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Sticky Rice

4.0
4
643 Reviews
$30 and under
Asian
With its charming atmosphere and bad attitude you won"t find anything quite like it. Our specialty is our fresh sushi bar. With rolls like g.i.jane, shiitake happens and Godzirra, how could you go wrong? Our huge bowls of noodles will satisfy big and small. Large salads, and a selection of other entrees round out the menu. We also feature a kids menu! Don't forget the (soon to be famous) bucket of tater tots with our special tot sauce. Sticky Rice, established last century has been rolling on and on. Sticky Rice serves up an unusual mix of American, Pan-Asian entrees in a friendly, inexpensive and inviting atmosphere. Spring rolls, potstickers, sushi, noodles and edamame (steamed soy beans) are simple and standard. Lots of choices for vegans and vegetarians!

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–5:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 397-7655

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    John Yamashita

  • Catering

    Order catering pans of any noodle dishes or your favorite sushi. Can accommodate large orders with sufficient notice.

  • Private party facilities

    Warm and friendly space with capacity for 100 people standing or 40 people seated. Various combinations of food offerings. We also have a chefs tasting table (Omakase) which is perfect for intimate gatherings of up to 10 people.

  • Neighborhood

    H Street Corridor

  • Cross street

    12th

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    On X2 bus line- blocks from Union Station and Metro- On the future Streetcar line!

  • Entertainment

    Monday Sushi Heaven 1/2 price sushi happy hour 9-11pmThursday Karaoke, freeFriday and Saturday late night dance party

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 643 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.6Service
  • 3.6Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. KD

    KelleyD

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Loved all the vegan options. We sat upstairs so it was quiet.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dining choice
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall2food5service1ambience5
    Requested a table was given a high top! The waiters and waitresses appeared to be overwhelmed. Food was great
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great place for lunch
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall2food5service2ambience1
    My friends and I checked in, and while we understand that not all requests can always be accommodated, we did ask for a booth upstairs, and were given the option of three seats at the bar and a small hightop. I have been coming to Sticky Rice for years and had nothing short of exceptional service, But today we had incredibly slow service, severely limited table space, and noticed the bathroom had not been checked or cleaned in hours. We had gone around 30 minutes without a refill on the water, and had to ask for the appetizers to come out. This is one of my favorite restaurants, but this was not gonna the most pleasant experiences I have had.
  6. AS

    AlissaS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Went to dinner on a Saturday night with friends. The gist is the food was good, the service was the worst I have ever experienced. Took over an hour to get our first round of drinks, which came out wrong and with one missing. Finally had food about 1 hour and 45 minutes after sitting down, appetizer never came and a vegetarian dish came out with chicken. Waters were refilled once....we had to get up from the table to ask for the check even though we were the only table left in the restaurant. Don't think we'll be back!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great
  8. d

    dcfoodie

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The food was OK but the service was not very professional. The dishes we ordered did not complement each other although the server assured us that they would. The atmosphere retains some of the funky charm that more restaurants in this area had years ago.
  9. e

    eugene

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Perfect spot for dinner before concert at RNR hotel. Food was excellent, fresh and well prepared. Could get your own entrees or Share family style. Moderately priced - great value. Service was friendly and responsive. Pretty loud but as expected on a vibrant street on a Saturday night. Great spot would recommend or go back.
  10. K

    Kurt

    Tucson

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Our favorite sushi+ restaurant in DC. All the dishes are always delicious. It can get ver noisy but night we went cross table conversations were normal. Highly recommend this restaurant.
  11. SA

    ScottA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place was amazing. Everything we had was so delicious. We say, go if you have the chance.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    My bar tender tried to charge me twice for my drink and even had the audacity to bring the check to my friend and not me— which had my drink listed. NOT COOL
  13. ED

    EmilyD

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great! Can’t wait to go back.
  14. D

    David

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Sticky DC is one of my go to places in DC. And nothing beats getting a bucket of tater tots to practice using chops sticks!!
  15. W

    Winnie

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waitresses were quite friendly and patient. We really enjoyed the area and service. Perfect for us, Deaf people to sit in a circle/semi oval. They gave me free desserts! Thanks!
  16. R

    Ruru

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Good food, good drinks.
  17. A

    Andrew

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A must visit if you are in Washington DC. It a hidden top secret restaurant.
  18. M

    Machaulf

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    The food was worth the lack of good service. Our waiter would come over in 30 minute intervals which made the experience less than enjoyable. However, the food was amazing and worth coming back to have again.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2019

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    I was charged for food I didn’t order after I left the restaurant. I called several times but was never helped. Will not be going back.
  20. SC

    ScottC

    Miami

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Very good food. Service was put when we arrived but waiter was very nice and attentive. Be careful, Google maps tried to send you down an alley in back, restaurants opens onto main Street, not alley.
  21. MJ

    MichaelJ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was fine and service was fine. The noise level was very loud though.
  22. AK

    AnnK

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very pleasant
  23. ES

    EricS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Took the family there before a show at the Atlas - great experience and food, all around!
  24. d

    doubledome

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    There's something on the menu for everyone. Beer on tap and outdoor dining would make the place even better.
  25. JG

    JoeG

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Sticky Rice is almost my go to for variety, the staff is very good, lots of attention to the customers and know the menu well.
  26. H

    breannaH

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place. Best Sushi Ever!!!
  27. JC

    JennC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    NEVER GO THERE. WAITED AN HOUR AND A HALF FOR DRINKS AND LETTUCE WRAPS. ACTUALLY, I HAD TO GO WALK DOWNSTAIRS TO THE BAR TO GET OUT DRINKS. NEVER GO THERE.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2019

