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Spices Asian Restaurant

145 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies

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Spices Asian Restaurant in Washington, DC is a great choice for those who are hunting for high-quality Asian fare in the area. The eatery can also offer catering for those who need food for an event.

Some of the options on the lunch menu at Spices Asian Restaurant include the Vietnamese spring roll, grilled chicken satay, edamame, Chinese fried rice, pad thai and the pad see ew. Spices Asian Restaurant has quite a few options when it comes to sushi and sashimi as well. Vegetarians can find some options on the menu to enjoy as well, such as the tofu with mixed vegetables.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday – Friday: 11:30 am – 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm – 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm – 10:30pm
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Phone number
(202) 686-3833
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jessie Yan
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Private party contact
Joyce Lim: (202) 686-3832
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Cross street
Macomb Street and Ordway Street
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Public transit
Cleveland Park Metro Station
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
3.9  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipHappySushiEater (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 16, 2014

To me, sushi is all about the quality of the fish and rice - in that regard, this place is outstanding. After each and every bite I made a "mmm" sound; not just "mmm," but "MMM!" Service is fine and the place itself is nice but the food here is above any other that I've been to in DC. Will definitely be back for dinner sometime soon.

OutofTowner (Miami)
4.0  Dined on June 7, 2014

A great place to take a friend or significant other for dinner. Also, located in a vibrant neighborhood.

givlcae (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on May 30, 2014

Spices is very, very good. I ordered the mee goreng, my girlfriend the red curry. The mee goreng was a departure from the norm for me, and it was well worth it. We both absolutely loved it. The red curry was good, but nothing great. We also had the pan-fried dumplings for an appetizer, and those were excellent. This restaurant has a lot of what I like: cool without being ridiculously trendy, a good number of diners without being crowded or too loud, and reasonable prices

vipProntomac (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on April 26, 2014

Contrary to some of the reviews on this site, our experience was wonderful. We were greeted and given a table in the area we requested. The waiter was punctual and did his best to serve us. We ordered The Big Duck which was outstanding. The appetizers were also presented on interesting plates and platters. Our neighboring tables with families, all were having a great time. SPICES is highly recommended.

vipHungrynDC (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 4, 2014

Always good food and good service. Great place as usual.

PThan (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on March 23, 2014

I like that Spices has a variety of Asian cuisines. The waitress situation confuses me - they changed back and forth and I wasn't sure who was ours at the end of the day. I also got my water filled twice and was wanting water for the last half the night and no one came except for when the check was randomly brought to our table without having asked for it. It was as if they wanted us to leave really quickly after we finished all our meals even though the restaurant wasn't even that full.

vipAmir (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on March 15, 2014

The food is excellent. The service is wonderful. The staff is exceedingly friendly. There are not enough good things to say about this place. The sushi is so good that my group tends to go overboard on ordering and never get to try the entrees!

vipDCfoodie1 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on March 14, 2014

We go to Spices a lot. While it wasn't crowded, it took nearly 45 minutes to get some sushi and 2 entrees - major drag. They need to up their game.

vipMissy (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

Spices has a variety of Asian dishes. My favorite is the pad thai. The service is reliably good and fast. This is our "go to" place on a week night.

collegemom (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 1, 2014

Two adults and two college age kids and everyone found something to their liking. The menu was varied and contained some interesting combinations of tastes. Will definitely go back again when I'm next in D.C.

vipBalloch00 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 22, 2014

Good Asian food of all kinds at very reasonable prices. Relaxed atmosphere, good service, food and prices; what more could you ask for?

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 20, 2014

As always, the food at Spices was delicious. I have always been a fan of the Dragon Dumplings and Pad Thai. I have dined in Spices a few time as well as carried out. On this occasion, I met a friend for lunch and we were seating in the back room, which is completely fine. However, as the place started to fill up our waiter forgot about us. In fact, I'm not even sure who our waiter was. People came, ordered, got their food and left in the time my friend and I were waiting for our food to arrive. Our appetizer took about 15 minutes, and our main courses another 20 after that.

vipDCFoodie (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2014

I had a wonderful time at Spices. From the food to the service, everything is great. When I dined there, they were just putting up Chinese New Year decorations. It is a very festive restaurant.

vipNB41 (London)
3.0  Dined on December 8, 2013

I remember Spices being even better. Menu is limited, except for Sushi and food, generally, was good, but not great. Nice local restaurant.

vipMichael (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on November 29, 2013

True to its name, the food here was fairly perky. The "suicide" dish did not do me in but was nicely spiced. In fact, there is a hint of sophistication in the preparations - not just spice. My friend's vegetarian dish (with eggplant - plentiful on the menu) could have been spicier, he said. The wines by the glass are forget-able and a little on the skimpy side. The place is not carpeted and is thus clattery. I would return to try some of the other dishes.