Mokomandy

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$30 and under
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American
Modern. Korean. Cajun. Mokomandy is a casual fine-dining restaurant located in Sterling, VA. We offer an eclectic menu of American, Korean, and Cajun dishes that complement one another, resulting in an unprecedented dining experience. Born from a Korean-American father and a Cajun mother, President Thaddeus Kim has assembled a team of culinary professionals dedicated to delivering the freshest quality ingredients to our customers.

Mokomandy understands that every guest is different and may have dietary restrictions or allergies to certain foods. We pride ourselves in our ability to address our customers’ needs when possible. Please feel free to tell our servers about any special requests.

We look forward to seeing you at Mokomandy!
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4.3
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K
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cool dining experience! Interesting food, very enjoyable. I was surprised by how small this place is and that it is located in a strip mall. You definitely need reservations because they simply can’t seat many at a time. The night we went they were out of quite a few items. Also pretty pricey! I’d like to go again but I’m not sure it’s quite worth what we spent.

SR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a plant based eater, I was impressed by the knowledge level of our waiter Carlos as well as the number of offerings I could have without being modified and making them less appealing.

There were four people in our party and we ordered many small dishes and snacks and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. The food rated among the top five meals we have ever had.

EW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Food is good.
Bartender was very good.
Moved to bar because tables tightly packed and very noisy.

MS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Some dishes great, some meh, nothing actually bad. Pricey enough for me to limit visits, but I would go back. $3 for a tiny bottle of coke, annoying. Not recommended if you are looking for traditional Korean. Service excellent.

DP
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, fabulous, and filling! Mokomandy has the formula for success in a highly competitive market. Don’t miss the grits!!

SG
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Slow on making drinks but drinks and food were yum

LI
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful cocktails. Interesting food. Very delicious. Kind of pricey for the suburbs but we really loved our experience there. Service was great. Food was hot. You need to go there. But make reservations. We will definitely be back.

BM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Fantastic food. Highly recommend.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The place is extremely overrated! All the food was a let down...we ordered several dishes: the jalapeño hush puppies=burnt yet bland, octopus pork belly=fishy, fried chicken=undercooked, beef bulgogi=overcooked & the boar bowl=salty. No one at our table enjoyed their meal. Perhaps there’s just a lack of dining options in Sterling? We came here to celebrate a birthday which we noted to the server, we were disappointed that we did not even get any type of acknowledgment for that either. Save your time & money, you won’t be missing out by never going here!

RL
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

The food here is phenomenal. Not to be missed, just go and work through the small plates and you'll not be disappointed.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As per their par - excellent in all ways. Bartender makes the experience unique! Food is superb. Ambiance perfect!

F
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Mokomandy is a favorite spot to dine when we're looking for something inventive and a bit special. We took friends this time with us. We shared a variety of several dishes with the cassoulet being everyone's absolute favorite. The first time we have ever been disappointed and sent the grilled shishito peppers back. You may get 1 out of 50 spicy hot shishito pepper. Our serving ended up 1 of every 3 that we could not eat (even those of us who love hot & spicy). Our server was excellent. She was attentive at the correct times, never trying to hurry us along and making sure we were happy with everything. We really love this little gem of a restaurant.

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food was excellent, as always. Only issue was the server. She was nice enough, but not engaging and she seemed to really struggle to handle more than one table at a time - extremely slow and not particularly attentive. We spent an inordinate amount of time waiting for her to check on us or take a follow-up order. This made dinner very choppy, with long waits between food and empty drink glasses that sat for too long. Maybe you were short staffed and it wasn't her fault. Hard to say. But if this had been our first experience in the restaurant we'd probably not return. For this kind of money, the food and service both need to be on point. Sadly, this time, the service was really not good at all.

E
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant with an eclectic selection of small plates to share and entrees. The atmosphere is great. And the drinks are to die for.

DS
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, great unique drinks, and excellent staff!

MD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always. What a neighborhood gem. The highlights were the catfish boudin balls, Cajun cassoulet, and the chocolate put au crème! I also had a few cocktails and the winter Seoulstice did not disappoint. Can’t wait to return!

RG
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our 5th New Years Eve celebration at Mokomandy
Each year is memorable and every food experience predictably different
We enjoy trying new dishes highlighted this time by House made noodles, Korean fried chicken and Tempura shrimp and grateful to see kale chips, deviled eggs and Beignets still on the menu
Already looking forward to next year!!!

F
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food at reasonable prices. I have loved everything I’ve ever had here. So many interesting choices!

RM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First of all, my name is Morrison The small plates appear tobe a growing trend.

QX
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. We’ll be back.

T
Charleston
36 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Have eaten here many times before. Foie Gras Dumplings and Pot roast sliders never disappoint.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

A disappointing experience, one that surprised us given the excellent reviews and buzz around the restaurant. The service was nearly nonexistent, with more of an apathy for that result rather than apology. The cocktails were poorly crafted as well. The food was good, but not enough to make up for the rest. Will not be going back.

p
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night- long time deserved😊

b
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My wife and I have been here 2x's and everything we've had has been amazing! Highly recommend and make sure you set your reservations in advance.

CD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Understaffed but did their best. Always a top notch experience food wise in the area!

MS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very nice server and creative food choices. Casual environment.

k
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very interesting and eccletic mix of food. As our server pointed out, it's NOT Korean-Cajunfusion. It's actually a whole set of Korean dishes alongside a bunch of Cajun dishes. Stars: Jambalaya, Sliders, Boar dumplings. Service was a little slow but our server as very affable and helpful with the menu. A twice a year kind of place, not the monthly go-to I was hoping for.

GN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Give this place a chance to become what it has the potential to be. The food is a delight (try the dumplings) and the staff is pleasant and informative (first time visiting, take their good advise). Make a reservation for early because they fill quickly and then the time you wait for food and drink becomes a major problem. Don't order drinks not found on the menu--they don't know how to make them. Do order drinks from the menu as they are yummy and not stingy. Prices and serving sizes don't disappoint. I'd really like this place to work the bugs out of its service delays because everything else about it is a joy. Best of Luck.

S
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my husbands birthday this past Sunday. Our food was wonderful, the drinks delicious and the wait staff attentive. Thank you!

KC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish that arrived at our table was amazing!! Favorites were the Korean Sliders, Fois Gras Dumplings, Korean Chicken, Bison Dumplings and the Syrup Cake!! We can’t wait to go back and try everything else on the menu!! Also, the cocktail menu is creative and fun!! Just book in advance because it fills up fast!

MB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Once a jewel, now tarnished. Management has taken their eye off the details. Restroom was filthy. No one greeted us as we entered. We had so many servers, it was ridiculous. Ambience and decor needs work.

P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The variety of food was excellent providing a variety of options. The dishes were not only unique but delicious. Excellent service on top of great food.

T
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very nice experience that I enjoy several times each year. Good food with very good service.

VA
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had not visited Mokomandy for a while but keep seeing it on the Top Restaurants lists. It does not disappoint. The only thing that is annoying is that most dishes include a bit of spice which I'm not fond of. All in all a nice experience.

JW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I’ll be back!

m
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The service was disappointing this time but the food quite good as usual.

VK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, very unique twist on common dishes that made it just excellent. Also the cocktails were amazing.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mokomandy is always a treat. Great food and service. Unusual but delectable culinary experience! And the cocktails are delicious!!

F
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch in NoVA for sure!

d
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The room is too bright and apparently lacks effective central heat. The food was very good although the foie gras appetizer was only so-so. Loved the jambalaya and bulgogi beef dishes.

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