Chaplin

4.7
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877 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
Chaplin Restaurant & Bar serves up Asian-inspired cuisine that will take diners on a journey to Japan and Shanghai in the 1920s. With a focus on ramen and dumplings, there's nothing short of a good time whether you're dining with us on our patio, bar, or dining rooms. Perfect for small and large events, with plenty of customizable packages available to fill your needs!
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food, but there is one drink where they burn rosemary that was so overpowering.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Chaplin’s. The service and the food is great. The dumplings are amazing also.

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vipFoodnDrinkGuy
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We are very frequent visitors to Chaplins as it is a block from our place. The service is generally good. My only feedback is portions seem to be inconsistent. I generally get the same dish and it can be filled nearly to the brim or it could be 2 inches of clearance. It varies from visit to visit. The music volume tends to be a bit to high for the size of crowds in the place. The overall volume gets louder as people try to talk over the music. Aside from that I highly recommend the place.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

After wanting to try Chaplin for years, I found it a disappointment. The cocktails were excellent, and the shumai pretty good, but it went downhill from there. We ordered the hot pot, which is bisected, so you’re supposed to be able to get two different broths; we chose veggie and miso. But half an hour later, we were told that the kitchen would only do one broth, inexplicably. So we settled on the veggie broth, and specified twice that we wanted the fish cakes included. Another half hour passed (!) before the pot arrived, and we eventually realized that it contained no fish cakes. Well, between the hour wait for our food, the changed order, and the missing ingredients, it was a bit of a fiasco. The server comped our drinks as an apology, but still. We won’t return.

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ImHereForTheFood
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I would definitely recommend going but make reservations! The food was good, we ordered the Chaplin ramen and the pork gyoza. It wasn’t amazing but on par with the other restaurants I have been to. My only real complaint was that it took 40 minutes for us to get our bowl of ramen!

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vipManyaT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love the food.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic as always and the waiter was great too!!

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We made reservations on opentable for 10:30pm. We arrived on time. The server/bartender took our drink and appetizer order and that went fine. We waited for him to return to take out dinner order which he eventually did - he even made a suggestion for the Ramen special which he had to go back and get the menu for. He sold us on the special, but as soon as he was about to walk away, he said “sorry- it’s 11:04. The kitchen is closed.” He never even checked with the chef if he could order Ramen four minutes late since it was his fault. He comped the one beer and buns appetizer, but we wanted ramen so we left and had to find another place to eat dinner at 11:30pm.

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CaraN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved our waitress she was great! The food is always perfect.

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vipBrianB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall Chaplin's was great. My wife and I have been several times and the ramen is great. We tried the Drunken Masters (alcohol infused dumplings) for the first time and they were delicious. However, my wife had the worst glass of wine either of us have had at a restaurant, so I'd stick to beer or cocktails.

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Suzy
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate a friend’s birthday and had a great time! The food and sake we ordered were absolutely delicious and Anais took great care of us!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chaplin's is my favorite restaurant in DC. Everything is delicious, from the drinks to the ramen. I highly recommend the Chaplin buns as an appetizer, and the stamina spicy is my favorite of the entrees.

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CarolineE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Super super loud but a great place - love the ramen and drinks

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It was good food, service could have been better. We were forgotten a lot. The waiter took care of a drink to recover that however it would have been a better dinner if service was better. Other than that great place and food was amazing.

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vipBobbyMainville
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the service and food were excellent. I recommend Chaplin for all occasions whether that be a date night, business dinner, catch-up with friends, etc.

I would definitely recommend their hot pot experience if you have been before but would like to have a different experience. The bartenders, servers, and management are all really friendly and attentive. I will continue to happy hour here every week as it is my favorite neighborhood spot :)

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was my first visit during restaurant week . It was very busy and energetic (loud). I enjoyed the Dan Dan men

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went at 4pm on a Saturday with a reservation. I'm really glad we made one as there would've been a wait. The ramen is absolutely fantastic and the best I've had in DC. The ever popular "The Cure" cocktail was also a nice treat as it's topped with rosemary the server sets on fire for display. The overall ambiance is nice if you're fortunate enough to get seating upstairs as they play Chaplin movies on a loop throughout the second floor. Downstairs, the tables are cramped and the bar is very loud so not the most ideal spot for a date, but the food, service, and drinks are all top notch!

