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Bar Chinois, Washington, DC

Bar Chinois

4.6
4.6
296 Reviews
$30 and under
Chinese
Bar Chinois features a Chinese menu by Chefs Satang Ruangsangwatana and Lekki Limvatana with a French beverage program by Margaux Donati and Jacob Simpson.

Located in Mount Vernon Triangle, Bar Chinois is a short walk from the Washington Convention Center, Capital One Arena, National Mall and Union Station. We offer happy hour specials Monday-Saturday from 5 pm-7 pm and a bottomless brunch on Sundays.

If you are looking for an energetic Washington, DC dining experience with great food, drink and service, we would love to host you.

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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 36 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Chinese, Chinese (Canton)

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–1:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Brunch Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (202) 838-9633

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Satang Ruangsangwatana

  • Neighborhood

    Shaw

  • Cross street

    5th and I Streets NW

  • Parking details

    Metered street parking. Numerous parking garages and lots within a three block radius.

  • Public transit

    Closest metro stations are Chinatown, Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center, Judiciary Square and Union Station. DC Circulator bus stops on Massachusetts Ave. NW and 5th Street NW and a number of other bus stops nearby.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 296 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • District of Columbia

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. CH

    CharlotteH

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    Ordered apps and drinks which were all very good. Only complaint is noise level was really loud.
  2. KD

    KateD

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service, great happy hour prices for drinks and dumplings! Already looking forward to heading back soon!
  3. MD

    MikeD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    Food was good. Service was good. Building is slick (we ate inside). Restaurant was about half full and so loud we had to lean toward each other AFTER pushing our table in so we could be closer. Owners need to make a noise-dampening investment to pad concrete ceiling. Won’t go back unless seated outside.
  4. J

    Josh

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time! Good happy hour
  5. AC

    AliceC

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Three words: Spicy. Frozen. Margarita. The best happy hour deal in town and great service. A little loud inside but I am an old lady who felt young again when the tall, young strapping man hit on us at the bar while we waited outside for our (quieter) table. Major shout out to the bartender who remembered me and is now in strong contention to be my New Favorite Bartender for knowing exactly what food and bevvies to recommend. Is it a requirement to get better looking after you eat here? Because I walked out prettier and satisfied. 8 million stars (though I only took one away for ambiance because of noise volume but don't let that keep you away).
  6. S

    Spangie42

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bar Chinois is wheelchair accessible and the staff is very accommodating to any needs.
  7. S

    Steve

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    the mushroom/cucumber salad was a highlight. the rob roy was superb. dumplings, adequate.
  8. AD

    AnaghaD

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    This is a little gem of a neighborhood place! The cocktails are delicious and inventive, and happy hour is a great value. Service was spot on. The food was well prepared and delicious. We had the La Belle Rose and Carre Nouvelle cocktails, and the dumplings, salt and pepper shrimp, karaage chicken, pork belly bao, and the chili garlic fish. The fish was the favorite, but everything was well prepared and delicious. We will be back!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Menu is misleading and not friendly towards gluten allergy folks. Items are noted as Gluten Free (GF) but are deep fried in non-GF oil. Anyone who is even a bit gluten sensitive will be affected. Even after telling our server that we had a severe gluten allergy, she brought out non-GF soy sauce with our appetizers and did not let us know until we asked whether it was GF. Overall negative experience regarding food allergies.
  10. K

    Kmis

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it!!! Awesome happy hour and pricing very reasonable.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First date in DC with BF and enjoyed every minute! Everything was delicious!
  12. M

    Michou

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vibe is fun. Music isn't too loud. Food and drinks are great. Service is great. 10/10
  13. RW

    ReedW

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    If I didn't come into it with very high expectations, it would have been great. It doesn't seem quite worthy of its recent addition to the Michelin guide but is a pretty good spot.
  14. JP

    JordanP

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food! My fiancé called it “a flavor punch to the face” but in the best possible way.
  15. L

    Louis

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food and beverages were very good. Half way through our dinner we had to speak very loudly to make ourselves heard because the bar area was packed by 6:30. I couldn’t tell if the focus is on cultivating the bar as the neighborhood drop by spot? I saw more who looked like stag members high giving guests going to the bar patrons as they walked in than touching tables.
  16. LN

    LouisaN

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff and even better food and drinks. The happy hour special is currently 1/2 priced cocktails and $1 dumplings from 5-7 pm and you can get this deal anywhere in the restaurant (bar, dining room, patio). Definitely try the garlic noodles and chili wontons along with the pork and chicken dumplings. Cocktails were a good size and my favorite was the Big Pink (Milagro Silver Tequila, Créme de Cassis, Grapefruit Soda). Perfect for date night or happy hour with friends!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I will be back. The food was excellent
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time on a Friday during happy hour. Great drinks, delicious steamed dumplings, and the noodles were amazing. We sat inside which was fun but the patio looked really cute so I’ll definitely be coming back!
  19. FS

