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Kaliwa, Washington, DC
Award-winning

Kaliwa

3.6
3.6
625 Reviews
$30 and under
Asian


Award-Winning, Michelin Bib Gourmand 2024 Recipient! 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

7:00 PM


Booked 31 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Asian, Korean, Thai
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Tue 3:00 pm–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
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • 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, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Chef Counter Seating

    Multiple dates available
    Savor authentic yet modern twists from our open kitchen's front-row view. Witness masterful chefs crafting Southeast Asian delights. Experience taste, aroma, and artistry!

What 625 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.6
3.6 based on recent ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.2Value

NoiseModerate

625 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Overpriced. Not enough workers equals poor service. Food is just bar food, not restaurant quality. You are paying for bring on the wharf

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  2. CoreyP

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Definitely better options on the Wharf. Service was extremely slow. Did the Chef choice menu and it took 2 hours to get everything. The first main came out cold and was told sorry the kitchens slow, but it was apparent the plate was sitting out for a while. Didn't get the side until 10 minutes after both mains were out and I had to ask. Was sitting in the back corner and the noise just echoed. The place is noisy with nothing to absorb the sound. It definitely is not conducive to conversation with others without yelling across the table.

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  3. SA12

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice staff. Long wait for food and drinks, food was disappointing but not bad.

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  4. GiovanniM

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere and ambience was excellent. The food was delicious and the dessert was decadent. If I could I would give Kaliwa 100 stars.

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  5. Donte

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The services was poor. Our waitress basically lied about her serving us the wrong drinks. The food taste was underwhelming. The Thai fried rice tasted strictly like onions and the short rib tasted strictly like garlic soy sauce. It was very plain. Just overall a disappointing experience. The front desk staff were friendly.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Despite making reservations a month in advance we were not told about the valentines day menu until a week before. We were not excited about the valentines day menu as it felt like it didn’t match the restaurant and normal menu (who picks a Thai/Fillipino restaurant to want to order filet mignon and mashed potatoes). I tried calling them to confirm if the menu was mandatory but was never able to get someone on the phone, and they didn’t return my messages. It was only upon arriving that we were told that the valentines day menu was mandatory other than a small selection of ala carte items. We ended up having to order the valentines day special and order several items off the ala cart menu because we were told nothing could be substituted and we couldn’t order dessert unless we got the special. On top of everything, twice the wrong food was brought out for us. The food itself was good, but we left with a bad taste in our mouth about the situation, and were disappointed we weren’t able to get to really try the food the restaurant normally serves.

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  7. Nick

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was good but they were out of several items on the menu. They also did not offer the fixed price menu that they were specifically advertising on the website and via email marketing.

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  8. JUNIJUNI

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Drinks where fine but for hot tea not to be refillable was a little shameful. Adobo didnt taste like adobo but soy sauce to include the Thai fried rice. Mango salad sounded good but was underwhelming. Table of six and everyone agreed what they chosed was EH. Friendly and attentive staff. Overpriced was agreed upon by everyone.

