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Ping Pong Dim Sum - 7th Street

2.8
1793 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chinese
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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.
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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Chinese, Asian, Dim Sum
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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
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Phone number
(202) 506-3740
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
I Street NW
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Parking details
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).
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Public transit
Chinatown Gallery Place Metro one black away from 7th Street
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Additional
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

Private Dining

We have 4 event spaces for any occasion. Our private dining room seats 58 comfortably, 70 cozily and 100 for a cocktail reception.

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What 1793 People Are Saying
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2.8  based on recent ratings
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2.7
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3.1
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2.7
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vipEengles (Baltimore)
1.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Restaurant is closed and open table didn’t notify us or let us cancel. This was a work event and was a total failure.

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Adam 
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Showed up to the closed restaurant on Valentine's Day after checking their site several times and seeing no mention of it being closed.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The restaurant was closed when we got there and had been closed for weeks!!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Overall a terrible experience because my date and I got there on time for our brunch reservation to find the restaurant closed! No warning by the restaurant. When we arrived there were also two other people waiting and wondering why the restaurant was closed.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

I went with friends for the weekend brunch Dim Sum. We had a 12:45 reservation and when we were seated we were given regular dinner menus. When we asked about the all you can eat and drink brunch special (which was the reason we came to the restaurant), our server told us it was not available because they were out of many of the things on the menu. When we asked if we could still have the AYCE special even though some options were available he still said no, because they were low on food and the chefs don’t come in on Sundays so they couldn’t make any more food. At that point we left without ordering anything.

I understand that things happen sometimes, but they could have contacted people with reservations to let them know that the brunch special was not available, especially since that is one of the main draws of the place on the weekend. Furthermore, I was kind of horrified to learn that all of the food was prepared a day ahead of time. What kind of restaurant serves food that is just reheated a day after it is made?! That is called leftovers, not something that I pay a restaurant to serve me.

I will never go back to Ping Pong and strongly discourage anyone from eating there on a Sunday unless you enjoy eating leftovers at a premium price.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

They did not honor our reservation made via open table. When we showed up for our meal (early) we were told we’d have 11 minutes for our party of 6 to order, eat, and leave. The host was uncaring, unwillingly to explain why they took the reservation, and inflexible.

Not going back there.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Slow service.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

delicious lychee tea and nice variety of items on the sampler.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

I used to love this place. I was in a year ago and had a terrible experience. It was not my choice to go back - a friend picked the restaurant so I figured I'd give it another shot. Service was absolutely awful. The restaurant was almost empty at lunch time and servers were standing around yet ours was nowhere to be found. We had to go find him to place our order, again when we tried to order more food, and to get our check. Normally the food comes out as it's done, piping hot. Our entire order arrived together (after a considerable wait) and the dumplings were cold. Nothing was as good as we remembered it being on previous visits.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Horribly slow service. One server for the entire restaurant. Ok drinks

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MDvadc (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Unfortunately this was one of the worst experiences I have had at a restaurant. It took almost 10 minutes for a server to come greet us. Several minutes passed each time between the servers coming to the table. They were not helpful with questions. I would not recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Clearly understaffed. Took 4 tries to give us water instead of sprite. Food was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Very disappointing, they would not honor a living social voucher.

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Jordan (Cincinnati)
1.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

TERRIBLE!!!!!! Our service was awful! We ordered a bottle of wine and the server brought it to our table with a glass taken out of it and said "It was the only pinot noir in the house (shouldn't you offer something you have a full bottle of!!!) Then when our bill came she had only taken $3 dollars off for the missing glass. We also had a gift card, but apparently they had decided on Monday they were no longer honoring gift cards from that specific website YET they are still on the website so people can buy them. DONT GO HERE .... Its a waste of money and you will be disappointed.

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KINGjones (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Wish I could say I'd enjoyed my experience, but after being turned down from a empty restaurant that had ran out of food reluctantly we made a reservation and tried again only to be told the deal we'd purchased wouldnt be honored and that as a apology for this, or maybe for the previous time when we were sent packing by Al that he'd comp one item or drink. Thanks for nothing Al!

