Chaplin

4.7
1076 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
Chaplin Restaurant & Bar serves up Asian-inspired cuisine that will take diners on a journey to Japan and Shanghai in the 1920s. With a focus on ramen and dumplings, there's nothing short of a good time whether you're dining with us on our patio, bar, or dining rooms. Perfect for small and large events, with plenty of customizable packages available to fill your needs!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1076 people are saying
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vipchazzdc
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Chaplin's asset is the large outdoor patio space, particularly under the current circumstances. We had not been to Chaplin for quite some time and intended to revisit. While the happy hour is generous, and may be sufficient in itself for another visit of drinks only, the food is simply not worth ordering. Neither of us finished our entrees, and it is hard to imagine that the "chef" or proprietors would assume that such level of quality would pass even in a fast casual restaurant model let alone a restaurant attempting to capture a more chic niche and crowd. Also, the property is showing some significant wear and tear, which needs to be addressed.

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vipVrod
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This place had good reviews so I wanted to see it for myself. We came for lunch and had made reservations on Open Table but it wasn't really necessary as there were a good amount of tables available. Most people stay outside but we chose to sit inside. The theme is kind of weird and didn't make any sense but so does many restaurants.

We ordered shrimp dumplings, vegetarian ramen, miso ramen with pork, mojito and Kirin Ichiban beer. Our food and drinks were delicious. The size of my mojito and the deliciousness was worth the $14 for the drink.

Our sever disappeared on us and then the owner's brother took care of us at the end but overall service was good as well.

The bathroom was disgusting but I think it was under construction and looked to be the only single restroom for all customers. If you zoom in the wall paper is peeling on the Chaplin mural.

I'm giving this place a 4 star because it didn't really wow me.

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ArleneM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

I was not impressed with the food or the drinks. It is not a place that I would visit again.

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vipFoodAficionado
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great ramen!! Enjoyed the food and drinks. Late hours are a plus as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Menu was not as advertised— also, duck and lamb roast orders require a one week notice… no where was that stated on the reservations.

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AshleyM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good! Loved that we could pick outdoor seating for our reservation

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vipsweetkila
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Loved the patio and drinks. Service was meh.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best ramen in the city and an awesome happy hour.

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DanielB
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food fun casual place with and old school meets new school vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I have been to Chaplin’s several times and loved it, but they were off their game this night. Our reservation was at 8:30pm, so the restaurant was starting to clear out by then, but it still took us almost an hour just to get our drinks. We ordered two appetizers that never showed, and when we asked for an ETA, the waiter told us the kitchen was still working on them. Our ramen made it out about an hour after we ordered, and they were delicious, although missing the spicy sauce we ordered. We asked again about the appetizers, at which point the waiter confessed that they had not yet been started. Luckily, the new GM stopped by our table and apologized for the poor service and comped part of our meal. Giving 3 stars for the food that we did receive and for the manager that stepped in to help improve the service - otherwise, we likely would not be coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! The food was really great, unique and really rasty!

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vipOscarR
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Appetizers were good. The ribs fantastic. Appetizers came quick but server forgot to place ramen order so we were waiting for probably an extra 50 min. Ramen was ok.

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Laura
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious here. I had shrimp and chicken shumai. I tried some of my friend’s Japanese fried chicken. They were both great. I also had a good Manhattan. Drinks are half off if you can make it before 6 pm!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Everything

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CydneN
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Great outdoor seating!

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RellB
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Please fix the AC.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience1

The food was decent for the price, but the restaurant itself was loud and humid on the interior. When we brought it up with the server, he was indifferent and told us we just had to deal with it. The drinks were super sweet, but we didn’t want to deal with the server again. No one really checked up on us until we had to flag down a busboy for our check. I would consider getting take out from here - because again, the food was decent for the price. However, I likely would never dine in again.

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vipjsbridge
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and drink. Just a bit too loud.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in DC for years and it never disappoints. Excellent food, drinks, service, and ambiance. It’s the first place I bring friends from out of town!! Try the tori karaage, thank me later.

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WilliamM
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Shoyu with Tori Karaage added--really good. Savory, rich broth, and the karate was perfect.

Less impressed with the drink menu, which is overwhelmingly bitter in its palette--be nice to have some sweeter alternatives.

Dark, and deafening loud.

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vipKJA20772
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, as always.

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vipKarenR
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The outdoor patio seating was perfect - shaded, not too crowded, not exposed to too much traffic. The food was good - particularly the drunken master dumplings! The drinks were interesting and delicious.

The server was polite, if over-worked. However, the wait for after dinner drinks and dessert was unacceptable. The waitress was very apologetic and comp'd us the dessert - after a 30 minute wait that overstayed our parking meter.

That colored our otherwise fine experience. We loved the ambience and will likely return, and hopefully the strain of service Covid will have settled.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

They didn’t have what I wanted to order. Unfortunate.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Love Chaplins..haven’t been since Covid began but the food is just as delicious. Unfortunately the service wasn’t the same. Usually Chaplins is a prompt experience..but for some reason it took us 1 hour just to get appetizers and by the time it arrived we were eating it with our ramen. I heard another table nearby cancel their order because of the wait. Maybe it was just a one off night..I’ll try again. Hopefully it’ll be better because I really love this place.

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vipbloomingbeauty
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoy the ambiance and offerings at this restaurant. Tan Tan men with Chicken is very good, but the quality of the chicken itself could be better. The vegetarian ramen could be more flavorful as well. Customer service is good.

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vipTerrellf
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was great! Music was waaaayyyyy to loud upstairs- other than that- it’s great!

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JoshF
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and portions, cocktails were great. Would highly suggest making a reservation. Also their happy hour is a plus. Half off most beverages

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ErikT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I love this place for the awesome menu and the amazing drinks. The service and bartenders are fantastic and the kitchen is usually very quick with the orders. This place has been a staple for birthdays, special occasions and everything in between since they opened. We love Chaplin and will come back often.
Reservations are recommended on the weekends for sure, but you can still snag a table on a random weeknight with no problem.

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MarkF
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, with a special twist. Nothing boring there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious. However, we are still in a pandemic and I'm sure everyone in the building without a mask on was not vaccinated. We were all sitting a little too close for my comfort. I would recommend getting your food to go, if Covid is still a concern for you.

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vipNavyKim
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Chaplin! It is my go-to place for Ramen!

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ChrisB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really like this place. Creative drinks, good food and great service ensure you are going to have a great time.

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AlexT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was phenomenal, but the restaurant was very loud, hot, and crowded.

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vipLindsayP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It’s a great place always consisten

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been coming here for years they’re the best place in the city. The staff & management is always nice & pleasant when I come with my family. If you looking for noodles Chaplin’s is the number #1 place to go to.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great ramen, a little loud

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AlexZ
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great Tonkotsu ramen, good drinks, but service was mediocre. Asked the hostess who was cleaning our table for another one with the umbrella since it was raining a little bit and she said she can't since it was a little windy. 15-20 minutes later she seats another couple at the table and opens an umbrella for them. Hmmm. Server didn't seem enthusiastic one bit but understandably we heard the GM yelling at her and another server about coverage.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

My mom was in town so I took her out to dinner and to try ramen for the first time.

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brownluv
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food amd drinks are always great. This is one of my favorite places. So happy things are open again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall, we had a great experience at Chaplans. The wait staff were great, the food was delicious, and the drinks were good.

There was a table of super loud drunk young people. They ruined the ambience for the rest of us. Too bad they can’t hold their liquor!

FAQs

Chaplin offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 644-8806.

Chaplin is rated 4.7 stars by 1076 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.