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Kaliwa, Washington, DC

Kaliwa

3.8
3.8
106 Reviews
$30 and under
Asian
Award-Winning, Michelin Bib Gourmand 2022 Recepient! Created by Celebrated Chef and Resterantuer Cathal Armstrong, Kaliwa presents upscale, South East Asian fare accompanied by vibrant cocktails in classy, waterfront digs. Enjoy interpretations of Thai, Filipino and Korean dishes under a sky of eclectic chandeliers, or dine Al Fresca on the patio overlooking the bustling waterfront.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 69 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Korean, Thai

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 11:30 am–10:00 pm Thu 11:30 am–10:30 pm Fri–Sun 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 516-4739

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Cathal Armstrong

  • Neighborhood

    Southwest Waterfront

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 106 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We eat here a lot! We only sit at the bar right in front of the kitchen. Watching the team is magical. The food is delicious, the staff is very nice, overall am amazing experience. We live in the neighborhood and always have a great time when we pop in.
  2. MM

    MisterMax

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    Short staffed. Took over an hour just to get drinks. Food came with no plates. Kind of a disaster.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    103 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    103 reviews

    Dined today

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Unfortunately, the A/C wasn’t working—on a busy Saturday during 90 degree weather. That definitely impacted the ambience. Plus they had the lights on pretty bright until about 9 PM. Service was fair. I felt we were begging for water. And given the heat, we didn’t have ice until we asked for it. We tried Filipino and Korean dishes. Eggroll lumpia tasted OK but the wrapper was so thick it wasn’t fully cooked inside. The mango salad was good, but the mango was more of a garnish. Beef Galbi had great flavor. We didn’t try any of the cocktails, because we have been drinking earlier in the day and really just wanted to eat. However the cocktail menu was interesting. We might try it again when they’re not having air-conditioning issues, but we wouldn’t go out of our way.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    We’d been to Kaliwa a few years back and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, it’s barely recognizable as the same place at this point. The service was atrocious - it took about 30 minutes after ordering to receive our initial cocktails and somehow went downhill from there (though to be clear, the cocktails also were not very good). The entire dinner took over 2 hours (not for any reason other than the fact that we would have 30 minute stretches without any service). Following the initial cocktail issues we switched to a bottle of wine. After around 15 minutes it arrived, corked and unopened. No glasses. Just a sweaty, $76 bottle of wine plopped on the table. Asked for glasses, which came somewhat quickly. Then had to ask for someone to open the wine for us. Commence 5-10 minute search for someone who had (and knew how to use) a corkscrew. At that point, there was nothing for us to do but laugh and the unopened bottle of wine was the highlight of the evening. The food was…okay. Fried curry meatballs were inedibly salty (and didn’t taste even remotely like curry) and the satay was soggy and pretty tiny. Both orders of the short rib were primarily fat. The Panang curry (both chicken and beef) were both apparently pretty good (though the waiter had no clue which was which). Ultimately, the bill for all of this was roughly $120/per person and I can’t remember a dining experience where I got less bang for that buck.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So good - great service, great food, awesome experience
  6. K

    Kris

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food with a wide variety of flavors, beautiful ambience and great service!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Service was good however the food wasn’t.
  8. m

    matthews

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Service was slow and sporadic ; upstairs patio was hot. Food was fantastic
  9. M

    Minionbon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Curry was very salty. The tuna salad is not traditional Korean hoedupbap.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Pad thai flavoring strange and basil fried rise bland bland bland. Not good value.
  11. CI

    CarolI

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Food and staff were very good. Small things bothersome: very warm indoors, no ice in water, paper napkins, apps with no plates.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    No substitutions with sides on menu. Steak was overly cooked then under cooked, disappointing as it's the most expensive meal on menu. Spring rolls and drunken noodles... delish! & beautiful decor !
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Great service. Food was ok. Not worth the money. You are paying for their rent.
  14. L

    Lauren

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    The food was okay. Some meals were better than others. But they were brought out at different times. One of us was waiting ten minutes longer than the rest for their food. The service was poor. We never had water. The ambiance was great but it was hot in there.
  15. AT

    AlexT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easy to accommodate large group of us for lunch
  16. Z

    Zaynab

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Poor Service. Average food. Good Ambiance. I wouldn't go there again
  17. M

    Mariad

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and great service! The pork belly was amazing!
  18. KW

    KarenW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Our server was great but the restaurant was too hot. An event on the upper level was so loud we could not have a conversation across the table. The beer was warm which is not what you want when it’s 95F. Food decent but pricey. Finding an Asian joint off waterfront would have been better value.
  19. EM

    ElsbethM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Food was amazing, service was kind of a slow mess, but they were nice.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience2
    Restaurant was so hot it was unenjoyable. Uncomfortable chairs, disorganized service (although waiter was good once we got one). Good quality was great
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Air conditioner was out.
  22. GS

