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About Ping Pong Dim Sum - 7th Street
Serving up irresistible Dim Sum, innovative cocktails, and luxurious Chinese teas, Ping Pong Chinatown is a vibrant location to enjoy Dim Sum with a twist. The cosmopolitan restaurant boasts a dim sum bar, sunken dining room great for large groups, and a buzzing cocktail bar with award-winning libations.
Offering a wide range of Asian treats, the sleek Ping Pong restaurants pay homage to the ancient traditions of Chinese tea houses. With a big choice of dumplings and steamed buns, the Ping Pong menu also offers an array of "big-small plates", all Chinese tapas style.
As well, there are plenty of familiar Chinese delicacies, with spring rolls, soup dumplings, and hearty dishes like our hoi sin duck bao sliders. For dessert, try Ping Pong’s roasted banana and chocolate spring roll or the ice cream filled rice pastry, mochi, and finish with a lively Ping Pong cocktail or soothing Oriental tea.
Washington, DC 20001
Chinese, Asian, Dim Sum
Hours of Operation:
**Monday - Thursday: 11:30AM-11:00PM, Friday - Saturday 11:30AM-12:00AM, Sunday: 11:30AM-10:00PM NOTE: Dim Sum service concludes 1 hour before restaurant closes**
Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
I Street NW
$30 and under
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Off street parking available in the building as well as several lots and garages nearby, including Gallery Place. Parking is available in the Tech World Parking Lot, directly under the restaurant, for $17 per car (up to 8 hours).
Chinatown Gallery Place Metro one black away from 7th Street
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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We have 4 event spaces for any occasion. Our private dining room seats 58 comfortably, 70 cozily and 100 for a cocktail reception.
Ping Pong Dim Sum - 7th Street Ratings and Reviews
I have been going to this Ping Pong location for years, but had not been in about 8 months. I have to say that, while the food was still fantastic, I was less thrilled by the service this time. Not the quality I've been used to. It might be that it was a week night... so I might go back on a weekend at some point to see whether it would be different. But that was a huge disappointment to me, after getting stellar service all these years.
It was unfortunate but when we arrived the man at the reception area made a scene when a waiter came and offered to show us our table. This incident impacted our mood and though the food was satisfactory and our waitress was exceptional, we really didn’t enjoy ourselves. My first meal at Ping Pong was indeed a treat and this time perhaps was an exception.
Overall the food was tasty, however not traditional dim sum if that is what you are looking for. No carts and only about 3 dumplings for $7 which is a bit steep for a normal dim sum restaurant. Basically was in DC and wanted dim sum, we learned about Oriental East in Silver spring closing this year due to renovation, and that had been my go-to place, so did some searching and this popped up. The menu looked decent, so figured we would try it. Went around brunch time, which if you want to bottomless brunch then it's a good value, we did not so we ended up coming back at dinner time. The char-sui buns were pretty good, the har-gau was ok, a little gummy. The dumpling sampler is interesting.. different flavors, good if you want to try something more fusion/modern. The lotus leaf rice was pretty good. The soup dumpling was a little disappointing, not very much soup, we are used to the kind where you have to use a spoon to hold it because there is so much soup. The crispy green beans were yummy. Overall the service was very polite and friendly, we sat at a bar table and the bartender was our server, I think his name was Juan.. he was very nice. Overall the food is good, just not super traditional, it looks like the restaurant caters to guests who might not be familiar with traditional dim sum menus. This would be a good choice for a group of people who are looking for a more elevated experience than a traditional dim sum restaurant.
The fixed price lunches were an interesting assortment of contemporary dim sum. We ordered 2 different versions, both of which started with the same grouping of 5 steamed offerings: they were ok, but nothing really distinctive, and the wrappers were pretty glutinous. It took a couple of tries to get our server to bring us soy sauce, which helped both the flavor and the stickiness.
For the second part of the lunch, of the Dumpling Lunch "Baked and Fried" items, the mixed vegetable roll was quite good. There was a mix-up in what we ordered for the Signature Dish in the Ping Pong Lunch: we were initially served the Crispy Chicken with Orange Chili Glaze - wouldn't bother with it again - although we had ordered the Hoi Sin Duck Bao Sliders. When they finally came, they were the best part of the meal.
