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Eat First

609 H Street NW, Washington DC, DC (Downtown / Chinatown)
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Ranked #794 of 2,644 Restaurants in Washington DC
Cuisines: Asian, Chinese
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
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65 reviews from our community

68% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

We went here on the basis of the Trip Advisor reviews and were not disappointed. The place doesn't have much "kerb appeal" so would have not gone here if we had just been walking by, but once you get past the underwhelming decor, the food is excellent and well worth the effort and popular with the Chinese community. The service... More

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Eat First is a nondescript storefront in the heart of Chinatown, but the magic happens on the inside. We walked 4 blocks from our room at The Grand Hyatt hotel and were pleasantly surprised with a wonderful lunch. Although not very fancy on the inside, the service was great, our food arrived quickly, and everything was delicious. Even our picky... More

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Greenville, SC
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84 reviews 84 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We were looking for really good and affordable Chinese food and boy did we find it. There were 5 kids ranging in age from 10 to 14 and 2 adults in our party. We each had soup and then we ordered 6 full dishes (couldn't do the lunch menu because it was a Sunday). The food was abundant and so... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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365 reviews 365 reviews
268 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

My adventure of finding a good Chinese restaurant goes on I guess. I read good review about this place on the internet and wanted to come to try it. Though so far I had not find one good Chinese restaurant in down town DC. The food is authentic, but it is like very old fashion and slightly more greasy than... More

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Corona, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

We ordered three dishes, and two out of three dishes tasted exactly the same: Horrible! Portions were small and the quality was stale. The pork dish was all battered with sauce over it hiding the fact that there's hardly any meat in the dish. When we complained about it, the server was willing to change the dish to an alternative... More

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Houston, Texas
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

We went here for dinner and food was actually good. Had hot & sour soup grouper in black bean sauce. Shrimp Lo mein was good. Shrimp squid and scallops in spicy salt was very good. Portions were large. Service was good and quick.

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Landover, Maryland
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

One time last week must have not been a good day for ma eating at a couple of Chinese restaurants. I walked in the door and the waiter sat FOUR other people behind me before he offered me a table. I shook my head and walked out. Could it be that I am African American, and they were Asian? Only... More

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Lufkin, Texas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed eating at Eat First, but ordered too much food. Each of the 9 of us ordered a dish, and we could've ordered half that much and had enough. We eapecially enjoyed the Orange Eggplant, the Shrimp Egg Foo Yung and the House Special Fried Rice. The table has a turn table to make sharing easy, so go, but... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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85 reviews 85 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

This place is worth a visit, looks awful from the outside, inside it's a very basic no frills place. LUNCHES: Soup $1.50,Kung Pau Chicken $4.55 with rice. other entrees range $5.95 - $8.95. DINNER: Entrees range from $8.95 to $15.95. It was full of local elderly Chinese people having lots of food. Apparently,they host Birthday Feast once a month (and... More

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Miami, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

At here over the holiday break. The eggplant stuffed with shrimp was excellent as was the chicken and vegetables. There is even a picture of John Travolta! We will definitely return.

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