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Kaliwa, Washington, DC

Kaliwa

4.0
4
71 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

10:30 PM


Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Asian, Korean, Thai

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 516-4739

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Cathal Armstrong

  • Neighborhood

    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, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 71 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

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  1. D

    Dinner4two

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    Not sure who wrote those past reviews or maybe I just went there when the C team was there. Seated and waited 10 minutes before I had to go ask for server. Wife ordered a Pineapple Margarita and the drink came back with some hard black grains in it, egg rolls tasted awful but the dip will mask 80% of the taste, Thai basil rice with chicken tasted better with the ribs dip, not even sure who was the server.... And after that ordeal, I had to go to the bar in order to pay my bill and leave..........WILL NOT RETURN.
  2. EC

    ECRam

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Bright and airy restaurant on the wharf with fun decor. Try the Sisig rice and the calamansi margarita.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is excellent. Great food from across Asia and tasty beverages. I recommend sitting at the bar of the open kitchen and watching the excellent staff make magic happen!
  4. MG

    MGall

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    I did not enjoy my food. My companion was polite about it, but I don't think he liked his, either. We're both adventurous eaters, so it wasn't because the food was unfamiliar. It just didn't taste good. I really like salty food, but my entree was so salty that I abandoned it half-way through. The service was uneven - some things were quite well done, and appreciated, but other things, like one entree being served significantly after the other, were not up to professional standard. The waitstaff were pleasant, and I maybe everyone's just a bit rusty. But I wouldn't go back there until I heard from someone I know that the food has dramatically improved (or get a recommendation for a few dishes that they do really well).
  5. S

    Safa

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    I had read great reviews for Kaliwa a few months ago and saw that it received a Michelin Bib Gourmand - therefore, was really excited since my husband and I enjoy various Asian cuisines. We were both disappointed in the quality and flavor of the food. Honestly, I’ve had much better takeout from around town. We had the lumpia (which were more like large egg rolls in comparison to traditional lumpia); the mango salad (which was fine but it was a regular salad greens with what felt like drizzled mango lassi/purée on it); Pad Thai (lacked flavor, was overly sweet - and the noodles were not great and were cut up small); and the vegan green curry (curry flavor was sub par - not enjoyable at all) Generally, we are confused how this restaurant received the Bib Gourmand distinction - maybe there has been a change recently in management/chefs that I didn’t realize. That being said, the staff was really nice (we were the only people there when we arrived) and the ambiance is great. All in all, we don’t have plans to return. If you’re interested in a great Bib Gourmand option featuring curries, amazing flavor and vegan options, we highly recommend Loas in Town!
  6. S

    Sarah

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed the food, atmosphere, and service. Lumpia was good - lots of it and a bit of a thicker wrapper, nice filling. Oysters and pork belly excellent. We enjoyed the pork fried rice and the LA Galbi was outstanding. The fish was a bit of a let down - sooooooo much sweet sauce you lose the crispness and the fish has to fight for its place. A meatier fish would have been nice too. Service was good except note they food comes out as it is ready so next time I would order appetizers, finish those, and then order main course. Our meal ended up practically all coming out at once and it felt rushed and like too much. Overall glad we tried it and might be back.
  7. MW

    MadelineW

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and meal!!!!!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    Food was not good.
  9. RL

    RobertL

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Lunch with an old friend. Service was inattentive; my food was poor. I don’t recommend it.
  10. L

    Lynette

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered all Filipino dishes and everything was good! I recommend this restaurant to everyone! A must try!
  11. LB

    LaBiseRW

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Food was tasty but nothing outstanding. Our waiter asked us to order appetizers and entrees at the same time as the “kitchen was backed up”. I think this was just a ploy to get us in and out fast as there appeared to be no problem with the food coming out in a timely manner, in fact it was a little rushed. We were sharing appetizers and they brought no individual plates for us to use. The waiter also spilled some of the drink on the table and we had to ask that the mess on the table be wiped up.
  12. TH

    TrineH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Unfortunately not a great experience. Overall they just do not Seem to have their business under control. Systems not In place making the experience “messy” the low hanging fruits… drinks on time, cold enough, food served at the same time etc. They didn’t nail any of that.
  13. MS

    MartaS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    I ordered the chicken panang which came out like a soup in consistency. The flavor was good, but the soup thing through me. My friend's order was very bland and lacked flavor. The sashimi app was fresh, but the rest was subpar. For the price definitely not worth it. We will not be returning
  14. FS

    FredSiopao

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Disappointing. I have been going there for years but now the food does not resemble at all the cuisines from which they sprung. Service was okay. Only the Spring rolls were above mediocre, though they no longer resemble the "lumpia" from which they originated.
  15. A