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vipKevintitze (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Great restaurant and service. Food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
1.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Absolutely terrible service. Only one server and one bartender on duty. The manager was rude and reeked of alcohol. We had a Groupon and the manager tried not to let us honor it. We were there for over 2 hours. Took 45 mins before I even got my drink.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Horribly slow service, out of half the items on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

This is upscale dim sum, and everything is so tasty. I've always liked traditional dim sum, but it's hard to find an authentic place that also has a cool vibe and atmosphere. Beautiful presentation and a unique dining experience. Lots of great, fresh tea too!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

THey ran out of sui buns. The only reason why we went

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Willie (Miami)
1.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Service is real bad food is average and they took so long for our dessert that we left , with so manny restaurants in Chinatown DC area , please don’t go here all the other ones got to be much better

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

Went here upon recommendation on Sunday in January around 1pm and was very disappointed. We had a reservation and restaurant was half empty and yet we had to wait 25 minutes for a table. It was understaffed and we didn't get menus or water til 25 minutes after being seated. The restaurant was not clean, tables remained unbussed the 1.5 hours we were there, waters leaks on the floor everywhere, and service was poor. Half of the dishes on the brunch menu were sold out. The manager who seated us never came to check on us and we had to flag a waiter down. The food came out quick but that's the only positive I can say.

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BKBonVivant (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

My mother and I were visiting from NY to see my Aunt , who lives in DC. I googled the best place in DC for dim sum and found Ping Pong. We would not be disappointed. We chose the $25 tasting menu, which included different type of dumplings, such as lobster and shrimp ,crispy prawn rolls , pork buns ,delicately sweet, yet, not too spicy. I ordered a peach earl grey julep which paired delightfully with the entrées. My only complaint was with our dessert, sweet pineapple filled spring rolls, that were served with cinnamon ice cream, which was great. I just wish we were each given a scoop of ice cream, instead of having to share a big scoop. All in All, I gladly recommend Ping Pong to anyone looking for great Dim Sum in DC.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

Food was below mediocre - some of the dishes didn’t come out and we were informed that we’re out - - it was lackluster at best. Service was off... yuk.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Bought the groupon that came with a set of preselected dishes. It was okay some of the items were more enjoyable than others. The groupon was still worth the value of what we got.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

I had come here for happy hour a couple of times before within the last two years with some other friends. The drinks and food had been good. I also came here about two months ago for a friend's birthday and the happy hour drinks and food were good. Unfortunately, this time around I was disappointed. The drinks were like fruit juices, A couple of guests in my crowd asked whether their drinks could be redone. It was a terrible experience for me since I recommended the place.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

Food was good. We got assorted dim sum, which is a menu item so dont say it unless you want to order it. We ordered three different types of dim sum and two different spring rolls. The atmosphere was very trendy. We eat an early dinner/late lunch, so only a few other groups there. Their teas are hand crafted, but im not a tea connoisseur so its just tea to me and its too expensive.

All in all great place to eat. Their dim sum is wonderful.

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vipAdventurer (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

I took the chance of having dinner here with two vegetarians before a Wizards game. Overall I would agree with the reviews that complain about the potion sizes and the unavailability of certain menu items. The vegetarian set menu is paltry. The black pepper shrimp lackluster and arrived on wilted-looking greens and jalapeños. The variety of steamed dumplings were decent, but we're also presented in a somewhat unappetizing way. Dinner for one adult and two children with no alcohol came to $90, which would have been fine for larger portions and a notch or two higher in quality/presentation. As it is, it's overpriced street food.

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vipBrian (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

This used to be one of my favorite restaurants. I have been at least 20 times. However, my last experience was awful. It felt like the restaurant was on its last legs. The dumplings had raw tasting dough inside and were grainy. They were out of the char sui buns on a Friday at 6pm. The restaurant was nearly empty and they got rid of the dim sum style menu and instead had a regular menu (no piece of paper with boxes to check). The drinks were watered down and of the 15 dishes we ordered, not one person in my group of 3 thought any were actually good. I used to always recommend this as a fun place but it felt like they had just given up.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Truly disappointed. I started coming to Ping Pong Dim Sum the year they opened and brought several people with me over the years. However, I had not been back in a good 4 years. The quality of the food has really gone down along with the service. Management did nothing to support their team, though they were visible to me and could see that I had a table full of empty dishes. I really would be surprised if they are still open in the next few years, if they continue this way.

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