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  9. MLE64

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Drinks took forever - and were delivered well after the appetizers arrived. Food was too salty and portions were small. Server was nice but extremely slow. Will never go back and would never recommend it.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    unfortunately, I did not have a good experience at Kaliwa. me & 2 friends went during restaurant week. Our waiter was not very attentive, and he rushed us from the minute that we sat down. There was old parsley in my water, and when I told my waiter, he just looked at the stem, and just ran and got me another glass. when it was time to place our order, he didn’t really give us a chance to place our order. If he felt that we hesitated even a little he would say I’ll be right back, like he couldn’t wait. I want to be clear: we were not lollygagging. We were starving so we wanted to place our order as quickly as possible to get our food but we had questions and he just seemed like he was too busy to explain things thoroughly. I ordered the shrimp tempura, the pad Thai with the strawberry cake for dessert. The shrimp were laughably small it was like popcorn shrimp maybe seven of them fried in tempura batter. My pad tie came out cold so then I had to hunt the waiter down to tell him he grabbed it ran downstairs(we were seated in the upstairs level). I don’t know how they heated it back up, but brought it back lukewarm. after that he was gone so long that we forgot that we were supposed to get dessert. He comes back we ordered the dessert. He brings it back up super fast. The strawberry cake was FROZEN! the actual strawberries hard as rocks. The cake was dry, it was gross. I flag him down he comes back upstairs. I asked him is the cake supposed to be frozen (as an aside my dining partners, their cakes were frozen as well) he says well we keep all the desserts in refrigerator but I’m like a refrigerator and a freezer is different. My cake is frozen and I demonstrated to him how frozen it was. He said well I can bring you something else or I can take $10 off your bill I’m like fine about the $10 off,can we just get the check please. We get individual checks even with mine having the $10 off. My bill was still $99. Such a waste. Kaliwa will be passed on in the future.

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  11. Roro

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    the restaurant week menu is too basic, disappointed to not be able to sit outside at certain time even though the weather was once nice last week. overall food can be better.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Been here a few times, food here used to be great. The cocktails definitely improved.

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  13. BinDC

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Winter restaurant week menu is fantastic, and the food quality has gotten consistently better with the new management in place. Also, highly recommend their Old Fashioned cocktail.

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  14. kimd

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was very flavorful and good portions. Mother of Dragons cocktail… perfection!

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  15. Kias

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Thank you for the good food and service. Will come back again.

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  16. KhariG

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As plant-based eaters, it was so refreshing that they were able to add tofu and remove the meat products from our dish. Beyond the fact that the food was absolutely delicious, it made me a repeat customer for their consideration of patron's dietary needs.

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  17. KevinB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We dined during Restaurant Week - which wouldn't be a problem normally, except there was no communication at booking, on the website, or in confirmation emails that this was the only menu offered. First courses were ok with huge portion differentials between our serving and the table next to us. The half-chicken was very disappointing as it was just the thigh and no breast meat; not even the oyster which is usually my favorite part. Service staff was indifferent and didn't bother to bite check or notice that anything was off.

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  18. SallyM

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant week menu and food was average; some fixed menu items also were unavailable. Easy place for large groups with low expectations for asian food.

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  19. MadisonG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Came here for restaurant week lunch. Menu selections were not great, and value for food was really poor. The lettuce in the thai peanut salad tasted like it hadn’t been washed, and the bulgogi “sliders” came out as a single burger-size sandwich that was more bread than meat. The drinks were the best part of the meal. Service and ambience was fine but if I were to spend $45 on lunch, I’d do so somewhere else.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location on the wharf. Staff was friendly and the food was delicious!! Can’t wait to go back.

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  21. BeverlyP

    Washington DC

    85 reviews

    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very cold, post-snow day but very cozy at Kaliwa. Have wanted to try this place and I was not disappointed. Three of us ordered the Restaurant Week lunch special which featured the most popular dishes. We tried all three salads; I liked the mango salad the best, to my surprise. I would order it myself now that I've had it. I got the bulgogi slider and because the three of us were all sharing our meals, the waiter brought us 3 mini sliders instead of trying to cut the single burger-sized portion into thirds for us. The thoughtfulness (I believe this is the normal size, 3 sliders) at dinner, was much appreciated and it was delicious. We also tried the red curry shrimp and the green curry vegetarian dish and both were delicious over rice. There was plenty of gravy on each. To wind up, because they were out of the chocolate dessert, we had a carrot cake and two of the cheesecake with use on top for dessert. Both desserts were delicious. I was worried that some of the dishes would be too spicy but the waiter was very accurate in describing the Scoville rating (Chile pepper heat index) for the two curry dishes and he was right on target. The green Chile was less spicy than the red curry but while I would have found an entire dish of red curry shrimp too spicy for me, a generous taste was fine and the friend who ordered it was quite happy with it.

