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Chaplin, Washington, DC

Chaplin

4.6
4.6
1199 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese

Chaplin's Restaurant & Bar is a 1930's style Japanese Ramen House and cocktail bar. Chaplin's Executive Chef and Partner, Myo Htun, is originally from Burma, but was cooking ramen in Japan at a young age. Myo received a blessing from his mentor in Japan after nearly 30 years of cooking in Japan, to come to America and continue to showcase his authentic Ramen and traditional Japanese cuisine. Chaplin's Restaurant demonstrates the aesthetic of a bustling ramen house in Japan in the 1930's silent film era. There is also a large outdoor dining area that is dog friendly and open late 7 days a week. Chaplin's is located in the heart of the Historic Shaw neighborhood. And it is open until last call 7 days a week. Chaplin's received a Plate certification in the Michelin Guide in 2020. And it is located steps from the convention center and popular Logan Circle, 14th street and City Market.

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Booked 51 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Asian, Ramen

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00–16:00 Bar Mon–Thu 16:00–01:45 Fri 16:00–02:45 Sat 12:00–02:45 Sun 12:00–01:45 Kitchen Mon–Wed 16:00–23:00 Thu–Sat 16:00–00:00 Happy Hour Daily 16:00–19:00

  • Phone number

    (202) 644-8806

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern

  • Executive Chef

    Myo Htun

  • Private party facilities

    Chaplin's serves as a perfect venue for events both large and small. Our restaurant can fit up to 300 guests, and has smaller spaces to accommodate semi-private events. Our Events Packages can be customizable to fit any events needs!

  • Area

    Shaw

  • Cross Street

    9th and P NW

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Mt. Vernon/Convention Center - Walk north on 7th Street 3 blocks and take a left on P Street. Chaplin's will be on your rightShaw/Howard - Use the R Street exit, walk south on 8th street towards Rhode Island Ave. Take a right on Rhode Island and then a left on 9th Street NW. Walk south 2 blocks. Chaplin's will be on your left.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,199 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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    Hot Spot

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Japanese

  • District of Columbia

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service5ambience1

    This entire restaurant needs to be thoroughly cleaned. Bathroom was a bit gross (dirty walls, slimy sink, layer of dust on the air freshener, etc.) and it wasn't even a busy night. Everything looks tired and that made me sad. Even the food seemed tired. This place used to be so cute. I won't be coming back again until they make some changes.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Either higher an appropriate amount of staff or limit the number of customers.

  3. JP

    JPYG

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3

    Don’t dine here with high expectations for their ramen. It’s terrible. The noodles were one big clumped glob. There were three of us dining, so three clumped globs of noodles per bowl. Can’t slurp a glob of noodles! Anyways, tried it once and won’t be back. There are better ramen spots in the area, so if you crave ramen then check those other spots out.

  4. WK

    WalkerKB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The patio is delightful for both food and people watching. I recommend the Spicy Stamina, and steamed gyoza!

  5. JW

    JayW

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    Lively Ramen place with great views of Shaw and lots of ambience. Good place to take in the city energy. The mood was better than the food.

  6. M

    Mike

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best place in DC for outdoor happy hour. Can't beat it.

  7. D

    Diner1

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, drinks and service! The music was a bit loud, though.

  8. CL

    CandiceL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great vibe , cool atmosphere, not really a family spot more of a hangout after work or date night

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 24 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I both love Ramen. We had dinner here while in DC and it was great! They have Happy Hour every day, 4-7, which is so fun! Definitely would dine here again!

  10. L

    Leena

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Chaplins is truly a gem! The best food and drinks ever!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My roommate and I went for happy hour and it was outstanding!! Both inside and out had good vibes, even with a little bit of rain at one point it was just fine. The happy hour drink prices and super good and the cocktails are all unique but really well done, this would be a great first date spot I think :) if you want an extra fun experience, get “The Cure” and they toast the rosemary when they serve the drink!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love Chaplins, the service is top notch and the happy hour deals can’t be beat. Solid choice for a weekday friends get together

  13. SM

    ScottM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2

    The laziest waitress I have ever experiences. She actually acted irritated that she had to walk to the other end of the table to take orders. She wanted to lean against the wall and have orders yelled at her. Drinks orders sat on the bar for so long that they were warm by the time they arrive. The restaurant was also miserably hot. This was the worst place I could have brough out of town business guests.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3

    I was actually very disappointed the server was very rude. A member from my group asked to speak to a manager two times and the manager never came. We had to go find her. The glasses were very dirty and had lip stains on it and the waitress got frustrated and slammed plates on the table. I actually eat here often and I was so ashamed that I recommended it. I hope they can resolve their staffing issues promptly

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Food was great! Kitchen was little slow, and a very obnoxious table next to us outside, otherwise great experience.

