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Kaliwa, Washington, DC

Kaliwa

3.7
3.7
123 Reviews
$30 and under
Asian
Award-Winning, Michelin Bib Gourmand 2022 Recepient! Created by Celebrated Chef and Resterantuer Cathal Armstrong, Kaliwa presents upscale, South East Asian fare accompanied by vibrant cocktails in classy, waterfront digs. Enjoy interpretations of Thai, Filipino and Korean dishes under a sky of eclectic chandeliers, or dine Al Fresca on the patio overlooking the bustling waterfront.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 85 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Korean, Thai

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Wed 11:30–22:00 Thu 11:30–22:30 Fri–Sun 11:30–23:00

  • Phone number

    (202) 516-4739

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Cathal Armstrong

  • Area

    Southwest Waterfront

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 123 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.7
3.7 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

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  1. G

    Gmom

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Not good. Very loud. Food fair at best.
  2. MH

    MrsHmm

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Sometimes smoky from the kitchen
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Staycation at a nearby hotel and we booked it to have a special meal!
  4. D

    Dreyf101

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Disappointed in our visit to Kaliwa. Two things stood out: 1) when the pescatarian in our group asked if she could do the chicken fried rice without chicken, and just have some more veggies instead, the waitress said no, unless she was okay with a $5 up charge. Absurd considering the cost of veggies relative meat…and she didn’t even bother to talk to kitchen/chef/manager. 2) the Pad See Ew was the blandest such dish I’ve ever had. Usually it comes out with a brown tint to the noodles, thanks to the sweetened and reduced soy sauce in the sauce, but these noodles looked AND tasted absolutely plain and bland. When I politely said they were a little bland and asked for some sort of sauce, the waitress gave me the side eye and instead of offering me options (for sauces, to say nothing of a different dish altogether!), she just stood there staring at me and then just brought me soy sauce. All around disappointing experience, but for the lovely weather while we were seated outside. Also bizarre—our entrees (for 3 people) came out one by one, all by one wait staffer, across the span of 5-7 minutes…bizarre service.
  5. A

    Alex

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Kaliwa came highly recommended, but I unfortunately wouldn't return. The food was worse than the average Thai restaurant, and at least twice as expensive. Friends who had visited the restaurant previously were surprised that the food seems to have changed since they last ate there.
  6. K

    Kristine

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    I had high hopes and booked dinner for my family of 4 to celebrate my husband's birthday. The service was disinterested and "low energy" at best. The server forgot our drinks, didn't tell us the kitchen was out of things until 10 minutes after we ordered them, etc. The location and decor of the restaurant are great, the food is okay. But I'd recommend going to a good restaurant that specializes in one of Thai, Philipino or Korean food, rather than this mishmash of all three. It was more like a Jack of all trades, but master of none. I wanted to like it but left regretting that I picked this place for a birthday dinner.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Food was horrible. My meal was inedible and smelled rancid. They did take it off my bill but it was too late to order something else.The other two meals our group ordered were just bland. Also no noticeable air conditioning inside. It was hotter in there than outside. I would not return.
  8. BB

    BettyB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 August 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Food was good. Atmosphere nice. Service was slow and kept forgetting to bring things (at one point different parts of 3 meals and a drink). One advantage of slow service is they weren’t chasing us out the door…we couldn’t get anyone to bring us the bill!
  9. DS

    DonnaS

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was delicious - the chicken sattay appetizer and green curry with shrimp - would get these again and highly recommend. The restaurant was very warm, not sure if there were issues with thier A/C which may have been out of thier control, but the room temperature certainly detracted from our overall experience. Our main entree came out very shortly after our appetizer, and the rice that accompanied the entree was brought out after the entree - the timing was very off. The atmosphere (aside from the temperature) was nice and our server was friendly and efficient. As with many of the restaurants in this area, the prices are elevated - one entree, one appetizer, and 2 alcoholic drinks was $85 before tip.
  10. R

    Richard

    Baltimore

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 8 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location. Interesting menu. Helpful staff. Highly recommend!
  11. N

    Neighbor

    Washington DC

    91 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on 8 August 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    A nice place overall. It was saved by its good food quality. Otherwise, it is very pricy ($19 for spring rolls!) and the service is eager but inefficient. I had the fried rice and it was very good and loaded. Ironically, I’d have preferred more rice, since it’s a rice dish, but it was tasty and well done with some crunchy veggies. If this one dish is an indicator of quality of food, I’d go back.
  12. SF

    SylinaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The owner Peter was exceptional with service and accommodation. We absolutely loved the food and the entire experience. Some favorites were duck drunken noodles, pork spring rolls, pork belly, and green curry. Each dish was to die for and the flavors were unmatched!! We loved the ambiance of the restaurant, we ended up sitting outside just to enjoy a nice breeze. Our party ended up enjoying three of the desserts on the menu, our absolute favorite was the blackberry pot du cremé! Highly recommend Kaliwa for a delicious dinner and experience.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Food was way overpriced and low to average quality. Service was horrible. Ambiance was cafeteria like and no A/C inside. Such a disappointment.
  14. SC

    ShamualC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    A complete waste of money. The worst Asian food I’ve ever tasted.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We eat here a lot! We only sit at the bar right in front of the kitchen. Watching the team is magical. The food is delicious, the staff is very nice, overall am amazing experience. We live in the neighborhood and always have a great time when we pop in.
  16. MM

