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5 Best Restaurants in Chinatown DC

There’s more to Chinatown than just Chinese restaurants (although there are plenty of those!). You have a ton of amazing restaurants in Chinatown DC to choose from.

On one of our trips to Washington DC, we stayed just outside of Chinatown, which meant most of the restaurants we chose ended up being in Chinatown. And there is a ton of variety in the restaurants in this area! Here are some of our favorite Chinatown DC restaurants.

Chinatown, Washington D.C.

Top Restaurants in Chinatown DC

1. Bulldog Sports Bar

Pizza, Sports Bar

Bulldog is an unassuming sports bar in Chinatown that serves pizza, wings, loaded fries, sliders, and mac & cheese skillets.

It’s got a bit of a hard rock, dive bar vibe. But don’t let that turn you off! There are multiple levels of seating, it’s a great place to drink a beer and watch a game, and the atmosphere inside isn’t so loud that you can’t have a conversation.

I recommend the Carnivore Pizza, the Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings, and their Caesar Salad. Mostly I liked that their garlic parm is wet instead of a dry rub like most other places!

713 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

2. Irish Channel Restaurant & Pub

Irish, Pub

a glass of Guinness on a wooden table

Irish Channel Restaurant & Pub is a local restaurant in Penn Quarter/Chinatown that serves authentic Irish food. It’s run by a certified chef from Cork County, Ireland, so you know its good!

This restaurant is on the bottom level of the Fairfield Inn & Suites Washington, DC/Downtown. They’re a great spot for lunch with authentic Irish pub classics, live music, and soccer on the TV.

I recommend the Guinness Stew or the Fish N’ Chips, both classic dishes.

500 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

3. Yard House

American, Bar

Grilled cheese and tomato soup from Yard House, Washington DC

Yard House is a national high-end sports bar chain with a Chinatown DC location that serves up classic American bar fare (it was also a place I could get a Coke in this land of Pepsi).

They have a daily lunch special where you can get half a sandwich and a cup of soup, and their tomato basil soup is pretty darn good. So if you’re in the mood for American bar food or want a huge selection of beers, Yard House is a good choice.

I recommend the Grilled Cheese & Tomato Bisque or the “Everything-Crusted” Ahi Tuna sandwich.

812 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

4. Momiji

Japanese, Sushi

Spicy tuna sushi roll from Momiji, Washington DC

Momiji is a two-level restaurant in Chinatown DC for Japanese food, sushi, and hibachi.

We were intrigued by their Sushi Love Boat, but we decided that was too much food for us and just ordered a few rolls. Their menu has creatively named rolls, handmade cocktails, and delicious hibachi meals.

I recommend the White House Roll, the Rock n’ Roll, or the Sushi Sandwich.

505 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

5. Tony Cheng’s

Chinese, Asian

Mongolian beef from Tony Cheng's Mongolian Restaurant, Washington DC

Wow, I’ve written a whole blog post about Chinatown and haven’t even gotten to the Chinese food yet! Tony Cheng’s Mongolian Restaurant is another multi-level Chinatown DC restaurant, and their specialty is classic Chinese dishes.

Downstairs they have a Mongolian barbecue buffet. Upstairs, where we ate, they have classic Chinese fare and dim sum.

I recommend the Mongolian Beef, the General Tso’s Chicken, and Chow Mein.

619 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Chinatown DC Restaurants Map

Ready to take a bite out of these delicious DC Chinatown restaurants? Use the map below to plan out your next meal!

I hope you enjoy these amazing restaurants in Chinatown, Washington DC!

What is Chinatown?

Chinatown is a historic neighborhood of Downtown Washington DC. The area runs along H and I streets between 5th and 8th streets.

In the 1930s, the area was home to thousands of Chinese immigrants, but they were displaced in the 1980s by the construction of a new convention center.

In Chinatown DC, you’ll find some of Washington DC’s best restaurants, the iconic Friendship Archway, and the Capitol One Arena. And you’re not far from all the best things to see and do in DC.

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Where to Stay in Washington DC

Find the perfect place to rest your head on your visit to Washington DC, from the top rated accommodations to unique stays you can’t get anywhere else.

Hampton Inn Washington-Downtown-Convention Center

We enjoyed our stay at the Hampton Inn Washington-Downtown-Convention Center when attending an event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

This hotel has a great location. It’s just on the edge of Chinatown and is within easy walking distance to the National Mall and all the tourist hot spots. There are plenty of restaurant options and nightlife nearby.

Canopy by Hilton Washington DC The Wharf

We love the location of the Canopy by Hilton Washington DC The Wharf, though the hotel’s customer service could use some work.

The Wharf is a great spot to be for beautiful waterfront views and lots of dining and nightlife. It’s also only a 10-15 minute walk from two different Metro stations, and it’s really easy to get to and from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

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5 Best Restaurants in Chinatown DC

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