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Kaliwa, Washington, DC
Award-winning

Kaliwa

3.6
3.6
665 Reviews
$30 and under
Asian


Award-Winning, Michelin Bib Gourmand 2024 Recipient! 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 35 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Asian, Korean, Thai
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Tue 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 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
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • 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, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 665 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.6
3.6 based on recent ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.1Value

NoiseModerate

665 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Dinner for 4 before theater. Excellent service and delicious food. Loved the blue crab curry.

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  2. Local

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Similar reviews as others that I should have listened to- group of 5 on a Sunday at 2pm so restaurant was not busy. Service was slow (but very polite and friendly). Drinks too over 10 minutes to get. All the main dishes had too much salt, although appetizers did not. Everyone’s food came out at different times, about 5-8 minutes apart so that was frustrating. I go the Wharf a good amount and will not be back at this place, unless maybe for a drink at the bar.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food/dish options seemed very generic and overpriced with little protein when applicable. Was disappointed with experience in general.

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  4. CortneyY

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. I will go again in near future. Highly recommended.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Was visiting from San Diego and looking for a nice dining experience at The Wharf. The restaurant didn’t seem prepared to serve guests in a timely manner. After being seated for my 730pm reservation, I waited for 20minutes to be approached by a waiter and that was only after making eye contact when he waited on the group that was seated next to me at the counter - that came 15 minutes after me. He was very apologetic, but comped the three girls’ 2nd drinks next to me for their wait and patience but offered me no concession. I had to ask 3x just to get a side of sriracha because the food was somewhat bland. The drinks, however, were on point and very good. I would go back for the drinks, but would go elsewhere for dinner.

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  6. ChristianM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service excellent, but main food ( schrimps ) smelled awful…and we didn’t dare finish..

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  7. KlaraC

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Located in the wharf, we opted to take a lyft as parking can be difficult. The garages are almost always full and can be pricey but there is some parking near the soy museum for not too far of a walk. Cool decor inside and overall love the vibe. We made a reservation for my husband's birthday. Overall, the service was great and we loved our first set of cocktails (Mother of Dragons and Pear Me Another). Our second set of cocktails were alright but not up my alley (Gracias Pancho and Can't Feel my Face) We did the Chef's tasting menu ($49.99/person) where you pick 1 salad, 1 first bite, 2 mains and 1 side. We chose the Bibimbap, the Lumpiang Shanghai, the Pork Adobo and Shrimp Pad Thai, and the Korean Street Corn. For my husband's birthday, we chose the Strawberry cheesecake. The Bibimbap was a little lacking and bland so I was a little disappointed. Some of the vegetables were flavorful but ours was also actually missing the gochujang sauce (not super apparent in my blurry photo I took). The lumpiang was delicious so I do recommend that. The pork was very tender but the sauce was incredibly salty. The rice that came with it ~ the top was a little dry where you were almost eating some hardened grains but otherwise ok and tempered some of the saltiness but the sauce was just too salty for my liking. We both did really enjoy the Shrimp Pad Thai. The Korean Street Corn was good but there were these large slices of red peppers which was a little strange. I wish they had perhaps diced some up instead of leaving the larger pieces. Everything came out fairly quickly and most good, some dishes were alright but I think I would come back to try some of their other dishes.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Portions have become unacceptably small. The bulgogi was pathetic. No longer have a delicious grilled chicken dish. Pork adobo unbelievably salty.

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  9. ChicoGordoLeEncantaComer

    Washington DC

    103 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    103 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and drinks were fantastic. The service was professional, courteous, and knowledgable.

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  10. JonK

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was good. Meals were brought out 30 minutes apart. No desert available. Drinks were delayed a long time. Getting checked out was delayed as no server showed up for a long time.

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FAQs

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

Kaliwa is rated 3.6 stars by 665 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 35 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Kaliwa

751 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC 20024-3433

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Southwest Waterfront
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Tue 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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