Chaplin

4.7
558 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
Top tags:
  • Hot Spot
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
Chaplin Restaurant & Bar will be serving up Asian-inspired cuisine that will take diners on a journey to Japan and Shanghai in the 1920s.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Asian
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Hours of Operation
Mon - Thurs ~ Bar: 4:00pm to 1:30am and Kitchen: 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Friday ~ Bar: 3:00pm to 2:30am and Kitchen: 4:00pm to 12:00am
Saturday ~ Bar: 12:00pm to 2:30am and Kitchen: 12:00pm to 12:00am
Sunday ~ Bar: 12:00pm to 1:30am and Kitchen: 12:00pm to 11:00pm Happy Hour: Sunday - Thursday: 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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Phone number
(202) 644-8806
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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What 558 People Are Saying
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4.7
food
4.4
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Chaplin is one of my favorite places in DC! The happy hour (including on weekends) is a great deal, the ramen always delivers, and the service is great. Will definitely be back soon.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Food and drinks are great. Good Vegan options. One bar downstairs and also another on the second floor

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Chaplain's is by far the best restaurant for Ramen in D.C! If you don't get the chaplain A.S.S, then you aren't living right (unless your a vegetarian like my girlfriend who also loves their veggie Ramen)

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Pork ribs were amazing! Everything else was okay. Great service!

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3.0Dined on 9 August 2018

The food was amazing, but it was very loud. I was seated inside on the second floor by a table of about 6 people that was yelling at each other the entire time. You could tell that they were drunk so we let it go for a while until one girl got super loud to the point where the entire restaurant thought she was making an announcement. At this point I complained to our waiter who was also the bartender and she did nothing, but as soon as this older guy that was sitting at the bar said something she decided to finally approach them. That did nothing and stayed loud until we left

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3.0Dined on 3 August 2018

Staff was great! Excellent drinks and a great buzz at both bars (upstairs and main floor). Don’t go here to have any conversations as the noise level is off the charts. Food was satisfactory at best. Go get a drink or two and then move on to somewhere else for food and socializing.

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4.0Dined on 28 July 2018

Fun drinks that are a great price during happy hour. Ramen was pretty good

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

Hard to talk at times as it was very noisy inside but overall a fantastic experience. We will definitely be going back.

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5.0Dined on 24 July 2018

Wonderful!!!!! One of our favorite places in DC! The service is great and the bartender is our favorite!!!!! Can’t wait to go back!

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4.0Dined on 22 July 2018

Even though I had a reservation it was about a half hour wait. Totally understandable, due to the heavy rain, but still it was uncomfortable to have seven people waiting in the doorway for half an hour. We watched as the manager and the head hostess got into a verbal “altercation” so that wasn’t really pleasant. Food came out quickly and was good, plus our waitress was very nice so that helped offset the bad start.

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

Chaplin’s NEVER disappoints!!! We live outside the city and always willing to make the drive in when we are in the mood for ramen. We have tried other places and nothing compares!

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4.0Dined on 21 July 2018

Delicious food! Ramen was among best I've had in DC!

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

The food was delicious and was quick to arrive once ordered. Wait staff was attentive as well as hostess. My party was late and Chaplin still held my reservation which was very considerate. We ate outside since the inside was very noisy, outdoor dining was perfect. Lots of fun cocktails. Will return to Chaplin

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5.0Dined on 20 July 2018

Chaplins does not disappoint. Try to get there before 7 pm for happy hour drinks, and then let your evening unfold. Service was attentive, informative and consistent. Kudos Chaplins for a great evening!

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5.0Dined on 17 July 2018

Server was amazing and the food was excellent! The kitchen was backed up and it took us awhile to get our food, which is why I gave the service 4 instead of 5 stars. Chaplin’s is still my favorite Ramen in DC.

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5.0Dined on 17 July 2018

Excellent atmosphere, food and $15 Johnny Walker Blue!

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5.0Dined on 8 July 2018

Best RAMEN in DC!

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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

The atmosphere is adorable. Everyone was friendly & helpful. The ramen was very good, but the boozy dumplings stole the show. Extensive cocktail list & good choices of wine and beer. Overall very nice experience.

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4.0Dined on 6 July 2018

My wife and I wanted ramen and had a great meal here. The service was wonderful, and they do a good job with the ramen. Would come back!

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4.0Dined on 4 July 2018

I think one of the best Ramen in DC area. Good house kneaded noodles.