    MisterMax

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    Short staffed. Took over an hour just to get drinks. Food came with no plates. Kind of a disaster.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    104 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Unfortunately, the A/C wasn’t working—on a busy Saturday during 90 degree weather. That definitely impacted the ambience. Plus they had the lights on pretty bright until about 9 PM. Service was fair. I felt we were begging for water. And given the heat, we didn’t have ice until we asked for it. We tried Filipino and Korean dishes. Eggroll lumpia tasted OK but the wrapper was so thick it wasn’t fully cooked inside. The mango salad was good, but the mango was more of a garnish. Beef Galbi had great flavor. We didn’t try any of the cocktails, because we have been drinking earlier in the day and really just wanted to eat. However the cocktail menu was interesting. We might try it again when they’re not having air-conditioning issues, but we wouldn’t go out of our way.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    We’d been to Kaliwa a few years back and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, it’s barely recognizable as the same place at this point. The service was atrocious - it took about 30 minutes after ordering to receive our initial cocktails and somehow went downhill from there (though to be clear, the cocktails also were not very good). The entire dinner took over 2 hours (not for any reason other than the fact that we would have 30 minute stretches without any service). Following the initial cocktail issues we switched to a bottle of wine. After around 15 minutes it arrived, corked and unopened. No glasses. Just a sweaty, $76 bottle of wine plopped on the table. Asked for glasses, which came somewhat quickly. Then had to ask for someone to open the wine for us. Commence 5-10 minute search for someone who had (and knew how to use) a corkscrew. At that point, there was nothing for us to do but laugh and the unopened bottle of wine was the highlight of the evening. The food was…okay. Fried curry meatballs were inedibly salty (and didn’t taste even remotely like curry) and the satay was soggy and pretty tiny. Both orders of the short rib were primarily fat. The Panang curry (both chicken and beef) were both apparently pretty good (though the waiter had no clue which was which). Ultimately, the bill for all of this was roughly $120/per person and I can’t remember a dining experience where I got less bang for that buck.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So good - great service, great food, awesome experience
  20. K

    Kris

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food with a wide variety of flavors, beautiful ambience and great service!
  21. AS

    ArthurS

    Washington DC

    59 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    The food at Kaliwa was excellent. There were four of us, and we ordered to share, so we each got to try many dishes. They were all worth ordering again. But the service left a lot to be desired. Three of us ordered drinks, and it wasn't until after the food had started arriving, and after we'd asked about our drinks twice, that we were told the bar didn't have what we'd ordered. So we ordered substitutes, which came in a reasonable time. The restaurant did comp our drinks, so we were satisfied with that. The food service was also lacking. Only one dish came with a serving utensil, so we had to use our own spoons for that. Of the four place settings, only one had a knife. And after our individual dishes were used for salad, and coated with dressing, we had to ask repeatedly for fresh dishes for the next courses. The wait staff didn't seem to understand why we would want that. We will go back, and we'll hope the service wilol be better next time.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    The waiter we had was terrible and the drinks from the bar were just as terrible.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Service was good however the food wasn’t.
  24. m

    matthews

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Service was slow and sporadic ; upstairs patio was hot. Food was fantastic
  25. M

    Minionbon

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Curry was very salty. The tuna salad is not traditional Korean hoedupbap.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Pad thai flavoring strange and basil fried rise bland bland bland. Not good value.
  27. CI

    CarolI

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Food and staff were very good. Small things bothersome: very warm indoors, no ice in water, paper napkins, apps with no plates.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    No substitutions with sides on menu. Steak was overly cooked then under cooked, disappointing as it's the most expensive meal on menu. Spring rolls and drunken noodles... delish! & beautiful decor !
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Great service. Food was ok. Not worth the money. You are paying for their rent.
  30. L

    Lauren

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    The food was okay. Some meals were better than others. But they were brought out at different times. One of us was waiting ten minutes longer than the rest for their food. The service was poor. We never had water. The ambiance was great but it was hot in there.
  31. AT

    AlexT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easy to accommodate large group of us for lunch
  32. Z

    Zaynab

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Poor Service. Average food. Good Ambiance. I wouldn't go there again
  33. M

    Mariad

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and great service! The pork belly was amazing!
  34. KW

    KarenW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Our server was great but the restaurant was too hot. An event on the upper level was so loud we could not have a conversation across the table. The beer was warm which is not what you want when it’s 95F. Food decent but pricey. Finding an Asian joint off waterfront would have been better value.
  35. EM

    ElsbethM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Food was amazing, service was kind of a slow mess, but they were nice.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience2
    Restaurant was so hot it was unenjoyable. Uncomfortable chairs, disorganized service (although waiter was good once we got one). Good quality was great
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Air conditioner was out.
  38. GS

    GuillermoS

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Table was moving and unstable; we waited 10 minutes for being seated once we checked in; ordered champagne and it was not cold, food was not that good, service was not good.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We reserved outdoor seating but since it was drizzling we requested to be moved inside. We knew that our friend also reserved a table and asked if we can be in one long table. They accommodated both our requests. The food was excellent too!
  40. BB

    BoeingBuff

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    I was super excited about this place - I love a good fusion restaurant and am in Love with the Wharf. But the food was just really under-whelming. The noodles and pork dish was super salty and the chicken satay had little flavor. I thought the decor was stunning, the vibe great, the service staff wonderful and attentive but the food was a big miss.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Kaliwa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 516-4739.

Kaliwa is rated 3.7 stars by 123 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 85 times today
Google Map for Kaliwa

751 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC 20024-3433

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area

    Southwest Waterfront

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Wed 11:30–22:00 Thu 11:30–22:30 Fri–Sun 11:30–23:00

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Korean, Thai

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Cathal Armstrong

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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