    Amelia

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Kaliwa is unfortunately understaffed, which led to long wait times for us, even though the restaurant was pretty empty. Also, my partner’s food came about 15 minutes before mine, which was very odd. I got the pad Thai, and thought it was too citrusy. Also, the cocktails were not worth the $16.
  16. SC

    SweetC

    Atlanta

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The whole fish was the best dish. We had to return 2 dishes because they weren’t palatable.
  17. C

    Cristey1

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Seated at a table directly underneath the AC that was blasting away making our food cold
  18. d

    diane

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Good food. Lovely
  19. B

    Bails

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    awful food and very very poor service. Took a long time for even water to come out
  20. KL

    KLW123

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience5
    Went during a Friday afternoon. The staff was very professional and kind especially since my large party was 30 minutes late. We were seated at a large table in the bar area. I didn't realize this when requesting the table. Our server Vincent was a bartender he seemed pretty timid, but not the same service as a server. Forgot a couple things here and there ,but his kindness made a difference. That being said the ribs were dry. Food didn't wow us. Maybe we chose the wrong food selections? Will definitely try again during night service in a server section maybe there will be a difference. Wanted a non-alcoholic drink selected a tamarind option it was pretty tart and off/not fresh. Maybe it's not a popular option and that was the last of it. Grew up with Filipino neighbors and we were excited to visit the restaurant for some familiar foods we've had over the years. Will try again.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best beef I had in a while
  22. JR

    JohnR

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great food and service. A pity about the background music which was too loud.
  23. h

    hbachs

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Under staffed, had to order all at the same time Confusion about what tables ordered what The ordering process was a mess, we were not informed that there was no duck
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The food tasted great! However I was disappointed that the shrimp in the pad Thai couldn’t be substituted for something else when the guest had a shellfish allergy. In addition another noodle dish was unavailable because they ran out. It is odd that they ran out on a Saturday night around 730p. Also the cocktails did not taste very good. Overall the staff was nice but wish some of these things were different.
  25. SF

    SheanaF

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Great restaurant. Need to work on having the dishes on the menu in stock at all times.
  26. SP

    StephPalCal

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent. I had the green curry with shrimp, which was deliciously spicy. My only negative was that the food came out as ready (in fairness they did warn us about that) so some of my party were finished by the time the last plate was out.
  27. JI

    JohnIV

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    The service was terrible. We waited about 15 minutes before a server finally came by to take our order. In terms of food, the Chinese broccoli and burger that I ordered was very flavorful. The Kimchi fried rice was a bit mushy though.
  28. RB

    RobynB

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    I had the Korean grilled short ribs. It was 2/3 fat and bone. My friends didn't finish their meals either. Just bad.
  29. A

    Apwi

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Was a little disappointed after going here since it had received a Michelin guide shout out. I felt the food was overpriced for the taste / quality (although still decent), they were out of two things off the menu so we had to choose different things, and the service was pretty slow. Was expecting a better experience for the price
  30. LC

    LoriC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Interesting and tasty food... Great for adventurous eaters because the flavor profile would be difficult for bland eaters. But yummy for us.
  31. PM

    PhillipM

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had 9 people for a birthday dinner. Our table was in a secluded area in the back which was perfect. We had two kids but they don’t have a special menu. Everyone enjoyed there meals. I had the short ribs which were excellent. The frozen Mai Tai was very strong and I loved it. We will definitely be back.
  32. JF

    JudieFoodie

    New York Area

    105 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our first time here we went for lunch when it had just opened. We shared three dishes , of which one was a red curry dish and another chicken satay in peanut sauce. The latter was so good we ordered a second helping. Service was attentive. The restaurant was attractively decorated. We'd go back. I loved the location. Parking is an issue, though.
  33. A

    Andrea

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Experience!!
  34. OH

    OHall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The restaurant was great overall. Plenty of choices but happy hour menu was not available on the Tuesday we were there however they plan to reinstate it.
  35. AP

    ArthurP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Service. Food was the best around. Will visit again!
  36. KF

    KerryF

    Savannah

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    One meal took a while to come out, but food was really good
  37. DC

    DCall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, amazing options. Will be returning!
  38. M

    Mysteryrider

    Philadelphia

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    A pescatarian dining restaurant as long as you don’t need to avoid shellfish. If you do, not the place for you. The fried fish is accompanied with a sauce made from pork. Do not think about making changes.
  39. BA

    BryantA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I enjoyed the grilled chicken, kare kare, and rice. i was too full to have desert
  40. MM

    MaxwellM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Glorified Red Robin where you’ll spend well over $100 to be

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer 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 4 stars by 71 OpenTable diners.

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 14 times today
Google Map for Kaliwa

751 Wharf St SW Washington, DC 20024-3433

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Southwest Waterfront

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • 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, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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