    FredS

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Could not have been better!
  20. S

    Spangie42

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love having Camille to make sure we order the most delicious drinks…she is a ray of sunshine and always makes our hearts and bellies happy!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food was very good, if not the most flavorful. The service was very good and the atmosphere was nice, minus the fact that the dining area is right next to the bar which makes the noise level quite high. Wouldn’t recommend for a romantic evening or anything but it was a fun vibe.
  22. C

    Csmsa

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, drinks were great and staff very welcoming and nice. Can’t say anything negative at all
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was very good, but easy to overspend since a lot of it is in small plate format. Was pretty loud.
  24. AM

    AlexM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Can't beat $1 dumplings and half price cocktails here!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great happy hour drinks and dumplings!
  26. MJ

    MercedezJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The vibe was great and the food/drinks were delicious. My only complaint was that it was super loud because of the small space so it was hard to hear my date across from me.
  27. JE

    JillE

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    First time to this restaurant and the ambiance is nice, however the food quality was just ok and the drinks definitely did not contain much (if any) alcohol. It was happy hour and drinks were half off, so my husband had 4 drinks and I had 3, and we can honestly tell you that we did not feel a single thing. We are not sure they even contained any alcohol at all. They tasted good, but were expensive for non-alcoholic drinks. Additionally the food was just ok, definitely have had better at other restaurants. Neither of us would recommend this place to others.
  28. CM

    CMY1

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fun happy hour drinks and delicious snacks
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and cocktails are great! Great vibes and a fun time.
  30. E

    Erika

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bar Chinois is fantastic! Great vibe and good value for money. The food and drinks are delicious. There’s definitely a relaxed atmosphere and chill vibe, so would definitely consider going back for happy hour to take advantage of the half price drinks and $1 dumplings. Special shout out to their wine list which has quality wines at a great price point—really really enjoyed my experience. Started off with the red chili wontons and crab Rangoon. Both were delicious. Was hoping for a bit more heat with the red chili wontons, but they were so tasty that there isn’t much of the complaint. I had the garlic noodles with fried chicken, which was delicious and not what I was expecting at all—there were some Asian flavors, but the noodles were finished off with Parmesan cheese. We also tried the char siu chicken. The chicken had more of a spare rib flavor to it, so it was a bit confusing for the senses. We rounded things out with the lemon marscapone cake, which was so good, we got one to go. After dinner service, the place turns into a kind of cool, upbeat neighborhood spot with really great friendly staff. Highly recommend!!
  31. PJ

    PJH2016

    Washington DC

    71 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Tucked away on the corner of Eye and 4 and 1/2 Street, this stylish little place packs a fantastic punch for clever cocktails and wonderful clever, fusion cuisine. Service is quick and cheerful; the bar staff is simply awesome. Top notch happy hour. Really recommend this place.
  32. AH

    AshleyH

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Happy Hour with great drinks and gluten free menu items!! I haven’t been able to find decent gluten free Asian food and I was blown away- so tasty. Will absolutely be coming back.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch was amazing! Servers and bartenders attentive. Some of the most inventive and tasty things I’ve ever eaten.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Food was very lack luster. Tasteless, season less. Drinks were good and strong to help you forget the food.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    France

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super fun happy hour! Great prices really fun cocktail menu outdoor seating option was super nice I would definitely recommend it would also be really fun to sit at the bar
  36. MJ

    MeredithJ

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall1food4service4ambience1
    So incredibly loud we got our food to go and left. Louder than anywhere I’ve eaten in DC. The food was good, but I would only eat outside if I went again.
  37. n

    nomdeguerre

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was nice getting together with friends you haven’t seen since COVID, the sound level was bit noisy. The drinks were great and the food was delicious, except the lack of preparation for not having fried chicken for the egg rose. Overall the experience was good.
  38. L

    Lauren

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Fun, hip and delicious. Loved this bar! Service was great. Highly recommend the salt and pepper shrimp and the pork belly bao.
  39. F

    Foodie289

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot. Really good cocktails and the food was delicious and reasonably priced. Very noisy inside but it gives the place a buzz.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome happy hour (half off cocktails from 5-7!) and always excellent service. My go-to for a warm patio or energetic bar scene after dark!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Bar Chinois offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 838-9633.

Bar Chinois is rated 4.6 stars by 296 OpenTable diners.

Bar Chinois does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 36 times today
Google Map for Bar Chinois

455 I St NW Washington, DC 20001-3054

Additional information

  • Cross street

    5th and I Streets NW

  • Neighborhood

    Shaw

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–1:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Brunch Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Chinese, Chinese (Canton)

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Metered street parking. Numerous parking garages and lots within a three block radius.

  • Public transit

    Closest metro stations are Chinatown, Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center, Judiciary Square and Union Station. DC Circulator bus stops on Massachusetts Ave. NW and 5th Street NW and a number of other bus stops nearby.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Satang Ruangsangwatana

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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