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vipDCeater
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Server was very friendly and helpful with helping us order the right spice level and amount of food! Love the artwork and the vibe! Plus amazing cocktail selection!

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New2DC
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great date night spot! Food and ambiance are perfect - would recommend for young couples or groups as the music can be a little loud.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I went during restaurant week. Our table was running a few minutes late, which is fine, we’re never in a hurry, so we went to the bar area. A little loud a busy for my liking but I could see myself having a great time sitting at the bar, or a high top table, with some friends. Once our table was ready our service was on point. The server checked out IDs and noticed that my boyfriends ID was about to expire. What a surprise, servers never actually look at the IDs expiration. Our food took a little longer than I had expected but maybe I was just impatient and hungry. The quality though was great. After eating my boyfriend and I stacked our plates as we always do, working in the industry it just becomes habit. Our server noticed and asked us where we work and added an industry discount. 10/10 service and food. We will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Drinks aren’t nearly as good as the food and worry more about being ‘creative’ than they do about how they taste. Stop torching rosemary at the table. It smells weird and doesn’t add anything to the experience but does smell across the whole restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The ramen here is wonderful and the drinks are fun. It’s a loud atmosphere. It’s fun for a friends night out.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything on the menu at Chaplin's is amazing and each time I discover something new. This time I tried the strawberry parfait and it was amazing!! Their food is flavorful and made with the freshest ingredients. Every meal is a treat!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this place and go often. Food took too long tonight but overall still great and I will go back.

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vipKatharineG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Staple spot but the service is a hit or miss. Busy Sunday afternoon that cleared out and our waiter took a while to get to us and was also overly chatty and hard to understand. Great place for pets on the patio and they did a nice job with bringing us water and doggo treats.

Food and happy hour wine prices were wonderful.

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MCDDC
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience2

Made a 7:30 reservation with my partner for an aniversary dinner and wasn't seated for over an hour. After standing in the way of the servers for 45 minutes, we were finally told we could sit on the patio as we waited for our table. The shrimp gyoza tasted store-bought and microwaved and the silken tofu, while refreshing, was humble and unimpressive.

When we were finally seated and ordered ramen at 8:40, we were too tired and frustated to have much fun. The food was fast and the servers were responsive, but the experience left a sour taste in both of our mouths. I might go back with a friend, but date night is off the table. Really disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really good food and good service relatively cheap. It was pretty busy. Overall a good girls night

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was very slow on Sunday as I believe they were short staffed

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RyanR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love Chaplin’s. We live across the street and go all the time. The food and service is superb! Love taking our out of town friends, family and clients there. :)

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lilven
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, and AMAZING food!!! I would definitely go again. Great vegetarian selection as well. Big fan of the spiked dumplings!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Overall a good place to eat! Food was excellent and the drinks were unique. The only reason it’s not 100% is I requested champagne in a note via open table to be at the table or delivered to the table since it was my anniversary. Then a host even called me to confirm the reservation and I told them again that I requested it...but still never was brought to the table even after mentioning while we were there, which was disappointing BUT overall, it was a good place to eat.

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CaseyM
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chaplin’s is our go to spot and our “anniversary tradition.” Great food, great atmosphere, wonderful service.

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Camesha
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely pleased with the dining experience and quality of the food. I will be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite Place. Great for vegan options.
Happy hour is excellent. All things yummy

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! It was a very nice place to eat on Christmas Eve

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vipBrendaH
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing people who work there

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vipLauren
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Chaplin's has become a standard favorite. The ramen is some of the best in the district!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Ordered gluten free and they brought out regular noodles. Didn’t realize until too late. And they didn’t seem too apologetic.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Overall the experience was awesome. The food was excellent and service was fast. It’s a tad dark in there, but still great for a date spot!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there to celebrate our 5 year anniversary and it was amazing! From the moment we walked in we felt this place was special. The hostess was great! Our waitress (Charlotte) provided fantastic service! The food was delicious. We highly recommend this place and look forward to going back! Thanks Chaplin for the wonderful service!

FAQs

Chaplin does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Chaplin also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 644-8806.

Chaplin is rated 4.7 stars by 877 OpenTable diners.

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