 5 or more? It was hard to predict how much we needed to order to share between 5 people. Also no coffee with brunch 😖

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  5. CantStopTalkingAboutIt

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Fun restaurant. I would have chose differently just because we were meeting friends that we hadn’t seen in a long time and it was very difficult to have a conversation. However the food was good and the lighting was fun!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service friendly staff, delicious food, what more can you ask for.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and great service! Happy hour food and drinks were excellent, vibes were on 100. The only thing I would say is that the music is really really loud.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, cocktails and ambience were fantastic, but I think their kitchen was short staffed the night we were there. With that said, everything was worth the wait and we will be returning!

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  9. Alexis

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was OK. The chicken was super tough and dry and the portions are soooo tiny. Drinks were overpriced and super watered-down

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  10. Dana

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bar Chinois was amazing! The dumplings (especially the chicken ones and the shumai) were perfect and the cocktails were great. Our server was also amazing, as were all other staff we interacted with! Will 100% come back.

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  11. Wanakee

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was AMAZING!! My husband and I went for brunch. We had the bottomless drinks and ordered some appetizers and small plates. My husband ordered beer and I got mimosas. Mimosas r the better value. They filled my glass constantly and gave methe juices to mix for my refills. We ordered crab ragoon, red chili wontons, gyoza, pork belly bao, and breakfast fried rice. All were delicious! Service was good too. Everyone was very attentive.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was microwaved where the center was flaming hot and the outside cold. We waited on a bottle of wine to be chilled which then arrived lukewarm after 15 minutes. All of the two tops were shoved together while tables around the restaurant sat empty. We had to shout at one another to hear each other. There was also a street light glaring into the window on us. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! Food was awesome, drinks quick and good! A little slow to get service as it was quite busy but very friendly!

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  14. WinWoldu

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Brunch at Bar Chinois was absolutely my favorite, the cocktails are amazing and that chicken curry is always craveable. I love the small plates and being able to try so many different things. It’s always an enjoyable meal.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food for a good price. Loved Luis as our waiter, very attentive and friendly. Bottomless mimosas was also great deal. One of the cheapest I’ve seen in DC.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The drinks are excellent and happy hour is excellent—would definitely go back for that. The kaarage chicken was very tough and the lu rou fan was incredibly salty. For dinner, not recommended. But for happy hour, you can’t get any better.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and interesting drinks. I now see why people love coming during the happy hour special.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Caught the last 30 minutes of happy hour so it was packed! We enjoyed the 1/2 off cocktails and $4 for 4 dumplings. Everything was delicious!

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  19. Jewels

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience all around! Service, food, and ambiance.

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  20. Bembry

    Baltimore

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great waitress, food was good, drinks were good. Not much more you could ask for!

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  21. Aileen

    New York City

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food had very good flavor profiles, came quickly and was reasonably priced. However, crème brûlée was cold!Great friendly service too!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall awesome. Staff very friendly and helpful.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The absolute best! We always have the most amazing experience here. Everyone and everything is always top notch. Highly recommend!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Too loud, food taste like sweet peanuts, crab rangoons and karaage were bussin tho.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drinks were top notch! Staff were very friendly and accommodating! Will definitely be back.

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  26. EmilyD

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love BC. I come here all the time for happy hour. The food is delicious and the cocktails are beautiful and very tasty. Service is quick and prices are fair.

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  27. SantiagoM

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere and some food. Want tongo back because the entree is ordered was not my favorite

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  28. RVladimer

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    This bar is very busy and not that large so it gets really loud inside. Just something to be aware of! There are tables against a spot in the bar where folks stand and it’s a little awkward to effectively eat dinner under someone standing above you. Food and drinks are good. Happy hour is a great deal.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Little confusion with having our table ready and the waitress was a bit annoyed about a gluten intolerance but overall we had a great time and tipped generously to compensate for any inconvincence

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    We arrived a few minutes latedue to parking. Upon arrival we were reminded of the 90-minute dining window. No worries, we were aware and they didn't force us out at 90-minutes. Though, we did constantly need to check our watch, so while they didn't force us out we "felt" rushed. We arrived in time for Happy Hour (on a Saturday!), got to enjoy 1/2 priced basic dumplings and cocktails. Both were worth 1/2 price. We also ordered a few Small Bites. Both were average, though I liked the mushroom salad more than my wife (and I don't particularly like mushrooms). The duck spring rolls did not taste much of duck. Into the entrees, this was a bright spot. We both loved our entrees (salmon and pork belly). Very delicious and portioned well. I wouldn't necessarily go back for the entrees (or apps) but maybe if I'm in the area. Service was meh, they forgot to bring our entrees for a good 20-25 minutes, especially when we had 90 minutes to dine. Appetizers and small plates were VERY fast. Wouldn't travel into the city for this restaurant again but, if we're in the area, we might go back.

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  31. Asgi

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super good we loved it! The vibe was exactly what we were looking for and the food was amazing.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good and value were great. A little noisy and sometimes hard to place new orders. However tables were cleared very quickly.

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  33. CharlotteH

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Arrived for 5p reservation - by 6p the noise level was deafening. While the food was very good and well-priced, and the service exceptional, we couldn’t wait to get out of there. My ear drums were aching. Won’t go back but would order take out.

    1 person found this helpful

  34. FJS81

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    At time was had by all for Drag Brunch Sunday!!! Can’t remember the last time I had such a great time in DC. The drag brunch is a must must must. Without the drag brunch, this is just about one of my favorite places to go and grab a beverage or a meal. The staff is top notch and incredibly attentive to the guests. This place is basically a home run.

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  35. Kitty5

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We attended the drag brunch and had the best time ever! The food was amazing, as was the wait staff- they were helpful and attentive and created such a great environment!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing, the best experience ever. I will be more the happy to be back here again.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing restaurant, food, service, and vibe on point!!!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great. Didn’t know it was restaurant week but was able to get a reservation. I enjoyed everything. Match crème brûlée is delicious.

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  39. AlexanderK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Went for restaurant week and wasn't disappointed. Food was overall delicious, and the serving size was very fair. Try the Au Pear Affair cocktail made with Ten To One rum, it's fantastic. And Tues-Sunday they have a nice happy hour that focuses on cocktails - half off!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The curry chicken was incredible, and the food was overall delicious. One of the best meals I’ve had in DC. The only thing that takes off points was the host’s attitude. In the bad weather conditions, we were a bit late (15 minutes). She told me not once, but twice that we only were allowed to sit at our table for 1 1/2 hours, and that our time started at the reservation time not the arrival time. It was no problem as we were done well before, but the way the host delivered the information was in a pretty condescending and rude manner. If the restaurant was at capacity I would understand the attitude more, however, the restaurant was about half full both when we arrived and when we left.

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FAQs

Bar Chinois does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Bar Chinois also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 838-9633.

Bar Chinois is rated 4.6 stars by 527 OpenTable diners.

Bar Chinois does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bar Chinois

455 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001-3054

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross street
    5th and I Streets NW
  • Neighborhood
    Shaw
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–1:00 am Fri, Sat 11:00 am–2:00 am Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Chinese, Chinese (Canton)
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Metered street parking. Numerous parking garages and lots within a three block radius.
  • Public transit
    Closest metro stations are Chinatown, Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center, Judiciary Square and Union Station. DC Circulator bus stops on Massachusetts Ave. NW and 5th Street NW and a number of other bus stops nearby.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chef Satang Ruangsangwatana
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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