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Slow service. An apparent glitch with printer = orders did not make it to the kitchen. When food arrived one order was missing and had to be made from scratch while the rest of us had our food in front of us. No accommodations were made to make up for this.
  29. b

    bday

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Love this place. Great sushi and stir fry. Cool date night spot
  30. M

    Mere

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    They closed the restaurant in our faces when we walked up for our dinner reservation. Didnt get served or offered anything for inconvenience.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Don't waste your time at Sticky Rice. My wife and I wanted sushi and we had been to sticky rice before and liked it but never again. We sat on the 2nd floor that had a number of flies buzzing around the tables. We had to get our own plates and utensils after repeatedly asking for them. Our server disappeared for some time and did not put our entire order in. It took him 15 minutes to bring us the wrong beer and another 20 after that to bring us a new one. We finally received our entire order after placing it again with the hostess. She was the only bright spot of a rather dismal meal. She was busing tables, running to the kitchen and gave us our bill because our server disappeared once again. Unfortunately, the bill was incorrect because our server decided to charge us for the free beers he gave us for the long wait. The server finally came back and apologized and had the nerve to say, " You have been here before so I am sure we will see you again." He couldn't be more wrong. There are a ton of options in DC with better food and service. I will never be back. If I were you I would avoid Sticky Rice and spend your hard earned money elsewhere.
  32. MM

    MMVTGuy

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The experience was ruined by sloppy service and it wasn't an especially busy night. 2 of four entrees arrived 5 minutes before the rest -- the waitress came up and asked if everything was ok without noticing that the other entrees had not arrived. There was no apology but we just rolled without complaint and they came shortly thereafter. The ambience and vibe is more and welcoming/interesting downstairs but there are very few tables/mostly bar. The food was very good
  33. J

    Jeremy

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Disclosure: it may be unfair of me to compare recent visit with my then-frequent attendance 5 years ago. Something has changed since, but I am not quite sure exactly what - the food is not as authentic as before (especially excess use of condiments/sauces), the music was ridiculously loud, just about everything seemed dirtier and worn out.
  34. P

    Phillyfoodie

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    The sushi was not fresh and the service was subpar. Every time we needed our waiters attention, we would have to flag him down or stand up from the table to find him. With so many great sushi restaurants in DC we will not be back.
  35. MF

    MorganF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2019

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    As usual at Sticky Rice, the food is good and the service is not. No drink refills, slow to take our order, very slow to see we were waiting for the check after our meal. Server missed an opportunity for more drink orders. The slow service is partially to blame on the layout: servers have to run up and downstairs from the kitchen to their tables. Our food was delivered by a runner and we did not have sauce cups or silverware. After waiting for our server to check on us so we could request what we needed, we helped ourselves to cups and ate with our hands because our food was getting cold. More waiting after our meal for our server to come so we could request the check. We finally cleared our table to signal we were ready to leave. The server came promptly then.
  36. CM

    CaitlinM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2019

    overall3food2service1ambience3
    I was really excited to try Sticky Rice since they offer amazing vegan sushi options. However, they were out of two things I tried to order- one being the tots bucket, and the other a seasonal special roll. The waiter didn't inform me that the special roll was out, he said he'd check and then I had to confirm when he brought out our food and it was missing. One of the two vegan rolls I ordered was made with non-vegan cream cheese so I couldn't eat it, and our waiter was so busy that he didn't check in until after everyone else in our party had long since finished their meal and it was too late to order a replacement. He took it off the bill but didn't apologize or offer to re-make it. :( The one small roll I was able to eat was great, as was the appetizer we ordered. It was just disappointing to be so excited to try a place with great vegan options, expecting a feast...and to basically have no dinner while the other diners in our group enjoyed theirs.
  37. h

    hansk

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anywhere where you can get homemade tater tots to start and damn good sushi and drinks...Count me in... Sticky Rice is a Richmond, Va institution and the location in DC is fast approaching that status. On H street which is quickly becoming one of the big hot spots around the Cap Hill area, Sticky Rice is sandwiched in between main local bars and pubs including "The Pug" which is pretty much next door.. Give Sticky Rice a try for sure...you wont be disappointed...
  38. ON

    OmNomNommy

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dumplings and rolls were delicious. Great drink selection. GREAT ambiance if you like 90s hip hop and a good time!
  39. MD

    MauriceD

    Charlotte

    76 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2017

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Service from the front door to the table was horrible. The host had no real idea what was going on. The server tool our order and we didn't see him again until he brought the check. Worst experience ever.
  40. AV

    AndreaV

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The service was fantastic, staff very attentive and quick to turn around the tables. My bf and I are vegan and ordered their vegan sushi rolls, which were both creative and tasty, not terribly overpriced. But BE WARNED: both of us ended up getting a bit sick afterwards. Not sure if it was an issue of cross-contamination, but something ended up churning our stomachs, so if you have dietary restrictions, be sure that the staff is extra careful about it. Overall, though, the atmosphere was warm, modern, and fun, the food was fantastic, and the staff very friendly and quick. I'd probably eat here again.

FAQs

Sticky Rice does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Sticky Rice also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 397-7655.

Sticky Rice is rated 4 stars by 643 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    12th

  • Neighborhood

    H Street Corridor

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–5:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    On X2 bus line- blocks from Union Station and Metro- On the future Streetcar line!

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John Yamashita

  • Entertainment

    Monday Sushi Heaven 1/2 price sushi happy hour 9-11pmThursday Karaoke, freeFriday and Saturday late night dance party

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 397-7655

  • Catering

    Order catering pans of any noodle dishes or your favorite sushi. Can accommodate large orders with sufficient notice.

  • Private party facilities

    Warm and friendly space with capacity for 100 people standing or 40 people seated. Various combinations of food offerings. We also have a chefs tasting table (Omakase) which is perfect for intimate gatherings of up to 10 people.

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