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5.0Dined on 1 July 2018

Always treated so well when we come here. Food is always excellent as is the service and most of all, food.

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5.0Dined on 30 June 2018

We really enjoyed Chaplins! The service was excellent from start to finish. Our waitress altered us we still had a few minutes left for Happy Hour, and even pointed out some tastier versions of our first order to us so we could adjust. Timing was perfect, not rushed but didn't take forever. Craft drinks, appetizers, and ramen dishes were superb!

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5.0Dined on 28 June 2018

Wonderful dinner and atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on 24 June 2018

One of the best places in DC by far. I come every time I’m in town and they have never disappointed.

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1.0Dined on 20 June 2018

I made a reservation on open table 45 minutes in advance. When I arrived they said they had no table and I would have to wait 45 more minutes.

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5.0Dined on 20 June 2018

Chaplin's continues to impress me with their Ramen. I lived in Japan for 4.5 years, and very few ramen places actually carry Tan Tan Men. a must have.

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5.0Dined on 19 June 2018

Phenomenal! Always a great spot to take family members or dates.

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4.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Brought my family from out of town here for some Ramen and they were very happy with the experience. Food was decent and portions were large, however the Ramen was a little bland (if you get the veggie shio) and my guests regretted adding chicken to theirs as it was a lot of meat. I had the Chaplin A.S.S. and it was really flavorful and spicy. Wasn't the biggest fan of the pork in it because it was a large portion and difficult to eat (large cuts). Next time will order it meatless as it didn't really add anything special to the dish and I ended up picking it out. The traditional gyoza's (ordered pork and veggie) were delicious and come in orders of 6, which is awesome!

Overall was a really nice dinner but a bit too much of a bar scene and not really a family restaurant since the music was quite loud. Will come back again but perhaps as a date night instead of family gathering.

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5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Chaplin is always a sure bet for ramen and drinks with friends! Service is usually speedy and attentive. It can get loud inside, but other than that it should be your go-to spot!

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5.0Dined on 14 June 2018

It was my last night living in DC (after 6 years) and my mom was in town to oversee the move. Chaplin’s has been her fav DC restaurant since she first visited- it was the perfect dinner to end my time in this city. Service was fantastic, wine selection was great, and I’m so happy my last night in DC was at Chaplin’s.

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5.0Dined on 12 June 2018

Waiters & waitresses are very friendly. I love the food and drinks. One of my favorite restaurants in DC!

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5.0Dined on 11 June 2018

It’s my second time and the Ramen is A-1

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4.0Dined on 11 June 2018

Chaplin's is a great place if you're looking for some great comfort food. From their ramen to their fried chicken, this place has a lot to offer.

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5.0Dined on 11 June 2018

Ramen was tasty and service was great. Food took longer than anticipated to come out but either way, still delicious! Noise level is kinda loud and very dark atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Excellent per usual.

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2.0Dined on 2 June 2018

After reading the reviews, I was prepared for a great experience. However, the food wasn't bad but it was nothing special. I will not be returning here as there are tastier restaurants around.

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2.0Dined on 31 May 2018

Waitress rushed us the whole time. Not very pleasant

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4.0Dined on 28 May 2018

I came here on a Sunday night with a reservation, they are definitely necessary because the place was packed. The staff was very nice and there was a fun ambiance, although the noise was kinda disturbing. They play their music very loud and together with the noise from the other guests, it doesn’t create a relaxed dining experience. The food is delicious though, I had pork dumplings and spicy chicken ramen, both very tasty and unique! Their cocktail list is nice as well but the drinks are expensive, they often cost more than your main dish which is a bit silly.

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Super accommodating... we had an excellent time

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1.0Dined on 17 May 2018

Ok, so this place looks cool and has an energetic vibe inside. The problem is that it is so loud you can hardly hear the person in front of you. This might be OK if the service and food were good, but both just suck. The food is pretty awful and way too costly for such a bad attempt at Ramen. The "buns" are the worst I have ever had and the Ramen is nothing special yet costs like it should make you see heaven. Lets get to the crappy service. It took 15 minutes just to get a drink order and then our server disappeared. We had to flag someone down and force them to take our order. Maybe this place is so popular because of a mass mindset that it "has to be good".....but its not, its simply not good at all. Save yourself the earache and tasteless food experience and hit a hole in the wall Ramen place that costs half as much with ten times the flavor.

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