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Spices Asian Restaurant

145 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • 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.

CB84 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 2, 2013

Loved the "Suicide Curry (w/chicken)". I think it's one of the better dishes in DC (smelled wonderful and tasted even better). Perfect for a stuffy head in the Fall/Winter months. The tables are a little too close together for our taste (better for large groups than intimate dinning). We had a great time anyway. The staff was very nice and the prices were very reasonable.

vipHungrynDC (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 23, 2013

Spices food and service never disappoint. I've been there several times and the food is always superb and the service also friendly and helpful. Great prices, too. Enjoy.

Solstad (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2013

We split the pad thai and General Tao shrimp- the Shrimp were the sweetest, freshest, most perfectly cooked shrimp ever! I am still thinking about them 2 days later. The service was excellent, food delicious. It was not very busy on a Monday, so noise was moderate to energetic but I can imagine that when full it is quite load with the large room and high ceilings. The presentation was beautiful too. They use lots of interesting plates/bowl things, not your standard pieces. I look forward to going again soon.

vipSusan (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on September 13, 2013

Everything was excellent, the waitress was knowledgeable. It's a bit noisy - was a problem for one of our group who does not generally have hearing problems (he was in the most exposed seat, and got more of the noise).

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 24, 2013

Great service and delicious food in Cleveland Park.

vipTracy (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 10, 2013

We go to Asian Spice often because they are consistantly good. We may have a meal not as good as some we've had but that is due to personal preference. Satay is wonderful, Seaweed Salad is wonderful, Panang Salmon is great, drinks are good, not weak. I just wish they would allow for substitutions, i.e., Panang Chicken instead of Salmon. I love Panang but don't eat seafood.
Sushi is great also per my Husband.

vipotberbur (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on July 31, 2013

Our group ate at Spices prior to a movie showing at the Uptown Theatre across the street. It proved more than adequate for the purpose. I chose a couple of Vietnamese items from the pan-Asian menu. Food preparation was good. although not at the level of better places I've eaten specializing in such fare. Service was efficient, if not particularly charming, and for reasons our group could not discern, we were seated in the far rear corner of a restaurant that was 80 percent empty at the time. Prices are moderate for the area.

gertie (New Orleans)
3.0  Dined on July 13, 2013

When we walked in, I got a big whiff of fish. This is when I would normally turn around and say no thank you. But I was with a group of friends so that wasn't an option. Needless to say I avoided the sushi. I got fried rice with duck and veges, It was hot and tasty. But my friends who got sushi were disappointing.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 12, 2013

Haven't been here in a few years, but the food is still good, sushi even better. Was surprised I could get in so easily on a Friday night. Service left a lot to be desired - our original waitress never came to take our drink order, but took the one for the table right next to us, 3 feet away. Another waiter took our drink and food orders both, but at the end of the meal, had to wait forever to finally get the attention of the original waitress to bring the check.

vipSteve (Raleigh)
3.0  Dined on July 3, 2013

Spices is my sushi restaurant of convenience. It's not Kaz or Sushi Taro, but out isn't trying to be. Food is good, but quality isn't as high as the other two.

vipFoodGuy (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on June 10, 2013

Gen Tso Chicken was especially yummy. Onion cakes a little greasy - evil but good.

Elvis (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 8, 2013

Clean and well-lit, with friendly staff and an interesting menu of Asian favorites and some new ideas. The food is always delicious, well-prepared and presented with flair. Recommendations - these are everyday staples you wouldn't look at twice, but I am here to tell you that these are the best in their class you'll ever taste - rediscover california roll, chicken fried rice, and coconut icecream. You'll order double just for the doggy bag!

vipHungrynDC (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on May 25, 2013

Always a pleasant experience -- staff and food.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 12, 2013

We celebrated another great birthday at our favorite Asian restaurant. The food was excellent as always. I love the General Tao's chicken. Others love the Sea Bass. We can never get enough of the excellent pan fried dumplings. The wafu salad is the best anywhere. Their homemade secret wafu dressing turned me into a salad eater from never eating salad, its that good! The wife and kids love the sushi. (I dont eat it) The staff is always so nice and we love eating there. We travel all the way from Potomac because the food is so good. Only regret is that there isn't a Spices closer to our home.

ZachB22 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on March 9, 2013

I was looking for a Sushi place in Cleveland Park and this showed up on OpenTable. I was impressed with the mix of Asian food and Sushi, and really enjoyed the quality. It was perfect for a reasonably priced meal for four. I especially enjoyed the Sushi Boat presentation of our sushi.