Sticky Rice

3.4
671 reviews
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$30 and under
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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. Sandwiches, 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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Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

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.

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n
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

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.

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P
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

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.

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MF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

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.

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CM
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

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.

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HK
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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...

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ON
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MD
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

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.

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AV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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W
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I just love Sticky Rice. It's Asian Fusion on point with plenty of vegan/vegetarian options. They just hired a new cocktails menu/drinks specialists, so Bottoms Up! #xoxo #beisos

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M
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

food was okay, with a pan-Asian selection. Felt the calamari was over-priced, especially for the very small portion. With such a selection of restaurants on H St, probably won't return anytime soon.

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K
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Five of us went there after meeting someone coming in at Union Station. It served our purpose - close by, casual, vegetarian options, and children-friendly. We had a fabulous waitress but she was overworked and had to run up and down the stairs all the time. Food was ok but not anything I'd run back there for. TV was not appropriate for kids (not sure about adults, either), so we had to work at avoiding the screen. It was all fine. Just not fabulous.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really nice atmosphere, relaxed and not rushed.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

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AE
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Eli our was horrible, rude and got our meal wrong as usual.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a blast eating at my favorite Sushi restaurant! Food is always fresh and tastes amazing!!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food and cool vibe. Unfortunately lackluster table and filthy bathroom.

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DT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service is Excellent. Only try the sushi, it is good but nothing amazing. Great place for drinks, wonderful down to earth bartenders

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NB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The service was horrible. The waitress didn't want to give us water, forgot to order our food, even didn't include a pen for the check. Horrendous.

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t
Washington DC
127 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This is in my daughter's neighborhood and we got together for a casual dinner. Clever good combos at very reasonable prices. What kind of food? Hipster Asian is as close as I can come. Noodle bowls, sushi/sashimi, rice dishes. Everything done well if not wowzer-ish. Friendly, attentive server despite the crowd, decidedly noisy but in a happy way. Would definitely go back.

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D
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sticky rice has really good sushi . There appetizers are always good. There are plenty of options for vegetarians and they have plenty of food choices for kids

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We ate out on the patio upstairs and enjoyed tuna bites, tofu bites and shrimp! Creative dishes, fun atmosphere!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite sushi restaurant! Always a great experience, staff is accommodating and the food is always fresh!

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LS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jake was a great server and she made sure we were well taken care of. The tempura avocado was awesome and the tots were delicious! As not a seafood eater at a sushi restaurant, I really appreciated all the vegetarian options. My husband LOVED his poke bowl.

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OT
New England
65 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

The food is unexciting. The poke bowl with yellowfin was tasteless.

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DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great saki. Good value for sushi rolls. Nice casual place for friends dinner.

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s
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Was excited about the Sake Sampler and a diverse menu but it just didn't do it for us. Too noisy, not cozy. The service was great.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

They were having issues with gas service upon arrival so sadly we were only able to have cold sushi. While good, I've certainly had better. I do admit that the staff called to warn us ahead of time, and they were very gracious and helpful for something that was out of their control. I'd certainly go back to try it again off of the service alone.

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a
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went in at an off time and had a fantastic experience. Wait staff was very attentive and friendly. Joked around with us about how much water we were drinking - it was an unreasonably hot day and two of us had just been out running. The food is phenomenal and full of interesting flavors and choices. Numerous vegetarian and vegan options. I had the Dirty Vegan with buckwheat noodles and it was full of flavor , a little spicy, and filling! I was surprised that I had to share a little with my spouse. Fun vibe and decor. I could definitely come back in the future.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great sushi, our server forgot our miso soup and never asked or filled our drinks. She may had been over booked or just a lousy server

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DP
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love coming here for sushi with friends. The music is pretty loud, but the service is always great and they have great seasonal specials. Definitely recommend taking a cab here, parking is difficult to find!

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p
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food was fine, people were good. It was just too noisy and the staff seemed more than willing to increase the volume on competing noise sources.

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AR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

This was my first time visiting Sticky Rice. I really enjoyed the food, and my drink, but the Saturday evening DJ downstairs made it incredibly loud, so the already half-inebriated patrons upstairs were talking even louder. It was altogether just too loud in there for my taste. I would go back...at a different time.

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a
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly creative dishes. The portions are fantasticaly generous. It's tough to decide what to order, since it's also good. The staff is fun and friendly and the vibe makes it feel like a party.

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GK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Didn't have brunch menu. They should bring it back.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Delicious food, which includes the healthy food! Fresh fish, incredible poke bowl combinations, wonderful sushi rolls. Also, the bucket of tots is no joke!

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AE
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The server Elie is horrible, this was our 2nd experience with him and it was not good at all. We will never come for dinner again.

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n
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Latest visit showed the place has gone way down hill. Mediocre food. Very poor service. Lackluster in every way.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place! Really good food, lots of vegan & vegetarian options. Love the old school music videos that play in the background. Pretty good craft beer selection too.

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