Ultimately I wouldn't bother with the Fixed Price lunches, but perhaps ask for recommendations from the a la carte menu.
Having eaten at Ping Pong several times before this time was like eating at a different restaurant. Service was lacking as our server was more interested in the younger, hip crowd than the older not so hip couple. Ordered hot green tea and was told "ran out", seriously, in an Asian restaurant? Requested refills on water, no go, even after going to the bar asking for it. Shouldn't a bar tender be able to fill a glas with water? On the upside, the food was wonderful. Dessert was excellent, definitely a repeater. The restaurant had many happy, smiling customers so they at least looked as if they were getting their money's worth.
I had been to Ping Pong in DuPont but heard it closed down. I am not from the area but made a reservation and later realized it was a different location in China town. The food there is amazing. Everything was very delicious and I do recommend the food. However, everything else was terrible. The fact it was kind of empty on a Saturday night surprised me. They seemed to be very understaffed. I waited 20 minutes before anyone came over to greet us or take a drink order and after we ordered I never saw a waiter again. We were also surrounded by five tables that had no people at them but were all covered in dishes and glasses. I had to go find someone to ask for a napkin and finally complained about being surrounded by dirty tables. The bar tender was awesome and came over to pick up the slack and finish waiting on us for the night. It's a shame it was a poor experience because the food was outstanding and the place has the potential to be just as cool as the one in DuPont was. I definitely recommend it if looking for good food and awesome drinks but just know you may need to complain to get taken care of.
The service was extremely poor here and we were shocked to learn that the restaurant has a policy to automatically assign itself a tip on bills of more than $100. Diners would be well-served with the addition of additional experienced servers & bussers but the restaurant is not inclined to do this because of its restaurant-friendly tipping system. Dirty glasses/dishes left on tables or piled up on bars. Not likely to return here are there are so many more great restaurants in DC who are on their game.
A table across from ours went un-bussed for over an hour. The manager and several different servers came to our table saying they would bring menus, water, food, etc and never returned. No communication between any employees led to terrible dining experience.
From the start to end it was a disaster.
Service was horrible and the host was rude. We had a Groupon for 2 Prix fixe veg 3 course dinner and they didn't have the menu for that even though we have had this reservation for 4 weeks.
We got veg spring rolls ala cart and they brought for us chicken ones without any regards to our religious and dietary restrictions.
We will never return back there
Weird evening. Went to the bar to get a drink first, out of a lot of items, including everything needed to make the happy hour drink specials. Drafts beer was also not available. Only bottles of beer and wine. Sat at our table for dinner, waiting 10 mins, no server. Had to go find someone and make sure they knew we were waiting. They said they were behind/backed up, but place was only half full. They were short staffed. Food itself was good.
I was pretty disappointed with the whole experience. The food was OK but the minute we got there, all the servers seemed very stressed out despite the fact that there were maybe three tables seated at the time. Service was super slow and our server forgot to put in our order (there could have been something going wrong with the registers). I wanted the drink that they were known for with a special bud and they gave me the drink without the bud and said they had never had them though it was clearly on the menu. I would never come back here again.
One of the worst dining experiences I ever had. Avoid at all costs. It took them 20 minutes for them to seat our party of 3, even though nearly half the restaurant was empty. Took them 30 minutes for the waiter to come to our table and get us waters and take our order. Took another 45 minutes for the food to come -- and the food came before the drinks. One of the drink glasses was absolutely filthy -- old water marks and old caked-on food. The food was unappealing -- tasted old and bland. They messed up our order and gave us pork buns when we were supposed to receive a veggie bun. Overall service was terrible. We called over the manager to complain and he gave us an attitude -- told us that we were complaining in an inefficient manner; he was critiquing how we gave our critiques. He told us that he would take the dirty drink off the bill (which was $11), then told us he would make us a better deal and take 10% off the bill (which totaled $8 and a much worse deal than just taking off the drink). Then told us that he would take 20% off the bill, then said he would take all 3 drinks off the bill and then left. We were pleased with the removal of all three drinks since that would be about $40. The waiter comes back with our new bill, only to tell us that he and the manager thought about it more and only wanted to give us 15% off our original bill (... seriously). At this point we just wanted to leave so badly, we paid the 15% reduced bill and left. Absolutely horrible and I would never recommend this place to my worst enemy.