    GuillermoS

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Table was moving and unstable; we waited 10 minutes for being seated once we checked in; ordered champagne and it was not cold, food was not that good, service was not good.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We reserved outdoor seating but since it was drizzling we requested to be moved inside. We knew that our friend also reserved a table and asked if we can be in one long table. They accommodated both our requests. The food was excellent too!
  24. BB

    BoeingBuff

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    I was super excited about this place - I love a good fusion restaurant and am in Love with the Wharf. But the food was just really under-whelming. The noodles and pork dish was super salty and the chicken satay had little flavor. I thought the decor was stunning, the vibe great, the service staff wonderful and attentive but the food was a big miss.
  25. C

    Conor

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    We really didn't have a great experience. The food was decent but overpriced (especially the oysters) for what we got. Our food took a long time to come out and our server missed several items as well. Also, the place was really hot and loud — very little attention was paid to the acoustics of the place. Certainly not a place we'll be going to again given all of the options at the Wharf.
  26. EH

    EricH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We had a party of 11. Two of our guests’ meals never came and everyone else’s meals came spaced about ten minutes apart. Drink service ended when the food started coming. Most of us had empty water glasses. Rice was undercooked and crunchy. Server offered to take some items off the bill but after 20 minutes of waiting produced a bill that still had the items on it.
  27. BG

    BethG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Fatty ribs, mediocre noodles, service that required begging for attention
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food was absolutely amazing. Everything was delicious. Three dishes shared between two people was perfect, even had some leftovers. Truly a favorite in the city.
  29. PD

    PzeDamus

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Heard very good things and was expecting it to be good, if not great. Disappointed in the food and service. Restaurant appeared to be way understaffed for a Saturday evening. Food was decent at best.
  30. JL

    JordanL

    Atlanta

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Service was poor, very little attention to detail. Food came out at different times and cold. The short-rib was beyond fatty. Barely had any meat for $40. This was my fourth time at Kaliwa and was nothing like the other three. I will not be going back.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Short rib fried rice was extremely fatty ribs, the pad Thai wasn't delicious. Everything was rather pricey.
  32. J

    Jeff

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Service couldn't be worse! One meal was served. 20 minutes later, we were still waiting for the other meal. When they served the first meal, they gave no method of eating it. No utensils. When the 2nd dinner finally arrived the 1st meal was stone cold. They said, "its the way we serve, when ready". People go out to eat "together", not as a relay meal. Stupid liars. Couldn't admit they forgot the meal. It take much to more run a business than a trendy haircut. Stay away!
  33. BT

    BrookeT

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    Service was slow. Wait staff was visibly prepping for shift change as customers awaited meals. Mango Salad was great but had too much red onion. PadThai sauce was soupy. Flavor was there but fleeting. Blue Crab Curry was great. Rice was over cooked and mushy. Not a great birthday celebration spot.
  34. j

    jamiel

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All was great and nice to sit outside and ppl watch while enjoying friends and food
  35. JF

    JedF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious food, polite staff, and a pleasant atmosphere by the wharf.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every year on July 4th we visit this restaurant with a large group. We had 35 this time around and it’s always a great time spent at the Wharf. The food is absolutely the best!!! The service was top notch as it always is!! Definitely recommend!!!
  37. D

    Dinner4two

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    Not sure who wrote those past reviews or maybe I just went there when the C team was there. Seated and waited 10 minutes before I had to go ask for server. Wife ordered a Pineapple Margarita and the drink came back with some hard black grains in it, egg rolls tasted awful but the dip will mask 80% of the taste, Thai basil rice with chicken tasted better with the ribs dip, not even sure who was the server.... And after that ordeal, I had to go to the bar in order to pay my bill and leave..........WILL NOT RETURN.
  38. EC

    ECRam

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Bright and airy restaurant on the wharf with fun decor. Try the Sisig rice and the calamansi margarita.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is excellent. Great food from across Asia and tasty beverages. I recommend sitting at the bar of the open kitchen and watching the excellent staff make magic happen!
  40. MG

    MGall

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    I did not enjoy my food. My companion was polite about it, but I don't think he liked his, either. We're both adventurous eaters, so it wasn't because the food was unfamiliar. It just didn't taste good. I really like salty food, but my entree was so salty that I abandoned it half-way through. The service was uneven - some things were quite well done, and appreciated, but other things, like one entree being served significantly after the other, were not up to professional standard. The waitstaff were pleasant, and I maybe everyone's just a bit rusty. But I wouldn't go back there until I heard from someone I know that the food has dramatically improved (or get a recommendation for a few dishes that they do really well).

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Kaliwa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 516-4739.

Kaliwa is rated 3.8 stars by 106 OpenTable diners.

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 69 times today
Google Map for Kaliwa

751 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC 20024-3433

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Southwest Waterfront

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 11:30 am–10:00 pm Thu 11:30 am–10:30 pm Fri–Sun 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Korean, Thai

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Cathal Armstrong

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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