Chaplin

4.7
659 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Chaplin Restaurant & Bar serves up Asian-inspired cuisine that will take diners on a journey to Japan and Shanghai in the 1920s.
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Loud, food was good. Good environment and good prices for area

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SE
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Our courses were timed perfectly. Everything on the Yakibuta platter was delicious, especially the pork belly. The Chaplin’s Ramen was flavorful and the stamina egg (a poached egg, soaked in sweet soy sauce) yummy! The lava cake dessert was a nice finish, but I will definitely try the matcha tiramisu on my next visit.

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RM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Wow, this place is a nightmare. Went for an afternoon lunch on a Saturday. They were blaring 80s hair metal for the entire hour we were there. Also, the concept is confusing... it’s supposed to be Asian, but I swear there was something that tasted like oregano on my chicken yakisoba. When ordering we asked if the waitress could recommend anything and she said no...which should have been a sign. The ramen was okay, but there are about 5 other places in DC better than this. Begging anyone who likes Japanese not to go here.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

My reservation was at 7:30 and I was seated until 8:12. The hostess and manager were unresponsive and seemed annoyed when I inquired about my table. It was overcrowded and the service was extremely slow. Although the ramen is solid, I would not recommend.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious food, well balanced cocktails, great service. Definitely a repeat favorite!

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CB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was pretty good. I think the highlights of the restaurant are the ambiance, drinks, music, and great service. I would definitely go back for drinks and some Shumai or gyoza. Good vibe.

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S
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ramen was really good. The drinks are very crafty too.

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a
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very LOUD so hard to hear others at the table talk

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DC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

food was incredibly underwhelming. don't call it ramen if there's no broth. and the noodles had NO flavor.

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JJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Very crowded small space loud hard to hear and talk ..ok food good staff

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NS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

It's a fun, energetic place. Good food. It's very loud and the tables are close together, so don't go expecting a romantic, intimate date.

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W
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food.

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Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were seated right next to a “private” event. It was so noisy that we couldn’t really enjoy our meal or hear one another talk. We left earlier than anticipated as a result. The food was good, but it would have been nice to be moved or seated elsewhere to enjoy it.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

We waited 1 hour for our 8pm reservation.

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hostess wasn’t very nice but otherwise we had a great experience

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took my mom here for the first time and she loved it!!!

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s
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Copeland was an excellent waiter and extremely attentive. He made great suggestions and also was helpful in explaining the menu.

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n
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It has always been a great dining experience each time I’ve visited Chaplin. This visit was no exception, great food, exceptional service and a warm atmosphere(15 degrees outside).

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the ramen at Chaplin. Gets pretty loud during peak times.

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m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Chaplin has been a wonderful experience every time I go. The ramen is fairly priced and you get a great portion, and they have Happy Hour that runs until 7pm, which can be tough to find in DC.

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EV
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Too noisy but the food was great!

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Come here regularly. One of our favorite ramen shops in the city.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Copeland was awesome!

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TS
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great ramen in an excessively loud atmosphere. Whatever you do, make sure you add a stamina egg!

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L
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, had a fantastic time here. Love the weekend happy hour and ramen is always a winner!

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I
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Madison was an awesome bartender!

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CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food is good but the music and the noise level is just SO high it's a shame. I like to hear myself talk when I go somewhere to eat, not feel like i'm in a club. It's really too bad. I'll go back when the outside terrace is open because I honestly can't deal with the noise. We had to yell across the table to have a conversation.

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p
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Our reservation wasn’t honored as the restaurant was packed. We waited 40 minutes for a table without any estimate from the host except saying they were extremely backed up. At first they wanted to seat us by the very crowded bar (I had sent a special note that it was my birthday and I wanted a good table location) and so we requested a change. The food is excellent but the whole restaurant is so loud, it’s like eating in a club. Maybe better for a quieter lunch!

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MC
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the drunken dumplings (pay day)! 😋

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RP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The music was too loud, but other than that... the food was great!

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LL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chaplin's continues to be one of my favorite restaurants in DC! I went with a large group of work friends, and our server was kindly able to accommodate a couple extra people. The happy hour drinks and the ramen are really not to be missed. I had also written, when I made the reservation, that one of us was leaving our company. I didn't really expect anything to come out of it, but our server brought her out a nice dessert! Great place, will definitely continue frequenting.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Love this place

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

For new year’s eve

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DC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around great experience! Quaint and quirky. Delicious Japanese food!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for a new years Eve Birthday dinner. They were super nice had great food, new year's Eve party favors and even gave my husband a dessert with a candle for his birthday.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ve lived overseas for more than 10 years, so I can be critical when it comes to Japanese food. But I will say, Chaplin’s Ramen and Gyoza are amazing. Will make this a once a month stop for sure!

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AM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love that the menu has specific vegan and vegetarian options. Love the spirit infused dumplings, many ramen choices and creative cocktails. The service was good both times I went. Love it here!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Ramen and Happy Hour specials!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Food was good. Not the best ramen in DC but holds its own. Service was unfriendly and we waited over an hour between our apps and our ramen because our waiter forgot to put the order in. And wouldn’t acknowledge the screw up or do anything to make it right. Won’t be in a hurry to be back.

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O
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 4

Good appetizers. Inedible ramen. Drinks acceptable.

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