  16. R

    Rachel

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4

    We usually get ramen to go but decided to enjoy on the patio. This time around- the service was awful (had to go inside to ask for the check after waiting 30min!), the ramen was brought to us lukewarm with what tasted like microwaved pork belly, and our sever was nowhere to be found for 25+ min at a time. Guess we’ll stick to carry out. Only plus is the happy hour cocktails but get there early or you’ll only maybe get a chance to order 1.

  17. ER

    EmilyR

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Good service. Enjoyed the patio. The ramen recommended by the server - the Chaplin - had pork slices that were so thick and fatty that I couldn’t eat them. Definitely the least positive thing about my experience.

  18. LC

    LeahC

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great happy hour! Cocktails half priced and delicious! Great value and the atmosphere at the bar area is very lively!

  19. J

    Jimbo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great, outdoor dining was enjoyable. Selection of ramen was adequate, and their non alcoholic selection was better than most. Definitely great place to take your mom or take a date, very friendly atmosphere

  20. AC

    AshleyC

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic dinner. I hosted a work dinner and everyone enjoyed the dinner and drink options. Great prices and service! Overall, very happy!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    It was a late reservation, and likely the severs were tired as it was nearing the end of the evening. As per usual, great food… But we were seated upstairs where there were very few people and ambiance. For our expectations, seating downstairs where the energy was would have made the dining experience so much better. All in all a good experience

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Was a little loud Some additional sound dampening would be nice

  23. LL

    LarryL

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Totally delicious, as always!n Love this place, and drinks are wonderful.

  24. OT

    OpenTableDude

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4

    Rather disappointing experience at what has typically been a “go to” restaurant. Started out shaky when the we attempted to get a bottle of red wine… apparently they were out of Cab Sav, Cab, and Malbec so we settled for a Merlot. Server was very friendly and polite but service was slow- perhaps slightly short staffed? Appetizers were fantastic- gyoza and karaage. The ramen that many of us ordered (Tan Tan Man) was tasty but very light on the amount of pork which was a disappointment. Food came out quickly which was great. Will definitely be back but hope our next visit is more like all of the other experiences we have had there.

  25. j

    jealy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    cute place! server was really nice and we were seated quickly!

  26. AM

    AMBG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 March 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Delicious drinks, great happy hour deals, good service, and a lovely outdoor seating area for a nice spring day. Highly recommend!

  27. s

    siouxchef

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1

    Veggie ramen was plain, and nobody else seemed to love their food. Waiter kept forgetting about our table.

  28. J

    Jake

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great drinks and food each and every time. The service was outstanding and attentive, which was greatly appreciated for outside seating.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 March 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    I was craving Chaplin for a while so I decided to go out with my sister. Since we went in the evening I knew it was going to be loud. We did have to speak a little louder, which was a little annoying. I do like how they keep the lights dim on the upper level. Our server was okay at first but started to be a bit much when I asked for a very simple request with my food. I worked in the restaurant industry before, so I’m aware of how certain types of request can be crazy. But what I asked was very simple to make it easier for me to enjoy my food. Since I added bok choy, I just wanted them to chop it up into smaller pieces. The server kept trying to make it a point that everything is pre-made and they don’t know if they will be able to do it… but they will ask. The main reason why I asked for that is because the last time I ordered it, it was very hard to enjoy it with the chopsticks. Bok choy is a little chewy and the pieces I had before were huge. So I was confused as to why they sort of caught an attitude. But the server still submitted the request. The server didn’t check on us as much until we were almost done. They probably had a long day or something. SN I’ve been several times before and had awesome servers. So that one experience isn’t a reflection on the staff as a whole. However, the food is always on point! The wontons are my favorite appetizer on the menu. I tried the Chaplin A.S.S. for the first time and it was great. The spice level was perfect and I would highly recommend it for a rainy day. I personally don’t eat pork so I’ll see if they can make another ramen dish on the menu with chicken broth the next time I come. I usually don’t like ramen from restaurants and I’ll just make it at home. But I’m glad I did try Chaplin’s! Definitely my new go-to ramen spot 🔥

  30. G

    Genevieve

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Has an excellent Happy Hour deal. I plan on returning.

