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“Outstanding, under rated resaurant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Asian Bistro

Asian Bistro
809 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3016 (Old Town)
703-836-1515
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Ranked #43 of 647 Restaurants in Alexandria
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery
Neighborhood: Old Town
Charlottesville VA
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“Outstanding, under rated resaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

This restaurant on the main drag of old town Alexandria is fantastic. It offers a wonderful blend of Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese dishes combined with friendly, professional service. As a bonus, it offers a decent choice of wines and beer, along with a full bar. The spicy dishes were subtle, not attacking your taste buds before you had a chance to savor the many flavors in the dish. The appetizer sampler is a nice introduction to the meal, and I loved the Panaeng chicken dish. The ambience is not that of a high end French restaurant, but so what. I think the main reason this is not a "hot" restaurant is that the prices are reasonable, especially for this neighborhood.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Yorktown, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Decent Food, Very Poor Service”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

With all the options in the area, it's a shame that this place didn't offer better service. At least half of the tables were empty, yet we had slow service, drinks never refilled, waitress spilled dressing all over the table & didn't even mention it, etc. When she brought our food, she asked whose was whose (this wasn't the guy who took our order). When we identified our dishes, she said, "Oh, I don't know the names of the food. Who got chicken?" It was obvious that she was either not in her usual position there in the restaurant or just didn't care.

Either way, we weren't impressed. Like I said, there are simply so many other options in the area. I wish we'd gone somewhere else.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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119 restaurant reviews
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
“Good Asian Food. Good variety.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

It's not Chinese, but it has a variety of Asian food from different ethnic areas. Everything from Sushi to prepared foods. We have been several times and each time the food was good. The service has always been acceptable. The place is decorated nicely, it's quiet, and soothing. Try to get a window table so that you can people watch while you eat. The hot tea is very good. Try them. I think you will like it. Prices are normal for what you get and it's not over priced. Much better sushi than the place a few doors down, Flying Fish, which is really a steak/seafood restaurant that serves Sushi (which has never been good when I've been there).

Visited October 2012
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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“tasty pan Asian cuisine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Vegetables were crisp and well prepared. Lots of vegetarian and seafood choices. Waiter guided us well in choosing dishes we would like. Not fancy, but good solid Asian food.

Visited December 2012
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Lorton, Virginia
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Severasits”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

While we have eaten here several times, we find the bar area much more intimate and relaxing than the dining room. The dining room feels "cavernous". The meals are large and beautifully presented. The fortune cookies seem fresher that at some Asian restaurants. The steamed rice is presented in a heart shape and always makes me smile. The spring rolls are crispy and fresh tasting. The spicy dishes always come with a nice bite without being overwhelming. My main disappointment from our visit yesterday is that the draft beers were not available due to some malfunction. They advertize a daily happy hour with drafts on special from 4 to 8. I only hope that they were able to remedy the problem before then. We ordered lunch portions and still had leftovers for after the movie. Convenient location next to Kingstowne movie complex.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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