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“The good outweighs the bad” 4 of 5 stars
Review of House of Dynasty

House of Dynasty
7550 Telegraph Rd, Alexandria, VA 22315-3829
703-922-5210
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Ranked #15 of 651 Restaurants in Alexandria
Cuisines: Chinese
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery
Duxbury, MA
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18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“The good outweighs the bad”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

My son and I dined here on a college visit. We were looking for an alternative to all the noisy, over-priced DC restaurants with "attitude".

This is a fairly upscale Chinese restaurant: tablecloths, cloth napkins, professionally dressed waitstaff, great atmosphere, pleasant music, etc. It would be a great place to take a second or third date - assuming your date could look past the nondescript strip mall location.

The entrees were very good, indeed. My General Tso's chicken was moist, flavorful, and beautifully presented. while my son's Orange Flavor Beef was "OMG Freaking Amazing!" This dish is my son's long-standing favorite, and the House of Dynasty version was easily the BEST version we have ever had, anywhere.

On the other hand, the Pu Pu platter appetizer was mediocre at best. Run-of-the-mill battered shrimp. "okay" steak teriyaki, two teeny, tiny barbecue ribs (each all of 1 1/2 inches long). and DREADFUL fried chicken wings, that tasted like the Fryolator oil hadn't been changed in years.

Food prices were reasonable, but the beverage prices were screwy. I started with a martini, then had a beer with my entree. The martini was on the small side and eminently forgettable, but reasonably priced at $5.95. The beer menu was VERY limited: Bud, Miller Light, Heineken, and Tsing Tao. I opted for the Tsing Tao, which was crisp and cold, but really over-priced at $5.75. (The beer choices and prices are not shown anywhere on the menu).

As others have noted, a thimble full of lemon sorbet is served between courses, as are hot towels. But unless you spring for one of the fairly pricey deserts, your meal ends with one generic fortune cookie per person.

House of Dynasty is a "pretty good" Chinese restaurant. But with a couple of tweaks it could be a GREAT Chinese restaurant.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Best in the area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

Best Chinese food in the area. The singapore thin noodles and the hunan scallops are our go to.

Good service and very friendly

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Annapolis, Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Best Asian Food (and service!) ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

What a great experience. An innocent looking place in an out of the way strip mall. Inside, it was well designed and spread out so you able to relax. The hostess and waiter were funny and personable - they went out of their way to welcome us. The food was fantastic. Highly recommended. Excellent value as well - My buddy and I were hungry and ate everything - plus drinks. With tip we did not get to $80 bucks. And we ate a lot...

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Alexandria, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“I Guess It Is Good American Chinese Food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Don't need to go into any length. The food is fine, tasty. It seemed to us to be Americanized Chinese Food. (To satisfy the palate of a non-Chinese American). Nothing wrong with that; we just prefer something more authentic. The restaurant did have a few items you won't find at a typical carryout, which is also a plus.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“We just love this place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

The food and service are both excellent. It's unfortunate that little competition exists in this area for Chinese food but this place does have great food at a good fair price.

Visited August 2013
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