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Mala Tang

432 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for Groups
  • Spicy
  • Casual
The inspiration behind Mala Tang is Sichuan Master Chef Liu Chaosheng’s hometown of Chengdu. Here you'll find the streets filled with diners sitting at tables gathering around bubbling hot pots, in which dozens of dried chilies bob up and down in an oily red broth.

The hot pot itself is a pan that sits on a portable burner, surrounded by an array of small plates piled high with fresh ingredients. Guests select pieces of food and drop them into the broth to cook, and then dip them into delicious sauces.

For the main hot pot course, Mala Tang serves a variety of proteins including chicken, lamb, all-natural beef, and fresh seafood; starches such as sweet potato noodles, and a plethora of vegetables ranging from bok choy to lotus roots. Those who are "afraid of the chili heat," as the Chengdu locals jokingly warn incoming travelers, can tone down the mala flavor with a mild version of the cooking broth.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Asian, Chinese, Shabu-shabu
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Hours of operation
LUNCH Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm; DINNER: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm (Last seating is 30 minutes prior to closing)
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Phone number
(703) 243-2381
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Liu Chaosheng
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On site and off site Catering is available.
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Parking details
Mala Tang offers two hours of complimentary parking for all reservations and walk-in guests dining in the main dining room (hot pot menu). 15 minutes free parking for carryout. Parking is available in designated retail spaces in the garage.

Garage parking is available on the P1 level in spots designated as Retail. If Retail parking lot is full, please leave your keys with a Parking Attendant.
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Public transit
From Virginia Square Metro - turn left at N Monroe Street than turn right on Washington Blvd.
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Special events & promotions
Special Events menus are available in house.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

You and your guests will feel as if you're dining in Chengdu, the home of Chef Liu and the inspiration for Mala Tang. Choose from several group menus crafted for large parties or let us create a menu designed just for you.

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What 432 People Are Saying
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JSpro (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on March 9, 2017

Mala Tang is consistently a great dining experience. The food is unusual but fantastic. Don't miss the skewers!

vipJco71 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on March 3, 2017

Unique food and very flavorful. The sauce bar was fun and great way to customize flavors. Strongly recommend the green scallion pancake, it is fried deliciousness and great plain or when dipped in a custom sauce from the sauce bar. The restaurant is pretty large and more full than would have expected so strongly recommend a reservation on a weekend. I was excited to try the hot pot and specifically went there because of it but would not get again. Something about handling the raw chicken just didn't sit right with me and the tongs had been placed with the handle directly on the raw meat so I had to get another pair so as not to contaminate my hands while eating. The food was flavorful and when they say SPICY they absolutely mean it, it was too hot for me and would get mild next time. My friend got the dry pot and really liked it so perhaps that would be my choice next time. That said, it was a fun experience and would recommend. Only other note is that the server (different from the server who took our order) just placed the hot pot and food on the table and walked away without providing any instructions. We had to flag her down to ask what to do and how long to cook. This seemed odd since I would assume most people would need instructions on how to cook the hot pot.

JSpro (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 22, 2017

This is the best Mongolian Hot Pot in Northern Virginia. Individual hot pots, great hot sauce. Be sure to try the skewers for an appetizer.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2017

Good food and wonderful ambiance. Place was not so crowded and tables are spaced out well.

Namastai (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2017

Mala Tang has great food, a very comfortable dining room and patient, but attentive, service. I loved the cumin lamb dish I ordered. It had heat but not scalp sweating heat. I will definitely pay more visits to this yummy Asian gem.

vipGreat (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 3, 2017

Went there for my son's birthday. Lots of fun, though I would not bring small children because the highlight is cooking food in boiling pots of broth!

DMVFoodie14 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

We always go out for Asian cuisine on New Year's Eve and this year we landed on Mala Tang. We hadn't even heard of "hot pot", but we were excited to give it a try. They were accommodating to our party of seven and helped explain the hot pot experience. It was delicious! Will definitely be back!

Dave (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 25, 2016

So - it was Christmas, which is obviously weird timing, but if you're going to be open, you should probably be staffed. Our waitress was pretty horrible. We sat at 6:55pm. She told use she'd be over in a minute at around 7:20pm. We got a couple of glasses of water by about 7:30pm.

It was painful to watch her work. She was curt, forgetful, and generally inattentive.

The food was ok, but for the price, I expect better service.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 25, 2016

Dumplings are amazing.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 17, 2016

Love the food. I've gone a few times for dinner and the service has always been fine. I went for lunch a few weeks ago and I think our waitress forgot about us. Another server on his break found her for us. I still go back for he delicious hot pot!

ccarol (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on December 17, 2016

Mala tang sauce is too spicy and greasy and you are required to order 2 vegetables with a dish. For a single dish valued at $23 for a meal I just didn't see it as something worth the value.

OutToDinner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 5, 2016

This was my first time dining here and did so with a friend on his birthday. The cuisine is the most authentic Chinese around (Chengdu province). We ordered a hot pot to share with NY strip and many vegetables a la carte which we shared. I recommend using the popular recipes at the sauce will see what I mean when you get there. Note the spicy broth in the boiling hot pot is perfect for cooking your meat and vegetables in but if you taste it straight it is very very spicy. Spicy is therefore recommended. It was quiet on a Monday for lunch and the service was good. The waitress helped us decide on the correct amount of dishes to order for our hot pot for the two of us hungry guys. We ordered one NY strip, bamboo shoots, seaweed, enoki mushrooms, vegetable dumplings and scallops. It was the perfect amount and delicious!

vipwendfish (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 3, 2016

Always a great time with delicious food! Want to try the sampler bowl next time. I'm glad to see they're trying new things at Mala Tang!

LaurenC (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2016

I loved the fact that it was an authentic Asian restaurant with great service, especially on Thanksgiving. Fantastic food, wide range of options, and pleasant ambiance

malone (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on November 18, 2016

Intestine individual hot pots very high quality veggies

vipWillReturnToNYAJ (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 12, 2016

Hot pot cuisine at Mala Tang is always a great experience, highly recommend. The food is oh-so good.

Neech (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 29, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and are looking forward to future experiences here. We all ordered the hot pot and it was devine.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on October 23, 2016

Service=not great. Our server disappeared and we waited 45 minutes for her to reappear so we could ask for our check. We were never asked or brought drink refills. The food, however, came out on a perfectly timely manner.
There is little to no guidance about how one should hot pot or dry pot--which might be confusing for first time visitors.
That said, the food is an amazing value and is fresh and delicious: we will be returning.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2016

Delicious food. Excellent service. We'll definitely be back!

vipBill (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 28, 2016

Food and service were quite good. However food was more spicy and salty than I prefer. Next time I will ask to have that adjusted.