Sticky Rice

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$30 and under
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Asian

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Good Vegetarian Options
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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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KelleyD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining choice

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Requested a table was given a high top!
The waiters and waitresses appeared to be overwhelmed.

Food was great

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great place for lunch

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
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.

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AlissaS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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dcfoodie
Washington DC
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.

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eugene
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 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.

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Kurt
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on January 23, 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.

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ScottA
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 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

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vipEmilyD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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David
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 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!!

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Winnie
San Diego
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!

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Ruru
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food, good drinks.

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Andrew
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Machaulf
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
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.

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ScottC
Miami
14 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.

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MichaelJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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

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AnnK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very pleasant

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EricS
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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doubledome
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.

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vipJoeG
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on June 26, 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.

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breannaH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Best Sushi Ever!!!

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JennC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
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.

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tlogan
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

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

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Mere
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
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.

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vipnycinnkeeper
New York Area
18 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

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Jeremy
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 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.

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vipPhillyfoodie
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 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.

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MorganF
Washington DC
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.

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CaitlinM
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.

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vipHansK
Washington DC
18 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...

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vipOmNomNommy
Chicago
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!

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vipMauriceD
Washington DC
48 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.

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AndreaV
Washington DC
3 reviews