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  22. MadisonK

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Clear structural issues with menu, quality control, and communication. We were served completely soupy cremeux with no comment and a solid, cold lava cake also without any mention on clear quality issues. My lava cake came out way after the table next to me despite ordering the cake awhile before them. The entrees varied way too much in portion/value though flavors were solid. Definitely overpriced for courses that came out way too slow and no communication on why things were going so wrong in terms of quality and timing.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Good time chill place great locale would fine again

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  24. rono

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    They were out of everything we wanted to order, the food we did get was barley just ok

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The pork adobo was absolutely outstanding! I loved the crunchy thai salad too.

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  26. CierraC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for my partner's 25th birthday and had a lovely time with friends. The tasting menu is def the way to go for a large party, it was a great value and we got to try so much!

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  27. SaghiT

    Cancun

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent, staff was friendly and nice, I think our server was new, had to keep going to other staff to answer our questions, however, he did a good job. We had the whole fish under traditional dishes, and it was excellent, the indigenous lemonade drink was also very good as was the Filipino mango salad. I would definitely visit again.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Dinner was wonderful every dish came out quickly and cooked to perfection, wait staff was phenomenal as well. Chef tasting special is a great idea if you’re not sure what to get because everything you try will make you want to come back and try again!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The quality of food (and especially for the price listed) was appalling. It would be passable if it was served in a cheap cafeteria for $10 or so but I did not expect to eat a a medium size onion mush for $28 when I ordered bulgogi. The drinks were also overpriced and not that good. Almost all of cocktails were $18. The server was very good and attentive but the service could not make up for substandard meal.

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  30. JamelE

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    They gave us the table underneath the stairs. Great location. Smh

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was slow. The food didn’t come out the way it was when it wasn’t New Year’s Eve, and for vegetarian options on the prefix menu u, there was almost no choice. New York strip was a bit chewy, and the pad Thai was dry. For the amount we paid, we were not satisfied.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was terrible. I do not recommend anything on the menu. I choose from every course and it was all bad.

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  33. fooood

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Left feeling full and satisfied. Got tasting menu.

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  34. aprilb

    New South Wales

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    As a Filipino, my favourite dish was the pad thai, that is saying something. The service could be better.

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  35. KalyanG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Half of the items in the menu were not available. It would have been helpful if they give this information on arrival. Instead we spent time deciding what we wanted from the menu and all the items we had chosen were not available. Never had this bad of an experience at a restaurant.

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  36. KALYANIP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    If you are interested in any of the pork dishes make sure you call the restaurant and confirm they have the pork dishes. We went on Saturday on Christmas weekend. We settled for the chicken fried rice which is the worst I have had. It was bland with big pieces of chicken. It thought I was going to a philipino restaurant, but it turned out to serve Korean, etc. They did not prepare any of the dishes properly.

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  37. fcpdcop3423

    Richmond

    180 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    180 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service from Brian was wonderful! The food, however did not seem like traditional Thai food. The lumpia was very good, but wasn’t impressed with the bulgogi or pad Thai. The drinks were small and my dirty martini was not great. The ambiance was very nice though

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was first class. All of the staff we interacted with were friendly and clearly well trained The food was excellent Nice combination of menu choices and nicely prepared and presented. This a place I would bring family and friends.

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  39. JacindaM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience was great! They were able to seat our large party all together in the back. The food was amazing. We would definitely recommend the chef’s dining experience or getting many items so that you can try all of the dishes. My favorite was the crab curry & the Don Julio drink! Can’t wait to come back for another celebration.

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  40. Eater

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was not great with us waiting for a long time time for the wine and when it arrived it was wrong which seemed to irritate the staff more than I. The food arrived with a large time gap between the dishes and when each dish arrived it can only be described as mediocre at best. I do suspect that many people would like that version of asian food but not me nor my guest.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • 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 3.6 stars by 625 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 31 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Kaliwa

751 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC 20024-3433

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Southwest Waterfront
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Tue 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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