Arrived at the restaurant and there was a sign on the door that said closed for private event, which I thought was weird since I have reservations. We were seated anyway, it took about 40 minutes before we received our drinks, the food came out at all different times, the server was inattentive, and a few items on the menu were unavailable.
This was the worst service I have ever received at a restaurant. We ordered several items and would wait 30-40 mins before being told they were out. The wait staff was rude and inattentive. We were there for brunch which comes with a signature dish, 5 dim sum items, and desert. Several times our sever tried to rush us out and settle our check before we received half of the meal we had paid for and then just shrugged when we brought it up that we were still waiting for food. We spent 4 hours here (not of our own choosing) and 2/3 of that time was spent waiting for our food. It was a terrible resturant experience and their staff seemed to have no interest in help us.
Food was not good. Dim Sum was falling apart as soon as you pick it up. It was barely edible with the exception of the dessert sesame balls. The ordering process was very confusing for the brunch. The menu instructed one thing while the waitress another. We couldn't figure out how to order and it was very ad hoc. Ended up only ordering a handful of the things we wanted and some of it didn't come out. The mimosas were gimmicky and not good. You basically end up chugging cheap champagne through a giant straw with little bursts of juice that leaves a bad aftertaste because of the "bubble" capsule.
After having my friend's drink replaced (there was lipstick on her glass), the server/host spilled her drink again (my friend accidentally spilled it the first time before noticing the lipstick)... I feel like their martini glasses are 'child size' in the fact that they barely hold a regular drink's worth when filled to the brim. It might be useful for the restaurant to buy bigger glasses, so that half your drink isn't lost in transit.
The tasting menu was good though, and we enjoyed ourselves. It would just have been nice to not have such a mess from the drinks and the server spilling sauces everywhere.
We used to go here a lot a few years back, and thought we'd have a nice dinner there. The service was ridiculously poor, the food was even worse, when they actually brought what we ordered. We both got sick. Do not eat here.
We chose to celebrate our anniversary at Ping Pong Dim Sum though neither of us had been there before. It was great! Calvin gave us outstanding service. I had never had dim sum or Chinese dumplings and they were delicious! Only (slight) complaint is that most of the seating does not have backs ... just stools. We had a wonderful evening and would recommend it to others.
It took 2 minutes before anyone greeted us, which is very odd because they restaurant wasn’t busy nor was it full. When the hostess finally acknowledged us, she still didn’t say hello, simply asked how many and then said “this way”. We were seated next to an empty table that was filthy. As a few minutes passed, and no waiter, I noticed several other empty tables that were not cleaned, with dirty dishes and food on the tables. We quickly decided that this wasn’t for us, and left. I was disappointed because I had been wanting to eat here for some time.
My wife and I enjoyed ping pong dim sum in the past and were in the DC area visiting so we made a point to return. It was from start to finish one of the WORST dining experiences. I waited 10 minutes to be seated. I was given no menu and had to ask for one. We ordered beverages from the bar which took so long that I walked up to the bar to obtain the beers myself. Then during our ordering of the Brunch special, our waiter abruptly left our table to speak with another staff member, with us left unsure of what was happening. Our waters were not refilled. We had to request silverware. We were told that multiple dishes were not available; although on the menu. Our plates were not taken from our table as we ate. It took so long we asked for our desserts to go in which only one was given in the bag. We went back to ask for the second and was given one mochi (not the one we requested). I then asked for the one we ordered, again told they were out of it. Then suddenly one appeared. The service was one of the worst I have ever experienced. We will NOT be returning and encourage no one to go in the future. This is truly sad as the food itself was quite good.
The food was good but the service was not. I ordered the brunch and the food was late to arrive, there was poor communication with the wait staff who didn't provide water refills nor utensils (even though we requested those items 3 different times - I had to order my chicken and waffles with my hands), and there were limited things in the menu (they had 8 things that were not available from a menu list of about 20). The food is good but by the time it gets to you, you might be hangery.
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