  31. CF

    CindyFC

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 15 March 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Chaplin's has fantastic ramen (in HUGE portions!) and dumplings. The service is friendly but ... are they understaffed? Our drinks took forever on our most recent visit; and the server told me the kitchen "couldn't" leave off a particular sauce from a dish that the sauce is obviously NOT an integral part of. That sounded like "they're too busy to cater to your needs." But if you're not in a hurry, and you're an omnivore and don't plan to ask for anything special to be done with your food, Chaplin's is a great place for a gathering of friends (indoors or outdoors) to enjoy truly yummy food.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed our dinner at Chaplin’s. The service was great, and we sat in a booth that was perfect for our family. Everyone enjoyed their food. We started with a few gyoza and the shu mai. All were good. The drunken gyoza was a little strange, but not bad. Everyone had ramen for a main. I had the Chaplin’s ramen, and it was very good. For reference, we lived in Japan for 3.5 years, and have tried ramen from many different regions. The ramen here did not disappoint. Drinks were all well made. Strong, but delicious.

  33. ND

    NateDogg

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    CHAPLINS NEVER DISAPPOINTS. MAKE A RESERVATION NOW….

  34. MP

    ManuelP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    Restaurante look a little dirty. Upstairs only have one server who did a good job but it was a big section for himself. App and entre were served toguether.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect 😍

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 February 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5

    After seeing the restaurant on Fox 5, we visited the restaurant. The waiter stopped coming to the table after she got out order wrong. Sat and waited for the check for an additional 30 mins.

  37. CS

    CaseyS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sat outside. Enjoyed dumplings and ramen and delicious cocktails.

  38. N

    Nostra

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 February 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3

    Umm not impressive at all. Food was mediocre. More of a party vibe vs a date vibe. Waitress barely spoke to us. Just wasn’t feeling it. My date didn’t like it so I was sol.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Service was mediocre.

  40. JA

    JAOH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Both hostesses at the front of the restaurant, along with the manager, were incredibly rude to both me and my party. We checked in at 7:25p for a 7:30p reservation and were still not seated by 8:00p. I asked the manager multiple times when our table will be ready and his verbatim response was, “You want me to yell at the people sitting at the table to leave?” All I wanted was clear communication and respect as someone who was planning to dine at the restaurant. Then, when we got seated, the waitress approached us with such coldness, as if she wanted to be anywhere else but there. We asked for Casamigos for our drinks and she acted like we asked for cough syrup. Her immediate response was, “We DON’T have Casamigos,” without any solution. The cherry on top (and the reason we left before even dining) is that a member of my party has a severe tree nut allergy. We asked her to check with the kitchen to ensure that there wasn’t any cross contamination. Her response was, “I guess let me see what I can do.” Absolutely awful and lacked any ownership of the guest experience. I wish I could’ve given this experience a 0 star. Will never be returning.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

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You can order delivery directly from Chaplin using the Order Online button. Chaplin also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 644-8806.

Chaplin is rated 4.6 stars by 1199 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

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Booked 51 times today
Google Map for Chaplin

1501 9th St. NW Washington, DC 20001

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    9th and P NW

  • Area

    Shaw

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00–16:00 Bar Mon–Thu 16:00–01:45 Fri 16:00–02:45 Sat 12:00–02:45 Sun 12:00–01:45 Kitchen Mon–Wed 16:00–23:00 Thu–Sat 16:00–00:00 Happy Hour Daily 16:00–19:00

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Asian, Ramen

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Mt. Vernon/Convention Center - Walk north on 7th Street 3 blocks and take a left on P Street. Chaplin's will be on your rightShaw/Howard - Use the R Street exit, walk south on 8th street towards Rhode Island Ave. Take a right on Rhode Island and then a left on 9th Street NW. Walk south 2 blocks. Chaplin's will be on your left.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern

  • Executive Chef

    Myo Htun

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 644-8806

  • Private party facilities

    Chaplin's serves as a perfect venue for events both large and small. Our restaurant can fit up to 300 guests, and has smaller spaces to accommodate semi-private events. Our Events Packages can be customizable to fit any events needs!

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