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“So Good - we had to go back the next day!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Grace's Mandarin

Grace's Mandarin
188 Waterfront Street, Oxon Hill, MD 20745
301 839 3788
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Ranked #3 of 71 Restaurants in Oxon Hill
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Asian
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Waterman Passage
Owego, NY
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“So Good - we had to go back the next day!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2010

A friend and I were attending a conference this past week at the Gaylord. Of course, this was suring snowpocalypse '10, so a lot of the restaurants in the National Harbor were closed or only serving a limited menu. At Grace's, they were also having a staffing shortage, but the quality of the food, the staff we se interacted with, and the atmosphere, were all top notch. The first night, we drank a nice pinot grigio, had some chicken potstickers with the most delicious soy based dipping sauce I've ever had, an OK bowl of miso soup, and then fantastic sushi. We shared the spicy crunchy scallop and the spincy shrimp rolls. We had a great waiter named Trevor, who must have been about 12 years old, but was adorable and took fantastic care of us, even as he worried about if he would be able to get home in the crazy snowstorm going on outside. We alos had the magic cube dessert and a delicious fried banana plate of naughtiness. SO GOOD.
The next night, we were back. We actually came for happy hour, which was basically cancelled due to the storm. We sat at the bar anyway, and ended up staying for 7 hours. We had a great time with Kevin and Eddie, who were tending bar. Kevin was a fantastic bartender, serving up delicious cocktails. He also gave us menu suggestions, and we enjoyed more potstickers, a seared tuna appy that was fantastic, the crab friend rice and a green dragon roll. We met some wonderful people who live in the condos at the National Harbor, shared drtinks with the front desk staff from the Gaylord, and had some laughs with the staff from Ketchup, down the street. We had so much fun - both with the Grace's staff and the others. I think, if people who work at other restaurants in the area are eating there - that's a good sign!

the decor in this restaurant is over-the-top gorgeous. There's a two-story tall Buddha, beautiful lighting fictures, and the most spa-like ladies room I think I've ever seen in a restaruant.

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“Not impressed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2010

While the decor and stature of this place is impressive, incredible even, the food was anything but. It was awful. My friend and I each ordered a mojito - strawverry I think it was, and that was the only decent thing we had that day. First of all, the prices are astronomical. The friend I was with and I go out to eat A LOT and are willing to pay somewhat high prices for good & interesting food, but this was not good food and the prices were insane. We ordered two appetizers, some sushi, and the Tom Yum soup. The appetizers were - crab rangoons (soooo fishy tasting with fake crab meat for $10?! and my friend found something BLUE in hers!), and the shrimp firecracker wraps (tiny little things, very bland). The SOUP. The soup was terrible. SO bland - not spicy like it should be! And it was $9!! You can get that at a Thai restaurant for like $6 and it's actually good! I've made better Tom Yum soup at home. AND they give you this tiny little cup of it - where as, like I said, you can go to a Thai restaurant and get a huge bowl of it for $6! Then the sushi. Ugh. I know we got three but I can only remember two of them - the spicy tuna and the shrimp tempura - both awful. I couldn't even finish eating my portion, and that NEVER happens to me! It was disgusting. I was so mad at the end of this meal b/c we had spent so much money and the food was awful, we didn't even eat most of it. So far I am not impressed with the restaurants at National Harbor. The only reason I have it a two was b/c of the fun atmosphere and the decent service. But then again we were there during the day, the day after Thanksgiving and we were one of like three tables.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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